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The Jersey Love Blog Tour Day #1

It’s Day One of the Jersey Love Blog Tour! Are you ready to see what these ladies have been sewing with Riley Blake Designs’ Jersey Basics and my Jersey Love patterns? I can’t wait!Our first two tour stops are at Call Ajaire and Rock the Stitch!

Ajaire sews the sweetest outfits for her 2-year-old daughter, Bean. Seriously. Her pictures make me want to sew a whole wardrobe for our 2-year-old granddaughter, Katie. Ajaire does amazing things with fabric, too — like the Lattice Smocking on Bean’s Birthday Dress and the multi-directional pleats on her Emily Carr Inspired Dress, and she shares how she did it on her blog! My current favorite project from Ajaire, though, is one she did for herself! Have you seen the Polo Dress Re-do that she shared during Make for Mom in May? I love it!For the Jersey Love Tour, Ajaire sewed Bean a Beachcomber Dress! You can check it out by clicking the picture below!
Rebecca from Rock the Stitch is a master at sewing stylish, modern clothing for her sons and her daughter! The outfits that she makes for her daughter are amazing, and I am in awe of the things she sews for her sons. Rebecca shares some great tutorials on her blog for modifying any pattern you might have on hand to give it that perfect finishing touch. For your boys, you can learn how to add a Chevron Stripe to an otherwise plain tee pattern or turn basic shorts into Hip Boardshorts. For your girls, you have to check out her guide to adding a Self-Bound Petal Cuff to capri pants and her free Peep Hem Dress Pattern! For the Jersey Love Tour, Rebecca sewed a pair of Runaround Pants for her oldest son. Go check them out on her blog right now by clicking the picture below!

The Jersey Love Blog Tour Kick-Off!

Guess what starts tomorrow morning?! The Jersey Love Blog Tour, that’s what! I am so excited about this group of sixteen amazing sewing bloggers who agreed to host the tour over the next two weeks! Each blogger chose a pattern from the first four patterns in my new Jersey Love series to sew and review, AND they each got to choose fabrics from Riley Blake Designs’ new Jersey Basics line to use for their projects! Huge, huge thanks to Riley Blake Designs for sponsoring this tour by providing fabric to all of the bloggers!

My goal with this series of patterns is to get all of you sewing these great designer cotton/spandex stretch jerseys. While they may seem intimidating at first because they stretch and roll, with a little bit of guidance and a pattern that uses those things to its advantage, I think you’ll fall in love with sewing them! Your little ones are definitely going to love wearing them. They’re so comfy. They totally let kids be kids!

In fact, I have a few pictures to share that demonstrate that fact quite well. As you can see from the pictures above, we had several onsite photo shoots for this group of patterns. The day we went to the beach I thought I would dress my boys in outfits from this line and get pictures of them with my 2-year-old Beachcomber Dress model. I had grand plans for beautiful images for the front page of my website. The weather was overcast and still — just perfect for beautiful photography. 2-year-olds and 3-year-olds, however, really just don’t care much about standing still and being cooperative when they’re at the beach. It’s far more fun to throw sand, and that’s what they did . . . pretty much the entire time we were there.You just have to laugh, right? These clothes are made for playing!Ready to see the Jersey Love Blog Tour line-up? It’s a great one! You’re going want to stop in and see every one:

Tuesday, 8/13: Call Ajaire & Rock the Stitch
Wednesday, 8/14: imagine gnats & Busy, Beautiful and On a Budget
Thursday, 8/15: Shaffer Sisters & Blue Susan Makes
Friday, 8/16: Rooibos Mom & Mama Says Sew
Tuesday, 8/20: Designs by Sessa & Hopeful Threads
Wednesday, 8/21: Making More with Less & Sew Can She
Thursday, 8/22: Crafty Hour & Winter Wonderings … Wanderings & Whatnot
Friday, 8/23: Little Kids Grow & Max California

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