Fabric Promo

Sewing for Fall with Raspberry Creek Fabrics

I am so excited to be on the promo team for Raspberry Creek Fabrics this quarter! For my first post I am on the blog bringing you Fall inspiration for sewing with rib knit.

I love all the CLUB fabrics I have purchased from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (especially the French Terry!) and was so excited to see new bases available for CLUB prints.  Rib knit is quickly becoming one of my favorite bases to work with so I knew I had to try RCF CLUB rib. For those unfamiliar with RCF, CLUB fabrics are the in house exclusively printed designs that are released seasonally.

I have been swooning over the Teal Watercolor Floral print in the Forever Collection and it has the perfect coloring for Fall sewing.  This fabric is available in both the rib knit I used and in the double brushed poly base.  Both of these fabric bases are a 9 oz weight and have 4 way stretch.  I find the rib knit to be more breathable and a little lighter for clothing than the double brushed poly base.

I wanted to sew up two completely different looks with this fabric to show just how versatile it is!  First, I sewed an Aaronica Romper from Made for Mermaids for my oldest daughter.  This pattern offers so many options including shorts, capri, pants and skirt as well as multiple sleeve lengths. The pants option make it perfect for transitioning to Fall but the short sleeves and back cut-out keep her cool enough in the waning summer heat as well. It is always a little tricky to sew for her since she’s so tall (same height as me now!) but so thin. I graded this pattern into a size 10 chest, size 8 waist and hips and a size 14 length. It was easier to grade than I expected but I did need to adjust the back elastic to be smaller for her. Once I adjusted the back elastic the romper fit her perfectly and is just so flattering on her!

Next, I sewed a leotard for my youngest daughter.  I chose the elbow length sleeves to make this a staple piece this Fall with knee socks and boots or a pair of skinny jeans.  I used the Juliet pattern from Petite Stitchery for her leotard. She is so petite at 3.5 years old that she is just now fitting into the 2T size on PSCO patterns! I did not need to do any grading for her leotard and can’t wait to layer it this Fall and Winter. Since this fabric would be a bit warm lined I opted for the leg and neck bands instead of fully lining it.

I loved being able to feature rib knits over on the Raspberry Creek Blog today and  I hope you are inspired by these looks and can’t wait to see what you sew up with CLUB rib knits!  Don’t forget to share in the Facebook group as well😊 

*This post was sponsored and does include some affiliate links but all opinions and views are my own*

Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Phoenix Crop, Top and Romper

Petite Stitchery just released the Phoenix pattern and it will be your new summer wardrobe staple!   The Phoenix is available in baby, girls and women’s sizing.  I tested the baby size and can’t wait to grab the other two sizes as well.

The baby Phoenix pattern is a spaghetti strap tank style that includes options for a bikini, crop, top and romper.  The optional accents include flounce (front, back or both) or a peek-a-boo back.  The baby sizes include bummies and can be paired as separates or as a romper.  Multiple necklines are available which include scoop, squared or high.  Sizing runs from newborn up to 24 months in the baby pattern.  Check out the line drawings below for even more details on all the awesome options included:

I made two different views for my daughter in testing and love both of them. First, let’s talk about sizing.  Her measurements put her in the 18 month width and 24 month length.  This was super easy to grade and came out in a really great fit on her.  For the first set I opted for separates to mix and match.  I sewed up the bummies with a regular waistband (yoga band is also included) and tank top.  This tank is the regular scoop neckline with no extra accents added.  Both fabrics are cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and I added some glitter HTV with my Silhouette on the tank.  We are heading to the Grand Canyon on vacation in a few weeks and this National Parks fabric was too cute to pass up!

I am a sucker for rompers so I had to sew up the romper view for her as well!  For this one I used the flounce on the front only and scoop neck.  The pastel gingham is also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and the solid pink is from Purple Seamstress.  Both fabrics are a cotton lycra as well.  I always worry on rompers without closures about over-stretching when taking it off/on.  But, this romper is very easy to get dressed without closures and without stretching it out.  The fit is spot on and SO cute with the flounce! I know a lot of sewists also shy away from patterns with bindings (I know I have in the past) but don’t be afraid.  Binding really isn’t difficult and the instructions in the tutorial make it so easy.  I don’t have a fancy coverstitch machine and just used a triple stitch on the longest stitch length to do my binding (and hemming) top stitching!

I love all the options packed into this fun summer pattern and plan to sew up a bikini top and peek-a-boo back tank top next!  The Phoenix is on sale for a short time and is eligible for bundle discounts on the website as well!   

I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Petite Stitchery Thistle

I was able to test out one of the newest patterns for Petite Stitchery that released this week in their unwind collection.  They released four (plus a FREEBIE) different patterns for the ultimate in comfort and relaxation in this collection.   The Thistle Sleep Set is available in baby, girls and women’s sizing.  I tested out both the girls and babies for the cutest matchy sleep sets for my girls!

The Thistle includes SO many options to create the ultimate sleep capsule that are perfect for warm summer nights!  You can choose from a shorts romper, shorts and tank set or nightgown.  There is an optional placket on all options and ruffle as well.  The tank comes in regular or crop length and nightgown in dress or maxi length.   The baby sizing runs from newborn to 24 months and the girls sizing runs from 2T to 17.  A knit fabric with 50% 4 way stretch is needed such as cotton lycra, rayon spandex or double brushed poly.  The Petite Eye Mask is a fantastic freebie that released as well that we added to our sleep capsule.  This mask is available in adult, child and doll sizing and has a traditional or cat ear shape. 


As you can see from my capsule lay outs above I went a little extra sewing these up!  For Eliana I sewed the baby pattern in 18 month width mashed with 24 month length.  I chose the tank/shorts separates (with no ruffle or placket so they were SUPER fast) and the nightgown with ruffle.  For Ava I sewed the girls pattern in size 7 width mashed with 12 length.  I chose ruffled and plain separates for her as well as a plain nightgown and the sleep mask.  All pajama solid fabrics used were cotton lycra from Purple Seamstress, the tiger stripes are an oooooold fabric from Girl Charlee in jersey knit and the giraffe floral is from Mabel Madison (who has since closed) in cotton lycra.  The sleep mask used the tiniest scraps of cotton woven and I used FOE from my stash for the band. 


I wanted a collection that was easy to mix and match that presented lots of options and the Thistle did not disappoint! These patterns are on sale for a short time and are eligible for bundle discounts on the website as well!   

I’d love to see what you create:)



Pattern Reviews

Pattern Review: Pippa’s Scalloped Romper & Dress by Simple Life Pattern Company

Simple Life Pattern Company just released Pippa’s Scalloped Romper & Dress and I was lucky enough to test this gorgeous pattern for them.

Pippa’s is an advanced beginner pattern for woven fabrics with sizing that runs from 2T up to size 12.  You can opt for a circle shorts romper (hello amazing twirl!) or a dress in vintage or knee length.  There are optional ruffles on both the romper and the dress and the back has a gorgeous scalloped detail with dainty shoulder ties.

My ten year old is romper obsessed and was so excited to wear this!  We opted for the no ruffle romper option and added a decorative fringe trim to the bodice.  Her measurements are all over the place so we used a size 6 waist, size 8 chest and size 12 length.  It can be pretty daunting to mash all those sizes together but it was very clear in the tutorial and very easy to get the perfect sizing.  Don’t let the scalloped details on the back intimidate you either! You will have a tracing template for these pieces making it so easy to follow the curves and get them to lay just right.  I bought the fabric and trim at Hobby Lobby and it is the perfect print for summer right around the corner!



The pattern is on sale 20% off through March 25 (happy birthday to me!)  and I can’t wait to see yours sewn up.   If you buy this pattern (or the others!) on sale let us know what you think!