Weekend Style–Sewing book GIVEAWAY

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

The weekend is here! So how about a new WEEKEND STYLE sewing book!
Yessss.
I love this book (by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline).
And I just love Caroline!

She’s one of my fellow designers at Art Gallery Fabrics…so you’ll often notice HER sewing with my fabrics; and ME sewing with hers.
We both have a thing for bright colors and happy fabrics.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardIn fact that’s what I love most about Caroline: her cheerful personality, and of course her adorable style.
All of that is in the new book.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThere are some great intro pages—talking about fabrics, how to care for them, which stitches to use, etc.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard(And yep, I’m still holding onto scraps of Caroline’s yellow knit fabric that I used for both my girls here.  I can’t get rid of it! And I can’t believe how short Lucy’s hair was!)

Then Caroline jumps right into the projects.
And they’re all so cute/cool/useful.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardI really appreciate that in a book—when each project is something you REALLY would make and use (rather than filler projects).
I mean this skirt?? I would totally wear that.
In fact, I need that.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardThis dress has a cool back that I haven’t seen before:

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd if you’re not a garment sewer, there are some fun bags, flip flops, and other projects too.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardSew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardAnd honestly, she had me at Shift Dress.
THIS. IS. SO. CUTE.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana WillardWould you like to see more?
Check out the rest of the book tour here.

And
, if you want to win a copy of the book??…..

Today we’re giving away ONE copy of Weekend Style.

Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard Sew Caroline Weekend Style book on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

GIVEAWAY RULES:
• Leave a comment, that’s it.
• Only one entry per person.
• Open to US residents only.
• ONE winner will be picked via random.org
• Giveaway ends Monday 7/3/17 at 10pm Central time.

Thanks Caroline!
Grab the Weekend Style book here.

Summer Picnic Dress

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Summer is here! I mean like, for REAL it’s here… there’s nothing but hot days in our forecast. We even have some triple digits coming within the next week. So now is a perfect time to talk about the dress I made for Clara at Christmas, right??

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern CompanyBut then again, gingham is always in season. And in Texas, so are sundresses!
I love Melissa’s Sundress month. You know about this, right?

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Melissa Mora of Melly Sews hosts it every June, and bloggers from everywhere share their different takes on sundresses. This is my second year to play along (with a little less neon this time around), and I always find a ton of inspiration in the posts everyone contributes.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Speaking of things I love? Dude. The Sophie Dress from Simple Life Pattern Company.
Oh my gosh, this is such a cute design. I’ve made 3!
So far.
Remember my first one? I haven’t blogged about the second, but you can see it in the Fiesta Fun look book.

This time around, I made a few subtle adjustments to get the look I was going for. I made the neck ruffle slightly wider, and I played with the neckline curve a little. Do you do that too? Sometimes I just can’t help messing with a pattern when I’m making it again and again. It’s too fun!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I couldn’t decide whether to do the ruffle on the straight grain or on the bias, and this time I chose straight. But gingham on bias would be amazing.

There’s so much to love about the design of this pattern. But what keeps bringing me back?….I’m alllll about the scoop neck with the button placket.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

I mean, how cute is that??
Very. So very.

So how did I decide on a gingham theme for our Christmas card? A very technical and deliberate method…

http://www.madeeveryday.com/?p=24852&preview=trueBasically I realized that Lucy already had a gingham dress, and Casey and Owen already had gingham ties. Haah! OK and I wanted a gingham skirt. Win-win. Win.

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

As a bonus, I finally got to play around with gingham color blocking, something I’ve wanted to do for forever. And Clara ended up with another adorable Sophie sundress that she’s getting a ton of wear from.
Happy Sundressing (and picnic-ing)!

Summer Picnic gingham sundress from MADE Everyday with Dana - Sophie Dress pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company

Tie it up—20% off

How to sew a Necktie on MADE Everyday with Dana Willard

Father’s Day is on SUNDAY.
Which means it’s not too late to make him a simple, cool, handmade gift.

And I’ll make it extra easy for you….20% off the Everyday Necktie Pattern from now till Sunday night!
Use code: TIE4DAD

This is easily one of my favorite patterns, because it’s so empowering to make something like this, from any fabric you like. Make one to match any outfit, hobby, or personality.

The Everyday Necktie comes in:
> 3 sizes, for any age
> 2 styles—the Skinny Tie is my fave

And I LOVE seeing what you guys have made with the pattern in the Instagram tag #everydaynecktiemade.
Click on that tag for a link to each pic, though I have to give a shout out to Orchard Blossoms for sharing so many great pics in there.  I’m dying over that first floral one.  Gorgeous!

I promise, if you’ve never made a tie, you’re going to be amazed how easy this is.
And if you don’t believe—check out the video!

Then grab your pattern (remember to use code: TIE4DAD for 20% off through Sunday)
Turn on some tunes.
Sing and sew.
Then wrap it on up (with a bow? yes!), and enjoy your guy this Sunday…and every day!