Outfit · Sewing

Pumpkin Patch

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I am so happy it’s finally fall! It’s my favorite season. I always look forward to a visit to a local pumpkin patch. Fall is also my favorite season to sew and dress for. I’ve been busy making a lot of new garments but the weather is taking it’s time cooling down. It was nearly 80 degrees this day but I was determined to finally wear this outfit!  It’s an Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper and a Sweetheart top from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual.

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This is my second Sweetheart top. The first one I made years ago as a short sleeve, summery version. I was going to buy the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes pattern but I remembered this was similar. I was so happy to see that there was a long sleeve pattern piece included. I’m trying to limit the amount of patterns I’m buying. This top is a really great basic to add my wardrobe. I plan on making more of these. For this one, I used a burnt orange rib knit I found in the remnant section at Joanns. I know I will wear this a lot this season.

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The Ellie and Mac Be Smart Jumper is a circle skirt with waistband and straps. I used a plaid knit I had left over in my stash. I didn’t have enough to cut the circle but I did have enough to create a gathered skirt by cutting two rectangles. This was a very fast sew. I’ve already made another that I’ll be sharing soon.

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5D3B9491-2AC8-4AAA-BC9D-6A51BD2E904F I love how these two pieces work together. I’ll be wearing this again with tights when the weather finally cools down. I’ll be back soon with more fall outfits!

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Sewing

Pumpkin Amelia Top

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I am ready for fall! Can you tell? I made a Violette Field Threads Amelia top out of this amazing pumpkin print bamboo spandex jersey from Natures Fabric. The Amelia is high low top, with lined bodice and optional ruffle trim. There is a cap, a short sleeve and a 3/4 ruffle sleeve. 

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The print and colors on this fabric are so good! Unfortunately I think they are sold out of it. My friend Hannah showed it to me and we decided to split the last 3 yards that were on the site. This was my first time using Bamboo spandex. It is so soft and lightweight. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it at first. I have a to-make pattern list that I look over whenever I have a fabric I don’t know what to do with. I thought since it’s not heavy, it would work well with the ruffles and the gathers on this pattern.

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I only had a yard and a half which wasn’t enough for this pattern. I really needed another 1/2 yard. I bought a solid navy to line the bodice with. I also wanted a longer sleeve but this was as long as I could fit.

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This pattern was pretty quick to make up. The bottom edge of the ruffle is left raw but gathering the ruffles and the skirt was the most time consuming part.

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This top is really fun to wear. I just want to twirl and swish around the ruffles! It’s perfect over leggings and could be worn over skinny jeans, too. I’ll end up throwing a cardigan over it when it finally starts to get cold (It was 90 degrees when I took these photos). I really love this style and definitely see myself making more!

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Craft

Pumpkin Animal Plaques DIY

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I saw this DIY in the October issue of Country Living and knew immediately I needed to make these! The only taxidermy I’ll allow in our house! These animals were very easy and fun to make. I made a few changes to mine and I’m so happy with how they turned out! Plus, I decided to use faux pumpkins and leaves instead of real so I can enjoy these for many years.

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Supplies (all can be found at craft store):

  • Wood round(s)
  • Acrylic Paint and Brushes
  • Faux Pumpkins and leaves
  • Glue gun
  • Hardware to hang (optional)

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Step one: paint wood round solid color. I added a gold rim on one and gold polka dots on the other. I also decided to add these cute wooden leaves around the rim which I secured with some hot glue.

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Step two: Remove stem from large pumpkin. For fox, paint one half of pumpkin white. Paint eyes and mouth. Glue to wood with leaves as ears. For bear, glue small wood round to center of pumpkin. Paint eyes and mouth. Glue large pumpkin to center of wood round with small pumpkins as ears.

Step three: Attach hardware to back of wood round if you would like to hang it!

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Do you plan on making these? Please let me know if you do!