07.18.14Sizzling with the Shwins

Oh my goodness you guys! Today’s Paris inspired outfit is so ridiculously cute!! Shauna of Shwin and Shwin is kind enough to share with us today! Shwin Designs is the super adorable and right on trend pattern shop owned by these talented sisters. I have lost count of how many of their patterns I have sewn over the years and I ALWAYS love the results! Hop over HERE if you are looking for a fun weekend project  (my personal fav is the maggie mae tunic here). You have GOT to hop over HERE to see more of their absolutely darling Paris inspired outfit, but here is a tiny sneak peak:

Ekkkkk! Right? I mean oh my goodness, the shirt! The Shorts! The SHOES!!! I am dying. I told you it was fabulous! Thank you so much ladies for participating in the series!!



07.16.14Lexi Sizzles

Today is a fun but also kinda sad day. Our guest today is the SUPER talented Lexi of Lexi Made. You can find her amazing projects (and stunning photography) on her blog HERE and she is also a contributor over at the Sewing Rabbit. Lexi is a girl after my own heart, in that photography is her main love (at least i think I can say that) and sewing is a huge fun support of that. I pretty much sew not just because I love to but as an excuse to take more pictures ha! Her outfits have inspired me countless times and today is no exception. Aside from Bonton (which I gush about constantly it seems like) my other favorite children’s store in Paris Is Bonpoint (yup they try to confuse you over there ha!) Lexi made the most STUNNING outfits for her girls and darling flower crowns for her girls. Here is a little teaser for you:

Gah!!! Amazing! She captured everything I adore about Parisian children’s fashion. The effortless chic, the flowy fabric the timeless colors. I LOVE that she used a muted bluey purple for the dress and of course incorporated the timeless french stripe. Lexi you are incredible and I am absolutely depressed that you will no longer be blogging but ABSOLUTELY get it. I wish you all the best with your photography business which I know is doing just amazing . Thank you so much for your endless inspiration and I will be following you like a hawk on instagram. Thank you so much for being part of this sizzling series!Hop on over to Lexi Made to see more STUNNING pictures and while there drop her a note about how we don’t want her to leave! Maybe we can convince her ha!



07.15.14Sizzling with Simple Simon

Say THAT six times fast ha! Today we have the lovely ladies of Simple Simon and co.  Liz and liZ are incredible. There is just no other word for them. They just exude timelessness in everything they sew. On top of their flawless taste in sewing projects they also are the driving force behind Project Run and Play. The organization and kindness throughout my time in PRP made the competition all the more fun. I am so very grateful they were willing to lend their talents here on SINML and you are going to DIE when you see the cute tutorial! When you get a few HOURS to look over their amazing website hop on over HERE. You will be addicted immediately!

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Hi everyone! I am Elizabeth, one half of the duo of sisters-in-law that blog at Simple Simon and Company….where we love all things sewing, family and the art of homemaking.

In high school and after one year of college I got to spend a month each time in France as part of a study abroad trip. Both trips were memorable with castles, the Loire valley, cathedrals and Mont St. Michel; but some of my fondest memories were with my host families and their day-to-day activities.

One of my favorite activities with one of my host families was the daily trip to the market to pick up fresh bread, fruits and vegetables along with crème fraiche and other things to make family dinners.

So, for my walk-down-memory lane of my couple of weeks in France (oh, someday to go back!) I decided to make an easy farmer’s market tote to carry fresh vegetables home in.

I purchased my burlap bag at Hobby Lobby where they have tons of sizes, but I also found a good internet source HERE if you are looking for one online.

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I think the best part of the project is that it takes under an hour.

Here’s how I made mine.


Step 1: Tape off straight (or eyeball it ;) lines on your tote.

Step 2: Mix acrylic paint with textile medium.

Step 3: Using a foam brush dab your paint between the lines, let dry for 10 minutes. Then repeat with your next color.

And you are ready for the farmer’s market!
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Thank you so much Kelly for having us here!

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Isn’t that just DARLING!!! I so so wish I had thought (or seen) something like this while I was in Paris carting my ugly shopping bags back and forth to the store! Pretty sure I am making one for our trips to the SLC weekend farmers market! If you are in the area you’ll know me by my copycat tote! Thank you so so much Elizabeth and Liz!



07.11.14A Giveaway with Freshly PIcked

I am beyond excited about today’s giveaway! Freshly Picked Moccasins sent Evie these adorable Rose Gold mocs to try bashing about Paris in. I thought they picked the perfect color for Paris and knew we had to head to our favorite carousel for a La Vie En Rose themed photo shoot.


I have to be honest I was skeptical as to how well the mocs would hold up walking all over Paris, on the metro and being dragged through gravel at Tuilleries but I was very pleasantly surprised at how well they have held up!



The tops still look pristine even after loads of wears while the bottoms show a slight outline of the bottom of her foot which I actually think is pretty cute ha!


Of course Evie adores them and has dubbed them her “comfy shoes”.



Chloe was pretty  jealous and would sneak into the closet and get them out and wear them around when Evie was at school.


^^^^Note Chloe’s sobbing face strategically hidden behind the giant cotton candy^^^



Which brings me to one of the things I love most about them, even Chloe who is two can get them on in seconds. Maybe it is just me. Maybe it is because I cannot stand my head being used to help them balance every time one of my cuties puts on their shoes, but all of them being able to put their shoes on independently is kind of a mini miracle. And with how durable they are they will absolutely be handed down to Chloe.


If you have had your eye on some Freshly PIcked‘s today you could win a pair! Freshly Picked is giving away a pair of your choosing to one SINML reader. ANY PAIR YOU WANT! How awesome is that?!?! The giveaway opens today and ends the 17th and is open to US residents only. All you need to do is like FP HERE and SINML HERE, or if you already “like” us on FB follow FP on instagram HERE and SINML HERE. Then go over to Freshly Picked HERE pick your pairs of mocs and leave a comment telling me if you went the FB route or the IG route, then tell me which pair you would pick and where your cutie would wear them. For example I am coveting the Platinum Mocs for Chloe

And those just scream out for a photo shoot at Versailles to me! Especially if she brings as much attitude to the shoot as Evie did ha! 2014-07-01_0010

Thank you Freshly Picked for Evie’s fav pair of shoes and for being so generous! Best of luck!



07.09.14Summer with Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking!

We have such a fun style inspiration post today from the lovely Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking! What I love about Suzannah’s blog is that her projects are always meant for the LONG term. So so so often I sew something and then wear it once because it ended up not be the style I love or because I just have no idea how to actually wear said item well. My favorite repeat posts of AIDM is the “how to wear it posts”. Okay, so you made an amazing but very unique outfit, nowwwwwwww how to wear it. Whenever I feel like I am getting into a wardrobe “funk” these posts kick me right back out again! Then add into it her gorgeous food photography (her IG feed makes me drool) and home decor posts and well, I am certainly hooked! Thank you so much Suzannah!

Suzannah from Adventures in Dressmaking here, so happy to get to share some French ideas on Kelly’s lovely blog – oh, how I love watching her Instagram adventures with her well-dressed children as they travel beautiful places in Europe! I know Kelly is much more of an expert on quintessential French style than I am, but I do have some images in my head – I wanted to share with you some DIY ideas for recreating classic French summer looks with some fabulous sewing tutorials!

When I think French summer style, I think classic black and white stripes, red accents, and maybe a lightweight trench. Blue and red work, too! And some glam sunglasses, and a simple tote. Something like this…


Maybe you already have the perfect classy bright summer skirt or soft Petit Bateau knit in your closet, but if not… here are some ideas for fun DIY versions you can do of some very French summer-appropriate looks!

Here’s what I’d do!

French summer-inspired DIY ideas

I love this polka dot dress. It’s a totally basic fitted bodice style, and a simple gathered skirt. You could lengthen the sleeves on this basic dress pattern (adding even extra for the cuffs), and use a less full, gathered skirt! (I’ve used Simplicity 2444 umpteen times, and Simplicity 1873 is also a good one!)


Circle skirts are the BEST. How about a bright red one, or a check?

You don’t need a pattern for a circle skirt, but here’s a very thorough circle skirt calculator so you can draft your own!


Make your own comfy tee out of a navy and white stripe knit and a simple knit top pattern like this one by Dixie DIY!


My favorite sewing successes are when I’ve made myself things that I really love and can wear in my everyday life. I think a chic, Paris summer-inspired DIY may be perfect for the next time people like us want to get creative!

Thanks so much for having me, Kelly!

Readers, join me at Adventures in Dressmaking for more sewing and DIY ideas!

Don’t you just want to run out and buy some striped fabric and those fabulous patterns? Yes, yes I do ha!

Thank you again Suzannah!