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Sew Americana 2017

Sew Americana 2017

I am SO EXCITED that today is finally here, because it’s the official kickoff of the Sew Americana Blog Tour!  We had so much fun sewing up red, white, and blue inspired things last year, that I decided to make this tour a regular, yearly thing.  Welcome to the first day of 2017’s tour!

We’ve got five bloggers sharing their amazing talent each day.  You will not be disappointed if you head to each of their sites.  (And don’t forget to linkup your own Americana sewing project at the bottom of the post.  Instagram photos can be linked as well!)

Rebel, Rebel | Free Star Wars Cut Files!

Rebel, Rebel | Free Star Wars Cut Files!

Do you ever run into a creative block?  I do for sure.  And it’s A FREAKING BUMMER when it happens.  Like, life altering.  When I want to make something but can’t figure out what to make, it’s straight up depressing.

I went through it with these fabrics from RP Custom Fabrics.  They’re gorgeous and I wanted to do them justice.  It basically destroyed my sewjo….and then a lightbulb went off.  Star Wars.  The answer is Star Wars.  (In reality, the answer is always Star Wars.)

I Heart Surge Fabric Shop

I Heart Surge Fabric Shop

If you’ve never had the pleasure of drooling over the delightful fabrics that Surge Fabric Shop carries, allow me to introduce you to some.  Kayla, the owner, has this serious habit of spoiling me with extra goodies.  And because they show up as a surprise, I don’t always have them on my immediate list of to-sews…no matter how badly I want to turn them into clothing.

But this past weekend, I distracted Louis and Bennett with a new PS4 and got some extra “just for fun” sewing time in.  Thank you new gaming system!

Earth Tones

Earth Tones

I’m back for my third share of the Bellisima Mundo fabrics from RP Custom Fabrics.  Sara hooked me up with SO MANY strike offs and I couldn’t help but sew and share them all.  Plus it gives me an excuse to take photos of and with my two handsome guys…so you’ll never find me complaining.

Take the Plunge Swimsuit by Patterns for Pirates

Take the Plunge Swimsuit by Patterns for Pirates

Me: I’m never going to post photos of myself in a swimsuit on the internet again.
Also me: Hey Internet, here are some photos of me in a swimsuit!

This isn’t my fault.  Blame everything on Judy!  She decided that P4P needed another swimsuit pattern and here we are again.  This time, it’s a one-piece with a fun cross-over bodice…which magically looks AMAZING on every tester.  Want to learn more about it?  Let’s do this!

Bellisima Mundo by RP Custom Fabrics

Bellisima Mundo by RP Custom Fabrics

That Sara from RP Custom Fabrics…she just knows how to make some really amazing fabrics!  Her newest round of custom prints (going up for pre-order TOMORROW!!) is “Bellisima Mundo” and is seriously the coolest round ever.

Vintage Lace | Fall Flash Round!

Vintage Lace | Fall Flash Round!

I. Freaking. Love. Halloween.
I’ve probably mentioned this before on here.  But it’s true.  I’m not all about the blood and gore Halloween…more for the cutesy/dorky/creepy/crawly side of things.

I love themes.  I love costumes.  And I love the creativity behind Halloween.  I just love it all.  So even if I’m sewing strike-off fabrics well out of season, I don’t care.  Because the strikes are Halloween prints and I am ALLLLLLL over it!

Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

Mama Vivienne by Made for Mermaids

PATTERN RELEASE DAY IS HERE!!!  It’s like Christmas in the sewing world, am I right?

Made for Mermaids is releasing FOUR patterns all at the same time and I am geeked.  They span the entire family…boys, girls, men and women.  AND they’re fabulous for pattern mixing, which is way up my alley.  I have so many photos to share that I’m going to break it down into two days of posts.  And of course, I’m being a brat and showing off my photos first.  Would you expect any less?

May BeeBox | Vinegar + Honey Co.

May BeeBox | Vinegar + Honey Co.

The 15th day of every month is quickly becoming my favorite day.  Because it usually means I get a notification in my email, telling me that my BeeBox from Vinegar + Honey Co has shipped.  Fabric mail is the only kind of mail I like to get.

M4M Ella Sew-a-long :: Flutter Sleeve Add-On

M4M Ella Sew-a-long :: Flutter Sleeve Add-On

Have you guys heard?  Made for Mermaids is doing a sew-a-long for the Ella + Mama Ella patterns all next week!  So fun, right?  Sew-a-longs are just a little way for hundreds of people to sew the same thing, at the same time, and feel like you have sewing buddies making the same thing alongside you…as well as get a lot of inspiration, tips and hacks.

I’m here to share one of the extras that is coming next Wednesday: a flutter sleeve add-on!

I’m Just a Poe Girl | BackStitch Fabrics

I’m Just a Poe Girl | BackStitch Fabrics

I was contacted by the BackStitch Fabrics team about sewing some strike-offs for them.  Before even really seeing what they wanted me to sew up…I was in.  They have some really bold, funky designs and I thought it’d be fun to play along with them!

To find out that their round this time was Halloween themed AND I’d get some Edgar Allan Poe inspired designs was just bonus. 

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Katy McKinley
katy@threadandgrain.com