Special Occasions in Style with Simple Life Pattern Company: A Blog Tour

I have been so excited for this special occasion blog tour! Several weeks ago Becca said “We should do a blog tour for the holidays!” Or maybe Katie said that. Or maybe it was my idea – but I’m blaming Becca for now. In any case, Simple Life Pattern Company has decided to bring you an amazing line-up of bloggers and their SLPco Holiday creations for a spectacular #SLPcoHolidays blog tour. Even better? There is a sitewide sale :  you can shop ALL the patterns and save 20% using the code “SLPcoSpecial” during the blog tour. Make sure you read all the way to the end of my post to enter the giveaway to win fabric and patterns from some amazing sponsors!

I had a lot of fun sewing for the tour and I am so grateful that Harts Fabric sponsored the first look I am sharing with you today! I used crepe-backed satin in gunmetal and oyster to make this SLPco Sophie dress for my 9-year-old daughter.

The Sophie is a fitted dress designed for woven patterns. I last made a Sophie for my daughter about 8 months ago and it was getting a little snug, so I sewed the next size up for the tour. My satin was 52″ wide so I made the skirt a little bit fuller on this Sophie since the satin has a ton of drape. Despite having this beautiful drape, it is also thick and not sheer at all. I’m a big believer in wearing a slip under dresses but there was no need for this particular look.

The satin was very easy to work with due to the crepe-backing. I did use a microtex needle to prevent any snags or runs. I definitely recommend this gorgeous satin which is also available in teal for girls’ and womens’ wear.  Hart’s Fabric had such a nice selection of special occasion and apparel fabrics it was really hard to choose!

I did choose to slim out the ruffle on the collar piece. The satin layers are thicker and with more body than traditional quilting cotton, so I wanted it to look more like a ruffled flounce along her neckline. I then used my Aurifil 80 weight thread to hand tack the ruffle in several places along the neckline. The Aurifil 80 weight is so fine it just disappears into the fabric!

I made my 3 year-old-daughter a dress for Christmas, too! Even though she has hand-me-downs from TWO big sisters, she just LOVES new dresses and I had to sew up the beautiful Simple Life Pattern Company Wendy. That sweet collar just screamed for some gold piping. I admit I am usually the queen of KAM snaps since I am sewing for four children – but I had to give this dress the honor of buttonholes and gorgeous vintage buttons.

I honestly don’t remember when or where I got this fabric. It is a very nice taffeta with vertical stretch. I had to slim out the skirt of the pattern to accommodate the extra fullness that the taffeta has. My daughter is right between a size 4 and 5 on the size chart. I made her a 4 since most of my children start to stretch up and slim down at this age and I wanted the bodice to fit her nicely.

Big or small, every little lady deserves to feel special. I’m so glad that with Simple Life Patterns, I can make them something that makes them shine throughout the holidays and beyond.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing some sneak peeks from the other amazing makers on the blog tour! Make sure you visit these incredible women and see what they are sewing!


Happy Sewing and Happy Holidays!



November 13 – Kainara StitchesAmmon Lane

November 14 – Sew and Tell ProjectLace and Pine

November 15 – Sunflower SeamsSewSophieLynn

November 16 – Wonderfully HandmadeIdle SunshineI am Mami de Sofiona

November 17 – Pear Berry LaneIt’s Liesel



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5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
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$50 Gift Card from Little Feather

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Already sewing for the holidays with Simple Life Pattern Company? Share what you made for a chance to win the Link-Up prize! One winner will be chosen at random after the link-up closes.

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5 Patterns of choice from Simple Life Pattern Co.
$50 Gift Card to Harts Fabric
$50 Gift Card to Sincerely Rylee
$30 Gift Card to Punkin Head Threads


  1. Sherri Herrera | 13th Nov 17

    Love it, Eleri! The colours for the crepe back satin dress look so good together.

  2. Felicia | 14th Nov 17

    These dresses are so pretty. Your kids are so lucky to get such beautiful mama-made things.

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  4. Becca | 15th Nov 17

    Eleri, these dresses both turned out so gorgeous!! I’m so happy we talked each other into hosting this tour…it has been so much FUN!!!

  5. Melissa | 15th Nov 17

    Love both of these dresses; your gathering is perfect. 😉 And the fabric is beautiful! So shimmery – perfect for the holidays!

  6. Tami Peterson | 16th Nov 17

    Such sweet dresses! The back of your Sophie is stunning and now I feel like I NEED to make one too, especially with a Sophie of my own. Thanks so much for hosting this fun tour!

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  9. Brooke Smith | 17th Nov 17

    Just gorgeous! Thanks for having me on board with you guys <3 xxx

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  11. Cassy Gobin | 17th Nov 17

    The Gold Piping is a perfect match. Our dresses coordinate! If we were close we could do a shoot together…. Inside of course. I had to pay a fat sum for Peyton to freeze outside and I know we are probably feeling like summer compared to your weather.

  12. Diane | 19th Nov 17

    Those dresses are beautiful and will be great for Christmas and beyond. The girls look like they must feel very special.

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