Nina Blouse by Coffee + Thread

Nina Blouse | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

As a sewing enthusiast, I get really excited about construction details. I love pleats and darts and collars and how, in combination, they come together to create unique garments. When I go shopping, I spend lots of time examining the way that things are sewn. I like to turn shirt sleeves inside out and see […]

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Merry Go Round Top by Puzzle Patterns

Merry Go Round Top | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

The Merry Go Round Top and Dress is a beautiful pattern from Puzzle Patterns, the newly created pattern company by Aimee Randle. I tested the Merry Go Round Top for my daughter. We both love the style and the clever construction that gives the garment added durability and comfort. Indie pattern companies are as abundant […]

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School Bus Jammies

Bus Jammies | Octaves of Color, a creative blog

My nephew is obsessed with buses. He loves all vehicles, but buses were an early favorite. For a long time, he greeted every school bus that passed by with shouts of “Skoo bah!” When I discovered this school bus fabric, I immediately thought of him. He needed some school bus jammies for Christmas. The Pattern: […]

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Mommy and Me Velvet Christmas Dresses

Mommy and Me Christmas Blog Tour | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

This post is a part of the Mommy and Me Christmas Blog Tour hosted by Lori Bowers from Seams Sew Lo. More details about the other great blogs on the tour, our sponsors and a GIVEAWAY are at the end of the post.   My daughter has a burgundy velvet dress that she got second-hand from […]

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Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies

5oo4 Holiday Blog Tour: Christmas Jammies | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

  This post is a part of the Holiday Blog Tour sponsored by 5 out of 4 Patterns. More details about the other great blogs on the tour and a GIVEAWAY are at the end of the post.   Christmas Traditions I can still remember petitioning my mother. My older sister and I were much too […]

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Winter Wear: The Halifax Hoodie

Halifax Hoodie | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

I live in the Midwest in a 70-year-old condo that lacks insulation in the exterior walls. When the temperature drops, the walls become cold to the touch, like the inside of a refrigerator. By late Fall, it starts to get downright chilly inside, even with the heat on. Since I know cranking up the thermostat […]

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Pattern Review: Angelica Pattern by Jilly Atlanta

Pattern Review: Angelica by Jilly Atlanta | Octaves of Color, a Creative Blog

Meet the new Angelica Pattern from Jilly Atlanta. Designer Jill Coppock said that when she was conceiving the Angelica, she wanted a top to help her daughters feel like they have wings. What resulted is a precious top or dress that looks great in many fabrics. The Pattern Details The Angelica pattern uses pleats and gathers […]

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