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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A FINAL FLORAL BUMP

DRESS: ASOS MATERNITY (NON MATERNITY HERE) SIMILAR STYLE IN MORE SIZES HERE | SHOES: KRISTIN CAVALLARI | BAG: REBECCA MINKOFF | SUNGLASSES:  KAREN WALKER (RENTED FROM DITTO - USE CODE 'ELLEAPPAREL' TO GET YOUR FIRST RENTAL FREE!)

If you don't follow me over on Instagram you are probably wondering about the radio silence these past few weeks. My sweet baby Eli Garrett Barlow was born on the 6th of August and I have been loving every moment of this sweet newborn heaven. He is better than anything I could have dreamed of and he is the perfect addition to our family!

I hope to get his birth story up on the blog soon, but I did want to pop in and share my very last maternity look. This one I shot 3 days before I gave birth, so its as close to full term as you're gonna get! This dress is one of the few maternity dresses I purchased during this pregnancy and I love love it.  I wore it to my birthday dinner with some of my girlfriends. The material is thick scuba-like fabric and I love the florals. I am really going to miss being able to wear it now that I'm not pregnant!  A lot of the sizes are already sold out, but there is an almost identical dress in plenty of sizes here, and one very similar that is non-maternity here!


Thank you for all of your kind words and congratulations. I am soaking up these first few precious weeks as much as I can! 


Monday, August 3, 2015

BIRTHDAY KIMONO DRESS: TUTORIAL

DRESS: MADE BY ME (TUTORIAL BELOW) CREATED FROM THIS DRESS, SIMILAR HERE AND HERE | SHOES: NORDSTROM | CLUTCH: J.CREW (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE) | SUNGLASSES: KAREN WALKER (RENTED FROM DITTO - USE CODE 'ELLEAPPAREL' TO GET YOUR FIRST RENTAL FREE!)

Kimono dresses are great when you aren't pregnant, but the work so well for maternity! I loved the floral dress I wore in this post that I patterned this dress after it and wore it to dinner for my 30th birthday.

The tutorial for it s pretty simple. It's a lot of straight lines, and it is fairly loose, so it's pretty forgiving if the pattern isn't cut just right.  If you would love to make this dress but don't know how to sew, my friend Merrick and I just launched The Modern Girls Guide To Sewing, a brand new e course that teaches you everything you need to know about how to sew! Make sure to check out moderngirlsewing.com to get started! (check out the post below for more details!)


Shop my look here:


See the full tutorial below after the jump...

Friday, July 31, 2015

INTRODUCING: THE MODERN GIRLS GUIDE TO SEWING! + GIVEAWAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


I am so excited to finally announce that Merrick and I have officially launched The Modern Girl's Guide To Sewing! A two-part video series that teaches you everything you need to know to learn how to sew your own clothing! Over the past 6 years of creating sewing tutorials on our blogs, we have received countless emails asking us the best way to learn how to sew, or comments about how they wished they knew how to sew. The bottom line was- unless you had the time and money to sign up at a local college and pay the full tuition cost to take a sewing course, there wasn't much out there that would teach clear, basic, affordable apparel sewing skills. The Modern Girl's Guide to Sewing changes that.

On our website, moderngirlsewing.com, you can purchase two different sewing courses to fit your needs. A Beginners Course- that teaches you all the basics from how to thread your sewing machine to creating a gathered waistband, and an Intermediate Course- for those who know the basics of sewing, but want to learn more about inserting sleeves, creating darts, and attaching pockets. We end each course with a start to finish episode that walks you through creating a custom garment tailored to YOU, where you will utilize each skill you learned throughout the course. Purchase these courses individually, or bundle them together to get a discount.

We also just finished up an AMAZING giveaway over on our instagrams....Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see if you were one of the winners!!

Here is what you will be able to make after taking the courses....

We have so much more information over at moderngirlsewing.com, so make sure you check it out. You can see a list of every class we have here, and find info on how to purchase the courses here. We also have a free video that teaches you how to create your own custom pattern from an existing piece of clothing over on our new YouTube channel. (make sure you subscribe! We will be adding other free videos there in the future!)

And here is a little peak of how much fun you will have with us...




We put hours and hour (and..hours) into these courses to make sure each episode is clear and concise...but still fun! These courses will give you the skills to start creating your own clothing! Let me tell you, it is one of the most exciting feelings ever to be able to draft a pattern and sew something totally customized.
So join us! We can't wait to share all of our knowledge about clothing construction with you!

AND THE WINNERS OF THE MODERN GIRL GIVEAWAY ARE...

1st Prize -- the winner is @sallen806!
Brother Serger 1034D ($189 value)
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($100)

2nd Prize -- the winner is @babsalabs!
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50)

3rd Prize -- the winner is @multimamamiki
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50)

3 Winners will receive:
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) -- the winner is @kassadilla
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) -- the winner is @karemyr
Jo-Ann’s Fabric Giftcard ($50) -- -- the winner is @aw82

5 Winners will receive:
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) -- the winner is @jenzzzington
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) -- the winner is @graciewpowell
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) -- the winner is @amandashawclark
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) -- the winner is @kara_muehlmann
Michael Levine Giftcards ($25) -- the winner is @meldunn711

Please email us at hello@moderngirlsewing.com with your name and address within 48 hours to confirm your prize!  Thank you so much to everyone who entered! We had almost 3,000 entries! We are so grateful for all of the excitement over these new courses!


photography by Mary Costa Photography

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

KEEPING IT CASUAL

TOP: NORDSTROM (LESS THAN $10!) | HAT: J.CREW (SOLD OUT, SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | PANTS: A PEA IN THE POD (NON MATERNITY VERSION HERE) | SHOES: NEW BALANCE | SUNGLASSES: RAY BAN | SIMILAR BAG | WATCH | NORDSTROM HERE AND HERE



photography by 
Kendra Maarse

While I love getting dressed up, most days you'll find me in simple jeans and a tee when running around with my boys. A cute pair sneakers and hat help bump up the look and complete the outfit. 

Also, make sure you check out the blog this Friday. I have a huge announcement about a project I have been working on with Merrick from Merrick's Art for the past year. We are finally announcing what #itstimetogetmodern is all about! You wont want to miss it!



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