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The Lulu Dress

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The Lulu dress is my newest addition to the RLD shop and I am so excited to debut it for y’all this week. It was the perfect dress for the amazing, spring weather we had today.
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The Lulu dress features beautiful, sideswept pleats along the bodice of the wearer’s left side, bust darts, pleated waistband, invisible zipper in the back, gathers on the side of the left waist, ruffled back bodice top band, and a cute 8″ tie in the back.
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The dress comes in 9 different sizes: 23-37″ waist. The fabric is a gorgeous teal, blue, and purple fabric. (Fabric colorway may vary in each dress due to print). Length of half-circle skirt is 20-22″ depending on size.blueorchid5

I paired this colorful dress with my new floppy hat (that actually fits my big-o head) and some cute, silver wedges from a couple seasons ago. What I most love about this dress is that I can dress it up for church, like today, or dress it down with sandals for a day in the playground, or shopping with the boys. This dress is the perfect dress to make you feel effortlessly beautiful. blueorchid2

This dress is available for purchase on the SHOP.
Please let me know what you think of the Lulu dress, and where you’d wear this baby if you bought it, in the comments below!

Stay creative,
ღ Reyna ღ

 

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The Paris Dress

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Last night I realized I had nothing to wear to church *smirk* so I looked in my stash and found this fabric that I purchased from Hancock Fabrics a couple weeks ago. I took out a custom pattern I had made for myself and altered it to make it into a full circle skirt and a front bodice with a lower, curvier, neckline. The bodice is fully lined and has an invisible zipper on the left side, although next time I’ll put it in the back. Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 6.30.51 PM

The fabric is polyester/cotton and I really wish I could find some silk fabric because I really want my custom made wardrobe to be made of the best fabric, but unfortunately I can’t seem to find any. Luckily, this fabric is so nice and comfy that I know I’ll be wearing it very often.Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 6.30.36 PM

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Next time I’ll be making a jumpsuit, hopefully out of cobalt blue or royal purple and adding it to the shop, but first let me leave you with a picture of me after I almost fell on my bum after all this twirling! haha. See my face? That is the look of relief that I didn’t fall! *whew!*Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 6.32.21 PM

 

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RLD Goes Shopping…

haul screenshotThese past two weeks I’ve been shopping here and there for goodies and I thought I’d share them with y’all in a brand new video for my YouTube channel. Some of y’all have been following me since way back when I first started sewing for myself and then when I finally decided to go to fashion school. If you are one of those followers, thank you. Thank you for following along on this journey I call my life. You guys rock! Some of you have not only stayed followers, but you’ve become friends! For those of you who just found out I have a YouTube channel, welcome! Go subscribe and check out all my old videos. Some of them are funny, some of them are silly, and some of them are fashion-related, so they’re awesome, of course 😉 Anyways, this haul is from Target, Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Walmart, and Family Christian. Below are all the links I mention in the video.

I am also working on finishing up my free sewing pattern for all my Facebook group members and a new podcast for The RLD Podcast. So stay tuned for those. Until then, enjoy the video and stay creative!

SHOW NOTES

HERE is the link to the Bible Journaling hashtag.

HERE is the link to my Bible Journaling Instagram Page.

HERE is the link to the NIV Women’s Devotional, teal Bible I have.

HERE is the link to the Single Column Journaling Bible by Crossway that I am gifting my hubby.

HERE is the Inspire Bible on Amazon.

HERE is the Inspire Bible at Family Christian store to get it 30% off.

HERE is the link to the Mary Square website.\

HERE is the link to the Instagram page I mentioned for my new canvas.

MY SOCIAL MEDIA

HERE is my Instagram Fashion Page.

HERE is my Instagram Bible Journaling Page.

HERE is my YouTube Channel.

HERE is my Twitter Page.

HERE is my Facebook Page.

HERE is my Facebook group. This is where you get my next sewing pattern for free!

HERE is my website and shop!

HERE is my podcast on iTunes.

HERE is more info on my podcast via my site.

Cover Photo Credit: readunwritten.com

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Florals & Lace for Spring

faith sitting (1 of 1)There’s a new dress making its way to the RLD shop very soon. Just like most of my new designs I like to make a sample in my size to check the sizing and fit and I just love how this one turned out. For this dress I used a lightweight, polyester fabric that was actually in the remnants pile at Hancock Fabrics. I hope to use a similar fabric for the ones in my shop but just not as slick as this fabric because it was a PAIN to sew. The wonderful thing about this dress is that it hangs wonderfully and is so comfy!sitting down (1 of 1) This dress will be available in sizes 25″ to 37″ waist and features box pleats in the front and back, and sheer/lace panel on the front, top of the bodice. It’s perfect for Spring and Summer. (My measurements in inches are 42/32/44)side sitting (1 of 1)Stay on the lookout for this dress in the shop and keep updated by following me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.side (1 of 1)front (1 of 1)

and here’s an outtake from our windy photoshoot today! lolwindy (1 of 1)

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RLD 021: Matthew Miller of Sunflowerman

rld021gpAfter a much needed winter vacation the RLD Podcast is back with another amazing and talented guest, Matthew Miller of Sunflowerman. He is a menswear illustrator and has made illustrations for magazines, boutiques, brands, and personalities to include, but not limited to:

GQ  / Fossil / iW Magazine / Longines / TUMI / PROJECT Show / Strong Suit / Perry Ellis / SevenFriday / Time+Tide  Andrés Sendra / Wolverine / CAT Footwear / Q Clothier / Andre Phillipe / Hanhart / and more.1447084815935

In this podcast you’ll hear all about how he started his illustrating business, what inspires him, what tools he uses, and also:

  • How he got his Sunflowerman nickname.
  • How he learned to sketch menswear illustrations.
  • His love of traveling, including Greece, the Appalachian Trails, Portugal, and more.
  • How he chooses what he wants to paint during live fashion shows.
  • How he goes about to connect with a brand for his illustrations.
  • How drawing on book pages got started.
  • How he deals with negative experiences with bad businesses.
  • The tools and tips he recommends for beginners.
  • and how he goes about pricing his pieces.

SHOW NOTES

HERE is the link to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History Podcast that Matt mentioned.

HERE is the link to the Serial podcast that I mentioned.

HERE is the link to Project trade show we mentioned.

HERE is the link to his Watches blog.

HERE is the link to his book, 100 Watches Book.

HERE is the link to his book, Aesthetic Guide for the Dapper Man: Art Book.

HERE is the link to Merit, Project 26 website, and Matt’s post is HERE.

HERE is a link to the Everlane Fashion brand.

HERE is a link to the rolling scanner I use (Matt’s scanner is mentioned below in his list of tools).Studio

TOOLS MATT USES AND MENTIONS

Paints
-Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers’ Pocket Box 14 pieces/12 colors
-Daniel Smith W/C 15Ml Primary Set
-Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay’s Black India Ink.
Brushes
-Winsor & Newton Artists Water Colour Sable Brush– Pointed Round Size 6
-Silver Brush 3007S-1 Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel and Risslon Brush, Script Liner, Size 1
-Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Brush Round-Short Handle 00
-Silver Brush 3009S-034 Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel and Risslon Brush, Oval Wash, 3/4-Inch
Scanner
-Canon Canoscan LiDE120 Color Image ScannerTools-2
 Matt is on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Periscope as Sunflowerman. His email for business inquiries or questions is sunflowermatt@gmail.com.

If you enjoyed this episode of The Reyna Lay Designs Podcast make sure you leave Matt a comment on his social media and let us know what you thought of this episode in the comments below. Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to subscribe to the RLD Newsletter to get the latest & greatest of Reyna Lay Designs.Esquivel+Shoes+painting+for+Colette Andres+Séndra+fashion+illustration Final-2

WANT MORE OF RLD? Check out the Reyna Lay Designs website at reynalay.com and find me on EtsyInstagramTwitter, & YouTube at the handle @reynalay. Like my page on Facebook, Reyna Lay Designs and join my group, The Reyna Lay Designs Group to get my next sewing pattern for FREE!
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Music by BenSound
Header Photo Credit: Sunflowerman

If you’d like to donate any amount to the RLD Podcast for hosting and website fees, or better mic equipment, you can do so below. Thank you in advance!

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Birkin Flares by Baste & Gather

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“Inspired by the style of 1970s fashion icon Jane Birkin, the Birkin Flares feature a high waist, trim fit to the knees and a fashion-forward, flared leg. The Birkin Flares work wonders on all figures and make even the puniest of bottoms look fantastic (ask me how I know!).” -Lauren Dahl

I recently had the opportunity to test out an amazing pattern that sewcialist Lauren Dahl of Baste & Gather created and guys, I have to say, these are officially my favorite pair of pants. The fit on them is fantabulous!

I don’t know about y’all, but it’s so hard for me to get a great fit on pants because I have a curvy, hourglass body and if they fit me in the hips they always, always, gape at the waist, or if they fit at the waist, then they are loose in the hips and legs. Well, these babies fit like a glove. Hooray! The best part of these? They fit both the slim and the curvy bodies like a second skin. Don’t take my word for it, check out all the other photos by searching the hashtag #BirkinFlares on Instagram.Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 1.55.15 PMThese babies are made for waist sizes 24″-35″ and so that y’all can compare fit, I made size 32. My measurements are waist 32/33″ and my hips are 42″. The high waist sit about an inch above my belly button and because they fit snug against my body they hold in my lower “mama” belly I still have from baby number two. This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers, but trust me, Lauren’s instructions guide you through each step seamlessly and even if you have never sewn a pair of jeans, this pattern is worth the try because it’s so good. You won’t regret it. Plus, jeans are easy!Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 2.20.43 PMFor my pants I used a stretch denim with a velvet print on it that I found at Joann’s and used regular black thread for the whole thing. I didn’t go out and buy topstitching thread, although you can if you want, because the print on these babies were enough detail already. I also decided to nix the rivets because both the gold and silver ones just didn’t go with my print. I wanted the fabric to be the focal point, besides the amazing fit. I was able to find everything I needed at Joann’s but you can certainly get them online if you wanted to for a much cheaper price. I’d say the total cost for these pants was about $30 and they fit better than my designer jeans! The fabric cost about $25, the zipper was a few dollars, and I already had thread and buttons, so there you go, $30.Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 2.02.46 PM

If you get a chance, check out Lauren’s post on her blog HERE and shop for them HERE. Oh, and guess what? Lauren has graciously given $2 off the pattern when they use the code BIRKINRELEASE at checkout. All other patterns in her shop are 50% off and the codes end at 11:59pm PST on Sunday, December 13. Make sure you go and buy the pattern because it’s amazeballs.

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Hope you guys love this pattern as much as I do. Let me know if you do buy it, I’d love to see them when you’re done! WANT MORE  OF RLD? Check out the Reyna Lay Designs website at reynalay.com and find me on EtsyInstagramTwitter, & YouTube at the handle @reynalay. Like my page on Facebook, Reyna Lay Designs and join my group, The Reyna Lay Designs Group to get my next sewing pattern for FREE!
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Until next time,
Stay creative!

 ღ Reyna Lay ღ

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RLD 020: Tamara Styer, Editor-in-Chief of Deitra Magazine

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 2.08.07 AMThis week we have the empowering   Editor-in-Chief of the ever popular, Deitra Magazine. We’re actually friends in real life and she’s actually given me the opportunity to write for her magazine and through this process I’ve seen how brave, kind, and empowering woman she is. In the show you’ll learn about how she started her fashion and music magazine, how she set goals for herself and also:

  • How blogging started her towards the goal of a print magazine.
  • Why she decided to dive right into her own magazine without finishing school.
  • How people encouraging her helped her achieve her goal when everyone was doing things differently.
  • How she learned the inDesign program where she creates her magazines.
  • How she funds her magazine and keeps it going.
  • How she found people that are now involved in the magazine.
  • How she prioritizes all her goals and working a second job.
  • and her goals for the future.

SHOW NOTES

HERE is the link to her latest issue.

HERE is the link to Deitra Mag’s website.

HERE is the link to Sarah Vega’s fan page, the model she used for the Celestial makeup photos.

HERE is Sarah Vega’s Instagram.

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Tamara is on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as Deitra Mag. Find past issues HERE.Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 2.10.06 AMIf you enjoyed this episode of The Reyna Lay Designs Podcast make sure you leave Tamara a comment on her social media and let us know what you thought of this episode in the comments below. Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to subscribe to the RLD Newsletter to get the latest & greatest of Reyna Lay Designs.

 

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 2.11.40 AMWANT MORE  OF RLD? Check out the Reyna Lay Designs website at reynalay.com and find me on EtsyInstagramTwitter, & YouTube at the handle @reynalay. Like my page on Facebook, Reyna Lay Designs and join my group, The Reyna Lay Designs Group to get my next sewing pattern for FREE!
Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Music by BenSound
Header Photo Credit: Deitra Magazine

If you’d like to donate any amount to the RLD Podcast for hosting and website fees, or better mic equipment, you can do so below. Thank you in advance!

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Tester Call: Bandana-Rama Pattern CLOSED

 

This pattern came from a need to keep my little one’s hair back as I let his bangs grow out. They kept falling over his eyes and he kept complaining about it but I didn’t want to cut them again only to start the process all over again, so I put an old bandana on his head. I couldn’t find any bandana similar to it in the stores so I decided to make my own pattern and adjust it as needed. Thus, came the Bandana-Rama Pattern! I hope you love it as much as I do and that you’ll help me out by testing this cute accessory for me! If you’re interested, keep on reading!
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A fun and cute accessory that can be made for boys, girls, and adults. This one-size-fits-most pattern is a perfect way to accessorize someone’s outfit or a practical piece to hold hair in place. It features 2 side panels and one top panel for the perfect countering of the head and also has a small tail in the back that goes under the straps in order to avoid pulling the hair when tying the straps together. The pattern can be made in both knit and woven fabrics and because of the small pieces of fabric it uses, it’s the perfect pattern to use up all those scraps you have lying around!

SIZING:

This pattern includes a one-size-fits-MOST pattern that is for both kids and adults.

SCHEDULE FOR TESTING: (Tentative)

  • Monday, November 9- Tester Call
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Chosen testers will be sent an email to let y’all know you have been chosen. Email will include the pattern plus a link to the FB group you will need to join to ask any questions regarding the pattern.
  • Friday, November 13 – Testing officially starts. This gives you a couple days to get your fabric and any materials needed to make your garment.
  • Wednesday, November 18 – All high-quality photos and feedback will be due on this day. Testers may share photos on their social media on this day.

This pattern has a quick turnaround because it is such a quick sew and can be finished in a couple hours or less! Testers are free to make several bandana-ramas in both knits and woven fabrics after the first Bandana-rama is made, and photos/feedback for the testing are submitted.

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Please leave any questions you may have in the comments below and I will answer them as soon as I can. Tester call will be closed once I have all the necessary testers. Please feel free to join my Facebook group HERE to get updates on this pattern and when it will be released.

Until next time,
Stay Creative!

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Tester Call: Dream Catcher Pattern CLOSED

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The Dream Catcher pattern is almost ready for testing! So I am needing the perfect mix of sizes in all levels of experience from all of you amazing sewcialists out there!dreamcatcherversions

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A go-to, versatile, feminine pattern that can be worn by many body types. The pattern features a kimono style sleeve and bodice with a shirred waistline to create an hourglass silhouette that gives any body shape a slimming look. The pattern has various sleeve and hem lengths to give a diverse look for any occasion. The pattern calls for knit fabrics, but adventurous sewists can help me test a second look using a woven fabric with a good amount of drape. (The name of the pattern was chosen because of the fact that this pattern came to me in a dream. Congrats to Melissa Malice for winning the name my pattern challenge. You’ll get the final pattern for FREE!)

SCHEDULE FOR TESTING:

  • Sunday, November 8- Tester Call
  • Wednesday, November 11 – Chosen testers will be sent an email to let y’all know you have been chosen. Email will include the pattern, size you are testing, and version. Plus, a link to the FB group you will need to join to ask any questions regarding the pattern.
  • Friday, November 13 – Testing officially starts. This gives you a couple days to get your fabric and any materials needed to make your garment.
  • Friday, November 20 – All photos and feedback will be due on this day.

This is a quick turnaround on the pattern because of the fact that this pattern is such a quick sew in all the versions. Testers may choose to sign up for whichever version they would like to do but must be willing to make a different version should that version be needed in the size they signed up for.

SIZING:

This pattern includes sizes 00-28, which ranges from a 24” to 50” waist. The waist has a couple inches of ease for the most comfortable, loose fit. If you prefer a snugger fit, you may want to go down a size, or vice versa.DREAMCATCHERSIZECHART

If you are between sizes you may size down as the fit of the pattern is loose and has ease in it. Testers chosen will need knits in the range of 1.5 yards for version 1, the top, to 3.5 yards for version 5, the maxi. Should they have time, testers can choose to make more than one version, and even test it out in a woven, once they have submitted photos of the size & version they signed up for. Successful testers will get the final pattern with all versions free and a discount code to use on any of my past and/or future patterns.

CLOSED CALL NOW. TESTERS CHOSEN.
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Please leave your questions in the comments below and I will answer them as soon as I can. Version shown is the top, version 1 in a knit from Jo-Ann’s. I am wearing a size 10. My measurements are 42″ B, 32″ W, 42″ H. Tester call will be closed once I have all the necessary sizes. Please feel free to join my Facebook group HERE to get updates on the pattern, when it will be released, and a very special coupon code for this pattern.

SIGN UP TO BE A TESTER HERE: http://goo.gl/forms/42rxqDLnsa

Until next time,
Stay Creative!

ღ Reyna Lay ღ

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RLD 019: Rebekah Scott Designs Owner and Designer

rld019This week on the podcast we have bag designer and business owner of Rebekah Scott Designs, Rebekah Scott. Her passion for creating the loveliest bags and baby bundle accessories allowed her the opportunity to quit her day job in radio and pursue what she really wanted to do in life: stay home with her kids and run her own business. On the podcast you’ll hear her talk about:

  • The reason she started Rebekah Scott Designs
  • Her new podcast, The Encourager.
  • Spirituality and life.
  • How her mother, a master seamstress, impact her life.
  • How she learned to make her purses and why she chose this accessory.
  • Where the names for her pieces come from.
  • Where she sources her fabric.
  • How she started pattern making her designs.
  • Where her inspiration comes from.

SHOW NOTES

HERE is the link to her website.

HERE is the link to her blog.

HERE is the link to the Lia Backpack.

HERE is the custom baby bundle we spoke about.

HERE is the baby collection items in her shop.

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If you enjoyed this episode of The Reyna Lay Designs Podcast make sure you leave Rebekah a comment on her social media and let us know what you thought of this episode in the comments below. Thanks for tuning in and don’t forget to subscribe to the RLD Newsletter to get the latest & greatest of Reyna Lay Designs, and use the coupon code SPOOKY for 40% off the new Miriam Skirt Pattern through the end of October, 2015.

Until next time,
Stay Creative!

ღ Reyna Lay ღ

WANT MORE  OF RLD? Check out the Reyna Lay Designs website at reynalay.com and find me on EtsyInstagramTwitter, & YouTube at the handle @reynalay. Like my page on Facebook, Reyna Lay Designs and join my group, The Reyna Lay Designs Group to get my next sewing pattern for FREE!
Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Music by BenSound
Header Photo Credit: Rebekah Scott Designs

If you’d like to donate any amount to the RLD Podcast for hosting and website fees, or better mic equipment, you can do so below. Thank you in advance!