Double Dots

cardigan: me (last seen here, similar fabric here), top: Target (similar style here), pants: Gap, shoes: Enzo Angiolini, belt: J.Crew (currently loving this one)

Wearing similar prints in an outfit works as long as you mix it up a bit when it comes to scale.  I am a stripes girl at heart, but I have been accumulating quite the stash of polka dot fabric.  And I can hear them calling out “cut me!” “sew me!” from my fabric closet right now.  My fabric stash and I have quite the bond. 



I guess now that my baby is 3 months old I should reopen the shop huh?  Enjoy!



dress: My Beloved…from Soel Boutique; cardigan: me, shoes: 9 west, purse: Tory Burch, jewelry: Juicy, Nachelle, ring is vintage from my Grandma, nails: Dark Navy by ELF 
You know when you have an idea in your head for a while and it takes you forever before you finally have the time to create it?  That’s what happened with this cardigan.  I have had that navy knit and those gold buttons (both from the fabric district) for months now, with the intention of creating a cardigan.  But I guess things like pregnancy, giving birth, and an attention demanding toddler sometimes force you into a sewing hiatus.
I purchased this dress a few weeks ago.  It was a little “yay you just birthed a human” gift from the hubs.  I knew I couldn’t wear it until the cardigan was complete, so I morphed myself into a baby whisperer and got both boys to sleep at the same time and pumped this sucker out.  I love the feel of this knit.  It is a little thicker than a jersey and fantastic quality.  It has a little bit of a blazer look to it, which I love.  I’m excited to incorporate it into my daily wardrobe.  It’s a staple piece if I ever saw one.

family/maternity photo shoot + embellished cardi

I wanted to share some of the shots from our family/maternity photo shoot we did a while back for our Christmas cards.  My talented sister in law shot them and I did the editing.   
I found the fabric for my cardigan this summer at the fabric district for $2 a yard.  It is super soft, almost like cashmere.  I also found the intricate beaded trim there for about $4 a yard, and couldn’t get this project out of my head till I had it completed.   

Leanne Barlow GIVEAWAY

Since it is the week of Thanksgiving, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU for all of your kind words of encouragement, excitement, and orders for my new line of cardigans.  So I am giving away one of my Lavender Striped Boyfriend Cardigans to a lucky reader!

To enter, you must be an Elle Apparel follower.
1st Entry: Like Leanne Barlow: Elle Apparel on Facebook, and leave me a comment telling me which size you would like (sizing chart can be found at the bottom underneath the description here).
2nd Entry: Spread the word along about this giveaway by posting it on your blog, facebook, or tweeting it, and let me know that you did with your second comment.
Good luck everyone!  Giveaway ends Thanksgiving day at midnight, and I will announce the winner Friday!

Introducing: LeanneBarlow Shop!

Some of you might remember a while back when I made this cardigan:

I am so excited to announce that I have decided to start selling this cardigan in my new Esty shop!  I get the most emails and requests for this piece of clothing, so I decided to make it available for purchase!  I have made so many of these cardigans for myself and I live in them.  The length is ideal, nice and elongating.  I hope you love them as much as I do!  The cardigan comes in three colors.  Take a look:


Navy Stripe


I have been busy grading patterns, setting up shop, and designing my tag, and I am so glad that this cardi is finally available for purchase.  Want some more good news?  All the items in my store ship FREE in honor of the grand opening from now until November 19th.
Just use the code: LBOPENING
(for US orders only)

Happy shopping!

*Note: I am doing my best to stay on top of relisting any sold item.  Don’t worry if you go to purchase a color and it is gone, I’ll be relisting it shortly.  (feel free to shoot me an email if a color has sold and I haven’t relisted it yet)