sewing for kindergarten

Today I am participating in my good friend Mie’s (from Sewing Like Mad) blog series Sewing for Kindergarten. If you remember last year I made this outfit for my middle child who was starting kindergarten and here I am again this year sending my third (and last child) off to kindergarten. It’s strange because when I sent my first little one off to kindergarten I cried every single day for the first week. It was so tough and I was a big ole mess. But here I am sending my last little one off to kindergarten and all I can do is smile and celebrate. I guess you could say that I am ready this time and so was my little girl. The first few weeks of school were a little rough. She cried most nights saying that she did not want to go to school the next day. But when the next day arrived she would hop out of bed and get ready for school. Thankfully that little phase has now past and she is just loving it! I am so lucky to have all three of my children attending the same elementary school this year.

So I had big dreams of making lots of outfits for my little kindergartener but it turns out that I just don’t sew much…or at all in the summer. IMG_0822 copySo what I ended up making was this sweet little knit dress. My girls love wearing knits so it was a no brainer to sew something that I know they will love. IMG_0828 copyI used our beloved Skipper Top Pattern from Sew Much Ado and just made a few minor adjustments to it. I simply added more length to the pattern and adjusted it a little on the sides. I don’t know why I haven’t thought to do this before.IMG_0832 copyIt makes for a quick and easy little dress. IMG_0843 copy
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IMG_0823 copyGolly, I still cannot believe that my youngest is in Kindergarten. My oh my, how time flies!

Thanks Mie! I always love this series of yours.

rowan tee pattern tour by titchy threads

Today I am one of the stops for the Rowan Tee Pattern Tour by Titchy Threads. When Laura asked me to be part of her pattern tour I didn’t think twice. Laura does such an amazing job with her patterns. Not only do I end up with an amazing garment but I also seem to learn something in the process.

Rowan Tee Pattern Tour

The Rowan Tee Pattern comes with a ton of different options that you can mix and match. You can actually come up with 144 different ways of making a tee from this one pattern. Kinda crazy huh?! It is also perfect for girls and boys…I really love that!

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 For my tee I chose to make it long sleeved, with a hood and a kangaroo pocket in the front. I also chose finish my edges with a cuff.

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I used some Ponte knit that I purchased from Jo-Ann’s. The knit actually has a little bit of sparkle to it which you may not be able to see in the pictures. And the backside of the fabric is just as cute as the front. It has little stripes on it so I ended up using the backside as the contrasting fabric on the hood and cuffs. The stretch is not as good as a ribbed fabric but it still worked fine. Lara does include a stretch guide in her pattern so you can test your fabric ahead of time to know exactly what the stretch and recovery is. It is so helpful!

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I really don’t even need to talk about the fit. I think the pictures say it all. It is just perfection! I made this one in a size 6. My girls are technically a size 5 but I always buy or make bigger to get more wear out of it. Plus it is that time of the year where we are having to dress in layers.

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I just have to mention that these pictures were taken at the seacoast a few days ago. We were at Fort Stark in New Castle, New Hampshire. In the background you can actually see one of the forts.  This is one of our favorite places to stop when we are at the ocean. If you have never been there I highly recommend it. You can read more about Fort Stark here as well as the many other forts on the seacoast. It is so sad to think that this fort was almost shut down to the public a few years ago.

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My favorite part about the Rowan Tee is the ribbon that you add around the hood. The pattern actually calls for twill but since I didn’t have any I used a small piece of vintage ribbon. I just love it! I never would have though to add a piece of ribbon to the underside on my hood. Again, learning something new.

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Now you can see the backside of the knit that I used as a contrast on the hood and cuffs.

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Make sure you follow along with the rest of the tour. I can gaurantee some more amazing Rowan Tee Patterns are going to be made! Also make sure you sign up to the mailing list…you just may get an exclusive discount. Thanks Laura for inviting me to be part of your tour. It’s another amazing pattern and I wish you much success with it!

KCW Day 1-3

I had big plans to spend this Kids Clothes Week making the kids Halloween costumes. But unfortunately I waited til the last minute to order my fabric and it still hasn’t come in.  Fingers crossed it comes in by Friday. Making three Halloween costumes in one week is going to be a lot of work! But when we walk into Walmart and see all those costumes hanging up my kids still comment on how they rather have me make theirs then buy one. It makes my heart happy! This may not always be the case so I will take it while I can!

So anyways, I decided to work on some vests for the girls this week. Like in the past I used some pre-quilted fabric from Jo-Ann Fabrics and lined it with a thick minky fabric. I used the Knight Hoodie Pattern from Charming Doodle as a starting point. Of course I omitted the arms and all of the extra details but the front, back and hood pieces are pretty much the same. For the construction of it I used my hooded vest tutorial. It’s a great little hooded vest that sews up in little time. Now off  finish up her sisters…


lol swing dresses

A few weeks ago my two little girls were asked to be flower girls in my husband’s cousin’s wedding.

The bride was extremely laid back and just told me to have the girls wear any old dress they had. I of course could not let that happen. They had to have matching dresses and match the wedding colors…right?

Thankfully I had some satin fabric in my stash that worked perfectly. 
The only downside to this fabric was that I had very little fabric to play with, but still wanted dresses that had a little flow to them. I immediately thought to make thelol swing top by Jennuine Design into a dress. I made a lol swing top a few months ago that my littlest just loves! The top has such a great shape and flow to it and it must be super comfy because my littlest lives in hers!

I made a few minor changes to the shirt pattern in order to make it into a dress.  First I added about 5 inches or so to the length of the pattern then I tapered the back piece in a few inches on the sides. I didn’t want to change the gatherings at all but knew there would be a bit too much bulk with the satin. So tapering it was the perfect option. The other change was with the shoulder closure. I had a hard time getting the bias strips to look perfect on the edges so I ended up making little caps to cover up my not so perfect edge. Working with satin bias strips is not easy I tell ya!  The pattern itself is great! It is easy to follow with step by step pictures to help you along the way. What I love most about the pattern is the way the fabric flows and of course the back. Jenn did an amazing job with the cut of this top. IMG_8317

Now I will leave you with some pictures that I took from the ceremony. It was such a beautiful and meaningful ceremony. We feel so blessed that we could be there to witness it as well as have our little ones be part of it.
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Have any of you ever sewn formal wear or a wedding gown? Any great resources you want to share?

the marina romper

I first shared these pictures over at Project Run and Play as their flashback May series but wanted to share them here as well.

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I used The Marina Romper pattern from Cali Faye. It is such a fun and fast sewing project, plus the girls just LOVE them!

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You can tell just by looking at them that they are super comfy.

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For this romper I sewed a size two sizes smaller then what I normally do because of the cotton fabric that I used. I knew that it would not look good with this type of fabric being bunched up too much.


The only other thing I did differently was on the bottom. I hemmed them with a large hem so that it allows for growth in the length. I think we can all agree this romper will fit for years to come. I just love making clothes that can be worn for a long period of time!

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Summer of Soleil Blog Tour

Today I have the honor of being one of the stops for the Soleil Dress pattern from Selvage Designs.


The Soleil Dress is a sleeveless knit dress with a slightly gathered skirt and large front pockets . The pattern also comes with an option for a fun cutout on the back. The pattern ranges in sizes from 12 months to size 12.


The pattern is very detailed and easy to follow. Throughout the pattern there are computerized images to further explain each step.


I followed the pattern except at the skirt part where I decided to alter it and make a more fitted skirt. One of my daughters prefers fitted skirts whereas my other girl loves anything gathered. It’s funny how different they are but I love that this pattern allows to me cater to both their likes with a few changes.


I used knit fabric purchased from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Craft Stores and happen to love the simplicity of the dress with these two fabrics together.


My little girl absolutely loves the dress! I put it on her just to check the length before hemming and she would not take it off. So as you can see the dress is still not hemmed. Usually when my girls fight me over taking an outfit off I just go with it and take it as a compliment…then I grab my camera fast because I know it will not stay clean very long. Good thing I did because two seconds later she was running through the garden.


If you are looking for that perfect little summer dress then I highly recommend this pattern!


And if you are the adventurist type of sew-er and want to start drafting your own patterns check out Lauren’s Top Blocks for Knitwear or her Pattern Workshop. I have heard great reviews of both!


Thanks again Lauren for inviting me to be part of your Summer of Soleil Blog Tour!

Flashback May with Project Run and Play

Today I am over at Project Run and Play as part of their Flashback May series. Head on over here to see what I created.

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Ojai wrap blog tour & giveaway

Justine from Sew Country Chic recently released her first pattern the Ojai Wrap and I have the pleasure of being part of her blog tour today. The Ojai Wrap is a short sleeved shawl collar wrap cardigan with a slight high-low hem. It is one of those patterns that I can see myself making over and over again. As you may know, I am a huge lover of cardigans and cannot leave home without one.

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The Ojai Wrap was a very quick and easy sew. I spent more time piecing the pattern together and cutting out the fabric then actually sewing it. I made this wrap in a size medium but really should have made it in a small. I have a bad habit of making a larger size then I should. I will definitely be altering this one to a smaller size and may even make another one with some sleeves like Monica from Adirondack Inspired did. I pretty much want her Ojai Wrap!

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Lucky for all of you, Justine is giving away 5 of her Ojai Wrap patterns. Enter below in the Rafflecopter. 

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selfish sewing week {The big tote bag by autumn street patterns}

The last thing I managed to make myself this week was this super cute Big Tote Bag Pattern by Autumn Street Pattern Shop. I pretty much am in love with this bag! How could one not be?!


This tote bag is super roomy and can carry lots of stuff. And it just happens to be that time of the year when we are carrying lots of stuff. From baseball practices to day trips, we never know where we will end up. I like to be prepared and well packed ahead of time…it just makes my life much easier.


I did decide to add the center divider pocket and I am so glad I did. I almost didn’t because I was being too stingy with my Joel Dewberry fabric but in the end decided to add it.


The pattern was so easy to follow and came together very quickly. If you are looking for a new tote bag I highly recommend making one of these!


I used a quilting cotton for the main fabric and a canvas fabric for the lining. I did add some cotton batting just to give it a little more stability.

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Selfish sewing week {Julia women’s cardigan by mouse house creations}

Today I am sharing my Julia Women’s Cardigan Pattern by Mouse House Creations.


Just like every other pattern that I have sewn from Mouse House Creations this pattern is perfection. The fit is exactly how I like to wear my cardigans.


I used some white sweater knit that I purchased in LA fashion district last year. I paid $1 a yard and so wish I would have purchased more of it. Shockingly, It has become one of  my most favorite fabrics. I have worn this cardigan a lot and the stains just seem to wash right out. Gotta love a fabric like that, especially when your a mom…wearing white!


What I love most about this pattern is that it comes in three different sleeve lengths and collar options. If Spring ever fully arrives I will be making a few more with short sleeves. One can never have too many cardigans!


Pattern: The Julia Women’s Pattern by Mouse House Creations

 So have you been sewing for Selfish Sewing Week?