Favorite Sewing Patterns for Clothing the Baby in Your Life

It’s been a while since my baby was an actual baby (he’s 5). Although I no longer sew for a babe of my own, I’m able to get my fill of baby sewing by making gifts for friends and family. Due to a combination of my geographical location (Utah feels like the baby capital of the US) and life stage, I seem to always know someone having a baby. Over the last few years, I’ve found seven baby sewing patterns that I reach for again and again. Today I’d like to share them with you. I’ve decided to list the patterns starting with my most used first. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom because I’ve just discovered a couple new ones that I’ll definitely be using more often in the future.

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Alison’s Tiny Harem Pants

I’ve made this FREE pattern at least a dozen times. It takes about 20 minutes to sew and can be made from less than 1/3 yard of fabric. It only comes in one size, but is the perfect size for those teeny tiny newborns. Babies that I’ve made these pants for have usually been able to wear them from their first day until one or two months old. While they’re too small to be worn beyond a few months, the ease of making them and the fact that they’re irresistibly cute make them a baby shower favorite. The shape and style is gender neutral which makes them the perfect gift for every new babe.

Knick Knack Knickers

This is another quick and easy FREE pattern. Just follow the hyperlink above and click on the cute picture of a baby in knickers to download the pattern. These take me a little longer to sew than the pants above mostly because it takes a few minutes to insert the elastic. Don’t worry too much though, they take about 45 minutes to maybe an hour if I’m taking my time. You’ll need just about 1/2 yard of fabric for 1 pair. This is another pattern I’ve made at least a dozen times. I love them because I make the smallest size which works as pants for newborn babes and then as shorts/bloomers until about 1 year old. Babies grow so quickly that having something to grow with your baby is kind of a nice change from pulling out new clothes every couple of months. If you plan to make more than a couple of pairs of these pants; may I suggest buying some of these elastic threaders? They made my life infinitely easier when I had thread 1/4″ elastic through six pairs of these pants.

Piece A Cake Baby Dress

A couple of years ago, it seemed that everyone pregnant woman I knew was having a baby girl. I wanted to make dresses, but didn’t have a lot of time to make them. I stumbled upon this pattern by Anna Maria Horner and was sold. It’s simple shape allows for the use of all the fun prints. The pattern uses about 1/2 yard of fabric and I’ve been able to squeeze it out of a little less when in a pinch. It’s great for using rayons, quilting cottons, double gauze, lawn, basically any woven that isn’t a heavy weight. This is another “grow with me” pattern that can be worn for a long time. A newborn babe can wear it as a dress and then it becomes a cute swing top as she grows. Did I mention this pattern is another FREE one?

Pitaya Bummies

This pattern designed by Sew Like My Mom is worth every penny. The sizing goes from newborn to 5T so you can use it for several years. There are two views and three waistband options. The pattern has even been updated with a fun skirted and ruffle bum variation. I just bought it in March and have already made five pairs (which is a lot when you are only sewing a pattern for gifts). One pair can be whipped up in 15 to 20 minutes using only 1/4 yard of fabric (for the smallest sizes). I’ve made these bummies for both boys and girls and they’ve been worn and loved several times already. If my husband and I ever decide to have another child, these are sure to be a wardrobe staple for my babe.

Field Trip Raglan

I firmly believe that a basic tee pattern is a staple in any child/baby’s wardrobe. You just can’t beat the sweetness of a teeny tiny tee. This basic raglan tee pattern by Oliver + S has been in my collection for years. I’ve used it to make shirts for my son, but hadn’t used it for babies until this year. The size range starts at 6-12 months, but in my experience, most babies can fit in a 6 month size starting at a just a few months old. It’s also nice as a parent to have baby clothing in a variety of sizes since babies grow so quickly. I’ve made this pattern a total of 6 times and twice for babies. Both of those babes have worn their tees and looked like tiny little men. Too cute!

Olli Lined Pants

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In May, I made the FREE Olli Lined Pants pattern for the first time. I used a mid-weight denim and lined them with flannel. They’re sure to keep baby’s legs cozy during the cold winter months. The pattern ranges from size 0-3 months up to 2-3 years. It also includes a cute side pocket option which I omitted on this pair. I used just under 2/3 yard of each fabric for these pants. This one is worth mentioning because Misusu patterns also just released the Summer Olli Shorts and Pants pattern (in sizes 0-3 months up to 5/6 years) so your babe can wear these stylish pants year-round. I’ve only made the lined pants once for a baby, but just completed three pairs of the shorts for my 5 year old and they’re a hit.

Lullaby Layette Top

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I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve owned this pattern for over two years and finally made it for the first time last month. I purchased it after seeing this modified version on Instagram. I had under a 1/2 yard left of this beautiful yarn dyed fabric and used pretty much every single inch to make this top. Sewing time was something between 1-2 hours. I ended up loving it so much that I nearly didn’t gift it. I wanted to keep it for myself. The pattern also includes a sweet jacket, pants and a onesie or romper version of this top. I have the pattern pieces and fabric already set aside for the next baby who is in need of this top. Immediately planning a second version is a great indicator of a good make.

Thanks for reading! Hope you’ve been able to find some inspiration for your baby sewing. If you have, get to sewing and clothe those babies! Do you have a favorite baby sewing pattern? If so, I’d love to hear about it. I’m always looking for fun patterns to make and gift.

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Perkins Shirt by Ensemble Patterns

In the midst of the madness of buying a home in an insane market, I couldn’t help but apply as a tester for the Ensemble Patterns Perkins Shirt Dress. I was powerless to resist the siren song of this ultra hip take on a traditional button down. Its song was so strong that I made not one, but two versions.

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On occasion (who am I kidding? about 80% of the time), I blatantly ignore the recommendation to not buy or use my “good” fabric for a test. I do occasionally make up a quick and dirty muslin, but I just love using pretty fabric and have faith that if things don’t work out I’ll be able to refashion the item. This time, however, I actually had some great fabrics in my stash waiting to be used.

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During the first phase of testing, I made the basic cropped version in a black and white striped rayon challis. I purchased this fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics back in January and used it to line both my Joy Jacket (here) and  the sleeves of my Clare Coat (here). I had just over a yard of this fabric and was barely able to eke out all the pattern pieces. The simple stripes and drape of the rayon combine to make this top into a closet staple. The pattern’s style lines add visual interest to the top and elevate the cool factor a bit above that of a basic button down. I opted to use the wrong side of the fabric on the back yoke in order to highlight some of those style lines.

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During the second phase of testing, I made the gathered cropped version. My talented and generous friend Kim of Sweet Red Poppy had some scraps left over from making a couple of dresses last summer (see them on her blog here). She was kind enough to share them with me and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the perfect pattern pairing. The fabric is a polyester crepe from Stylish Fabrics (here). I tend to gravitate towards natural fibers, and as a result, have very little experience working with polyester. This was also my first foray into working with crepe. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy this fabric was to sew. Combining the fabric with this gathered version was a no-brainer. It gathered easily and its drape is a dream. Bonus: These photos were snapped after I’d been wearing this top for several hours during my son’s birthday party. Thanks to the polyester content, The top still looks fresh and wrinkle-free.

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Let’s talk construction. Once in a while, I come upon a construction method that is simultaneously brilliant and baffling. The “dumpling method,” as Celina referred to it, took a moment to understand, but was surprisingly simple. The instructions provided excellent detail and held my hand throughout the process. This method encloses the sleeve hem and raglan seams. This top also includes french seams along the sides for a clean-finish inside and out. Anyone with an intermediate level of skill shouldn’t have any trouble constructing this top. If you’re an adventurous beginner, however, don’t be discouraged. There’s a good chance you could have success here as well.

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I’ll leave you with a sizing note: My bust measurement put me right at a size 4 for this pattern. Based on that, I sewed a straight size 4 in both versions. My only adjustment was adding 2″ to the length.

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Now that I’ve got a yard to use as a photo background, I’m really itching to sew up some more summer basics. Realistically, I might not be doing much sewing until fall, but a girl can dream, right? What are you sewing this summer?

Yari Jumpsuit by True Bias

I’ve long been an admirer of jumpsuits, overalls, and basically any type of one-piece outfit. Thanks to my height of 5’10”, I’ve never actually been able to wear ready-to-wear jumpsuits without discomfort. Last year I made my first jumpsuit and fell in love (see it here), so I was all in when Kelli  of True Bias asked me to test the Yari Jumpsuit (purchase pattern here). The pattern includes both a shorts and full-length option as well as sleeved and sleeveless options. There is also an option to add a D-ring cinch at the sides for more waist definition.

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After seeing Kelli’s samples and the line drawings for the Yari, I had a vision of a woven striped jumpsuit inspired by Ace and Jig. Luckily, Indiesew had the perfect fabric (teal is sold-out, but orange is still available here). I LOVE the metallic thread woven throughout the fabric because it kind of makes wearing this jumpsuit feel like magic.

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I couldn’t use a beautiful fabric and not use equally magnificent buttons so I turned to my Arrow Mountain stash. I used these mirror buttons to add even more sparkle because this look clearly isn’t bold enough on its own. I’ve been ordering buttons from Arrow Mountain since the summer of 2016 and I don’t plan on stopping soon. In fact, my stash is nearly depleted so I’m filling up my Etsy cart as we speak (did you see the gold mirror buttons? I NEED them).

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I found construction of the Yari to be straightforward and enjoyable. In fact, the actual construction of the jumpsuit took me several hours over the course of one evening. This fabric doesn’t allow for them to be very visible, but the princess seam lines in this jumpsuit are everything! They also allow for a bit more shaping if necessary.

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Let’s talk sizing and alterations for a quick minute. I’m a definite pear shape with a small chest and hips that don’t lie. My small chest and wider hips put me in a size 4 bust with a 10 at the hips. This woven cotton doesn’t have much drape, so I took in the bust and waist by a total of 1 inch (.5 inches on each side) for a bit of a closer fit. If I had added the optional D-rings, I likely wouldn’t have needed to do this as those would’ve given that shaping.  I found the sizing at the hips to be spot on, but my legs are a size or two smaller than my hips. For this reason, starting at the bottom of the pockets, I took about 1 inch out of each leg. I removed .5 inches from the leg outer seams and the inseam.

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The last alteration I made was to add length. I added 1.5 inches to the bodice length and 2.5 inches to the leg length. The length added to the bodice was a bit too much as I probably should’ve only added .5 inches to the bodice length and  instead added that extra 1 inch to the leg length for a total of 3.5 inches to the legs. As a result, the crotch sits a little lower than I’d like. This is really due to my lack of muslin vs. the actual pattern. Maybe next time I’ll learn my lesson and make a muslin…maybe.

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Despite my unintended dropped crotch, I plan to wear the heck out of this jumpsuit over the summer. This fabric is lightweight and breathable enough that it should take me seamlessly from lounging around the house to a day spent at the amusement park. True Bias Patterns have a way of making me feel a little bit more cool and hip than I really am, and the Yari is no exception. I’m now on the hunt for a black tencel twill for my next version. If you find any good sources,  please send them my way.

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Me Made May 2018 Weeks #2 and #3 Recap

05.07.18

Got dressed and ready real quick today because when I called to schedule an oil change, the dealership had an opening right away. I wanted to look at least a little bit put-together because I was meeting with a home inspector and the current owner to discuss the home we’re buying. The weather was somewhere in the mid-70’s on this day and this outfit took me seamlessly through all my errands and an afternoon at the park. My top is the Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse sewn in Cotton and Steel Double Gauze (read more info about this version here). I love this blouse for spring and fall because the long sleeves provide a bit of warmth, but the loose shape makes it breathable enough for those warmer days. Trying to get some more wear out of this one before it gets too blazing hot. I purchased these black pants last fall in a moment of desperation after realizing my last pair of jeans was failing me. I needed a pair of basic, casual pants to tide me over until I could make some jeans.
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05.08.18

Didn’t snap a picture today, but I wore my Tea House Dress designed by Sew House Seven (you can see the dress here).

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Tried to be a “cool mom” today and wore my dinosaur shirt. Made this one 3-ish years ago with scraps from my stash. The pattern is Simplicity 1366, which is actually made for use with wovens. I just sized down and added a neckband. It’s one of the oldest makes that I still wear regularly. I love that it’s a little bit quirky. Apparently it also turns me into a bit of a goofball (see more evidence here). My jeans are my second Ginger Jeans (more about them here) in StyleMaker Fabrics brushed denim. They’ve been pulling their weight this month and are my current favorites.

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05.10.18

Today I mostly took care of things around the house and then headed to a sewing night with my friends in the evening. I meet together with a few of my sewing friends about once a month and it never fails to boost my mood and save my sanity. Since we meet in the evenings in our homes, most of us can be found wearing sweats at our monthly get meet-ups. It was a little cooler this day so I wanted to be both warm and extremely comfortable. First, I started with my Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings and paired them with my Grainline Studio Lark Tee in rayon/french terry (used the same fabric for this top). I added extra warmth and comfort with my Seamly Moto Sweatshirt in oatmeal french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. All of these fabrics are no longer available and I regularly wonder why I didn’t buy 10 yards of both the rayon french terry (from Indie Sew) and the oatmeal french terry (from Raspberry Creek).

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05.11.18

The outfit from yesterday was calling my name so I wore it again today. No shame in my repeat outfit game.

05.12.18

Today was a cool rainy Saturday spent at the cabin with family. Dressed for warmth and comfort in my Hepburn Turtleneck (full post on that here), Joy Jacket (full post here), and Ginger Jeans. I’m only mourning the end of winter because I can’t wear this Turtleneck in 90 degree heat. It is one of the softest tops I own and as a result, was worn 2-3 times a week all winter long.

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05.13.18

Today was Mother’s Day which means I got the luxury of sleeping in and having breakfast prepared for me. I chose to celebrate the occasion by wearing my favorite and most feminine dress, the Highlands Wrap Dress. My son joined me in wearing handmade with another Sketchbook shirt in Anna Maria Horner fabric. Teaching him young to appreciate color and beautiful floral prints.

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Today I continued my love of floral dresses into Monday. This modified Chalk and Notch Waterfall Raglan has been in heavy rotation since I made it in February 2017  (read about it and my modifications here). It’s extremely versatile and gets worn all months of the year. Last summer I wore it to church, the amusement park, 4th of July fireworks, etc. In the winter I mostly wear it to church paired with tights, boots, and a cardigan.

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05.15.18

I’m definitely seeing a comfy, casual look emerging this month. My life as a SAHM, seamstress, etc. doesn’t leave a lot of room for anything that isn’t extremely functional. I’ve definitely seen my style evolve to pieces that are more functional at this stage of my life. I used to wear more restrictive tight-fitting clothes pre-motherhood. Now an item has to allow full range of movement for “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” before it will catch my eye. Today my son was sick so I threw on my Grainline Studio Scout Tee and Crushed Velvet True Bias Hudson Pants for lounging around the house and a quick trip to the store.

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05.16.18

Every Wednesday I visit my mom to keep her company and assist with household chores. Today before heading over, I put on a rayon/spandex Grainline Studio Scout Tee and cotton checkered Ready To Sew Jumpy pants (original post here). I mostly like the fit of these pants except for the rise. I think that I need to add at least 1 inch to the rise. This pair sits just below the top of my hips when I think it should sit closer to my natural waist. My issue with the fit is that they tend to slide down my hips throughout the day.  As I was walking the dog today I had to keep pulling at my pants to keep them up. Perhaps I’m just not tying the front tight enough, but I really think a higher rise would eliminate my issue.

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05.17.18

Wore my cropped Willamette Shirt (full post here) and first pair of Ginger Jeans (full post here) today. This was one of those days where I wonder if I accomplished anything. At least I felt cool and hip while trying and failing to accomplish things. I don’t know what it is about this combination of jacquard chambray and crop top, but they feel hip to me. Although, as a 27 year old mother and seamstress, I’m not sure that I have more than two hip bones in my body. See? Now I’m telling dad jokes. Probably the farthest from hip I can be.

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05.18.18

Today my husband and I celebrated 6 years of marriage. It seemed momentous to us as this last year has been filled with more changes than any other (well, except for the year our son was born of course). During our 6th year of marriage we moved out of our first apartment, moved to a new city, my husband took his dream job, replaced both of our old cars (20 years old and 16 years old), took our first real family vacation, and started the process of buying our first home. We celebrated with dinner at our favorite local place and a night at a hotel in Park City (for about 2-3 weeks in May you can find hotels for quite cheap there as it’s in-between skiing season and summer vacation season). Once we checked into our hotel I took the uninterrupted time to style my hair and makeup. After getting ready we headed to dinner. My husband snapped this picture after dinner. When I looked at it I realized this was the first time all month that I’ve taken the time to style my hair and wear a full face of makeup. Maybe I should attempt that more often. Maybe…

Apologies for the rambling. Let’s get back to the outfit. I made this Grainline Studio Scout Tee hack back in April of 2016 (IG post about it here). I had a little less than 1.25 yards of this Nani Iro fabric and wanted to use it for something special. I took my time to carefully measure and draw each scallop onto the fabric. Sewing the scalloped hem took longer than constructing the rest of the top, but sometimes those details are just worth it. Paired the top with none other than my brushed denim Ginger Jeans (told you they were my favorite).

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This morning we checked out of our hotel and headed home. In the afternoon, I took my son to the Great Salt Lake so we could help my friend Rachel of Little Fish with a swim trunks photo shoot. Didn’t grab an iphone pic of my outfit, but Rachel helped me out with this one which is clearly better than a phone pic. I’m wearing the Sew Liberated Matcha Top in a linen blend and my Ginger Jeans. Both fabrics for this outfit came from StyleMaker Fabrics. One of my favorite details of this outfit is that the jeans pockets are actually lined with the linen blend used for my top. Whenever I wear these together I feel like I have some sort of clothes matching secret (kind of like when your underwear matches your outfit).

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If you haven’t caught on by now, my perfect formula for a church outfit is Anna Maria Horner fabric and an indie pattern. The Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress is one I’ve been dying to make again. This was my test version last summer (that post here) and I love how easy it is to wear. I don’t know if it has to do with the dart placement or the neckline, but this dress manages to float away from the body without looking like a sack. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sack dress. This one is just infinitely more flattering.

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Hey June Handmade Willamette Shirt

Every once in a while, I’ll find a pattern that I want to make over and over again. I’ll see any pretty fabric and think “Hey! that would make a great (insert favorite pattern here).” The last pattern that made me feel this way was the Grainline Studio Scout Tee. I’ve surpassed double digits with that pattern, but have been waiting to fall in love with another pattern the way I fell in love with the Scout. Enter the Willamette Shirt by Hey June Handmade. Although, I’ve since made a third version, today I’ll be talking about my first two versions.

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I’m about to say something that may sound blasphemous to some, but this was my very first Hey June pattern. I’ve had the Union St Tee bookmarked in my browser for literally years, but the my introduction to the Willamette is what finally pushed me over the edge. Last May, I invited a few of my sewing friends to join me for a sewing weekend. During that weekend I watched Sara of The Sara Project and Rachel of Little Fish Apparel each sew a Willamette. Admittedly, watching them make their versions gave me a bit of FOMO; so I immediately added the Willamette to my must-make list.

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For my first version I opted to sew view A in Rifle Paper Co. rayon. This first one took a total of 7-ish hours to sew up over the course of a few weeks. The instructions were clear, and I found the construction to be fun and just challenging enough to keep it interesting. Due to the shifty nature of the rayon, I spent at least two of those sewing hours attempting to get the placket nicely top-stitched. I must’ve redone it 3 or 4 times before deeming it “good enough.” Despite the placket’s imperfections, the busy floral does a great job hiding them.

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What I love about this version: The bold jewel toned floral makes a statement without looking childish. This rayon fabric has just enough drape to make the top feel breezy and balance out the boxy shape. I can see this top looking equally lovely paired with a skirt as it does with the jeans pictured here.

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Before I started my rayon version, I was undecided between View A and the cropped View C. I settled on View A but promised myself that a cropped version would be in my future. This cotton chambray was purchased from Fancy Tiger Crafts back in September and sat in my stash until inspiration struck. It was the end of a bolt and I only had a little over a yard and a half so I wanted to be sure that I was making the perfect selection. Once my decision was made I cut the project immediately and waited for sewing time.

IMG_2693This cropped version came together in one morning. I spent somewhere around 3-4 hours sewing this top including the time it took to feed my son breakfast and help him with his online preschool program. I’ll attribute the quick turnaround and ease of construction to a few things. First, this wasn’t my first rodeo and being familiar with the construction techniques was a real bonus as I didn’t have to spend so much time reading and rereading instructions. Second, the cotton chambray was stable and that placket top-stitching was “good-enough” on the first try. Winning! Third, the straight hem took at least 15 minutes less to press and stitch than the curved hem on View A. It’s not often that I complete a sewing project before noon so this one felt like a victory.

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What I love about this version: The stiffness of the chambray combined with the cropped length create a true boxy silhouette that I’m all about. The fabric is less busy than my first version and really lets the yoke, cuff, and collar details shine. I love the comfy, casual vibe of this top and can’t wait to experiment with styling over the summer.

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A quick note on sizing: All versions are sewn in a size 4 with 1.5″ added to the length.

Me Made May Week #1 Recap

05.01.18

The first day of the month had me feeling really optimistic. I spent the morning with my mom and sister then took my son to his Kindermusik class. Dressed super casual on this day, partially because I could and partially because I still needed to catch up on laundry after vacation. I wore my new Helen’s Closet Avery Leggings paired with a rtw tee and Hampton Jean Jacket (full post on that here).

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05.02.18

Tried a looser fitting, relaxed look on this day. Paired my True Bias Roscoe Blouse (full post here) with some old jeans that belonged to my mom. Not sure that I really loved this look. It could have something to do with the fact that I didn’t really style my hair and makeup that day, but this look isn’t exactly the most flattering. I love both of these pieces separately, but I’m not sure that I’ll try them together again. Later in the day, I did throw my Wiksten Oversized Kimono over this outfit. It became extremely useful when I got caught in a downpour while carrying a week worth of groceries to my third floor apartment.

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05.03.18

Got together with some of my favorite sewing babes to put on a little fashion show at the Utah Quilting and Sewing Marketplace. I’ll be honest and say that my son was sick this day, so I didn’t even have  chance to get properly dressed until about 4 pm when I headed out the door for the fashion show. I wore a few different outfits in the show, but this one was my favorite. The top is my most recent make, and my third Hey June Handmade Willamette top. Paired with my brushed denim Ginger Jeans, I think this outfit or a slight variation will be in heavy rotation during the next several months.

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05.04.18

On Friday I again got to join together with my sewing pals while we spoke on a panel titled: The Case for a Handmade Wardrobe. I wanted to feel both confident, comfortable, and put together so I grabbed two of my favorite pieces. This red scuba Lodo Dress (full post on that here) is THE definition of secret pajamas. Over the last year, it has become my go-to for date nights and events because it makes me feel confident and sexy while also feeling like I’m wearing some sort of light, soft sponge on my body. I paired this dress with my Wiksten Oversized Kimono because I’m rarely seen without it these days. It’s easy to wear and the giant pockets make it functional for my day to day activities. It also feels like wearing a big blanket which works well because I’m 98% sure that I was born cold-blooded. Okay, not really. It just feels that way when you’re always freezing.

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05.05.18

Needed something easy to wear today because we had planned a busy Saturday. First, we headed to Home Depot for their monthly free kids’ building event. My son loves them and proudly displays his projects in our home. Next, we spent most of the afternoon looking at houses with our realtor and found one we loved and submitted an offer. Lastly, we headed to the local amusement park to enjoy a few rides and purchase our season passes. Paired my Chalk and Notch Farrah Top (full post here) with my first pair of Ginger Jeans (full post here) for a fun, but put together outfit. The Farrah is one of those tops that I reach for when I want an outfit to look young and playful. Feeling ecstatic that it’s finally warm enough to show off these ruffles on the regular. They don’t deserve to be covered in bulky cardigans.

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05.06.18

Took the opportunity to wear handmade with my son for church on Sunday. We’re both wearing prints designed by Anna Maria Horner because I’ll be a fan girl until the day I day. Her bold prints and colors speak to my soul and I just can’t quit her fabrics. Ken is wearing an Oliver and S Sketchbook shirt which may be my most sewn pattern. Over the years I think I’ve made nearly twenty of them. I wore a Grainline Studio Scout Tee hacked into a swing dress. This dress is one of those items that I reach for every time I don’t know what to wear. I’ve worn it to church, the amusement park, date nights, and just to the grocery store. It’s easy to wear and looks equally good paired with sandals or a bulky cardigan in the winter. It’s not my best constructed garment, but it is certainly my most worn handmade.

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Thanks for reading my weekly recap. I’ll be back next week with a recap of week 2. Kept it pretty safe for the first week, but I’m hoping to bring out some items that get less wear to evaluate during the next few weeks.

Style Maker Fabrics Spring Style Tour 2018

Hello! I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day since Michelle asked me to be part of this tour. Style Maker Fabrics is fully stocked with new arrivals. When I saw all the fabrics, my imagination ran a bit wild and I planned approximately fifty new projects. It took me a day or two to come back down to earth and realize making all of them might not be realistic on any sort of deadline. I spent about a week deliberating and finally narrowed my decision down to three projects and four fabrics.

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I know you’re supposed to save the best for last, but I’m bucking tradition here and going all in by talking about my favorite piece first. This woven stripe was love at first sight. Do you ever see a fabric and think “I need that on my body?” No? Just me? Well, that’s how I felt about this fabric. I considered some sort of button up shirt, but after scrolling through Instagram for inspiration I saw the Wiksten Oversized Kimono from issue 4 of Making Magazine (here) and couldn’t get the thought out of my head. Michelle was a great help in selecting a coordinating fabric and suggested this washed linen. They’re a match made in heaven, don’t you think?

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The over sized shape and giant pockets drew me in, but the possibility of making the kimono reversible is what sold me. If you’ve been following me for a while you might know that I like bold patterns and colors. My love affair with print and color has made my wardrobe a technicolor dream, but that does create some issues when putting outfits together. This way I can have bold, but it will also coordinate better with some of my louder pieces. I realize the over sized look isn’t everyone’s cup of tea although it is certainly mine. This is bound to get endless wear over the next few months and I envision it being my go-to on cold summer evenings.
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Next up, my latest Grainline Studio Lark Tee. Everyone has their favorite tee pattern, and this one is mine. I’ll be honest and say that I actually haven’t made any other basic tee pattern because I liked this one after the first try. I’ve made six or seven of them and wear them regularly.  I made a size 4 and in this coral jersey knit it’s my idea of a perfect fitted, but slightly slouchy tee.

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Finally, let’s talk about these jeans. These were my second pair of Ginger Jeans (see my first ones here) and was able to sew them up in just a couple of days. I used this brushed denim and comfort is an understatement (hardware kit also available here). They are unbelievably soft and every bit as comfortable as the old worn-in mom jeans that I actually stole from my mom (a bit of a tangent about those on this post). Skinny jeans and comfort don’t usually go hand in hand, but in this case they get along quite nicely. I was careful not to over fit them and they’ll be just as nice to wear for a day at the park as they will be for date night.

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Lest I lead you astray, making these jeans wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. This was my first attempt at installing rivets which ended up being a bit of an ordeal. First, I attempted to install them at home with a wimpy little hammer that promptly broke. Next, I secured a new hammer at my parent’s house and using an old skillet as a metal surface when I dented the skillet in several places (sorry mom and dad). Then, I dug through boxes and found a cast iron skillet, installed the rivets, and thought everything was complete. Upon a final pressing and inspection I noticed a few tiny holes near the back pockets. These holes were apparently made during my rivet installation fiasco and I almost cried when I saw them. For once, I decided to keep a clear head and find a solution right away. Finally, I settled upon the idea of a little visible mending. I stabilized the holes and used perle cotton to stitch the shape of an asterisk in four places. I chose to stitch four so that it would look more like an intentional design feature than a mistake that needed to be fixed. It may seem silly, but I often toss a project to the side when a mistake like this is made. The extra stitching actually adds a nice little detail and reminds me that sometimes you just have to “make it work.”

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Now that I’ve gabbed on and on about my outfit, I just want to add on a little shout out to my husband who is the real MVP when it comes to these photos. Due to a small shipping delay and our schedules, the only time we had to take these photos was in the middle of wild winds and under threat of rain. I got dressed, we hopped in the car, and crossed our fingers that we could get the necessary photos. Guys, we took these photos in five minutes. After all the photos he’s taken for me, I think we’ve finally found our stride. The threat of rain and wild winds may have been a factor in making this photo session so quick, but I’m seriously impressed that we were able to just get it done. I’ll leave you with one last decent photo of my outfit and if you scroll to the bottom there’s one that will illustrate the hilarity of our 5 minute session.

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Now, I think that I’ve sufficiently run out of words. Are you ready to shop the Style Maker spring fabrics? Find the new arrivals here. Want more spring sewing inspiration? Check out yesterday’s post by Leslie (here) or see Lori’s post coming tomorrow (here). Want to be inspired by everyone on the Style Maker Spring Style Tour? Find links to all the tour posts here.

Finally, here’s likely the only reason you read or scrolled all the way to the bottom of this lengthy post:

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Whew! You’ve made it all the way to the end? Are you ready to read more? No? that’s cool this was a huge post. Yes? Here are links  to a couple of other projects I’ve made using fabrics from Style Maker. See my Joy Jacket here or my Gemma Dress here.