It seems like summer has hit us full blast here in Utah with temps climbing high! My girls wanted some cute play shorts to get them through this heat and these prints were so perfect.
My oldest picked the Brea Top and Shorts from Little Lizard King. I seem to be gravitating to LLK often these days and each new pattern I try cements them as one of my go-to pattern companies for my girls. They continue to come out with darling women’s and boys patterns too and I’m going to have to give them a try soon.
We both really loved that front yoke shaping! I think for our future pairs I will need to add a little length and pockets. These can feel a little pajama-y and I think pockets will make them way more functional. She loves these as is though and they’ll be perfect for our lounging at home this summer.
The Brea top has optional flutter sleeves but we went with the sleeveless option because it felt a little more grown-up. The tie-front waistband is such a sweet touch!
I love these two prints together! The sea glass color of the Woven print is one of my all time favorite shades. It’s a classic print that she’ll be able to wear with lots of her tees and tops. This main floral print is such a pretty wildflower look. She can’t wait to pair it with jean cutoffs too!
This butterfly print hooked me into this collection. When it arrived I couldn’t help but start dreaming up ways that an over 40-year-old woman could get away with wearing it. I think it’d be a darling Love Notions Melody Dolman or Hey June Amherst. Or I could always settle for darling pj’s too!
This girl was having none of that though! This print was hers and she was NOT sharing. We went with the Lilly Petal Shorts from Violette Fields Threads and I think they’ll get worn so much this summer! Paired with a tee in Aqua knit, this outfit was perfect for tramp jumping, cookie making, and bike riding.
I like the unique style of the Lilly shorts. I omitted the lining, knowing they’d already be pretty substantial in quilter’s cotton. It was so fun to pull out all my trims and let her pick. This trim from the Target Dollar Spot years ago was such a cute accent. She loves the fringe!
We love this gorgeous new line and know you will too!
I have been anxiously awaiting this darling pattern since I saw the line drawings a few months ago. The Ripley is a crossover bodice one-piece suit that features optional ruffles on the neckline straps. It comes in sizes 1-10 and has some of the cleanest finishes of any suit I’ve made, making it extra comfortable.
I think the hardest part of sewing this suit was picking the fabric. We had too many cute prints in my stash but I kept going back to some of my favorite color blocked ready-to-wear suits. These bright solids from Raspberry Creek Fabrics were just so fun together and a great contrast to her other suits this summer. They have a sporty vibe together and I went with my gut and omitted the ruffle neckline. Honestly, that ruffle was what sold me on this suit and then I went and didn’t do it! I absolutely love the finished suit though and so does my girly. It reminds me of something I’d see in Boden or some other cute preppy clothing catalog.
I sewed up a size 9 width with a 10 length. The fit is great and I love the coverage through the bum area. I prefer when the straps are sewn down as the last step so you can try it on to get a really good fit lengthwise and that was the case with this pattern. I ended up taking about three inches off of each of the straps to really pull up the bodice per her preference. She likes things nice and secure!
Make sure to check out the listing and the other stops on this week’s Ripley Blog Tour to see the ruffle in action. It adds such a feminine touch. You can grab the Ripley pattern here.
It’s no secret I love me a good graphic tee! Getting creative and firing up my Cricut makes me so happy. I had the chance to sit down and design six graphics for the latest Project Run and Play collection and boy, was it a blast!
I was designing these graphics as winter was coming to an end and spring was in the air. Dreaming of sunshine and long summer days was the perfect respite for those dreary days. Throw in a pandemic and these sayings and graphics really got me through.
The whole digital design collection is fifteen super fun warm weather themed graphics that work great for the whole family. I can’t wait to grab some of the other designs to make some cute tees for the summer.
Fabric for the tees was provided by Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I love their white cotton lycra- it’s not too thick, but it’s opaque and the perfect base for creating. My vinyl was all from my local vinyl shop, Vinyl Outlet, and I used Iron-On Turbo Flex vinyl because I LOVE the colors it came in. Super fun pastels that totally matched my retro vision.
The tee is the Lemon Tee from the Project Watercolor Beach collection. It’s such a great basic unisex tee that is full of fun color blocking options too. I did the banded sleeves for a ringer tee look that really added to the vintage feel of the graphics. I sized up one for my middle daughters for a relaxed fit but the others are true to their measurements. And yes, I made sizes 8, 9, and 10… crazy that they’re years apart but similar in chest sizes!
These shots are some of my favorites of my kiddos! They just epitomize the summer kid life to me and I know I’ll treasure these pics forever!
Thanks for stopping by and letting me share all this cuteness! Hop on over to the Project Run and Play shop and get creating!
I had the opportunity to sew up six of the ten patterns for the LookBook and I’m loving the variety. If you haven’t had a chance to browse through the LookBook I highly recommend grabbing a beverage and kicking up your feet while you peruse the amazing inspiration. There are so many incredible makes from the designers, other past PRP participants, and testers. Audrey does such a fantastic job putting these together.
Let’s start with the swimsuits! Summer is here and we can’t wait to hit the water. I sewed up two version of the Viridian Swimsuit and this pattern rocked our world. I’m always reaching for my RCF CLUB swim prints but went simple this time with RCF solid swim fabric. For this suit I used deep licac, light blue, and blossom pink solids. Big sister got a classic dusty olive. I love the weight and quality of RCF swim fabrics and these solids are no exception. The matte finish is my favorite and really ups the look of quality and design. There are so many colors to choose from too!
As we browsed our favorite clothing sites this spring, there were so many that could be recreated using this adorable pattern. One piece maillot- check. Two piece color-blocked- check. Ruffles- check and check. Racerback OR scoopback- of course. So many options and looks can be created with this one incredible pattern.
It comes in sizes newborn- 12 years- can you just imagine the tiny baby rolls in this suit?!
My cute little tweens were so happy with their suits. One wanted sweet and feminine and one wanted sassy and sporty. I love that this one pattern gave us both!
For this suit I used pieced front top and bottoms and scoop back. I also used the optional bands and found that adding 3/4″ elastic to them helped keep them in place.
Sophie got a pieced front top with optional ruffles and racerback and solid bottoms. She’s particularly hard to fit and we were both so happy to have an age appropriate suit that looks fantastic on her growing body.
Charlie loves his new Cobalt Board Shorts. They have a grown-up look to them and finishes that we both love. This tonal teal grey and white stripe fabric gives these shorts a ready-to-wear look. It was fun to play with the stripe placement and he loves teal so we made sure to get as much teal as we could showing.
The Cobalts are a unisex pattern in sizes newborn-12 featuring multiple front closure options, pockets, and two length options. I did the flat front, elastic back Bermuda length. I’ve sewn my share of boy swimsuit patterns and this one is up there near the top as far as fit and construction.
The Chromium Cropped Hoodie was just perfect paired with board shorts. Now let’s talk about a pattern with options…this pattern has got them! It’s a unisex pattern and comes in sizes newborn to 16. You can do a hoodie (with ears if you want!), funnel neck, cowl or crew, and either cropped or full length as well as short or long sleeved.
I think there’s nothing better than slipping on a cozy hoodie after a day at the pool so we went with a long sleeve, full length (with rolled hem), and a hood. Cozy perfection in this light grey french terry.
The Coral Wrap Dress is another pattern that is full of choices. You can sew up a top, skirt, or knee, midi, or maxi dress. It fits sizes 1-14 and can be dressed up or down. We love it as a swim cover-up that also doubles as the perfect casual dress too!
This tie dye double brushed poly print was the starting point for our looks and I just can’t get enough of it. I want a whole wardrobe out of it! The subtle pastel colors are so so pretty and it was just meant for this dress pattern.
The Golden Dress is such a classic silhouette. It features dolman sleeves, elastic waist and a-line skirt. In sizes 12 months- 14 years, it’s a simple dress that can be worn as a swim cover-up or an easy-to-wear everyday dress.
The first time I saw this challis print I knew it needed to be a swim coverup of some kind. It’s so light and breezy and was perfect for this pattern. I lends a little maturity to this pattern and will be something she can wear for years as she grows.
Make sure you pick up these patterns and support the Project Run and Play shop! These designers have worked so hard to get these patterns out there and I’m thrilled to be able to be associated with them.
Did you guys audibly gasp at this fabric?! I mean c’mon, it’s pretty darn amazing! When I first saw the new Gem Stones Bright line from Riley Blake Designs I knew this little girl would be in heaven! There are so many colors to choose from and that ombre is to die for! We chose the Flamingo colorway but it was such a tough choice. We love the subtle sparkle of the gold squares with the bright, vibrant colors. Sooooo pretty!
I knew this fabric needed an equally stunning pattern to really showcase it so we searched our favorite makers for something new to us. I’ve always loved the Little Lizard King Amsterdam every time I’ve seen it sewed up and she was smitten the first time she saw the listing. I knew we needed a maxi dress to really showcase this fabric and I think this pattern was the perfect choice.
This project was such a fun sew. I loved working with the fabric and trying to figure out the best way to really make it shine. She requested a yellow bodice and I love how the dress feels anchored by the turquoise hem. I love sewing dresses and sewing them in quilting cotton is so nice. The stability and weight make it so easy to sew and press. The weight adds a little more body to the skirt. She felt like a princess in this dress and said she can’t wait for an occasion to wear it (with us rarely leaving the house these days she might just be wearing it to the park or a backyard bar-b-que!).
Nothing like a happy kid to make you love this hobby!
This fabric really is amazing! The ombre runs selvage to selvage and it was the perfect width for this maxi dress. My mind is racing with all of the cute possibilities with it! Thank you to Riley Blake for letting us play with this fun line!
It’s Maxi Month at Simple Life Pattern Company and I’m thrilled to be sharing our latest maxi dress. I’ve always wanted an excuse to sew up the Molly Dress and this was the perfect opportunity. All month long you can enter to win a $20 SLPco shop credit by sewing up one of their maxi dress patterns and posting a photo of your make in their Facebook group or on Instagram. Use #SLPcoChallenge to enter your makes. You can grab all of the details here.
This post is sponsored by Simple Life Pattern Company and Art Gallery Fabrics. All opinions are my own.
My girly and I perused the many amazing fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics and kept coming back to this gorgeous rayon from Bonnie Christine’s latest line, Her and History. I knew the colors would be stunning on her and she loved the beautiful floral print. Working with AGF rayon is such a joy and it was heavenly to sew up.
The Molly pattern is a scoop back top, dress, or maxi and features optional front bodice pleating and collar. It comes in sizes 2t-12. I sewed up a size 10 to hopefully get a little more wear out of it because she was between size 8 and 10. It ended up a tad big but I adjusted the buttons in the back and can move them as she grows as well. The simplicity of the pattern makes it easy to sew up. I love the gorgeous back and classic front bodice. Such a perfect pattern to really highlight this amazing fabric.
I love this amazing combination of pattern and fabric. The lightweight rayon just floats as a maxi dress and it’s so nice in the warm summer weather.
Make sure to enter your own SLPco makes this month! I can’t wait to see all of the maxi pretties you all sew up!
I’m excited to be back here on the blog today. Sewing time is scarce these days and blogging time seems even scarcer. The sun is shining and I’ve got a house full of kids these days so we are spending as much time outside as possible. I do love spending a morning at my sewing machines though and this fun fabric from Riley Blake was a perfect excuse to sew!
I always love Sue Daley’s designs and Abbie’s Garden is no exception. The pinks and blues are just the perfect shades and I love the pop of black with them. I always get sucked in by the florals but the darling main prints are so sweet too.
My girls and I picked two simple prints from the collection. My younger daughter went with Abbie’s Garden Floral in Black while my older daughter wanted something more subtle and non-floral and picked the Garden Lattice in Charcoal. There are so many great coordinating prints with this collection!
For this dress I turned to a free pattern from Simple Life Pattern Co., the Catalina Dress. I always love finding great free patterns that I can recommend and this one is fantastic! It’s a classic sundress that comes in sizes 2-12. The elastic back means no closures so it’s a quick sew too! It’s perfect for highlighting those special fabrics and a great base to really play around with. I’m already envisioning a pretty stripe version or playing with the straps a little for fun.
When she put this on and requested a ponytail, I got all kinds of 50’s school girl vibes. I had to teach her about Sandra Dee and she loved her style!
My oldest wanted something other than a dress and the search was on for just the right pattern. Little Lizard King released the Cannes pattern just last week and the moment I saw it I knew it’d be perfect! This pattern comes in sizes 12 mos.-14 and features top and dress options. With a v-neckline in the front and back, it’s another no closure pattern. It’s finished with bias around the neckline and arms instead of another layer or facing which makes it nice and lightweight.
While it works great in quilting cotton, I think it’d be lovely in a rayon challis or gauze too! Bonus points moms, there’s a ladies version as well!
It was so fun to head to one of our favorite walking trails for these pictures. Summertime is in the air and I can’t wait for more days like this. We had to stop for our first snow cones of the season after this shoot and for a moment all was right with the world!
A huge thank you to Riley Blake for sponsoring the fabric for this post. Make sure you check out Abbie’s Garden at your local quilt shop!
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An amazing Love Notions sale at the same time as a new Raspberry Creek fabric line is cause for a little celebrating! All patterns (except the newly revamped Rhapsody) are on sale for 40% off through tomorrow, Sunday May 10th. 40% off!!! That’s impossible to pass up. I decided to use a variety of kids patterns for some super fun outfits for my kiddos.
First, I sewed up the Girl’s Tidal Top and Tank. I sewed up a batch of these in testing but always forget about this fun pattern. It’s so fun to mix prints and has lots of options- Tunic, top, and dress length as well as tank, sleeveless, and short sleeves. Like most Love Notions kids patterns, it comes in sizes 2t-16, one of my favorite things since my girls are creeping near the top end of most children’s size charts. There’s a ladies version that I love as well!
I used this pretty Vintage Tropical Floral print (there are SOOOOO many gorgeous florals in this line it was nearly impossible to pick!) paired with Salmon Painted Check Gingham and solid salmon jersey for the bands. I love pairing florals with other fun prints and this gingham is so cute! It coordinated so good with both the cupcakes and sprinkle prints too.
My little guy got a comfy new outfit too! He’s been wearing things for multiple days during this strange stay at home time. It’s been amazing on laundry. He only wants to wear the most comfortable clothes though. This outfit made the cut!
I used the Tie Dye Sports Balls in french terry for his shorts and heathered grey and teal solid jerseys for his tee.
I sewed up the Sprint Muscle Shirt for the first time and we both absolutely love it! I can’t wait to make some for my girls too. The front color blocking detail is sporty and so fun. You can do it with or without the hood and front color blocking. I think my girls need a cute graphic muscle tee- think rocker-style!
For the shorts I used the Thomas Track Pants basic short variation. I love that this pattern works for both knit and woven. It’s fantastic for jammies and it worked great for these easy to wear lounge shorts. I used 1.5″ elastic in the waistband just per personal preference and cut the legs 2″ above his knee. We rolled them quickly for these pics and I’ll make sure to tack the hems up on the side seams. He tried these on and has refused to take them off. Good sign but leaves little details like hems for later, lol!
The girls fell in love with the whole Sweet Treats line by Brittney Laidlaw. They both needed new summer pj’s and this line was just perfect for them.
Payton got a new Luna Loungewear set. This pattern has extended plus sizing which is so hard to find for kids. It has a cami, nighty, capri, short and bralette all included. I used the cami and capri’s for this set. Big sis got a set in testing that she is still wearing all these years later. They’ve been such a favorite! There’s also a ladies version if you want to treat yourself too!
This little miss was smitten with the Cupcake print. It’s such an adorable print! The colors are absolutely amazing. I struggled when picking coordinates because it goes with ALL the pinks! It’s adorable with lighter hues but this girl needed a little something bright and cheery so I went with fuchsia jersey for the main cami and light pink for the straps.
Big sis got a new set of Namaste pj’s. She rotates between her Luna capris (that are now bermuda shorts) and her Namaste set each night so I knew she needed another set to throw in there. (There’s a ladies version of this pattern as well and I LOVE my set!).
The Namaste pattern features a faux crossover top and matching detail on the pant. There are short and long sleeves as well as shorts and full length pants. There is also a night shirt view. I added a couple of inches to the length of these shorts (I sewed up a size 10 width but she’s in a 16 for height!).
This cute sprinkle fabric is like a party in a print! It coordinates with everything! I paired it with solid mint jersey but you could use so many of the other summer prints with it or any of the CLUB basics too. It’s just so cheerful!
It was so nice to get back to my machines and to sew up some old favorites as well as a new favorite too. Love Notions patterns remind me how much I love sewing. They come together easily and always fit me and my kids so well. They’re easy to alter to our liking and are usually no-fuss and so comfortable to wear, especially in RCF CLUB knits. Sewing with CLUB knits is my happy place. They are just the right weight and so easy to sew (no curling or stretching out). A couple of days with Love Notions and RCF was just what this mama needed.
Make sure to grab your Love Notions patterns on sale through tomorrow. You can search my blog for Love Notions pattern to read all about my favorites. These Raspberry Creek prints are also on sale through Wednesday the 13th. What a perfect combination!
Simple Life Pattern Co. is a favorite for my girls, especially for dresses. As part of the promo group I had the opportunity to pick this gorgeous Art Gallery fabric and sew up a pretty Piper dress. Fabric and pattern were gifted to us but all opinions are my own.
My oldest is quickly growing out of most children’s patterns so I was happy when she was still able to fit into Simple Life patterns. She’s a good 5-6″ off the chart height-wise but that’s an easy adjustment to make. The Piper pattern comes in sizes 2-12, features multiple lengths and a ruffled or plain bodice. When shopping the Art Gallery site, I steered her towards the rayon knowing that they produce a little more grown-up look than a quilting cotton would. This pretty print is just stunning and we went with the maxi length skirt to really up the drama.
Between the ruffled bodice, wide tank style, and elastic waist, this dress is tween approved! She loved how comfortable it is and that the wide straps hid her bra too.
She’s really looking forward to warm summer days when she can wear this to church. She was a trooper this day and took these pics when it was just 40 degrees! I tried to be as quick as I could and she’s hiding jeans under the dress too, lol! I’m not THAT mean! We had to catch the little bit of sunshine between snowstorms.
The Piper is part of Simple Life Pattern Co’s April challenge Garden Party. The other featured patterns are Newport (you can see ours here), Maggie, Kyra, and Jamiesyn. All of these patterns are 20% through the whole month. To join the challenge, sew up your own versions for a chance to win one of three $20 gift cards to SLPCo.
Sewing one of these pretty dresses is just the right cure for a gloomy day at home!
As the tour comes to an end, I’m filled with mixed emotions. It’s been great to have a reason to get behind my sewing machines and also to share a little bit of hope and brightness with the community. Deadlines are great motivators! Not gonna lie though, I can’t wait to take a little break too! It feels awesome to have a head start on the swim season but I’m ready to sew some cozy stay at home clothes now. My emotions have been right on the surface lately and tucking away to my sewing space every now and then is still the perfect way to recharge and emerge ready to tackle the rest of the day. Have you been sewing or is it a struggle to find the time and motivation? This sewing community has been so supportive and it’s great to know that whether we’re sewing up a storm or just scrolling the web for inspiration, we’re all in this together!
For today’s post I’m sharing two swimsuits I made for my oldest daughter as well as how to add cups and elastic for a little bit of support and coverage. I’ve got an easy women’s rash guard with support coming at you too!
As soon as the Tadah Hapuna Swimmers and Leotards hit the scene I knew I needed to make one (or two!). This pattern is full of options and they’re all adorable! There’s a front color block bodice, a v-back or scoop back, one or two pieces, and so many cute sleeve styles. I really want to make a version with the circle flounce sleeves but this one wasn’t having it.
This pattern is full of measurements so I was able to get a great fit with our first suit. I sewed up a size 10 width graded to a 12 through the waist and a 13 length. This is the round scoop back with cap sleeves.
For this version I used the same front bodice piece and color blocked the front to match the v-back color blocking.
Just looking at that long and lean body you can tell that store bought suits just don’t fit this girly. We recently tried to buy one she fell in love with online for our Hawaii trip and I had to alter it by bringing it in a full 1.5″ on each side! Grateful I could make it work but even more grateful I can sew suits that fit her even better!
This girl is just starting to develop breast buds and we wanted to add a little bit of coverage to her suits. She doesn’t need support yet but really just wanted to add some chest coverage. I’ve been adding bra cups to all my suits for years and I knew some light foam cups would be just what she needed. Here’s how I did it:First, I had her hold up the lining front piece. We positioned the cups accordingly. I used light foam cups, similar to what you find in sports or lounge bras. In fact, I save all of the cups from old lounge bras to re-purpose for my swim suits. I also like to stock up when I hit the LA fabric district (they’re a screaming deal at like 4 for $1). Wawak is another option for cups and these ones are light and would work great for tweens. They come in multiple sizes which is perfect for our little girls. One more option would be to buy bra making foam sheets and cut your own cups to fit. Etsy has loads of retailers that stock it.
Next, sew your cups on with a zig zag stitch. I like to sew over the cup edge to really smooth the edge and make it not as noticeable from the outside of the suit. Depending on the thickness of your main swim fabric, you can sew your cups on either the right or wrong side of your lining. With thick quality fabric like Raspberry Creek, I usually put the cups on the wrong side of the lining between the lining and main fabric. I find it more comfortable to not have the actual cup against my skin but it really works either way. For my rash guard, I did the cups against my skin so you can see them more clearly in the tutorial.I love the results of adding this little bit of coverage. I also hand sewed cups to the lining of an already finished suit and she feels so much more comfortable with the extra support. This would work well for ready to wear suits too since most children’s suits don’t adapt for this in the larger sizes. This is new territory for me and I’m glad I could give my girl a little more confidence when she hits the pool this summer.If you or your girl need just a little more support, you can add an elastic band for a shelf bra to your suit too. I don’t need much support, just a little lift and this method is perfect for me.For this rash guard I used the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up top. You can use any tight fitting top pattern and the Layer Me Up is one of my favorites. It has lots of sleeve options and gives me a nice slim fitting swim top. I used the Black White Sage Light Blue and Blossom Pink stripe because these colors are so darn good together. I paired it with my Hello Sailor bottoms from last year for a suit that I can’t wait to wear this summer.For my suit, I used the same technique as my daughter to sew on the cups but this time I sewed my lining to the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders first so I could ensure a good fit when placing them. I don’t like to fully line my rash guards because the extra layer is a little too hot for me. In the past I have fully lined the front but this time I chose to just line the top half. To add the elastic, determine how tight you want it to be. I cut mine two inches shorter than the width of the lining where I was placing it. You will then sew your elastic to your lining, stretching it as you sew. I like to sew my elastic just outside of the side seam allowance. This prevents pulling at the side seam. I use a zig zag stitch but you can use any stretch stitch. I had cut my lining piece longer than I needed so I had some wiggle room to work with. Once I had my elastic sewn on, I trimmed off the extra lining on the bottom.
If you’re like me and just need a little support this works fantastic. I’m not much help when it comes to the more well endowed. You’ll want power mesh and possibly underwires and that’s a whole new ball game. I just know I’ve used this technique for years and I love the results.