Sew Americana Blog Tour

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I love July and the chance to celebrate this beautiful country of mine.  I was thrilled to jump on board the Sew Americana Tour by Wild & Wanderful and the chance it gave me to sew up these beauties in honor of the 4th.

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It also meant another darling photo shoot with the cutest two-year-old around!

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Sophie is sporting a Mingo and Grace Charlie Dress.  It’s done in a drapey poly rayon from Hancock’s.  I did a bodice facing instead of bias tape and love the clean finish it gave.

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I played with the stripe directions for a little twist and we both just adore this dress.

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It just suits her so well!

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I went sweet and simple with this one in a Violette Fields Adelaide.

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I’ve got ALL the heart eyes for that back!

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And gingham and floral should get married, I think 😉

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My sister sewed her cute little miss the Evie Pleated Suspender Shorts from Made for Mermaids.

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Isn’t that bow back just divine?!!

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I think we’re going to have serious Morgan withdrawals when she heads back home after the summer.  Cousins really are the best!

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I love these looks together and how they fit their personalities so well!

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Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 

Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire

Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28

Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29

Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade

Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30

Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn

The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1

Very Blissful | That’s Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at www.THREADandGRAIN.com  You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!

(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)

A Tale of Three Christmas Dresses

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Sophie has a beautiful new Christmas dress that she loves- not this one, but this one.  She was so excited to wear our matching dresses and Payton needed one to join us.  I love non-traditional colors that can be worn throughout the year and this floral from my stash fit the bill.

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It would be only fitting to use another Mingo and Grace pattern- The Charlie Dress.  Bonus- I already had the pattern traced and ready to go (in a size 6 with 8 length) but had never made it.

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It came together quickly in a naptime and I couldn’t wait for Payton to try it on when she got home.  As she twirled around it was obvious to me that it was way too long and very sloppy on her.  I could seam rip a perfectly gathered and serged seam or give it to big sis and sew a new dress.  All you seamstresses know that was a no brainer.

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So big sister got dress number two that fits her perfectly.  Which means little sis needed two dresses too… I’ll take any excuse to sew up more easy dresses. I’ll be posting those later this week and also sharing some of my favorite sister pics ever!

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Are you sewing up Christmas dresses this year?  I love the quick, simple dresses that can be worn for more than a season.  This Charlie dress is just that.  It will be darling come spring with sandals too and she can wear it now with a tee underneath or a sweater on top.  Just about the perfect dress in my book!