Handmade Holiday Tour


This year we have the opportunity to learn about and study the Christmas customs of Sweden.  It’s been so fun and we’ve loved trying some of their fun traditions.  The legend of St. Lucia is one we look forward to celebrating in our own home.


We’re excited to join in the Love Notions Handmade Holiday tour to share with you our take on a very popular Love Notions pattern to complete our St. Lucia look.


I used the girls Li’l LDT (affl. link) for this simple nightgown.  I love all the options this pattern has and with a few alterations it was perfect for this project.  This would work great for a beautiful maxi dress in a pretty floral print too!  Or use this idea to make your own little one a cozy nightgown of her own.


I used the bishop sleeve and added length.  I measured from her shoulder to wrist and added seam allowance.  I extended my sleeve length straight down on both sides.  Next time I would add another inch- it’s a cute wrist length here but I always like to get as long of use as I can out of their clothes!


To extend the length I used this tutorial.  I measured from the back of her neck to the floor and added hem allowance.  Extending the flare to the hem created a great dramatic skirt, making it comfy and easy to move in.  It also made it a fabric hog- I used almost 3 yards for this BUT keeping the main dress pieces as one piece makes construction a breeze!


I used cotton/lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It sewed up so nicely and is so soft and comfortable too!


If you’re looking to step up your handmade game this holiday season then look no further!  This tour is full of crafts, recipes, holiday wear and more- boy do I love these creative people!

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Sew Shelly Sew

Angelic Li’l LDT


This little girl had her winter dance recital the day we took these pics.  She wore an angel costume for her recital and I spent the day thinking how appropriate that was.


For this version of the Li’l LDT I used a cream sparkle ponte from Joann’s.  I had originally gotten it for a cardigan but it was really meant to be this dress-  I heard it calling to me 😉


As I sewed this up in the wee hours of the morning, I was nervous it would either be fabulous or look like a fancy nightgown.  With every project I cut out it’s so nerve-wracking hoping it turns out like the vision in my head.


This one was exactly as I’d hoped.  Once she got it on and styled I fell even more in love with it.


I did the cowl neck, bishop sleeves and high low dress version.  The front of the high low has been lowered a bit in the final version.


The cowl and bishop sleeves together just make such a classic, sweet combination.

This pattern will be such a go-to pattern in our house.  The girls love all their versions and I love how quick and easy they are to whip up.  It’s so fun to think of all the possibilities and how it will work for every season.


Have you picked up your copy yet?  Head over here and use code ‘forthegirls’ to get 20% off until 12/19.


That scrunchy nose smile gets me every time!




Love Notion Li’l Laundry Day Tee


This post contains affiliate links.  I became a Love Notions affiliate AFTER falling in love with her patterns and style.

The sewing world has gone crazy for the Ladies Laundry Day Tee by Love Notions.  Tami at Love Notions has done it again with the Li’l LDT for girls.

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The options with this pattern are absolutely incredible.  It comes in sizes 2t-16.  There are three different lengths- shirt, tunic and dress and high low options too!  Five, yes five, sleeve options; tank, cap, elbow, long, and bishop sleeves.  Finally there are a million, ok, maybe not quite a million neck finishes; neckband, asymmetrical collar, cowl, gnome hood, and rounded hood! How’s that for choices?!!!


I used all fabrics from my stash and had to try out every kind of knit I owned.  And guess what? They all worked just lovely!


My first tester version was a dress length with long sleeves and a gnome hood.  The fit of the shoulders changed a bit in the final version but you can see it was a good pattern to begin with.

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Payton thinks the gnome hood is so fun!  This is a soft ponte and flows beautifully.  It’s got great twirl factor which is important if you’re six.


I cut into this gorgeous double-knit I picked up in Africa for Sophie’s long sleeve cowl version.

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I barely squeezed it out of a metre of fabric but it was just too perfect for this dress and my girl.  She loves the color and it just fits her style to a tee.

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Next up is an asymmetrical collar tunic version.

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I used a Girl Charlee knit for the main and my trusty RCF coral for the collar.  It’s just adorable and I foresee many of this version come spring/summer.

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You know I just HAD to do a french terry version.  I’ve been wanting to try one for me but knew my girls would look WAY cuter in it.  I did a regular hood and used Raspberry Creek Fabrics french terry.

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The drape of this particular french terry is just perfection!  I scrounged up the last of this floral french terry I got in LA to line the hood and add bands to the sleeves.  I wish I was wearing this myself right now!


I’ll do a separate post tomorrow on my final and favorite version.  I did a ‘fancy’ one using sparkle ponte that I just want her to wear everyday! 

So, is your mind blown?  Seriously, the options are endless.  I had so many versions swimming in my head I couldn’t sleep and just had to sew them up.  Creativity can totally ruin a good nights sleep 😉

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