I love a good blog tour filled with friends, awesome giveaways, and any excuse to get behind my sewing machines. The Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Karly of Paisley Roots was the perfect reason to drop everything and sew up a few back to school pieces.
This little miss starts middle school this year, sob sob. Her actual first day is TODAY and while you are reading this I just might be having a mini-meltdown. Middle School! How did that happen?! She’s so ready and I know she’ll rock it but when did my little girl get to be such an amazing young woman?!
She’s getting to be very picky and very particular about what she wears. She definitely follows teenage trends. She’s such a shy girl that she likes to fit right in and not be too flashy. For her back to school wardrobe, she shopped at her favorite stores, Tilly’s and H&M, and then we threw in three handmade pieces that would really compliment and work well with her store-bought items. What resulted is a cute mix and match mini capsule wardrobe that she loves!
I used three patterns from my favorite pattern designers that cater to tween and teen sizing. Modkid Boutique has an ever expanding catalog of tween patterns that are so on-trend. Hey June Handmades Hey Junior line is a collection of basic pieces that can be hacked into a million different looks. It’s a great starting point for classic patterns you can use again and again. I also turn to Love Notions Patterns because their patterns go from size 2t-16 which means I can use them for my girls and my nieces. I love a great size range!
The first handmade piece is a hacked Brooklyn from Modkid in a super fun Retro Stripe from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. For this look, I took the dress piece and just shortened it to top length. She loves mock necks and this pattern fits her well. It’s slim fitting and has multiple sleeve options. I used the long sleeve pattern piece and shortened it to hit mid bicep.
Her leggings are our go-to Love Notions Leggins’. They are a nice slim cut and always fit her so well. I used a mid-weight cotton lycra from CaliFabrics. I absolutely love the weight of this fabric for leggings. I’ve been on the quest for great leggings fabrics since this girl would live in them and I will be ordering more colors of this for sure!
Her last handmade item is a Morrison Tee from Hey June Handmade in a yummy modal stripe from CaliFabrics. This fabric is my absolute favorite for tees and if it looks familiar it could be because I’ve made a handful of other tops out of it in multiple colorways for her and I. It’s so soft and that drape is amazing!
The Morrison Tee is another pattern that I turn to over and over again. That back curved hem and the oversized fit just make me happy! I did an extra-wide cuff and folded it up and tacked it in multiple places. I just love a cuffed sleeve.
Her store-bought pieces:
Mustard Jeggings from H&M
Black Jacket from Tilly’s
Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you head to the other stops on the tour for some adorable back to school looks. Head to the end of this post for a super fun giveaway too!
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Raspberry Creek Fabrics introduced their Valentine Line last week and I loved sewing some of it up! We were lucky enough to meet up with Anna and her darling kiddos for a quick photo shoot to really highlight this collection. I feel so lucky to have such great sewing friends so close and Anna is so incredibly talented!
This argyle print is such a classic and was instantly a favorite. It’s great for the holidays but will also work well year round. It’s printed on the CLUB grey base which is my absolute fav, especially for boys.
I sewed up a Greenpoint Cardigan from Hey June Handmade. I can’t believe this was my first time using this pattern. It sewed up quickly and looks so cute on. I left off the snaps and buttons for now but I’m still debating whether or not to add them. We’ve struggled with snaps in the past so I’m leaning towards some sleek black buttons…
I’ve been dying to sew up the new Modkid Brooklyn. I love Modkid’s Tween line (Sophie is still just under the size chart chest/hip wise but is a 14 height!). I think this pattern is similar to the True Bias Niko pattern and since I like to try out new styles on my little mini me first she got to be my guinea pig. The mock neck, slim fitting silhouette is so cute on her!
I thought the modern lines of this print were just too perfect for this look! Windowpane prints are having such a moment and the addition of hearts just make this fabric so sweet.
This little girl is all about purple right now. She loved the pretty watercolor stripe and I knew pairing it with the CLUB lilac dots would be a win.
I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates with the funnel neck add-on. I extended the funnel neck height and cropped the bottom hem a couple of inches as well. It’s a cozy closet staple that will get worn often.
I had to get in on the fun! I love the simplicity of these tiny hearts on grey. It’s cute without being too young. It’s a print I can wear year-round and will pull out this sweatshirt often. I used my latest go-to pattern, the Pixie Tee from Chalk and Notch. I cropped the hem about two inches since I plan on wearing this as a layering piece and I love a bit of shirttail sticking out.
I also sewed up a New Horizons Manhattan Dress in the XO double brushed polyester. I love what a quick sew this pattern is and that boat neck is super cute! The drape of the double brushed poly is dreamy as a circle skirt and she loves how soft this dress is.
You can grab these prints on sale through Wednesday, December 19th for $1 off per yard. They’re available on CLUB cotton jersey and french terry with the bottom two prints on double brushed polyester. They’ll stay available in the shop through Valentine’s Day.
I love when pattern designers read my mind. My daughter and I have been doing lots of back to school shopping and we both fell in love with this style of dress. It was one of those styles that just kept popping up in every store we looked in and on strangers and friends too! Dresses are one of the hardest things to buy this girly because they never fit properly so we were just waiting for the perfect pattern to appear. Imagine our excitement when we saw the newest design from the gals at ModKid. I jumped in to test this darling dress and top without a second thought!
The Sage Dress and Top is a button-front dress, jumper, peplum, or top with options for a bottom flounce and either straight or cross back straps in tween and teen sizes 10-18. The bodice is straight and features princess seams as well. AND there’s pockets! It wouldn’t be complete without them. The tutorial is thorough and I’m a huge fan of the ModKid methods of construction and patterns. If you’re looking for quality, you’ll love ModKid.
I used a tencel chambray I picked up in LA ages. The pattern calls for anything from quilting cotton to linen and corduroy. I love having options and this style looks great in all of them! To finish it off I used brushed gold buttons I picked up at the CaliFabrics brick and mortar shop in San Francisco. The fact that the materials for this dress all came from California vacations adds so much sentimental value to it.
This sweet girly is so hard to fit. For this dress as a tester, I sewed it up per the pattern and her measurements. She is a size 10 chest with a 12 height. She’s at the bottom end of the sizing and I was actually worried she was too small still for it. The measurement chart is for the finished garment which is nice to see how much ease you will have but had me a little concerned since she measures 1.5″-2″ smaller in parts. Patty recommends 1″ of ease so keep that in mind when looking at the fit of this dress. I love this on her and like that she has a little growing room too!
Most of my summer sewing is quick and easy and can be finished in a short afternoon. This project did take several days of sporadic sewing but was well worth it. It felt so good to sew on that last button! It wasn’t a difficult sew by any means but a more thoughtful one with great finishing techniques and a beautiful result. I love these kind of projects and can’t wait to do more of them now that school is about to start!
One of my favorite things about sewing with pdf patterns is how on trend designers can be. They follow fashion and streetwear style and stay so up to date on the latest trends. If it’s selling in your favorite clothing store whether it’s Target or a trendy boutique, you can probably find a pdf pattern for it. It’s pretty amazing if you ask me!
I am so thrilled with how this dress turned out and know you’ll love this pattern too! You can grab your copy and any other patterns that just might hop into your cart for 40% off during ModKid’s Back to School Sale, now through Sunday August 19th with coupon code BTS2018.
Project Run and Play Season 13 has begun and I’m so excited to be rooting along from the sidelines this season. It’s so fun to see so many familiar faces competing this season but I sure don’t miss the pressure from last season! I’ll happily sew-along just for fun!
The theme this week is “It’s All About That Place”- a destination inspired outfit. Well, my favorite destination is easy- Mexico! While I dream of exploring the world, right now a true vacation involves sandy beaches, sunshine, and no alarm clocks or schedules to keep up. We took the kids last year and it was seriously the best week ever!
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few yards of Patty Young’s newest line for Riley Blake- Primavera. It’s all so bright and cheery and perfect for spring. It has just the right beachy vibe and was just what I needed for these looks.
I used Primavera Plaid Teal and Primavera Tile Teal for these two looks, along with trim and scraps from my stash (I love shopping my ever growing scrap bins!).
My oldest got a Modkid Dakota. This simple top will fit right in with her spring wardrobe. I loved how beautifully it came together and the options to get creative with fabric and trim on this bodice make it so fun. I think it would be so pretty in a rayon challis or voile too! I did a size 7 with a 10 length according to the size chart and it fits just right! This girl just keeps getting longer and longer!
K- time for a little honesty, as I was sewing this dress I was so worried there was too much going on. But the moment my girly tried it on it I swear it was magic. This dress is HER- like 100% Payton. Girly and fun and bright and whimsical and twirly and comfy and cute! This will definitely be a favorite.
I used the Luna Dress from Violette Fields Threads and slightly modified it. I’ve had that gorgeous floral ribbon in my stash for years and loved it with the plaid. I lengthened the bodice to fit the ribbon band and love the extra detail it gives. I kept my ribbon tie extra long just for that extra pop of fuchsia.
I also added a few seashell buttons to go with our theme just for fun.
I’m really so excited because the hubby and I are headed to Mexico SOON! We’ve had a crazy couple months and I can’t wait to sit on the beach and do absolutely NOTHIN’! I’m sure going to miss these cute girlies though! Seriously…
Gotta love them!
I had the opportunity to test for the fabulous Modkid.
The new Kendall Skirt pattern is so…much…fun!
My girly just couldn’t stop twirling!
It’s a high waisted skirt with fun little gores that make this skirt so full and twirly.
It features a flat front waistband with elastic in the back and a rolled hem.
It can be made in either woven or knit. We chose knit because comfort is all important to this girl.
Our main knit is an old Doodles interlock from Joann’s. It’s super cute but has little recovery and I’d highly recommend using something with great recovery for the waistband. My bad there and this skirt was falling off after a day of wear. We may use the cute stripe for the waistband or add elastic all around to save this version but in the future I’ll know that fabric choice is important! Using knit I could sew most of this on my serger- making it a surprisingly quick sew.
The other testers were killing it and I’m anxious to sew up a woven version for spring.
You can pick up the pattern here or here for a special intro price today only! It’s such a fun, unique design that any girl would love!