Watcha Wearin January Kids Style

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As I was contemplating my second post for the Watcha Wearing January tour I knew I wanted to do it for kids clothes.  My closet is probably only about half handmade but my girls are close to 90% (I’ve yet to make jeans for them since I can pick them up for ten bucks and pj’s are about half rtw since they are just too darn cute!).  You guys see plenty of cute styled pics like the one above but I wanted to give you guys a glimpse into our reality.

I’d like to share what actually gets worn in our day to day.  I never really know what will be a favorite and what will sit on the hanger.  I always try to involve my kids when I sew and let them pick out fabrics and patterns and sometimes we hit the jackpot.  For pattern tests I usually ask which girl likes the pattern the most.  They have such different personalities that I’m getting pretty good at sewing for their own styles.  My boys are all about the comfort and I know I can’t go wrong with comfy pants, raglans, and hoodies.

A glimpse into our laundry baskets this week will find:

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This velvet Andromeda Top has been worn at least once a week since I made it.  She has a matching one for her doll that is too cute too!

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The Butterfly Cardigan is a new addition and both girls wear it whenever possible.  It’s just such a cozy layering piece!

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The Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) from Love Notions is another top that this one wears constantly.  I really need to make her a few more.  I just love the yoke detail and all the fun options it has.

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This outfit of a Jolly Roger Raglan and Boxwood Joggers is his absolute favorite.  It’s comfy, warm and in his favorite colors so of course it’s worn as soon as it’s clean.

For a real dose of reality I grabbed pics of my kids if they happened to be in mama made this week.  They were usually taken after school or right after they woke up so they are lookin’ good!

Our Sunday looks:

You can find pretty pics and details on these here, here, and here.

After church casual:

Boxwood Joggers and a poncho I knit way before I even had a daughter (this is one of those things that kills me that she loves!).

School looks:

We have a super old Skipper Top, Baby bear joggers, Jolly Roger Raglan with cowl, Blair Top, and Hatteras Hoodie with Mini Hudson Pants.

It was fun to reflect on sewing for my kids and what makes something actually get worn.  What are your go-to patterns for your kids?  Anything that surprised you that they’ve fallen in love with?

Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour this week:

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Sunday, January 22nd: Sewing By Ti , Embrace Everyday

Monday, January 23rd: Sewing By Ti, Tenille’s Thread

Tuesday, January 24th: Robynne & the Bobbin, Harper + Lu

Wednesday, January 25th: Mahlica Designs

Thursday, January 26th: Sew Sophie Lynn, Creative Counselor, Crafty Like a Rox

Friday, January 27th: Everything Your Mama Made and More

Saturday January 28th: Sewingly Michelle, Sewing By Ti, Wild and Wanderful

Make sure you head over to Sewing by Ti to enter two HUGE giveaways!

Blaverry Upton

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The Blaverry Upton has been on my wish list for awhile now.  That darling split back and contrast yoke just have my heart.  I was more than happy to jump on board the Upton Blog Tour celebrating it’s recent revamp.

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My little one can’t get enough cozy dresses in her wardrobe and this one is absolutely adorable!

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I used a cozy french terry combined with a super soft Robert Kaufman flannel- all from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  She would wear a dress everyday so this combination will be perfect once cooler temps stick around.

The Upton now features multiple sleeve lengths and all the features you love in a pdf pattern- layers, multiple measurement charts to get the perfect fit, detailed instructions, and a huge size range (2t-16).

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I just love that wrapped neck binding and that yoke is to die for!  The pattern calls for all knit but I found this woven worked just lovely!  I think knit/woven combos are so fun and open up endless possibilities!

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I think it would make a super adorable top too.  That back is just so on point!

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I am part of the Blaverry Promo team so I received this pattern for free.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- WE LOVE BLAVERRY!  I feel like Christie just gets that struggle every mom and daughter has- finding fashionable, cute clothes that you both adore.  Blaverry has solved that dilemma at our house!

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You can check out the other stops on the tour this week here:

Blaverry Thea

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I love everything about fall.  It’s like New Year’s to me- A fresh start. A new school year, brand-new resolutions and goals, back to a routine, and I love the cooler temperatures!  I also LOVE fall fashion!

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The Blaverry Thea is a great all seasons pattern that makes my heart giddy!

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Another fall favorite is plaid, plaid, and more plaid.  I’m sure you’ll still be seeing a lot of florals and stripes from me but c’mon- admit that plaid and fall go hand and hand.

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I picked up this scrumptious quilted knit from Hobby Lobby.  It’s seriously so dangerous having one just down the street.  The newest fall apparel line has some real winners.

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Let’s talk about this pattern.  This is the third knit dress I’ve made this girl in two weeks and I love how unique they all are.  She loves dresses and done in comfy knit they’re perfect for school days.  The thing that really sets this pattern apart from the others is the super fun pleated skirt.  Done in this structured knit it’s extra full and so, so darling!

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The dress comes with three sleeve options- short, half, and long.  I almost always go with a half or elbow sleeve- I just love the look and think it makes it wearable for longer.

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It’s easy to blend sizes and that’s huge when sewing for my tall girls.  I did a 6 with 8 length and still added a couple inches to make it a bit longer.  It’s a super simple alteration and will hopefully help her be able to wear this longer.

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One of my favorite details of this pattern is the wrapped neck binding- so professional!

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This pattern ticks all the boxes for me- huge size range (2t-16), classic design with great details, multi-seasonal, and it’s a quick sew!  Both girls will be getting more Thea’s for sure!

I am part of the Blaverry Promo team and receive the pattern for free.  It’s the perfect partnership for me and my girls.  We love the Blaverry style and are happy to shout it from the rooftops 😉

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Check out more great Thea’s from my friends at:

Kate and Crew * Sprouting JubeJube  * Sew Sophie Lynn * MCB Créations * BLAVERRY * Sew Famous * Ruby Rue Creations * Sew Gracefully * Captures by ChrisÉlégantine

One Thimble Blog Tour- Calla Lily Crop Top and Oswald Bow Tie

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I’m here with another fantastic blog tour.  The newest issue of One Thimble is here and it’s full of sewing goodness.  I was excited to sew up two of the 10 pdf patterns that come in this issue.

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This cute guy got his first real bow tie- the Oswald, Williams, and Pond Bow Tie Set.

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And this little miss is loving her new Calla Lily Crop Top.

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With back to school on our brains we had a blast styling our photo shoot.

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The bow tie set is so fun!! With three style options, it was hard to pick.  We went with the pointed corner Oswald.  There are five different sizes so all the gentlemen in your life can sport matching ties.

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I sewed up a size medium.  He loves that it’s not overwhelmingly huge but I might make him the next size up in the future.  He was eager to wear it to church and looked so handsome!

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I let my kids pick out their fabrics and I love that he picked this simple gingham!

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This little one had her heart set on yellow pom poms and while they’re a little crazy for me her sense of style kills me and I was happy to oblige.  The classic plaid cotton is from Hobby Lobby.

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The Calla Lily is a classic top with a little flair.  I love the high low hem and the button/snap placket in the back.  It’s fully lined and you can use the lining for a cute contrast placket.  School bus yellow KAM snaps make it easy on/off.  The options for hem trim are endless- ruffles, lace, whatever your heart desires!

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We styled it with a tank underneath so that it will be school dress code worthy.

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These two are the family clowns- always laughing and keeping us all on our toes.  A photo shoot with the two of them was an experience to say the least.

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Classic big brother…

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He’s always hamming it up!

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Make sure to grab your copy of One Thimble Issue No. 12 !

And check out the other stops on the tour here:

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Simple Life Pattern Co. Back to School Blog Tour

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We’re just a week away from the first day of school and I’m sharing our First Day Looks for the Simple Life Pattern Company’s Back to School Blog Tour.

My girls picked out the Taylor Shift Dress and the Adelyn’s Scoop Back Dress for their looks.  They suit these two to a tee!

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This girl loves things classic and sophisticated.  The Taylor dress was just perfect.  We did a modified 3/4 sleeve to get us right into fall.  It was a super quick sew and made to showcase those amazing fabrics you love.

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The cut-out in the back adds interest but is small enough to be dress code approved!

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This dress is one of my favorite things on this girly!  That bow and the twirly circle skirt are absolutely perfect for her.  I love that bow so, so much!!!

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She really couldn’t stop twirling!

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I love a knit bodice for comfort and the woven skirt offers the perfect chance to use all those fabulous fabrics you’ve been eyeing.  I did an elbow sleeve here- so versatile and perfect for every season.  I used the modest scoop back option too.

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Hawthorne Threads very generously sponsored this post.  It was my first time ordering from them and it was a fantastic experience.  I let this girl get on the site and pick her favorites.  She had quite the list!  Have you seen the hundreds and hundreds of designs they offer in their in-house lines?  Ah-Mazing!!!  I was thrilled that she had picked Bloomerie in Ink because it was one of my favorites too.  It’s part of their new Nectar line and I’m just crazy for the colors.

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I quickly set to work picking coordinates for little sis and Meaghan at Hawthorne was so helpful getting me the perfect navy knit to match big sister (I went with Buffalo Plaid in Honey to feed my current plaid obsession and Art Gallery Solid Knit in Deep Dark Ocean).  Customer service means a lot to me and I was super impressed with how quickly my emails were answered and how fast my fabric showed up on my doorstep.  The cotton is printed in house and is super soft.  It’s a bit thicker than normal quilting cotton and I’m already dreaming of the home decorating possibilities with it too!

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These two are set to start 2nd and 3rd grade at a new school this year.  We’re all a little nervous but I think it will be a great year.  I’m so happy they have each other.  We went and wandered around the new school for these pictures.  It was fun to explore the new playground.

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I’m so thrilled to be part of this tour and joining some incredible bloggers to showcase some great Simple Life Patterns.

August 14th – Simple Life Pattern Company Kick-Off

August 15th – Adventures with Bubba and BugSew E-Notional

August 16th – SewSophieLynnHandcrafted by RED

August 17th – Phat QuartersPear Berry Lane

August 18th – SewJournersSweet Red Poppy

August 19th – Sew and Tell ProjectPaisley Roots

August 20th – Simple Life Pattern Company Tour Wrap-Up

And of course we’ve got unbelievable prizes up for grabs:

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Back to School with Made for Mermaids

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Summer is winding down and we are in full back to school mode here- sob, sob!  I love spending my days with my kids and it makes me so sad when they are gone ALL day.  The one good thing about this time of year is a new school wardrobe!  I’m happy to be joining in the Made for Mermaids Back to School Blog Tour.  Make sure to use the code M4MB2S to save 20% off patterns.

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Our summer in Utah usually comes to a swift end once school starts.  Fall will mean 80 degrees one day and 50 degrees the next.  Time to sew up some cool weather staples!

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My girls sure love to get dolled up for school but always want to be ready for whatever recess may hold.  They are girly girls with a side of tomboy spunk.

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I sewed up the Blair Tunic for my oldest and the Brooklyn Dress for my youngest.

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The Brooklyn dress is such a classic pattern that came together so well.  I loved the lined bodice and quick, easy construction.  I did a size 7 with an 8 length in the skirt.  It’s a great fit that will hopefully get us through the school year.

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I used a lovely ponte from my stash and played with the stripes a bit.  I love this color on her and she loves how soft and comfy it is.  This one lives in skirts and dresses so this will be in constant rotation.

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I love, love the options with the Blair pattern.  For this version I used a super soft french terry.  I had this amazing upholstery fringe that I’ve been dying to use and it was just perfect for this top!

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I did a size 7 for her also but added about 2 inches in length to the hi-low hem.  Isn’t that hem curve delicious?!

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These two sisters had a blast shooting these looks.  Big sis had been gone for a couple of days and they were so happy to be reunited.

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I hope their relationship stays this sweet forever!

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Make sure to stop by all the other stops on the tour.  I’ve been loving all the back to school inspiration!

Sew Straight and Gather Cafe Romper

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Every once in awhile I love a good, rewarding sew.  Something that requires a bit more thought and time but the result is usually well worth it.  The Cafe Romper from Sew Straight and Gather is just that.

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With details like a hidden button/snap placket, mandarin collar, bodice contrast, belt loops, and matching belt, this romper looks so professional.  The bodice yoke can also be pleated which is a stunning look!  In sizes 2-14, I will be using this pattern for years to come!

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The belt is one of my favorite things!

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The snap placket makes for easy potty breaks too!

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I think this will be a favorite outfit come back to school.  She loves how comfortable it is and didn’t want to take it off!

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It can be made sleeveless and with shorts or a knee length skirt making this a year-round pattern!  I think a skirt version is in our future.

As with all of Terri’s patterns, the tutorial on this one is so thorough and I always learn something new.  It comes together easily and smoothly and really didn’t take much more time to sew it up than it did for me to pick which fabric to use (that’s ALWAYS the hardest part!).  The instructions have clickable links to make it super user friendly and the pattern is layered and no-trim!  I absolutely love my SSG patterns and the whole experience of sewing up her patterns.

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Make sure you grab your copy on sale through Sunday!