Recess Rash Guard Swimsuit


Little sister’s swimsuit was so perfect for the beach.  The rashguard proved invaluable against the sun and wind and those colors just popped against the turquoise waters.


I used the Santa Monica Tankini from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop for the bottoms.  I add a bit to the back rise and always fully line them.  It is the same pattern I used here for Charlie.


We both love the coverage and fit of boy shorts.  Plus they look dang cute!


Her top is a slightly modified Recess Raglan.  It’s lined in the front and taken in under the arms.


I ordered a bargain lot of swim knits from Girl Charlee last spring.  There was enough yardage for suits for the next five years!  Lots of fun prints including this daisy and the light blue polka dots.  A great deal and so fun to experiment with.

I could take picture of my kids on the beach all day long!  You can’t beat the backdrop and lighting 😉


They can mix and match their suits which is a huge bonus being the same size.  Hopefully they’ll always love sharing clothes because it sure makes it easier on this mom.


She always has to throw in some sweet moves!  She just cracks me up!

Kids Clothes Week- Fall 2015


My favorite time of year in the virtual sewing world is Kids Clothes Week.  It’s a week of inspiration and motivation to build my kids wardrobes.


This KCW I’ll be out of the country and so sad to not be sewing along with everyone.  Before I left, I couldn’t help myself and whipped up a few things for Charlie.


He asked me the other day to please make him something so he could have a photo shoot.  I was flattered until I realized he was in it for the prize I give the kids when they ‘model’ for me.  I sewed up a couple of Recess Raglan‘s and two pair of Mini Hudson’s.


I’d been crushing big time on this darling Birch knit from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  It is so soft and lovely and I’m kinda jealous of this shirt.

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I made up a second raglan, this time using this solid white and the Club diamonds.  We are loving Where the Wild Things Are and this vinyl from Sew Fancy iron-on vinyl is just darling!


This boy is all about comfy pants so Mini Hudson Pants are so perfect for him.  A little more stylish than his running pants but still so cozy, especially out of french terry.


He got one pair out of light grey french terry with charcoal accents and a second all charcoal pair.  On the darker pair I added moto-inspired knee patches and I really, really like the look.




He also got a cheater tee made from an Old Navy raglan with another cute vinyl added.


Anyone who has ever attempted to photograph a 3-year-old know just how many pictures were taken to get these that were semi-blog worthy.  He’s such a busy guy!


Are you joining in on Kids Clothes Week?  I wish I was sewing along with everyone but I’m off enjoying the adventure of a lifetime.



Halloween is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing around here.  Costumes are not my favorite things to sew so when an easy idea comes along we are all over it.


This little miss just adores pandas so it was no question what she would be for Halloween this year.  We went the easy route and I whipped up a costume in no time.


The leggings are from this post and are perfect to keep her little legs warm while trick-or-treating.  The tee is an easy-peasy Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew.  I got the tutu on clearance at Target and the fur mitts at Wal-Mart.  The headband is simply felt ears hot glued to a headband.  I told you it was EASY!


These are my favorite kind of costumes- memorable because it symbolizes an obsession in her life right now and simple, no-stress to put together.

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What’s on your sewing table this Halloween?