Watcha Wearin January Kids Style


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:


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!


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


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.


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:

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!

Project Run and Play: Week Two-I’m an Autumn


Fall in Utah is my absolute favorite!  The vibrant leaves, cooler weather and trips to our favorite pumpkin patch are things I look forward to all year.


It was so fun sewing for this week’s Project Run and Play challenge- I’m an Autumn: using the warm colors of Autumn for your primary color palette (red, orange, yellow, and brown).  Now admittedly, I’m NOT an autumn and I’m drawn to much cooler colors so this was initially a bit of a challenge for me.  I had nothing at all in my stash in those colors so we took a trip to the fabric store (five fabric stores to be exact!).


I had a vision for this dress right from the start and finding the perfect fabric proved to be harder than I thought it would.  With our short time frame I knew I had to find it locally and I finally settled on this gorgeous charmeuse from Joann.  It has such beautiful drape and worked so well for this maxi.


I used the Lil Luxe Dress from Lil Luxe Collection as the base for this dress.  I added the long sleeves and pockets from the Starlight City Dress, also by Lil Luxe Collection.  I cinched the sleeves with elastic to create a bit of volume in them.  I used the width of the fabric for the skirt portion adding to the drama of this dress.


I raised the back curve a couple of inches.  This dress will get worn to church ALOT and I wanted her to feel comfortable in it.  And boy does she!  She absolutely loves it!  She’s all about the maxi dresses and this is her new favorite!


To complete her look I made a luxurious faux fur vest.  She’s always wanted one and this was the perfect outfit for it!

I used my go-to t shirt pattern the City Park Tee from Hey June Handmade to start with.  I drafted the vest using the bodice pieces with only slight modifications.  It’s fully lined in a super soft tweed and closes with a hook and eye at the chest.  She’s anxious to wear it with her favorite skinny jeans and boots once the weather stays cooler.


I was so excited to sew for this little guy too!  He’s not the easiest to photograph but he’s always a super grateful recipient.


The highlight of his outfit is a vest made using the BBC Vest from Shwin Designs.  Flannel and leather are such an amazing combo for fall.


It’s so soft and cozy and will make a great layering piece in his wardrobe.  I lined it in cream stretch denim to make it a bit more structured.


The leather details elevate it and I was a little nostalgic digging through my great-grandma’s buttons for this project.  These were exactly what I was looking for to finish off this vest.


His pants are Moto Maxx bottoms from Love Notions.  I love the details on these and they were so fun to play with.

In my endless fabric search I was trying to find soft, comfortable khaki twill.  Everything I found was stiff and not what I had in mind so I headed to my hubby’s closet.  I stole his beloved well worn khakis and they worked like a dream!  I did diamond quilting on the knees and lined them with flannel from the vest.  Comfortable, warm pants will be well loved this fall.


I did triple stitching on the waistband and slightly cropped them to be more like the joggers his big brothers are so fond of.  This little man wants to be exactly like them so he loves his new cool pants!


His tee is an ode to another fall staple- long days at the soccer fields!  This little guy is so excited to be on his first soccer team after spending much of his life watching all his siblings play.  He’s definitely got the soccer thing down and this tee is a winner.


I used the Made for Mermaids Rowan Raglan and slimmed it down to fit better under his vest.  I love this pattern and all the options it comes with.  He loves hoods so I’ll be adding them whenever I can.


These two are just loving their new looks!

Make sure to head over to Project Run and Play to see the other competitors looks and to vote for your favorite!  We hope you like our Autumn look as much as we do!






Simple Life Pattern Co. Back to School Blog Tour


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!


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.


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


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!!!


She really couldn’t stop twirling!


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.


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.


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!


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.



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:


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom


The Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom are here!


As soon as I saw Melissa’s cute versions I knew I had to get in on the testing.  I showed them to my 12-year-old and he was sold!  I can’t pass up a chance to sew for him since he’s so super picky.


These joggers passed the ‘cool enough for 7th grade’ test 😉

I mean those pockets are so, so cool!


Both pairs are made with french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  This pair is a heathered mint (currently unavailable).  The black pair is a solid black.  The cute pocket fabric is a remnant my sister gave me of Art Gallery’s Boardwalk Delight Ice Cream Shop Knit.  It was absolutely perfect for these pockets and cuffs!

These are a skinny fit pant and they fit a little looser on my skinnier than normal kiddos.  This guy says they’re just right!


We added a faux drawstring on both pairs just for fun.  These pants are a super quick sew- print, cut and sewn in less than an hour.  They include shorts, capris, and full length options with a looser boy cut for the older guys.  In sizes 12 months-16, you can use this pattern for all the kids in the neighborhood (because you know once they see your kids, they’ll all be begging for them!).


You can pick up the full size range here or the 12 months- 8 here or the big kids 6-16 here.  I can’t wait to see all the kids on the block sporting their matching joggers 😉

For more Boxwood inspiration check out:

It’s Liesel


Miskin Makings


Penny Sew Vintage

Tales of a Tester

Back to School with Made for Mermaids


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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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!


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?!


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.


I hope their relationship stays this sweet forever!


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

Violette Fields Alba


I gave you a preview of this dress in my Small Town Summertime Sewing post but it totally deserves it’s own glorious post!


The Alba Dress by Violette Fields Threads  has been on this girl’s wish list since little sister got hers last summer.


The fun, wide collar is such a stunning feature and sets this dress a part.


I used this gorgeous Michael Miller Eyelet  on sale at Peek-A-Boo Fabric shop lined in matching cotton from my local quilt shop. (I hit up FIVE fabric stores to find just the right match!)


I used a Liberty covered button I’ve been saving forever.  It has been waiting patiently for this dress!


Since I fully lined the whole garment, I used clean finishes and french seams when needed.  I’m super proud of the improvements I’ve made between little sisters dress last year.  Revisiting this pattern made me realize how much I’ve learned and how my skills have grown tremendously in a year.  It’s a great fitting dress that she’ll wear over and over again.


I’d say she likes it 😉

Hey June Linville Romper


I am currently OBSESSED with rompers and what could be better than a romper from Adrianna at Hey June!


The new tween line is quickly becoming my go-to spot for all my girls wardrobe needs.


The Linville features a keyhole back, elastic waist, pockets, AND pants, shorts, knee length skirt, and maxi skirt options.  Wowza, right!


I was lucky enough to test this pattern with my favorite sewing buddies, Diana and Emily.  That meant a super fun photo shoot with all our girlies!


These girls don’t like each other AT ALL 😉


It was so fun to see our different styles and personalities come through on this pattern.

Emily’s little one is darling in her boho inspired look.

Diana always leans towards classic pieces and these linen and chambray versions are to die for!

My oldest loves things with a bit of sophistication and flair.  This rayon challis pantsuit is perfect for her.

My little sassy one wears a skirt whenever possible so this comfy chambray version suits her to a tee!  I did a little pattern hacking on this version and fully lined my bodice and did a sweet lace tie in the back.

Details, details, details!  They can really elevate this pattern so much!


Floral chambray and lace just make me so happy!

Oh how I love these girls!


Make sure to grab your Linville pattern on sale now through July 25th!

Small Town Summertime Sewing


Summer time and small towns are the best!  I love all the celebrations and chances we get to slow down and really enjoy the places we call home.  I’m happy to be sharing our Small Town Summertime Sewing with a few of my favorite bloggers. (links at the end of the post)


Here in Utah we celebrate Pioneer Day on the 24th of July.  It’s a chance for us to reflect on our ancestors and the strength and determination they showed as they crossed the plains and arrived here in Salt Lake City on July 24, 1847.  We owe so much to them and I’m incredibly grateful to live in this beautiful valley they settled in all those years ago.  Here’s a little more information on why we celebrate.


One of my favorite things about blogging is the amazing people I’ve gotten to know.  For this post I met up with two of my favorite local sewing blogger friends.   Melli, Karly, and I headed to Provo Pioneer Village with our crews.  The Pioneer Village is a quaint little village with authentic pioneer homes and buildings.  It is free to the public and volunteers in pioneer costume roam the grounds to answer questions. It’s such a fun experience!

They gave the kids a scavenger hunt list to search the village for.  Boy, did that keep them busy!


The cute pioneer grandpa was eager to help!


We had to search high and low for the Mormon crickets!


This may have been my favorite sight in the little homes.  It makes me super thankful for my current set-up!


We got to play with the handcart and they loved it!

If only those pioneers knew how much fun we’d be having with their precious ‘moving vans’.

They all loved pretending to be pioneers, if just for a couple hours.


And I feel in love with this gorgeous freight wagon!

The well was a hit too (don’t worry- it wasn’t functioning!).


Traditionally, Pioneer Day is another day to celebrate this country we live in too.  We usually wear our red, white, and blue.

My girls are wearing a Violette Fields Alba and the new Linville Romper from Hey June.

This girl loved this location shoot and kept finding more spots to get her pic taken.  Always the professional 😉


Her and little Maci were quite the pair!  Always camera ready!


We had such a fun night!  I left with a full heart- grateful for my ancestors and for this wonderful sewing community and dear friends!

To check out more Small Town Summertime Sewing head to:

Small Town Summertime Sewing Link-Up!

Small Town Summer Sewing

Hey June Morrison Tee


Hey June’s newest junior’s pattern is just what this girl’s been looking for!


The Morrison Tee is a loose fitting, dolman sleeve top that’s so on point!


Our tie dye version is the quintessential summer tee.


The long sleeve version will take us right on into fall!  Our version is an early tester version and the sleeves have been lengthened but we still love this almost 3/4 length too!


It’s got a high low hem option and the cutest tie front option too.


We did the cuffed sleeve choice here and it makes for such a quick sew (especially if you’re boycotting hemming rayon spandex like me 😉

I’ve said it here before but Hey June patterns are just about the best out there.  You can expect perfect fit and superb instructions.  If there’s a new technique, I want to learn it the Adrianna way.  She just is that good.  Spoil yourself and pick up the pattern today!  All Hey Junior’s patterns are 25% off through Monday July 25th!


Blaverry Yves


Blaverry does it again!


The newly revised Yves pattern has won us over!


It’s a quick sew with fun details that make it such a stylish, unique pattern.


The neck detail, shoulder ties, and chest shirring (my fabric totally hides it) take it up a notch.


AND…it’s fully reversible!!!


This project had me stumped.  I originally planned to use this pattern as a swim coverup- think lightweight gauze and pom pom trim (cute, right!).  The simplicity of the dress lends itself to so many options!  My indecision was BAD and I let this project sit for weeks.


When I came across this fabric in my stash I knew it was meant to be.  I picked this up on our trip to Africa last year.  It’s a beautiful rayon challis that I was of course saving for myself 😉  As soon as I pulled it out again I had visions of this photo shoot and just how perfect it would be for this dress.  My Sophie can always rock things way better than I ever could so I knew it was going to the right person!


I grabbed this simple black rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and it turned out even better than I had envisioned.


Throw in this fun black and gold cording from LA and it’s perfection!


I just adore this dress styled for fall!  Could it be any more chic?!!


The upgrades to the pattern are genius and so, so helpful. The pattern now includes:

• clickable table of contents
• more size and garment finished measurements
• new pattern nesting for easier size blending
• instructions on how to properly select your size(s)
• instructions on how to blend sizes
• printable page to record measurements and notes
• printable design/coloring page for you and/or your kids
• re-designed pattern pieces for easier size blending

as well as multiple length options and the fact that it is fully reversible!

This girly is a huge fan and I know you will be too!

I am part of the Blaverry promo team and was provided the pattern for free.  Blaverry suits our lifestyle and tastes so well that it has been the perfect partnership!  We truly love Blaverry patterns for their unique, edgy designs that make my little tween one happy girl!

For more Yves inspiration check out:
Blaverry Blog – Stylin’ Stacey – Élégantine! – Sprouting JubeJube