Seaside Playsuit by Tadah Patterns

Seaside Playsuit by Tadah Patterns

I'm back today with another romper! You can see the Summer Romper I made for Lucy here. This one was also done in a fit of batch sewing. The Seaside Playsuit is a cute little bubble romper with a ton of variations. I made the flutter sleeve option with a snap crotch. I've already found myself putting it on her first thing out of the laundry, meaning this is going to be a summer staple for sure!

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Summer Romper by Brindille and Twig

Summer Romper by Brindille and Twig

The heat is upon us (for now) here in Virginia, and since I was sewing up some rompers for a sweet friend's new baby I did some batch sewing and made this for miss Lucy! For some reason I wasn't a fan of rompers when I had Charly. All I wanted was clothes that made her look like a miniature adult, and adults weren't really wearing rompers then.  Since I've had three girls I still have a lot of those clothes from when Charly was a baby. I came to my senses when Caroline was a babe and bought a few rompers, but now I can't get enough of how easy they are to dress babies in and how incredibly adorable their squishy thighs look! I love Lucy in a romper and am going to try to squeeze her into them as long as possible! 

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Petite Fitting Head to Toe: Neck and Shoulders

Petite Fitting Head to Toe: Neck and Shoulders

Up until a year and a half ago I had little interest in sewing for myself. I'd tell myself "Sewing for kids is so gratifying! I can go nuts with pattern/shape/color and it looks awesome on kids! They're so easy to fit!" That last one was the real reason... spending time sewing an item of clothing that gets little wear because it doesn't fit just so is a real drag. And like most women, my body doesn't fit the "average" mold... because most people aren't average in every measurement. So even though I'm a relatively thin person, most ready to wear clothes don't fit properly, at least not everywhere, and simply grading between sizes (cutting a top on the small line at the shoulders/bust/waist and out to the medium at the hips) wasn't really doing the trick either. I hated wasting fabric and time making clothes I didn't wear, so I didn't make them much. Then I joined the Capsule sewing group on Facebook while I was pregnant with Lucy and started seeing others have success identifying and actually FIXING their fit issues. As in, they had normal bodies and made their clothes work for them. And I fell in love with the idea. 

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Linden Sweatshirt Styled 4 Ways

Linden Sweatshirt Styled 4 Ways

Hey there friends! I'm sharing a post over on the Imagine Gnats Blog today with comparison of the Linden Sweatshirt by Grainline Studio in four different knit fabrics. Choosing knit fabrics online is something I've struggled with in the past because I'm such a tactile person, and since the lighting, a garments style lines, and the models body all have an impact on how the fabric looks, comparing fabrics and choosing the best for a given project can be intimidating. I sewed these four Lindens as a sort of experiment- with the same pattern (The Linden Sweatshirt), the same lighting, and my body as the controls. This allows you to compare without any variance in style lines and see how that weight/drape really affects a finished garment. Click over to the Imagine Gnats blog to read all about the different fabrics, how they handled, how they affect the look of the Linden, and also get some pattern recommendations to use each fabric for. 

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My Personal Color Palette

My Personal Color Palette

A while back in one of my favorite sewing related Facebook groups (Capsule Wardrobe Sew Along, hereafter known as "Capsule") someone shared a link to a post about designing your own personal color palette by using a photo of you and essentially using tools to color match and find analogous colors, complementary colors, etc. The original post (found here) is from Seamwork, and gives directions to use free online tools to find your colors.

I've never been one to follow color rules for my clothing, but I have found colors that I consistently gravitate toward in my home and my wardrobe and thought it would be fun to see what it came up with. Over the past year or so, as I've been keeping up with the Capsule group, I've been working toward simplifying my wardrobe (did a giant purge while pregnant with Lucy) and then identifying the silhouettes/colors/fabrics that I like on me so I can create a small, fabulous, capsule wardrobe of clothes I actually like to wear, not just look at.

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Tamarack Jacket in Maker Maker fabric

Tamarack Jacket in Maker Maker fabric

Hello there friends! It's been ages since I've posted, but I'm sewing away and will hopefully have more to share soon! I set a goal this year to sew one item for myself each month to build my handmade wardrobe, and so far I'm doing well! I have yet to share my Lark tee from January (soon if I can manage to photograph it!) and today I'm sharing the Tamarack Jacket I made in February.

This pattern has been on my mental "to sew" list since it was released, but the release of the Maker Maker fabrics by Sarah Golden gave me the kick in the pants to get it made. I first became acquainted with Sarah through Kid's Clothes Week a couple years back and have followed along her sewing and artistic journey via Instagram ever since. She's an amazing artist and I love seeing her work unfold. I rooted for her to sell her hand printed fabrics, so seeing her designs produced by Andover is a dream come true! Sarah was kind enough to send me these fabrics to play with- thank you Sarah! You can see the whole collection here, although the colors look a little off. Better yet, check out Sarah's Instagram to see more (and go ahead and follow her because you want this beauty in your feed). The whole collection is a medium weight cotton linen blend that will be awesome for a variety of projects.

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Friday Dress from Petit a Petit

Friday Dress from Petit a Petit

I bought these amazing fabrics, both double gauze, and one other Nani Iro double gauze print, from Imagine Gnats, who is a sponsor of the tour. I love buying from her because I know she stocks quality fabrics and she ships super fast! My qualms with buying fabric online are 1) I'm afraid I won't like the feel of the fabric, and 2) I hate waiting. Since I know the fabric Rachael stocks is quality and she ships so fast, I'm always confident buying from her! I bought my three fabrics to coordinate for family pictures, and while I didn't get to sew the Tip Top romper hack I had planned with the third print (I tried, but Lucy is just too small for the smallest size still... so look for that hack in a few months when she grows in to it!) I still used all three fabrics to coordinate for our family pictures which were taken last week. I love how beautifully the double gauze drapes, how luxurious it looks, and how utterly wearable it is, even for young kids. If you like sewing wovens but hate how wrinkly quilting cotton can be, you should definitely try double gauze. There are lots of options in the Imagine Gnats shop. Thank you Rachael for sponsoring the tour!

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Sewing Block Party with Petit a Petit Patterns

Sewing Block Party with Petit a Petit Patterns

You know that feeling of being in high school and finally being invited to the cool kid's party? Me either ;) but I imagine it's a little like being asked to participate in the Sewing Block Party- all my favorite bloggers and sewists are sewing Petit a Petit patterns and sharing this month. It's going to be (and already is!) loaded with inspirational kid sewing featuring Celina's fantastic patterns. These ladies have mad skills and impeccable style, so I'm humbled and grateful to be invited along for the ride! If you like sewing or kids clothes (and I'm guessing you do if you're here...) then don't miss the links to the other bloggers at the bottom of this post! There's also a GIVEAWAY of a copy of ALL Petit a Petit patterns, linked at the bottom as well. In the mean time, you can use promo code BLOCKPARTY in the Petit a Petit shop for 20% off all patterns. Phew, what a party, right?!

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