ice cream shop maxi dress

today i’m supes excited to be joining the Boardwalk Delight blog party celebrating the summeriest fabric line designed by the summeriest gal, reigning queen of the sewing blogs, Dana Willard of Made Everyday!

ice cream shop maxi dress // skirt as top

Dana’s tutorials were pretty much my first introduction to the kid sewing blog scene about 7 years ago, and i’ll always hold a special place in my heart for her and what she’s done for the community.  her tutorials (and recipes) are fantastic, her patterns are awesome, and now…she’s a designer of adorable fabric too!   go Dana! Continue reading

summer swimwear tour: classic maillot

despite my lack of blogging recently, i was flattered to be invited to the summer swimwear tour by Ajaire of Call Ajaire.  she recently released a really adorable swimsuit pattern called the Classic Maillot that is just the pattern i’d been looking for!

classic maillot

it seems that a lot of kid swimsuit patterns i’ve come across seem to be halters, which are adorable, don’t get me wrong, but lately i’ve wanted to start sewing leotards for E’s new gymnastics obsession.  i’d been trying to find a good, simple, one-piece tank-style swimsuit and was coming up empty-handed.  but then, i got an email from Ajaire and the Classic Maillot was just about perfect!  it has 8 views including a tankini and more fun and flouncy tops, but i was drawn to the most basic suit, View A.   Continue reading

miss polly blog tour

i’m emerging from my blogging hibernation, rubbing my eyes and blinking in the springtime sun, to share E’s easter dress as part of the blog tour for the new Sew Pony Vintage.  behold her newest pattern, the Miss Polly Dress!

easter miss polly dress

the Miss Polly Dress is a sweet a-line dress pattern with dramatic pockets but an otherwise simple shape.  you have but plenty of chances to customize the look of the dress using various fabric/piping/sleeve combinations, which makes it fun and adaptable to all seasons. Continue reading

rainbow lulu dress

this is E’s “back to school” dress and i took these pictures last fall.  i feel like i need to give you that disclaimer lest you think we’re all tan and wearing flip flops around here in january.  no.  the photos are seasonally out of date, but since this is E’s favorite dress of the moment, i couldn’t skip blogging it!

rainbow lulu dress

JoAnn Fabric has really upped their apparel fabric game lately.  i’ve been finding a lot of great knits, in particular, and we all know how hard good knits are to come by.   Continue reading

mini kitty briar + virginia leggings

there’s a new player in the kid clothes pattern game, and i’m very excited that she asked me to help get the word out!  it’s Megan Nielsen – a previously adult-ladies-only designer who is known for her darling ranges dress, her briar tee, and her fantastic maternity patterns.  but this week, she released three patterns for children, and i get to show you my take on two of them today!

or rather, my little rock star does…

mini kitty briar + virginia leggings

this is E at her coolest.  she just can’t help it when she puts this outfit on, she immediately grabs a mic and starts singing/posing.  she and O even have a band name – “The Rockin’ Beatles” – and they’ve composed some original tunes.  :)   Continue reading