Sew Americana Blog Tour

Can you believe the 4th of July is almost here?! Mike and I were just talking today how fast June went by and wondering what the heck we managed to accomplish this month (answer: not much).  Buuut, I did manage to pull together some sweet Independence Day outfits for the boys and me, and I'm so excited to share them with you as part of the Sew Americana Blog Tour

We're a motley crew in red, white, and blue. Ha! 

So, my dress here is the Free Spirit Tank from Patterns for Pirates.  Don't tell anyone, but this was actually my first ever FST.  Gasp! I feel like everyone has been sewing all the FSTs forever, so it was almost sacrilege to be a Pirate without having sewn one.  But, I'm in the cool kids club now, and I'm pretty sure my closet will be full of them in no time because I L-O-V-E this one!

This is the stars and stripes rayon spandex from Jo-Ann's that you've probably been seeing all over.  Normally, I hate most of their rayon spandex, as it's too thin for my liking, but I'll make an exception for patriotic fabric. I think this will be a great swim cover up at the lake this summer!

So, every year for the Fourth, my husband's family has a party at the lake, where both his mom's side and his dad's side grew up cabin-ing.  All in all, family members own 4 cabins on the lake, so we spend the day doing a progressive dinner  and walk or canoe or pontoon boat to each stop, as our bellies get fuller and fuller.  Fun, right!?  But a highlight of this event is the theme.  The past two years have been "State Fair" and "Mardi Gras", but this year, the theme is "1776". 

I picked up some tanks from Walmart, loaded up Silhouette Studio and got to brainstorming t-shirt ideas for the boys around the theme "1776":

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
All men are created equal
One if by land, two if by sea
Party like it's 1776
Sons of Liberty

All good ideas, but in the end, two slogans won out.  For Grant: 

Aww, look at that smile.  Don't let it fool you, he's getting ready to throw his tea in the harbor.  

And for little man Ro, who sticks his tongue out at King George III, well he's just too cool for British rule!  

I'm so excited for the boys to wear these to the party! I was also so excited to take these pictures of them, but let me tell you, they turned out nothing like I had envisioned.  While I foresaw cute brothers holding hands, or standing with their arms around each other, they had other things in mind. Mostly, running away from me and refusing to smile. I'm telling you, graphic tees are even harder to photograph than strikes, since you need to see the whole front.

My Fourth of July wardrobe plans wouldn't be complete without a shout out to this number I made from a Vintage Lace strike off back in January or February!

They had soooo many cute panels for this round, and the woodgrain stars and stripes have been a favorite two years in a row now (I still have my shirt from last year too, which read "Hello Madame President").  This is the Bowlicious Top from George and Ginger-- one of my favorites for summer.  I'm planning on wearing this outfit to the parade! 

I paired the top with a pair of Mama Bear Jogger shorts (Patterns for Pirates).  I cheated and did an elastic waistband, but still threw in the grommets for a faux drawstring ;) 

Well, that's my line up for next week!  Check out all the other awesome makes as part of the blog tour, and make sure to add your own creations to the link up (you can even add Instagram posts).  Have a fun Fourth of July! <3 

Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition

When the Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates girls mentioned a Vacation Edition blog tour, I couldn't imagine doing any theme other than camping for my own post.  I come from a family that pulled the tent out every other year or so, but I married into a true camping family.   Every trip, I beg and fight for each night in a hotel, but the heart of the trip is at the campground.  So, for my stop on the blog tour, I decided to feature outfits I'd wear during one of our camping road trips.  If you need a soundtrack to this post, I suggest you start with the Go-Go's Vacation, because that's what I'm singing the whole time I'm writing this (Vacation, all I ever wanted , vacation, had to get away)! 

My first outfit is the Megan Romper.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm team romper.  

You take the style and simplicity of just throwing on a dress but make it so stinkin easy to wear, and you get yourself a romper.  And by that, I mean: my bum isn't showing when I bend down for the 100th time in an hour to pick up a scorned sippy cup or the crying toddler.  

And the deep V still manages to make it look sexy, right?! Seriously.

The other thing I love about packing rompers (and dresses too, for the matter), is that I don't have to think about.  Packing seriously stresses me out.  Just tossing in rompers and dresses eliminates a lot of over-thinking that usually happens when I pack.  And then when I'm on vacation, I just pull one garment out of my suitcase and I'm ready to go.  

And did I mention this one comes with pockets!?  

This gorgeous, fun and bright double brushed poly is from Love Adore Knit Fabrics.  Perfect for a morning at the campsite, chasing toddlers and relaxing!

Our camping trips are loaded with hiking and swimming and exploring the area . . . and more hiking.  But we always are sure to take a trip into town to check out the scene.  And on that day, this Boundless  is perfect! I am loving the maxi-length this summer. And at 5'3 (and three-quarters), I love getting to customize the length of my maxis.  

Our last vacation was this past March, to the Florida panhandle.  Our "trip to town" was a day in Apalachicola, and I can't help put picture myself wearing this there!  


There's something about a maxi that makes me feel a little Greek Goddess-esque, you know? And yet again, this is double brushed poly, so you know it's comfortable! 

Don't you love the woodgrain look to the florals? If you know where I got this fabric, let me know, because I cannot remember for the life of me! 


Finally, when we get back to the campsite for the night, I just want to snuggle up and be cozy.  The air gets cool, the sun goes down, the bugs come out, and that's when this Favorite Tee and Peglegs come in! 

I made this Favorite Tee (with the banded knotted hem option), in a soft, light-weight French Terry.  It's perfect for curling up at the bonfire.  

And Peglegs are a camping and road trip must.  They're always comfortable, even after sitting in a car all day long, plus they're perfect to wear straight from the campfire and into the sleeping bag.  This pair is made from an awesome brushed cotton spandex (seriously an awesome weight to it, from Love Adore as well).  I used the new contoured waistband that came with the Pegleg update.  It's been my favorite! I don't know if I'll ever go back to the normal waistband again (and, bonus! The contoured waistband doesn't add any yardage to my size, so it's so, so easy for me to get a pair out of one yard).  


Of course, I had to have some marshmallows to make modeling the outfit seem authentic . . . 

Thanks for joining me for a peek into my suitcase!  Make sure you check out all the stops on the Sew What Do I Wear: Vacation Edition.  Click the schedule to take you to Day 1 of the tour!  

One final look at my three outfits (if only because I took waaay too many photos, ha!). 

Sunday Lately: Week 128

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, led by Katy (Wild & Wanderful) and Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. 

This week's themes: Tweeting, Raising, Giving, Illustrating, Restoring

Tweeting:  Now, I don't do the Twitter like some of you young'uns, but if we take tweeting to mean singing, I will say that I was performing a stunning rendition of the Gin Blossoms' greatest hits last night. 'Performing' is a strong word. 

Raising: My glass to you, friend. Thanks for reading! 

Giving:  I gave into temptation and made these cherry pastries for breakfast, from the Country Cleaver.  Super fast, east, and tasty.  And they look pretty too!  The cherry pie filling just jumped into my cart at the last trip to the grocery store. 

Illustrating:  How super cool these round panels are from RP Custom Fabrics.  I'll be showing them all off here on the blog this week or next (I got EIGHT panels from them, so I have some sewing to do!). 

Restoring: Restoring seems like a dramatic word for it, but we're restoring some family balance this week.  Mike is a teacher so . . . summers off! It takes some getting used to when summer comes along, and then when he goes back to work in the fall, that takes some getting used to too, you know? It's just hard to change up the norm.   We took it easy and did a family day for the first day of summer (Wednesday) and went over to Ashland, WI for two pretty cool hikes. Which I have no pictures of.  Of course. 

Once last thing! I guest blogged over at Made for Mermaids this week, so be sure to check it out! <3 

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Sometimes I Sew for my Kids . . .

Lately, pretty much every time I'm sewing, I hear, "This shirt for me? Mama make me this shirt? Mama make this for me?" The majority of the time the answer is no . . . which leads to the incessant toddler conversation revolving around the word 'why?'.  But even a cold-hearted selfish sewists like myself will occasionally throw a fat half to the kids.  Some of the strike off groups I'm in have been putting out some super cute prints that I thought would be perfect for my boys, so I've been signing up to do a a little more kid sewing. 

I've been especially sewing for little man G lately.  To be honest, it's because he cooperates so much more when it's time to take pictures! Ro will catch up soon though ;) 

This is the Reid from Elliedactyl Patterns.  There are a TON of color blocking options (this shirt is actually on the simpler side).  

I love the color blocking on the hood! It's a nice touch. 

Did you figure out what those Tsum Tsums are?! Harry Potter!!  This round is postponed, but the fabric is from KNITorious.  I also got some for Ro, which I used to try out the new coveralls romper from Peek-a-Boo

Most of his photos are of him running away from me . . .

Or riding on the swing saying, "wheeee" in his cute little froggy voice.  

He's having fun though!

I also tried the Reid with this sweet cassette print from Snowy Owl.  I stuck to the exact same color blocking as my first Reid . . . because those were the pieces that I had cut out.  Lazy.  Ha! 


I didn't think the instructions were very beginner-friendly, but I do love the final product.  This is only my second time sewing something from Elliedactyl, so I'm not very up on them.  You need to check out the color blocking on the long sleeved version-- it's great! I don't usually mix and match too much with prints, so this pattern is a little out of my comfort zone! 

I did sew up a matching shirt, and Grant and I had a little too much fun doing pictures together . . .

One last look for you . . . this alpha print is running in ELEVEN different colorways at The Fabric Cottage.  Plus, there's also a numbers version!  

Is he cute, or what? And the shirt too, of course.  Because that's what we're here to talk about. Ha!

The raglan is the Mega Max from Max and Meena.  The slouchy beanie is from Duck Butt Designs.  Because when you have a little extra fabric, obviously you need a matching beanie! I mean, it was either that or underwear. 

The gray and black outfit was perfect for taking pictures at this mural.  It's on the side of the candy shop, and it's HUGE! This is only half of it.  Such a cool spot! 

Grant has so much fun with these . . .  it almost makes me want to sew a little more for them ;) 

For the record, it does pretty much make my heart melt when he says so happily, "Mama made me this!" 

The Confidence Collection: G&G Collection Release

There's a reason the new patterns from George and Ginger are called the Confidence Collection. These three mix-and-match patterns are going to make you feel totally fierce and ready to conquer the world.  

The heart of the collection is the Road Trip Bodysuit.  It easily pairs with either the Day Trip Skirt or the Heat Wave Hot Pants.   Not on the bodysuit train? I think you should head over to George and Ginger and check out all the smokin' photos the team put out and you'll change your tune!  But wait! Don't go!  First look at all my outfits, haha! My first looks combines the bodysuit with the skirt, both in brushed poly from Love Adore.  

How fun is that skirt!? I love the draped pockets.  Skirt patterns can be so mundane, but this one is something totally different and absolutely fun! 

I also paired this simple neckline bodysuit with some ready-to-wear shorts.  

I've always loved how put-together I feel in a bodysuit.  Nothing comes untucked, get rumpled or rides up.  Just a sleek, polished look.  I wasn't sure if I'd still love one now, five years and two babies since my last one, but yes, yes I do.  There's something about it that really does inspire confidence.  

My second bodysuit look has a matching Day Trip Skirt OR the Hot Pants! 

I think the lace-up version of the bodysuit is ah-maz-ing!  It makes me spontanteously sing and dance 'All My Single Ladies'. 

The bodysuit fabric is from Jo-Ann's athleticwear line, the jegging hot pants from Love Adore, and the skirt is an AWFUL fabric from ye olde Hancocks from days of yore. It was fine to test out the pattern in this fabric, but to be honest, it's now going to be thrown in the trash.  It's scratchy and stiff and not at all comfortable or suited for the pattern.  Or to wear at all.  Ever.  It's the worst fabric I've ever graced my body with.  But, I'm going to have to find a different black and white striped fabric and make a new one, because I love the combo of these two!

Lastly, I made one more pair of hot pants, along with a cropped Edgy Top to go with it! 

How fun and bright is this outfit?! It just screams 'summer!' to me!  Both fabrics are Liverpool, from Knitpop.  

To make my crop top, I shortened it to a five inch side seam (just like for my swim version of the top).  

These hot pants are fantastic. I love the pleats and how they look on my backside, haha! There is also a pocket version, but I haven't tried them yet.  Both of my pairs have the slim waistband, which I opted for because I'm short-waisted, but there is also a wide waistband option.  

Welcome to summer, friends.  Time to get out there and rock it, Confidence Collection style. 

Pattern links one more time: 

Road Trip Body Suit
Day Trip Skirt
Heat Wave Hot Pants

Or pick up the whole Confidence Collection



Sunday Lately: Week 127

Sunday Lately is a weekly linkup hosted by the Blogger Tribe, led by Katy (Wild & Wanderful) and Angelica (Gardening in High Heels).  We e-hangout every Sunday, sharing a small glimpse into the past week of life in our own worlds. 

This week's themes: Helping, Cultivating, Forgetting, Traveling, Encouraging

Helping:  Helping myself to these cookies my mom left here . . . don't mind if I do! No regard to swimsuit season this weekend, haha. 

Cultivating: Well, as I write this post  sitting outside on this gorgeous Sunday morning, I look out over my lawn and . . .  oh wait. No.  I can't see my lawn at all.  Because there's this GIGANTIC lilac bush in my way. And I have two more even bigger lilac bushes in my yard.  The previous owners of our house did not trim the lilacs at all, so now they're all the size of my garage . . . for the past three years, it's been a discussion with my husband on what we should do. I LOVE lilacs.  I love the smell that wafts into the house, and they're so pretty in early summer. Ours are just wild though.  This might be the year to get out the chainsaw. 

Forgetting:  I forgot that it's JUNE! I feel so behind already.  Where did May go? I want it back. 

Traveling:  The boys and I will be traveling up to Jo-Ann's today for some last minute supplies for some blog tours and pattern tests you'll see here this month. It's going to be a busy month in that regard.  I actually was able to work in a non-strike off/pattern test/deadlined sew this week, and made these joggers! 


This is the topic I really wanted to talk about today.  You may have noticed that A LOT of my fabric plugs have been for Love Adore Knit Fabrics.  I've bought more fabric from them than anyone else this year, I brand rep for them, and I loved working with, sewing for, and talking to the owner, Kim.  Sadly, this week Kim passed away after battling breast cancer for six years. She was a wonderful business owner and her strength was inspiring as she managed her business and cared for her kids and family all while going through cancer treatment.  She started LAK as a way to build financial stability for her family after she passed.  She was so kind and generous, and LAK has absolute top-notch customer service.  Though I never met Kim in person, I was surprised at the heartache I felt at her passing.  It's a testament to both her sweet nature, and the camaraderie that grows within the on-line sewing community.

I encourage you this week to join Love Adore, where they'll soon be running two breast cancer awareness custom fabrics; join the auction group that will be raising money for her family; or read more about her life at You Caring page. <3 

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