Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sew Americana

I'm so happy I jumped on the Sew Americana tour this year! I've just loved all the inspiration and beautiful pieces I've seen this year, and I'm excited to share my sewing once again, as well! Not to mention my adorable kids. ;) Usually my girls are the subject of my blogging, so now it's the boys' turn! They are best buddies (most of the time) and I love seeing them together in matching outfits, while they'll let me dress them that way! E just loves his "BAYpee" brother.

Summer clothes are so much fun to sew - easy, casual, light! Since my boys are so small, I love pieces that can double as PJs - they love staying comfy. I love having matching sets of tops and bottoms, because it makes getting them dressed (for bedtime, or for playtime!) so much easier.

I love this poly blend fabric from Girl Charlee. I got a 1/4 yd piece in a bundle pack to begin with, and after squeezing a tank top out of it for Baby L, I had to get more so I could finish the outfits. I usually prefer cotton for kids' clothes, but this is light and soft, and I love the denim look! It has plenty of stretch, and I used it for the neck and armscye bindings on the tanks (and let me take this opportunity to mention how much I love my coverstitch, it made the whole process of binding everything so painless.)

I've kind of been in love with tank tops on my baby, and I've discovered that the On Your Mark tee from the Race Day collection by Kelly J Designs makes a wonderful tank top. The front has some great color blocking, but if you use the back piece (with the front neckline traced on one) twice, it makes the perfect fitting solid casual tank. Pair them up with some Harem Shorts by Little Kiwi's Closet, and you have a great casual outfit or pajamas in under an hour! I think I made both sets in 2 hours, print to final hem, and that was with the usual kid-terruptions.

The quilt they're sitting on is my version of the Shiplap Quilt by Rachel Rossi Designs. The Independence Day themed fabrics (from Walmart) provide a perfect backdrop for these summer outfits, and the anchor applique in the pattern continues the nautical/summer/Americana theme. And how about that (accidental) prop? E hardly goes anywhere, in or out of the house, without his beloved scooter - he flies down the sidewalk half the day, and when it's time to come in he drags it inside and zooms up and down the kitchen! This boy was made for summer.

Be still, my heart. As much as I miss the toothless grins, those first few teeth are so precious - and make for the best photos!

Don't miss a stop on this tour. It's so packed with red, white, and blue goodness!

Our Amazing "Sew Americana" Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project

Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen

Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin' Stacy

Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!

Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.