Santorini Shorts

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One of my favorite designers just released a new pattern and I had the great opportunity to test part of it. I’m a huge fan of Lil Luxe Collection patterns. Jessica is so great at designing contemporary designs with great detail for our little ones. Her newest pattern, the Santorini Sunsuit and Shorts, does not dissapoint. The sunsuit is Aaaamaaazing and I can’t wait to sew one up for my daughter. This go around I tested the shorts and they are a great staple with a modern twist on a classic style.

The Santorini Shorts are a double layer short with a single pleat on each side and elastic on the back waistband sitting about an inch or so below the belly button. I sewed up my final shorts in a rayon twill that has the perfect drape for this pattern. Jessica recommends that you not use quilting cotton for this pattern and I completely agree. With the double layers and the pleats, the pattern needs a lighter weight fabric with good drape. I really love the look of rayon with this pattern, but I think a lightweight lawn would work really well and be easier to sew up too. I’m currently searching for the perfect summery floral lawn for the sunsuit pattern.

This pattern is fairly easy to sew up. I would say it’s an advanced beginner pattern. There’s no zips or buttons since there’s encased elastic on the back waistband. However, the shorts are not rolled hemmed, but have a bias facing instead. The bias facing on the hem helps the hem lay really nicely, but it does take a little more time than a rolled hem.

The tank my daughter is wearing in these photos is one I sewed up for her 2 years ago. It’s a self-drafted top and I had posted a free pattern of her size with a full tutorial. She had a 22″ chest at the time and now has a 23″ chest. It had a looser fit 2 years ago and now is a bit more fitted, but it definitely still works! Plus, it has held up great even with all the wear she’s done! If you would like to get to the pattern and tutorial click HERE.

 

 

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Rowan Dress

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I’ve been wanting to share this dress for so long now! It’s by far one of my favorite makes. Megan Nielsen Patterns recently released the Rowan pattern. It’s a super fitted tee or bodysuit pattern with several different options. I’ve been noticing for awhile that a lot of my makes are baggy around the waist. It’s definitely a style I’m most comfortable with, but I think it was becoming a habit since having children and I was ready to embrace more form fitting clothes again. I’m sure you other moms can relate.

This dress is snug in all the right spots and skims my body in the most flattering way. I couldn’t be happier with it. It’s made using a 270 degree circle skirt attached to a cropped Rowan tee. If you would like to make your own Rowan dress, check out my tutorial on Megan Nielsen Patterns blog, Design Diary HERE. I made sure to include measurements for all sizes too!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

 

 

 

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June Dress and Schoolboy Vests

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I finished my kids outfits just in the nick of time for Easter and I was completely in love with these makes and so excited to share with you all. Then, my computer crashed. The hard drive was totally dead and in the process I lost access to all my Adobe programs that we’ve had for years. Which means not only did I not have a computer, but I didn’t have Photoshop or Illustrator. Two programs I use for every post. Honestly, it sort of crushed my motivation to blog. But, a little bit of time off, a new computer and a new annual subscription to all the Adobe programs I use regularly got me ready to start posting again. And, up first are my kids Easter outfits. For my daughter, I sewed up the June Dress by Violette Field Threads and for my boys, I sewed up a couple Schoolboy Vests by Sew Much Ado.

The June Dress was actually my first Violette Field Threads pattern to sew up. I’ve been eyeing their patterns pretty much since I started sewing for my daughter. I don’t know what took me so long. The June Dress is such a beautiful pattern. I love that the elastic piece in the back makes this dress a slip on dress; no zippers or button closures! The elastic piece also makes the dress super fitted around the waist while still being comfortable for my daughter. It’s a beautiful fit. The construction was easy to follow and overall had a pretty good finish. I did add french seams to the skirt pieces and next time I will find a way to make sure the skirt can be tucked into the bodice main and lining. The way it’s constructed now the waist seam is showing on the inside. Not a big deal, but I prefer to tuck in my seams if possible. Just slight changes will need to be done when attaching the back elastic piece to allow for tucked in seams.

Before I decided on the June Dress, I had already decided on the fabric I wanted to use for my daughter’s Easter dress. This Cotton + Steel Rifle Paper Co. print is so classic and beautiful. I knew it would pair perfectly with the Navy linen I used for my boy’s vests. I was happy to discover the striped linen I used on the lining of the boy’s vests coordinated perfectly as well. 

My daughter is tall and slender, so I did make some adjustments to the original pattern. My daughter’s measurements are 23, 21, 25.5. I sewed up a size 6 at the chest graded to a 5 at the waist and the skirt since it’s flared. I also lengthened both the bodice and skirt pieces to the size 8 length. Everything fit perfectly.

Pattern: June Dress by Violette Field Threads

Fabric: Cotton + Steele Rifle Paper Co. Les Fleurs Rosa in Periwinkle

 

For my boys I sewed up two Schoolboy Vests by Sew Much Ado. This is the 3rd time I have sewn them vests with this pattern and I have made several for friends and family as well. It’s the perfect pattern and never fails me. My youngest currently loves wearing his vests day to day, so I knew I wanted to choose a fabric that could be dressed up for Easter, but could also be super casual as well. Linen was the perfect choice. I found this medium weight linen at Mood Fabrics and it was perfect for this vest. This particular linen is available in a ton of different colors, so I’m actually considering making a couple more vests for my youngest since he loves them so much. I would almost classify it as a heavy weight linen. Not quite as heavy as a linen you would use for upholestry, but it’s certainly pretty sturdy for a linen. The weight works perfectly for this fitted vest. The lining is a striped lighter weight linen also found at Mood.

I can’t recommend the Schoolboy Vest pattern enough. Seriously, if you have boys, you need this pattern. It’s a super simple sew. The most challenging is putting in the welt pockets, but Abby’s directions are so clear you really can’t mess it up. The first time I sewed these up, it was probably my 6th apparel sewing project and my welts turned out perfect.

Pattern: Schoolboy Vest by Sew Much Ado

Fabric: Ensign Blue Medium-Weight Linen and Blue Candy Striped Light Weight Linen for lining

I had it in my head to take photos of all 3 of my kids in their Easter outfits and get that perfect picture of all 3 of them together. My plans failed completely and the best I got was this one with the 3 of their backs and my daughter’s hem flipped up. My kids don’t mind getting their picture taken, but it’s definitely on their terms. Unfortunately, they were not interested in standing together facing me at the same time the afternoon we took these photos. There’s always next year.

 

 

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