Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Voting on May Summerwear Challenge

Today the top 5 looks from the May Summerwear Challenge are up for your vote.  We absolutely love seeing what everyone linked up!  There are going to be some well dressed kids out there this summer!

Voting remains open until Friday night and we will announce the winner on Monday!  The winner will receive a $25 gift card to JoAnn Fabrics, a 3 yard bundle of Four Corners fabric from Riley Blake Designs, and a two pack of patterns from Simple Simon and Company! And now, in no particular order, are the top 5:

And now it's time to vote!  It's one vote per IP address.....and congratulations to all those involved!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Skorts For Summer - Inspiration

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Hey all! Bonnie from Whisk 'Em here with some fun, skort-y inspiration for your summer sewing! I absolutely LOVE skorts...I loved wearing them as a kid and I love making them for my girls now. They feel fancy like a skirt, but with the modesty and flexibility of shorts; perfect for any active girl! 

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While traditionally the term "skort" refers to flowy shorts that look like a skirt, lately it's also come to mean skirts with shorts attached, like this cute little knit number. And I'm obsessed! Aren't those little cherries just the...um, cherry on top?? Ha! I really don't know why I ever make skirts for my girls without shorts attached...it barely takes any extra work and keeps those cute bums covered! I used Thread Faction's #106 skort pattern and it was a breeze to sew up. Both knits were from my stash (bought from Girl Charlee in years past). 

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If you're looking for a slightly dressier skort option, you can try the Calypso Culottes pattern. These have a flat-front elastic waistband with front pleats but they're flowy and also a simple sew. This fabric I used is a silky rayon challis (also found sitting in The Stash) but this pattern also works well with drapey knits. 


Oh boy - anyone else have a mini-diva on their hands at home too?? If you've caught the skort-sewing bug, check out some other pattern options below. Happy Sewing! Sporty Girl Skort * Skirt with shorts (Free sz 6 pattern) * School Belle Skort * Monkey Bar Skirt (Free graded pattern)
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Summer Dressing for Active Kids

Summer is coming, Project Run & Play-ers!! It's Jenn from A Jennuine Life/Jennuine Design and today I'm going to gather up a few patterns for kids on the go for the warmer months.
  11 summer sewing patterns for active kids
I've pulled together a wide range of patterns, good for both boys and girls. C'mon, grab an iced coffee or lemonade and let's check them out!
  Tops Collage
Starting with tops; light and breezy is the way to be when summer starts heating up. The Shandiin by LouBee Clothing lends itself perfectly to higher temps. I made this up cycled version for running using technical fabrics from my running shirts. For boys, a Twisted Tank by Titchy Threads allows some stylish breathability. Other tank options: Artemis or Archer by Stitch Upon A Time.
  Shorts Collage
For bottoms, I love the airy look of the Moku Shorts by Tadah Patterns. Free for the entire family, PurlSoho's City Gym Shorts have a great sporty look and would be a quick sew. *Image from Stitched Together. Also free and perfect alone or with dresses for worry-free acrobatics, Baste & Gather's Summer Shorties. Want more? Clover Shorts by Mouse House Creations, Field Research Cargo Pants with a zip-off short option by Scientific Seamstress, or Susie Shorts by Modkid (paired with a cute halter top)
  One Piece Collage
One-piece dressing makes for quick departures, so rompers and dresses are a favorite for summer activities like hikes and playgrounds. Puperita's Jumpy Romper is perfect for younger boys or girls and is reversible for dual duty dressing. The Satya Rompers I've made for my girls may look fancier because of the fabrics, but they play hard. The freshly-released Solis Dress by Sofilantjes is a perfect summer dress, and paired with a pair of Summer Shorties from above, it would be ready for any summer action. More options: Alley Cat Romper by Lil Luxe, or Brindle & Twig's Summer Romper
Swim Collage
An active summer wouldn't be complete without covering beachwear. Sew By Pattern Pieces has girls covered with the Stinger Bodysuit *image from Kiwi Crafty Chemist, and boys can have fun in the surf with Peekaboo Pattern Shop's Hang Ten Rash Guard and New Horizons Design's Long Beach Board Shorts patterns *image from I'm Feelin' Crafty. For more swimwear: Cosi Swimsuit by Sewpony Vintage, or Cloud 9 Swim Shorts by Titchy Threads
That's my inspiration post - have you begun sewing for summer? Make sure to link up your projects to the linky for a chance to win!
Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer Dresses Inspiration

Hey! It's Karly from Paisley Roots here. During the summers my girls are interested in wearing one thing: DRESSES. So today I'm sharing with you some of our favorite patterns for the summer. 

We'll start with woven patterns.
These are our "fancy" faves. Depending on the fabric and notions you choose, you can make these more for "play" or completely jazz them up for a night-on-the-town or to attend a wedding.

We of course have a huge list of knit dresses as well! We love having fun features and cool design elements and all of these patterns bring that. I'm also in love with all of the knit fabric designs being more readily available. 
 Clockwise from Top Left: Nivalis Tunic & DressSolielChevron Dress, Gracie Dress

Needing to mix some woven fabrics with knits? These dresses have you covered. We're also dying to make the few we haven't yet!

And lastly, some new releases that have caught our eyes. 

Are there any dress patterns that are your faves? We're always looking for fun new patterns to try!
Happy Dress Sewing!
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Summer Wardrobe inspiration from Winter Wear Designs

Hey all you PR&P readers, Suzanne here from Winter Wear Designs, and I am sharing a glimpse into my summer plans for Mack's wardrobe today.

The weather is changing and it is time once again to take stock of our kiddo's wardrobes for a new season.  If any one else has kids like mine, they are growing in constant leaps and bounds, and what fit just 9 months ago when the breeze turned cold and the leaves fell from the trees, no longer fits as the sun returns and flowers are coaxed from the ground.
So... it is time to sew!  Time for a new summer collection that will fill our sun filled days with bright colors, ease and maneuverability, and fashion of course!

First, I take stock of what I have and what I need:

  • Thank goodness we wont need many socks, the dryer has eaten them all once again. 
  •  I still have some underwear, but a few more pair would be good.
  • I need all new shorts and capris, but am set on leggings for now.
  • I have a few simple T shirts but many are stained, so more simple knit and woven tops, and I would like some longer tunic tops.
  • Sun dresses of course... and they will need shorts or bloomers underneath.
  • I have 2 swimsuits, but with swim lessons and summer pool passes, I think at least one or two more is in need.
  • PJ's - thank goodness for friends and their hand-me-downs.
  • A maxi or two - they aren't great for play, but they will work for church and are just so pretty.

Now it is time to plan.  As a designer, you may think that I only make my kids my own designs - and if you think that, then you are giving me WAY too much credit!!!  I do design based around my own style and what my kids need, but at the end of the day there are soooooo many talented women (and men) creating amazing patterns, and including them in my kiddo's wardrobes just makes their closets that much better!

Now it is only May, so don't think I've actually sewn up everything I want for this year but here is a good representation of what Mack's summer wardrobe will include once I am done:

 Jocole Basic Brief and MO's Comfy Fit Unders.  Why two different underwear patterns?  Well one has bands and one has elastic, which makes them work better with different types of knits... and why not?

Pull On Shorts, Stargazer Pleated Bubble Shorts, Racing Shorts, and Coachellas.  Each short has a different style and fits a different need....I've been waiting to make the coachellas, so I don't have any pictures of them yet, but I'm pretty excited!

T-Shirts and Tunics, Knit:
All the Bells and Whistles Knit Top & Dress, Boo Spandex Skater Peplum, and ..... I really need a good raglan - I know there are a bunch of them, so if anyone has a tried and true that they love, let me know!!!

Tops and Tunics, Woven:
Stargazer Pintuck Top, Bohemian Baby Doll Top, Clara Top, and Fleur.  Woven fabrics are great for the hotter temperatures of summer.  Whether you use a quilting cotton, a poplin, a double gauze, lawn, or swiss dot - these patterns will not fail!

Sun Dresses:
Hummingbird, Pristine Swing Dress, Solis Dress (this one is pretty new, so hasn't gotten sewn yet by me, but it looks like such fun!)


Maxi Dresses:
Annabelle Maxi (last year I shortened the dress when I made it, so I can't wait to make a full maxi version this year) and the Coquette Maxi.

And then of course there are all those patterns I don't even know about yet that designers are still working diligently on .....but this will at least give me a starting list, right!  My lists are never written in stone, but I find that by making a plan, even a loose general plan, I sew up things that I have been wanting to sew for a while without forgetting them in the sea of the new and exciting.

So here's to great sewing, awesome clothes for our kids, and a great summer!