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I’m a sucker for holidays. I love days when we can make things a little more special, and the 4th of July is one of my favorites! Maybe because it combines one of my favorite color combos, blue and red, maybe because it means fun in the sun, with family and friends, and cooking out, and sparklers, and popsicles, or maybe just because i love my country! USA!
I am so excited to be on the Sew Americana blog tour, hosted by the effervescent Katy McKinley of Wild+Wanderful. She is a maker, and you will want to check out her blog, and website to see what you need. You will find something!
The other amazing Katy, Katy Kemper, from Sly Fox offered up 2 yards of fabric for the tour, and after scanning her Americana section online, I jumped at the chance! Since I decided to go overboard and sew for everyone, I grabbed a couple more yards so I could sew Sly Fox exclusively 🙂
So, now we sew. I made up a few of my favorite patterns. I’ve made each of these patterns before today, so it was fun to sew up some tried and true patterns that I knew would work for my kids. I’ll start at the top, and work my way down 🙂
My oldest is in this gorgeous rayon challis print, in a Sorrento dress. This pattern is from Little Lizard King, and is quickly working it’s way to the top of my most sewn list. It helps that both of my girls love the style. This one is modified in a couple of small ways. I was working with a little less fabric than called for, so I slimmed the skirt, and added side slits on both sides, for style, and walking ease. I used the width of fabric, instead of the width it was designed to be. But I think it helps the pattern “grow up” a little, and is perfect for my tween. I added a little lace trip on the bodice for another bit of fun.
My younger daughter is wearing the Rosie top from See Kate Sew. I love this one, and let me tell you why! First, the pattern will print on only 6 pages, even for the biggest size. It’s a dolman sleeve (QUICK!) The neckline is hemmed (QUICK!) and the hi-low design is just one I love! This print is what started it all. It comes in a couple other colorways, too, but the shades of red, white, and blue in this one were perfect for the theme.
My boys got to match. In hindsight, I wish I’d done something a little different on each, for them, but they don’t mind! This is the Sawyer shirt pattern from Annelaine. It has a literal TON of options, but I love the hooded, color-blocked tank option this summer. It’s in the Tobasco jersey, and I love the muted tone, and the light weight of the fabric!
The baby is wearing an Andover shirt from Little Lizard King, in double brushed poly, and some Chicka Chicka Bum Bum shorts from Peek-a-boo patterns. I took them to the fountains after photos, not planning on him getting wet, but turns out, that’s all he wanted to do, and so this is what he wore, diaper and all!
These were a lot of fun to sew, and my kids have worn them over and over already! I’m all set for the 4th! That doesn’t mean i won’t be sewing up some more red, white, and blue in the next week, but at least round 1 is done! 😉
I hope you all will check out the other amazing posts on this tour. It’s almost over, so you have lots to go back and look at! Here’s the line-up: