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Mommy made Summer Clothes – The Plans

May 21, 2014

My big goals list for 2014 included making more clothes for my kids.  With summer coming up soon (really only 3 more weeks of school?) I am trying to get organized and start working on summer clothes for Miss O!

Of course my stack of fabric is giant and my plans are lofty – but I am hoping that I can get enough done so she can have some cute Mommy made for the summer.  I have one dress done already – so that’s a good start!

summer clothes - anywhere dress

This is the Anywhere Dress from Go To Patterns.  I split it at the length increase line and used 2 different fabrics, I think I turned out cute.  I am pretty new to sewing with knits and really want to practice.  My daughter loves her knit dresses – pretty much what she will grab when she picks out her own outfits (which doesn’t happen everyday).  So I have a lot of knit sewing planned!

So here is the plan and the fabric!

racerback dress and bubble shorts cut out I have 2 projects actually cut out!  A Rio Racerback Dress by Peekaboo Patterns in a cute heart knit, and a pair of blue cotton Bubble Pocket shorts by E & E Designs.  I bought the shorts pattern a long time ago and I can’t wait to see how they sew up – if it’s easy enough, I really want to make her a bunch!  The Rio Racerback Dress is a new pattern from Peekaboo and it looks so cozy – for my skinny tall girl, I cut out the 4T top and 7 length – hope it works!

As to not get ahead of myself, I think I will cut out a few projects at a time and sew them up when I can – it would be a shame to cut into some of this cute fabric and not sew it up!

coral tshirt and turtle fabric This is one of my old tshirts that I hated on me, so why not repurpose.  It goes really well with this cute turtle fabric I picked up for no real reason (ok I thought it would be cute for something if my sister has a baby soon – but who knows when that will happen!)  Craftiness is Not Optional’s newly released Lulu dress will be perfect for the turtles and for…

pink and strawberries fabric this adorable Heather Ross Briar Rose Strawberry print cotton and pink knit pair.  I love that the pattern can be made with all knit or a knit/cotton combo!  So excited to sew these up!

And I can’t forget all of the adorable patterns in my Cottage Mama book – Sew Classic Clothes for Girls!

cat nap fabric

This is 3 prints in the Cat Nap line by Lizzy House for Andover.  I saw it online when it first came out and then ran across it at the big fabric store in Portland when I was visiting my parents, and I just had to buy some!  I think it will make an adorable Play Dress from The Cottage Mama’s book!  Miss O loves kitties so I think she will love a dress made out of this!

pink and big floral fabric copy

For this pink and colorful mod floral combo – I am thinking about the Ruffle Capris and A-Line top from The Cottage Mama’s book – Sew Classic Clothes for Girls.

I also have a pile of old t-shirts to repurpose and some fun rainbow knits

rainbow chevron fabric

rainbow knit

that I would love to turn into ruffle shorts using THIS tutorial from The Cottage Mama, or maybe a Skater Dress from Kitschy Coo.

Like I said, my plans are a bit lofty – but if I plan right and work when I can – hopefully I can get it done (oh but yeah I have a son too — he might get a few new things too).  At least the dresses would move well into fall too – that’s what layering is for right! (Especially in the PNW)!

One last picture of Miss O in her Anywhere Dress – doing a little posing!

summer clothes - anywhere dress 3

I better go spend some quality time with my sewing machine (and serger)!

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