Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

Eep!! It's day 3 of the Willow & Co pattern week on this here blog :) And I really can't choose favorites from all of these this week, but if I did....

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

I mean, what's not to love?? It's girly, it's twirly, it's GREEN, and there's stripes involved. A combo of mine and my girl's favorite things.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

Oh, and, psst. Look who's on the pattern cover. ;)

Once again Hayley from the Mouse House has completely outdone herself with not one, but TWO pattern contributions to the Wanderlust Collection. I'll be reviewing the shorts pattern tomorrow, and I love it just as much as the dress!


As you can see in the photo above, there are several options included in the sundress pattern, including a tunic length. All the options and possible combinations are just as cute as can be.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

One of my fave options is the patch pocket with a flap. Seriously. How cute is it!? It's also super handy for holding bribes Smarties. The buttons I chose to use just so happen to look pretty much EXACTLY like a Smartie, which thrilled both of my kids to pieces. They've been calling them O's "Smartie Buttons". 

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

The dress features 6 pleats, front and back (12 total), which gives it a lovely full A-line shape. There is also a center piece, front and back, as well as separate ruffles along the bottom, which give HUGE opportunity for color and pattern blocking. 

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

For this dress though, I chose to keep things simple and used all the same fabric except for the shoulder ties and I love, love, love this look too.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

I love the fullness of the dress, but at the same time it is very light and airy. Just the way a sundress should be.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

This girl has started to twirl for every photo shoot we do. It's become a "thing". I love it.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

And there is the perfect amount of twirl in this dress.

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Persimmon Sundress - A Willow & Co Pattern

We both just absolutely love this dress, I can't wait for some real summer weather to wear it all the time!

Outfit details:
Pattern: The Persimmon Sundress by Willow & Co
Fabric: Main=Voile from Hobby Lobby, Straps=Seersucker from Joann, Lining=Joann
Sandals: The Children's Place
Hairbows: Forever 21

One more Willow & Co Pattern test to show tomorrow!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The second Willow & Co pattern I get to show you today is the Mulberry Tunic, created by Olga of Kid Approved.

This pattern comes with many options! Short sleeve, long sleeve, optional button tab on the short sleeve, optional hood, inseam pockets, chest pocket.


I sewed, short sleeve, chest pocket, button tab on sleeves and the hood.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I have been wanting to sew up a woven shirt for E for a long time, but have always been intimidated by the placket and collar on the traditional button down type of shirts.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

So if you're like me, this is a great starting point to getting get your feet wet with sewing a placket. And believe me, this one is super easy!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I honestly wasn't sure how this type of shirt would go over with E, but he seemed to love it, and dove right into playing just like he always does. Getting dirty, collecting sticks, rocks and other nicknacks of the nature sort.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern



As with all of the Willow & Co patterns that I have sewn so far, the finishing techniques in this pattern are amazing. I learned how to do french seams, and how to use bias tape to cover a seam in this pattern! Now those are good skills to learn!! I have been able to use them in almost every item I've sewn since. Thanks to these patterns, I'm well on my way to my goal of each thing I sew, look as pretty on the inside as the outside!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Another fun feature is the hood. I don't have any pictures of him wearing it because I forgot when I was taking these photos... I plan to make my kids each a long sleeve Mulberry Tunic to wear to the beach as coverups and the hoods will be put into good use then for sure!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Another fun feature is the button tab and faux cuff on the short sleeve option.

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern


The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern


My little nature hiker loves his tunic. It's perfect for building pretend fires too!

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Mulberry Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I can't wait to make many more of these. Some for my girl too, I see so many possibilities with this pattern!!

Outfit details:
Pattern: The Mulberry Tunic by Willow & Co
Size Sewn: 5
Changes made: Squared up the chest pocket.
Fabric: Gingham print from Joann
Shorts: Kohls
Shoes: Converse from Target

Stay tuned for more Willow & Co awesomeness tomorrow!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Today is an exciting day. I get to show you the first of several patterns I had the great privilege of testing and sewing up over the last few weeks. It's a Willow & Co week, here on this blog, shall we say.

Have you heard of Willow & Co? If you haven't, and you are a reader of sewing blogs, you are about to hear a LOT about it, I have no doubt!

Willow & Co, is a collaborative effort between 10 bloggers, who are working very hard to build a collection of children's patterns that you will LOVE. Seriously. You will LOVE them. I have only had a chance to sew up several of the patterns that are included in the collection that will be released on Tuesday, APRIL 22nd and I can absolutely not wait to sew up each and every one of them for my kids!

The first collection they are putting together is called Wanderlust.

What I love most about the patterns is, not only are the designs, fresh, unique, and so adorable. The patterns and tutorials are extremely well written, you will learn tips and tricks along the way, and most importantly. You will end up with a quality garment for your child that you will be so proud of and will have confidence that the garment you just sewed will LAST.

The first pattern I get to show you is the Fawn Lily Tunic.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I have so many amazing things to say about this pattern. First of all, the design just blows me away. I can't think of another pattern I've seen that is similar. Not to mention the clever way it comes together while sewing.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

It also allows for some really fun pattern mixing! I had a blast choosing these fabrics and seeing how they came together in the end.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The bow on the back is not part of the pattern, but a very simple addition. I made this one out of leather, I love how it contrasts with the soft colors and textures of the the fabrics I used on the tunic.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The bow is super simple to make. Just cut out a 4"x4" square of leather. Accordion fold it four times. Use a heavy duty needle and thread and hand stitch through the folds from top to bottom. Cut a small strip for the center, I think mine is about 1" wide. Wrap around the center of the bow, overlap at the back and hand stitch it closed on the back. I pinned it to the dress for now, but I think I will go back and hand tack it to the dress.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

Pay attention to the sizing on this pattern. The sizing is generous, but if you go with the chest measurements given in the pattern, you will be sure to get an amazing fit! O is 2 1/2, but with a petite build. I made the 12mo based on the size chart and the fit is absolutely spot on! I could have lengthened it a bit more, but that is to be expected.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I love all the finishing techniques used in this pattern. Everything is so clean and neat.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

O love, love, loves the pockets.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

I adore how her little hands look inside :)

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern


And the faux cap sleeves are just too sweet.

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The inside also looks almost as good as the outside! :)

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

And now for our fun photoshoot that we had...

Warning: Picture overload ahead!

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

The Fawn Lily Tunic - A Willow & Co Pattern

In summary, I love everything about this pattern. And I'm so excited to show you the other items I made as well as anticipating the release of the collection, which will be SOON!

Outfit details:
Pattern: Fawn Lily Tunic by Willow & Co
Size sewn: 12mo
Changes made: None. Only addition is the bow on the back of the dress.
Fabrics: Main dress, all fabrics=Joann. Flat piping=faux micro suede from fabric.com
Leggings & Sandals: Children's Place 

I'll be back tomorrow with another Willow & Co pattern to show you, I can't wait!!

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