Two Janie Dresses in Nosh Knits

There aren't many patterns that I feel work well for all three of my oldest girls. To me, there are certain patterns that have a distinctly toddler feel to them, others that seem to work best for the preschool - early grade school period, and finally others seem best suited for older girls. The latter category is by far the hardest for me to find!

After I made a Janie dress for Iris, I knew I would make one for Tia, too.  But after I made Tia's, I realized that this dress would also look really great on Indigo. I am always happy to find a pattern that suits Indigo!

Indigo had been eyeing Tia and Iris' dresses, and when I asked if she'd like me to sew one for her, too, she said she'd love one.


A Geranium Dress for Hazel in Kokka Double Gauze

Hazel will be turning three next month - (!)  I know! Like her siblings before her, she's in a stage of being extremely opinionated about pretty much everything right now. We have Fiestaware dishes in a variety of colors, but she only wants the purple plate at every meal.  She will have a colossal meltdown in the car if we don't play her favorite song... on repeat. (And we won't.) She only wants to wear two dresses, this Geranium dress and this Caroline Party dress, both of which I made for Iris when she was Hazel's age.

We try not to cater to all of her demands. And in time, she is learning to become more and more flexible. But one demand I am happily willing to oblige is her desire to wear the handmade clothes I've made. (Ok, that and the purple plate.) ;) Unfortunately, being she had only two favorite dresses, I'm just not that great at keeping up on laundry.


A Hummingbird Dress

Last summer I made three Hummingbird Dresses for my girls and they wore them all the time. They were the perfect sundresses for our hot Texas summers. The girls continued to wear them into the fall and spring paired with a cardigan. That looked so cute on them and it made the dresses so versatile.

I made quite a few modifications to this pattern, so I wanted to share them here.


The Geranium Expansion Pack

Last February, Rae asked if I would be interested in doing some freelance work for her, specifically if I would like to sew the samples and shoot the photos for the cover of her most recent pattern release, the Geranium Expansion Pack. This is an add-on pattern to her wildly popular Geranium dress pattern, of which I have sewn many.

This was different than the sewing I normally do in that it was a true collaboration. From choosing the fabrics to deciding which options we would choose for each dress, Rae was guiding the process every step of the way. Ultimately what I wanted most of all was for her vision of what the dresses and pattern cover would look like to become a reality.


The Brindille & Twig Foldover Shorts + Lap Neck Tee

Greetings and salutations! I took a little break from blogging, because as I shared on IG here, we are expecting another baby! My pregnancy sickness was so intense in my first trimester that I had to go to the urgent care twice to get 2 liters of IV fluids each time. The first time, I was so dehydrated it took the head nurse 4 tries to get the IV started.  My vein kept collapsing each time they would start the drip, even when they started it slowly. But I'm turning the corner now and am finally feeling so much better.  Praise! I am 15 weeks this week!

Today I am sharing two Brindille and Twig patterns: the foldover pocket pants/shorts and the Lap Neck tee. I got into sewing knits during my first trimester because they are so fast and satisfying. I felt productive without a huge time investment. It was a nice little break and distraction when I was feeling unwell. I also made several of the B+T newborn patterns (here) and then a pair of foldover shorts and a tank top for Iris (here).


A Polly Pinafore by Bebekin Patterns

A couple of months ago, Diorella from Bebekins Patterns launched the Polly pinafore pattern and sent a copy to me.  She knew of Iris' love of pinafores and thought Iris might enjoy another one.

I had been planning to make another one anyway, but my vintage McCalls pattern was a size 3. (Vintage patterns generally come in one size only.)  Iris' chest measurement is a size 3, but she is a size 6 in length, so the proportions of the McCalls pattern were no longer looking quite right on her, even after I added lots of length to the skirt.

I was happy to have a new pinafore pattern that comes in a wide range of sizes, where I can tailor the pattern pieces to fit Iris perfectly.  I was also so happy with the overall fit!