Long time no see – friends, I was caught by a series of infections, so blogging and sewing was not in my plans at that time, but here comes the help of blog tours. Let me introduce you to Sew Long Summer Blog tour – a tour of bloggers who sew. I am pretty sure I am the only one who focuses on kids, but be sure to check the others out too, I added links to the bottom of the blog post.
For those late summer sews (and shoppings for non-sewist), there is always that feeling you shouldn’t do/buy them because kids will outgrow or they might not be “in” next year. So what can you do? I tend to buy/sew stuff that can be transitioned into fall too. Think dresses that can be layered, short-sleeved shirts where you can put on jackets, etc. I’ll show you my transitioning pieces although for us they are mostly for the end of summer because it gets kinda cold and wet here 🙂
I love different cardigans, pullovers, jackets and hoodies for layering. One of my favourites is Elliedactyl Thatcher pullover. I love that it is unisex (as a mother of a boy and a girl, believe me, it is important), has pocket (who doesn’t like pockets for keeping hands warm?) and different sleeve options. You can make it thinner (with cotton-lycra) and thicker (with French terry or Sweatshirt fleece) for different weather conditions. It looks good with tad bit fancier clothes but can also be worn with sweatpants, harems and joggers.
Mummykins & Me have the perfect bundle for mom and kids with their Comfy cowl hoodie and if you aren’t as afraid as I am you would love the Amsterdam All-Weather jacket, again as a bundle for mom and kids.
For girls at age 2T-16y I also love Blaverry’s Decklyn jacket. It looks so classical and stylish yet has that edgy feel in it.
Jumping in puddles is what every kid likes – for that purposes there is Puddle Jumper Rain Coat by Peek-a-boo.
When we are talking about pants I am now into all those comfy jogger-type of pants. I think I don’t need to tell you that I love Sew Like My Mom and her recent pant patterns – Boxwood joggers for kids (12M-16Y) and Redwood joggers for womens(XS-3XL). She worked hard perfecting them and I know that at the end of testing everybody was happy 🙂 Before finding Sew Like My Mom – my first love (and pattern purchase) was Elliedactyl Zane joggers(NB-12Y), they are a fun unisex pattern, especially good to use with your scraps or those expensive customs, because you can use it only on a small part of your pants.
Legging-wise my one and only favorite is SLMM Peony(12M-8Y). They have fun details and are easy to make. I have eyed Blaverry Ellis leggings too, just need to make that final push to myself.
For myself, I am also a skirts person. I love my skirts and nothing comes between me and them in fall too. So this is where sister companies Made for mermaids and Patterns for Pirates come into action. First of them has an a-line skirt pattern called Chloe for mama and girls (multiple lengths, including maxi which is excellent for colder weather) and second one is the well known Pirate Pencil skirt, my beloved pencil skirt pattern.
Shirts are the part of clothes I hate to sew. I feel discouraged by necklines and feel like my kids ruin them too fast. This is the part of their wardrobes that is mostly store-bought. But still, there are some patterns that I like and can give my recommendation for. When you are looking for an excellent unisex t-shirt pattern; I’ll go for SLMM Pistaschio (yes, she again!) as she has so many options including peplum, flutters and even front pocket. For simpler color-blocking there is Elliedactyl 5k which is free when you join her FB group. I still haven’t found that one raglan I would love.
Now to the favorite part of mine – the dresses! I do think that no girl can have too many dresses and dresses are an awesome option for fall layering! There is always opportunity to wear summer dresses with long sleeves underneath – just like my favorite combo of The Eli Monster Dadaisme dress. With thick tights you can layer any dress, my favorite – Blaverry Thea, it has twirling factor and looks amazing when layered. And just like skirts, maxi-dresses are your big friends too; find your favorite or lengthen some dress you already love. I have had good results with SLMM Dogwood and Blaverry Thea.
When we are talking about scarfs and hats; my favorites for kids are cowls and beanies. I have not yet tried but am planning on trying Zierstoff loop scarf and for kids the Tina also looks awesome and safe! My go-to right now is a buff scarf from Ottobre – the only pattern from there I use again and again. I have made so many buff’s that I can’t count them. A good beanie pattern I think comes with trial and error and I have kinda perfected mine for both of my kids – just until they’ll grow their big noggings again.
So now that you are familiar with all my favorite patterns for fall let me know yours too!
Be sure to check out the others that posted today too:
mahlicadesigns, Musings of a Seamstress, Rainy Day Sewing, Sprouting Jube Jube, Sewing A La Carte
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