Sew Americana

Today I’m excited to be kicking off the week with my contribution to the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Katy at Wild and Wanderful!  The 4th of July is always a festive occasion around here and this year is no exception. In addition to an outfit for my little miss,  I decided to get in on the fun and make a patriotic top for myself… and share a little announcement!

That’s right! This little lady is super excited to be a big sister again!  She has been carefully saving her mommy-made dresses for years in hopes of someday having a little sister to pass them on to.  And, at the rate she has been growing, the collection of dresses she has quickly outgrown has been increasing faster than we expected!  Who knew kids could grow so fast? 

For this outfit, I used a red and while chevron Riley Blake knit from Peekaboo Fabric Shop.  The top is the Knit Ayda from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This is a size 5 in a dress length, but since she is much taller than the size 5 on the SLPCo size chart, it works perfectly as a longer tunic for her. The chest is a perfect fit and I just love the V formed by the cross-over back. So summery and comfy at the same time!

 

The Knit Ayda is easy and quick sew, especially the sleeveless version.  The bodice is fully lined, so the inside is just as smooth as the outside, with the exception of the waist seam.  This dress is definitely a favorite around here!

For my tank, I used the Essential Tank and mashed it with the Layer Me Up Maternity Add-On – both from Patterns for Pirates.  There were lots of firsts for me with this project – it was my first time sewing a maternity top, my first time sewing with rayon spandex, and my first time using a pattern from Patterns for Pirates. I’m considering it a smashing success!  I raised the neckline and shoulder seams and shortened the front to accommodate for the fact I’m shorter than the height that the pattern was drafted for. The back fits like a regular non-maternity tank and the front has just the right amount of ruching to fit a growing baby bump. The rayon spandex is from Joann Fabrics and is so soft and comfy. I used navy blue cotton lycra from Peekaboo Fabric Shop for the bands since the rayon spandex doesn’t have enough recovery to use as bands. I’m loving being able to make clothes that fit my growing belly and I’m pretty sure the maternity add-on from Patterns for Pirates is the most practical pattern I’ve discovered in a while!

 

Thanks for stopping by the Sew and Tell Project and be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more patriotic inspiration! Join the fun and link up your own red, white and blue creations at the very end of this post.

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.


33 COMMENTS

  1. Felicia | 25th Jun 17

    What cute sews! You are positively glowing! Congratulations.

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks!

  2. Katy M. | 26th Jun 17

    Congratulations on your growing family, Emily! You look amazing and the picture of the belly kiss just melts me. So sweet!

    How have you gotten this far into sewing without playing with a rayon/spandex? I feel like it’s all I bought for a long stretch there. I love the stretch and recovery and the drape…and I’ve honestly eyeballed this exact fabric about a million times at this point. Maybe I should just cave and get some (and I can blame it on you and your cute photos.)

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      I don’t know why I’ve never tried it before! I’ve been sewing for over 20 years but just started regularly sewing with knits a year or so ago – and even then I’ve stuck with cotton lycra and swimsuit fabrics. I need to branch out more often!! 🙂

  3. Tee Bee | 26th Jun 17

    Your baby bump is precious! Congratulations! The clothes are SEW beautiful too! Thanks for sharing

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks!!

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  6. Courtney Zadik | 27th Jun 17

    Super cute baby bump! My daughter is dying for a baby sister too but unfortunately that shop has closed 😜 She looks like she’ll be an amazing sister! Congratulations!!!
    I really love that knit from Joanns too….made the perfect Top for you and looks super comfy!

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks! We’re super excited! And I love the feel of this knit so much I’m going to check for other prints on my next trip to Joanns! :

  7. Amy | 27th Jun 17

    I absolutely adore your daughter’s dress, it is beautiful! It makes me wish my girls were still little (oldest is 23; youngest is 15). I love the Essential Tank, and you’ve done a great job with the maternity add-on! Congratulations on the new little one!

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks! And little girls are SO fun to sew for – not sure what kind of stuff she’ll want me to sew for her once she hits the teen years!

  8. Stacy | 27th Jun 17

    Congratulations on your newest addition! Love both your daughter’s dress and your top.

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks!

  9. Tami Peterson | 27th Jun 17

    These pics are so adorable! What a great big sister she’ll be!

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks! She’s so excited to be a big sister – it has been so cute to watch her sorting baby clothes lately.

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  14. Meriel A | 29th Jun 17

    Cute and more cute! Don’t you love rayon spandex? Comfiest tanks…
    that Ayda is adorable. I haven’t seen one I don’t like yet – love that she’s saving all her dresses up to pass down! <3 So sweet!

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Thanks! And yes I’m loving the rayon spandex – I’m definitely going to get more!!

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  16. Victoria | 29th Jun 17

    Your sweet belly picture was my favorite preview of the tour! Congrats on your exciting news. 🙂 Makes me wish I had a little girl to sew for!

    • MadeByEmily | 1st Jul 17

      Awww… thanks! I love sewing for little girls!

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