Around Here

We are full into summer around here.

Lazy Mornings

Family Walks

All day imaginary play

Evening trips to the pool

Hitting golf balls with dad

Farmer’s Markets and Produce Boxes

Late nights and losing track of who showered when

Stacks of books home from the library

Stops for ice cream and shaved ice

Cooking anything that means I don’t have to turn on the oven (yay for grilling and the instant pot!)

Slower pace and time together

Week in the Sewing Life No. 14

Thanks for all the love on my dress yesterday! I’m hoping I get to wear it out on a date this weekend! We’ve had a chill week at home, trying to stay cool and also trying to keep allergies at bay. I’ve dusted the whole house three times this week there’s so much pollen!

Sewing wise, I’ve already shown what I’ve been working on and I hope to make some pajamas this weekend. Around the web I found some fun things worth sharing. I hope y’all have a great weekend and manage to stay cool wherever you are!

On the Cutting Room Floor always has the best roundups and this free patterns for women’s tops is a great resource if you need some new summer tops in your wardrobe.

I love the prints in the new Carolina Herrera collection! And the commentary on these photos is pretty funny too.

I liked this piece last week in the New York Times stating- there are no fashion rules anymore! I hope if you’re getting out in the world again you’re wearing whatever the hell makes you feel fabulous.

Have you watched ‘In the Heights’ yet? My whole family enjoyed it and I thought this piece about building the perfect bodega was cool.

Here’s a cute tutorial on how to upcycle shirts into baby shorts. Might be using later.

Look at this sexy Fenix Bodysuit by Madalynne! I’ve yet to venture into making my own lingerie but this looks pretty spectacular.

And finally, I’ve been working on buying things and planning makes for my summer wardrobe and I got myself some Bermuda shorts (no one in my house likes them!). Here are 4 cute ways to style them up.

Cheers to the weekend and Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there.

Fun Summer Dress/// McCalls 8104

I have my latest make to share here today and I’m sohappy with how it turned out! I saw this fabric on the Stlyemaker Fabrics website back in the spring and just fell in love with it. It’s rare that I immediately know what I want to make with a print so I picked some up. It’s a Textured Voile Shirting and the weight is just perfect for warm summer weather.

I decided to sew it up as McCalls 8104, the Dawn Dress. I bought this pattern back when I knew I wanted to try and focus on shirt making a bit more. It is a full button up dress but I liked the neckline and that there was no collar. It makes it feel a little breezier and I thought the silhouette paired with this fabric would be a big win.

I made a straight size 10 with no adjustments and it fits perfectly. It is rare to have to make no adjustments so I am thrilled with how easy this was to sew up! I added teal buttons, also from Stylemaker, and I love how they work with the print.

I think this dress will get a lot of wear this summer as it’s equally polished and comfortable. The seaming of the bodice and cut of the neck works well with my smaller chest and I think gives me curves where I need them. I love it with sandals and it would look cute with a dressier shoe as well.

Harper took these pictures (in like 2 min tops so I’m glad some of them turned out!) and told me the dress was ‘pretty cute mom!’ so I will take that as high praise!

Mini Me///City Gym Shorts

Sharing my first summer make and it’s a pair of adorable rainbow shorts for my daughter. Last year I saw these shorts from Hanna Andersson and went on a search for fabric that would give me the same look. I thought this Michael Miller Fabric was pretty perfect, I bought it from Thimbleanna on Etsy but I don’t think she carries it anymore. I’ve linked to fabric.com instead.

I used the free City Gym shorts from Purl Soho to make these shorts and I love how they turned out. I sewed up the size 10 and used some yellow cotton quilting in my stash for the bias binding and waistband.

This pattern has been around awhile and I can see why it’s a lot of people’s go to comfy shorts pattern. I think I may use it for some fun jammies later this summer.

Harper loves them as rainbows and yellow are her favorite! I still have a little bit of this fabric leftover and will have to think of something fun to make with it.

Jumping into Summer!

We spent our first week of summer in the Ozarks and my kids went hard. The week was a blur because they crammed in as much as possible into every day. There was a lot of swimming, paddle boarding, a lazy river, a ropes course, and the last day we went out on the boat. We spent two hours swimming or tubing and I liked how everyone had a different style jumping in.

Charlie would just run off the side, ready to go. Chris took giant dives in. Harper kind of walked/hopped off.

We had so much fun this week and are fully embracing this fun age the twins are. Big enough to decide for themselves what they want to do, small enough that they want us to do it with them. I hope this summer is different than last in a lot of ways, here’s to adventures both big and small!

And in case you’re wondering, Sam’s preferred method is to be handed into the water, given a snack, and float around on dad while he watches the action go down.

Week in the Sewing Life No. 13

Happy Friday!!! We have thoroughly enjoyed our first week of summer and I have quite a few fun links to share with you today.

First, Everyday Style has released their summer capsule guide! I’ve already bookmarked a lot of links and plan on spending next week setting up my capsule. Of course I’ll share when I’m done.

I’ve been eyeing the Axis Tanks for a future workout module and loved this review by Raven Maureen.

The Named Patterns Kielo Wrap Dress is a great pattern for summer and this version by Alice in the Polka Dot Palace is a fun play with gingham.

I am loving all things rainbow right now, and this jumpsuit on That Black Chic is a work of art.

Looking for fun projects to sew with your kids this summer? Here is a great round up of free patterns!

This post has a list of children’s books about quilts, I didn’t know most of these.

A fun tutorial on how to make a beach towel bag, perfect for lugging things to and from the pool or beach.

Hey June Handmade always has great tutorials, and this one on French Bias Binding is worth saving.

I want to make a knitted tank top soon and loved some of the patterns in this round up.

I generally like Brandon Maxwell’s fashion lines and thought all the new prints in his latest were pretty cool.

Have you seen Cruella yet? My whole family loved it and the fashion is incredible. I thought this article about costume designers and how they are not compensated for licensing after the movie comes out is pretty interesting and also infuriating.

And finally, a great round up of 45 easy summer dinner ideas– all vegetarian!- and a recipe for a frozen Pimm’s cup. Cheers!

Vintage Gingham Wrap Top

I have my first summery make to share today! I love collecting vintage patterns but really try and only get things that I would actually make and wear today. I found this wrap top, Simplicity 7351, on Etsy (I found another one here!) and thought it worked well with some of the trends I’m seeing in stores right now.

A wrap top with two different views, one with a forward yoke and peplum style bottom and one with an interesting curved yoke that wraps and hits at the natural waist. Also options to leave sleeves loose and fluttery or add elastic for that blouson effect.

I went with view two and kept the sleeves open. I used a gingham linen from D&H Fabrics (my color isn’t available but I’ve linked to another fun summery color!) and it’s a perfect match for this pattern.

My copy of the pattern was a size medium and I did have to take it in a little but otherwise made the pattern as is. I love how it turned out! I’ve styled it up with some bottoms from my spring capsule and look forward to trying it with shorts as well.

As always, let me know if you have any questions and here’s to the weather warming up and breaking out our summer looks!

Good Books

It’s time for summer reading! I really want to ramp up my reading these next few months. My goal is to set aside time every day with the kids and read while Sam is napping. Here are the books I read since I last shared, what are you wanting to read this summer?

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict I highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a fun poolside read. Historical fiction about the time Agatha Christie went missing. I loved the play with a classic Christie novel as well as the deep dive into the would be thoughts, emotions, and motivations of a famous woman in history.

What Could Be Saved by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz I keep thinking about this book but honestly can’t say that I liked it. The characters are all kind of horrible and the content is very sad. That being said, I can’t stop thinking about it! If you like a wide sweeping family drama and are ok digging into difficult content, you might like getting lost in this one. I will say the ending is redemptive (even if I thought a little hastily wrapped).

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab Full disclosure: I haven’t quite finished this one yet! I picked this up at a local bookstore earlier this year and am only just now getting around to read it. The first quarter of the book I was not enjoying, in fact it was stressing me out! But then I got hooked and now I can’t wait to neglect my family and all my obligations this afternoon to finish it! I’ll update if the ending is just horrible, but as of right now this surreal novel is right up my alley.

Anxious People by Fredrik Backman I have been trying for months to get into this audio book and I just never could. I love this author, he’s a comfort read for me, but I don’t think the narration on this one worked for me. So many people I know and have similar reading sensibilities as me loved this one so maybe I’ll try it again sometime later this year on my own.

Knitting and Embroidery

Awhile back I shared that I had picked up knitting and I had this date set on the calendar to show you the things I made. Well… I have one finished hat to brag about and an almost half finished sweater.

The hat is the Beat It Beanie from Wool and the Gang and it’s the warmest hat I’ve ever owned. The sweater is the Venice Tee sweater kit from We are Knitters and it just took me awhile to get in the groove, but now I think it’s turning out pretty cute!

My big knitting plans are to finish the striped sweater in June and to finish the back of a sweater I started crocheting 2 years ago by July. Then I would love to knit a hat for Harper and some kind of little camisole for myself. I’m loving the knit loungewear I’m seeing around and would like to try it out!

I haven’t picked up my embroidery for awhile but with my recent office cleanup I got inspired to take on a couple of projects. I have one ongoing free form project I’m in the middle of and this piece in the picture is going to be a much belated gift for a friend.

What’s on your needles or in your hoop right now?