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sewing for easter: dresses for girls and tweens

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One of my favorite things to sew my girls is dresses. Their tall thin frames make finding RTW dresses that are the right length almost impossible to find. Dresses can be a quick sew or a slow thoughtful process. Either way, the result is always so worth it.

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With Easter just around the corner, I’m here to share some of my favorite tried-and-true patterns and designers.

The Manhattan Dress from New Horizons Designs is a fast sew with stunning results. It’s a boatneck, fitted bodice with multiple sleeves and skirt lengths. It’s made for knits which makes it as comfy as it is pretty. This one comes in a HUGE range of sizes, 6-12 months all the way to size 16 (with a ladies version as well!).

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Another knit favorite is the Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. The bow back detail really makes this pattern a show stopper! You can add the back panel for warmth and modesty or leave it off for summer. It’s such a great pattern for mixing fabrics too. This pattern goes up to a size 12 making it great for tweens too.

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The Groove Dress from MadeIt Patterns is a great staple pattern. The wide swing style is so fun and you just can’t help but twirl in it. The kid’s version goes up to size 10 but you’ll also receive the Tween pattern with purchase so you’ll be set for awhile! This pattern would be perfect for casual Easter parties and works great in all those drapey double brushed poly and rayon spandex prints.

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My last go-to knit dress I can’t live without is the Joy Dress and Peplum from Made for Mermaids. This pattern looks fantastic with more structured knits like ponte, liverpool, and scuba. Those big deep pleats are to die for! This is another pattern that comes together in a flash but leaves a big impact. It’s available up to a size 14 (and also in women’s) which means my girls will be getting them for years to come.

Whenever I have a woven fabric I want to really highlight, my brain goes right to the Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress and Top. I love it for mixing prints and also playing with fabric direction and trims. As far as woven patterns go, this one is one of the simplest to sew up. With no closures to worry about, I can sew it up in an afternoon. The Pixie dress is available in both children and tween sizing so I know we’ll be covered for awhile. Violette Fields has an extensive tween pattern collection that I find myself turning to again and again.

Coffee and Thread Patterns are some of my most used patterns. The Polina Dress has just enough frouf for my girls but is still classic enough for me. Coffee and Thread Patterns go up to a size 12 and I’ll be sad when my girls outgrow them. They are a little more sophisticated and the tutorials and fit can’t be beat.

The Larkspur Dress from Hey June Handmade is my workhorse pattern. I’m a sucker for the whole Hey Juniors line- a collection of wardrobe staples in sizes 6-16 that can be such a great base for classic pieces or pattern hacking. The Larkspur is a classic shift dress silhouette that totally changes depending on the fabric. A beautiful satin version was perfect for my little ladies special day. A simple blue linen variation has me coveting her dress collection and it also makes a great base for those cute quilting cottons you fall in love with.

Are you sewing Easter dresses for your girls? What are your go-to patterns? Do you go extra fancy or keep it comfy? My girls will have a closet full to pick from this Easter!

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sewing for easter: outfit inspiration for boys

No matter how you spend your Easter, wether it’s going to church, a Sunday brunch or just hanging out and having an egg hunt with your kids, it’s always nice to dress your kids in a little something special. I’ve put together a few inspiration looks for boys, followed by patterns choices that could help you replicate these looks.

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If you’re into a more formal Easter, you might want to sew something that’s a little more dressy. Button ups and a pair of dress pants are always good basics for a formal look, paired with a blazer or a vest or even a simple bowtie or necktie.

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From a button up onesie for you littlest one, to a suit jacket and tie for your oldest, there’s definitely some great pattern options out there, for example, Oliver + S’s sketchbook shirt is a great pattern to base any look off of, or if you’re hoping to have a button up for your baby, the Max and Matilda Button-Up Bodysuit from Peekaboo Patterns really fits the bill! From there, you just need to choose wether you want to add a vest or a blazer, or just pair it with a tie.

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At our house, we don’t really do full formal wear. We might do a Sunday brunch, which means if I tell the boys they need to dress nice, they’ll tend to sit in this zone, a more casual dressy. They usually go with these type of pants or if its hot out they’ll wear a khaki or dressy short.

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For this, I find that as long as you have a nice trouser pattern, you can really do just about anything with it. You can pair them with a more casual button up or a polo shirt, layer it with a cardigan, a pullover or even a knit vest to add some personality.

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But in all honesty, at our house for the most part, we’re pretty low key on Easter, yes the kids might dress up for a Sunday brunch or an Easter dinner. But if we’re staying home, as long as they’re dressed in clean clothes then I’m usually happy. A skinny jean and a tee are pretty much the basics. Sometimes I’ll also get them special tees that have saying on them or are a bit more easter themed.

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For this, I’ll tend to go with basic patterns I love. Starting with a good skinny jean pattern, like the Jagger Jeans, which you could sew up either in a dark wash or a fun colour. You could then pair it with the Mulberry tunic if you still wanted to have a woven top, which would keep your look a bit more on the causal side without being everyday. Or pair it with a good basic tee like to Yo Ho Henley. Possibly even use the Rowan tee and give it some Easter personality with a freezer paper stencil or even an iron transfer. If you’re coming up empty on ideas, here are a few of my favourite files that I found on Etsy here, here, here and here.

I hope this gets you excited to create something special for your little (or big) guy for the holiday. Chime in in the comments and let us know what your Easter sewing plans are! We’d love to hear from you!

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sewing for easter: vintage inspired outfit

Easter is on its way! For me, that meant time to dig out those cute fabrics that I did not use last year. Let’s be honest, a fabric with rabbits on it, needs to become an Easter outfit.

Me and my girl both love vintage inspired clothing. She loved the storybook blouse and dress so I decided to sew her a new one. Femke loves a feminine touch and I always love sewing those extra little details.

The blouse has 4 pleats on the front and gathered elastic sleeve bottoms. At the beginning I was a bit afraid the pleats and the bold fabrics would be to much. But I think it worked out really well.

At the back the blouse is closed with an elastic loop and look at that cute matching bunny button I found.

The pinafore is a pattern that I found in the poppy magazine Edition 10. It closes with a zipper in the side seam. It took me some time to figure out how to do that for the first time but the skirt is really easy to put on now for Femke.

The suspenders are secured with buttons and crossed at the back. Instead of cutting the suspenders to the right size I made an extra pair of buttonholes. That way the skirt can grow with her.

And yes I think it won’t take long before we need to use the second pair of buttonholes. There was not enough fabric left to lengthen the skirt. So sew those easter fabrics now, because kids grow way to fast and maybe you will not have enough fabric left next year!

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