Finnley’s Summer Wardrobe

I have big plans over the next month or so to sew the majority of my kids summer clothes. Fabric has been bought and patterns have been picked, but not much more than that has been done so far. Last weekend I did make a start and whipped up a super quick tank and some capris.


For the tank I used the rio racerback tank from Peek-a-Boo patterns.  I picked this one up as soon as it was released because I knew it would be a great staple for my daughter’s summer wardrobe.  Plus I am a sucker for a good knit pattern.  Love, love, love sewing with knits.  So quick!  This top took about an hour to make from cutting to hem.  I have plans for a few more tanks and at least one dress.  The triangle fabric is from Girl Charlee and can be found here.  The one thing with sewing for toddlers is that their clothing doesn’t take a lot of fabric and I still have about 2/3 of a yard left.  What to do with the leftovers?


The fit on the tank is really great.  I cut a 3T for the width, but made it a 4T for length.  I especially love the racer back!


To go with the tank I just happened to have some aqua stretch denim that I picked up for 50% on a recent trip to my local Fabricland.  Totally lucked out and it was a perfect match for the triangles (plus a couple of the other knits I picked up from Girl Charlee on my last order).  I decided to try the host pants pattern from LouLouBee clothing that was part of the most recent Pattern Parcel.


The host pants are a super popular pattern and there are lots of adorable versions where the fit is excellent.  Unfortunately the fit on Finnley’s pants is not quite what I was going for.  She very clearly fit into the 3T measurements, but there is a ton of extra fabric on the back of the pants, especially in the bum area.  The waistband is adjustable and I had to tighten it quite a bit just to make them stay up.


Thankfully when her top is pulled down it becomes less obvious. I would like to try the pattern again, but will have to do a bit of tweaking to make it work.  To make the pants into capris I used this as a reference and then simply rolled the pants up to make a cuff.  Simple to do, but makes the pants perfect for spring.  I tacked the cuff down, but they could easily be taken down and turned into pants in the fall if I so desire.


Fit issues aside, it is a great outfit that was made just in time for the warm weather we are having this week!  Comfy and easy to move in which works well for playtime, such as digging in the dirt with sticks with little brother!



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Ruffled Cardigan

So this make was supposed to be part of week 4 over on Project Run and Play, but unfortunately life got in the way this week and I have just missed the cut off for the link party 😦 Not gonna lie, I am pretty sad I mismanaged my time this week and didn’t get it up. I spent a lot of time planning and sewing this outfit for Finnley. Oh well!

For this week I knew I wanted to play around with some fun pattern matching but add some feminine details so Finnley will want to wear it.


It all started with the cardigan!  To make this I used the Hangout Hoodie from Peek-a-Boo patterns.  I had zero desire to draft a sleeve so picked a pattern that would let me skip that step but would be easy to modify.  To modify the pattern I cut the back as is and for the front I also used the back pattern piece but lowered the curve on the neckline and didn’t cut it on the fold.  I also shortened both the front and the back to have it hit Finnley at her waist.  I then cut 3 long rectangles and 2 smaller ones to make the ruffles and connector pieces.  For a closure I added pearl snaps.  I was worried how this would turn out because the fabric was so much thinner then I was expecting (the one big drawback to ordering fabric online) and I wasn’t sure if it would be able to handle the weight of the ruffles.  I think it actually worked out okay and I am really happy with how it turned out.

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To play around with the patterns I made Finnley a pair of leggings using a black and white tribal knit.  Leggings were made using a pair of Finnley’s to make my own pattern piece.

To add a pop of colour I used the recess raglan pattern to make a simple t-shirt.  I used some coral knit that I had leftover from a previous unblogged project and paired it with the polka dot fabric.  The right side of the polka dot fabric has a very noticeable sheen to it and the whole time I was sewing the cardigan I was wishing I used the wrong side of the fabric.  The wrong side is a charcoal gray with no shine and I love it.  So for the sleeves I used the wrong side.  I can’t say enough good things about this particular pattern!  Comes together so quickly and the fit is so great!


Thankfully Finnley seems to like it!

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Next up is some selfish sewing for Project Sewn.  Missed this week but have some plans for weeks 3 and 4.


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