Happy 4th to You (almost)!


The 4th of July is less than two weeks away, and for those of us in the United States, it is a celebration of our country’s independence . Are you one of those sewists who stays up all night sewing in order for her children (or her whole family) to have matching outfits on a special occasion the next day? I generally am not.


But I have been particularly smitten by all the adorable gingham dresses and suit jackets that are popping up everywhere and I just had to do the matching outfit thing. I cut out these items last month over Memorial Day weekend when I was feeling just a bit patriotic. Hence, my children are ready for the 4th!


Both my boy’s vests are made from Ottobre Design magazine, issue 6/2012 {click here}. I really like the details on this vest, like real welt pockets and darts to shape the back instead of a belt. The bow ties are from Jocole pdf sewing patterns {click here}. This pattern only goes to size 5T, but I think the largest size is just right for bigger boys too.


The dresses are both from Ottobre Design. Chloe’s (the larger one) is in issue 06/2012 and Cadie’s (the smaller one) is from my favorite back issue 01/2008. I had 3 yards of blue gingham and was amazingly able to squeeze all 4 outfits out. Whew!

Thanks for looking… hope you are enjoying your summer sewing too! 


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