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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  1. Great Job!! Such cute kiddos.Hope you and your family have a safe holiday.

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    These are so cute. Your kiddos look so ready for the 4th. When our two where young, in the month of June I would sew Heather a dress and Richard a semi matching shirt. I had to be careful that they didn’t match, just use similar and different fabrics in each because Heather never wanted to look just like her brother. Very opininated from early on. LOL

  3. Sheila Perl says:

    What adorable outfits!! The blue gingham is so fresh and clean looking and the touch of red is really smashing! I never made my children matching holiday outfits but I made my son a snazzy shirt, pants and vest ensemble that he would wear to synagogue and birthday parties, my girls always had pretty dresses they would wear, and he used to call it his "birthday suit"!! teehehe!
    Your children are so beautiful!!!

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