Family Photos (plus a few sewing notes thrown in)

We recently took a trip to the beach (all dressed up, lol!) to get our family photos taken by the talented Nathaly Blaylock.

It’s been 7 years since we had professional photos taken – the last time Cadie was just a baby! 

I love these photos so much that I wanted to share even though there’s very little about sewing in them. So I will tell you about the alteration I made to Chloe’s dress and finally share my opinion on Made-by-Rae’s Washi Dress.

My girls’ dresses were store-bought (gasp!) because we simply ran out of time. The month of November has way fewer hours in it than some other months in my opinion.

I added little flutter sleeves to Chloe’s dress to make it not-sleeveless. It was already too grown up for her, I felt, and I wanted more coverage.


And this is the Washi Dress pattern that I sewed up 3 years ago and never photographed. There’s been a lot of hype about this pattern and while I like the dress, it’s not my favorite. The neckline is cut too low for my taste (I’m wearing a skin colored tank in these photos) and the bodice is kind of restrictive – not very comfortable. I know, I should have sewn a muslin first.


But it’s still cute. Can you tell how much I hated posing for this photo? 🙂

Oh, and the pattern doesn’t include sleeves so I compared the armscye to other sleeved dress patterns I already owned and borrowed one from a similar pattern. If you want to try the Washi Dress pattern I found a great deal on Craftsy where you can get the pattern plus 3 1/2 yards of Art Gallery fabric for $26. (A steal since Rae charges $16 for the pattern alone).

Anyway, thanks for humoring me and looking at my family photos!


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