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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  1. Love the family photos. Thanks for sharing them. It’s so important to do things together…even if it takes a few minutes from our daily routines.
    Merry Christmas to y’all!

  2. Little Quiltsong says:

    I loved that you shared your family photos. I mean fabric and family plus photos just go together – right ;)! You all look absolutely wonderful. We too have 4 children (2 boys and 2 girls) – all grown up now – it brought back memories of when they were about the same age as yours. Beautiful memories!

  3. Beautiful family photos !

    I enjoy sewing for my family, kids, grands, siblings….

  4. Good morning Caroline…..just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your family photos. Such a good looking family, and your daughter Chloe looks so much like her beautiful mother. In my humble opinion, you look much younger in these photos, than the one you have on your blog. What a fun place to have family photos taken, rather than in the studio, where it’s such a formal setting. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

  5. Cindy Hamilton says:

    I too love your family photos. Wonderful to have outdoor photos taken and I totally understand what you mean about posing for photos yourself. You have a wonderful family and it is so nice to be given a peek. Merry Christmas to all of you and hope you have a fabulous new year. I love your site and all your posts!

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