handmade wardrobe // one for me, one for you, Darling

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my top: Megan Nielsen Patterns rowan bodysuit

my skirt: Megan Nielsen Patterns wattle skirt

Penny’s pinafore: Jilly Atlanta macy pinafore

Fabric for both of us: Cotton + Steel checkers cotton gingham from Fabric.com

Penny’s turban: Nelly Lou

I’ve been teasing these outfits on Instagram for a little bit now, and have been dyyyying for a warm enough day to wear them out and get pictures together. Well ewe got an amazingly warm 63 degree day last week and I was so happy!

My skirt is the gathered version of the Wattle skirt with tie waistband. I also added an extra ruffle to the hem in a larger scale of the same gingham print. And of course, I made a matching pinafore for P from my favorite kids patterns (they have so may cute options!). I mean, come ooooooon. we’ll be wearing these all spring and summer, for sure. Penny has recently really started to notice when we match (and thankfully likes it lol). When I put an outfit on her that matches what I’m wearing, she’ll lean in really close to me and put her shoulder against mine and say “look Mama, we match!”. Heart. In a. Million. Pieces.

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handmade wardrobe // Pink Flint

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top: Megan Nielsen Patterns rowan bodysuit with self-drafted added ruffles, rayon/lycra slub knit from Fabric Mart

pants: Megan Nielsen Patterns flint pants, pink corduroy from Blackbird Fabrics

I’ve been dreaming about wide leg pink corduroy pants since the first moment I laid eyes on this fabric back in the fall. It had to sit in my to-do pile for awhile while other projects took priority, but I’m so happy I finally made it happen! I was originally torn between the Flint pants or Dawn jeans, but ultimately went with Flint because I just can’t get over that tie detail. Granted, this non-stretch corduroy is probably just a teeeeny bit too thick for that tie, maybe better suited for the button waistband option. But it still works and I’m still in love.

I paired it with yet another Rowan bodysuit, which is my ultimate me-made obsession. This is Rowan number 6 for me, and I’m not stopping making more! I added little ruffles to the shoulder seams on this one, and I might add a little how-to on my Instagram stories soon if you’re interested! Follow along with me at @hollydollydarling.

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handmade wardrobe // jarrah and wattle, x2

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sweatshirt: Megan Nielsen Jarrah top, sweatshirt fleece from Style Maker Fabrics

skirt: Megan Nielsen Wattle skirt, rayon challis from Fabric Mart

Oh look, another Jarrah and Wattle combo, ha. After making a couple of Wattle skirts in shirting/quilting weight cottons, I’m absolutely loving how this rayon challis version turned out. So light and airy and floaty. It was a little bit difficult trying to match stripes perfectly for this bias cut version, with such a slippery fabric, but I’m pretty proud of how well it turned out. Another make that you’re sure to see again once spring and summer hit - its just screaming to be paired with an easy breezy tank!

But for now I’ve paired it with this Jarrah sweatshirt - view D. It has a funnel neck and split sleeve hem. I had to add a band at the hem because of a cutting error (whoops!), but it was a happy accident becuase I love it with the band! It’s made in a dreeeeeamy sweatshirt fleece. Seriously soooo soft and comfy on the inside. Funny - I never thought I was a funnel or cowl neck type of person. But out of all the Jarrah versions I’ve made, the two funnel neck ones are my favorites and most worn.

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Handmade Wardrobe // Flint Bib Overalls

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I’m so so excited to finally share this Flint trouser hack with you! When Meg first proposed this idea to me, I jut about jumped through the roof. THIS is my type of trousers. I live for overalls and jumpsuits, and this is no exception. they came out so perfect. I made these back in September, and wore them out to a local festival and again later for a night out, and they were so comfy (and got a few compliments!).

I made mine from a rust-y brown twill from fabric.com. And I chose to do the tie closure instead of the button closure, because I love little details like that. But the bib works for either option. You can get the pattern add-on and view all the instructions for the hack over on Design Diary here, as well as a few ideas to change it up and make it your own.

P.S - my top is a Megan Nielsen Patterns Rowan bodysuit in a striped jersey from Califabrics. Shoes are Swedish Hasbeens.

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Handmade Wardrobe // Wattle and Jarrah and Penny, too

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top: pattern - Megan Nielsen Patterns Jarrah sweater, fabric - Style Maker Fabrics

skirt: pattern - Megan Nielsen Patterns Wattle skirt, fabric - shop well fibre

Penny’s top: Simplicity 8754 in same fabric as mine.

Penny’s turban and leggings: Nelly Lou

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Mommy and Me fashion - it will never get old for me. I hope she lets me match with her forever.

Can we talk about this fabric for a second? DO you know Star from Well Fibre? She runs a genius Instagram shop where she sells second hand fabric. If you aren’t following her, you should! She lists some true gems. When she posted a preview of this fabric, I was in looooove. And I stalked her page when it went live and jumped on it immedietly. And then the day it came in the mail, I was already cutting out my Wattle skirt. I just couldn’t wait.

And I’m not disappointed. It goes perfect with my knotted Jarrah sweatshirt, but it will also pair so well with tees, tanks, and bodysuits when the weather warms up again this summer. I mean, it would also be perfect for another Hawaiian vacation. Soooooooo hint hint, Zach ;) .

This version is bias cut view A with a buttom waistband. I didn’t get a good shot of the waistband, but I’ll get one next time I wear it!

handmade Wardrobe // Floreat in purple

And heres Floreat number 3! This is view A - dress length with long sleeves, slit back opening, and inseam belt. I made it in a floral rayon crepe from Harts Fabric. It is so light and airy and floaty - I just want to spin and dance in it all day! This style and fabric combo is a little dressier than my every-day style, so I don’t know how much wear it will actually get. But wouldn’t it be dreamy for a fall/winter/spring wedding? Now, anybody getting married soon that wants to invite me?

Stay tuned to Design Diary for the Floreat sewalong later this month! 

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Handmade Wardrobe // Floreat in Blue

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pattern: Megan Nielsen Patterns Floreat dress

fabric: crinkle linen from Blackbird Fabrics

Another Floreat done! I had to squeeze in one more post before the end of the year (although i do have one more complete, I just wont get it posted until after the new year). This variation is the sleeveless dress version with center back zipper, pockets, and sliiiiightly raised hem. I also made a separate tie belt for when I want to wear it belted - love the option! But I think I really like it loose like this. I think I’ll especially like it when summer comes - the breathable linen and lose silhouette will be so airy and comfortable in the heat. And yes, I’m crazy for trying to photograph a sleeveless linen dress in the middle of a New England winter. I know.

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handmade wardrobe // Floreat and Ash

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Today I’m sharing the first of my four Megan Nielsen Patterns Floreat tops and dresses! This is a knit version in a cozy mustard rib knit from Fabric.com. I made this one in one nap time sewing session- such and easy sew! I chose the cropped top version, and while I probably should’ve lengthened it a taaaaaad bit in the back (long torso problems), I’m still happy with the length. I’ll just only be wearing it with high waisted bottoms (worn here with my previously made Ash jeans).

If you want to make a knit version, too (or any version of Floreat), keep an eye out at Design Diary next month for the sewalong tutorials I’m working on!

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handmade wardrobe // Jarrah mashup

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As promised, here’s a look at one of the other Jarrah sweaters I made for the sewalong. This one is a mashup of views B (curved hem) and view D (funnel neck). I really love the split sleeve on these views. It’s meant to cover half your hand is so cozy!

Pattern: Jarrah sweater by Megan Nielsen Patterns

Fabric: light weight french terry from Style Maker Fabrics (it’s been in my stash for awhile now, though, and is no longer available)

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handmade wardrobe // Jarrah and Dawn

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I’m so excited to share this outfit! It turned out exactly how I was picturing it.

Sweatshirt: Megan Nielsen Patterns Jarrah sweatshirt in a sweatshirt fleece from Harts Fabric

Jeans: Megan Nielsen Patterns Dawn jeans in a denim from Style Maker Fabrics

booties: Target

Penny’s Sweatshirt: Simplicity 8754

As you may know, Megan Nielsen recently released 4 new patterns, including Jarrah and Dawn! And as usual, I’ve been busy helping create the swellings for her blog - Design Diary. You guys, these patterns are so good. I’m a tad obsessed with Jarrah. This is actually my 4th (I’m behind on posting. I’ll share the theres here soon). I chose the most soft, comfy, cozy minty sweatshirt fleece for this one. It is soon soft on the inside. And I got the ribbing from the Etsy shop FabricMade.

I’ve also been a bit sew-on patch obsessed lately. I’ve been collecting some really cute ones, and knew I really wanted to add one to this Jarrah. I put up a poll on my Instagram stories, which was no help because it was pretty much even among al four options lol. So I went with my original instinct, which was this Mother patch from Strawberry Moth. It ended up being perfect, because I was able to make Penny a matching sweatshirt out of my fabric scraps. It just worked perfectly!

Oooooh and the jeans. I love these jeans. They are my second handmade pair, the first being my Ash jeans. And while I love my pair of Ash, these are just…. perfect. Maybe it’s because I felt more comfortable being my second go at it. Or maybe these are just so my style at the moment. But I just love them. I chose the wide leg version this go-around, but want to eventually make a taped leg pair, too!

I took a chance with some white denim even though we are heading into winter here. And even though this is a rigid denim jeans patterns, this denim actually does have a tiny bit of stretch to it (shhhh). But I made a call and went for it anyway. I figured it would still work because its still a heavyweight denim and the stretch is minimal. And I was right. I think it still worked so well! I also took about 3/4” off the width at the hem and tapered it up towards the thigh. While I love the super wide leg look (I want to make another pair in something not as heavyweight. maybe linen?), I wanted something just slightly less wide for these. It’s just what I was picturing. And I couldn't be happier with the result. Other than that, I didn’t have to make any other adjustments. I cut my usual size.

So if you love these and want to make your own, head over to Megan Nielsen and snag your own patterns. The Jarrah sewalong I created is live on Design Diary this week and next. And the Dawn sewalong will follow closely after that!

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