handmade wardrobe // calvin the beautiful

dress: True Bias Calvin wrap dress in a lightweight silk jacquard c/o Measure Fabric

top: Megan Nielsen Patterns Rowan bodysuit

booties: Target

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Soooooooo I just made my dream dress. And its the Calvin wrap dress. Which is funny, becasuse I would usually shy away from a style like this. Lower v-cut, thin straps, wrap styles usually hang funny on my non-existent bust. But with a few adjustments, it’s seriously my new favorite make. As I do with all of makes with bust darts, I removed the darts completely. Bust darts are just unnecessary when you have no boobs haha. I also lowered the button hole and thread chain locations at the side seams down by 1”. I think this was necessary due to my long torso and, again, no bust. If I would I kept the locations as-is and had the top wrap there, the wrap-top section would have sagged. Now it lays perfectly flat across my chest!

This fabric you guuuuuuuuuuys. Its silk. I don’t usually go for luxurious fabrics, but I just couldn’t resist this one. The print! The subtle dot texture when you get up close! The silky feel! It’s all so good. And also probably the reason why There is only a few yards left - I wasn’t the only one that fell in love with it! Sorry hurry up and snag some before it’s gone. But Measure Fabric does have some other really pretty silks, so you should check them all out, toot. Working with the silk really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, it was a bit slippery. But with plenty of (silk) pins and a little patience, it really went pretty smoothly. I feel like this type of silhouette is just perfect for a dreamy, silky fabric. So it’s worth it.

Also, I should mention - the bias binding is from Imagine Gnats, and is the perfect match. I order both this peachy pink, as well as a blue one that matched really well. While the blue maybe would have been a more obvious choice, I fell in love with the way the pink looked from the moment I put it next to the fabric. Even though its a light color and it does match part of the print, It seemed like the perfect contrast. I’m still so happy with this choice!

I debated whether to style the dress for these photos like this with the rowan bodysuit and booties, or just the dress alone with simple heels. Like I said, I am actually surprisingly comfortable wearing the dress alone and it looks really good! And the weather here is still warm enough later in the day to be able to wear it. But I also know most people are already in fall mode, so I figured it was a good idea to show a layering option with this silhouette/pattern!

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handmade wardrobe // mommy and me Eucalypt tanks

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both of our tanks: Megan Nielsen Eucalypt tanks, women’s and mini in a dotty rayon from Fabric.com

my shorts: Peppermint Magazine Spring Shorts in a slub linen from Stonemountain Fabrics

Penny’s shorts: self drafted

my hair clip: Turtle Story

both our shoes: Old Navy (mine & Penny’s)

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My friend Megan just released two new mini paptterns - including the Mini Eucalypt tank and dress! I made these matching tanks for me and P back and June, and have dying to share them. It’s a simple pattern, a quick sew, but oh so satisfying.

Penny is wearing the smallest size available which is a size 3, with no adjustments (she is 3 years old). It is just tad bit big on her, but she also falls just outside the measurements for the size 3. I chose not to make any adjustments, because I figured that it being a tiny bit oversized now is worth it for it to fit her still next summer. The more wear, the better! And the longer I can twin her in it haha.

And now that summer is dying down, I’m also picturing it with a cute chunky cardigan layered over it with her little leggings. Cuuuuuute, right?!

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handmade wardrobe // pure sunshine

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my top: Simplicity 8839 in a yellow seersucker stripe from Mood Fabrics

my jeans: Megan Nielsen Patterns Dawn jeans

my booties: Target

Penny’s dress: Jilly Atlanta Macy Pinafore

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Man, mini yellow pinstripes are really hard to photograph when you’re not up close! These are better in person, I swear.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this fabric when I bought it. A big puff sleeve top for me (my second one this month), and something cute and ruffle-y for P. The Macy Pinafore fit the bill, and I knew what to expect from it since its the third one I’ve made her. I plan on carrying hers into fall by paring it with a rust colored long sleeve tee underneath and some tights and boots. Cute, right?!

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Snapshots // Sunflower Field 2019

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my dress: Megan Nielsen Patterns Darling Ranges dress with added sleeve ruffles in a sage green cotton/linen from Style Maker Fabrics

Penny’s dress: handmade/self drafted

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Our yearly trip to the Colby Farms sunflower field did not disappoint this year! In fact, it may have been one of the best visits yet. It usually gets super busy/super crowded. But this year we were the first ones there and even had the entire field to ourselves for a bit!

see previous years photos here - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 (not Colby Farm), 2018

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handmade wardrobe // Ogden dress hack, round 2

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dress: True Bias Ogden Cami hacked into a gathered dress with tie straps, in a floral crinkle cotton from Joann Fabrics

hair clip: Amazon

purse: vintage, purchased at Crompton Collective

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I’m going to keep this short, since this is the second time I’ve made this Ogden dress hack (see the first from earlier this month). Only addition was adding tie straps to this one! Love this hack, probably one of my favorites!

handmade wardrobe // green on green x 2

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my top: Simplicity 8839 in a double gauze from Mood Fabrics

my shorts: Peppermint Magazine free Spring Shorts in a tencel twill from Blackbird Fabrics

Penny’s set: Butterick 6342 in an older tencel twill

hair clips: amazon

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Ok, I feel pretty freakin good in this outfit! I just live when an outfit turns out just how I was picturing it. I already knew the Spring Shorts were my dream shorts (this is actually my third pair), but I took a chance on this Simplicity top, and gosh - THOSE SLEEVES! Sooooo much love for those sleeves. I want to make another version in a yellow seersucker before the end of August, I just love it so much. The only mod I made to the pattern is my usually no-boobs adjustment - I removed the darts. Everything else was perfect as-is.

I also wasn’t so sure it would work in the end since I was using two slighlty different shades of green. I worried they would clash. But I love hos they look together, actually! ANd I didn’t have any fabric left for a Penny version, but remembered I made this other green set for her this past spring. So I was still able to live that mommy-and-me dream haha.

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handmade wardrobe // mommy and me rompers

my romper: Peppermint Magazine / In the Folds playsuit (free pattern!)

Penny’s overalls: Hello Dear Kids

fabric: rayon/linen from StoneMountain & Daughter Fabrics

Penny’s shirt: Lulu and Roo

my hair clips: Target

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Not much to say about this one, sorry guys! We recently got back from a week back home with family in farm country WNY and I am TIRED. You’d think vacation would be relaxing, but traveling and trying to see a million people and do all the things is HARD.

I used this neutral striped linen that I have been holding onto to make P and I some cute matching rompers. Mine is the Peppermint Magazine x In the Folds free playsuit, and it is soooo good. My favorite romper currently in my closet. High neck + non-fitted waist + tie straps is the recipe for my perfect garment. All my favorite things.

Penny’s overalls is the same pattern I used for her pink floral ones here, I just left off the ruffles!

handmade wardrobe // Ogden Stripe hack

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dress: True Bias Ogden cami hacked into a dress

fabric: striped linen from Blackbird Fabrics

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I love how this Ogden dress hack turned out! I know the amazing-ness of the Ogden cami isn’t new news, but I’ve only recently discovered just how good it really is. And I’m obsessed. For this one, I simply cropped the cami, and then added a large gathered skirt. That-s pretty much it! Super simple! Oh yes, I did add one more thing. The shape ends up being really wide and full. Which I like. But I also wanted the option of cinching in the waist a little more. So I added a couple of ties at the back waistline. I can tie it loosely and keep the silhouette very full, or tie it tighter and cinch in the waist.

And I was originally planning on using this striped linen for a different project, but honestly wasn’t 100% sure about it. So at last minute I scrapped it and cut out this dress instead (with barely and scraps to spare. It was a close one!). And boy am I glad I did. I love this so much better than what I originally planned!

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handmade wardrobe // silky slip set

top: Tessuti Fabrics Romy top, cropped

skirt: Tessuti Fabrics Evie bias skirt

fabric: silk-like polyester purchased from Shop Well Fibre

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I’ve been hoarding this pretty fabric since February. I fell in love with the peachy color and abstract print right away and was quick to type ‘sold’, but its not a type of fabric I usually work with, so I wasn’t sure I wanted to do with it. Fast forward to more recently, and Ive started to fall in love with the slip skirt/dress trend. And then I remembered- wait a minute! I have the perfect fabric for that! The skirt pattern gives you the option of finishing with an invisible zipper or lingerie-style scalloped elastic. I chose the elastic. It was my first time finishing something with an exposed decorative elastic, and I am in loooooooove. It totally completes the look. And because it’s elastic and forgiving, I can easily pull the skirt up a little higher when I don’t want any skin showing with the crop top.

Speaking of the top - I had a tiny bit of fabric left, so I was able to squeeze out a cropped version of my favorite Romy top match. Now that I’m looking at the photos though, I’m realizing that the front hem edge of the top is a tiny bit wonky (the perils of cutting out slippery fabric, I think). So I might go back and try to straighten that out.

And I already have another styling idea for the skirt. I saw someone pairl a bias slip skirt with a loose white button up and some converse sneakers. Cute, right?! I’m totally trying that next. SO I’m sure you’ll be seeing this skirt around here again soon.

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handmade wardrobe // tie strap cottelsoe, round 2

swimsuit: Megan Nielsen Patterns Cottesloe swimsuit with tie strap hack in a ribbed tricot from Blackbird Fabrics

pants: Simplicity 8605 with modified extra wide paperbag waist in rayon from Harts Fabric

bag: thrifted Free People

sandals: old Zara

Penny’s swimsuit: Kortni Jeane

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The best part about a cute one piece swimsuit? The fact that it can easily be worn away from the beach or pool! Throw on some cute pants or shorts or skirt, and it doubles as a cool bodysuit. This is my second Cottesloe with tie straps (see the first one here), and I wrote up a tutorial over on Megan Nielsen Design Diary. Whats great is that it is a basic tutorial, but could be used to make all different kinds of ties, I kept these ones short and stubby, my first ones were tied in little bows, but I kinda also want to make a third one (I’m crazy, I know) with super long ties that drape down my shoulders. Wouldn’t that be fun?

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