Let me just start off by saying, I am not good with coordinating clothes. I don’t like to shop for clothes and have a hard time planning outfits for a family photos. I knew I wanted to have our family pictures taken by my good friend Kasey Roth (check her site out, she is so talented!). I was already dreading picking out outfits. One thing I have learned from sewing, is that I love combining fabrics for outfits. I don’t know why I hate shopping so much, yet love pairing fabrics and patterns. Either way I ended up deciding I was going to sew all of our outfits for the pictures. I got on Pinterest and started a board of ideas and combo’s I liked. I decided I wanted the color scheme to be coral and mint. I am so in love with those colors. After searching awhile I decided I wanted a cream lace dress and a mint shirt for Loren. I was a little worried the mint might be a little girly, but Loren didn’t seem concerned. I also loved all the mint shirts I was seeing on guys on Pinterest so I decided to go for it. Then came the fun part! Shopping for fabric. I wish I would have written down the fabrics I bought for Kina and Loren, I totally forget by now. I want to say they were from Art Gallery??! I bought them on Hawthorne Threads. The lace was from JoAnne Fabrics and I added a plain cream fabric underneath.
Next I decided on Patterns. My dress was the Anna Dress from Shwin and Shwin and Kina’s outfit was the Stella Tunic, also from Shwin and Swhin. I had no pattern for Loren so I decided I would wing it and try to make it on my own. I look back now and think, that was a really dumb idea! JoAnne fabrics came to the rescue when the had their McCall patterns on sale. I decided to look through the book and I found a pattern for a button up shirt I liked and bought it.
I couldn’t be happier with how the outfits came together! I think I will be making all of our future family photo outfits. I am not quite sure how sewing our outfits is somehow easier for me than shopping for our outfits, but it is! I can’t get enough of sewing clothes, so you do what you love right!?
Anna Dress sewn in size 2, graded to size 8. (bust 34, waist 29, hips 40)
Stella Tunic sewn in size 12-18 Months
McCalls Pattern M6044 view D sewn in size Medium
Modifications: I basted the lace to the solid cream before sewing everything together. I modified Kina’s leggings to have a lace cutout.
Changes for the future: I will probably grade size 4-8 for the Anna Dress instead of 2. It is a little hard to get on and off.
I couldn’t be happier with how these came out. Now for the picture overload!!