Thursday, June 28, 2018

# 2018 # Americana

The 2018 Sew Americana Tour!!!!

Whew I cannot BELIEVE the Tour Is Here!! I remember how much fun I had last year and how inspired I was by all of the outfits....Red is definitely one of my colors :)

For this tour, I decided to focus on my mini me and my niece visiting us from Florida. Call us the Non-Americana but so Americana fashion trio of this tour stop. 😂

I am actually a pretty serious person that likes my photo shoots ran on schedule. On point. And every pose imaginable. But when you have two cousins who live on opposites sides of the states, that isn't going to happen much. So I allowed them to have as much fun as possible and I am glad that they did.

I'm not sure how she does it, but Marleia can really turn any item I make into something extraordinary. This amazing dress is from one of my favorite pattern companies Little Lizard King. This dress is one of their latest called Malibu...and when I watch her twirl in this dress it makes me think of being on a beach in Malibu.

 But let's be real honest here for a sec...your little girl will love it because well - pockets. And flutters...and a tie knot...and just....ahhh....paradise.

But does anyone else have a child who goes outside in the sun and swears they are MELTING and 2 minutes into being into AC swears it's freezing and just too cold?!!? I'm terrified of the teenage years...

So even though my niece claimed this fabric for herself, Marleia begged her for some and after some thinking, I found it to be the perfect duster for her.

I will definitely be bringing this with us all summer long. She's infamous for hating A/C at times and I hate not having anything handy to keep her cool. This awesome duster pattern is from Made from Mermaids - who by the way, is in the middle of a crazy amazing 50K member sale offering a discount of 35% off of all of their patterns!! Definitely get this one - it will be a favorite for your little one and a life savor for you come fall.

My niece on the other hand has grown up on me. I feel like every summer now when she comes to visit she gets a little bit older. Gone is my little curious 8 year old and what is now here is a 11 year old teenager who always-has-to-have-the-last-word.

I pleaded for a dress....a matching dress...a skirt...or something...but that last word kept coming in and in...and she was drawn to the stripes as well and after a bit of playing around, we decided on something we both loved.

This beautiful and perfect little number is made with my go-to pattern company and absolute favorite ever Striped Swallow Designs. This is their Cloud 9 Tee and it's perfect for everyday sewing. I love a curved hemline that goes over the booty. And it's free. Hard to beat that.

The rest of the photoshoot went out the window and they just decided to be silly and be themselves. I got frustrated for a few minutes and then I realized...these are the moments that count....and I decided to just let them continue to be silly girls who are spending their summers in the pool, out in the sun and feasting on watermelon as much as possible.

And of course....we had to get a dab in there because...why not? 

Thank you SO SO much to Katy over at Wild & Wanderful for putting this tour together. It always ramps up the rest of my summer sewing. We have so many amazing talented ladies on this tour - It's been a very inspiring sewing week!

Monday, June 25:

Wild + Wanderful |Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:

Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project | 5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:

Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn| Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:

Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia | Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:

Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We SewFairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful

Please check out the rest of the lineup for today and pop in tomorrow for the awesome ladies who are going to finish out our tour!! Till next time!


  1. I LOVE THESE!! I want a grown up version of your nieces top and daughters dress.

  2. These are amazing! That dress is superb!