Inspiration Monday Guest Hostessing!
It’s an end of the month #InspirationMonday party…you know what that means! We have a guest hostess AND a giveaway! We’re so happy you are joining us today.
This week, your links are seen simultaneously on all SIX blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.

And if you’re linking up via our guest hostess, Mayen Designs, WELCOME! And of course a big HELLO to all of our regular party friends, too! We just love you to pieces.

We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:
I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
Redhead Can DecoratetwelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom
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Our awesome guest hostess, Mayen Designs, has curated a wonderful collection of sewing projects linked up at last week’s party for today’s features. Check them out below>>>
5. Ottobre Summer Basic Top with Maritime Shorts from Sewing by Shirley

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- Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.) – Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. – Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties – By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the five blogs,listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs. -If you wish to be featured, please include the “Inspiration Monday Party” button or link on your link party list (find the button on the side bar.)

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Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn inspired Photo-Shoot

Last summer I had the opportunity to contribute to the Sew Many Books series at Nap-Time Creations. Emily’s series was a blast! I planned a whole weekend of camping around these photos.

Huck Finn | SewsNBows

I chose The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for my book. The idea was to sew an outfit based on the chosen book. I’ve probably never enjoyed a blogging series so much. My nephews were excited to get a big photo shoot. It’s usually the girls getting all the camera attention. (I feel so guilty for that!!)

Anyways, it was just meant to be a fun weekend, but it turned I to something bigger. I got really deep in my Sew Many Books post, which I don’t do here often. You should go see it if you missed it. If nothing else, just so y’all know I’m capable of proper grammar!

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn

I read bits of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn to the kids that weekend. They were very intrigued by a world where kids could roam free; unaccounted for. (With makeshift weapons.)

They were also confused about the concept of slavery; and it sparked a big discussion around the campfire that evening.

Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer photo shoot | SewsNBows

You can tell a kid about history; but nobody can explain ugliness. A park ranger was doing night patrol and overheard the intense discussion with my little daughter and nephews.

Tom Sawyer photo-shoot| SewsNBows

He gave us a little smile and nod; listening to these kids try to make sense of craziness. My husband, myself, and that park ranger were realizing that God makes all children innocent. It was a profound moment. I can’t explain it.

cute Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn inspired photos

Even though we talked about heavy subject matter; we had lots of childlike fun. We played in the mud and got dirty.

Modern Day Huck Finn | SewsNBows

We rode bikes down a hill into the lake.

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn photo shoot for boys

I realized that sometimes I’m in a hurry for no reason.

Huck Finn inspired photo-shoot | SewsNBows

Right now, I’m in a hurry for warmer weather, so I can take these brats camping again!

Oliver+S Sketchbook Shorts for Huck Finn Inspired Photo Shoot | SewsNBows

Julian (Huck) is wearing Oliver+S Sketchbook Shorts in unidentified khaki fabric from the stash.

Pier 49 Convertible Pants from Peekaboo Patterns

Evan (Tom) is wearing Peekaboo Patterns Pier 49 Convertible Pants in an eggplant colored, hand dyed linen.

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn | SewsNBows

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn had my blessing to ruin their shorts. I’ll never forget their faces when I told them to get as filthy as they like. Letting kids bathe in dirt is a special liberty reserved for aunts.

Huckleberry Finn, gone fishin'!

Today, I might play hooky from all the stuff I should be doing. It feels like a good day to make a mess; doing something fun with the kids!


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Flapper Costume Refashion | DIY Dress Up Clothes

Flapper Costume Refashion | DIY Dress Up Clothes

This flapper costume refashion is super quick and easy. Wanna know how we refashioned old clothes into dress up clothes?

baby dress- to be refashioned I to toddler dress up clothes

Sof’s mom found a long outgrown dress; size 12 months. It still fits around the neck and shoulders; but needed about 4″ of length in order to make it a wearable flapper costume.

Flapper costume refashion

First we fixed this little spot that needed to be regathered and stitched.

Flapper Costume Refashion | Lace Detail

The existing tulle ruffle was trimmed down to a half inch nub; and I sewed 2 layers of lace to the dress hem. Next, I sewed gold trim in the middle of the (former) ruffle seam.

gold trimmed neckline - toddler flapper costume

I had enough gold trim left over to embellish the neckline.

DIY Flapper Costume

The back of the dress already had diamond buttons, so we needed to incorporate more bling to the ensemble.

Art Deco Medallion Pin | DIY Flapper Costume

We wanted a pin that can be removed for washing. I gathered the tulle I had cut of the ruffle to form the pins base. Then I used pliers to remove the shank from this pretty button. We hot glued some pearl strands to give it some extra Art Deco flavor.

Flappers Fascinator with Feathers & Medallion

No flapper costume would be complete without proper headgear. I’m incapable of making a fascinator that’s anything less than gaudy. If it isn’t huge and ridiculous, it’s just not that fascinating.

Big Feathered Fascinator for Flapper Costume

We used 3 different types of feathers, black tulle, gold trim, a scrap of stretchy sequin fabric, and a big sparkly pendant. Check out my fascinator tutorial to see how how I make them.

baby shirt refashioned into toddler dress up clothes

This entire outfit took about an hour to make; with four hands working. If you have a sparkly dress it’s great, but any old t-shirt or tank top with do.

DIY Flapper Costume | SewsNBows

Just sew some lace or fringe to a slim top and you have your own flapper costume refashion. Pink gathered lace could be a ballerina. If you sew lace or ruffles on diagonally at the hem, you have a flamenco dancer costume.

Flapper Costume for Dress Up Play

DIY dress up clothes can be inexpensive and easy, just bring your imagination and use what you have on hand!

Pam has lots of DIY children’s costumes and dress up clothing projects at Threading My Way. Check out her Costumes/ Pretend Dress Up Clothes party for more inspiration!

Heidi & Finn has the Gatsby Dress pattern if you’d like to make a 1920′s inspired dress from start to finish. See mine here :)

As always, thanks for stopping by!


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Spring Looks! Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Welcome to the very first Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist roundup! These patterns are hand chosen by my daughter and the Tween Team; a group of kids age 9-13. I’ll be featuring their tween patterns picks in roundup posts, then adding them to the MasterList page. Soon, the MasterList will be full of big-kid approved patterns for us to shop.

I’ll sew a pattern off the list every chance I get, and let the model choose fabrics and style the garment. Then my Tween Team can tell you what they like about each look!

Here are their tween sized patterns picks that are perfect Spring looks!

Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist | Spring Looks

Basic Leggings from SergerPepper, size 3-14 years

Serger Basic Leggings by Serger Pepper | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Basic Leggings are perfect all year long. But they pair great with skirts on chilly Spring mornings.

Kenzie’s Party Dress & Skirt Bundle by EYMM, size 5-18

Kenzie's Party Dress & Skirt by EYMM | Tween Pattern PDF Masterlist

Asymetrical layers make this dress really fun. Kenzie’s Party Dress & Skirt has a flutter sleeve variation, optional sash and bow, and a scooped back neckline.

Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters, size 12 months-10 years

Betty Skirt by Shaffer Sisters | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Speaking of skirts, the Betty Skirt is extra cute! It goes up to size 10, but the button placket version is easily adjustable. And the Shaffer Sisters are working on releasing extended sizes soon!

Spin Skirt by Elegance & Elephants, size 12 months-10 years

Spin Skirt by E&E | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

The Spin Skirt & Bubble Pocket Top is a 2 piece pattern from E&E. The waistband technique is so professional looking. It looks nice in knits or wovens, and you can make it well beyond the size 10 by using a bigger piece of elastic and adding length.

Mayfair Dress, Top, & Spats by Terra’s Treasures, size 24 months-14 years

Mayfair Top, Dress, & Spats by Terra's Treasures | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

I’ve had this pattern for a while and I can’t wait to sew it! There are lots of variations for the collar, ruffles, and sleeves. The Mayfair Dress is super versatile.

Seraphic Raglan Tee by Figgy’s, size 10-16

Seraphic Raglan Tee by Figgy's | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Figgy’s edgy designs. The Seraphic Tee is perfect to show off your favorite knit fabrics! It’s a roomy, raglan style tee with pocket.

Joscelyn Tiered Skirt from Rosalie & Me, size 6-9 months-10 years

Joscelyn Tiered Skirt by Rosalie & Me | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Joscelyn’s Tiered skirt comes in knee or maxi length, and has nifty pockets. It’s works for wovens or knit fabric. There’s enough fullness to size up as high as you like; by just adding more width to your elastic waistband.

Primrose Dress from CKC, size 7/8-15/16

Primrose Dress from CKC | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist

Create Kids Couture have recently resized a bunch of their patterns for tween divas. The Primrose Dress has a sweetheart neckline, ruffled tiers & a shirred back.

Regan Dress or Shirt by Greenstyle, size 5-14 years

Regan Dress or Shirt by Greenstyle | Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist
The Regan Dress from Greenstyle has short or long sleeve options; and t-shirt, dress, or tunic length options. This is a great comfy basic that will get a ton of use. I should note here that my team members each have very different styles. The girls and I looked through the different versions of this finished dress; & the Regan dress was universally loved.

Be sure to check out the designers shops while you’re here! Some of them have tons of tween patterns. You’ll see lots of them in upcoming Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist posts.

Have you seen my Tween Fashion Sewing group board on Pinterest? If you’d like to contribute fashion inspiration pins, your pattern designs, or your sewing projects I’d love to add you! Follow and let me know you’d like to be added. The more the merrier:)

This post contains some affiliate links. I affiliate with pattern designers I love. That means I make a small commission if you purchase using my links, at no extra cost to you. I’ll likely spend the money on more patterns! Or possibly Starbucks. Thanks for your support :)

*All photos in this post are used with permission.

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Basic Leggings @ Sew Cool For The Tween Scene

I’m hanging out at Sew Cool For The Tween Scene today! I want to tell you why Basic Leggings from Serger Pepper are a must have pattern for tween sewists.

Serger Pepper's Basic Leggings : Why They Are Perfect For Tweens

And some exciting news: soon I’ll be launching a new tween sewing series: The Tween PDF Pattern Masterlist! I’ll be posting pattern round ups and adding them to the Masterlist page. It’ll be fun for me to try to sew my way through the list!

Visit me at Sew Cool For The Tween Scene to read about Basic Leggings; and watch out for new endeavors at SewsNBows!!

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