Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn inspired Photo-Shoot

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.

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!

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.

You can tell a kid about history; but they had trouble understanding that level of ugliness. A park ranger was doing night patrol and overheard the intense discussion with my little daughter and nephews.

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.

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

We rode bikes down a hill into the lake.

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

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

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

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

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.

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!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Ally & Woozle

    Those pictures are beautiful. That sounds like an a old poem. I love how those pants. I won the pattern two years ago but I haven’t made them for Woozle yet. Nice day

  2. Diana Rambles

    Adorable! You are the BEST aunt ever!!! So much fun! Great job.

  3. Emily

    SO fun!! Thanks so much for being part of my series last year… I’m gearing up for another one!! ;o) These boys are just so adorable and your photos are great!

  4. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Amy, your photography is through the roof excellent! This post is so evocative of Huck and Tom. The boys really have me believing! You’ve got a couple of future models here!

  5. Rachel

    This was such a great post! Really wonderful pictures (and sewing!)

  6. Emily Wall

    I saw this on I Sew: I Flew. What a great photo shoot! I especially love the linen pants in the eggplant.

  7. thisblogisnotforyou

    This photoshoot is so amazing! i love the Mark Twain books and the boys look exactly like I was imagining Tom and Huck :D Such a great job you’ve done, Amy!!

  8. Cindy

    Looks like your nephews had a fabulous time getting into character and posing for pictures!

  9. Amy of while wearing heels

    Was this really from last summer? This is one of the 1st posts I remember reading of yours. I loved it then and I still love it now!

  10. Gina

    I loved when you did this series and I love this post too!!! Such a great idea for a series and you did such a great job letting the story inspire your photo shoot and clothes. The pants/ shorts are awesome!!! Pants are not a project I have ever tackled and I admire your work!!!

  11. Mel

    I remembered that series and this I loved it then and love it now. Soph is just the cutest little model :)

  12. Jennifer Lachman

    The pictures are great, and I’m glad that your camping trip worked out so well for everyone. Ours usually end in a hotel room. While I love the outdoors the rest of my family prefers “glamping”

  13. Ajaire

    Amy I love this. We don’t see enough boy stuff and even though I don’t have a boy to sew for I still love seeing the looks. My husband is always shocked when I tell him it’s ok for my girl to get filthy in something I made. Sometimes it’s worth the damage to the outfit to let them just be messy kids :)


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