handmade kids clothing swap. . .



Several weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to join in on a handmade kids clothing swap organized by Robin of Nested in Stitches. Though I haven't done many swaps in the past, this sounded like a lot of fun so I signed up right away. The premise was that we would sew a kid's outfit that was inspired by our recipient's Pinterest boards. The person sewing for us was kept a surprise so that made it even more fun. 

Sydney received an absolutely adorable outfit from Gail of Probably Actually - a pretty yellow jacket  (with wooden buttons which are my fav!) and a swingy linen skirt (I paired the outfit with a polka dot tank from Syd's closet). The colors, the style, and the fit were spot on. Gail did such an amazing job and Syd loves the outfit - especially the skirt! The day we received the package in the mail was definitely a happy mail day.


From Gail...

There was so much great inspiration in Vanessa's pins - I saw tons of yellow, lots of jackets with clean lines, and several chambray dresses and skirts. I ended up combining a few pins to create an outfit that I thought might match her aesthetic and be fun to wear.

These were the specific pins I used:  jacket | scallop fabric | skirt style

Pattern/Fabric info:

             Seams are bound in raspberry shot cotton


I had such fun sewing for Vanessa! Not only do I love her bright, simple style, but sizing was easy since our daughters' measurements are very similar. Plus I knew she'd end up taking amazing photos and make my stuff look better that it really did! :)

I think Gail did such a great job in weeding through the million pins on my board (I may have a problem...) to come up with something that is cute, modern, and very wearable. The jacket and skirt are impeccably sewn and I really like the fact that the pieces can be worn together but will also mix well with other things in the kiddo's wardrobe. Thank you so much, Gail! You rock!


I was matched with Heather of Well Crafted to sew an outfit for her little girl. I was drawn to the outfit in this pin and used it as my inspiration. Along with the Pinterest boards, we were given a bit of info about the child we would be sewing for...their measurements, of course, along with color and fabric preferences, etc. Comfort was definitely something I kept in mind when putting together my look. In searching for a dress pattern, I came across the Narita dress pattern by Hey June and knew it would be perfect. It had a similar look to the inspiration dress and I liked that the bodice was fully lined. I paired the dress with a super soft stripe-y tee I made using Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee pattern

Here's a sneak peek of the outfit I made...


Make sure to head over to Heather's blog to see more photos! To see what the other participants created and received, be sure to check out the links below...

cherie from you and mie 
danielle from my sparkle 
delia from delia creates 
gail from probably actually
heather from well-crafted
kristin from skirt as top
meg from elsie marley
sanae from sanae ishida
robin from nested in stitches
and me!

Thank you, Robin, for putting this all together!!

21 comments:

  1. The jacket is absolutely adorable.

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    1. It really is! And it's such a great fit :)

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  2. So great, Gail!! Simple, easily paired with other pieces, and comfortable. Nicely done!

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    1. I'm so happy with the outfit and look forward to mixing and matching it with stuff we already have :)

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  3. I have always love that oliver + s jacket pattern. This one is the best of the best! All of the clothes look perfect for you daughter! And the photos are stunning!

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    1. Thanks, Meg!! For some bizarre reason, I have yet to make an oliver + s pattern which I need to remedy soon.

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    2. what??! girl, you are missing out!

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  4. Oh Vanessa, the photography! Oh Gail, the outfit! I'm dying from the fantastic ness of it all. That jacket in particular is calling my name. LOVE!

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    1. Thank you!! Gail really knocked it out of the park!

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  5. This is so sweet and practical and looks so perfectly made! And your photos are beautiful! I love the fabric combos. Darling!

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    1. Thank you! It really is perfectly made - I should have thought to take photos of the inside of the jacket!

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  6. Oh it's so fun to see this on Sydney! And those yellow saltwaters are perfect! Thanks for showcasing my stuff with your gorgeous girl and photography :)

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    1. I couldn't believe the sandals still fit...they're from last summer! Totally going to order some more :) Thank YOU for doing such a great job - I had a blast taking photos of Syd in such a cute outfit.

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  7. I love it! gosh those are gorgeous, all of it! too bad my kids would never wear stuff like that.

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    1. luckily syd's still willing to wear whatever! hoping that doesn't change any time soon!

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  8. Gail! Amazing! You always always do such beautiful work and are the master at pairing fabric and patterns. Next time I hit up bolt or cool cottons, I'm dragging you along! ;) thanks for joining in!

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  9. Seriously gorgeous! The photos, the kid and the outfit to top it off. Love that skirt and jacket as a combo, but it's so practical - I can imagine them going with almost anything already in a kid's wardrobe! And the outfit you made for Heather's daughter is so awesome. Love the color and that dress is fantastic!

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  10. I'm a real sucker for chambray, so that skirt is just perfect in my eyes! Love the contrast lining and drawstring. It's those little yet important details that Gail does so well:) And that jacket! It looks stunning on Sydney, and I imagine that you will get much use from it. Stunning photography, btw. Love the backlighting in the one where Sydney is looking straight at the camera. Heading over to WellCrafted to take a peek at your great outfit!

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    1. Thank you! I feel so lucky to have received such an awesome outfit :) I was really excited about the light when we got to the location I had in mind to take photos...I haven't gotten to play with backlighting much and it was fun to experiment :)

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  11. Perfect job sewing, Gail!! Love the yellow and chambray, just wonderful. And Vanessa your photos are the icing on the cake, of course!

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  12. Your sewing skill is superb. Do you try branded apparel? Bella clothes are so good and affordable.
    http://www.apparelnbags.com/bella/index.htm

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