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Sunday, July 6, 2014

4th of July Tween Sewing Pattern Round Up and an Update

Wow - it has been a long time since I blogged. I barely remember how. For the most part, I feel like I am caught in that Bill Murray movie 'Groundhog Day' where you basically live the same day over and over again. If you are new or don't remember, my mother went to the hospital on Mother's Day - 8 weeks ago. She was admitted into ICU in full septic shock and given a very small chance to live. After 2 weeks in ICU, she was transferred to a Long Term Acute Care hospital. She has now been there for 6 weeks. They took her off of the ventilator this past Monday and had her breathing on a t-piece. Yesterday, they capped her tracheotomy tube and for the first time in 8 weeks, I heard my mother speak. She still has a long way to go. However, if she can stay capped and breathing on her own, her next stop will be a physical rehab facility. This has been a terrible, long road and I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. Through this, I have had some amazing people in my life to support me and my family. However, with faith, love and support, my family will endure this and we are continually prayerful that my mom will make her way back home again.

Through this, I haven't been able to sew very much. In the beginning, when she was in ICU, we pretty much lived at the hospital. Now, we go twice a day for a couple of hours at a time. It is weird because I went to sewing pretty much EVERY day to hardly sewing at all. I did, however, make some time to sew up some outfits for the 4th of July and I would love to give you pattern reviews on them. So, here we go!

Our first item is the Boo Designs Skater Skirt. I think this is an amazing pattern. If I had this pattern during the school year, you would have seen a ton of these. You can cut and sew this in less than an hour if you use the elastic waist option. This is the pattern picture of the elastic waist version.

The pattern actually comes with several options, including some super cute suspenders. Here is our 4th of July version.

You can find the Boo Designs Design Your Own Skater Skirt here The size range is 2-14. The shirt and arm warmers are from Justice.

Our next stop on the Patriotic Parade is the Little Lizard King Blue Ribbon Dress. The size range on this is 12 mo - girls 14. It is a super cute pairing of a knit bodice with woven skirt. Here is the pattern picture.

and here is our Patriotic interpretation

You can find this pattern here

Our next stop is in Hailey Bugs Closet for a fun 4th knit upcycle using the Perfect Puzzle Set Dress. The size range for this pattern is 12m-girls sz 12. Here is the pattern picture

And here is our upcycled 4th of July version

You can find this fun to mix and match pattern here

Our final stop was a super cute, super easy sew from Cole's Creations. It is the Katy Panda Knit Dress. Since this was my first time sewing this one up, I just used two basic fabrics and I just love the fit. It also comes with the option to make panda, kitty and several other "faces" on the dress. The size range is pretty impressive too 1/2- girls 16. Here is the pattern picture

And here is our "Fireworks" version

Super fast sew that was super cute. I have been having to take the kids to stay at my husband's work in the mornings while my dad and I visit my mom at the hospital and she got several compliments on this one. There are several piles on my knit stack designated to make more of these with. You can find this fast and cute sew here

I hope you have enjoyed our patriotic tour of tween patterns and thank you for coming by. And I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive as we go through this journey with my mom. 

Hopefully, I will be seeing more of you! 


  1. I'm glad to read your mother is slowly on the mend! Looks like your daughter had lots of options for the 4th! I really love the version you did of the katy dress!!!

    1. Thank you so much for coming by and for the kind words about our dress and my mom. All the best :)

  2. Christie, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. We are praying for you and your family!

    1. Thank you. We need all the prayers we can get to Gods ears. I truly appreciate it.