Sew Americana 2018!

Jun 25, 2018

Three years in a row, my friends, I have convinced some AMAZING bloggers to join me on a blog tour that celebrates all things red, white and blue.  And I’m excited to share with you day one, and my leg of the tour.  Just like years past, I convinced my guys to let me sew them some patriotic garb — mostly I wanted to so I could have an excuse to take some family photos.  I can’t help myself, I love photos of the three of us together.

Ready to see what I made?

Let’s start with Louis.  Because he’s the cute one.

As of late, I’ve been really loving making him some “comfy clothes” that can be worn in every day situations.  Things that are practically loungewear but are also stylish enough to rock out of the house are perfect for anyone’s closet.  And especially for your active 7-year-old.

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I started with a Jolly Roger Raglan.  Because there cannot be enough raglans in Louis’ closet.  It’s one of my first shirts I ever made for him and will probably continue to be the most used patterns for him as time goes on.  Raglans are my favorite favorite favorite ways to mix fabrics.  And if you know anything about me, I love to mix fabrics and patterns.

The fact that I was able to “Americana” Lou’s wardrobe with Star Wars was a big win for me.  BECAUSE STAR WARS.  It’s no secret that we love that space opera universe in our household.  And I’m loving that JoAnn Fabrics has started carrying various character knits because most of them are Star Wars and Marvel and that makes me happy.

About the pants.  I LOVE these jogger shorts.  Freaking love them.  I’m slightly mad at myself for making these for him and not me.  Because this wide stripe in navy and white, in a french terry fabric, make the cutest shorts ever. Am I right?

Okayyyyyy, I’ll talk about the other guy in my life.

But first.  Let me complain about sewing for Bennett.  He is such a supportive husband.  He is always willing to wear what I ask of him and take pictures when I request them.  BUT.  If I ask what he wants me to make him, he almost always says “something simple”.  Simple.  SIMPLE.  Simple?  Does he not even know who I am?

My simple for Bennett was me attempting to add as much “extra” as I could to a basic tee.  Bennett doesn’t love themed shirts because he’s practical and wants to be able to wear them more than once a year.  Who is this guy?  Are we even living in the same universe?

My way around it was taking a simple men’s tee and making an oversized pocket.  Like….I maybe should have made it smaller but I didn’t want to.  And I also coverstitched all the seams that show (shoulder and armscye) in red, so I could add more color details.

I meant to make him some jogger shorts like I did last year, but I didn’t have the proper fabric to make it happen in my stash…so he’s the only one who didn’t get a full outfit.

Bennett’s shirt was made with this soft tri-blend jersey fabric from Sly Fox Fabrics.  Katy from Sly Fox was SUPER GENEROUS and donated fabric yardage to all of the ladies on our tour from her “Sew Americana” collection on her website.  Team Sly Fox is always darn sweet and they seem to be some of the most giving people I’ve ever encountered.  If you haven’t shopped their fabric collections or joined their Facebook group yet, you’re really missing out.  Thanks for the fabric love, Katy!!

My turn?  Woohoo!  Of course, mine ended up being the most “in your face” Americana.  I’m not mad.  Not for a second.

My outfit was completed with a combo of Mama Bear Joggers in a denim wash knit, and a colorblocked Women’s Henley.  In reality, I stole the bodice curve from the P4P Boho Babydoll pattern and blocked my top with that idea in mind.  One important element of colorblocking is always making sure that you’re not cutting yourself in a weird spot.  I’ve seen a lot of women have the fabrics meet right about their nipple line and it throws your proportions off.  No bueno.

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My jogger shorts are going to be worn basically as often as they are clean this summer.  SO COMFY.  There’s something special about having a pair of pants made out of a really soft, thin knit that feels like pajama bottoms but look like denim.  It’s magic, really.

If you want to get your hands on this fabric, you totally can.  Knitpop is my drug fabric source and the last I checked, she still had some in stock.  And it was on sale.  So……make it happen, Captain.

What do you think?  Do I scream American Girl enough, or what?

And of course…..my favorite way to end a big blog post: MORE PHOTOS OF MY FAMILY!  It was hot and humid and I may have struggled to get these guys to cooperate a little.  But all of the “don’t move!” and “you guys, stop” was worth it.  Because I got these gems.

Before you do anything else, make sure to check out the bloggers on each day of the tour.  There is some incredible talent on this tour and it’s worth peeking at just for the inspiration alone!!

I’d like to make sure to give Sly Fox Fabrics another HUUUUUUGE thank you for their support of this tour group this year.  You guys rock!!

Oh and even better! If you’re sewing some Americana items and want to share, please do! Link up your blog post or Instagram image so we can “oooh” and “ahhh” over what you’ve made too!


19 Comments

  1. Jennie Lindstrom

    I love all of your outfits, and I especially love that the styles seem to suit each of you perfectly !!! ❤️💙 Is it wrong that I want your sons outfit for myself? 😆

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      Um. I desperately want Louis’ outfit for myself. Especially the shorts. So not wrong at all!!

      Reply
  2. Alisha 'Hornseth' Holzer

    I need to go find some of that knit you used on Louis’ shirt for my boys. Looks great!

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      Surprisingly enough, even my JoAnns carries it now. You probably have a good chance of finding it!

      Reply
  3. Aubrey

    I love it! I just had Nicole make me a patriotic dress earlier this year for summer and my DAR/American Legion fun. It’s a cross-front dress with elbow length sleeves and circle skirt. The top is red/white horizontal stripes, the bottom is blue with white stars. I love it!

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      I have an endless love for Americana-style clothing. Your dress sounds adorable!

      Reply
  4. Tamera Peterson

    Can you guys be any cuter?!! I love seeing your darling family and your outfits are the perfect comfy looks for some real 4th of July fun!

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      We are just trying to keep up with your family of cuties!!

      Reply
  5. Sarah C

    I love it all! We can trade husband sewing! My husband only wants complicated things like suits, Kylo Renn inspired jackets, and Batman armor. Yes, armor! I would happily sew him a simple t-shirt.

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      Well…..if I would give him the choice, I would be working on cosplay items right now. So it’s either “basic” tees, or super complex. I feel you, sister!

      Reply
  6. Cassandra Froderman Gobin

    Thanks for hosting Katy!!! I’m glad to be sewing along!

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    • Katy McKinley

      I’m so happy you’re joining in! You’re one of my sewing crushes for sure. 😉

      Reply
  7. auschick

    Love it! Yours is my favorite! 😍😍

    Reply
  8. Michelle Schuh

    What a great way to talk your boys into some amazing family photos! I just love all of your makes.

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    • Katy McKinley

      Thanks Michelle! They’re pretty easy to talk into photos, less easy to get to stand still and not make weird faces while I’m trying to get the camera and tripod just right.

      Reply
  9. Seams Sew Lo

    Absolutely adorable! I love all of your outfits. They are so festive. I had to laugh at the simple request from your husband. LOL!

    Reply
    • Katy McKinley

      Simple isn’t in my vocabulary! He should know that by now. 🙂

      Reply
  10. Maryanna Gould Powell

    Everything looks amazing and I love the oversized pocket!

    Reply

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