This year I found the perfect patriotic fabric for a special occasion. Raspberry Creek Fabrics has a new patriotic line of fabric, and I’m in love! I got 2 of the 8 fabrics, both cotton jersey knits. They are soft and durable, and last through all the antics my kids put them through.
These patriotic fabrics inspired a patriotic parade! They marched excitedly around the yard, playing their parade game. Which is exactly how new clothes make me feel too! Beware there are a ton of photos, but they all capture the mood perfectly.
Every summer around her birthday, I sew Annie a patriotic shirt. That tradition and this fabric combined to keep the occasion going another year! This shirt pattern is the Camden Raglan by Hey June Patterns, Annie’s favorite. For the sleeves, I used navy blue and white paisley bandana print fabric and added red stripes. The center fabric is solid navy and oh-so-soft. It was perfect for a patriotic vinyl iron on using my Cricut Maker machine. And if you want to make this one too, here’s the cut file for free!
For Annie’s skirt, I sewed her a knit pencil skirt with shorts attached. This has her become her go to summer skirt! The fabric is the red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The fact that there are 2 different blues make it a solid winner for us!
I used striped navy and white jersey fabric for the shorts underneath, but have no photos.
Next up I sewed raglan tees for the boys. I know it seems like I’m on a mission to sew them all the coordinating raglans, but when it works, it works! The main fabric is the same as Annie’s skirt, red, white, navy and royal blue jersey knit.
David got saffron colored Art Gallery Fabrics knit for his sleeves and neckband. Just like the rest of his shirts recently, I sewed him a size 7. He is always very game for any garment I sew for him in any color and fabric. It’s so easy and fun to sew for a non-picky child because I get to make all the decisions which is half the fun!
Lowell got the Oliver+S Fieldtrip raglan tee also. His is a size 5 with the same navy as Annie’s shirt for the sleeves. He has this thing for the color blue. In fact, when he wears blue, he declares that he’s one of the “good guys” and always wears blue when possible!
In the above group photo, you need to be sure to notice the special care I took to match the stripes on the sides of the boy’s shirts. Thank you for noticing!
And Baby got a complete outfit too, naturally! I used the navy blue and white paisley bandana jersey knit print to sew a Pistachio Tee for her. The only change I made was to crop it in length. Honestly, it was so that as she grows her little toddler belly will stick out! It’s the cutest thing, and you’d think she was a cat for all the belly rubs she gets around here. The little navy shoulder ruffles are like tiny angel wings which is perfectly fitting too!
The scale on the bandana print is quite large, which makes it great for apparel making. But on a tiny baby shirt, you don’t get that size and scale all represented. So I was very choosy on what part to put in the center of the shirt. Did I get it right?
Finally, we grabbed a few props and flags from the dollar store for a parade. The flowers I’d potted earlier in the year were perfect for on the wagon. And the dog had to join the parade too! The kids insisted on it because he matched the color theme!
What you can’t see in the photos is some of the older kids standing behind me helping with kids and props and the dog, and making them all laugh by balancing the extra hats on my head while I snapped photos!
For sure, I couldn’t sew as much as I do and photograph and blog it without that behind-the-scenes help! But I reward them with handmade clothes too. 😉
Do us a favor and head over to Raspberry Creek Fabrics to check out all their fabric. You won’t be sorry! I love shopping from small fabric shops because they can’t afford to carry poor quality fabric and get a bad reputation. So it’s like shopping someone’s curated collection of fabric. My idea of a good time right there!
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