Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Today is the day! This free girls sewing pattern is now available for everyone to sew. I call it the Skirted Sweatshirt pattern and it is for sizes 18 months to 8. It is meant to be slightly oversized making it extra comfy. In fact, I knew it was good when my oldest put it on and said so, haha, and she can be hard to please now.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Another great thing about this pattern is that you can use a larger sweatshirt you have sitting in your closet, or one you thrifted, instead of buying sweatshirt fabric. In fact, the tops on my littlest girl (miss E) and her friend (in the pink) were made using sweatshirts that have been sitting in my closet for years without being used. I used some sweatshirt fabric on miss J’s that I happened to come across in a thrift store. That fabric is what actually inspired this pattern as I wanted to figure out a way to use it.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Supplies:

  • Large sweatshirt (see tips further down if doing this) or 1 yd of sweatshirt fabric
  • 3/4 yd of Fabric for skirt part (the more movement the fabric has the better! Try not to use stiff fabrics for this as it won’t lay nicely.) *if fabric pattern is horizontal to the fabric width, then get 1 yard*
  • Free pattern (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, etc.
  • Tape
  • Iron

*Notes: Use 1/4″ seams for sewing. Back stitch at the end of sewing. Remember, this is a slightly oversized pattern, so if your child is more on the smaller side of the pattern it might be larger on them. In the pictures the oldest girl is wearing a 7/8 and wears a 7 or 8 in store clothes. The girl in the pink is in the 5/6 (and I accidentally stretched the neck out…oops!) and fits perfectly in a size 5 normally (also note I did not hem up the bottom of the skirt since it was knit fabric, making that part longer). The littlest, in the lamb hat, is in the 3/4 and wears a 4 or 5 normally.

Sizing Chart     Chest Measurement

18 mo/2                19″-20″

3/4                         21″-22″

5/6                         23″-24″

7/8                        25″-27″

Use Adobe Reader to open PDF Patterns | happy together
Let me begin with a printing tip. PDF patterns print most accurately when opened in Adobe reader. Sometimes the “preview” of a pdf pattern doesn’t print it out quite right.  Also make sure to choose “actual size” in the printing options.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
When you print out the pattern you can lay it down like this to see how the pieces fit. It starts at page 1 on the top left row and goes across (row 1: page 1-4, row 2: 5-8, row 3: 9-12).Continue Reading

The Florida Dress

The Florida Dress | by happy together
Last week I took the opportunity during the girl’s nap time to sew. I drafted a few things for miss E and this was the first. I have all this fabric I have bought to make my girls clothes with and am determined to get going on that. My goal is to use up most of my fabric by the time we have to move again next summer (we will find out our new duty station in spring! I can’t believe it’s almost that time again…..).

The Florida Dress | by happy together
I wanted to make a fun summery dress with these bright fabrics I got at Hobby Lobby. Miss E likes to play dress up, so I figured she would also appreciate the bling in the back. It’s this stretchy elastic with sequins on it, which means the back side is soft and doesn’t scratch. I did a simple gather in the front of the skirt and made a casing for elastic in the back skirt. I did the casing before sewing the front and back pieces together. I only machine sewed the skirt to the front of the bodice. I then hand stitched the back of the bodice to the back of the skirt. And I also glued some felt on the inside where I sewed the elastic sequins so it wouldn’t bother her. A fairly quick sew. I finished it during that one nap time.

The Florida Dress | by happy together
The Florida Dress | by happy together
The Florida Dress | by happy together
We brought in our garden flamingo to join in on the picture party! This dress makes me think of Florida so I named it that. Her happiness plus a bright fun dress brighten up my day :D

-Jess

A New Summer Dress

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together We have had a wonderful summer so far. I was beyond blessed to go up to Virginia and North Carolina to visit family and friends for almost the whole month of June. It was such a lovely time. I even got to sneak in a few projects! That’s part of the fun with driving. I can bring a lot more stuff with me than I could on a plane lol. While there, I also visited some fabric shops. I found this lovely fabric and felt it was very Ace & Jig – esque. I wanted a dress made from it. A nice breezy summery dress. I saw a cute easy pattern from See & Sew (B5837) and decided to give it a try. Now that pattern is meant for knits, and my fabric was definitely not a knit. I’m such a pattern rebel I tell ya ;) I figured from the cut and the elastic in the waist that I could make it work. And guess what? I did!

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together   I was tempted to try a size higher to account for the loss in stretch by using a non knit fabric, but didn’t. I can’t exactly go sprinting in this dress due to that fact, but have no problems with regular walking as it has enough room for that. I did cut the top on the bias though to help give it some added stretch. The fabrics backside was neat, so I used one side for the top and the striped side on the bottom. It was a really fast pattern to sew and I might make another one. It does have that “makes me look like I’m pregnant look”, but maybe using a fabric with a better drape would help take that away. I would also make the top longer as it barely made it under my chest. That would probably help too. It is super comfy and I like the little detail of the back tie. This is a really great dress to sew if you are a beginner sewer as well. Simple with no buttons or zippers.

See & Sew Pattern B5837 | by Happy Together Have you tried any new patterns this summer?

-Jess

The Heart of the Dress

The Heart of the Dress

I always try really hard to stick to my list when I go shopping. Sometimes something just calls my name though and I have to get it. I was at Walmart a few weeks ago and walked by the fabric section. Probably my first mistake. But, on the end cap was this beautiful knit fabric for only $2 a yard. I freaked out a little on the inside! It took me forever to find someone to cut it because it was really early in the morning, but I was determined to get some of that fabric.

The Heart of the Dress

I bought 3 yards so I would have enough to make a dress out of it. This is what became of that fabric. I just used a maxi dress I had as a pattern and went to town. It’s sleeveless but still a little chilly, so I had to wear a sweater with it (from Anthropologie a few years ago).

The Heart of the Dress

I also made a ton of these crocheted heart pins for friends and the teachers at my daughter’s school. I used this pattern size medium. Very easy to whip those up.

The Heart of the Dress

The best part is I had enough fabric leftover to make miss E some pants and another pair to eventually go up in my shop. (It’s a new goal of mine to start sewing up some things to sell soon.) I wore this dress on Valentine’s Day and last night for a date night with my hubby. It’s so comfy and I’m so happy with it. It will get a lot of wear in the summer. Have you made yourself anything lately?
-Jess

Polka Dots and Hearts

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

It’s been a good full and busy week over here. I am super excited that the weekend is upon us and that my hubby doesn’t have duty! That means we get a whole full day (or two) with him this weekend. He works so hard for us and I love getting to spend time with him when he gets to have some breaks.

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

We plan on having some fun outings and I hope to wear some cute comfy outfits, starting with this one today! It’s the Dotted Lucille Chambray Dress and was c/o Tailor and Stylist. I’m having such fun working with them! I have enjoyed watching other online clothing companies get started and become successful and am very excited to see that happening for them as well. I’m also very excited to share code happytogether10 for you to get 10% off at Tailor and Stylist!

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

And, since I’ve got Valentines on the brain, I paired the dress with aqua tights (from Target) and some red flats that I thrifted a while back. I added a pair of heart hair clips turned shoe clips on them. The hair clips were also from Target.

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)

I’m off to edit some pics from an adorable one year old session I did yesterday and cut out a dress from some gorgeous knit fabric I found today. Can’t wait to share! And next I’ll be back with a diy heart necklace that is miss J approved.
-Jess

Polka Dots and Hearts (outfit post)