Blog Tour | Growing Up Handmade Day 2


Welcome to day 2 of our tour! It’s been so fun to read all the comments shared about what challenges you face or what tips you might have when it comes to sewing for your older kiddos. One of the things I saw mentioned a few times was finding fabrics at a reasonable cost, or not being able to see/feel them ahead of time because you’re having to order online. Trust me, I face those same things! I do have some secrets to share though…


I’ll admit, I miss being able to make some of the cute character things for her, i’m in SO many custom fabric groups that it’s really tempting.   Ultimately what she wants, is fabrics that are going to blend into the background; prints that looks most like those we could buy at a store. Fabrics like this beautiful plaid from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is one of their Club fabrics, essentially one that is designed for them and then printed in house. For those that don’t have a touch and feel computer screen it is SO SOFT!!  Even better, they are afforable!  At roughly $10-12 a yard I don’t feel super guilty making items that I know will get worn on a regular basis.

That bring us to the next thing… patterns that are “approved” by the boss for every day wear.  Lately she has been designing her own patterns… meaning she draws it out and expects me to translate that into something I can make, HAHA!  Often there are some patterns that I can make minor changes to or combine to get just what she wants.  Here is her latest design

I took the Simple Life Pattern Co Adelyn Scoop back dress and extended the bodice by about 4 inches and attached the bottom half of Marlie’s Romper, also from Simple Life.

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I did make other minor modifications, like the pockets –

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And of course the back.  This is just scalloped elastic that is attached very similarly to the ties that the dress has in the pattern.  A bit trickier but same concept.


She is always a HUGE fan of the Hey June Juniors collection, I can’t even tell you how many Camden Raglan’s we have in the closet, haha!  Same with the  Made for Mermaid’s Rowan.

Camden Raglan – Harry Potter is definitely an exception to the no character rule!!

Another favorite, is just about anything athletic related.  So while I picked up the New Horizons 11th Hour Gear to use for my little guy, Ry has also decided she LOVES the pants!


Want a chance to win ALL the patterns I mentioned, PLUS giftcards for fabric to make them???  Dont miss out on our awesome giveaway!!  You can enter HERE!  Huge thank you to all our sponsors, these prizes are really impressive!!!

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PLUS check out the link-up party for a 2nd chance to win! 

Today we also have these fabulous ladies with some awesome ideas!
 Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |   Skirt Fixation   |   SewSophieLynn   |   EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners


  • Natalie Hidalgo

    April 18, 2017

    I’m really liking your advice. Sometimes I think I have a harder time dressing my 9 year old, because I don’t want her to look “babyish”. Right now she still wants to wear all of those fun prints out. The patterns you have listed are also really good!


    April 18, 2017

    Checking and re-checking a nice fit for low cut necks on garments for the girls. thanks for sharing a neat giveaway!

  • Alison D

    April 18, 2017

    Thanks for this post, very inspiring. I love how you mashed the two patterns.

  • Audrey

    April 18, 2017

    Oh yes…Raspberry Creek Fabrics are amazing!!!

  • kirstin

    April 18, 2017

    Awesome job! I love that fabric!

  • Jackie F

    April 18, 2017

    My biggest challenge with sewing for kids: making the right size so they can wear clothes more than once! 😨

  • That’s so cool that your daughter draws her own clothing designs! Though I guess that makes it a bit harder on you to figure out how to turn it into reality! Great pattern choices! 🙂 Lisa

    • beribeedesigns

      April 19, 2017

      Haha! It’s can yes, thankfully I’ve gotten pretty good at pattern hacking/modifying

  • Amy

    April 19, 2017

    Great post! I love her sketch and you carried that idea out perfectly! The plaid fabric is super pretty too!

  • Chelsea Silverwood

    April 19, 2017

    My biggest tip (for myself) is to make it so the item can be easily altered later do that it can fit her add she grows.

  • vickymyerscreations

    April 20, 2017

    I love how she designs her own patterns – not always to make I’m sure!!!

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  • Genie Smith

    April 22, 2017

    Those are really great options. My daughter has similar style (for now, anyway!) She would love love love that HP top. 🙂

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