Sew What Do I Wear? - Vacation Edition

I still can't believe it's already summer! It feels like I blinked and suddenly it's time for beach trips, days spent at the lake, and kids running around outside every day. We usually try to make it to the beach at least once during the summer, and since my brother lives in Charleston, it makes it a little easier, since we can go visit him and see the beach at the same time. This year my whole family is going down and we're updating our family pictures - we've added two new babies and my brother got engaged and married since the last time we did them. My oldest was only 18 months then! And of course since we're updating family pictures, we all just had to have new outfits ;) We decided to go with a blue, blush pink and off-white color scheme this year for pictures on the beach. We thought those colors would look great against the setting sun!
The goal was to keep it casual, but I still wanted it to be pretty and feminine. I have been crushing non-stop on the Mama Sommer, especially in a maxi version, so there wasn't any question what I was going to make for myself. I used this gorgeous border print from Sincerely Rylee Fabrics. The border is actually supposed to run the opposite way, but I just couldn't get this image out of my head, so I decided to be a rebel on this one, and it was totally worth it ;)
Props to my husband who let me sew for 6 hours straight to get all these done, and then tried to wrestle 3 tired kids while taking these pictures. He's the real MVP ;)
My girls are wearing Kelli Kimonos, Heart Breaker Cami's in shirt length, and Evie Shorts.

I bought the blush pink silk I used for their Kelli Kimonos last summer at JoAnn's with great intentions, but I'm glad I never got around to using it, because it coordinates perfectly with the pop of peachy pink in the flowers of the border print on my dress. Their shorts are done in a chambray from So Sew English that I bought last summer, and the Cami's are in an off-white cotton Lycra from PurpleSeamstress. They're all light and airy, which is PERFECT for beach pictures, especially in an ultra-hot and humid city like Charleston!

Speaking of Charleston, I just HAD to make my girls some special clothes to wear for our trip, aside from the family pictures. When Art Gallery announced their Charleston line, I stalked my favorite Art Gallery supplier, Hawthorne Threads, for the release, and snatched it up right away. I mean, if you're going to Charleston, you should OF COURSE have Rainbow Row on your clothes, am I right?! ;) So I whipped up some more Sommer's and Bonny Leggings for these outfits. I told you I was crushing hard on Sommer ;)

If you don't know anything about Charleston or Rainbow Row, you need to go visit, especially if you love history. Charleston is one of my favorite vacation destinations. The food scene is pretty amazing, and I get inspired just wandering the gorgeous cobblestone streets and looking at the beautiful piazzas (because they can't just be called porches ;) ) and row houses.

Have you checked out the rest of the lovely sewists on today's blog tour yet?! Clicking the schedule will take you back to Day 1 of the Made for Mermaids Blog with links to all of the other gorgeous ladies and their takes on vacation sews! With so many different blogs, there are tons of great ideas and options in this group!

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  1. Wow what beautiful family photos. I hope you get a few with your hubby in them every now and then. Your dress will be perfect all summer and that border print is amazing.


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