When my husband and I started talking about family pictures this year we first thought of our go to outfits: Yankees! Oh yeah buddy we are big fans! I wanted more than just Yankees pictures so I scoured pinterest for color combinations that would look good for my little family. I decided while looking around that I wanted to make our shirts too! I’m a brave lady I know! This was either going to turn out awesome, or we were going to look like die hard Yankee fans with only jersey pictures! Thankfully everything came together as planned, wait no… BETTER!
First I went to my go to site, Girl Charlee, for knits in the blue, tan, cream and brown color/theme I had chosen. Because their prices are so awesome and the selection is vast I knew I could get a couple different fabrics and play around with them. *Disclaimer, Girl Charlee didn’t sponsor or ask me to say any of those comments I said them all on my own!
To welcome my hubby to the blog I let him pick out his fabric. He didn’t want a normal blue knit he wanted the fancy Ponte de Roma knit they have. It is so yummy and soft and wonderful to work with!! For his shirt I took the Finlayson Sweater from Thread Theory. Obviously it isn’t in its original form. I took the basic fit of it and instead of making the placket neckline I raised it up and made a normal neckline. I shortened up the sleeves too. If it isn’t -45 degrees my husband wants to wear short sleeves! I banded the bottom like the Finlayson normally is banded to help keep the shirt from rising up. I added a pocket to the front to tie in Mr. M’s shirt. The hubby didn’t want a shirt made of just the stripes (he is kind of boring)but he loved the way his shirt turn out!!
For Mr. M I made him the Any Time at All Tee from Shwin & Shwin. This shirt has become a staple of not only my home but our blog as well! It is such a versatile pattern and super easy to sew up, I don’t even look at the directions any more! To incorporate the blue I used a navy blue solid cotton jersey. the stripes are the Diego Stripe in a cotton jersey blend. I love the vintage feel to the stripes. they almost look worn and faded but the fabric is great quality and super nice! Mr. M wants more shirts with the stripes!
Princess B needed something fit for a princess so it was an obvious choice to pick Dandelions n’ Dungarees Girls Princess Peplum Top! I bought the bundle when it first came out because it is one of the cutest women’s peplum tops out there!! While wondering around the Girl Charlee site I looked under the knit spandex section. Normally I wouldn’t think to look there because I don’t want too much stretch, but boy am I sure glad I did! I found the most beautiful pink floral on navy blend! It sang to me, it was that perfect! I found the oatmeal linen in the cotton jersey blend just like Mr. M’s navy and had to nab some of that for her panel pieces. Because this shirt starts out at 2t and Princess Sassy Pants is only at an 18 month size at just a year old (porkchop!) I needed to shorten it up. I didn’t slim it down but I did just increase my seam allowance than what the directions said.
If Princess doesn’t like something she will let you know. She will tug at it and try to take it off. She never once tried to do that so you know this was a comfy top for her. It even swung just right when we broke out in our impromptu dance party in the middle of our shoot. **see the bottom for those cute pictures**
Lastly was my shirt. I actually didn’t intend to make my shirt at all. I had gotten a super cute navy tunic and had a tank top that looked similar to Princess’s B’s shirt. When I tried it on the morning of our 9:00 am pictures I didn’t like it!! It was too long and not as see through as I thought so you couldn’t see the tank I had on under it. I felt like I would have stuck out. So at the very last minute I remembered a quick cami pattern I had in my stash! So in a flash I cute out my front and back pieces (in the original pattern you don’t use a knit and the back is two pieces) and I quickly sewed those together. I added some stretch lace as my straps in the front and across the back, and because the knit is amazing I didn’t finish the neckline or the hem. Partly because of time and also I really like how it looks just simple. I through on top a cardigan that by the grace of God matched exactly to the cream in Princess B’s shirt!
The amazing Sara Renee Photography took our pictures for us and I think she did an amazing job! She is a local photographer that mainly does weddings and senior portraits. I met her on a special shoot with a couple other photographers last summer for Princess B’s maternity pictures. Because our world is soooooo small it turns out that Sara has known Amy’s family forever, and she actually plays Bunco with us on our monthly Bunco nights! Check out more of Sara’s work and if you are local book a session with her!
I promised you dance party pictures didn’t I….
Princess B was starting to act like a diva *gasp no not her* so Sara turned some music on her phone so we could all jam out! Mr. M was doing a pretty good robot at one point!
Thank you for letting me share my family with you all!