I can’t tell you how happy I was to see the XOXO fabric come back in this year’s Raspberry Creek Fabric Valentine’s line. My Stash Shrinker didn’t let me get any last year. However, it came out with several perfect coordinates and I couldn’t narrow things down, so all the kids got coordinating outfits again.

My daughter came home from school one day and told me her friend had a dress with a hood. The wise mom in me would have taken the opportunity to teach her to be content with what she has, but the sewist mom in me thought “I can make a skirt with a hood” Wise mom took a backseat and crafty mom sat in front of her machine and got started copying the Joneses.

I used two patterns for these outfits – Pocketful of Posies and Hatteras Hoodie. I lined all the hoods in Argyle in jersey to tie them all together.

My son’s is the Hatteras view C using the XOXO in french terry. The ribbing is leftover Indiesew ribbed knit from my Nikko Top. I added a full length zipper guard as I generally do.

The grey dress is the Pocketful of Posies in black hearts in heathered grey jersey. I used the hood from the Rosemary Raglan and added a little extra in front for the cross-over, but Peekaboo Patterns also has a hood add-on pattern that works with all of their kid’s clothes. I also removed the side panels and cut the bodice pieces as one piece each.

The windowpane hearts is a mashup of both patterns. Since I got it in french terry which is a little heavier and less drapey I didn’t think it would work well with the slim fit of the Posies dress. The Hatteras is a more relaxed sweatshirt designed to work with french terry so I used that in View A without the placket, and used the skirt design from the posies pattern.

Additionally there was enough of the black hearts jersey left over to make a matching dress sans hood.

I didn’t like how the contrasting neckband stood out though, so promptly upon my return from pictures I tore it out and replaced it with the matching solid grey jersey.

As content as I am with these outfits, I will have to go back for more because I saw Tami’s cropped sweatshirt in the black hearts and need to copy that stat. Check it out here along with more inspiration from this Valentine’s line.

*This post contains affiliate links, and I was given the fabric for these outfits. As always I express my true honest opinions and only rave about things I love. If I don’t like something I either tell you, or I don’t blog it 🙂

2 Comments

  1. Cute kids and love their valentines outfits. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for that awesome Stash Shrinker spreadsheet you’ve so generously shared. I downloaded it a year ago, and kept up with it all year long. I sew a lot, but evidently I buy a lot too – it’s been very enlightening to have it all laid out on such a comprehensive spreadsheet. I just downloaded v 4 to begin 2019. Because I’m going on a year long fabric buying fast, as line item one I entered “existing stash” and under purchase I entered the yardage number that my Cora app tells me I have in inventory. That way the app will not be telling me all year that I can go fabric shopping! Thank you so much. It’s a great spreadsheet!

    • Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so glad it has helped you. It was very helpful for me too! Clever idea for 2019. Good luck – Its just one year, you can do it!

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