Sewing in Red, White and Blue

No color combination exemplifies summertime quite like red, white and blue! Nautical-inspired clothing is perennially popular in summer children’s clothing, and patriotic designs are perfectly on trend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Below, check out some ideas for red, white and blue projects you can stitch up this summer. With outfits for little ones, a blouse and even a grill set, there’s something for the whole family.


Left: Sailor Smocked Top and Capri Pants; Right: Vintage Natalie

Sailor Smocked Top and Capri Pants – From Sew Beautiful July/August 2012
This little smocked sailor top designed by Kathy Dykstra has a clean, classic look that’s perfect for everyday summer wear. Featured in the July/August 2012 issue of Sew Beautiful, you can make it nautical as shown with the sailor collar pattern, or omit the collar, add simple halter straps and smock it. The base of the top requires no pattern, just some simple measurements. The pattern for the sailor collar and capri pants (sizes 2 to 5) are both included in the issue, which is available to download instantly in our online store.

Vintage NataliePattern
This classic Sew Beautiful collection pattern was designed by Janet Gilbert and named in remembrance of Natalie Wood as a child movie star. Available in sizes 2-6, the dress offers a base design on which to build multiple design styles. For this navy pique version of the dress, Janet used the pattern’s View A sleeveless, square neck version. The front seams are trimmed with self-made shell trim she made in the same manner as a machine stitched shell edge, commonly used for slips and baby clothes, by stitching along the folded edge of a bias strip of white cotton using a machine blindstitch in blue thread. The trim is set into the seam in the same manner as piping. The vintage sailboat ribbon is stitched over a red grosgrain ribbon to create a contrast against the navy fabric. Large layered red and white buttons embellish the bodice.


Left: Grill Master Hat and Mittens; Right: Sleeveless Eyelet Top

Grill Master Hat & Mittens – Downloadable Project
Stitch up a grill master hat and barbecue mitt for your Fourth of July cookout! Designer Diane Dhein created this sample set up in a selection of fun, star-spangled fabrics, perfect for the summer holidays. This set would make a great Father’s Day gift too! The project is available to download instantly from our store.

Sleeveless Eyelet Top – Downloadable Pattern
Designed by Sue Stewart, this breezy Victorian eyelet top is tailored and timeless. Made from Victorian batiste, it’s embellished with a variety of embroidered insertion and tattings. Pair it with a red or navy skirt or pair of pants for a perfect summer look. Download the e-pattern in adult XS – XL instantly and start creating!


Left: Simply Sweet; Right: Edward’s Sailor Bubble

Simply Sweet Tops & Dresses – Downloadable Pattern
Designed by The Scientific Seamstress, Carla Hegeman Crim, this sweet pattern features both dress and top versions with a variety of bodice, strap and skirt style options. The downloadable pattern comes in sizes 6 months to 8 years, and matching doll-sized patterns are even included with this pattern as well!

Edward’s Sailor Bubble – From Sewing for a Royal Baby
In 1846, Queen Victoria ordered a sailor suit made for 4-year-old Prince Albert Edward to wear on the royal yacht. This adorable sailor bubble from the editors of Sew Beautiful was inspired by the look of that pint-sized suit and is featured in our book, Sewing for a Royal Baby. The bubble is embellished with a sailboat appliqué. The pattern (sizes 6-12-24 months) and appliqué template are included in Sewing for a Royal Baby.

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