Wee wandered into the woods on a beautiful warm, sunny, February day. Wee wandered through the woods in our gorgeous outfits. Wee wandered around the lake in the beautiful prints of fabric. Wee wandered into our tent. Wee wandered back to our childhood memories...
I am always inspired by patterns that speak to me and fabrics that inspire me… These all do just that. Do you remember childhood catching lightning bugs, camping in the woods watching the deer go by, wishing you could jump on a horse and ride away? Memories are what we create daily and are the true invaluable parts of our experience. These fabrics bring life to our history. I remember as a child heading up north to the lake and staying in my aunt's cabins that they rented out for summer vacations. They were shaped like triangle houses and were located along the edge of the beach. We went with many family members: aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. It was probably the first time I ever caught lightning bugs in jars. The first time we got to stay up late outside with all our cousins. Swimming in the lake during the day and roasting marshmallows by night. Telling secrets we promised to keep forever…. For me these memories are vivid and many of those loved ones are gone… but these prints bring us back to that childhood time so dear in our hearts...
When I was given this opportunity to recreate Little Lizard King patterns in some of Michael Miller's newest fabric lines I knew it had to be Wee Wander designed by Sarah Jane Studios. I mean every single print tells a story and a different one to each who uses it. Whether they create through quilts, household items or clothing the story is shared.
The tent pattern by Little Lizard King became the focal point of my creations for two reasons… it screamed wee wander and it reminded me a little of those triangle cabins we stayed in that summer. We hosted a sew-along in the the LLK cafe (our FB sewing group). Many followed along and this tent came to life. My girls are in love and it sits on our front porch (where they love to play) and it is filled with pillows and baby dolls and everything else you can imagine. But it was Claudia the talented photographer who knew it had to be in the woods where wee could wander!
I took some patterns that could display these gorgeous prints in a way that would showcase both the fabric and the pattern design. Some have gorgeous border prints that need to be seen on a large scale and others have such sweet delicate details that are the perfect accent pieces. Two different colorways attract different feelings , thoughts and immediate reactions. I am a blue girl through and through but the pinks and oranges really caught my eye!
The Millie Market Dress is one that has a classic look with its delicate double sleeve and peasant style bodice with full skirt. The lightning bugs in the glow friends print are dreamy paired with the children catching them in the glow lights print. A classic look with a classic memory.
The Ruffle Tunic really shows off the delicate child and deer in the wander woods print on the bodice and the innocence of childhood. Layers and layers of ruffles are just sweet on the little ones… and what a way to showcase all the pastels of this line that can coordinate with all of the bolder prints. Simple sweet shoulder straps are the perfect finish. This floral print is one that really spoke to me meandering in fields of flowers rolling down hills from my own childhood.
I paired the Ruffle Tunic with the adorable Girly Capris. The ties around the calves are the perfect match for the straps on the tunic. The pastel colors really show the sweetness of this outfit. These can be made as shorts also. I coordinated the pinks of the nature walk print in the ties in both patterns for a darling match made in Heaven. A really fast sew and these capris coordinate well with every style of top.
The Homegrown Tank dress was the first pattern I used with the new Wee Wander fabric. I knew instantly when I saw the summer night lights in twilight I had to have it… I mean you cannot get any cuter than the perfect full, flowing, knit tank dress and little darlings searching for their treasure. Not to mention, that I had the perfect knit, an almost identical match to the little boy's top in the print.
And the horses in the summer ride print speaks to all children everywhere… they are the ride of freedom , a way to travel to that faraway magical place. When choosing prints for this last dress I really wanted to show off the bold bright colorways and how they really pop against pale colors too. This dress bodice is a perfect platform for all the monogramming we love to do here in the south. My daughter thinks the horses are unicorns so we will just go with it!
An amazing opportunity this has been and how all the pieces just magically fell in place to make this happen. Timing surely is something special. I was given this new position with Little Lizard King and the ability to transform her patterns from paper into prized possessions by using the amazing fabrics from Michael Miller created by Sarah Jane who always captures childhood at its core. And the connection I made with the creative Claudia Blake Photography who has the eye to capture the beauty of the clothing with details and color pops of the timeless prints. And she had the instinct to match the setting with the theme of it all. I mean absolutely perfect.
Amazingly beautiful headbands were also created in wee wander prints by the talented Scenic City Couture. The darling big bold beaded necklaces and blue flower clip were created by Mandalyn's Marvels.
Many thanks to all who shared their products and talent to create these beautiful items and images. All clothing sewn by Chasing Mermaids. PS. never thought I could fall more in love with a print after out to sea ……. mermaids and all….
BUT never say NEVER!!!
And I could do this all over again! Being creative is so easy with the perfect patterns, prints, and photos. Wander on into this tent below and let your mind meander!