handmade kids clothing swap: my sparkle!


i was lucky enough to have danielle of my sparkle get assigned to be my sewing buddy. danielle has an awesome style sensibility and is absolutely brilliant at creating beautiful and unique outfits, so brilliant that she won project run and play’s season 3! we’ve been seeing quite a few peter pan collars from her recently, so i was stoked when one of her signature looks arrived on my porch last week!

20130403-DSC_2883Danielle said… “I didn’t do a literal remake of any one pin, but rather pulled ideas and themes from a few pins that had a similar feel. I noticed a few outfits on Robin’s inspiration board that mixed a loose woven top with bloomer style shorts like



and a few florals and peter pan collars like here.


Mostly I tried to make something that would be functional and beautiful for her little C, and that had a feel that seemed to fit Robin’s style. I chose a soft lightweight linen for the top and added a peter pan collar in a soft cotton floral.


Peter pan collar + C’s darling bob with bangs, and big brown eyes seemed perfect. I actually made my own pattern for the top (by altering a really basic bodice pattern) because I had a specific vision of how I wanted certain details to turn out and it was just easier that way. I used the full width of the linen for the top so it would feel luxurious and full and would spin and twirl.

20130403-DSC_2831I left the hem rather fat because I like the weight it gives a garment with a lot of fullness, and also so that Robin could let it out if need be.

20130403-DSC_2776For the shorts I used a blue stripped linen from JoAnn, and the Oliver + s Puppet Show Shorts pattern, which came together nicely. I just hope they fit!”

20130403-DSC_2761(the fit is perfect!)

“It was really fun sewing for C. Although Robin doesn’t show her face on her blog, she sent me a picture and she is just darling! I had that sweet little face in my mind as I chose fabric, thought about the design, and stitched it all together. Making something for somebody else, with your own hands, is such a sweet experience. I am really grateful I got to be a part of this little swap!”

Thanks so much Danielle, the outfit is so beautiful! It’s the perfect balance between cute and girly and easy to play in. Both C and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect first spring outfit, and is sure to get a lot of wear this summer!

20130403-DSC_287420130403-DSC_289820130403-DSC_2827Next stop?

Here’s a little preview of the outfit I made for Cherie’s adorable daughter Yuki… head over to You & Mie to see more!


and be sure to check out the rest of the swap posts! there’s a lot of awesomeness going on this morning, so grab a cuppa and enjoy!

cherie from you and mie

danielle from my sparkle

delia from delia creates

gail from probably actually

heather from well-crafted

kristin from skirt as top

meg from elsie marley

sanae from sanae ishida

vanessa from lbg studio

thanks for stopping by!


28 thoughts on “handmade kids clothing swap: my sparkle!

  1. those pictures in the field of flowers are too much: the clothes! the cuteness!

    I have to say this is the most enjoyable blog hopping I have done in a long while. Thank you so much for organizing this awesome swap, Robin!

  2. Wonderful, all of it. I just can’t believe how amazingly beautiful every outfit I see is…Robin, this was truly an amazing swap, and I can’t thank you enough for including me. I am thoroughly inspired!

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  4. I love everything about this. The gorgeous outfit, the awesome shoes, the adorable child, the beautiful backdrop and photography. I really really love how simple but beautiful this outfit is – I feel like Danielle really has a way of making such clean and classic looking clothes, but always with that extra touch of personality and style.

    And you know how much I love the outfit you made for Yuki. Thank you so so much again for the awesome clothes and the pattern book too. Thanks for organizing this fantastic swap and including me in it. I can’t wait to do it again!!! XO

  5. Really love the silhouette on this outfit!! So comfy for C to play in. Great work, Danielle!

    Robin, love how you styled it with the boots! Very cute and Portland-y. :)

  6. That top is just stunning: linen + peter pan collar + original drafted pattern . . . bound to be a success! It looks adorable on your daughter, Robin, and it’s clear she loves the twirl factor. And the O & S shorts pattern in one of my favorites. I love it that Robin chose blue striped linen to compliment the top. Such a beautiful ensemble!

  7. So, so pretty. I love the width of the top and how floaty it is. And your photos are gorgeous. This was such a brilliant idea for a series, Robin!

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