Back to School Blog Tour: Kinder Style

Welcome to Day 1 of the Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JuJube back-to-school blog tour! I’m grateful to be part of the tour and have chosen some wonderful shops to highlight as part of our preschool and kindergarten wardrobe gear-up!

All designers mentioned in this post donated my choice of patterns for this feature, so a big round of thanks goes to them! Now, let’s check out some of this Kinder (and Pre-Kinder) fashion!

Phat Quarters: Willow

When I selected my patterns, I wanted to highlight both a knit pattern and woven. “Willow” from Gemia of Phat Quarters was my woven of choice. The pattern might not yet appear on her website, but she is working to get them up soon (previously of Petite Stitchery). This gorgeous boho-styled top was just calling for chambray, so I decided to use my daughter’s two favorite colors: green and blue.

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I modified the front of the top to exclude the tie. It’s actually one of the most darling features of the top, but my daughter is sometimes picky about ties. So I slightly widened the neckline to ensure it’d fit over her head. In the end, I could have likely left it as-is because she has plenty of room. For the front of the top, I chose “Cool Foliage” chambray by Art Gallery Fabrics.

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The most striking feature of the Willow is the curved back yoke. I chose soft hand-dyed Shibori fabric from Seamingly Smitten as a modern, stylish accent. This style perfectly compliments my daughter’s free, explorative personality.

Jalie: Drop Pocket Cardigan

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One of the most-used garments in our fall/winter wardrobe are cardigans. It helps with that transition between fall and spring, especially in Michigan. I throw a tank or tee under, and the cardigan is the perfect top layer. When I saw the gorgeous low pockets with the Jalie, the Drop Pocket Cardigan was my pattern of choice; and bonus that Jalie patterns go from girls to women’s! That means mama gets a cardi for bus/school runs.

I used soft French Terry for this piece, floral from Pretty Posh Prints for the main outer, and solid burgundy from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the pocket accent. The cardigan is made by using double front pieces and folding them back to form a pocket; I loved the construction idea and end appearance. This is one of our favorite cardigans to-date.

Phat Quarters: School Bus Fabric
Sew By Pattern Pieces: Sunshine Tunic

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As part of the back-to-school tour, I was eager to use my amazing school bus knit fabric from Phat Quarters. My girls were gaga over it from the moment they saw it.

And although Sew By Pattern Pieces isn’t an official sponsor of the tour, I knew the Sunshine Tunic would be the perfect pattern to use to make this a staple in her Kinder closet. The pattern released only recently, and we have 3 of these tunics already in the closet. It has a beautiful hi-low, fantastic fit through the arms and bodice, and on-point neckline. And it also comes with color-blocking pieces to actually make the shirt look like a sunshine if desired. I might need to do that for my other daughter with the rest of the school bus fabric and mustard stripes!

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I hope you enjoyed a peek into just a TINY bit of my back-to-school sewing. There is a great number of seamstresses taking part in the tour, so be sure to make your way through the list below throughout the week!

Happy new school year!!


Monday, September 25, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

Sewing by Ti * mahlicadesigns * Momma You Can Make It * Kutti Couture * MoonStar – Wondermirakel * Call Ajaire

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Sew and Tell Project * From-a-Box * Ronda B. Handmade * MeMade * House of Estrela * My Heart Will Sew On * Tales From A Southern Mom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

mahlicadesigns * Gracious Threads * Adventures With Bubba and Bug * Elli & Nels * Bellevi * Little Heart Threads * Sewing By Ti * Lulu & Celeste

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Host: Lulu & Celeste

Paisley Roots * The Crafting Fiend * Sewstarly * It’s Liesel * Tales of a Tester * Kaleidothought * auschick sews

Friday, September 29, 2017

Host: Sprouting JubeJube

SewSophieLynn * Sew Haute Blog * mahlicadesigns * Sew and Tell Project * RP Custom Fabrics Blog * FABulous Home Sewn * Sewing By Ti * Phat Quarters



Petite Stitchery & Co. Greenhouse-Inspired Photo Shoot and Giveaway: Fabric, Patterns, & Leather Accessories

Since pattern testers within Petite Stitchery & Co. are from around the world, the chances that three of us would be within 30 minutes of one another…in Michigan…was quite rare. Sofia Henderson (@esmeadelebowtique), Anna Durocher (@bizzy_bean_clothing), and I (Kutti Couture) decided to team up for a fun and colorful greenhouse photo shoot!

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Our sponsors included: Phat Quarters Fabrics (our fabric), Ali Jane & Co. (our accessories), and Petite Stitchery & Co. (our patterns)

**Read on to learn how you can WIN items from these three companies during our GIVEAWAY!!


We were so happy to have Ali Jane join us as part of the photo shoot with their Michigan-handmade leather children’s accessories. The necklaces and little ankle cuffs were the girls’ favorite conversation piece!

These little ladies had so much fun together, forming instant bonds.

Pretty flowers and fabric does that to girls!

Dying to know what patterns we used in our shoot??? Let’s take a look!

#1: Laurel Knit Tunic & Dress (dress length with a cascading ruffle offers a trendy boho style; band for a neckline makes this pattern beginner-friendly, and cuffed sleeves add a pop of detail)

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#2: Ruby Romper (shorts length adds a sweet bubble look; paired with the crossover buttoned-strap back, this pattern is perfect for warm summer days and to show off those baby legs–or pair with the Sapphire layering top and long-pants option, the pattern works year-round)

#3: Mistletoe Dress (the short-sleeve option transforms this circle-skirt dress into the perfect summer style! There are no closures; the bodice is fully lined with a low-scoop back neckline).

#4: Poppy Skirt & Sapphire Layering Top (A Petite Stitchery favorite pair–the poppy pleated skirt and sapphire layering top make a sweet match indeed. Here, the Sapphire is sewn in tank style with flutters sewn as the sleeves, not gathered)

#5: Hazel Boho Blouse & Fawn Tuxedo Leggings (Another boho trend, the Hazel can be sewn with elastic to form a bubble sleeve or hemmed for a larger bell look, shown. Added pom detail offers another colorful and stylish element. Fawn tuxedo leggings include a stripe detail down the side; this gave me a chance to showcase little flamingos down the leg)

#6: Willow Tunic (this woven pattern includes a hi-low option with gathered back and sweet bias detail. It’s a perfect opportunity to use those gorgeous wovens and coordinates!)

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“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail.” – Unknown

The variety of fabrics from Phat Quarters enabled us to choose high-quality prints to match these little explorers’ styles!

**For a chance to WIN fabric from Phat Quarters, scroll on!

Oh, to be little girls!!!


And they of course found treasures…

I’d say this is a good motto for us! “Plant Smiles, Grow Laughter, Harvest Love.”

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Ready for the GIVEAWAY????

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win from our 3 incredible sponsors!


Our location: Van Atta’s Greenhouse in Haslett, MI.

Featured Seamstresses: Jennifer Jeremiah, Anna Durocher, and Sofia Henderson


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