I am so down with the Willow and Co Glamping Tour! This whole collection speaks to my soul! Dramatic much?! Well, maybe a tad, but my absolute perfect outfit is Wellington boots, tights, a handmade skirt or dress and a chunky cardigan (preferably hand-knitted but I don’t knit). For me, this just about sums up the concept of glamping – outdoorsy, rustic, and playful; yet beautiful and sophisticated.
So, whether you’re talking about the physical act of glamping (glamorous + camping) or about the Willow and Co Glamping Collection of sewing patterns the adjectives apply equally.
All the patterns in the collection seamlessly combine the qualities of function and beauty.
When Rebecca (writer of Rock the Stitch blog and designer of the phenomenal Fawn Lily Dress) asked me to join the tour I don’t think I’ve ever said yes so quickly! It turns out that ‘yes’ was the easy part – the difficulty came in deciding what to sew!
One thing was for sure – my two boys need clothes and they need them NOW! – so I blinkered by vision to only focus on boy items (but I tell you, the Ash Jumpsuit, Aster Cardigan, Clover Shorts, Fawn Lily Dress, and Persimmon Dress were almost impossible to ignore!).
I finally settled on the
For the Hawthorn Sweatshirt I made a size 4 (for my 4.5 year old son) with the full zip. I followed Laura’s impeccable instructions to a T! This is one of those patterns that you can sit back and relax while making, knowing you are in safe hands. I have only sewn a zip into jersey one other time and, although not a complete disaster, it did get stretched out so one side was considerably longer than the other and some creative trimming had to be done (the end result is here).
A few additions I made:
- I added wool tartan kangaroo pockets. My kids are pocket crazy – especially this one! In fact, you can’t really see it here, but there are actually FOUR pockets! I had sewn on the seam pockets before deciding to do the kangaroo ones.
- I added elbow patches. I must say, I was a little afraid of having just a plain grey top to show so I thought these patches would add some interest as well as being practical (and oh-so appropriate of our summer trip to Scotland!).
- For the cuffs and hemming I used a fancy stitch on my machine called something like a feather stitch. It has the effect of looking a bit like a cover-stitch and also meant I didn’t have to stop and install the twin needle. This is my new favourite stitch!
For the Kudzu Shorts I made a size 5 with a straight leg and I omitted the diagonal seam and cargo pocket. These shorts are hugely versatile, will work equally for boys and girls, and use stretch denim – a fun fabric to sew with! (I stocked up on about 6 meters of it from Minerva Crafts so you’ll be seeing more of these shorts/trousers in the weeks to come!).
Take care when choosing the size for these shorts. From my son’s measurements it wasn’t clear which size was best so I made a size 4 muslin which was super skin-tight (quite funny and maybe appropriate for Eurovision but not for climbing trees and digging in the dirt!). For this pair I increased the size to 5 and made the straight (as opposed to skinny) version. Next time I think I’ll even go up to a size 6.
I particularly like the waistband on these shorts. It’s partially ribbed and partially woven which is something I’ve never done before. They are quick and easy to get on and off yet still look relatively smart.
Both of these patterns are the perfect summer staples that I know will be worn time and again.
Whether your summer plans take you glamping, camping, surfing or gliding;
hiking, biking, swimming or riding;
The Glamping Collection will give you the power;
to keep your kids looking stylish until summer’s last hour.
Would you like the chance to win one of these patterns AND the fabric to sew it with?! Just enter below for your chance to win just that – 2 yards of fabric (the same fabric used in the Willow and Co Lookbook) and the pattern of your choice. Good luck!
If you want to see more of the Willow and Co patterns sewn up then check out all the blogs on the tour.
Thanks for reading, happy summer sewing and good luck with the giveaway!