Sew Americana: Perfectly Stars and Stripes

Welcome to the Simple Life Pattern Company’s stop on the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Wild and Wanderful! I participated on the tour last year over with my friends from Sew and Tell Project!  Do you spy my SLPco Adelyn in last year’s post? Make sure you read through my entire post to read how I made this outfit and to enter the link-up below!

This year I’m sharing a look and some design inspiration using the ever-popular Simple Life Pattern Company Isla’s Infinity Dress! You can buy the pattern in baby or girls’ sizes or get both in this bundle here. It is truly the most versatile knit pattern in my pattern stash, and it is definitely my most used pattern.

4th of July is a HUGE deal in our small town (and every Small Town, U.S.A.) We celebrate with fireworks, parades, and time at the beach. Lately, I’ve been sewing garments that are more subtle in their holiday themes for my big girls. Not for my three-year-old!  There are a lot of adorable 4th of July themed custom knits out there, but it might be hard to snag some right now. Luckily, I chose some cotton lycra knit basics star print from Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop. It looks like the blue stars are out of stock, but you can get red stars here. For my bodice, I used red yarn-dyed stripes.  I love the quality (and the cost!) of the knit basics I used for this look.

For the Isla pattern, I chose to do a full coverage drop waist tank Isla. I love that the bodice is fully lined so I don’t need to fuss with bands. I also like that it adds an extra layer of coverage on my older girls. This is the first time I’ve made the drop waist version for my 3-year-old. She is losing her baby belly pretty quickly – but I can’t say that I’m happy with how big she looks in this outfit!

Of course, the feature of this project is the star applique on the bodice!  Want to hear my secret? I grabbed the Isla add-on pack from the “Files” section of the The Simple Life Patterns Fan Group on Facebook. I cut out all the sizes of stars and used them as templates to cut out my applique stars. To do this yourself, take a small piece of fabric you want to use in your applique, fuse some Heat n Bond Lite to it, and then use the templates to cut out your stars! Iron your stars onto your bodice and then reinforce with your sewing machine with a zig-zag or other appropriate stitch. Heat n Bond Lite is machine sewable.

To top off Little Miss’s look, she wore her favorite pair of Cat and Jack Ghillies. She gets so many compliments on these shoes and she wears them all the time! I also found a bow that I made several years ago for my oldest daughter. I’m so happy that we are continuing a lot of family and sewing traditions with this post!

Have a great summer and make sure you check out the other stops on the tour!

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:
Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T

We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co.



  • Did you say that I’m not allowed to try and steal this baby? No fair, Eleri! This dress is almost as sweet as the gorgeous little thing wearing it. I love the dropped waist and the stars. (And that crate, haha!) Too much cute for one blog post!

  • Amy Betts


    She is absolutely beautiful, and the dress is gorgeous! I love that you made the drop waist! A fully lined bodice is definitely near the top of my “love to have” list!

  • I love these! And yay for high impact budget sewing ;-).

  • Meriel Aho


    No way to do subtle with a three year old 😀 She is adorable! I’m seeing so many applique touches lately and I just love them!

  • What a sweet, sweet outfit! I love how perfect it goes with that bow. 🙂

  • That is super cute on her! I love the little stars appliqued on the top. It works very well.

  • Sherri Herrera


    Great idea with the appliqués! I guess my linkup would have a lot of maple leaves on it and might not quite fit in!

  • Emily Nunes


    She is so adorable and you did such a great job on the dress – love it!!