Today we’re talking holiday photo shoots inspired by the new Winter Wonderland collection by Pattern Anthology. The Winter Wonderland is eight patterns, broken down by gender or you can buy the whole package of all patterns. Boy, girl, or the whole shebang, the Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland collection can outfit your kids 12month-8 completely head to toe. Or really head to ankle, I guess. Each piece was designed with winter fashion in mind and the collection lends itself perfectly to family photo ops. Which is what I did. I sewed seven of the eight patterns, 11 items total, for all four of my kids then drove them up the mountain for a little winter photo shoot.
I want to show you not only the awesome designs included in the Pattern Anthology Winter Wonderland that I was able to sew, but also share some of my tips for pulling together a killer look for the whole family that compliments and coordinates without being all matchy-matchy. So let’s…
How do you achieve that fine balance between unnaturally dressing like clones and a complete hodgepodge of clashing looks?
Start with your color palette. Pick one main color. Even if not everyone will be wearing this color, have it be your starting point. If you need help picking a color, go through a couple closets in the house, and see what color seems to jump out the most at you. What do you already have? You can also check out the Pantone season colors. It’s a list of the “hot” color trends for the season. Whether you buy into that or not, it’s still a good place to go for color ideas. Once I have my main color, I try to add 3-4 other complementary colors. One of my favorite cheats when I’m stuck on what colors to add is the Behr Color Smart Tool. It’s a paint-choosing online tool or mobile app, but it has a great feature where you can put in one color, and it gives you multiple options for complementary colors. And then you can paint your family room to match your pictures!! just kidding. sort of. Don’t stress that you have to find something for everyone in all of those colors. In fact, don’t even try to do that at all. All you need to do is make sure that everyone has a couple of those colors on them. So, say your palette is orange, navy, grey, brown and oatmeal…
One kid wears brown-oatmeal-grey, another orange-navy-grey, another oatmeal-brown-navy, another grey-brown-oatmeal-orange (with pops of teal). There needs to be overlap from person to person, but not all colors have to be represented on everyone. I’ve fancied up the photo below with lines to represent colors shared among my kids.
I can’t tell if those lines are confusing or not? Hopefully you get the idea. Four to five colors, a few colors on everyone, but no stressing about getting every color on everyone. And don’t be afraid to let a few pops of other color in here and there. As long as 95% of the look falls within the main color palette, the small nods to other color won’t distract from the over all look and make for fun visual interest and individuality.
What about pattern? I’ve mixed plaids, stripes and florals in my kids’ look. My personal rules when mixing prints are to keep things in the same color family (already taken care of when you picked out your palette) and to keep every individual look grounded with a good solid piece. When you’re dressing just an individual, go more bold with print mixing, but when working in a group, I tend to hold back and those two rules work best for me. Celina of Petit a Petit shared some amazing print mixing HERE.
Finally, texture. Even though pictures are visual, certain fabrics still give off a particular tactile vibe you can see. With the theme of Winter Wonderland, I knew I wanted all of my pieces to have a cozy, winter-ness to them. I choose flannels, denims, corduroys and sherpas. My middle son’s pants are actually linen, a very not-winter fabric. But I lined them completely in flannel, which gave them a bulkier drape so that they actually look like wool in the pictures.
Let’s break it all down kid by kid. On the ten-year-old: a flannel shirt made from the Johnny B Good Hoodie pattern. The pattern has pieces and instruction for a classic collar, in addition to a hood option. The orange of the shirt is balanced out by the neutral of the light grey Tree Climber Trousers. I increased the length of the trousers, but the size 8 fit his skinny frame just fine otherwise. Grey is my favorite neutral. It’s just such a soft and muted color. All of this is contrasted by a pair of Adidas Gazelle sneakers in a clashing purple and bright blue. The colors on the shoes were just so wrong, they were right.
My seven year old is channeling A Christmas Story in the Arctic Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew. Such a timeless classic. I made Seth’s out of sherpa and grey small-wale corduroy. His shirt is the Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs, but don’t tell him that. I put in a placket and bound the neckline and it’s an awesome, manly henley now. Another pair of Tree Climber Trousers, this time in brown linen and lined with flannel for warmth and structure/drape. I made a pair of suspenders attached with buttons at the waistband. And I just carried the theme of 1950s Boy through with a pair of classic canvas/sherpa-lined hightops. Get this kid a decoder ring!
The five year old got a Johnnie B Good shirt in super-soft brown flannel with a touch of orange woven into the plaid. The back and front yokes of the shirt (all on-pattern, this one has tons of options) are a grey linen, to help make the linen of his older brother’s pants a bit more relevant to the whole combined look. He’s wearing the Berkshire Blazer by Blank Slate patterns sewn in wide-wale cord with leather accents. A final pair of Tree Climber trousers in a dark-wash denim with high-contrast orange stitching above a pair of classic brown leather loafers finishes things off.
Finally, the girl. Ivy’s wearing deep orange twill shorts version of the Holly Trousers by Go To Patterns. The short length, with adorable little cuffs, is included in the pattern. I love the pleats. She got a completely on-pattern Sweet Bonnie in knits: grey floral and teal. Her Juliet Capelet has a great winter-weight with a heavy corduroy lined in sherpa, with teal flower buttons. Speckled tights make the shorts perfect for winter (think skirt and tights) and finally her sherpa/leather boots.
My goal when putting together group looks is that each person will look awesome individually
Be sure to check out the whole, incredible Winter Wonderland Pattern Tour of tips, tricks, remixes and even some awesome tutorials (I’m especially in love with the Pocket Scarf by Caila Made. Plus, her kid could totally be a part of my kids’ photo shoot. Caila and I were totally riding the same fashion wavelength when choosing our fabrics and colors. )
The Winter Wonderland Collection by Pattern Anthology is only available as a collection at a discounted price through the 18th (so, Monday, as in two more days!!). After that, each piece will be available individually at full price. You can get just the boy patterns (includes another super awesome hat), just the girl patterns (includes an amazing dress I did not sew), or the entire collection. Your choice. But choose soon ! No longer available! You can still purchase each individual pattern by following the links below.
I was given the Winter Wonderland Patterns for me to sew and tell you about. Thanks to the amazing and talented designers of Pattern Anthology for the opportunity!
Get the Looks: (all pattern links and the boots are affiliate)
Johnny B Good Shirt by Shwin Designs in orange plaid flannel from Jo-Ann Stores
Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns in light grey duck cloth from Jo-Ann Stores
Adidas Gazelle sneakers from Piperlime
Trapper Hat by See Kate Sew in light grey corduroy from J0-Ann Stores and sherpa from Michael Levine
Sweet Bonnie Top, altered to a henley, by Shwin Designs in oatmeal and navy stripe knit from Girl Charlee
Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns in brown linen and lined with flannel from Jo-Ann Stores
Hightop sneakers from Old Navy, gifted
Berkshire Blazer by Blank Slate Patterns in grey corduroy from Jo-Ann Stores and leather
Johnny B Good Shirt by Shwin Designs in brown plaid flannel from Jo-Ann Stores
Tree Climber Trousers by Go To Patterns in dark wash denim from Jo-Ann Stores
Leather loafers by Unlisted, gifted
Juilet Capelet by See Kate Sew in brown corduroy from Jo-Ann Stores and sherpa from Michael Levine
Sweet Bonnie Top by Shwin Designs in grey floral and teal knits from SAS Fabric in LA
Holly Trousers by Go To Patterns in orange twill from Jo-Ann Stores
Tights from Target
Boots from Amazon