Wanderlust is the inaugural line from the design collective that is Willow & Co, and it is pretty much completely incredible. The collection’s patterns are designed with play and fashion in mind, and are perfect for spring and summer. You can see them all in action in the gorgeous look book HERE.
I had been drooling over the sneakpeeks of these patterns as they filtered through various social media channels for the last few months. When Olga invited me along on the tour, I decided I would make each and every pattern (nine total), some in multiples, to outfit all of my children completely. And then reality set in. I only got through five of them. But the others will happen. Soon. Stay tuned.
For today, let’s start with the Mulberry Tunic by Kid Approved. Designed for boys and girls, the Mulberry has great options and design features to play around with, like sleeve length, epaulets, hood, and in-seam pockets. And with a size range of 18 m- 12 years, this one will get lots of sew time.
The main distinguishing style lines of the Mulberry are the pieced front with button placket and a yoked back with center pleat. I used metal snaps on Seth’s, instead of buttons, and I love the almost-henley, casual look I ended up with.
This is a great top for layering, and could easily be made into a jacket using the other options in the pattern. Knowing my kid needs things cool, comfortable and easy to wear, and I need things easy to wash, I went with a cotton knit interlock for Seth’s Mulberry. I sized one down because of using the knit, and the fit is perfect.
I went with a jacket, using this super cool double-sided fleece I found at the Jo-Ann Super Store. It is navy on one side, light blue on the other. Both sides are low pile fleece, so the jacket is thin and lightweight, while still being soft and warm. Perfect for spring.
I love the options on this one: side vents, half- or full zip, two hem options, in-seam pockets. The instructions for the zipper give you a professional finish inside and out, which is just awesome. With a size range of 6m-12 years, this pattern has great longevity. Proof: I’ve got two more Hawthorns cut out and ready to be made into jackets for my other two boys.
Ivy’s jacket is actually a cardigan. The Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio. Simple, quick to sew, great professional finish along the placket and hem, I really really love this one. And with Ivy being so small, it used very little fabric. I could totally make her an Aster to go with every outfit in her closet. I just might. I made this one a size too big, so it’s a bit baggy and the sleeves are longer than the pattern intends. Still, adorable.
And speaking of adorable…
This is the Ash Jumpsuit by Petit a’ Petit and Family. It is ridiculous the level of Cute this pattern achieves, with very little effort. Really easy sew, using elastic casings to achieve the fit and style. The sizes range from 6m- 12 years, so I will be making Ashes for Ivy for a long, long time.
The pattern includes instructions and pieces for the jumpsuit or two pieces: top and bottom. The two piece option probably makes the most sense for a toddler, what with the diapers and the potty training and the need to show strangers her belly button at random times. But sense be damned! I had to do the jumpsuit. Had to. Thankfully, the elasticized halter slips over Ivy’s head easily and without a fuss. I used my year-long-horded Kokka seersucker elephants for the jumpsuit, that’s how awesome this pattern is. I just can’t handle this level of cute.
Jonas’ shorts were supposed to be for Seth. Except I cut them out when I was up way past my bedtime, and somehow managed to cut two sizes smaller than I thought I was cutting. Except the back pockets, I cut those bigger. Sewing + sleep deprivation = danger. Thankfully I was able to pass them right on down my line of boys. And big pockets are all the rage in Kindergarten these days.
The Kudzu Pant (shorts here) are designed by Charming Doodle, whom I’m pretty certain is the Queen of Piecing. Pockets, legs, cargo pocket: lots of cool opportunities in this pattern for color blocking, fabric piecing, and just plain awesome top stitching detail, so you know I’m happy.
I wanted something lightweight and durable for the Kudzus, knowing my boys would put them through the gauntlet all summer. I found this really cool, super lightweight denim at Nuttal’s in SLC for super cheap, and bought a ton of it. I will be making shorts and pants from this grey denim for a long, long time.
I’m guessing the fabric was so inexpensive because it has discoloration and fading throughout, which I actually really like. However, when cutting out discolored, faded fabric, I should really pay better attention to the placement of the darker splotches, and try not to center them right smack in the middle of pant fronts. My kid did not pee his pants. His mom just dresses him like he did.
Good thing he looks super cool in his pee pants.
Check out the whole Wanderlust Collection from Willow & Co HERE
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Top: Mulberry Tunic by Kid Approved for Willow & Co. Green knit cotton interlock from Nuttal’s
Jacket: Hawthorne Zip Up by Titchy Threads for Willow & Co. Double-sided fleece from Jo-Ann Stores
Jumpsuit: Ash Jumpsuit by Petit a’ Petit and Family for Willow & Co. Kiyohara Elephant Seersucker by Kokka from Michael Levine.
Jacket: Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio for Willow & Co. Grey knit interlock from Nuttal’s, lime knit jersey from Michael Levine.