DIY Momiform: Basic Tees and Joggers

I made pants! I made pants!!! Have you heard…I made pants!!! HA! It was a huge goal of 2019 to sew more functional pieces to my wardrobe- especially pants- so I am super pleased with my first attempt. I made a pinboard as inspiration to really up my mom-style game this winter. Check the “Hudson Jogger” section to see where I gained lots of styling ideas. I’ll be adding to the pinboard over the next month or so as I continue to sew and style these Pinterest-inspired looks!

Side Note: Be sure to read to the end about the three different v-neck tees I made and how the different types of knit fabric changed the fit and overall look of the top.

Joggers & Classic Tee

I saw this super chic yet comfortably styled gal on Pinterest and immediately knew I could re-create the look with three super basic patterns. For the cardigan I used the M4M Darcey (you may recognize it from my fall capsule wardrobe). For the shirt, I sewed up the Classic Tee from Love Notions in a slinky white knit from Joann. My first attempt at pants in 2019 was the Hudson Pants from True Bias in a stretch twill from Joann.

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I styled the look to the inspiration from the Pinterest pic- nude heels and my computer glasses. PS. There are pockets ❤

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I love this outfit for a few reasons: 1. I feel super put together. Like super chic, super sophisticated and that I am not “just a mom.” 2. These pants are basically pjs which means I can wear them literally ALL day long. To bed, to school drop off, to work, and then back to bed. 3. This outfit can transition throughout the seasons simply by changing the shoes and the layers. Such great staple pieces added to my wardrobe!

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The second classic tee I made was with this thick, interlock knit from Cloud 9 Organics. I paired it with my go-to jean jacket and my new platform tennies (both from TJ Maxx). On a typical day, this is more of the momiform that I sport.

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And for my last Classic Tee & Joggers ensemble…I like to call this the “third day hair” look…you know when you get a few days in on not washing your hair and you just need a hat to make things better again! I went for a side knot of this Classic Tee sewn in AGF jersey knit.

All three looks are easy, comfortable and can transition from season to season. I love adding practical, staple pieces to my handmade wardrobe that still help me to feel stylish and put together.

Knit Comparison

I thought it was interesting to see a side-by-side of the three tees and how the different types of knit changed the drape, fit and overall look of the tee. The white fabric being the thinnest, slinkiest knit meant it fit bigger and draped away from my body more. The light grey was the thickest, less stretchy knit and that caused it to bit a stiffer and more boxy look. The dark grey was the middle of the the three knits with slight drape but still a bit of substance. When shopping for knit, it’s important to consider the properties of the particular knit and how it will effect the way your garment fits and hangs on your body.


Thanks for reading about my Classic Tee & Joggers sew! You can always see more behind the scenes, progress pics and hear about my sewing plans by watching my instastories and scrolling my feed on Instagram.

What tee/jogger combo did you like the most? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below!

The 50th State Fair!

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Each year, the Aloha Stadium hosts a state fair on Oahu that boasts of carnival rides, interesting shows and enjoyable carnival food. This year happened to be the 50th anniversary of the fair, and many local photographers set out to capture the excitement and nostalgia. Hailey Faria, of Hailey Faria Photography and I put our heads together to dream up a vintage circus act starring two of the most adorable children!

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I found this adorable swimsuit romper on Pinterest and traced it back to the Stella McCartney Kids Collection. I loved the stripes, the trapeze-atrist feel of the cape, the front ruching detail and the vintage appeal of the romper shape. Hailey agreed and I got to creating! I used the Adelaide Romper by Peekaboo Pattern Shop as a base for the romper. A few changes like omitting the front bodice collar and creating a sweetheart shape, lengthening the bodice to allow for ruching, shortening the shorts and using elastic casings for the legs in place of the hem band, emulated the look from the pinsperation romper. A black stripe on cream background taffeta kept the bubble shape well and looked great with the taupe piping around the edges of the bodice.

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For the boy’s shirt, I used the Offbeat Oxford pattern by Terra’s Treasures. I loved the curved button placket in the front, the perfect shape and fit for a young boy, and the ease in construction. I had never made a boy’s shirt before, especially an oxford style so I was a bit intimidated. But, with the helpful photos and clear directions from the pattern, it sewed up in a breeze! Hailey picked out this really neat duponi silk with a gorgeous tungsten color and  rich slubs that brought lots of texture and a rustic feel. I used some great metal buttons found at our local fabric mart along the curved placket. She paired the top with some great loose fit jeans, some boat shoes, and thin striped suspenders.

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Together, they became the perfect trapeze artist and assistant, enjoying the fair in the still, quiet, after-hours. Hailey did an amazing job of capturing these custom made outfits on her models, I am so smitten with each photo she took!