Upgrade My Momiform

When Lauren of Baste and Gather mentioned that she was going to be doing a blog tour focusing on a Momiform Makeover I was instantly onboard.  As moms we can oftentimes find ourselves in a rut, where we just throw on the closest thing that’s clean and even sometimes we settle for cleanish.  This blog tour gave me a chance to make something fun that would be different than what I normally wear, while still being something I will actually wear.  So as a way to upgrade my momiform from jeans and t-shirts or jeans with a Greenwood and Laurelhurst, I am being serious here I would wear that combination every day, I decided to make my own pants and a fun top.


While I had grand plans of sewing my own jeans for this tour, the reality of having my own blog tour right before this made that nearly impossible, that is if I wanted to sleep.  Since I couldn’t go totally crazy by sewing jeans, we can’t all be Lauren, I decided to go for a pattern that was right in line with that, the Jocole Skinny Pants.  I found some red mid-weight denim in my stash from Michael Levine that I have been hoarding for about a year and a half and knew it was perfect.

After a quick muslin of the pattern I found that I needed to fix some gaping in the back which is pretty standard for my body, but otherwise the fit was pretty good.  While I was originally going for a skinny pant, they ended up being more of a boyfriend jean and I sort of love it.  My wardrobe consists of skinny jeans right now so it is nice to have something that is a little different.  The only thing I am not totally sold on these pants is the fact that they have a yoga style waistband which makes me feel like I am wearing maternity pants.  But I think I can live with it because they really are super comfortable.

Upgrade My Momiform

Being the lovely hostess that Lauren is, she arranged for us to have the option of choosing from a huge list of designers for patterns to use in our look.  While I already owned the Jocole pattern above I really wanted to try the Cali Faye Gardenia dress pattern for the tour.  Since I have never sewn a Cali Faye pattern before I was excited to give it a try and trust me when I say all opinions are not swayed by the fact that I was given the pattern.

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Dresses are just not a part of my wardrobe because they really aren’t functional for me with two kiddos so I decided to mix it up and create a tunic with a hi-lo hem.  Holy moly you guys, I am in love!  It is so darn comfortable while still being stylish and easy to wear.  Those sleeves are great, and remind me of the sleeves on my Ravenna pattern, maybe that’s why I like them so much.

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The front bodice has a fun curved detail near the bust and then again where the gathered skirt attaches.  These details give it a feminine look without being too much.  I love the dark grey ponte that I got for this top because it gives it the perfect weight for fall.  I can definitely see this top worn with some leggings and black knee high boots.

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I am definitely happy with the way this whole outfit came together and I know that individually these pieces are going to be great additions to my everyday wardrobe.  Heck at this rate, I will be the best dressed mom at preschool pickup.

Upgrade My Momiform

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Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of momiform inspiration!

Reyna Lay Designs | Call Ajaire | Golden Rippy | Love Notions
Sew Not Perfect | Scientific Seamstress | Rebel & Malice
Creative Counselor | Mabey She Made It | If Only They Would Nap | Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts
Shaffer Sisters | FABulous Home Sewn | Fa Sew La | Baste + Gather
Lulu & Celeste | Swoodson Says | Phat Quarters | Hey June | Stitch Upon a Time
Climbing the Willow | Everything Your Mama Made & More | Näh-Connection | 110 Creations
A Jennuine Life | Straight Stitch Designs | Sew Straight & Gather | KZJO’STUDIO
Wild & Wanderful | Mae & K | Handmade Frenzy | HattieLu Handmade




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Special thanks to these major sponsors who generously donated the following items for the giveaway:

(There will a different winner for each line item so we can spread the love around!)

Janome – One Skyline S5 Sewing Machine*
Indiesew – Four $50 gift certificates (four separate winners)
Michael Levine / Low Price Fabric – Four $25 gift certificates (four separate winners) and 10% discount for readers through October 1 – code: Makeover10
UpCraft Club – Two $25 gift certificates (two separate winners) and 20% discount on patterns through October 1 – code: MOMIFORM

And the following pattern designers who graciously provided patterns for the series participants and/or contributed the following items for the giveaway:

Grainline Studio – Two patterns of your choice
True Bias – Hudson Pants & Southport Dress patterns
Colette -Two patterns of your choice
Closet Case Files -Two patterns of your choice
Sew Much Ado -Two patterns of your choice
Sew Straight & Gather – Three patterns of your choice
Golden Rippy – Two patterns of your choice
110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook
Patterns for Pirates – Two patterns of your choice
Itch to Stitch – Two patterns of your choice
Mouse House Creations – Two patterns of your choice
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Peekaboo Pattern Shop – Three patterns of your choice
Go-to Patterns – One women’s pattern of your choice
GreenStyleCreations -Two patterns of your choice
Puperita – One pattern of your choice
Sofilantjes – Two patterns of your choice
Charlotte Kan – One pattern of your choice
So Sew Easy – Two patterns or one bundle of your choice
OUSM Designs – Women’s Thumbs-Up Tee pattern
E-Beth Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Muffin Head Patterns – Any pattern of your choice up to $10
GrayDay Patterns – Sandpoint Top or Athena Top pattern (your choice)
Scientific Seamstress – One pattern of your choice
Stitch Upon a Time – $20 gift card
5 out of 4 – Two patterns of your choice
Frianki Patterns – Two patterns of your choice
KZ Jo Studio – Two patterns of your choice
Straight Stitch Designs – Full collection of patterns
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Striped Swallow Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Rose and Lee Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Sewing Geek Patterns – One pattern of your choice
Filles a Maman – One pattern of your choice
Bella Sunshine Designs – One pattern of your choice
Liola Designs – One pattern of your choice
Cali Faye Collection – One pattern of your choice
Tinman Patterns – Orbit Skirt pattern
Felicity Sewing Patterns – Two patterns of your choice
Winter Wear Designs – Two patterns of your choice
Ellie Inspired – Three patterns of your choice
Love Notions – One pattern of your choice
a Sparkly Baby – Two patterns of your choice
Terra’s Treasures Designs – Two patterns of your choice

*Janome giveaway winner must be located in U.S.A. and is therefore on a separate Rafflecopter below. Machine must be picked up at a local dealer; it cannot be shipped.

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    • Kimberly Payne says:

      It’s a pretty fantastic top, I have actually worn it a bunch because it can be worn with so many different things. I wish it were your style too!

  1. Heidi says:

    You look so great!! I always love your accessories. I think I need to pick up some long necklaces… But then again, the baby would probably just get tangled up in them, ha. I really love that top and it looks amazeballs on you. I never thought of sewing it in ponte! I’m still trying to decide if it’s for my body type or not. And woot! With the red pants, love them!!

    • Kimberly Payne says:

      The top turned out exactly how I had envisioned and it helps that I am 5’9″ so a dress on most is a tunic on me 🙂 I am sort of obsessed with the same few long necklaces so I would bet if you looked at all my pictures they are the same necklaces, ha! I remember not wearing long necklaces for the longest time because of little hands, soon though you will get to wear them. When you do I highly recommend going to Forever 21, they are cheap and cute so if they get lost of broken it isn’t a huge deal.

    • Kimberly Payne says:

      I am so glad you like the length on the Gardenia, I sort of just winged it and it turned out exactly how I had imagined.

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