Pillowcase Dress with back ties

December 10, 2014

I love Pillowcase Dresses. They’re such a wonderful project for everyone–from beginners to the most advanced seamstresses. They can be worn in all seasons, they’re a fast sew, they grow with the child, they take a relatively small amount of fabric to make, and there are nearly endless ways to personalize them. What’s not to love?

Well for kids like my Chloe, it’s the ties. She hates the ties at her shoulders and fights with them the whole time she’s wearing the dress. I make them for a lot of holidays since their forgiving nature lasts us for lots of wearing, but she just doesn’t like wearing them. But with a quick and easy change, not only does it put a spin on the traditional style, but Chloe no longer feels smothered by her ties.

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

In fact, she loves these dresses! And I just think she’s so darn adorable in them.

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

And I’m having a love affair with this mustard and blue combo. It’s a good winter floral that will take her dress right into Spring.

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

Changing the dress to tie in the back takes just a few minutes and makes such a sweet impact.

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

The simple modification will work with your favorite Pillowcase Dress pattern. Of course, I prefer mine! I did the serger method for this dress–love those smooth armholes!

Back-Tie Pillowcase Dress | Sew Like My Mom

To create a back-tie pillowcase dress, head on over to Riley Blake for the full instructions!

Thanks so much for having me, Riley Blake! I’d love to see your creations–share them with me on my FB page, or tag me on IG @sewlikemymom.

Consumer Crafts

November 14, 2014

I’ve been sewing up a storm lately, but I enjoy a good craft project, too.

Recently I’ve had a hankering to try some new things. I long to slowly shuffle through the aisles of a craft store, letting my imagination run wild. But, the weather stinks and I’ve always got kids with me, and a trip anywhere just isn’t as fun as I want it to be.

I was thrilled when I discovered Consumer Crafts. Their website is stocked with some of the most amazing crafting supplies! I clicked through page after page, brain wheels smoking from spinning so fast. They have the coolest stuff!

Imagine the gorgeous masks you could make with these. Adorned with feathers and jewels? I die.

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The paint selection was also pretty amazing. I really want to play with all that chalk paint…

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But there was one item in particular that caught my attention and I felt compelled to add it to my cart.

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I quickly knew what I wanted to make, added a few more items to my cart, and clicked buy. A few days later a glorious box of supplies hit my doorstep and my heart skipped a few beats.

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Trust me, you’ll want to check out this site! Right now they have a holiday catalog with a bunch of sweet deals and coupons for even better prices! I reallllly want those mason jars!!

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And come back early next week when I share a tutorial on what I made. I’m squealing inside I love it so much!

**Items were provided to me free of charge, but all opinions are my own**

Perfect Pattern Parcel

October 17, 2014

I’m back with another Perfect Pattern Parcel post! This time the parcel was for women and I was so excited to get my hands on the patterns! I desperately need clothes for myself so this was a fun bundle! I’ve made several pieces and will post about them individually because they each need their own time to shine.

My first sew was the Zsalya Top and Dress pattern by KateNRose. I was instantly drawn to the floral, flowy top in the picture on the front of the pattern. I had a gorgeous voile fabric I scored on clearance I was going to use to sew it up, but then I remembered who I am–a busy Mom with four tiny kids and no chance for a fancy blouse. The first time someone wiped their dirty hand or snotty nose on that shirt I would have lost my stuff. So instead I adapted it for knit and made an incredibly comfy shirt!

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

The things that really drew me to this shirt were the modest neckline and the loose front that wouldn’t hug my leftover baby lumps. I changed almost everything else about the shirt, though!

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

I redrafted a back bodice so it didn’t include the back yoke. It was too much fabric for a knit top. And I was working with a 1 yard piece of fabric that shrunk to 31″ when I washed it, so fabric was limited.

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

I changed the sleeves, too. I removed the detail from the edge and made them shorter. So comfy! Then I took a few inches off each side and created a more sculpted side seam that followed the shape of my body.

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

I also raise the neckline a few inches so it hit me higher, as well as raising the front yoke to end on my high bust. I don’t show cleavage at all so I wanted the neck to come up high enough that I didn’t worry about flashing anyone when I bent over.

I have very large girls for my size and I almost always have to alter patterns to fit them as my measurements run across several sizes. I looked up posts of others who have made this top and noticed the yoke cut them off right across the middle of the bust. I didn’t think it would be very flattering on me, so I raised the bottom of the yoke to eliminate that line.

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

In the end, I’m stoked about my new shirt!! I’m definitely not a woman who dresses up often, or does my hair or makeup regularly. I’m a Mom who is deeply planted in the tiny kid trenches and I need clothes that compliment my lifestyle. The knit version of this top is exactly what I want to fill my wardrobe. Modest neckline, loose, but flattering lines, comfortable. After all, I spend most of my days as this girl.

Zsalya Top | Sew Like My Mom

The patterns included in this ladies bundle are:

Syrah Skirt by Lauren Dahl (exclusive release!)
Bronte Top by Jennifer Lauren
Julia Cardigan by Mouse House Creations
Hudson Pant by True Bias
Zsalya Dress by Kate and Rose

BONUS PATTERN: Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll

Pattern Parcel #6: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity Donorschoose.org in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we’ve raised over $12,000 for classrooms in need!

Bonus Pattern:
Choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #6 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That’s only $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Odette Dress by Bluegingerdoll. Vintage inspired silhouette is had two flattering necklines and a gorgeous skirt. The Odette Dress pattern goes from a size 4 through a 24!

***Also, today is my birthday!! Head over to my Facebook page to learn about an awesome sale I’m running to celebrate!

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