Category: Pattern

December 10, 2014

Pillowcase Dress with back ties

Filed under: Pattern,Sewing,Tutorials - 10 Dec 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.

September 10, 2014

Busy Lizzy pattern

Filed under: Pattern - 10 Sep 2014

Several months ago, the girls at Frances Suzanne invited me to participate in the September Showcase–a 2 week long showcase of rising indie pattern designers with 5 or fewer children’s patterns. I was honored, to say the least. And sooo excited to see the Busy Lizzy dresses sewn by the bloggers who signed up.

They revealed their creations today and I’m just giddy!

Stacey at From-a-Box made FOUR versions–one for each season! So, so, so impressed with her attention to detail and all the creative ways she made up the pattern! I’m totally dying over the rick rack and piping details!

www.From-a-Box.com Celebrate each Season with a Busy Lizzy Dress cover 1

www.From-a-Box Busy Lizzy Autumn 4

www.From-a-Box Busy Lizzy Spring 3

www.From-a-Box Busy Lizzy Summer 2

www.From-a-Box Busy Lizzy Winter 2

Ana Sofia from S is for Sewing made the top version of the pattern. Her honeycomb smocking is the perfect little flip to the pattern. Such a lovely top!

Busy Lizzy - S is for Sewing

Busy Lizzy - S is for Sewing

And lastly, Marnae from The Powell Clan, who upcycled a vintage skirt into a gorgeous pleated dress for her beautiful little girl. I love the way she opened up the back into more of a keyhole shape. I’m going to have to try that for myself!

Busy Lizzy - The Powell Clan

Busy Lizzy - The Powell Clan

But wait, THERE’S MORE!

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July 19, 2014

Adventure Tee

Filed under: Pattern,Sewing - 19 Jul 2014

I’m not sure I’ll ever get tired of sewing for Ollie. I definitely enjoy all the girly outfits, don’t get me wrong, but sewing for this stud is always enjoyable. Maybe it’s because the pieces always go together quickly (and I never have to ruffle or gather anything!) or maybe it’s because I adore the print mixing on him. Whatever it is, I hope it doesn’t stop anytime soon.

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

This is the Adventure Tee from GoTo Patterns and was just released with the latest Pattern Anthology Make Believe collection!

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

The Adventure Tee will definitely be a staple in Ollie’s wardrobe. I adore everything about this shirt! It’s a great little unisex tee that’s got so many options, and is seriously so, so easy to make.

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

I made the 18m size because he’s square between the 12 and 18 month sizes. I knew it wouldn’t be huge on him, so I made the bigger size for longer wear and I’m so glad I did! I used some blue on blue stripe knit I’ve been hoarding in my stash since before he was conceived. It’s crazy soft and is such a great color on him. We’ll be layering this bad boy when the weather cools off for sure!

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

I’m a huge fan of Andrea’s patterns. From start to finish they’re such a professional, easy experience. Printing is fast, the pattern pieces go together like a dream, the instructions are spot-on, easy to follow, and packed full of helpful tips! I know I’m always going to have a good time sewing her patterns, and the Adventure Tee is no different.

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

I know I’ve gone on Ollie picture overload, but I just totally adore this age. And seriously–elbow dimples. Is there anything better?!

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

I paired his tee with my Oakley shorts sans pockets. I really still completely love the cut and fit of these shorts. They’re so great, and I’m not just saying that because they’re my pattern! I mean, look at that bum! I wish I looked that good from behind.

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

You should definitely go grab these patterns while you can get them bundled! I promise, this tee delivers in every possible way. Check out the Pattern Anthology website for all the details.

Sew Like My Mom | Adventure Tee

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