Category: Sewing

September 17, 2014

Fawn Lily Review

Filed under: Reviews,Sewing - 17 Sep 2014

So I’m talking about the September Showcase at Frances Suzanne again today! This time, I get to be on the sewing end of the post.

I chose to try my hand at the Fawn Lily by Rock the Stitch for Willow & Co patterns. I loved the lines and design of the dress and was so excited to sew!

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

I didn’t check the size chart and made Chloe a 4. My kids are super skinny, especially through the chest, so she’s got some wiggle room in it, but that’s probably best for my kid obsessed with textures. The vintage length on her is perfection, though!

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

I love the cross over front and the shape the panels create. I chose to do the inverted pleat skirt to the dress and just loved the design with this fabric.

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Normally I’m sewing last minute. But I loved the design of the dress so much, I made it way back in June for Chloe to wear to my cousin’s wedding! She was less than enthusiastic about letting me get pictures that day, though. The only semi-decent one I have is this group shot I snapped around 11pm after hair was destroyed and children were basically zombies. She actually looks happy!

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

But she dominated the dance floor (and photobombed everyone in the photobooth!) so there’s plenty of awesome pictures of her from the reception in the official wedding photos. :)

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

She’s actually worn it a bunch this summer, including our annual back to school tea with the ladies in the family. It’s super hard to tell by this picture, but I promise, she chose this dress to wear for the event! It’s definitely one of her favorites. And if you look reallllly closely in the pictures above, you can even see a stain I can’t get out of the bodice! I really think she’s worn this at least once a week since I made it!

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

The Fawn Lily is a big hit around here! I know she’ll outgrow this one soon and I’ll be making more to fill her closet. I had some trouble getting the sleeves sewn on this one, so I’m looking forward to trying the pattern for a second time. I didn’t “flip” anything about this one, but I’ve got some changes in mind for the next one!

Fawn Lily | Sew Like My Mom

Head on over to Frances Suzanne to see more pictures of the Fawn Lily today! You can stop by the Willow & Co store to grab the Rock the Stitch Fawn Lily and save 20% using the code SHOWCASE20!

September Showcase

You can also enter to win some incredible prizes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And lastly, don’t forget: All of my patterns are 25% off in my etsy shop to celebrate this awesome honor! Use the code SHOWCASE to save until Sept 20th!!

August 29, 2014

turn shirts into shorts

Filed under: Repurpose,Sewing - 29 Aug 2014

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Every year my girls go through piles of bike shorts. They live in dresses and since we teach modesty, so there’s always a pair of shorts under every dress. With 3 girls, that’s a lot of bike shorts! They get pretty expensive, even with sales, so I decided to clean out my closet and turn old shirts of mine that were too short/stained/little and make them into a pile of new bike shorts!

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

The girls LOVE them! They’re softer than the store bought version.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

And each pair takes me less than 15 minutes to make, start to finish.

Take a pair of bike shorts your daughter currently wears and trace to to make a pattern. You’ll need to add about 1″ to the top to allow for the elastic waistband, but we’re utilizing the finished hem of the shirt so you don’t need to add to the bottom.

Place your pattern piece even with the bottom hem of the shirt. **Hint: if you lay your shirt down inside out, your already have right sides together and can start sewing without flipping them.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Sew the front and back rises. You can make these shorts without a serger, just use a long stretch stitch, or a shallow zigzag.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Then sew the inseam.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Grab you elastic and overlap the ends by 1/2″ and stitch. This pair fits 2-4 so I used 19″ of elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Turn your shorts right side out, and with your front and back seams matched, mark the sides of your shorts with pins.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Do the same with your elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Place the elastic inside the shorts and match the pins. Pin the elastic to the shorts, keeping the top edge of the elastic even with the top edge of the shorts.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Sew around the top edge of the shorts. If you don’t have a serger, zigzag along the top.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

Flip the elastic down inside the shorts, making sure to keep the edge flush inside, stretching a little as needed to keep it even, and stitch down near the bottom of the elastic.

Tees to Shorts | Sew Like My Mom

And you’ve got a new pair of bike shorts!

Make sure to keep the rest of your shirt to reuse! You can turn the sleeves into leggings or a diaper cover, reuse the neck binding, and the rest of the shirt body can be trim pieces on knit tees or appliques.

Visit these other blogs today to see more awesome refashion projects!

Refashion blog hop

  1. Vintage pillowcase upcycle by Sew Country Chick
  2. Large tee to adorable dress by Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
  3. Rit Dye upcycle by While Camden Sleeps
  4. 15 minute tank upcycle by Raegun Ramblings
  5. Men’s shirt refashion by Made with Moxie
  6. Women’s tank & tee to girl’s tunic & leggings refashion by Andrea’s Notebook
  7. 15 minute tee into bike shorts by Sew Like My Mom
  8. Fringe cardigan upcycle by Rebel and Malice
  9. Mu-muu refashion by Lil’ Bit & Nan by Bethany

August 27, 2014

The Polly Tote

Filed under: Sewing - 27 Aug 2014

I dreamed up the concept for this bag years ago but for some reason, never took the steps to put it into reality.

Until now!

Introducing The Polly Tote!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

She’s unassuming at first glance. An oversized tote with a zippered pocket on the outside. But hiding behind that little pink zipper? Every Mom’s dream come true!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom



I could cue horrible infomercial announcer voice here and start telling you how difficult it is to wrangle a handful of kids, bags of groceries, an unruly child–all at once while trying to walk through a parking lot. It’s nearly impossible, right? I only have 2 hands, but 4 kids, and that math just doesn’t add up. They don’t want to touch each other, ew her hands are sticky, she pushed me, etc. Sound familiar?

Well, Polly to the rescue!!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

OH. EM. GEE.

I can’t believe I waited so many years to make this incredible tote!! We just played with it in the Preschool parking lot, but I can’t wait to run errands! They all actually stayed with me, held on without pushing, complaining, or whining. It. was. ah-mazing.

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

You can customize how many hand holds are hidden in your pocket and pull out only as many as you need at any given time. It’s not your average Mom tote, that’s for sure!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

Inside the bag is another zippered pocket, plus 3 oversized pockets for storing all the diapers/wipes/toys/crapola that accumulates in a Mom bag.

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

Ollie loved putting my phone in and out of the pockets! We ALL adore our new helper!

The Polly Tote | Sew Like My Mom

I named her Polly because of her many functions (get it? Poly?), and she doesn’t disappoint. Are you ready to make your own? Read on to find out how! Visit the Riley Blake blog for the full free tutorial!

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