Pattern Parcel #2 Hanami Dress

April 6, 2014

It is so much fun to be part of the Pattern Parcel #2 promotion! I’ve been drooling over An’s amazing Hanami Dresses at StraightGrain so when I saw it was included, I got giddy!

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

I’ve long wondered if you could turn the Hanami into a wrap dress. But once I started I decided I needed to see if I could make it a reversible wrap dress. And I did!

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

I’d intended to make the dress for Chloe, because today is her 4th birthday! But once I got it all finished it was too big for her, but fit Sofia perfectly. I’m assuming it’s because during all my changes and alterations I forgot about the original seam allowance and did my standard 1/4″. Oops! But Sofia LOVES it and it’ll fit Chloe next year, so YAY! More wear!

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

It took me quite awhile to figure out how to do this, but it was worth every minute.

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

Each side is its own complete, adorable dress.

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

I figured out how to make it reversible by using strategically placed button holes and having it tie on both sides.

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

The skirts are 2 different widths so I hemmed it as one big circle instead of placing the hems together and sewing them to each other.

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

I also used a gorgeous coordinating vintage rick rack around the neck. I got the rick rack and gorgeous Erin McMorris floral from the super amazing Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional.

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

I just can’t get enough of this dress!

Sew Like My Mom | Hanami

So have you heard of Pattern Parcel yet? It’s an amazing idea!

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

About Parcel #2:
Sugar, spice, and everything nice, Pattern Parcel #2 includes sewing patterns for a little girl’s essential spring wardrobe. It doesn’t matter if your style is traditional or more modern. Each of these patterns can be sewn up to suit your tastes.

About PPP:
Put together two entrepreneurial makers driven by their internal voices and one self-taught hacker driven by data analytics , and Perfect Pattern Parcel was born. We are passionate about supporting independent designers in their craft and fostering a community of makers to grow. Our mission is to offer high-quality pdf sewing patterns written by indie designers while supporting children’s education.

Choose your price:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. 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’re going to allow them to show their support for independent designers in naming their own price for each Parcel.

Support Indie Designers:
Independent designers create patterns that are innovative, imaginative and in line with current style trends. Their patterns encompass a broad range of sizes and fabulous “out of the envelope” fit because they’re thoroughly tested by real people. With detailed and well-explained instructions, these patterns often teach as you sew. Independent designers are approachable, providing support, suggestions, publishing additions to your favorite designs, and hosting interactive sewing events. When we are patrons of indie designers, we are supporting small, mostly women owned, businesses. We are developing the community around us. We are helping to making dream come true.

About Donors Choose:
Donors Choose is an organization that matches up the needs of teachers and their students for specific projects with willing donors. The funds raised from each Pattern Parcel sale will go to help K-12 students in minimizing educational inequality and encourage a community where children have the tools and experiences necessary for an excellent education.

Introducing… the BONUS pattern:
Choose a price of $24 or greater for Parcel #2 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the Prefontaine Shorts for Kids by Made with Moxie. These shorts are designed to fit like 1970′s running shorts. They’ve got a retro trim, loads of pockets, and are so comfortable you children won’t want to take them off.

Perfect Pattern Parcel

patterns and designers:
Hanami Top or Dress by Straight Grain
Hosh Pants by LoubeeClothing
Celestial Tee by Figgy’s
September Tunic & Dress by Too Sweets Patterns
Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations

BONUS pattern:
Prefontaine Shorts by Made With Moxie

Perfect Pattern Parcel #2

Bias Maxi Dress tutorial

March 27, 2014

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I am so excited to be sharing in the Straight Lines and Angles series at If Only They Would Nap! Jess is my sewing soul Mama, since she too has a crew of 4 tiny humans ridiculously close together in age, and they’re the same approximate ages! She’s been a treasure to have in my corner and I’m so blessed to call her my friend. She’s showing off her amazingness in the Project Run & Play competition!! Head over really quick and vote for her super sweet Sharp as a Shark outfit! I’ll wait.

If Only They Would Nap - Sharp as a Shark

Voted? Sweet! Now let’s get back to my straight lines and angles dress!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I’ve been wanting to make this dress for some time and I was so happy to finally have a reason to devote the time to figuring it out. Summers are hard for Sofia–for some reason when she gets hot, her back gets hot. And once her back is hot, she’s pretty much inconsolable until she can cool it off. At home that involves removing clothes, but that’s obviously not an option in public! I’ve been thinking of ways to offer her modest, backless clothes for this summer, and while that probably seems like an oxymoron, I’ve done it twice now!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

She’s very into maxi dresses and I’m very into bias tape, so combining them seemed like the recipe for dress perfection.

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

I adore this dress! The bias is made from the same print as the blue fabric but in a different color way. It’s a very lightweight cotton that seems like it will be so cool to wear when the weather is unbearably hot.

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

This sweet bias maxi dress took no time to sew together. And I pulled it off in a size 5 out of just one yard of fabric!

Sew Like My Mom | Bias Maxi Dress

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5,000,000 PAGEVIEW GIVEAWAY!!

March 18, 2014

Oh my goodness, my dear readers. I can’t believe it, but I’m celebrating a huge milestone–I’ve had over 5,000,000 pageviews here on Sew Like My Mom! FIVE MILLION. I’m floored, and honored, and so completely excited!

And today I’m so excited to announce something I’ve been working on for weeks!

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

I could not have reached this milestone without all my wonderful readers so as a giant THANK YOU from me to you, I’ve compiled 5 pretty amazing prize packages for 5 lucky readers to win! In fact, I’m seriously jealous of the five of you lucky enough to snatch these up!!

I’ve been awed by how generous my sponsors have been with this crazy giveaway idea. So many sweet ladies who jumped in with both feet and excitedly donated to my prize packages. Their big hearts have allowed this 5 million pageview giveaway to total over $1000 in patterns and fabric! THANK YOU, to all of you, from the bottom of my overflowing heart!!

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

-3 pattern pack from Sew Like My Mom
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from Footloose & Fancy Free Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from Cozy Nest Design
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Cole’s Creations
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Sewing Geek Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Filles A Maman
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Gaila Designs
-1 copy of the Prefontaine shorts pattern from Made with Moxie
-1 copy of the Betty Skirt pattern from Shaffer Sisters

-$15 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop
-$25 gift card to Pink Door Fabrics


Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

-3 pattern pack from Sew Like My Mom
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Cole’s Creations
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Sewing Geek Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Ruby & Jack patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Titchy Threads
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from The Cloth Parcel
-copy of the Sophia Maxi dress & Addison Maxi dress patterns from Pinkpoodlebows
-copy of the Betty, Levi and Coraline bag patterns from Swoon Patterns
-copy of the Shortie Nightgown and Seaside Summer Top and Dress patterns from GYTC Designs

-$15 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop
-Fat Quarter bundle from Riley Blake Fabrics
-$25 gift card to Simply Sweet Fabrics


Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

-3 pattern pack from Sew Like My Mom
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from Ellie Inspired
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from Ruby Jean’s Closet
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Cole’s Creations
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Sewing Geek Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from LittleKiwisCloset
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Aivilo Charlotte
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Jubilee Junction
-1 copy of the Sloane Hat pattern from Delia Creates

-$15 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop
-5 yard fabric bundle from Some Art Fabric


Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

-3 pattern pack from Sew Like My Mom
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from Mouse House Creations
-Winner’s choice of 2 patterns from Terra’s Treasures
-Winner’s choice of 2 patterns from Go To Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Cole’s Creations
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Sewing Geek Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from ShannonMac Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Dandelions n’ Dungarees
-1 copy of the Everyday Playdress from Love Notions Sewing Patterns

-$15 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop
-$40 gift card to The Ribbon Retreat
-$20 gift card to Bee Yourself Fabrics


Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

Sew Like My Mom | 5 million giveaway

-3 pattern pack from Sew Like My Mom
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Cole’s Creations
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Felicity Sewing Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Sewing Geek Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Ruby & Jack patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Ruby & Jack patterns
-Winner’s choice of 4 patterns from Fancy Schmancy Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 3 patterns from GennieWren Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Ruby & Jack Patterns
-Winner’s choice of 1 pattern from Figgy’s Patterns
-1 copy of the Bond Top pattern from Beatnik Kids

-$15 gift card to Fat Quarter Shop
-4 yard of organic cotton fabric from Windham Fabrics


So, are you dying to win?! (I know, right? ME TOO) Entries for this giveaway are pretty easy. :) There’s 3 ways to enter: like my FB page, follow me on Pinterest, and leave a comment on this blog post. That’s it! But I will encourage you to check out all the crazy amazing sponsors who so lovingly donated their wares to me so I can shower some goodness down on you. So go “like” their pages, too, m’kay?

This giveaway will run until 11:59 PST on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Open to US and Canadian residents only.

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