Just Sew You Know #1

January 12, 2015

New Year, new blog goals!

One thing I wanted to do this year was start a weekly feature where I pass along little tips, tricks, tidbits, cheats, and whataya-knows that I’ve read, discovered, and come across over the years. I’m really excited about doing this and I hope you enjoy the posts!

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This week’s Just Sew You Know comes courtesy of my Sycamore Shorts pattern for Riley Blake fabrics. Everyone who has made the shorts has raved about this time and sanity saving trick!

When you’re sewing, especially for little kids, it can often be frustrating trying to turn and press tiny hems and casings. So read through your pattern and when able, press them before you construct the garment! It’s *SO* much easier to iron them flat, so make it work for you! Once you’ve sewn your seams, like the rise and inseam in the Sycamore Shorts, your ironing will be done for you! Instant hem and casing!

Just Sew You Know | Sew Like My Mom

Do you have a trick you’d like to see featured? Drop me an email at sewlikemymom@gmail.com. Don’t forget you can follow Sew Like My Mom on Facebook and you can find me on Instagram @sewlikemymom.

Bottoms Up Pants

January 6, 2015

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

My super awesome friend Jess has released her very first ever sewing pattern! I’m so so happy for her and very excited to be included on her first ever blog tour. These are the Bottoms Up Pants!

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

Jess is a cloth diaper Mama and wanted a great pattern for bottoms that allowed ample room for those precious cloth diapers. There aren’t too many out there yet, so she created one of her own, and I’m a fan! I think Ollie is, too.

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

I don’t have many pants for Ollie because he’s so tiny! We’re a month away from his second birthday but he weighs just 22.5 pounds and can wear a 12m onesie with 18m pants. Shrimpy McShrimperson. The overwhelming majority of RTW pants fall to his ankles or are huge in all the wrong places. I’ve got tons of adorable tops all waiting for the perfect pants and the Bottoms Up Pants are the perfect pair!

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

I added humongo pockets to the back of the pants because Ollie’s a pocket guy. The bigger the better in his mind, so I obliged. The pattern comes with an optional faux welt pocket but we opted for the real thing.

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

But that front pocket, it’s a cute one! The pattern comes with 2 front pocket options, one like this and one with a bow for the ladies. It also boasts a flat front and ample room in the rear. Just adorable!

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

And for the duration of the tour you’ll find the pattern 25% off!! No code to enter, just add it to your cart to see the discounted price. I’m so excited about the Bottoms Up Pattern and I hope you are, too! Congrats on your first pattern, sweet friend!

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

Head over to If Only They Would Nap to check out more awesome versions from other bloggers before getting your own copy! I can’t wait to see the rest!

Jan 5th –> Sarah at The Crazy Tailor
Jan 6th –> Melissa at Sew Like My Mom
Jan 7th –> Ari at Max California
Jan 8th –> Marissa at RaeGun Ramblings
Jan 9th –> Emily at Naptime Creations
Jan 12th –> Courtney at Simple City Life
Jan 13th –> Sabra at Sew a Straight Line
Jan 14th –> RaeAnna at Sewing Mama Raeanna
Jan 15th –> Kacia at Coconut Robot
Jan 16th –> Scary at Shaffer Sisters

Sew Like My Mom | Bottoms Up Pants

**Ollie’s shirt is the Acorn Tee–a new pattern from Sew Like My Mom coming in the next few weeks! Stay tuned for much more about it!!

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.

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