Month: September 2007

Modifying Pants Patterns for Babies and Kids

For a few years, I made baby and toddler pants for a living. I’ve also made and modified lots of pants for my daughter and her friends. I find that baby and kid pants patterns often need a little tweaking. Once you get it right though, you can use the same pattern over and over. Here are some tips for modifying commercial pants patterns: You probably won’t really know how well the pattern works until you try it out at least once. If you don’t want to waste nice fabric on a trial run, use inexpensive muslin. Once you’ve...

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Girls’ Clothes Tutorial Round-Up

Did you see our Boys’ Clothes Tutorial Round-Up earlier this month? Many of those tutorials would be great for girls too (girls are just so fortunate with this, aren’t they?!). Here, in honor of Kids’ Clothes Month, are some of our favorite girls’ clothes tutorials. Many of these were mentioned by readers as some of their favorite tutorials, and we love all of the variations. It’s easy to learn (and sew) a lot with these fun links. Enjoy!

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FFF Winners

The winners of one yard of free fabric are Elea, Nikko, Paula, Barbara and Regina.  Congratulations!  Look for your emails...

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Pattern Review ~ Little Hip Skirts

From Beth: Lara’s made several fantastic Little Hip Skirts, and shares her expertise (and tips!) with us in this great pattern review. Check out Lara’s introduction and blog, thornberry, for more of Lara’s skill and sewing ingenuity. Lara lives in Melbourne, and there’s something wonderful about a mama in Australia reviewing a pattern from our shop in Oregon for you, wherever you are. Enjoy!

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Introduction ~ Lara

From Beth- Lara has really said it all below! She’s a busy, creative gal with a true love of sewing. It’s great fun to explore the various categories on Lara’s blog, thornberry. In addition to the beautiful clothes she creates for her daughters, she has everything on her blog from several great tutorials, to refashioning successes and great crochet work. Lara reviewed Little Hip Skirts by Favorite Things for us, and has been sewing up a little hip skirt storm since completing the first one! Check out her introduction below and the review.

From Lara- My name is Lara, and I live in Melbourne, Australia….

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Free Fabric Friday & Flickr Features = Fun!

The kids’ clothes (and scarves from our sew-along) just keep multiplying in the Kids’ Clothes Month pool and the Sew, Mama, Sew! general photo pool. Look at a few of the fun creations below, then take a look around the blog. Did you see Christie’s great baby overalls pattern review? The boys’ clothing tutorials? Comment anywhere in the blog between now and Monday morning to be entered into our drawing; we’ll randomly select five people to win one yard of fabric ($9.10 or less).

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Boys’ Clothes Tutorial Round-Up

We have lots of girls’ clothing tutorials to share with you later in the month, but luckily we found some great boys’ clothing tutorials too. It can be tough to find a good tutorial for great boy clothes, don’t you think? Here are some of our favorites:

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Introduction ~ Christie

From Beth: In the midst of packing for a family move to Beijing, Christie whipped up a darling pair of Jackie Clark Baby Overalls for her daughter and a fantastic pattern review for us all. Christie shares her life and craft on her blog pigeon pair and Flickr too (look at her darling Alexander Henry smock from the pattern in Amy Karol’s book). Read all about Christie, then read all about baby overalls too. Hello, my name is Christie & I am a Melbourne (Australia) girl who is a wife, mother of two, a blogger & an avid maker of things. In my spare (ha!) time I love to sew & I find inspiration from other creative women out there on the net & in particular from my mother who is a whiz on the sewing machine. I enjoy giving old fabric/clothes a new life & sourcing both new & vintage fabric & patterns. I sew anything & everything including quilts, clothes, softies & bags. I dream of one day having a whole room just for my sewing paraphernalia & children who will stay still long enough to try on the clothes I lovingly make for them! For more of my family’s misadventures check out my blog, pigeon...

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FFF Winners

Thank you for the scarf love!  We can’t wait to see the scarves you whip up! The winners of one yard of fabric are Anne, Kacy, Wendy, Laura and Chelsea.  Congratulations!  Stay tuned for another terrific pattern...

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Free Fabric Friday and Scarf

Did you see Beth’s excellent patchwork scarf tutorial? We do hope you’ll sew along with us. Here is my version. My girly girl has been in love with the Barefoot Roses group since it came into the shop, so I used this for her scarf. patchwork side of scarf As others have mentioned, this would be a great stash-busting project. We hope you use it as an opportunity to try out embroidery, applique, quilting, gocco, or any other skills you’d like to practice. When you’re done, please share it with our photo pool. (There are already a few beauties...

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Kids’ Clothes Month ~ Patchwork Scarf Tutorial

Are you ready to sew along? Let’s all make patchwork scarves to keep the kids warm through the fall and winter! Anything goes and we can’t wait to see what you create. You can follow our little tutorial or do it your own way. Variation is where it’s at, so fill us in on your tricks and tips, and add your scarf (or scarves?!) to the Kids’ Clothes Month Flickr group. If you’re on the beginning end of the sewing spectrum the blog tutorial “talks” you through the scarf. We also have a concise PDF here for you to download if you want a reminder of the steps (and/or want a little less guidance).

Kid’s Patchwork Scarf

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Introduction ~ Katie

From Beth: Katie knits, bakes, gardens and sews some fantastic items for her children (she also has some great tatting work and so much more on Flickr). Don’t miss the blog she started in June to document her Daily Thread! Katie did a comprehensive pattern review of the Favorite Things Little Jammies pattern, with lots of great tips for modifications to make the finished products extra-special. Enjoy!

From Katie: I am a stay-at-home mom to two children, DJ and AJ. DJ is four and AJ is 2-1/2. They keep me busy, as do the family business and some part-time consulting for my former employer. I like to knit, sew, read and bake. And blog! Most of my sewing is done while DJ has “quiet time” and AJ pretends to nap. (Or, maybe I’m the one pretending she’s napping!) Regardless, most days I usually have an hour or so to indulge in a little sewing therapy.

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FFF Winners and Kids’ Clothes Month

Hey, it’s September!  That means it’s finally Kids’ Clothes Month!  Have you joined the photo pool yet?  We’re going to kick off the festivities with a great pattern review.  Then on Wednesday, Beth is going to post a tutorial for a really fun and easy project and we hope you’ll sew along with us.  The winners of one yard of free fabric are Liz, Jen, Christine, Bridget and Vickie. ...

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