mother daughter sewing

April 16, 2014


My mom is in town this week and I’m super excited because we’ve been talking about sewing together for a long time now. So today, that’s what we’re doing! I grew up with a sewing machine in my house and was the lucky kid who had an awesome handmade Halloween costume every year. I was much too scared of the sewing machine when I was little, so I didn’t truly learn to sew until I took Home Ec in high school, but I did spend a great deal of time as a young’n standing next to my mom and watching her sew.


Now it’s my turn to show her a thing or two! We decided to make a sleeveless version of the Airelle Blouse by Deer and Doe Patterns. It’s a simple pullover style blouse with a cute collar, and my mom and I both agreed we needed one.


I taught my mom how to trace a pattern so we could each sew our respective size and save the original copy.


I picked a multicolor floral print by Denyse Schmidt and my mom picked a coral and yellow paisley cotton (both from Jo-Ann Fabrics).



We’re taking a break now, (a seamstress needs to eat after-all) but we’ll keep on sewing and will be back soon with photos of our finished shirts! I can’t wait!


Oh, and of course I’ve been working on my Sew For Victory projects. In fact, I finished a beautiful pair of silk/rayon blend pants but they ended up much too big so I gave them to my mom (who was super happy about that and hopes I make the same size mistake a second time). Sorry mom, I don’t plan to 😉


In order to avoid that size mistake a second time, I bought some inexpensive cotton twill on sale at Jo-Ann’s so I could test the fit on a fabric with no drape or stretch. I decided against the Vogue Pattern I originally planned on because the fly is actually a mock fly, and therefore attached, and therefore it’s impossible to use a serger to finish that edge. I ultimately bought the Marlene Trousers from Burda Style and really like the pattern so far even though the pockets made me spend a good deal of time scratching my head. Burda instructions are definitely for experienced sewers who don’t need illustrations to work from. Experience or no, I still need pictures!

Anyways, I just wanted to pop in quickly to say YES I have in fact been sewing and will have finished projects to show you soon 😉

Hooray for mother/daughter sewing!