I mentioned at the end of my last post that my Mom and I had a sewing day planned this week… well, we sewed and it was so fun!
Meet my mom, Cathy, who taught me how to sew! She is an active hiker and Morris dancer, retired teacher, and all-around awesome lady!
Before we met for our sewing day, we started gathering ideas. My sister and I made a massive Pinterest board with all kinds of styles from Lagenlook to trendy, and Mom picked out a few she liked. Mom brought a few fabrics from her stash, and I took a deep dive into mine!We didn’t actually discuss measurements in advance, nor did we take full measurements on the day.
As always when I sew for my family, I’m basically comparing their figures to mine and taking off or adding as needed, instead of actually following size charts! For Mom, I pulled out a few TNT patterns that I thought matched the items she’d pinned, and cut them down to her size. I sewed up a few partially-finished things in advance, then once she tried them on, I attached the bands and did hems while she cut out her project!
The first project I sewed is a Hey June Santa Fe tank in view B. I usually make the version with cut-away shoulders, but for Mom I made the version with wider shoulders. I love this pattern myself, and I think it’s so cute on her – it’s got breezy, fun volume without overwhelming her figure.
Next up is a tunic that I made by extending the Blank Slate Blanc Tee into a tunic. (Plus it’s actually got the curved hem from the Seamstress Erin Ultraviolet Tee!) It’s hard to tell but the vertical stripes at the front shoulders actually run all the way to the hem inspired by this pin of a Style Arc top sewn by Katie. Unfortunately by time we took the sides in, that detail gets a bit lost! Oh well. I love the colour on her!
The final thing I started sewing in advance was this pieced tank inspired by the Tilton sisters! Mixing patterns into a single garment is totally outside my comfort zone, so I went the easy route of combining two prints from the same line, plus a stripe! It’s a Deer and Doe Plantain. Mom suggested the angled hem, and I think it was a stroke of brilliance! I’m really happy with how it turned out!
Finally, while Mom was sewing, I cut out this tunic from her stash fabric. The pattern is something we traced off a RTW garment a few years ago, and she still likes the dress we made then, so we made another. Clearly, she loves a good black and white graphic print as much as I do!
What was Mom working on while I finished up those easy projects? Something awesome!
Ta-da! A stripe-matched cardigan hacked from a Plantain tee! I just love the way it turned out. Mom has had this fabric for years, we couldn’t figure out how to use it best. As she cut it out, Mom really thought about where she wanted the wide and narrow stripes to fall, and I think the end result is ideal! Also, now we know where I got my penchant for pattern hacking – she’s a pro!
Alongside all those new projects, I also tried to tempt mom with some things from my wardrobe that either weren’t getting worn or are too small for me. Here are a few of the things she walked away with!
All in all, we had a really fun and productive day! Mom has been sewing her whole life, so it was fun to bounce ideas around while we worked. My next project planned is something for my sister – since my own wardrobe is so full, it’s fun to spread the love! I’m also working on refashioning some things that I don’t wear/fit anymore into more useful items.
Do you have crafty people in your family? Do you ever get the chance to make things together?