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6.22.14 | Sewing Mama RaeAnna | Simple Simon and Co. |

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6.24.14 | Shaffer Sisters | Sew Like My Mom | Bebe Lambs | EYMM |

6.25.14 | The Sewing Geek | GYCT | Lulu and Celeste |

6.26.14 | Ruby and Jack Patterns | Muse of the Morning | Fishsticks Designs | Little Kids Grow

6.27.14 | Make it Handmade | Rebel and Malice | Ali Cat & Co. |

Learning to sew is a journey. I used a machine a handful of times growing up and took Sewing 101 in college. I hated that class so much. We learned the technically correct way to make things which gave me a good starting point but let me Β tell you I never want to spend 2 weeks making a pair of pull-on pajama pants. Learning proper technique is an excellent foundation, but learning what works for you and taking charge of your own creative journey is empowering!

I threw the rule book out the window and turned to blogs. The first dress I ever made for Anne was for the 4th of July. I had no clue what I was doing and it was a bit snug on my chubby girl but I had so much fun making it!
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We were living with my in-laws that summer and with the help of my MIL’s fabric stash I dove right in drafting outfits for my cutie. Were they perfect? Definitely not, but I learned so much with each item I made! The best way to learn is through mistakes. Every time I tripped up I took things apart and figured out what I could do better.Β DSCF1680

Although things might have been a bit rough around the edges they were wearable and I loved seeing my baby girl wearing something I had made. I instantly fell in love with this new form of sewing I had discovered. Gone were the days of using 100 pins, stay stitching every single curve and using a press cloth. I rarely pin, and I’ve stay stitched maybe 3 garments in the last 3 years and I’ve never used a press cloth since my sewing class. I use the “proper technique” when I feel it’s necessary but most of the time I sew like a mad woman and it’s working out pretty well πŸ™‚

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Some of my early self-drafted items definitely had a few flaws but I learned as I went. I love this photo of Anne even though her little arms look like sausages in her rather snug jacket πŸ™‚ The important thing was that I made it, I learned something new and I had fun sewing!
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I’ve sewn more items than I can count and with each thing I make I Β improve my techniques, learn something new and grow more confident in my sewing skills. I never imagined where I would end up or the projects I would one day tackle but that’s all part of the amazing journey! You’ll be amazed at what you’re capable of with a little bit of practice. From my early haphazard projects my confidence grew and I learned how to make clothing that was beautifully finished inside and out.
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One of my favorite things is getting out the clothes I made for Will for baby Levi. I love all of those little outfits and remember making each and every one. There is something very rewarding and special about dressing your children in clothing you have lovingly sewn. Will your child care if the outfit is perfect? Will they notice a wobbly seam, a stray thread or an uneven hemline? Definitely not, but years from now they will remember that mommy sewed for them and that it was something special. And as those years go by and you practice more, your sewing skills will grow and improve too.Β IMG_8106
All mommy’s are magical…we can make snacks appear from anywhere, we can kiss owies and comfort little hearts. My kids love my superpower of sewing. Anne thinks I can make anything and loves dreaming up wild ideas. While I can’t say yes to all of her project requests making at least some of those childhood dreams come true is rather magical πŸ™‚Β tale as old as time

Sewing is a journey. Don’t be afraid to start the trip! Yes sometimes you will fail but from that you will learn, grow and improve. Don’t let the critiques of others discourage you from trying. Practice makes perfect and I can promise your children will wear your slighted flawed garments with an appreciative smile πŸ™‚

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7 Responses

  1. The best compliment is a child who believes their mum can make anything πŸ™‚ My daughter now constantly asks who made this or that item for her πŸ™‚ It is so cute πŸ™‚

  2. Love this and really resonate with learning the proper techniques vs. using what’s quick and works. I have a hard time teaching beginners for that very reason. I majored in home ec in college and has more than one of those “boring” classes, but you’re right, they’re a great foundation. I love sewing for my kids and recently my son even moaned at me because I made my daughter a few items in a row – where were the projects for HIM!? lol. Very rewarding use of a creative outlet.

    1. It’s definitely all about finding the right balance and what works for you. Now that my son has discovered that I have fabric with trucks on it he’s becoming a lot more interested πŸ™‚

    1. So true!! I love looking back on photos of my kiddos in their mommy-made clothes. I hope someday they’ll love it too!

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