Today’s post is a little sentimental. This pretty lady right here is my mom. She is absolutely the most selfless, kind, genuine person you’ll ever meet. She actually taught me how to sew when I was young. She sewed a ton of my clothes when I was little but then life with five kids kept her away from her machines. She was busy driving us to school, practices, jobs and always had a side job going too. As a mom of five myself, I don’t know how she did it (and our house was ALWAYS clean- super woman, I tell you!).
As my sister and I have gotten more into sewing she’s been wanting to get back into it too. She was super nervous to sew for herself and scared of the new PDF world. We knew that Love Notions Patterns (affiliate link) would be a great match for her. They are classic styles with great instructions that come together easily and there are tons of beginner friendly patterns too!
I’ve been sewing PDF patterns for so long now that I forget about how different they are from how I learned to sew in Home Ec. The printing and taping are new not to mention the trend towards cutting pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter instead of pins and scissors. I find it so much easier but that rotary cutter can be a little intimidating for a first timer. We started with the LDT pattern this summer. I think it’s a great pattern for a beginner (although the fabric recommendations can be a little trickier to sew with). She made two gorgeous dresses and wore them all summer! Once fall hit she kept mentioning she’d love to try a hoodie. The new Sloane Sweater was perfect!
Our first stop was Raspberry Creek Fabric for some pretty french terry. She had a hard time deciding and grabbed fabric for two versions! I knew this cotton spandex french terry would be much easier for her to sew than the rayon spandex she’d been struggling with. It’s nice and thick, doesn’t curl or fray, and sews up so great on the serger. I highly recommend it for a newbie to sewing knits- it’s a dream!
We washed the fabric, printed and cut the pieces, and sewed this up all in an afternoon! This is her ‘I can’t believe I made this!’ face! She was so excited to have a cute finished garment in no time. It’s the best feeling to see someone’s confidence grow and their love of sewing ignite again. Doesn’t she look amazing?! I think she did an awesome job too! I love her fabric pairing and how she used the dots. It suits her so well! I think that’s one of my favorite things about Tami’s patterns- if you look through her tester photos you will see real women, all shapes, sizes, and ages, and everyone looks fantastic! Her patterns are easy to wear for women of all walks of life- you can make them dressy for the office or casual for the stay-at-home mom and everyone in between. They’re just so, so good!
And here she is doing the signature blogger ‘look at the ground as naturally as possible’ pose. Nailed it! This was simply the best afternoon and I’m so glad I got to share a piece of it with y’all.
You can catch all the other stops on the tour here: