Sew Fashionable 09/19/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

Pinktober Cheer Bow

It’s hair bow season! I’m working on our Pinktober bows for Bella’s cheer squad. I made do with the supplies I had on hand. If I had the budget, I’d cover them in Swarvoski crystals and blind the other team with our dazzling bling. I did manage to get lots of sparkle though:) The best part is: I’ll have a tutorial for you later this week!

On a side note; I feel like I’m cheating on sewing with hair bows. I can’t resist the glue gun lately.

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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The Gemma tank as a dress at Made By Rae

Jacqui’s harem pants

Theresa’s Alder shirtdress

Niko’s Delphi maxi dresses


Make a convertible body suit

How to fade your denim

5 tips for better pressing

How to do a high round back adjustment


The Timeless Tunic sewing pattern from P4P

All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Sew Fashionable 09/12/16

Welcome to Sew Fashionable: A weekly showcase of my favorite sewing and fashion posts across the blogosphere.

OTT hair bow | MayenDesigns on Etsy

There are a few new bows in the shop! This month I’ve been making custom football and cheer bows for our local school and Little League fans. They’re getting claimed faster than I can take pictures, but I’ll try to get some up on Instagram soon.

One of my favorite hair bow conneisuers said, “omg these hair bows are like Pokemon- gotta catch em’ all!” It cracked me up. Making bows is fun, and I earn a little money for extra things for my daughter. I love showing them off here!

I have another pair of shorts to show you soon. It’s still shorts weather here, but it’s time to start thinking about sewing for fall. I’m planning some bras for me and t-shirts for my kid.

Let’s see what everyone has been up to.

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Sara’s red floral dress

Justine makes culottes smokin’ hot

Bonnie’s easy maxi dress

Elena’s Vogue 9000

Erica’s game day shorts


French bias binding method

How to adjust the strap placement on a bra pattern


The Harrison Shirt from Cashmerette

San Fransisco Swing Top pattern from Sew Caroline


All projects and links are pinned on my Pinterest boards.

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Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts For Lounging

I accidentally made some yoga waist pleated shorts. Sometimes the best sewing projects are unplanned and improvised.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I had an odd half yard left from my floral tank dress, and it was exactly the shape of a shorts block. It was begging to become a pair of lounge shorts.

Since lounging is my sport, I always try to be prepared with appropriate gear.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts | SewsNBows

I made a very narrow rolled hem, and love how it looks like a lettuce edge. This was another happy accident, yay:)

The “waist” on my fabric remnant wasn’t defined; so rather than reshaping it or using gathers, I opted for pleats. The finished shorts almost look like culottes or a skirt.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I gotta mention though: There are some drag lines pointing to my business. I think I should’ve moved the pleats away from the center front seam, and maybe scooped out the crotch curve a bit. The fabric is fluid enough that it’s not noticeable to me.

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

I used the selvedge to eek out a yoga waistband. Here’s my tutorial if you want to see the steps: How To Make a Knit Waistband

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts

Yoga Waist Pleated Shorts
No pattern used
Fabric from Girl Charlee

Writing this post is easing myself back into blogging. I had such a busy, fun summer that there wasn’t much time leftover for my blog. I’ve missed it though!

My daughter finally went back to school this week and (I’m slightly ashamed to admit) I’m enjoying a little quiet time to sew and catch up on my blog reading.

I have to pick up a little slack though, because I fell behind on household things and farm chores while the kids were out. So…easing my way back into writing. I’ll be back Monday with my Sew Fashionable series, and hopefully have some fun makes to show you soon.

Until next time!

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Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Here are this year’s top ten sewing patterns for back to school clothes. I chose great basics that layer well to transition easily to fall. A larger size range was a criteria as well, because I want to get lots of use for my money. These patterns are designed for comfort, fit, and style. This post contains affiliate links for brands I trust and use. Read on!

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Sew your kids stylish in these casual basics with a larger size range

Top Ten Sewing Patterns For Back To School

Morrison Tee by Hey June

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Morrison Tee from Hey June

Description:  A casual boxy fit dolman tee. Options include banded sleeves, cap sleeves, or long sleeves. Choose a hi-low hem, a straight hem, or either version with a front tie hem. Sizes 6-16

Star Top from Blaverry

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Star Top by Blaverry

Description:  Classic knit boat neck tee with 3 different sleeve options. Beautiful construction method. Sizes 2T-16

*see my Star Top here

Four Seasons Cardigan from EYMM

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School : Four Seasons Duster from EYMM

Description: Open-front draped cardigan witch 2 length variations, 5 sleeve options and an optional integrated hood. Size newborn-18 tween

Jalie 3462 Cora Running Tights & Shorts  

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Cora Running Tights from Jalie


Description: Ankle length leggings or mid-thigh length shorts with wide waistband and practical pocket at the back. Seamless between the legs. Girls sizes 2-13 and women’s sizes 4-22.

Luna Loungewear by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Luna Loungewear from Love Notions

Cami tank, knee-length nighty, bralette, capris and shorts. The bralette can be worn on its own or paired with the cami and nighty as a shelf bra. The capris and shorts feature an elasticated waistband with optional drawstring, faux fly and side-seam pockets. The capris and shorts can be made from woven or knit fabrics while the cami and nighty are meant for knits. Sizes 2-16 and 8-16 in plus sizes.

My tester version is shown above. Click here to read more about this pattern.

Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

Top 10 Sewing Pattern For Back To School Clothes: The Cartwheel Collection by Love Notions

This collection contains six separate patterns for knit fabrics: shirt, dress, shorts, capris, tunic and skirt. The shirt, tunic & dress have a sweet peek-a-boo back that’s just the right amount of fun. The double layer circle skirt has a pick-up detail to add even more fun as well as the ability to attach shorts or capris. Sizes 2-14.

Yo Ho Henley from P4P

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Yo Ho Henley from Patterns for Pirates

Unisex tee with  short, 3/4 rolled up, or long hemmed or banded sleeve options. T-shirt or tunic length with traditional t-shirt neckband and open Henley placket neck option. There is also a hood option with the Henley placket and thumb-hole cuffs for the long sleeves. Sizes 3 months-14 years.

Elevation Hoodie by New Horizons Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School Clothes: Elevation Hoodie from New Horizons Designs


Codor blocked hoodie with lined or unlined wrap hood  and inset kangaroo pocket. Designed for sweatshirt fleece, fleece, French terry, or medium weight knits with 35% stretch. Sizes 6 months-16 years.

Boheme Skye from Striped Swallow Designs

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: Boheme Skye by Striped Swallow Designs

Tunic, midi and dress length with a cascading handkerchief hem.  Sleeve options include tank, short, elbow length, or long. Sizes 2T-14.

Mini Hudson Pants by True Bias

Top 10 Sewing Patterns For Back To School: True Bias Hudson Pants

Full length or mid-calf skinny sweat pant with an elastic waistband, drawstring, pockets, and cuffs. The fit leaves a bit of extra room around the hips and tapers into a skinny leg.  Size 2-10. (Adult size Hudson Pants fit tweens and teens.)


I hope this helps you shop sewing patterns for back to school! Do your kids wear uniforms? I’ve got you covered! Check out my list of school uniform sewing patterns. I also have a Pinterest Board filled with all the children’s sewing patterns I love. 


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