Jul 15

Learn to Sew with Vintage Mama

DSCF2732It has come to my attention over the past several months, that there are lots of mamas who – for whatever reason – never learned to sew. And now that they have babies of their own, they are wanting to learn how to make cute outfits for their little ones. Since we’ve been designing and creating children’s clothing here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage for a very long time, and writing eBook patterns for many of our designs, it seems like a good idea to offer sewing lessons, too.

DSCF2705So, while we are designing and creating a few new outfits for autumn and back-to-school sewing, we’ll be putting together step-by-step tutorials (both written in eBook format as well as video tutorials) to teach other mamas the basics of sewing for themselves and for their families.

There are lots of places where we can find sewing lessons, or patterns, or videos about sewing, so although this will not be something especially new, we are hoping to offer  a little different approach to learning how to sew. Our goal is to provide very basic instructions for those who have never had the opportunity to sew before, as well as for those who have just beginning experience and who, perhaps, have not touched a sewing machine in a long time.

One of my observations about sewing lessons / tutorials is that frequently they are geared towards the potential customer who might purchase a new sewing machine. Since there are so many amazing sewing machines on the market these days, it is tempting to purchase one with all the bells and whistles, including computerized stitches, embroidery stitches, and lots of attachments and gadgets that will do just about everything except change the baby’s diaper!

DSCF2710I recently had a conversation with a young mama who was wanting to sell her fancy sewing machine because she didn’t need all of the complicated stuff that it could do because, as she said, “I only use it to mend my kids’ clothes.” Now there’s a mama who definitely does not need a $700 sewing machine that she has no clue how to use!

Our goal here at Vintage Mama’s Cottage is to create very basic, super simple, easy to understand lessons that will encourage anyone to learn to sew, even if they only have an old sewing machine that stitches forward and backward, and does one zig-zag stitch. That’s how I learned, and once the basics are conquered, we can move on to a bit more sophisticated sewing techniques.

For most of us, however, our motive in learning to sew is to make garments for our families, and perhaps to add to our own wardrobes, so much of the really “fancy” sewing can best be left to the professionals. So we are going to start at the beginning, using a simple, basic sewing machine, and build our sewing skills from there. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear from you!

Here is one of the first basic, super simple, adorable designs that we will be working on . . . . it is part of the Popsicle Patch collection that includes this ruffle dress, ruffled capris, ruffled skirt, and sleeveless top with pocket. Be watching for the eBook pattern soon!


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There were so many beautiful flowers, there is no way I can show you them all! 

 I’d run out of space.  But here are a few….    

After getting all decked out in Patriotic colors for the fourth, I wore a very summery outfit for church. And there were actually a few other in summery colors instead of dark this week. Yay!!
It’s so comfy, cool and colorful and it was a fun outfit to wear!

DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels from Living Frugal with Erika

I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? 

Are You Eating “Healthy” But Not Losing Weight? 10 Reasons Why I Love “The Virgin Diet Cookbook” from Urban Naturale

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If you’re from Hawaii, you know about Guri Guri – Hawaiian Ice Cream. The best way for me to describe Guri Guri is if a slushie and ice cream had a baby, the product would be Guri Guri. It’s a creamy delight that is a perfect dessert for the hot summer days. Plus, it’s super easy to make, takes only three ingredients, and you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker. Winner!
Beach Mantel Decor
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The lifesaver garland was picked up at Cost Plus World Market on one of my recent weekly trips into the store. 

DIY Hair Treatment

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  1. Pam@over50feeling40

    I wish I had learned to sew when my mom tried to teach me…such a cute dress! Thanks for sharing all of these great posts with us…I love co-hosting with a Proverbs 31 Woman!

  2. Tiffanie of Truly Skrumptious

    Thank you for featuring my peachy outfit!

  3. heidi

    The outfits are so cute! And I barely know how to sew, but would love to be able to sew as well as my mom.

  4. Karren Haller

    Your vintage outfit is really cute, love the bright colors. Stopping by from Katherine’s Favorite Things.
    Have a great week!

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