Sew Americana: Sewing Independently


1. Also, independency. the state or quality of being independent.
2. freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.
3. Archaic. a competency.

I’m so excited to be linking up with so many talented bloggers this week during the Sew Americana Blog Tour hosted by Wild and Wanderful! I love celebrating Independence Day with our family. We celebrate it small-town America style with parades, candy, and lots and lots of explosives. You will also see that Alisha and I share very similar tastes as we both used the same panel for our days on the tour. Make sure you check out Alisha’s darling boys from earlier in the week hereThe 4th of July panels, cotton lycra solids, and firework print were all ordered from Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop. My look was created with Riley Blake white and navy stripes purchased from the Fabric Fairy.

I’ve got FOUR kids, and they are all very spirited and independent. So we created four different looks for them plus a bonus look for mama! I say WE because one of my kids actually made her own outfit almost entirely by herself. How cool and sew independent is that?

Close-Up Little Miss Sunshine and Grand Slam

Let’s start with these two. I think this might be The Boy’s “official” debut on Sew and Tell. Little Miss actually calls her big brother Pow-Pow. This picture pretty much sums up both their personalities perfectly. Little Miss is wearing a Little Miss Sunshine Dress in a size 3T. I was able to just barely squeeze the full panel image on the bodice of this little dress. Pow-Pow is wearing a Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Grand Slam in a size 6. I wanted him to have some extra growing room so I sized up so perhaps he can wear it next summer, too. I also cut the neckline a little deeper since he has a big head.

Little Miss Sunshine Tee and Spunky Girl Skater Skirt


My beautiful Big Miss actually made her own look for us today! She is modeling the panel as a size 10 Little Miss Sunshine Tee this time. I helped her cut the front panel to get it centered, but she chose the rest of her fabrics and cut them out and pieced them herself. I helped her quarter her neckband and yoga waistband so she could sew. She did so well! She paired it with a Spunky Girl Skater skirt size 10 blended to a size 12 length. We love the Spunky Girl in our house because it is a quick sew, a nice modest length, and perfect for her Polish dance practice. She is modeling it here at our county’s 4H Fashion Revue.

Adelyn full view ST


My Middle Miss is wearing one of my favorite knit patterns of all time: The SLPco Adelyn, this time made as a peplum top with circle skirt. I also made her the basic Elle’s Knit Shorts from SLPco to wear underneath and provide a pop of red under her skirt. (Hint: Join the SLPco Fan Group for a code to get Angie’s Shirred Top and Elle’s Knit Shorts for FREE!) You can see another Adelyn I’ve made with more details on the pattern here.




As a bonus, I have something extra special to share with you today. I wanted to spice up my Adelyn a bit, so I made cute little shoulder bows and wrote a tutorial to share with you over at The Simple Life Pattern Company Blog! I have joined the SLPco team as an administrative assistant and creative blogger, so I hope you will visit me there, too!


Sew Americana Blog Tour Mama and Her Babies


Finally, we can’t forget Mama, can we? My favorite job in the universe is raising these four. They challenge me with their busy-ness and strong wills (but that’s what it takes to flourish independently, right?). I was originally going to share my Sun Kissed tee made with the same panel in adult size. You can check it out here on our Facebook page.

However, I made myself a blue and white stripe Essential Tank Knee Length Dress by Patterns for Pirates a couple weeks ago, and thought it was the perfect complementary look to all my kiddos outfits. You may remember that Genie, Alisha, and I all tested the Essential Tank together and shared our looks with you here. I love tank dresses because I feel so cool and put together, and blue and white stripes are so versatile throughout the year. I still plan to wear my own panel Sun Kissed tee but I like the independent look we all pulled off together as a family this year!

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Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That’s Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at  You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)


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  3. Katy M. | 1st Jul 16

    You win for most things sewed! I love everything about this post. AND how amazing is it that one of your kiddos made her own outfit? What a gorgeous family you’ve got!

  4. Kari | 1st Jul 16

    Wow!! Your little family looks amazing!!

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  6. Cassy Gobin | 1st Jul 16

    I love how you made those panels look completely different in each project! Way to go!

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  8. Karly Nelson | 3rd Jul 16

    The outfits are amazing! I love that fabric and so wish I had bought some!

  9. Ajaire | 5th Jul 16

    We had so much fun yesterday on the 4th and it reminded me to come back and look at all the sew americana goodness and I’m so glad I did! Your crew look adorable in their mama-mades 🙂

    • MadebyEleri | 5th Jul 16

      Thank you! They enjoyed wearing them at the parade yesterday 🙂

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