We love finding opportunities to sew for the entire family, especially for apparel and accessories. Not only does it save you cash at the store, but it makes your wardrobe truly unique. Check out these 6 amazing photo-packed tutorials from See Kate Sew that will bring out the sartorial side in all of you!

There are so many options in sewing apparel for you or your family, endless opportunities beyond basic clothing construction. We love this round-up of tutorials because they feature so many techniques that can really make your clothing stand out, from 3 dimensional embellishments to modern takes on classic styles. We love an opportunity to hit the fabric store for some less-than-traditional materials (beyond the basic cotton, although it has a dear place in our heart) so we encourage you to try out some fun fabrics on these projects!

1. Men’s Skinny Tie Pattern + Tutorial

Men's Tie DIY Sewing Tutorial
We love a great skinny tie, especially when you can make one to match his wardrobe perfectly. This is a great place to use cotton sateen or silk, if you like the traditional sheen. If you’re looking for the casual matte look, a beautifully patterned cotton works great here — and options are included if you prefer the pointed end or squared tip. If making a tie has ever been daunting for you, this tutorial is jam-packed with photos for any level of stitcher.

2.  Floral Tunic & Metallic Bloomers

Petal Tunic Sewing Tutorial

This tutorial has us giddy, we’re absolutely smitten over these 3-dimensional flowers and matching bloomers! We love the mono-chromatic look, as the flowers are just enough to add a pop to the tunic without going overboard. These are created using a Silhouette cutting machine, but if you find a great template you could trace & cut yourself. A little effort goes a long way with this top, it’s a perfect summer frock for mom or mini! There’s no sleeve attachment, so the garment is a great first step into apparel sewing.

3. Summer Sheet Skirt with Suspenders

High-Waisted Skirt with Suspenders Sewing Tutorial

This skirt is the perfect upcycling adventure for apparel, if you have a sheet that you’re willing to make into something awesome. This high-waisted skirt is so breezy & whimsical, and we love it in a fair pattern for the warm weather. The suspenders add such a fun detail, and it looks great with a basic solid top (a great pairing for those staples in your wardrobe). Doesn’t it make you want to run through a flower field?

4. Ruffle Diaper Covers

Baby Ruffle Diaper Cover Sewing Tutorial

With a little girl, you just can’t have enough diaper covers for the first three years. They’re a perfect cover up in the summer, and make for great outfit additions when they’re made to look extra cute. This pattern offers a great way to insert the elastic for stretch, and the ruffle is oh-so-cute!

5. Seersucker Swim Cover-Up

Seersucker Bathing Suit Cover-Up - Sewing Tutorial

Can you tell we’re excited for the Summer with all of these great warm weather garments? Seersucker is great for the summer because it has great structure but remains super breezy, making it perfect for sticky hot days. We love this cover up because it has a bit of a cinch to make it flattering in the front. If you haven’t delved into dress-making, this is a great place to start since you don’t have to worry about making it form-fitting!

6. Lengthen an Existing Dress or Skirt


We love tips on how to alter clothing that needs just a bit of tweaking. This guides you through the steps to add a band of fabric at the bottom of a dress, whether it needs an extra pop of color or you’d like to add length. We love how this looks so much, we might just shorten some of our existing clothes just so we can add a band at the bottom!

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One Response to 6 Apparel Tutorials for the Whole Family
  1. The ruffle diaper covers are to die for, they would make for great gift ideas!


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