How to Lay Out and Cut Your Pattern

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Pattern layout has become a little more do-it-yourself since the advent of PDF patterns.  When I was learning to sew and teaching my 4-H’ers how to sew we used patterns from the Big 4. Opening your pattern envelope, you would find several double sided pages of instructions and a cutting layout page.

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Baby Layette

Sewing a Baby Layette

While tiny baby sewing can feel intimidating at first, I’ve really enjoyed putting together the first pieces of my October baby’s layette.

We’ve decided to wait to discover the gender of this baby until we actually meet baby-which is a first for us. Consequently we have a lot of boy and girl newborns outfits, but not much really gender neutral.

When Organic Cotton Plus got in touch I was excited to give their knits a try and this seemed the perfect fit. We reviewed a voile earlier and have purchased several fabrics from them, they have always proven to be soft and high quality.

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Tutorial: How to sew a Reversible Swim Tank

Tutorial: Reversible Swim Tank

We spend a lot of summer days in and out of water. Into the sprinkler for 20 minutes, back out, into the pool for 30 minutes, onto something else. And if you think anybody is putting on a wet swimsuit- forget about it!

This means it helps for me to have a stash of swimsuit options available. I’m going to show you how sew up a fully reversible swim tank with completely enclosed seams. I made this for my daughter but the same concept works for a boy tank.

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A Work in Progress Completed

I am truly guilty of starting large projects and not seeing them through to completion.  I have been on a purging kick lately.  I need to get rid of things that I no longer need.  After 27 years in the same house the seams are starting to burst.  With the completion of my new sewing area and the wonderful table my husband made, I decided it was time to go into the closet that has housed fabric and projects for 15 years or more.

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Sewing for a Bump, The Union St Tee

I had been diligently participating in Me Made May on Instagram, but my month of handmades came to a bit of a halt when it became apparent- I was going to need to embrace the bump.

Baby number 3 has not been shy making their presence known, and at the half way mark it’s time to maternitize the wardrobe. Stephanie of Swoodson Says shared with me her favorite staple had been the Union St Tee (not actually a maternity top), but you can see how she updated hers. As luck would have it right after that conversation I caught the Union Tee on sale- meant to be.

Since not only my belly but also my bust hops up several sizes I got nervous making my first, and made a size up from what the chart recommended.

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Memorial Day Sale

Welcome to the Memorial Day Sale!  For the US this is Memorial Day Weekend.  Hopefully you will all have a great weekend with an extra day off.  To celebrate this occasion OUSM Designs will be having a 25% off pattern sale.   Choose any pattern in the shop simply use the code MEMORIAL25.  This coupon is good from Saturday, May 23 thru Monday, May 25.

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Cecilia Tee Tester Round Up!

On Monday we released a free pattern for our newsletter subscribers. (Grab yours and get the details here.) Today we want to share a little extra inspiration from our great testers.

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Free Pattern: Cecilia Puff Tee

free pattern: cecilia tee OUSM Designs

I started looking through M’s summer wardrobe and my pattern stock and found a need for a cute every day tee. After making up several of these Donna and I thought what better way to celebrate the launch of our new website design, and say thank you to our newsletter subscribers, than to share this fun tee with you!

The Cecilia Puff tee is sized 12 month to 8 years and is a fully tested. It is designed for knits and features and easy fit with a gathered banded puff sleeve.

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Sewing the Sally Dress for Spring

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Earlier this year I got some fleece from Organic Cotton Plus.  It is a high quality very soft fleece.  I know that M loves anything purple, so I was hoping this would be a win.  Rachel made up a Sally Dress by Very Shannon this past summer and it was a real hit! If you missed it HERE is the post.  It is a sweet and easy dress to sew and to wear.  sally 1Because I know that there will still be cool days ahead of us,  I decided to make one with long sleeves.  This makes M happy, because she will not need a sweater or jacket and this soft fabric combined with the long sleeve will be enough to keep her warm.   Short sleeves are an option in this pattern, so I simply extended the sleeve so that it would be the perfect long sleeve.

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Tutorial: Short Sleeve Thumbs Up Tee

short sleeve thumbs up tutorial OUSM Designs

I’ve got a quick tutorial for you today. This super fast change up will turn your great Fall/Winter Thumbs Up Tee pattern into a summer staple.

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The good news you get to keep the fun sleeve detail. Ready to get started?

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