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

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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

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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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OUSM Designs Ruffled PJ’s-Summer Style

With the weather finally warming up here at home, it is time to think about those warm summer nights.  Summer PJ’s are on the list for sure.  The kids winter ones are short and tight, so its a good thing it is time to transition.  The Ruffled PJ pattern is perfect for this time of year.  I am going to show you how to adapt for a short sleeve and a short pant. finished sleeve [click to continue…]


The Jacqueline Hoodie

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Who loves a good hoodie? I recently made up the new Jacqueline Hoodie from Itch to Stitch. We’re finally rolling into warm weather so I made a lighter version perfect for summer evenings, and grabbing as a just-in-case out the door.

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For Our Email Subscribers: Stop the EXTRA email!

Hey All, This note is especially for those of you who receive email notifications of our new posts. We are changing our system a little bit around here, and you may have noticed you’re getting extra email. Who’s got time for that!

We are moving to a once a week email newsletter. In the newsletter you’ll get a note, a link to new posts, and access to special goodies like coupons and upcoming free patterns. The good news is if you are on our email list you will get the newsletter. Not on our email list, sign up HERE.

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