Wardrobe Staple: The White Tee

Kymy’s Dolman Top PDF Pattern

Do you have a favorite staple in your wardrobe? I had a great white tee. It became hopelessly stained and I needed a replacement. As luck would have it I stumbled on this chunk of white knit and was looking to make a muslin for a project I’m going to share next week.

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Messenger Bag

ES Messenger Bag

I’ve been bottle and diaper free for a couple years now, so this Fall I’m going to need a new diaper bag. Personally I still carry a purse, because without fail if I’m playing the wallet shuffle game I’m going to end up somewhere without it, like the grocery store checkout.

That being said I’m not looking for a bag the size of overnight luggage. The ES Messenger Bag is a nice sized bag with lots of options for pockets a super important feature for me. The more I can compartmentalize the easier I can find it.

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Hanging Kitchen Towels {Pattern and Tutorial}

Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern and Template

My kitchen is often littered with towels. Between cooking for 2 kids all day, the kitchen serving as a pass through for all backyard activities, and no dishwasher the chances you will find a kitchen towel jammed in a handle of a cabinet, oven handle, or just about anywhere there is a flat surface is high.

A few years back Donna did a post on hanging towels and I have been meaning to make up a set ever since.  I made up a small set out of stash fabric and large kitchen towels I had been using- but were a little unruly to handle.

Hanging Kitchen Towel Pattern and Template

 

I made mine just a little differently than the original post, but both method works just as well.

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New Release: The Harvey Vneck PDF Pattern

Harvey Vneck PDF pattern OUSM Designs

The Harvey Vneck is here! A great fast summer sew, with long sleeve options for those of you on the other side of the globe.

 

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Baby Harvey Tee Free PDF pattern

Free Pattern: Baby Harvey Vneck

Today we’re sharing a free 0-3 month tee pattern with you. Introducing the Baby Harvey Vneck, a companion to our full size Harvey Vneck pattern.

You’ll be able to download your free pattern at the bottom of the post.

The start of sewing for the little one I’m expecting led me to want to share something fun with you guys. The Baby Harvey comes with the basic body, both long and short sleeve options.

Free Pattern: Baby Harvey Vneck

My daughter is rooting for a sister, my son is open either way (though he thinks it’s probably a boy). This pattern will work for either. The 0-3 month size works best for 8-13 pound babies.

free pdf pattern baby harveyThe vneck help little heads get through without a lot of pulling. The pattern is designed to get your v in with the fewest number of curses. Not that I would ever curse while sewing….

free pdf pattern baby harvey

This tiny sew is fast and can be easily assembly line sewn if you want to make a handful up for your little or a baby shower. And it’s only 4 page to print the whole thing.

free baby pattern

Ready to get started? Download your pattern HERE. Save you pattern to your computer, open and print it inside of Adobe. Printing from your preview screen can cause issues with scaling.

Have big kids? You can find the full pattern 12 month- 8 years with extra details HERE, or pick up the pattern for only $5 until Sunday the 28th HERE.

Make sure you share your pictures, we love to see them. Tag us Instagram @onceuponasewingmachine (Rachel) or @OUSMdesigns (Donna). Or post them to the OUSM Facebook group.

Happy Sewing,

Rachel

 

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It’s a Skirt, It’s Shorts…It’s a Skort

Skorts are kind of a great busy summer solution. They are comfortable, cute, and hey- practical. Recently I sewed up the maternity version of the new Adventure Skort from 5 out of 4 patterns.  The pattern is both for the non-bump crowd. Best of both worlds.

Adventure Skort 5 out of 4 patterns

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How to Hem Knits

Tips for hemming knits

We do 90% of our sewing with knits.  We love to wear them and we love to sew them.  In fact M will only wear knits.  If I do  make her something with a woven it needs to have a very soft knit-like fabric in the lining.  So today I will give you tips and tricks to hame hemming your knit top a breeze.

The Cecilia Puff Tee has sleeve bands and a neck band, so no hemming there.  The bottom of the shirt is the only part you need to hem.  Our preferred method of hemming is to use a double needle.  Simply press under the amount of your hem, in this case 1/2 inch.  Place the folded, pressed edge of your shirt on the 3/8″ marking on your machine and stitch all the way around.hem 1

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Tutorial: Applying a knit neckband

how to apply a knit neckband

Your shirt is almost done, it’s time to add the neckband! Below Donna will give you a rundown on how to apply a knit neckband.

Before you get started:

I like to put the seam of my neckband in the center back. This is because I’m dealing with dressing 4 and 5 year olds. It helps give me or them a reference and a hope of getting the shirt on correctly in the bustle.

If you have an older child, or are more consistent at putting tags in than I am, one of our testers made the great suggestion of lining up your neckband seam with your shoulder seam. It blends in a little bit more there and gives you a clean smooth back neckline.

You’ll be using your neckband piece and your shirt assembled up until this point. Here we go!

Happy Sewing,

Rachel and Donna

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Sew Along:

Monday- Layout and Cut your fabric

Tuesday- How to Gather your sleeve properly

Wednesday-How to Sew perfectly matched seams

Thursday- How to Sew a Neckband

Friday- How to Hem Knits

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Sew Perfectly Matched Seams

sew perfectly matched seams

Making a great finished garment is all in the details. One of the big ones? Matching up your seams.

Today’s tutorial is going to give you tips on getting nicely lined up seams on your garments.

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How to Easily and Evenly Gather a Sleeve

How to gather easily and evenly

You probably think you’ve got this gathering thing down. But I’m guessing you’re using a shortcut without even knowing it. Want to know how to save yourself the cursing that comes with a broken gathering stitch, and how to achieve evenly dispersed gathers?

Day 2 of the Cecilia Tee Sew Along we are going to focus on getting you a perfectly gathered puff sleeve. This is proper gathering technique and will serve you well with all your sewing projects! Before you get started you will have sewn your front and backs together at the shoulder (refer to the instructions for diagram). You will also have prepped your sleeve with the cuff band. I’m choosing to omit the cuff band for more of a flutter sleeve look.

This quick video will give you the run down.

*additional note: your gathering/basting stitch should always be a straight stitch even on knits

Be sure to come back tomorrow for tips on matching up your seams perfectly.

Happy Sewing,

Rachel

Join the Facebook group to share your t-shirt and sew with the group!

Sew Along:

Monday- Layout and Cut your fabric

Tuesday- How to Gather your sleeve properly

Wednesday-How to Sew perfectly matched seams

Thursday- How to Sew a Neckband

Friday- How to Hem Knits

 

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