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