Hemlock Tee Pattern (It’s Free!)

Hey guys! I’ve taken the last few weeks off from sewing to catch up on life.. and sleep. BUT, I  just had to squeeze in a quick hemlock tee, it’s hard to stay away! I’d been wanting to try this pattern for a while now, so I was excited to finally sew one up.

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Did I mention the hemlock tee is a FREE pattern!? Yes! All you need to do is register for Grainline Studio’s newsletter, and the pattern is yours.

It’s soooo quick to sew up. I sewed mine in a light weight knit I had on hand, and one yard was just perfect. I bought this fabric a few years ago on sale at a fabric store for like $2.

I did take in the neckline slightly on my pattern, I like my tops to fit a little closer around my neckline and shoulders.

I really love this top! It’s something I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this fall/winter. I’m always looking for easy things to throw on with jeans when running out for the day with my kids, and this is one of them. I think I need to make a few more… Enjoy!

(I paired my hemlock tee with my Safran Jeans and favorite lipstick). 

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The Alcoy Dress + Free Pattern

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Bonnie asked me to test out this cute raglan sleeve knit dress pattern (a.k.a the Alcoy Dress) she designed, and I love it! It’s a super quick dress to put together, and the fit is right on. I wore it to the park with my two little ones and I was so comfortable running around, pushing swings, picking up kids, etc. I’ll be living in this all summer long.

I went up a size in this pattern. I made a size Medium, and the fit is still pretty close, but not too tight. Just right I would say.

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I used black jersey knit for the main part of the dress, and this palm tree double knit for the sleeves and neckline.

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And no, I’m not wearing white tights. The lighting is a little off, and my legs are just now seeing the light of day (yay for warmer weather!!), so please excuse my pastiness!!

The best part about this pattern is that its FREE. All you have to do is subscribe to Bonnie’s blog via email, and she’ll send you a link to download this pattern. You’ll love it, it’s such a great basic for spring + summer! Thanks Bonnie!!

Deer & Doe Plantain T- Shirt + Free Pattern

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I came across this Free Pattern by Deer and Doe last week. I thought it looked easy, and cute for fall, so I whipped one up. It took me just a few hours, I put the whole thing together over the course of one day. (Please forgive my strange, bulgy back pocket- I forgot to take my car keys out- fail).

To all my friends who have a fear of knits: this is a great pattern to learn how to work with knits! The instructions are very clear, and simple to follow. She even illustrates what stitches to use with knits, and other great details. I edited the neckline very slightly to be a little higher than the pattern allowed. I blindly followed the pattern, and my arms must be freakishly long because my elbow patches were up a little too high for my elbows, so make note to double check placement! I also made my pattern even longer than the biggest size in length, and it still ended up being shorter than I would like. Other than those two issues, I’m really happy with this pattern.

I just used cotton jersey knit fabric I had on hand. Check out Girl Charlee for all of your knit needs!

Enjoy!

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Anthro-Inspired Top + Free Pattern

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A few weeks ago I was getting together with family, and noticed my sister-in-law wearing this gorgeous Comino Top she had recently purchased at Anthropologie. I loved it so much that after a few days I still couldn’t shake it from my thoughts, and recreated it for myself! It has a really fun sleeve that intrigued me. I had a lot of fun piecing it together, and figuring out how the pattern should work. This top has a very blousy fit, but drapes in a lovely, very flattering way.

I am so so excited to be featured on sewmamasew.com! You can find the full sewing tutorial and free pattern here. Enjoy!

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Anthro Inspired Buffalo Check Pleated Midi Skirt Sewing Tutorial + Easy No Mark Pleat Method

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A few months ago I pinned this Anthropologie skirt, and I’ve been on the hunt for a great buffalo check fabric ever since in attempt to recreate it! Last week I came across a great brown + black buffalo check cotton fabric at Hancock fabrics that was just perfect for this project. I decided to make my skirt with pleats instead of gathers because I really like the constructed look pleats add to a garment. I chose to go for a midi length skirt (a big thing for Fall this year), just like the Anthro skirt.

You guys, this skirt is SOOO easy! I discovered a new method for pleating with just pins (no chalk, pens, etc.), and it’s so fast- I whipped this skirt up in one night. Let’s get started!

HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR PLEATED SKIRT:

  1. Measure your waist. Mine is 28.5″
  2. Waist/# of desired pleats= pleat width (28.5 waist/10 pleats=2.85″ pleats)
  3. Waist X 3 (box pleats need 3x the width of pleat to make)= fabric needed
  4. My equation looked like this: 28.5 x 3 = 87.5″
  5. add 2″ for seam allowance
  6. total fabric needed 87.5″ + 2″ = 89.5″ of fabric
  7. I added 1/4 yd. more for my waistband so all together I needed 2 1/2 yards. (I ended up with 3 yards, I always play it safe a grab a little extra).

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PATTERN:

(I’m apologizing for my tutorial photos in advance, unfortunately I am only able to sew at night which makes for bad lighting).

-Measure out a piece of pattern paper that measures HALF of your needed width. This will give you a front and back piece, so you will cut 2 of these out of your fabric.  (You can buy this pattern paper at the Doctors office, its the same paper they lay on the exam table!). So my needed width was 89.5″ then divided by 2 came out to 44.75″. After you measure out your width,  draw out your pleats. On each end of the paper, mark your 1/2″ seam allowance. For each pleat you will need your pleat length to the right and left of it. I drew dotted lines to represent the fold lines. You fold every line to the left of the pleat to the right, and every line to the right of the pleat to the left.

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When you’re done it will look like this:

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Next you need to cut out your fabric. Lay your pattern out on the WRONG SIDE of the fabric. Place a pin on EVERY line drawn on your pattern (but not the dotted lines). Your pattern will not reach your needed length, so make sure to cut your fabric to your desired skirt length (adding 2″ for seam allowance on the hem). You will need 2 of these. Mine looked like this when I was done:

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While keeping your pattern pinned to your fabric, flip the whole rectangle over so you are now looking at the RIGHT SIDE of your fabric. It should look like this:

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Now for the fun part! Before you start pleating, don’t forget the added 1/2″ on each end for your seam allowance. Simply match each pin to pin, remembering that the left side of the pleat face folds to the right, and the right side of the pleat face folds to the left. As you match your pins, make sure to repin pleats in place. As you do each pleat, gently slide your pattern paper out of place -eventually it will be completely unpinned from your fabric once you have pleated the entire piece of fabric.

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When you have finished this step on BOTH front and back pieces, it will look like this:

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(NOT PICTURED: Baste 1/2″ on each waistline edge on both your pleated front and back skirt pieces).

(NOT PICTURED: Sew side seams together at 1/2″, decide which side you would like your zipper to be on and make sure to stop about 5-6″ from the top to leave room for where your zipper will go, back stitch. Iron and finish your seam allowances (I just used a zig zag stitch).

Now you need to create your waistband: I didn’t create a pattern for this piece, its just a rectangle so it’s super easy to cut out just by measuring. To figure out how your waistband should measure start by taking your waist measurement (this will be your width), and decide how thick you would like your waist band to be, multiply it by 2 and add 1″ for seam allowance. So all together my waistband length measured 5 1/2″ in length. Cut your rectangle. (Mine was 29″ X 5 1/2″).  Iron in half, WST.

Once your waistband is cut out, pin ONE edge RST to your skirt waistline, leaving a loose edge. Make sure to line up and pin centers and edges first. Sew at 1/2″.

Next Iron the loose side of your waistband at 1/2″. It will look like this:

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Flip the waistband over to the inside of your skirt, and pin in place. It should just barely cover the unfinished seam allowance.

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Now, grab a needle and matching thread. Whip stitch along the edge of your waist band end to end. (You can also stitch in the ditch). I always prefer to hand stitch. Once you are finished, iron waistband.

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Now you need to insert your invisible zipper. You will need a 7-9″ invisible zipper in a coordinating color. I just followed the instructions included with my zipper, very simple. I finished the top of my zipper/ seam allowance edge with a zig zag stitch. It will look like this:

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Finish off your zipper edge by pinning your loose zipper tape sticking over the top of your skirt to the back of the seam allowance.

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Fold your seam allowance back over, and hand tack along the edges of your zipper edge.

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Once you have done this, it will look like this:

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And lastly, finish by hemming your skirt. I folded and ironed the bottom edge at 1/2″, and then folded and ironed again at 1 1/2″. Pin in place, and hand tack your hemline in place using a blind hem stitch. You can also do this on your machine, I just really enjoy doing it by hand. Thats all there is to it!

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Toddler Twirly Dress Sewing Tutorial

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With Valentines Day approaching (one of my all time favorite holidays), I was inspired to make a cute little dress for my 18 month old little girl. I’ve seen some similar dresses in etsy shops and I thought I’d try to make one for myself. I put the whole dress together in an afternoon, it’s very simple. I made it using solid red Cotton Jersey Knit fabric that I found on sale at a local fabric shop, but this dress would also be so cute using a fun printed knit fabric. Check out Girl Charlee online for some great knit fabric options. Best of all, my daughter loves to wear it and twirl all around. It’s so comfortable for her to wear, and it’s so easy to slip on. I’m definitely planning on making some more!

What you need:

-I used about 3/4 of a yard of fabric, but this depends on the size you need. (Mine was for an 18 month old).

-matching thread

Let’s get started.

First of all, you need to create your pattern. For the top part of the dress, I used one of my daughters fitted t-shirts as template for the dress front and back pieces. I traced from about the waist area to the neckline with the shirt folded in half. Make sure to add a 1/2″ for your seam allowance.

Next you need to draw out your sleeve. See my image below for a good visual. Use your t-shirt as a guideline again for the top of the sleeve, and then add desired length.

Now we need a neckline facing. This is easy. Measure the length of neckline on your t-shirt. Mine measured about 8″ in the front and 7″ in the back. Add them together -1 1/2″ and draw a line on your pattern paper. So I drew a line that was 13 1/2″ long. Next draw the width of the neckling facing, depending on how thick you would like it to be. I wanted mine to be 1/2″ thick to I added 1 1/2″ width. It will look like a rectangle when your finished- see image below for my pattern piece.

For the skirt part of the dress, we will need to create a circle skirt pattern. This is so easy. I used this tutorial, it’s very clear and my skirt turned out perfectly. Just follow her directions for drawing the pattern and cutting the skirt.

My pattern pieces look like this:

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Let’s start putting this all together.

1. Cut out pattern pieces using desired fabric

2. Line up Front and Back Dress bodice pieces RST and pin at shoulder seams, sew at 1/2″ using zig zag stitch if you don’t own a serger like me.

3. Hem your sleeves. I just folded the edge up about a 1/2″ and sewed right on the raw edge using a zig zag stitch.

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4. Open up your bodice pieces and find to edges on the sleeve, see where my pins point this out below. Pin sleeve to Bodice Front & Back pieces RST, matching end points and centers. Sew.IMG_0367

5. Pin Bodice Front & Bodice Back RST from sleeve end to waistline. Sew at 1/2″ with zig zag stitch. IMG_0368

6. Now we need to sew the skirt to the bodice. First we need to prep our skirt to be gathered by ease stitching (using a wider stitch) sewing with a straight stitch at 1/2″ & 5/8″ around the waistline edge of the skirt. Make sure to leave your threads long enough for pulling.

7. Evenly pin your skirt to your bodice RST in about 4 places. Lightly tug on thread ends of ease stitching to gather the skirt, make sure to distribute gathers evenly until the bodice and skirt pieces match up. Pin and sew at 5/8″.

8. I recommend trying the dress on at this point. I had to adjust the neckline a little (make it wider) to properly fit my daughter. Make any needed adjustments at this point. Trim seam allowances.

9. Next, we need to sew in our neckline facing. Sew facing ends RST. Trim Seam allowance. Fold neckline facing piece in half WST. Iron flat. Pin RST to bodice neckline. (Make sure to line up neckline seam with the bodice center back). Sew at 1/2″ using a straight stitch. Trim Seam allowance, and iron flat.

10. Hem the bottom of your dress to desired length!

I know your little one will love wearing this dress as much as mine. This would be great for an adult dress too!! Hmm…

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Maternity Dress Sewing Tutorial

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I have been dreaming up maternity patterns for the last few weeks, but none of them have really inspired me. I couldn’t find any tutorials or patterns I liked either. I also have a wedding coming up in December that I need a berry colored dress for, and I haven’t been able to find anything online (that is also affordable) that I love. Last Saturday I woke up early, looked through my fabric stash and found this lovely berry jersey knit in my pile and I went to work. I wanted something I could dress up or dress down, feel comfortable in, and also grow into. This is what I came up with. I put the whole thing together in one night, so it’s very fast and very simple. I really like how basic it is, there are so many ways to dress it up or down. I also left the hem line pretty long (longer than I would like) so I could alter it exactly how I need before the wedding. (I get realllllly big and the wedding is still two months away- so I’m playing it safe).

Anyways, on to the tutorial. I found my fabric for $2 a yard at a discount store in LA, making the dress a total of about $5 with the zipper and thread. Can’t beat that. Sewing your own clothes CAN be worth it if you can find a good deal on your fabric. If you don’t have a discount fabric store near you, I highly recommend checking out Girl Charlee online. They have knits on knits for cheap prices.

What you need:

-2 yards jersey knot fabric

-matching thread

-20-22″ invisible zipper

First you will need to create your pattern. Use a T-shirt that fits well or a previously used pattern you know fits well as a guideline.

You will need these pieces: (sorry for the bad image, it will help give a better visual though).

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-Bodice Front (cut 1 on fold) & Bodice Back (cut 2) (mine measured about 14″long- length from shoulder seam to just under your bust plus 5/8″ for your seam allowance).

-2 Sleeves (I used a previously used sleeve pattern altered to a longer length).

-Front Neckline Facing (cut 1 on fold- just trace your bodice front pattern neckline and make it about 2″ wide).

-Back Neckline Facing (cut 2- trace bodice back pattern piece).

-Skirt (Cut 1 on fold- measure just under your bust around your whole rib cage, and double that number for your width. Measure yourself lengthwise for desired length. It will look like a rectangle).

And that’s it!

Here’s how I made it:

Step 1// Begin putting your bodice together by sewing the front and back shoulders seams together rst. Iron seam, and trim seam allowance.

Step 2// Hem your sleeves using a blind hem stitch. I like to do this by hand. Here is a great tutorial:  Sew your sleeves in. (here are pictures of a previous project using the same steps).

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Pin sleeve into armhole RST. Make sure ends and centers are pinned first.

 

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Once pinned in place, sew in your sleeve using a zigzag stitch at 5/8″. Trim seam allowance.

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3// Pin your side seams rst and sew from bodice bottom to under arm to end of sleeve in one continuous seam, sewing up the whole side for both sides each.

4// Finish edge of your neckline facings using a zig zag stitch if you desire. Sew front neckline facing to both back neckline facings where shoulder seam would meet. Pin facing to dress neckline rst lining up your shoulder seams, sew in using a straight stitch. Trim seam allowance. Iron facing behind dress front to finish off the neckline. I tacked my facing down at the shoulder seams to keep it from flipping up.

5// Gather skirt. On top edge of skirt piece, baste the whole length of the skirt at 1/2″ & 5/8″, remember to leave your thread tails long. Pin center of the skirt piece to the center of the bodice front rst, then line up skirt edges to the bodice edges, also pin. (See picture below). Gently tug your thread ends and gather each side evenly. baste two pieces together at 5/8″. Make sure everything is in place where it should be, and sew using a zigzag stitch.

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6// Sew in your invisible zipper using the instructions on the zipper packaging.

7// Hem your dress to desired length.

All done! I hope this helps with some of your maternity fashion dilemmas!

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