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). 

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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The Sunny Swing Tee Sewing Tutorial + Free Pattern

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I am so thrilled with how this top turned out. The A-line shape is so flattering, and I’l take a stripe and floral combo any day. I am even more excited to share my original pattern with you!! The pattern is available as a free download, but it is currently only in a size small.

PRINTING INSTRUCTIONS:
Most programs will automatically shrink or scale a PDF to print within your printer’s printable regions. It’s IMPORTANT that you set the scale option to 100%. If your printer does remove a small border when scaled to 100%, it’s easy to fill in the few missing gaps with a pen or pencil.
FREE DOWNLOADABLE PATTERNSunny Swing Tee Pattern

This tee is SO incredibly easy to make. Here’s how I made it:

First, you will need fabric.

The amount of fabric you need for the front center panel depends on the direction the pattern runs on your fabric; it will need to be at least 26″ long. I bought 3/4 of a yard for the length. The fabric I used is Meadow Vale Dark by Leah Duncan.

For the Rest of the top, pick a knit fabric that you like. I used a white and navy ponte de roma knit from Girl Charlee.  (It is currently sold out, but you can easily find this stripe pattern elsewhere). You will need about 1 1/2 yards.

Step 1: Cut out your fabric!

Step 2: I used a 1/2″ seam allowance, ball point needle and zig zag stitch. Sew the front bodice together with the front center panel and two front side panel pieces. Right sides together.

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Trim and iron your seams. When you’re finished it should look like this:

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Step 3: Sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulder seams. Right sides together. Trim and iron seams.

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Step 4: Insert sleeves. Note the corners pictured below indicated by the yellow pins. This is where you will want to pin your sleeves at each end.

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But first, we need to hem our sleeves.

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Now pin your sleeve into place, make sure the center and outside edges are aligned first. It will look like this:

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Sew. Once you are finished, it should look like this:

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Step 5: Sew up the side seams. You’re going to sew from the bottom of the shirt to the underarm of the sleeve in one continuous seam.

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Iron out your seams.

Step 6: Finish the neckline. First, fold your neckline facing in half and iron. Then pin the two ends together and sew.

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Then pin your facing to the neckline, right sides together. Sew. Trim and iron. When you’re done, it will look like this:

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Step 7: Hem the bottom of your shirt. You’re done!! I would love to see your Sunny Swing Tees!!

Please share using: #sunnyswingtee

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The Sunny Swing Tee has been featured by Lindsey McLaughlin. Make sure to check out her awesome blog!