Saturday, March 14, 2015

St Patrick's Day Girl's Tee

Last time I shared with you the St Patrick's Day Tee I made for the boy. Today I am going to show you the one I made for my girl. 

I made this one using the Jalie 2805 tee shirt pattern. This pattern is definitely a go to. I debated buying it at first because it is a little pricier than some of the patterns I buy, but it has been so worth it. First of all, it has all the sizes from toddler 2T all the way to a Women's size 22. I can use the same pattern for both her and me and it looks great on both of us. Plus, I like that there is no gap in the tween sizes. This pattern would truly fit all the way from toddler to adult. And, of course, it is a great-fitting basic tee shirt with many options. It comes with options for several different necklines, including crew neck, v-neck, henley, and mock turtleneck, as well as options for cap sleeve, short sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, and long sleeve. You can see why I use it so often, right? In fact, I think she is going to need a few more for spring and summer. 

I made hers with the same green jersey fabric as her brother's. (She loves that they can match.) I chose the t-shirt with a crew neck and cap sleeves. I love the feminine look of this one, especially with the cap sleeves. She is skinny and most t-shirts look boxy on her. I didn't make any modifications to this one and I love it. (The neckline looks a little wonky in these pics, but I promise it's not really. I think she was pulling on it and I forgot to adjust it before taking pictures. Oops. And of course, I didn't iron it after she had been playing in it all day.)

 I did another freezer paper stencil with paint on this one. I chose a design with a bit more interest because of the plain solid color tee. But it's just as easy.

And then I asked her to make a "leprechaun face." Apparently that's what this is. 

Details: Pattern Jalie 2805 Women's Tee Shirts
Fabric: Laguna Jersey in Grass

Friday, March 13, 2015

St Patrick's Day for Boys

Happy St Patrick's Day. Okay, it's coming up in a few days. And my kids are so excited. They think they are going to catch a leprechaun. Who knows where they got that idea?! Well, they wanted special shirts and they got them.

I sewed them each a tee shirt, in a nice Irish green, of course. And I embellished each using paint and freezer paper stenciling.

For the boy, I chose a raglan - style shirt and chose the green for the sleeves and the gray for the shirt. I searched around for just the right pattern for the raglan that I envisioned. I ended up using
the Field Trip Raglan from Oliver and S. I am really happy with the fit and it went together easily. The pattern did not have short sleeves, so I modified just a bit for that. I think it's a great boyish look.

I painted a simple shamrock with the freezer paper stencil. I didn't have quite the right shade of green paint. It would have been nice if it matched the sleeves a little better. And looking at it now, I wonder if I should have painted it a tad higher. But, oh well; he likes it. I also chose to do the hem with a reverse coverstitch in green thread. I really like the look. Of course, the coverstitching is a bit more visible this way, and you can see any mistakes or inconsistencies a bit more. But again, who's really looking, right? We are happy with it. I plan to keep practicing this on other shirts because I like the look.

Check back next time to see the St Patrick's Day shirt for Girls.

Shirt details
Pattern: Field Trip Raglan Tee from Oliver and S.
Fabric: Laguna Cotton Jersey in grass and heather gray

Friday, March 6, 2015

Carolina Tee by Shwin Designs

I have yet another new pattern to share with you all today. I love this one too. It's the Carolina Tee from Shwin Designs. (Coupon code below)

 I would have to say that tee shirts are probably my favorite thing to sew, and certainly among my favorite things to wear. So I love to see a tee shirt that is really special. This pattern gives you a shirt that is just as comfy and easy to sew as your favorite tee, but the curved seams make it extra flattering and unique. "Fancy without even trying," as the description on the website says. Sounds perfect.

The shirt features a curved side seam and a curved hem that hits low on the hips. It includes options for long and short sleeves. Comes in a wide range of sizes from XXS - XXXL.

One of my favorite things about this pattern is all the ways you can change it up just by using different fabrics. It works great with two coordinating fabrics for the front and back, which means it doesn't take a lot of either fabric. I think that solid fabric in front gives it a really great hourglass shape. I also love that you can use a printed fabric for part of the shirt and you don't even have to worry about matching it at the seams. Perfect for stripes! I am planning to sew another one of these in short sleeve this weekend with stripes for the back and solid for the sleeves and front. And there will be no unmatching stripes at the seams!

I also decided that this shirt would be a great design for a running or athletic shirt. The curved side seam makes it ideal for this. This way, there is no chafing at the sides as you move.

I made this one out of a nylon / spandex wicking fabric so it's perfect for running. I topstitched the seam down on this one for extra comfort, but you could also use my tutorial from this post to flatlock those seams.

Get your Shwin Designs Carolina Tee here. Also new today is the 909 Jacket. Today only (March 6, 2015), buy both of these patterns and get 50% off your entire order with code SPRINGTWO.

I would love to see your versions of this tee, too. If you make one, send me your link or add it to the comments below. Happy sewing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Evergreen Jacket by Hey June

Today I get to tell you about another brand new pattern - the Evergreen Jacket* from Hey June handmade. You are going to love this one!

This jacket is so comfy I want to wear it everyday! Seriously! I made this one in a mid-weight sweatshirt fleece and it is perfect for spring. It can be made with any stable knits or even a stretch woven fabric. It is so stylish with the asymmetrical zip and the collar. And those handy pockets make it practical to wear all the time. The top-stitching gives it a really professional touch as well. All of this is included in the clearly written instructions. All your friends will wonder where you bought your awesome jacket!

Now, I also have to admit that jackets have been one of those things that kind of intimidated me when it comes to sewing, and so I have not made one before. I mean, look at all those pieces! And the zippers! But, it really came together so nicely and certainly wasn't as difficult as I thought. It does take a little more time that just sewing up a shirt or something, but now I have something that I will wear even more often. Like, almost every time I go outside. :) And if you want to try your hand at sewing jackets, this is a great one to start with, since it is unlined and made with that stable knit fabric that sews up easily.

The instructions are very clearly written, and I have discovered that I really like the digitally illustrated pictures that Adrianna uses in the instructions. She uses these carefully and clearly illustrated pictures instead of photos so that you can see exactly what you are supposed to be doing in each step. 

Of course, be sure to read the size chart and choose your correct size based on your measurements, so that you get a great fitting jacket. 

To check out all the other details, see other versions, and to buy your pattern, check it out at Hey June Handmade*.

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