Friday, July 21, 2017

Little Loungers


Hey it's Kylie lounging in her Little Loungers, the newest pattern from Patterns for Pirates.

P4P just released two new patterns, the Little Loungers (sizes 3 months to 14)* and the women's version (sizes XXS to 3X)*. Both are a pants or shorts pattern for woven fabrics packed with options:

- Four length options: shorts, bermuda, capris, or full length pants.
-The shorts option can be cuffed (with or without a button tab) or have a curved hemline with a facing. The other lengths have a standard hem.
- Pocket options include patch or slat pocket for the front and a patch pocket for the back. 
- Waistband options include traditional elastic casing waistband or a yoga band. 
- Optional drawstring

I tested the girls version for Kylie, my nine year old. I used a red linen blend from Joann and made a pair of cuffed shorts with button tabs, front patch pockets, no back pockets, elastic waistband without a drawstring. That's a lot of options to mention, I love it when a pattern has so many choices!


Of course, I had to use a wood button. I can't resist them!

Kylie actually loved these shorts so much, she wore them for two days straight including sleeping in them. She is very picky about the clothes she sleeps in, so I know these had to be comfortable.

Hopefully, I will be back soon with more pairs to share with you. I need to start thinking about back to school sewing and a few pairs of capris and full length pants will help me fill her upcoming school wardrobe. 

For now, I'll share a few more pics, but if you want to see more options, check out the listing and all the pictures here.*





*Affiliate links included in this post. Should you choose to purchase the pattern after clicking on the link, I receive a small compensation at no extra cost to you. This helps feed my sewing addiction, so I greatly appreciate it. All reviews are my own, and I do not promote a pattern I do not love. 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Dress Up This Town

I'm back with another "Sewing with Ti" blog tour.


This month's theme is "Dress up this Town" and you don't want to miss it! Not only will there be a whole month filled with inspiration for fun and pretty dresses, but there are PRIZES! Each week has new prizes up for grabs. I'm here for week 2, where one lucky winner will receive:

$20 store credit to Made For Mermaids
3 Patterns from Peekaboo Pattern Shop
2 Patterns from Seamingly Smitten
3 Patterns from Sew House 7
$15 store credit to Tie Dye Diva



I'm a little jealous of whoever will win. That's a lot of patterns! To enter, simply fill out the rafflecopter which can be found at the end of the blog post.

I'm also equally excited to share the dress I made for this blog tour. Our youngest baby just turned two and I thought she needed a new dress to celebrate the occasion. Honestly, she really didn't need a new dress and I didn't even make it in time for her birthday, but I'm happy I had the excuse to sew for her.

The dress details
  • Fabric: Liverpool print and solid both from Pretty Posh Prints
  • Size: 2T, shortened by 2" for my short little girl. After four kids, Mabel is the first one I have had to shorten anything for. It feels like I'm making a huge mistake. No other mods, except for a small detail in how I applied the binding, details below.

When I gave Mabel the dress and told her I made it, she said "Oh thank you mommy! Oh flowers!"

My heart melted, I should sew for her more often. Then when her dad came home, I told her to go show her dad and she said "No, it's my dress! No!" She's so funny.

I do have to agree with her that I love the dress. It's a very sweet and simple design. The pattern includes a top and a dress in size 3 months all the way up to size 12.

The sleeves are gathered and feature a double ruffle. I love how it keeps the sun off the shoulders, but is still light and airy and not a full sleeve, perfect for hot weather.

She's our beautiful green eyed girl!

The neckline is finished with binding. Since I used liverpool, which is heavy weight, I wanted to reduce the bulk of the neckline, so I did not double fold the binding to tuck the raw edges on the inside.  I simply turned the binding to the wrong side without tucking in the raw edges. I simply cut off the excess binding on the inside as close to the seam as possible.

Of course if I hadn't been using liverpool or a similar weighted fabric, I would have tucked in the raw edges in the inside as the pattern instructs.

Although liverpool is not considered an ideal fabric for binding, I have been able to get a lovely finish this way many times.




This is not my first time making this pattern, though it is my first time blogging about it. I actually tested this pattern back when Mabel was a much smaller baby.

Awww... baby.

This was the top view, in cotton lycra for the sleeves and binding and two way stretch cotton jersey for the body.

And now here she is, two years old.


She's little miss personality and she continues to make us laugh every day.

Taking pictures of her in her new dress, I was able to catch her signature mischevious look. She gives me this look all the time:


And then when she has my attention with the first look, she will close her eyes and give the tiniest smile. I think she does this because it made me laugh once, so now she thinks she needs to do it constantly to make me laugh again. It works.


That's my girl! Those looks are so her!

And now my girl is ready to "Dress up this Town" and take on the world.



I hope she is always this happy to have her mom sew a dress for her.

Be sure to enter the giveaway to win some patterns so you can make lots of dresses for yourself too! Sign up using the rafflecopter here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don't forget to check out the other bloggers on the tour for more inspiration and weekly prizes:

Week 1: July 1st-8th
1- Sewing By Ti (Intro) and Stitching At Night
2- Me Made
3- Tenille's Thread
4- Sewing By Ti
5- Seams Sew Lo
6- Anne Mari Sews
7- Sea of Estrogen
8- Lulu and Celeste

Week 2: July 9th-15th
9- Living in Twinado Valley
10- Ma Moose
11- My Heart Will Sew On
12- Seams Sew Lo
13- Kate Will Knit
14- Creative Counselor
15- Sewing With Sarah

Week 3: July 16th-22nd
16- Stitching and Making
17- That's Sew Lily
18- Sprouting Jube Jube
19- Auschick Sews
20- Anne Mari Sews
21- Lulu and Celeste
22- On Wednesdays We Sew

Week 4: July 23rd-31st
23- Stitching At Night
24- Sewing Curves
25- My Heart Will Sew On
26- Indulging Mum
27- That's Sew Lily
28- Adventures With Bubba and Bug
29- Capture, Craft Cook
30- Sewing By Ti
31- Sew Like a Sloth

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Sew What Do I Wear - Vacation Edition

I am very excited to be a part of the blog tour series "Sew What Do I Wear - Vacation Edition" hosted by Made for Mermaids and Patterns for Pirates.

Speaking of vacation, Jason and I leave this Sunday for Cancun, Mexico to celebrate our ten year anniversary. That's in just four days! I should be getting ready instead of blogging! I'm trying not to freak out. I always get stressed right before vacations, anyone else? I hope it's not just me.

Thanks to the push to sew vacation outfits for this blog tour, I have at least two outfits ready to go for our trip.


Sew what will I wear in Mexico?

I went with two off the shoulder looks. I used both the Mama Cassie and the Mama Daphne by Made for Mermaids and I will go over each pattern to help you decide which pattern you would prefer if an off the shoulder dress or shirt is what you want! I keep seeing these styles everywhere and I'm finally joining the cool showing off your shoulders club.

I haven't made anything off the shoulder until now because I was worried about the bra issue. Every time I would see a cute outfit in this style, I would admire it but think I could never wear it. But I recently had a revelation. You know how sometimes bra straps fall off your shoulders and you don't always put them back on your shoulders? At least that happens to me. Strapless bras will not stay on, but when I wear a regular bra and the strap falls down, it's no big deal. I don't know what the difference is, but I realized I could just wear a regular bra with this style of shirt and just let the bra strap lay off the shoulder, hidden by the shirt.

See?


At least this works for me. I wonder why it took so long for me to figure this out. I could have been wearing off the shoulder shirts a long time ago!

For my first outfit I made the Mama Cassie* in black rayon spandex from Simply by Ti and the Mama Lucy Shorts* in Liverpool from Pretty Posh Prints. (*affiliate links)


There were so many options to choose from in the Mama Cassie! Check out all the tester pics in the listing page* because my one shirt doesn't do the pattern justice. (*affiliate link.)

This Cassie is designed for knits. There is a cold shoulder or off the shoulder option. Right off the bat, that gives you two different looks! A peplum shirt, mini dress or knee length dress are also included. And of course, there are different sleeve lengths.

In addition to the options included in the pattern, there is a blog post on hacks to create even more looks put together by Made for Mermaids. I used the pattern piece and instructions included in the post to add the flounce.

The only change I made was to straighten the sides of the shirt instead of making a peplum. I actually simply used the shape of the Mama Daphne (which I will talk about soon) but you could easily use any t-shirt pattern you want for the side seam shape if you didn't want a peplum. I do like peplums, I just wanted this shirt as simple as possible.

I didn't make any other changes and it came together so easily! I did sew in clear elastic in the seam around my shoulders. Since the shirt is rayon spandex, I didn't want it to stretch out over time, so the elastic helps give it some stability.

To give you a full idea of what the shirt looks like, here what it looks like under the flounce. This is the short sleeved option.

The shorts I paired the shirt with are the Mama Lucy Shorts, also by Made for Mermaids. They are a very simple pair of shorts, with two different inseams and two different hem shapes. I love having a basic pattern like this I can go to over and over again.

Although they are drafted for woven fabrics, you can easily use knit fabrics for the shorts as well. I went with Liverpool fabric (which had quite a bit of stretch) and I could have easily sized down and I might do that next time. But for now I will wear this pair a lot.

 

For my second outfit, I used the Mama Daphne* with a rayon challis from Joann Fabrics. (*affiliate link)


Just like the Mama Cassie, there are lots of options, but just different. The Daphne is drafted for woven fabrics unlike the Cassie. You can, however, use a flowy knit fabric with the Daphne, but you couldn't use a woven for the Cassie.

The Daphne has a ruffle flounce, flutter sleeve or regular peasant style sleeve in different length options, all with the option of straps as well. If you choose the ruffle flounce or flutter sleeve, there are no sleeves unlike the Cassie. The Daphne uses elastic along the neckline, and in a waist casing if you make a dress. By contrast, there is no elastic in the Cassie.

 Finally, the Daphne has different lengths as well from shirt length to mini, to knee length, to maxi and to puddle maxi.

I went with the regular short sleeves, elastic in the sleeve hem (you could also leave this out), no straps, maxi length option.


Since I used rayon for both outfits (rayon spandex and rayon challis), I'm hoping that it will help me keep cool on the hot summer days on our vacation. I'm looking forward to finding out! Sun on my shoulders in Mexico, here I come!


Be sure to check out the rest of the bloggers on the tour. I hope it inspires some sewing for you for either vacation or every day life! I wish I had more time to sew before we leave in a few days. :)

You can follow the Made for Mermaid blog to find all of the blog posts.


Friday, June 9, 2017

It's getting hot in here


It's finally summer! My favorite time of the year!

It hasn't been too hot yet in our part of the woods, but I know the scorching days of summer are right around the corner. I don't mind the heat at all, and I love nothing more than spending time outside at the pool when it's hot enough. In fact, I only enjoy swimming if the temperature is in the high 90s or 100s. Otherwise, it's too cold for the water. So bring on the high temps, I'm ready! I even made my own swimsuit. 

Today I am sharing the suit I made as part of the "It's Getting Hot in Here" blog tour hosted by Sewing by Ti.

 

You know the 2002 "Hot in Herre" song by Nelly? It's getting hot in here... So take off all your clothes... Yep, that's the theme of the blog tour this month.

I promise I'm not taking off all my clothes, just stripping down to my swim suit and nothing more.

Funny story though: Last week we stayed in a hotel with a pool. I put my swim suit on under my clothes and took the kids to the hotel pool. As I started taking off my layers of clothes to get to my swim suit, I accidentally started taking off my swim suit too! Oops! I recovered quickly and no one was around but my kids, but that could have been very embarrassing. I hope the hotel pool doesn't have cameras.

I guess I was just fully committed to this theme. Bonus points for me.

Let's talk about the swimsuit, shall we?


Patterns:
Fabric:
  • Main fabric is medium weight swim fabric, color wine, from LDG Show Room
  • Power mesh from LDG Show Room for the interlining (used in the front of the swim bottoms only)
  • Nude swim lining from Joanns
Notions:
  • Swim cups from Sew Sassy
  • Swim elastic from Sew Sassy
  • Stretch needles (The swim fabric had skipped stitches with the ballpoint and was getting small holes with the universal. The stretch needles worked perfectly.)
I'm not going to lie, this turned into a bigger project than I thought it would be. This was my first time to ever sew a swimsuit. I ended up making adjustments to fit me better and it took some trial and error to figure out the best settings to sew the swim fabric.

Surprisingly, I preferred my sewing machine to my serger for the swim fabric. The tension just wasn't cooperating on my serger, but maybe I will figure it out for next time. And I really needed the stretch needles. It was smooth sailing when I figured that out. If you don't own a serger, don't let that stop you from trying to sew a swimsuit! This one ended up being constructed only by my sewing machine.  

The process of sewing a swimsuit also required some soul searching while analyzing my body and all its flaws to get the right fit. That wasn't exactly a fun process, but it was worth it.

In the end, I preferred making my own to the agony that is swimsuit shopping. It took me weeks trying on suits last year before finding one I didn't hate. Sewing my own suit this year took a couple days to get a swimsuit I love. I'm so happy I stuck it out and finished it!


Next time I make a swimsuit, it will be much faster. I can see how people can sew these up quickly! I know for sure there will be a next time. The swim patterns I used have a lot of options and I want to try another style next. For my first suit, I decided to make the basic options. The only "non basic" option I chose was to have the criss cross straps in the back instead of the straight straps.


I kept the suit as simple as possible, but I did make some fitting adjustments and will transfer them to the next suit that I make. As I have not been able to find a swimsuit that fits me well since having kids, I'm not surprised I would have to make adjustments to a swim pattern as well.

I will be able to refer to this list next time I make this swimsuit, unless of course my body changes again by then.

Adjustments made (you can skip over this part if you aren't interested in fitting and sewing mumbo jumbo):
  • My first go at the swim top was too a little too restricting for my liking. I had originally used power mesh as an interlining, but it seemed to flatten me a little too much. I can see why others would want the support there, but I preferred it without it. The power mesh is optional and the instructions are great if it's something you want in a swimsuit.
  • The pattern makes it easy to customize if you need a full or small bust adjustment. There are different cut lines that correspond to the difference between your overbust vs. full bust. I also found, however, that I can't trust the overbust vs. bust measurement when I'm making a swimsuit., or at least this style of swimsuit. I barely have any difference in between these two measurements, less than 1" (my upper back seems to be proportionally wide) but I do have a much larger difference (3.5") in between my full bust and underbust. While I used the suggested cut line for my first top (1" corresponding to the difference between overbust and full bust) I didn't have nearly enough length in the fabric to go over my chest. I ended up using the 3" cut line for my second and final top and it fit perfectly. The way the pattern is drafted makes it very easy to customize this fit issue. Just keep this in mind if you are built like me.  
  • I added two inches to the length of the straps. No surprises here. Straps are never long enough on me in this style of clothing, this was nice to be able to customize.
  • On the swim bottoms, I removed 1" on the front rise and 2" on the back rise. My fabric had a lot of vertical stretch and this might not have been needed for a different fabric. For the bottoms, I used power mesh in the front in between the swim fabric and lining and I'm very happy I did. The instructions are great explaining how to do this. Let's just say that my stomach and love handles is my least favorite body part, but I'm very comfortable wearing these swim bottoms.
Those are all the changes that I made and as you can see, none of them were difficult. The pattern instructions were very helpful and it was just the right amount of hand holding to help me get over my fear of making my own swimsuit. I would highly suggest both of these patterns, but I would recommend making a quick muslin first. I think muslins are always important, but maybe more so in something like a swimsuit.

Can I just say that I am so glad I don't have to shop for a swimsuit this year? My suit from last year doesn't fit well, and now I don't have to worry about trying on ill fitting suits over and over until I find one I can tolerate. Now I have one I love wearing!

Now all I need is for the temps to heat up and I'm all set!


Are you interested in seeing how other bloggers are interpreting the theme? There is sure to be a lot of inspiration for the rising temperatures. Check them out below (links will not be live until the scheduled date.)
June 1st- Sewing By Ti
June 2nd- Sewing By Ti

June 5- Stitching and Making
June 6- Doodle Number 5
June 7- That's Sew Lily
June 8- EYMM
June 9- Ma Moose

June 12- Tales from a Southern Mom
June 13- Robynne and the Bobbin
June 14- Hazelnut Handmade
June 15- Anne Mari Sews
June 16- On Wednesdays We Sew

June 19- Tenille's Thread
June 20- It's Liesel
June 21- Lillie Pawillie
June 22- Needles to Say
June 23- Sewing By Ti
June 24- Fox Flower Lane

June 26- Indulging Mum
June 27- Creative Counselor
June 28- Sprouting Jube Jube
June 29- Anne Mari Sews
June 30- Sewing By Ti

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ch-Ch-Changes


Ch-Ch-Changes... is the theme for Sewing By Ti's may blog tour. It was originally going to be called "Transitions" but that wasn't quite as catchy.

Transitions or changes is quite a broad theme. There are so many directions this one can go, and I think you will see a wide range of sewing ideas and inspiration during this blog tour. I'm focusing on sewing for my oldest daughter, as sewing for her has changed over the years. In fact, you could say that we are in a true transition stage as she is now a tween, the age in between a child and a teenager.

Yes, a tween, how did this happen? I can't be old enough to be the parent of a tween, can I?

In fact, when she recently told me she was a tween, I didn't believe her. She is nine years old, and I thought the tween years didn't start until ten. I even turned to google to prove her wrong. However, the first answer that popped up called the tween years between 8-12. This wasn't the first time google sided with Kylie instead of me.

Here is what popped up when I googled:


There seems to be a lot of different definitions and age discrepancies for the tween years, but according to this definition pictured, I actually have TWO tweenagers. Our second oldest is eight years old, and I just don't see her in this category yet. But no matter which definition you choose, there is no denying the tween years will be here in full force soon enough.

The thing about Kylie, my nine year old, is that she still marches to the beat of her own drum. She is very opinionated, loves fashion, but doesn't follow trends or fashion rules. I can't speak of all tweens in my blog post today, just my daughter.

As an example, unlike many of her friends her own age, she doesn't like leggings. She in fact, hates them. Some of her friends will only wear leggings according to Kylie. But not Kylie. I've made her and bought her many pairs that she refuses to wear. Thankfully, her sister Eve was happy to take them off her hands... errr legs?

Things she likes in fashion: the color blue, anything with texture, dresses, small details, jeans, science or dog themed shirts, anything unique...

When I decided I would sew for her for this blog tour, I knew I needed to make her a Daphne by Made for Mermaids. She begged me for one when I recently sewed her sister a dress from that pattern, which I blogged about here.

I chose some dotted chambray from Cali Fabrics, knowing she would like the texture.


Pattern: Daphne by Made for Mermaids (affiliate link)

The verdict? She was so happy to see the dress! The first thing she said was "Wow, I just love old fashioned fabric! And the dress is so pretty!"

Old fashioned? I don't know why, but that made me laugh. I guess it has a classic feel to it.

It turns out, however, that she doesn't like wearing the dress off the shoulders the way the pattern is intended. It surprised me because she loved that about her sister's dress. She just didn't like the feel of it. I tightened the elastic to make it easier to wear around her neck like a peasant dress, and she is very happy with it.


Besides the change to the neckline (i.e. tightening the elastic), the only thing I adjusted was blending the height for her chest size. Her chest size is technically a size 5 according to the size chart, and her height is a size 10. I know from experience that it's best if I don't blend the sizes as drastically, so I went with a size 6 for width of the pattern and size 10 for length. The armscye, ruffle height, and dress length are all adjusted to the length of the size 10, but everything else is a size 6. The fit turned out great. No other adjustments were made.

There are some evidences of this transitional age period in our photoshoot.

Young enough to love ruffles. She tells me she likes ruffles, which she is happy about in the dress. I'm not sure if she will ever be too old to like ruffles. Who knows? I was just surprised it's something she likes at her age.


Old enough to wear wedges (with a bigger heel than I ever wear, I might add.)


Young enough to want to stop and pick the clover flowers.


Old enough to have dyed hair. She has had this blue streak in her hair for months now. It's just now starting to fade, but it's still pretty.


She's obviously growing up, but still enjoying childhood, as she should. There are some days when her attitude reminds me that she is approaching the teenage years, but overall she is the sweetest person you could ever meet. She cares deeply about others, has a passion for learning, and is a creative soul. I hope those things remain constant in her life as she continues growing up.



Here's to the tween years! May they be as fun as all of the other years have been so far.



To see how other sewing bloggers have interpreted this theme, check out the rest of the tour here (links will not be live until the scheduled date):

Sunday, May 1st- Sewing By Ti, Tenille's Thread

Monday, May 8- Sewing By Ti
May 9th- Sewing By Ti
May 10th- Sewing By Ti
May 11th- Lilliepawillie
May 12th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, May 15th- Anne Mari Sews
May 16th- Mahlica Designs
May 17th- Ma Moose
May 18th- The Fairy Dust Bin
May 19th- Harper + Lu

Monday, May 22nd- Margarita on the Ross
May 23rd- Very Blissful
May 24th- Creative Counselor
May 25th- Doodle Number 5
May 26th- Ade Says

Sunday, May 28th- Sew Like a Sloth
May 29th- Anne Mari Sews
May 30th- Stitching and Making

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mommy and Me Raglan SAL, Day 3



Today in our sew along, we are finishing our necklines.

If you are sewing the Riviera Raglan, there are quite a few necklines you can choose from: crewneck, V-neck, hoodie, split neck, or henley. You can choose any option you want for our SAL, but my blog post today focuses on sewing the crew neck option. This is a very common neckline in knit patterns, and I have noticed a lot of questions about it in online sewing groups. All the pictures in the blog post are from the Streamline Tee by New Horizons.

I am not trying to reinvent the wheel here, there are lots of wonderful tutorials out there already on how to achieve a nice banded neckline. I'm hoping to add a few tips I have found helpful. This is just a supplement to either your pattern instructions or to other tutorials you might be following.

First, you need to make sure that the fabric you are using for the neckband has enough stretch (at least 50% for most patterns) and good recovery (meaning it doesn't get stretched out, after being stretched it should bounce back to it's original size.)

When it's time to mark your band and your shirt in quarters, I suggest snipping the fabric to mark the quarter placements. You want the snips to be noticeable as you are sewing, but you do not want to cut into the seam allowance.

Keep in mind, the seam on the neckband does not need snipped, but that will count as one of the quarter markings, so just three snips in the neckband and four snips along the shirt neckline.

Here is a picture of one of the snips on the band, and the snips on the neckline of the shirt. They are circled in red:


I promise those quarter points are even, I didn't notice how lopsided the shirt was laying when I took the picture.

Next, turn the shirt inside out and pin the neckband to the right side of the neckline, on the inside of the shirt, using the snips to match up the quarter points.


This arrow is pointing at the seam of the neckband. Line that up with the center BACK marking.


If you are using your serger, I suggest basting the neckline on before serging the neckline, unless you are confident in your neckline length, your fabric choice and your sewing skills. It is easy to go over the stitch with a serger if you are happy with the neckline.

If you are using your sewing machine, I suggest using a slightly longer than normal stitch to give the neckline some stretch. And by using a longer stitch, it shouldn't be a big deal to seam rip should you need to adjust your neckline. Or you could use an even longer stitch and baste it on first. Up to you. Just keep in mind that this might be a high risk area of seam ripping. Just a warning!

When sewing (or basting) on the neckband, I find it easiest to keep the shirt inside out just like you pinned it earlier. I have the shirt against the feed dogs and I have the neckband on top, sewing on the inside of the circle.


As you sew the neckband on, stretch the neckband to fit, but do not stretch the shirt fabric.

Having the snips to mark the quarter points comes in handy at this point because I can take out the needles and still know where the quarter points are. As I'm sewing, I stretch the neckband to get the snips to line up as shown in this picture here:


As you are sewing on the neckband, make sure you are sewing with the correct seam allowance. I have the tendency to take too small of seam allowance here and it makes the neckband too tall and sometimes the neck opening isn't wide enough. Taking too small or big of a seam allowance can make a big difference in the neckline!

Troubleshooting:

If your neckband is too floppy, that means that the neckband was too long. Or it could mean that the  neckband fabric doesn't have great recovery and was stretched out too much. Shortening the neckband will help, but if it's strictly a fabric issue, keep in mind that you might have better luck with something with better recovery. You can try shortening the neckband first if you really want to make a certain fabric work.

If there are puckers in the shirt, that means the neckband was too short. It could also mean that it wasn't stretched evenly across the quarter points. Either go back and stretch evenly or add length to the neckband. This could also happen if the neckband fabric does not have enough stretch.

Usually a neckband is around 85% smaller than the length of the neckline. If you are calculating your own, that is a good place to start. Of course, different fabrics all have their optimized percent based on their stretch and recovery, but that amount works for a lot of fabrics.

When you are all done, sit back and admire your work.


These get a lot easier with practice! Don't stress if you have become good friends with your seam ripper when sewing on neckbands, they become no big deal with a little practice.

Some people like to topstitch their neckband seam allowance down, but I prefer the look without it. And with a good fitting neckband, I haven't had the need to do it. However, if you want to topstitch yours, I will be talking about double needles on the blog tomorrow and you can do it then if you are fine waiting a day.

We are almost done with our shirts for the sew along. Hemming is the last thing left! Don't forget to post your pictures in the group.