Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM - review

I was asked to help test the Thumbs Up Tee by OUSM (Once Upon a Sewing Machine).  It goes from 12 months - 12 years...you've gotta love that huge size range!  And can I just say, I LOVE working with knits!  I find it is so much more forgiving than woven fabric.  Also, there is no need to hem them.  Granted, it looks nicer when you do hem, but when I am in a rush or am just being lazy, it still works.

Now, this shirt is quickly becoming a favorite of my son's.  My other son has requested one even.  I think the thumb hole is their favorite feature, by far.  It's definitely pretty cool!  To go along with the pattern, they made a YouTube video for the thumb hole cuff instructions.  There is a mini tutorial at the beginning if you want to make a cuff for any shirt, not just their pattern.

There is an accent piece on the sleeve, which is good for using up scrap fabric.  However, I ended up using my main fabric for the accent piece because I didn't have enough of it for the longer part of the sleeve.  By doing it that way, it looks more like a layered short sleeve.

I was really quite pleased with the pattern.  It's always nice when a tester pattern works out the first time around, and only needs small tweaks.  Now, this is a more slim fitting/athletic fit shirt.  If you wanted it looser, I would just go up a size in the width.  She has the option to print in layers, which I love!  It saves so much ink and is a lot quicker to cut out since you don't have to keep track of which line to cut.  


Extraordinary Girl pattern by Filles a Maman - review

I had the opportunity to test the newest pattern by Filles a Maman - Extraordinary Girl - which is an update to her Julia Sweater pattern.  It goes from 12 months up to 14 years, so a huge size range for the price.  It only took me 1 1/2 hours from cutting the pattern out to finishing the last stitch.  I love the itty bitty pocket in the front.  And the color blocking on the front helps to break the shirt up and not be just a regular t-shirt.  I also like the look of the overlapping collar.  Some testers used a different color for the back, and when it overlapped to the front it looked really neat.

The fit was pretty spot on with her measurements.  I made a straight 7 for her (she usually wears a 7/8 in RTW clothing).  She ended up wearing it all day and said how "comfy" it was when she put it on.  The sleeves fit her well, but I believe Mel (the designer) was going to make them a smidge longer.

Another thing I love is the longer hem in the back, although it's kind of hard to see in this picture though.  This seems to be a more popular hemline lately, and I hope it stays around.  It's really cute and makes it more feminine looking.  One of the testers just cut straight across (although there is no cutting line to do that, she just winged it) and made a shirt for her son.  It turned out really cute!

Currently, the top is on sale for an introductory price of $6.95.  After that, it will go up to the regular price of $9.


3 down, 97 to go! :)

I am off to a good start!  I have finished 3 patterns already, all with my old patterns and all with my current fabric stash.  Yay!!  I made myself the Centerfield Raglan shirt by Greenstyle, and I absolutely love it!  I made it one size larger so that it fits more like a t-shirt (it is actually meant to have a fitted look, though).  I had absolutely no problems sewing it up, so I can see myself making more.

Another item I made for myself is the free Scarf Neck Cardigan pattern from Swoon.  Attaching the neck/scarf part was a little confusing, but now that I know how it goes together it makes perfect sense.  My oldest requested one just like it, but in a different color.  She's just not a plain brown kind of girl.  I made it using fleece, so sized up so that it wasn't tight.  I made it so that I have something nice to wear around the house when I'm cold, so that I don't have to wear my red Mickey Mouse robe (that was handed down to me from my mom) during the middle of the day.

I also made the Jolly Roger Raglan by Patterns for Pirates for Casey.  I had cut it out a few months ago, but never sewed it together.  No clue why not. It was an easy sew.  I'm thinking of making him a pair of knit shorts or pants to match so that he can use the set as pj's this spring/summer since the shirt is still a little long on him.  I could easily hem it some more, but I'd rather hold onto it for later.


New Year, Old Stash

Well, I am excited for this new year.  I am planning on only sewing from my stash...both my fabric stash and pattern stash.

Sew Your (Pattern) Stash:  The goal is to sew the patterns you already own and have not yet sewn, which for me is quite a few.  I will have no problem making it to the end of the year doing this, I'm sure.  The only exception to this is when I test patterns for designers, but I don't pay for those patterns anyway.  The group has themes for each month, and January is women's patterns.  I have a lot that I have not made for myself because I tend to make clothes for the kids instead.  But, I already have two printed and cut out to start on tonight.  

The 100 Item Sewing Challenge:  The goal with this group is to make 100 items from your current fabric stash without buying any extra.  If fabric is needed (if the pattern calls for 2 yards and you only have 1), then you are allowed to buy the extra.  But I'm really hoping to get by with buying as little fabric as possible this year.  I have quite a bit of fabric, a lot of which is fleece in 3 totes.  I just would like my fabric more manageable and not in different places (drawers, closets, under the bed, stacked up against the wall, etc.).

Here's hoping I can save lots of money this year!  :)