T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing

T-Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named Clothing

Pattern: Inari Tee, Named Clothing
Fabric: NOSH Organic Jersey
Size: 12
Any Adjustments: The T-shirt is designed to be cropped so I added 2” at the hem for a longer length.

Screen Shot 2018 04 19 at 4.04.26 PM T Shirt Sewing Pattern Review: Inari Tee by Named ClothingI’ve sewn a few basic T-shirts in the past and was looking for something a little more upscale this go-round. The Inari Tee is a fan favorite online and includes a boxy dress option, so I was eager to give it a try. It’s suitable for wovens or knits, which increases the appeal for me. The shaping and the cuffs in particular give it a slightly upscale feel, emphasized by the absolutely lovely organic jersey I used for this sample. The crop was a little too high for my liking, but with the addition of 2” at the hem — a very easy adjustment — was perfect for my needs. The jersey I used had a bit of body, which adds to the boxy shaping and structured look of the top and suits me fine.

 

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Giveaway: Coloring with Thread by Tula Pink

TulaColoringThread 228x300 Giveaway: Coloring with Thread by Tula PinkIt’s giveaway time!

We’re giving away a copy of Coloring with Thread by Tula Pink, as seen in the April/May 2018 issue of Sew News:

Stitch the whimsical world of Tula Pink! Seventeen of Tula’s animal and floral designs from her best-selling fabric collections have been rendered and primed for hand embroidery. Step-by-step instructions for over 20 embroidery stitches, color guides and thread color suggestions from Tula herself ensure a gorgeous finished design. A CD-rom containing each motif is included for easy sizing and printing for any project.

For your chance to win a copy of Coloring with Thread, leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, May 4, at noon Mountain Standard Time. We’ll randomly pick a winner from among the commenters Friday afternoon using Random.org.

Good luck!

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Don’t miss out! Find more great projects and ideas in our newest issue, available on newsstands and at shopsewitall.com!

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It’s T-Shirt Month!

May is T-Shirt Month!

GettyImages 836248792 1 Its T Shirt Month! What’s your go-to garment? For most people, it’s a T-shirt. You can’t beat the comfort and forgiving fit of everyday T-shirts, and they’re super simple to sew.

We’re devoting an entire month to T-shirt sewing, from tutorials on how to sew knits without waves or puckers to pattern reviews and more. No matter your figure type, you’ll find a tee to make that’ll last much longer than a cheap store-bought variety.

GettyImages 470621457 Its T Shirt Month! There are so many great knit fabrics out there these days. And a knit really is the best choice when it comes to a comfy tee. Check out a geometric print from Girl Charlee, fun floral from Cloud9, eco-friendly bamboo from Telio or a stripe from Robert Kaufman. We’ll be talking much more about fabric in the days ahead, don’t worry!

Here’s a great T-shirt pattern to whet your appetite. Join us and make your own T-shirt the month. Post a photo of your finished creation to Facebook or Instagram with #SewNewsTees and tag us in your post @sewnews! We can’t wait to see what you create.

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What to Wear to a Royal Wedding

5 Royal Wedding Fashion Must-Haves

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While most of us aren’t invited to the royal wedding in a few weeks, it’s still fun to imagine what we might wear, had we been invited.

1. Statement Hat

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Half of the fun is betting on who will wear the most interesting hat to the royal wedding. Whip up your own fascinator using tulle, fake flowers and crystals to get into the spirit!

2. a Purse to Match the Hat

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It doesn’t have to match the shoes, but it DOES have to match the hat. A pop of color is most appropriate for a spring wedding, IMO.

3. a Frilly Shawl in Case it Gets Chilly

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This shawl looks like it’s made of strips of ribbon or ruffled chiffon. Might not keep out the chill, but does add a little something to the whole outfit.

4. Bling

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Rhinestones, crystals, jewels…you name it. This embellished belt takes an LBD to a whole new level.

5. Pearls

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You’ll need a few strands, not just one. And if you can secure them on the side with an antique brooch, you’ll fit right in.

Will you be on hat watch this year? Or are you more interested in Meghan Markle’s wedding gown?

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Emerson Crop Pant Sewing Pattern

I never thought a cropped pant would make it to my TNT (tried and true) list, but the Emerson Crop Pants  by True Bias  have firmly cemented their place there. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve made them – 8? The pattern was my first foray into wide-leg pants, and I haven’t turned back! I love that the pants are comfortable and stylish – and that waistband is genius. I love it so much I’ve hacked it into a skirt!

I’ve made four pairs of pants – one a muslin, one in Robert Kaufman Brussels washer linen (highly recommend!) and two pairs for my mom. Even she’s a fan!

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I’m not much of a shorts person but summertime and little kids means lots of outdoor adventuring. Again, I find the Emerson shorts to be the perfect blend of comfort – even for hiking – and style.

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And the hack options! I’ve used the waistband to create a canvas skirt from scraps (it figures that it might be one of my all time favorite makes!) and a tencel twill button-up skirt. And pockets!

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And there’s more! Sometime soon, I plan to make a full-length version in a lightweight twill because I just can’t go all winter without my Emersons. Want to sew up a pair for yourself? Follow our sew along!

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Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 3: Waistband Construction

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Welcome back to week three of the Emerson Crop Pants sew along, the final installment – let’s get these pants done, friends!!! Today, we’re going to construct the waistband, which is, in my opinion, quite genius! With a flat front band and an elasticized back, the waistband provides style and comfort. Special thanks to Kelli of True Bias for creating such a lovely pattern and for partnering with us for the sew along. Take it away, Kelli!

Take one front waistband and sew each narrow side to the narrow sides of one back waistband, right sides touching and matching notches, to form a ring.

Trim seam allowances to about 1/4” to reduce bulk and press open. Repeat with other waistband pieces.

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With right sides touching, pin the tops (unnotched edge) of each ring together, matching seams. Stitch. Trim seam allowance to about 1/4” to reduce bulk.

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Press the seam allowance towards the inner waistband (the one without interfacing).

Understitch by stitching through the seam allowance and inner waistband about 1/8” from the seam. Although this is not a necessary step, it really helps keep the inner waistband front peaking out.

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Fold the inner waistband towards the outer waistband, wrong sides touching. Match up the notches on the bottom edges of the waistband. Press the fold.

Keeping the waistband folded, pin the bottom of the waistband to the top edge of the shorts / pants with the right side of the outer waistband touching the right side of the shorts / pants. Match notches. Keep in mind that the front of the waistband is the one with the interfacing attached to it.

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Starting at one large dot, stitch around the back of the shorts / pants until you reach the second dot. Leave the front part of the waistband unattached. Back stitch at both ends to secure.

Attach a safety pin to one side of your elastic (cut to specified length). Insert into the waistband at one dot, through the back part of the waistband, and out at the other dot. Be careful not to let the back end of the elastic slip into the waistband where you can’t access it. (I know this too well from experience.)

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Adjust your elastic so that it starts and ends at each dot within the waistband. Pin securely in place.

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Finish stitching the front section of the waistband to the shorts / pants, leaving in the pins that are holding the elastic in place.

Press the seam allowance down and away from the waistband to keep it out of the way. On the front of the waistband, stitch in the ditch through all layers where the back and front waistbands meet, catching the elastic inside of the waistband so that it’s secure. Backstitch a few times to make sure it is secure. If you do it carefully, you will not even be able to see the stitching as it will hide in the seam.

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Finish the seam allowance of your waistband in your desired manner and press down.

Edgestich just below the waistband to keep the seam allowance down and flat. This is an optional step but it helps to keep things tidy on the inside of the garment.

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Hem the shorts / pants by folding the bottom up (wrong sides touching) by 1/4” and pressing.

Fold up again by 1“ for the shorts or 2” for the pants. Press and pin. Edgestitch along the fold to finish the hem.

emersoncroppantscover 204x300 Emerson Crop Pants Sew Along, Week 3: Waistband ConstructionAnd you’re done! Tag your photos on Instagram with #emersoncroppants or #emersonshorts and tag @sewnews – we’d love to see what you’ve made! Still need the pattern? Grab it here!

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Want to go to Italy?

Imagine this: You wake up in Italy with a full itinerary that you didn’t have to plan yourself.

After getting dressed, you have breakfast with other sewists, discuss the plan for the day and get on a bus to travel and see the sights.

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#ITALY2018!

Your day is full of sewing-related activities, like touring a thread factory and leather studio, with plenty of shopping, eating and socializing along the way. You make new friends and visit new places all with a tour guide who speaks the language.

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This is what happens when you sign up for the BurdaStyle Italy tour through Craftours! Plus, BurdaStyle editor Meg Healy and yours truly, Sew News editor Ellen March, get to come along, too. Meg and I are planning some extra activities for the bus rides as we travel to and from each destination. And we can’t wait to get to know you!

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If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Europe but have been scared at the prospect of not knowing the language, not being able to navigate from city to city, or if something else has been holding you back–this is the tour for you.

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I can’t wait to get a leather bag (and maybe some shoes) in Florence. The quality is astounding, plus the prices are super affordable. And then there’s the cooking lesson at a vineyard! We will be making our own pasta and drinking wine while we do it. (I’m allergic to wine, but I’ve been assured it’s still fun!) Not to mention the fabric shopping…

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I hope you’ll come along!

 

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