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After making myself some reusable face wipes a couple of weeks ago I realised that I would probably need a laundry bag to wash them in so I whipped this one up in no time. I used a fluo pink zip that I had lying around that I know I will not use for anything else (really not sure where that came from) and some a black airtex from @minervadotcom that I bought for sportswear but it’s perfect for a laundry bag too . . . . . #sustainability #reuse #sustainability #sustainablesewing #sewyourselfsustainable #reducereuserecycle #mysustainablelife #mysewinglife #minervamakes #minervacrafts #sewing #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewcialist #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew

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A combination of my new overlocker and batch sewing basics means these free tee patterns are just flying off the machine! I promise this is the last great one for a while ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I am quite proud that I got 3 tops out of 3m though with my epic pattern tetris skills) in fact I already have two more tees seen up just awaiting photos! This is the Paris top by @rebeccajpage. Unfortunately this free tee pattern did not impress me very much ๐Ÿ™ you can read the full review on my blog . . . . . #HSewsFreeTees #b36w30h39 #rebeccapagepatterns #sewobsessed #sewcialist #rpparis #sewingfun #sewsewsew #seamstresslife #diydressmaker #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #handmadeisbetter #instahandmade #handmadelife #handmadewardrobe #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #diyfashion

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Free Tee Review: The Paris Tee by Rebecca Page

A combination of my new overlocker and batch sewing means these free tee patterns are flying off the machine! (I promise this is the last one in this grey jersey though, i will mix up the fabrics soon i promise!) This time around I’m looking at a free tee pattern from Rebecca Page but if you missed the round-up or any of my other reviews, you can find them all here.

To recap, I am hoping to get through as many of the free tee patterns as possible and let you know what I think of them. For each tee pattern, I review I will look at 4 different aspects of the pattern: the options available (including different looks and size ranges), how easy it is to get hold of the pattern, printing and assembling the pdf, and the instructions/construction. For each of these four categories, I will give the pattern a score out of ten. I will also give a score out of ten for my version of the pattern (including thoughts on the fit and overall impressions). So in total, each tee will get a score out of 50 making it really easy to compare these patterns.

In this post, I will be taking a closer look at the Paris Tee. This pattern is by Rebecca Page, another designer that I have not tried before (and spoiler alert probably wont be trying again).

The Paris pattern by Rebecca Page includes both a top and a skirt (I will only be reviewing the top here). The tee is semi-fitted with a bound neckline.

Options available 7/10

The Paris set comes in 10 sizes (bust measurement 30-54″) and there are a number of options available – scoop or boat neck, crop or full-length hem, and short, three quarter, or full-length sleeves. This means there are a total of 12 different combinations for this top pattern (Not including the various skirt options you also get with it!). There are also some add-ons available further increasing the number of options you can make.

Getting hold of the pattern 2/10

As far as getting you hands on this pattern goes, it is one of the trickiest. First you must go to the Rebecca Page website add the pattern to your cart. It will appear in your cart at full price. You then need to join the Rebecca Page Sewing Facebook group. In the announcements section of the Facebook group, you will find a number of discount codes to get various Rebecca Page patterns for free. Just find the one you need and add it in the coupon code box. You will need to fill in your billing address but no need to fill in any payment information as the order is free. Once you have done all of this you click “pay now” and then the link to download the pattern will be emailed to you.

Printing and assembling the pdf 1/10

When I first started printing this pattern i was pleased to find a handy guide included in the pattern for which pages you should print for the top and or skirt. I printed only those for the top – perfect for saving paper! I would normally advise that you should be careful to follow this, as if you print the whole file not only will you get the top and the skirt in ALL the sizes but you will also print the instructions too! HOWEVER, I realised only after sticking it all together that I was missing the bodice front pattern piece. The pages are there in the file but they are not included in the list of pages numbers you need to print so I had to go through the other pages and figure out which extras I needed to print!!

I must note that it can be a bit confusing if you only print the top as you get some pages with parts of the skirt pattern. Obviously there is no other page to stick them too and they are not large enough pieces to see the label that tells you they are for the skirt.

The instructions say this is a no-trim pattern but I found that you do need to trim the pages on this one in order to best line them up. I took off the bottom and right-hand edge of each sheet. You can then line them up and stick together.

When it comes to cutting out /tracing the pattern pieces I found it tricky to see which line I was following, especially as the key seemed to be at a different scale to the pattern pieces (the dashes are much longer in the key than on the pattern). This might have been less of a problem if you print in colour but I usually just print in black and white so rely on the divergent line styles.

Instructions and construction 8/10

There are detailed instructions included with this pattern as well as a quick-glance “cheat sheet” for those who are familiar with the construction and just want a quick reminder of the order of construction. The instructions are illustrated with photographs so you can see what to do at each step. However, the fabric used in these is the same colour on both the right and wrong side making it difficult to see at a glance which way the fabric is placed.

I found there are lots of little things that just prevent this top from being an enjoyable make. For example, there is no shaping at the bottom of the sleeves so when you turn them up to hem the inside is slightly smaller than the outside. Also, the sleeve pattern piece has a different shape front and back, which is labelled on the pattern but there are no notches so it is up to you to mark your fabric.

I found the instructions to be a little unclear for the step where you add the neck binding so I just did it as normal but if this is a new technique to you it could be a little tricky.

Final Impressions 4/10

I cut out the medium (I was at the small end of the chest measurement range (36 inches) and the large end of the waist measurement range (30 inches) but both just fit in the same size so no need for me to grade this one (There are no hip measurements for this pattern ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ). The pattern is drafted for a height of 5’6″ so I needed to shorten it (I’m only 5’3″) – I took out 1.5″ spread evenly across two different points in the pattern (half at the lengthen shorten line which is approx at the waist and half just below the bust). There was no information on the finished sleeve length so I didn’t shorten the pattern although given the height it is drafted for I might have expected to need to. The pattern is drafted for a C cup but the instructions indicate it should accommodate an A-D cup without need for adjustment so I did not do an FBA (I usually would at a D cup). I used a lightweight grey marled jersey and made the long-sleeved scoop neck full-length version.

Overall the fit of this one is a little bit strange. It is quite short (I think it still would be even if I had not shortened it) and the sleeves are a perfect length for me even though I did not shorten them – all of this makes me question whether the statement that it is drafted for someone 5’6″ is correct. I would suggest that it is probably best to compare the finished measurements to a t-shirt you like the length of and go from there when planning any length adjustments on this one.
The low scoop neck on this one is very low and wide so it does mean it has a slight tendency to pull off my shoulders.

Having said all that, and highlighted some of the many problems with this pattern I actually quite like the style of the top, especially when paired with some high waisted jeans or tucked into a skirt.

Total score 22/50

Paris Tee by Rebecca Page Review Scores

Thanks for reading this review of the Paris Tee. If you want to know how this compares to some of the other free tee patterns out there be sure to check out my other reviews and the full list of free tee patterns available that I hope to conquer over the next few months!

Have you sewn up the Paris Tee? What did you think of it?

Helen

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My latest free tee pattern review is on the blog! This is the Paige piko by @madeformermaids and its a winner baby! This pattern scored so well in all my categories: options available, getting hold of it, printing and assembling, instructions and construction, and my final version. To read the full review go to my blog now (link in profile). Have you made the paige piko? What did you think? . . . . . #HSewsFreeTees #mamapaigepattern #mamapaige #mamapaigepiko #paigepiko #madeformermaids #winner #sewcialist #imakemyownclothes #makeyourownfashion #handmadeisbetter #instahandmade #handmadelife #handmadewardrobe #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #diyfashion #handmadeclothes #b36w30h39

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Free Tee Review: The Paige Piko Top by Made for Mermaids

Its time to review another free tee!
If you missed the round-up or my last review, you can find the list of all the patterns here.

As you might know by now I am hoping to get through as many of the free tee patterns as possible and let you know what I think of them. For each tee pattern, I review I will look at 4 different aspects of the pattern: the options available (including different looks and size ranges), how easy it is to get hold of the pattern, printing and assembling the pdf, and the instructions/construction. For each of these four categories, I will give the pattern a score out of ten. I will also give a score out of ten for my version of the pattern (including thoughts on the fit and overall impressions). So in total, each tee will get a score out of 50 making it really easy to compare these patterns.

In this post, I will be taking a closer look at the Paige Piko top. This pattern is by Made for Mermaids, a company that I have not tried before although I recently discovered their sister company, Patterns for Pirates, and loved all the patterns I tried so I have high hopes for this one!

The Paige Piko top is a simple top/tunic with dolman sleeves. It has a straight cut from chest to hip in a piko style.

Options available 10/10

Made for Mermaids use their own sizing system so make sure you go based on your measurements rather than your “usual” size. There are however 9 different sizes available for this pattern so it has quite a good range (Bust measurements 30-51″). The pattern includes four sleeve options: short, half and long as well as a flounce sleeve. There are also four length options: top, straight or curved tunic, and dress length. You can also choose a high or low scoop neckline. All in all this pattern can be made up in 32 different combinations so there really are a lot of options available! In addition, there is a blog post on the Made For Mermaids blog with lots of pattern hack ideas for this pattern expanding the options yet again! There is also plenty of opportunities to see so many of these different options in a range of different sizes in all of the photographs both on the pattern page of the website and in the downloaded pattern itself.

Getting hold of the pattern 10/10

This pattern is listed outright as free on the website so just add it to your cart and away you go!

Printing and assembling the pdf 9/10

There is a handy guide included in the pattern for which pages you should print for the top, tunic or dress, (I printed 21 pages in total). Be careful to follow this, otherwise if you print the whole file you will also print the instructions and loads of pictures of the finished garments!

Bonus points for having a 1″ gauge square on each pattern page so if you forget to print a page you don’t need to print the gauge square as well to check your printer settings you can print just the page you need.

As for assembling the pdf, this pattern comes with no trim pages. This means you simply line up the edge of each page with the solid line on the next page. I actually found this really easy for this pattern and stuck the whole lot together super quick!

Instructions and construction 9/10

The instructions are really detailed in this pattern. There are even instructions on how to adjust for height included within the pattern. I really like that a lot of the small details which are often skipped were included in the instructions for this pattern such as the option to press a memory hem before sewing side seams – this makes it easier to press the hem on the constructed garment. I also like that the instructions are explicit about what to do differently if you are using a regular sewing machine or an overlocker.

The instructions are illustrated with photographs to help visualise what to do in each step, however, the fabric used is quite busy which can be a little distracting making it hard to see where the seams are at times.

The instructions for the neck binding come first as an additional skill section – when this step is needed in the main instructions you are referred back to that section but it gives you the option to just bind the neck without having to read through that section if you are already familiar with the technique.

Final Impressions 9/10

For this pattern, the instructions say to choose a size based on your hip measurements as it is semi-fitted there and loose everywhere else. My hip measurement (39 inches) put me in a size “blue” so this is what I cut out (in fact my bust measurement also put me in a “blue” which doesn’t often happen as I usually need a smaller size up top). Following the instructions to adjust for height, I took out 1″ from the height (half an inch at each of the bust and waist positions).

My version is made in a marled grey jersey which is very lightweight. I opted for a half sleeve straight tunic length Paige with a high scoop neckline.

Overall I really like the fit and style of this one. It is a loose fit but seems to be well proportioned and the sleeves fit pretty well to help hold the shape. I think perhaps the sleeves should be shortened a tiny bit for me as they hit right on my elbows which can be a little irritating. I like the tunic style as I can wear it loose for a super comfy style with leggings or tucked in or knotted with jeans for a casual everyday look.

I have never sewn any patterns by Made for Mermaids before this but they are definitely on my radar now – a really nice pattern with clear instructions and a new favourite tee!

Total score 47/50

PaigePikoTop by Made for Mermaids Review Scores

Thanks for reading this review of the Paige Piko Top. If you want to know how this compares to some of the other free tee patterns out there be sure to check out my other reviews and the full list of free tee patterns available that I hope to conquer over the next few months!

Have you sewn up the Paige Piko Top? What did you think of it?

Helen

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Free Tee Review: The Stellan Tee by French Navy

So here is the first of my free tee pattern reviews!
If you missed the round-up, you can find the list of all the patterns here.

I am hoping to get through as many of the free tee patterns as possible and let you know what I think of them. For each tee pattern, I review I will look at 4 different aspects of the pattern: the options available (including different looks and size ranges), how easy it is to get hold of the pattern, printing and assembling the pdf, and the instructions/construction. For each of these four categories, I will give the pattern a score out of ten. I will also give a score out of ten for my version of the pattern (including thoughts on the fit and overall impressions). So in total, each tee will get a score out of 50 making it really easy to compare these patterns.

In this post, I will be taking a closer look at the Stellan Tee. I chose to tackle this one first as it is one of the most popular free tee patterns out there – I see loads of them popping up on my Instagram feed and I hear lots of people recommending it as a good basic tee pattern. So let’s dive right in!

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The Stellan Tee is described as a simple t-shirt with set-in sleeves

Options available 2/10

The Stellan pattern comes in 7 sizes (Bust measurement 32-42″) so it is quite a restricted size range compared to some of the other free tee patterns. There is also only the one view for a semi-fitted tee with short sleeves.

Getting hold of the pattern 10/10

It is so easy to get your hands on this free pattern. Just navigate to the Stellan Tee page on the French Navy website. Scroll to the bottom of the post and there are links to download the files. There are three separate files you can download – the instructions, and either a print at home copy (this is what I used) or a copyshop file if you want to send it off to be printed on A0 paper.

Printing and assembling the pdf 7/10

Simply print the whole file (17 pages) – it is just the pattern, no need to figure out which pages are not needed as the instructions are all in a separate file. You do need to trim the pages on this one. I took off the bottom and right-hand edge of each sheet. You can then line them up and stick them together.

Instructions and construction 7/10

The instructions are very clear with line-drawn illustrations making it easy to see exactly where stitch lines are placed and how the garment is constructed. However, in places the instructions are somewhat minimal – for example, you are instructed to “Reinforce shoulder seams by your preferred method”. There are also no additional instructions regarding grading or how to do certain techniques as there are in some other patterns.
The pattern includes a 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout which I found to be quite tricky to sew – maybe because I am new to overlocking. Because of this, I did have to take a bigger seam allowance for the neckband to make sure I got it nice and even.

Final Impressions 5/10

I had to grade from a small at the bust (and sleeves) to a medium at the waist and hips. I used a marled grey lightweight jersey.

Generally, I stuck to the instructions throughout. I did add the optional neck reinforcement which I think gives it a tidier look overall. The only extra step I added was to coverstitch the neck binding seam allowance down (it had a tendency to flip out, probably because I took a bigger seam allowance than specified when stitching it).

Overall I am unsure of the fit, I guess this is the intended style but I am not quite convinced by it – there is too much shaping for it to be a loose boxy fit but it is too baggy to describe it as semi-fitted. The sleeves don’t really hang right on me and they are a strange length finishing a little too long for a short-sleeved tee. I think I will probably roll them up a bit and put some tacks in to keep them in place. In the pattern the sleeves are described as “set-in” but on me, they are definitely a “drop-shoulder” look. Maybe I need a narrow shoulder adjustment on this pattern but I don’t usually have that problem. I do really like the fit and style of the neckline and the curved hem but probably won’t be making this one again as I think I would need to make quite a few adjustments to the pattern to get a good fit.

Total score 31/50

Stellan Tee by French Navy Review Scores

Thanks for reading this review of the Stellan Tee. If you want to know how this compares to some of the other free tee patterns out there be sure to check out my other reviews coming soon – but for now here is the list of free tee patterns available that I hope to conquer over the next few months!

Have you sewn up the Stellan Tee? What did you think of it?

Helen

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