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Last night I went out for the first time in a looooong time. It was the awards evening for my running club and whilst I haven’t been able to run at all for the past 4 months whilst I’ve been ill it was great to celebrate everyone’s achievements over the past year. Of course I had to make a new outfit to mark the occasion and the new @tillybuttons book provides the perfect thing – a quick to sew Safiya playsuit! This was a really simple sew which is all I can manage right now as I need a test every half hour or so. But despite its simplicity its a stunner! And even better that I made it all from remnants left over from my Dana dress ๐Ÿ˜ . . . . . #b36w30h39 #sewingsafiya #makeitsimple #makeitsimplebook #tillyandthebuttons #sewyourselfsustainable #outout #babysteps #ileftthehouse #sewobsessed #sewcialists #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #imakemyownclothes #diystyle #memade #handmadeclothes #handmadeclothing #handmadewardrobe #memadewardrobe #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #diyfashion #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative

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So I got my act together and the review of the free Reagan raglan pattern by @bellasunshinedesigns is now live on my blog. I absolutely love this t-shirt. I have struggled to ever find a raglan design I like, let alone love. The included FBA in this pattern worked like a dream and it fits really nicely. I don’t usually go for v-necks but I do actually like it on this design, it certainly feels in keeping with the design. Overall I am really pleased with this one – even the stripe matching is spot on!! . . . . . #HSewsFreeTees #reaganraglan #bellasunshinedesigns #b36w30h39 #stripematching #fba #fbaclub #sewobsessed #sewcialists #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #fashionfeelsfabulous #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #imakemyownclothes #diystyle

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Free Tee Review: The Reagan Raglan by Bella Sunshine Designs

Let’s get stuck in with another free tee review? I actually finished this tee a while back as I batch sewed it together with my Hemlock but somehow completely forgot to take photos or write a review…oh well, better late than never!!

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.

 

The Reagan raglan is a semi-fitted raglan tee and it was honestly never on my radar before I started compiling my list of free tees but its certainly one to watch out for!

Options available 10/10

There are 16 separate sizes available (overbust 30″- 59.75″) all with and without a bust adjustment already done for you (for full bust more than 3″ bigger than overbust) making it a whopping 32 different sizes available! Not only that there are also lots of styling options available too. You can choose from a v or scoop neck, and long or short sleeves. there is also the option to make it in top, tunic or dress length. In total that gives 12 different combinations and a really good size range.

Getting hold of the pattern 4/10

First of all, you need to join the Bella Sunshine Designs PDF Patterns Facebook group (they were really quick to approve me as a new member, although you may need to wait a little while). In the announcements section of the Facebook group, you can find a link to the Reagan Raglan. This will take you to a different version of the website where this pattern is listed as free. You can then add it to your cart and download the pattern.

Printing and assembling the pdf 5/10

This pattern does need trimming in order to assemble it. I took off the right and bottom edge of each page. You can then just line it up and stick it together. The only thing that I found a little confusing when sticking together this pdf is that the pages are numbered rather than given coordinates (eg B3 indicating the second column third row). This means you do need to pay attention to where the pages go when sticking them together by following the plan in the instructions rather than just jumping straight in. (I accidentally ended up with one page in completely the wrong place and had to peel the sellotape off and try again!)
For cutting out/tracing each size is labelled on the lines making it easy to doublecheck you are following the right line. At some parts where there are a lot of lines close together, this can make it a little tricky to see what’s going on though.

Instructions and construction 9/10

There are lots of helpful bits and pieces included in this pattern like how to grade between sizes or adjust for length as well as some tips for sewing with knit fabric. The instructions are nice and clear with line drawings to show each step of the construction making it really easy to see which is the right or wrong side of the fabric and exactly where stitch lines should go. This was actually my first time sewing a knit v-neckband and it went so smoothly because the instructions were so clear. I had convinced myself I would have to rip it out at least twice and was quite scared at first but I actually had no troubles at all!

Final Impressions 10/10

For this t-shirt, I opted for the t-shirt length, short sleeves and v-neck as I actually don’t have any v neck tees so it was a nice change and a challenge to try my first v neckband. I made it up in a cream and navy stripy jersey from Pound fabrics. The neckband and sleeves are a navy jersey from Minerva (leftover from my Joni dress. I absolutely love this t-shirt. I have struggled to ever find a raglan design I like, let alone love. The included FBA in this pattern worked like a dream and it fits really nicely. I don’t usually go for v-necks but I do actually like it on this design, it certainly feels in keeping with the design. Overall I am really pleased with this one – even the stripe matching is spot on!!

Total score 38/50

 

Thanks for reading this review of the Reagan Raglan. 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 Reagan Raglan? What did you think of it?

Helen

p.s. to keep up with my makes as part of this #HSewsFreeTees project you can follow along on Instagram

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Reagan Raglan by Bella Sunshine Designs. Free sewing pattern review

Reagan Raglan by Bella Sunshine Designs free sewing pattern review

Can you believe this was my first attempt at a v neck knit neckband! I’m wearing this t-shirt today which I actually finished together with my hemlock Tee a few weeks ago but forgot to photograph it or write my review of the pattern. So whilst I get my act together and do that here is a preview of my next free tee review: the Reagan raglan by @bellasunshinedesigns . . . . . #HSewsFreeTees #reaganraglan #bellasunshinedesigns #newskill #sewobsessed #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewcialist #sewcialists #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #sewobsessed #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewsewsew #seamstresslife #diydressmaker #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #imakemyownclothes #sewstripes #tshirt

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When you’ve been spending as much time at home as I have recently you quickly realise that you need more comfy bottoms. So I whipped up these @patternsforpirates peg legs with the high waist and side panel pockets. It was also the perfect chance to practice faux flatlock seams on my new coverlock machine. They’re not perfect but I am smitten ๐Ÿ˜. I’ve already worn them so much and can see a few more pairs in my future! . . . . . #b36w30h39 #p4ppeglegs #p4p #patternsforpirates #peglegs #sewingactivewear #sewingloungewear #mycomfortablelife #sewyourownactivewear #sewobsessed #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #sewobsessed #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #imakemyclothes #imakemyownclothes #diystyle #memade #handmadeclothes #handmadewardrobe #memadewardrobe #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #fashionfeelsfabulous

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My review of Sewing basics for every body by @thatwendyward is up on my blog now (you can find the link in my bio) Spoiler alert: this book is great! It’s such a celebration of diversity and encouragement within the sewing community. Everyone deserves Handmade clothes that fit them and that they want to wear every single day! I made the Felix sweatshirt from the book in black ponte roma and its so snuggly and a great every day piece. Read more on my blog now . . . . . #b36w30h39 #sewingbasicsforeverybody #felixsweatshirt #wendyward #miycollection #sewobsessed #sewcialists #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #diyfashion #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewsewsew #seamstresslife #diydressmaker #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing

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Sewing Book Review: Sewing Basics for Every Body by Wendy Ward

There are so many new sewing books being launched right now, in fact just this week I received my copy of Work to Weekend by Rachel Pinheiro and after a quick flick through I have to say it looks pretty good. But today, I am here to review a book that was released in January – Sewing Basics for Every Body by Wendy Ward.

I already owned Wendy Wards last book on knit fabrics and really love the care and detail that went into it so as soon as I heard about her new book I jumped straight online to pre-order and I have to say it didn’t disappoint.

 

For a lot of us when we first start sewing we focus on outfits and garments for special occasions, after all, if we are going to put all that effort into making something it has to be outstanding and a one-of-a-kind celebration piece? Wrong. Those are the pieces that get worn once and then languish at the back of our wardrobes never to be worn again. This book celebrates the realisation that a lot of sewers make when they have a few “special” garments under their belt and they decide that if they are going to make their own clothes they want them to be seen and worn every single day. The garments in this book are all good quality everyday basics that can be mixed and matched to create an everyday wardrobe.

One thing I absolutely adore about this book is that these clothes can be made to suit anybody. I don’t just mean in terms of the style which can be mixed and matched with different fabrics, colours, textures and prints to suit your individual style. Actually, these clothes are also designed to suit any size or shape!

The projects in this book aren’t designed with men or women in mind, but with both, either, and neither. This is simply a book of clothes for people, people of all sizes, ages, genders, because good quality clothes that you can make for yourself shouldnt be restricted to just one narrow group.

It is this philosophy that makes this book stand out from all the other sewing books out there – you are given the freedom to choose and make whatever clothes you want irrespective of your size or shape. There is a lot of debate at the moment in the sewing community at the moment about inclusivity and this book goes some way to addressing not only that but also celebrates diversity of all kinds (you only have to take a look at som of models used in this book to see what I mean). Wendy’s instructions guide you step-by-step in how to adjust the pattern for a number of different needs including lengthening and shortening, grading and bust adjustments.

So, onto the patterns: as the book focusses on basics you would be forgiven for thinking there would be not much to see here, but actually, the beauty comes in the number of variations shown for each pattern. By showcasing how you can take one simple pattern, say the Felix sweatshirt and taking you through a number of variation (tunic, hoodie and jacket) you quickly realise that the possibilities are endless.

I decided to keep it simple for my first make from this book and opted to make a simple black sweatshirt, sticking to the basic pattern. I started with the smallest size (32-34″) based on my upper bust measurement (34″) and graded out to a 36-38″ at the hip. I shortened the bodice by 1″ and the sleeves by 1.5″. I then did a bust adjustment following the detailed instructions to add 3″ across the bust (1.5″ on each side).

The construction was super easy and the instructions were really clear. Before adding the cuffs and the waistband I tried it on and shortened the bodice a bit more (taking more off the front than the back as for me the length added during the bust adjustment was too much).

All in all, I really love this book and my new sweatshirt is a perfect everyday addition to my wardrobe. It is super comfy made up in a black Ponte Roma and I am sure it will get lots of wear.

Have you sewn bought Wendy’s book? What did you think of it?

Helen

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Book Review: Sewing Basics for Everybody by Wendy Ward

I finally made a Hemlock Tee by @grainlinestudio! I see this one as a bit of a heavyweight of the indy free tee world and it didn’t disappoint! I love the boxy style and this fabric is perfect for it! If you want to read my review of the pattern and see how it compares to some of the other free tee patterns you can find it on my blog together with the list of all the free tee patterns I can find! . . . . . #HSewsFreeTees #grainlinestudio #hemlocktee #sewingcommunity #sewersgonnasew #sewistsofinstagram #sewcreative #sewcialist #sewcialists #ilovesewing #dressmakingismysuperpower #sewobsessed #sewyourown #sewingfun #sewsewsew #seamstresslife #diydressmaker #sewingismytherapy #mywonderfulworldofsewing #diystyle #memade #handmadeclothes #handmadeclothing #handmadewardrobe #memadewardrobe #imakemyownclothes #diyootd #memadeeveryday #wearhandmade #fashionfeelsfabulous

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Free Tee Review: The Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio

Are you ready for another free tee review? This time I decided to tackle an indie sewing heavyweight – the Hemlock tee by Grainline studio but can it live up to the hype?

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.

Hemlock is a drop shoulder boxy tee. When I first saw this pattern a few years ago I believe it was one size only and that kind of put me off but since then it has been revamped to include a bigger size range and some lovely modelled pictures.

Options available 7/10

The Hemlock can be made in three different body lengths as well as three different sleeve lengths. Giving a total of 9 possible combinations. There are two different downloads for this pattern one in sizes 0-18 and one for sizes 14-30. I like that there is a big size range and an overlap in the size range of the two files as there is nothing worse than if you are between sizes and want to grade but they are in separate files. Size 0-18 (32-44 inch bust) is drafted for a B cup whilst 14-30 (40-56 inch bust) is drafted for a D cup. So you may need to make different adjustments depending on which size you download.

 

Getting hold of the pattern 6/10

To get your hands on this one you need to sign up for the Grainline studio newsletter. It will be sent to you in a welcome email once you’ve confirmed your subscription via a link sent to your inbox after you sign up. They say they will send monthly updates and new pattern alerts to you but there is nothing to stop you unsubscribing after you download the pattern.

 

 

Printing and assembling the pdf 7/10

There is a separate print file for each size range as well as the instructions in a different file. This makes printing really simple as you just choose the appropriate file for your size range and print the whole thing. In another separate file, there are instructions for printing and assembling so it really does help you every step of the way. You do need to trim the pages but the lines are very clear for lining them up again. The only thing that I found a little confusing when sticking together this pdf is that the pages are numbered rather than given coordinates (eg B3 indicating the second column third row). This means you do need to pay attention to where the pages go when sticking them together by following the plan in the instructions rather than just jumping straight in. When cutting out/tracing your size the sizes are marked as well as the lines being distinct styles.

I had to use my phone as the camera remote for these pictures so that’s why I’m holding it – I promise I’m not checking Instagram (ok maybe I am)!

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. There are also some general instructions for sewing with knits which could be useful if you are a little unfamiliar with these fabric types. Unlike some other patterns, there is no information on grading or how to get a good fit with this pattern.

Final Impressions 8/10

I made the top length version with full-length sleeves in size 8. I actually measured a size 12 in the bust and a 6 in the overbust (eek thats a sbig difference!) but due to the boxy style and the loose fit of the finished measurements, I went for something in the middle erring on the smaller side as I don’t often like a very loose fit. I really like the style of this one – the boxy fit is just what I like and I’m so glad I didn’t go for a bigger size. The length is also really good for me. However, the sleeves are super long. I don’t know why I didn’t make 3/4 sleeves as this is my preferred sleeve length but a simple rolled-up cuff fixes that one and I think it adds a nice bit of styling. I made it in a cream and navy jersey from pound fabrics. The wrong side of this fabric had a nice slub texture which I really like so this is actually wrong side out for a more casual look.

Total score 35/50

 

Thanks for reading this review of the Hemlock 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 HemlockTee? What did you think of it?

Helen

p.s. to keep up with my makes as part of this #HSewsFreeTees project you can follow along on Instagram

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The HemlockTee. Free sewing pattern review

Hemlock tee free sewing pattern review