Free OUSM Cecilia T-Shirt9:02 PM
Did you know that if you sign up for the Once Upon A Sewing Machine newsletter you get a copy of their Cecilia Puff Tee pattern, FREE. So ...
Did you know that if you sign up for the Once Upon A Sewing Machine newsletter you get a copy of their Cecilia Puff Tee pattern, FREE. So run on over and sign up for the newsletter, because you need this one. Don't worry, I'll wait. :)
Welcome back. I actually stumbled on this by accident, but what a wonderful accident it is. I was still looking for the perfect Tee to include in my Free Pattern Girl's Wardrobe and then BOOM it just showed up in my e-mail.
Now let me point out, this pattern isn't perfect, but so very close. And it will be perfect for hacking.
So I sewed up a straight size 7 for my 7yo. Her chest measurement is actually a size smaller than the pattern, but she likes her shirts a little looser, so I sized up. Fingers crossed this also means the shirt will fit longer, but I won't hold my breath.
Overall, I'm really happy with this pattern. There were a few tiny things, but for free, I can work with it.
So what "things"?
the girl inspired" for a tutorial for making puffier sleeves!
The neckline (both front and back), just barely miss the right angle for the fold line. Do the same as above and smooth that line out a tiny bit and that'll fix it.
Lastly, my neckline binding was just a smidge too long. I'd say the measurement is about 3/8" too long on my pattern piece. But, again, that is easily fixable. Also, this clearly depends a GREAT deal on the fabric you use for the neckline. The best way I've found to calculate this measurement is to measure the total neckline (minus seam allowance) and multiply by 0.85. Add back in seam allowances and you've got a close to the right measurement neckband.
I also would prefer a 1 3/4" width band versus the 2" band that is recommended. But that is a personal preference.
Those tiny changes and I have the perfect pattern for changing around to make the perfect combination of knit tops for my daughter. Don't believe it? Then stay tuned because there's nothing I can't do with a decent pattern!
-Adding a hem band at the bottom
-Extending it to tunic length
-Adding ruffles to necklines, sleeve hem, sleeve seam, hem, across a color block... RUFFLE ALL THE THINGS!
-Cutting it at empire length and adding a skirt for a tunic or dress
-Adding a long sleeve
-Add a hood (oh yes, I'm definitely adding a hood)
-Making a henley
-Adding a cowl
Ha, that's more than 7 completely different t-shirts with just a little hacking magic. And trust me, we're talking "Little" hacking. These are things that any seamstress at any experience level can do. If you can sew knits, you can tackle these hacks. Stay tuned for a follow up series with a few of those hacks!