How to sew the perfect T-shirt


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So who doesn't want the perfect fitting T-shirt? It's like the holy grail of wardrobe basics isn't it?

And you know what, it's actually not that hard to achieve at home either. T-shirts are actually quite simple. No zippers or darts. Plus they're awesomely quick to sew. 

Just master 6 simple steps and you'll be in T-shirt nirvana in no time. 

Read on through the steps and see what you think. Do you think you could sew your own T-shirt, or are you leaving that challenge for another day? 

Handmade Wardrobe | high-low grainline studio hemlock tee


Well it turns out I'm obsessed with two things at the moment: knits and Grainline Studio patterns.

So obviously this had to happen some day - the Hemlock tee by Grainline Studios.

The Hemlock is a free pattern (gotta love those, right?) with only 4 pieces (plus neckband). And only 4 seams to sew. Pretty much a winner all the way.

I did go a bit rogue. The pattern calls for light weight knits but I wanted to eat into some of my stash so went for this heavy-ish terry. Bold.

The first version was quite boxy and heavy so I cut some of the fabric away at the front to create a slight curved hem.

Less bulkiness around my middle section is always a win.

I also left the sleeves and bottom edge unhemmed. The drape on this fabric is so lovely and soft I didn't want to go messing it up with bulky seams.

I'm so looking forward to wearing this in the spring (because surely it can't be winter forever).

A "I kinda just want to stay in my pjs all day" look without actually staying your pjs. Score.

For more details on construction check out the bottom of the post.

So now that I'm well and truly in the knitted top appreciation society (come join me - its a fun club) I'm super keen to get some more sews under my belt.

Have you been sewing with knits lately? Any great patterns you could recommend?

Outfit details

top | handmade using the free Grainline Studio hemlock tee pattern
jeans | Gap
necklace | vintage

A handmade wardrobe update


A little while ago I told you all about my schemes for making a handmade capsule wardrobe. Remember that crazy scheme? 

Well, I've been sewing up a storm and I thought it was about time for a wee update. Share a few success and a blunder or two. 

What's worked

Knit tops

How to sew a handmade wardrobe

I guess it really shouldn't be much of a surprise that knits are top of my most successful makes. They're 100% all I live in at home.

I've made the Lane raglan tee and the Union St tee by Hey June designs (left and right in the photo above) and really love both of them. Simple, basic but really great for everyday tussles with the bambino.

I also wear this Tilly & the Buttons coco a lot (pictured centre). It's made up in a snuggly terry fabric. Business on the outside, warm softieness on the inside. Perfect.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe

True Bias trousers

The True Bias Hudson pants are a win in every sense of the word. Comfortable. Easy to Wear. Flattering.

And I love this fabric. It was a mother ucker to work with, but am pretty smitten with how it's come out.

Moss skirt

My love for Jen and her patterns of joy is well documented. The moss skirt is super comfortable and sorta effortlessly cool. I am not effortlessly cool, but love the idea of trying to be :)

I think the heavy cotton drill fabric definitely makes the skirt. That and the metal zip and button snap closure.

What's not worked so well

OK, so on to the less successful makes. And thinking about it, I reckon it's all down to my fabric choices.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe

So, I LOVE this fabric and I think the archer pattern is aces (see my point above about my Grainline Studio crush). Buuuut... it isn't quite season appropriate.

I dress in black, blue and grey in the winter (I am after all in mourning for summer). I'm guessing this will come into play more when the sun starts shining.

How to sew a handmade wardrobe

Then there's this neoprene  coco. Sure scuba's trendy. It was in quite a few shops this winter. But am I a scuba-wearing kinda girl? Well no. Not a bit. Not even a little.

And those ultimate trousers. Super solid pattern, but I don't wear brown, especially not this colour. So I'm not really sure what I was thinking there.

So what have I learned so far?

Funnily enough, it seems that fabric is almost more important to me than the pattern. Must be sure to hunt out some awesome fabrics. Maybe you could recommend a good fabric shop?

And, well, I love knits. That's pretty obvious. And so more knits need to come into my life. I've cut out a Grainline Studio Hemlock (man alive, I am obsessed) and will let you know how that comes along. 

There's also a sad lack of colour in these pictures. Which is pretty sad. I definitely need to ramp up the colour palette. Maybe something in this awesome fabric?

Have you been trying to make your own clothes recently? Have you learned any lessons, or are you still in the early stages?

Handmade Wardrobe | woven true bias hudson pants


Handmade Wardrobe: a pair of True Bias Hudson pants in a woven fabric (of joy)
Guys. I am in love.

I am in love with this absolute corker of a trouser pattern.

I'm serious. If you want it, you're going to have to pry the pattern from my cold, dead hands. Or buy your own. Whatever.

Handmade Wardrobe: a pair of True Bias Hudson pants in a woven fabric (of joy)
The pattern is the Hudson pant by the lovely Kelli of True Bias. A slouchy trouser with a tapered leg, and, wait for it... an elasticated waist.

Hello ultimate road trip trousers.

Handmade Wardrobe: a pair of True Bias Hudson pants in a woven fabric (of joy)
I've been stalking this pattern for a while. Then after being asked to be part of the Indiesew blogger team I knew it was time to step up and makes something awesome - similar to this great pair of real world trousers.

These beauties are also surprisingly flattering for a pair of trousers with an elasticated waist. Comfortable AND flattering. Isn't that the holy grail of clothes?

Handmade Wardrobe: a pair of True Bias Hudson pants in a woven fabric (of joy)
There's a very clear sew along on Kelli's blog, plus some handy advice on using the pattern for woven fabrics (as the pattern's originally for knit fabrics).

I loved how quick and easy these were to make. It took less than a day (and that's including an hour or so lost to undoing a few ill-fated French seams of doom).

I've included a bit more on construction details at the end if you're into that sort of thing.

In other news - I've been on a bit of trouser spree. I've been making two pairs for my mamma from a pattern she self drafted. 

Here we are, kicking it blogger style in our handmade trousers. 

So, I think I'll just keep up my trouser spree.

I'm 100% tempted to make another woven pair of Hudsons, something similar to this pair. That fabric sure is gorgeous, isn't it?

Have you tried making trousers yet, or are they still a no go area? Do you have a favourite pattern?

Outfit details

trousers | handmade using True Bias Hudson pattern c/o Indiesew
sweater | Gap
shoes | American Eagle
necklace | vintage

The pattern was kindly provided by Indiesew for being part of their blogger team. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Cause that's just how I roll. 

Nursery + Kids DIY | easy moon cushion


sew an easy DIY moon pillow
So I've got a bit of a confession to make. I have been stalking knitted cushions for Aurelio's nursery. I've been stalking them obsessively.

I stroke knitted cushions in shops. Pin them on Pinterest. Stare at them in shop windows. It's a pretty serious situation.

But the thing is I can't seem to actually bring myself to part with the cold hard cash needed to buy one. They're awesome (especially this one), but they sure ain't cheap.

sew an easy DIY moon pillow
Plus, I'm a crafty lady (or so I tell myself) so I thought I'd have a go at making one myself - inspired by this poster.

I pretty much had everything on hand - an old cashmere sweater that didn't ever quite suit me, fabric paint, some scrap fabric for the back, and some toy stuffing leftover from this project.

sew an easy DIY moon pillow
I will always find radiators for photos. That's a cold, hard fact.

All I needed to buy was the felt for the (rather awesome) moustache and eyes. Game, set, match.

And honestly, the best thing was, this only took 20 mins from start to finish. Including decorating the face. Not bad, right?

sew an easy DIY moon pillow
It's going to live next to this geometric cushion I made a while back. I think they're going to get on very well. Very well indeed.

If you fancy making one yourself (who doesn't need a moon pillow in their life?) - find the instructions below.

PS and how amazing is this IKEA hack of the same poster? You could have a whole room full of moons. Which would be weird. Or awesome (or weirdly awesome).


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