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Posted in: Show and Tell — By on May 12, 2015 4:29 PM

I’ve been sewing up a storm so far this May. I’m trying to embrace the spirit of Me-Made-May without breaking the bank — the cost of sewing patterns and fabric can add up! Luckily, I’ve come across some great second-hand fabrics at my local thrift shop and also found two free sewing patterns online that I was excited to try. In case you hadn’t heard about them when they were released, I wanted to share them here and show you what I made.

1. The Hemlock tee by Grainline Studio

Jen from Grainline Studio has created a one-size-fits-all pattern for a dropped shoulder t-shirt that can be whipped up in no time. There are so many possibilities for customizing this top — crop it, lengthen it, colour blocking, short sleeves, narrowing the width… A quick Google search will show you that it looks amazing in a striped fabric.

I made my first Hemlock tee using thrifted polyester with a beautiful floral print. It’s officially become my “shlubbing about” shirt, and it took approximately an hour to sew… and I’m still figuring out my serger so it could take much less. I plan to make another one of these tees to wear to yoga classes.

I have a feeling this top is going to see a lot of wear during the second half of Me-Made-May!

2. Raglan Hoodie by Brindille & Twig

The second pattern I wanted to share is this sweet raglan hoodie pattern by Brindille & Twig, who make really cute sewing patterns for babies and toddlers. This pattern can be sized for newborns, toddlers and kids up to age 6. And it’s EASY. I used a serger, but you could also get away with a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine and may actually prefer using the machine because the size is so teeny tiny. As I mentioned, I’m still getting used to serging, so next time I think that I’ll serge the wristbands on to the sleeves before going up the sides.

My son was invited to a 1st birthday party this weekend so I thought it was a great excuse to give this pattern a go. (Am I a terrible mother for not making him one first? I doubt he’d like the disco glam fabric, which is the only stretch fabric I had on hand.) This pattern was so easy to follow, even for absolute beginners, and I think the end result is too cute. That lined hood is awesome, non?

Again, there is lots of room for customization here: piping along the shoulder seams, colour blocking, applique or using a “preloved” adult sized shirt for the fabric.

Another free sewing tutorial that I’m planning to try is the Picnic Blanket Skirt by Tilly & The Buttons. There are lots of nice ones if you do an Internet search. This design looks like the perfect midi length skirt for summer, and would work well for chasing around a toddler at the park or library.

Although it seems like a lot for a pattern designer to offer a sewing pattern for free, I think it’s a really effective marketing tool. I know that I will definitely be buying patterns from Grainline Studio and Brindille & Twig in the future, and I’ve already recommended these patterns to other sewers that I know. Thanks to both Grainline Studio and Brindille & Twig for sharing these great designs!

Are there any free patterns you love? Share the links in the comments!

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