Omni Family Tour – JaimeSews

Today’s The Day!! It’s my turn to share with you my version of the Omni Tempore pattern for both kids and adults! I’m Jaime, found on twitter, facebook and instagram as JaimeSews. I’ve been sewing since I was 15 years old, earned a bachelors degree in Home Economics, worked selling sewing machines, in a quilt shop and later in a bridal shop & now sew from my home. I’m so glad you’ve stopped by!!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
I’ve been busy making up some fall/winter staples for me and the kids with the Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes and I have TWO techniques to share with you!
  • How to adjust for using a not-so-stretchy knit with a pattern designed for knits and
  • How to create basic machine appliques to make your Omni Tempore your own!

BUT – You should know – there is a sale on The Omni Tempore pattern bundle all this week during the tour AND there’s a giveaway! (And if you so happen to purchase the pattern and then win it, you will be refunded so be sure to keep your receipt/email!)

Prize Pack #1

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofliantjes

Bustle Skirt Pattern by Koda Baby Boutique

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Serger Pepper

1 Pattern of choice by E+M Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Striped Swallow Designs

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

Prize Pack #2

1.5 merers of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes

Grace Pattern by Rose & Lee Designs

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Madeit Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

So be sure to read/scroll to the end of the post to enter!

Let’s get started!

All three of us got our fabric from F&M Fabrics locally, found online at thefabricmarket.com. They have the best prices hands down and a huge selection. As we walked down the aisle lined with the knits, the kids saw/felt/hugged/laid their heads down on this super fuzzy, exquisitely soft fleece.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
If you’ve ever been shopping with your kids at the fabric store, you know it can be a challenge to focus. Well, we all fell in love with how unbelievably soft the fabric was that I completely disregarded that the pattern calls for knits.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Now Fleece is technically a knit, but 1) it’s bulky and 2) it’s not that stretchy. So I had to improvise. First (in order of discovery), I had to cut the collar lining from a much thinner knit in order to reduce bulk. I also ended up cutting about 1/2″ off the neckline all the way around to widen it enough for their little heads to fit through.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
After I got the collar attached, I realized there would also need to be some more room in the body and sleeve to compensate for the lack of stretch. I took the same knit I lined the collar with and made a gusset all the way down from the wrist to the shirt hem. I really loved how this added a pop of color to each top!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This particular problem could also be solved by choosing a size or two up. The Omni Tempore pattern has unlimited options, including different sleeve lengths, sleeve/waistline ribbing or regular hem, kangaroo pocket, collar or hood! I let the kids each pick out their own style features and since they chose the collar I thought it’d be fun to choose the hood for myself.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
What I love about the hood is that it also looks like the cowl neckline the kids have, so especially in the fabric I chose, it still looks dressy. But…it DOES have a hood!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
This knit I found at F&M Fabrics is a super soft, sheer knit, great for fall & part of winter here in CA.
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
Regarding the Omni Tempore pattern, it was a super quick sew! Even with all the options, I found it easy to make three different variations without consulting the instructions much after making just one. The instructions were clear and the pattern pieces all fit together without a hitch. It was a thoroughly enjoyable sew!
Omni Tempore Pattern by Sofilantjes | JaimeSews
So let’s get on to how to add the applique!
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
First you need to gather all your supplies:
  1. Scissors
  2. A pencil/pen
  3. Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
  4. Fabric to applique
  5. Your applique design. I just found the images I wanted to use on the interwebs and printed them out.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Trace the applique design onto the paper side of your Wonder-Under.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Rough cut around the applique design you just traced onto your Wonder-Under and place it on the wrong side of your applique fabric. Press a few seconds to tack in place.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Allow it all to cool completely. Cut out the traced design.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Peel off the backing of your applique, making sure the webbing is attached to your fabric.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Place on your shirt where you want it to be…
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
Then fuse in place using a damp pressing cloth (or fat quarter sized muslin/cotton scrap) until the press cloth is dry. (See also the directions that come with your Wonder-Under). Stitch in place with a zig zag stitch.
Applique Tutorial | JaimeSews
The Omni Tempore is a great pattern for the whole family that doesn’t have to look matchy-matchy, but could if that’s what you’re going for! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter to win one of the amazing prize packs!

Click Here To Enter —-> a Rafflecopter giveaway

And don’t forget to head on over to the other stops on the tour!

Monday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 25th
Wednesday, November 26th
Thursday, November 27th
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th
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Omni Tempore Blog Tour & Giveaway

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

I’m so excited to be a part of the Omni Tempore Pattern Tour this week, with my post going live tomorrow morning! I had a lot of fun making tops for myself and my kids and have a few pointers for you on using this pattern, designed for knits, with fleece! Can’t wait to show you our versions, but be sure to head over to today’s tour stops to enjoy everyone’s creativity with this versatile pattern!

Monday, November 24th
Tuesday, November 25th
Wednesday, November 26th
Thursday, November 27th
Friday, November 28th
Saturday, November 29th

 

And – Oh, Hey! There’s a giveaway too! You could win one of two amazing prize packs! 

 Prize Pack #1

1.5 meters of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofliantjes

Bustle Skirt Pattern by Koda Baby Boutique

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Serger Pepper

1 Pattern of choice by E+M Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Striped Swallow Designs

Omni Family Tour | JaimeSews

Prize Pack #2

1.5 merers of fabric from Joy Fits Fabrics

Omni Tempore Pattern Bundle by Sofilantjes

Grace Pattern by Rose & Lee Designs

1 Pattern of choice by Filles a Maman

1 Pattern of choice by Madeit Patterns

1 Pattern of choice by Dandelions n’ Dungarees

Click Here To Enter —–> a Rafflecopter giveaway

Additionally, during this blogtour both Omni Tempore patterns and the Bundle will be on SALE!

And as a bonus, if you buy one or both of the Omni Tempore patterns and win the GIVE AWAY, you get to pick one or two other patterns from the store! (So hold on to you e-mail/ payment receipt just in case!)

So have fun checking everything out and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Seafarer Top

Have you ever organized something, like say, your PDF pattern collection, only to find out you have, oh i don’t know, maybe, well over 100.  Then suffering from shock, and a little embarrassment, you decide you must sew something right away to justify the awesome collection you have sitting there just waiting to be sewn before you ever, in a very long time, buy another one?

Well, suppose something like that happened last week and then suppose the Seafarer Top was one of those patterns…Then suppose your photographer is a 6 year old boy…you might just end up with something like this.

Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

The Seafarer Top is super quick to make and easy to wear. The high neckline makes it practical, but the dolmen sleeve takes it a notch up from your regular t-shirt.  That picture above was straight on, but with a 6 year old photographer, you might also get some pictures with your head cut off…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

Or that make it look as though you’re looking down on the world…Seafarer Top | JaimeSews

At any rate, I didn’t do either of the band options or the pocket, so there is more variety available with this pattern that would be fun to experiment with in different fabrics.  I love my new Seafarer Top and hope to sew A LOT MORE from my PDF Pattern stash in the near future. A trip to F&M Fabrics is in order, I think, since most of my hoarded fabric is quilting cottons.

So fess up – how many PDF patterns do you have? Paper patterns more your thing?

Uptown/Downtown Dress

Welcome to one of three stop on today’s Sew Straight Patterns Blog Tour! We are celebrating of the release of The Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern! Be sure to read all the way to the bottom to learn how you can enter the giveaway AND get 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Pattern now through August 16th!

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If you follow my facebook or instagram feed, you saw I posted a picture of my serger admitting that it was time to use it to it’s full potential. Well here’s what I made with it!

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The Uptown/Downtown dress, available in sizes 2T – size 10! Isn’t it adorable? I made the entire dress on my serger using a 5-thread safety stitch and the cover stitch, but the good news is, you don’t need a serger to make this adorable knit dress! UptownDowntownSide

The Uptown/Downtown dress goes together in a flash and makes a comfy and adorable back-to-school and every-day dress. You can make it sleeveless, with cap sleeves (shown here) or with half sleeves.

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Elise’s measurements fell under the 2T size in the chart so that’s exactly what I made with no alterations. She loved the dress immediately and didn’t want to take it off. She just had to wear it to church the next day!UptownDowntownSideSmile

All the pattern pieces wen’t together perfectly! I chose the binding method, but there are also instructions for using a lining for sheerer knits or just for warmth. Overall I’d say it was a win and a pattern we’ll make over and over!UptownDowntownG

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the Straight Stitch Pattern Company to see the rest of today’s tour stops!

Now for the giveaway details!

Sew Straight Patterns Tour & Giveaway | JaimeSews

One lucky person will win:

So click below to be whisked away to the Rafflecopter widget and enter away (now through August 11th)!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND – if you don’t win, don’t worry. Terri Lin has set up coupon code uptowndowntowntour to use for 30% off the Uptown/Downtown Dress Pattern now through August 16th!

 

The Tinley Tee

I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day yesterday! I got in a nap even, so you know mine was good!

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

I had a great time last week pattern testing The Tinley Tee for Chelsea of GYCTDesigns! This is a sweet little t-shirt pattern pattern with so many sleeve and hem options, you’ll never need another t-shirt pattern!

TinleyTeeOptions GYCT Designs

I was assigned to test the long sleeve, banded hem version and I was so excited it was a t-shirt since I had found this great knit at F&M Fabrics a few weeks back with no real plans for how to use it. It was just meant to be! This pattern is a one hour project, cutting to finish. It is such a quick satisfying project and you don’t need a serger – I made this version all on my regular home sewing machine.

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

GYCT Tinley Tee | JaimeSews

To see the tester photos with all options and sizes, visit GYCT Designs’ blog post about the Tinley Tee Release. The Tinley Tee comes in sizes 12 months to 12 years and is released TODAY in the GYCT Designs Etsy shop or on Craftsy. Two days only, today and tomorrow, you can grab the pattern for $5.95. After that it goes up to $7.95 so be sure to grab it while it’s on sale!

The Belinda Dress

I am so excited to partner with my friend Michelle Kaufman of Photography By Michelle to test out a little product photography. The first two pictures below are her work.

I know Spring is upon most of us and most of you are looking forward to sunshine and flipflops, but as a California girl myself who never really got a winter this year, I wouldn’t mind some colder days to cozy up in something like this Belinda Dress from Go To Patterns (BTW, Andrea Pannell, in case you’re reading, every time my daughter wears this dress, everyone wishes this pattern came in adult sizes!!)

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews

Photo by Photography by Michelle http://on.fb.me/OaFs64

The Belinda Dress is a bubble dress pattern designed for knits and works wonderfully with this sweatshirt knit I got from GirlCharlee.com. With no closures, it goes together quickly and can be made with or without the front pocket. You could even make it with a knit on top and a woven on the bottom.

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews

Photo by Photography by Michelle http://on.fb.me/OaFs64

The puff sleeves are adorable and my daughter LOVES the huge pocket – she proudly announces it’s presence to everyone who comments on her dress.

The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews The Belinda Dress | JaimeSews

If you have not worked with knits before, I think a sweatshirt knit is great starting point. They not super stretchy and the thicker texture makes it easier to work with, as opposed to a slippery jersey knit. Also it is so rewarding to work with ribbing. Just stretch it to fit the length of the fabric it’s being applied to, sew, turn up and top stitch and you have a very easy, yet professional finish.

Here are the details:

  The Belinda Dress Fabric Options | JaimeSews

Spring Sewing Starts Now!

If you’re sitting in snow and ice right now, like I know many are around the country, the idea of spring may be laughable. But like most things in life, it will be here before you know it and I have just the thing for you if you’re looking to get on the ball with your kids spring clothing.

Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop has started to release their Spring Line, starting today with the Boardwalk Hoodie & Henley! {affiliate link}

Boardwalk Henley & Hoodie

This pattern is so versatile with styles for both boys and girls. Make it as a henley, as a hoodie, as a top or as a dress, long sleeved or short sleeved and for sizes 3 months to 12 years! The best part is…

Today Only this pattern is available for 15% off using code “boardwalk15”

So check it out – I’d love to see what you make!