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
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!!
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
This knit I found at F&M Fabrics is a super soft, sheer knit, great for fall & part of winter here in CA.
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!
So let’s get on to how to add the applique!
First you need to gather all your supplies:
- A pencil/pen
- Pellon 805 Wonder-Under
- Fabric to applique
- Your applique design. I just found the images I wanted to use on the interwebs and printed them out.
Trace the applique design onto the paper side of your Wonder-Under.
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.
Allow it all to cool completely. Cut out the traced design.
Peel off the backing of your applique, making sure the webbing is attached to your fabric.
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.