So far we've had some pretty amazing reviews, haven't we? We've seen the Lucy Tunic, the School Days Jacket, and some Dragon Puppet Mittens. I don't know about you, but I've been having a little TOO much fun pressing "Pay Now" on the Shwin Designs digital patterns. (Sorry, honey).
Speaking of patterns, don't forget to sign up for the Shwin Designs giveaway! They are giving away THREE patterns to one random winner. Awesome, right!?
And make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post for more goodies. This time we are giving away some Flashback Skinny Tee patterns!
Well, today you get to hear about one of my favorite patterns for Fall. The only problem I had in pulling this together is that we aren't having very Fall-like weather around these parts. In fact, it was 101 degrees today. Yes, you read that right: 101!
Southern California's "Fall" weather often calls for little more than a light long-sleeved tee or cardigan. Sometimes my kids wear hoodies, but that's mostly in the dead of winter.
I'm sure it's not much of a surprise, but one of my very favorite (and most in-use) patterns is Made by Rae's Flashback Skinny Tee. My cutting table looks like a FBST assembly line as we speak.
Let's take a look at how I've used this pattern in the past:
|1. The Jess Cardigan 2. Long sleeved FBST 3. Green and white FBST 4. Pink ruffled FBST|
For KCWC last week I made Hudson a Space version, at his request. If you haven't heard yet, he's in love with space.
|Fabric was purchased from The Fabric Fairy|
This shirt has everything a shirt needs: rockets, astronauts, planets and stars. I think this is the perfect fabric for a FBST because it doesn't take itself too seriously, and somehow, reminds me of the 80s and so do skinny tees.
If you've been watching the KCWC flickr pool lately, you already know that the Flashback Skinny Tee pattern is a hot topic. Before this pattern ever came out I remember thinking, "If only I could find an easy t-shirt pattern for beginners, I would make a million shirts for my kids." And then this pattern came out and I did.
The Flashback Skinny Tee pattern costs $10, which is a little more than I usually spend on digital patterns (around $6), but let me tell you why it's worth it. While I might spend $5-6 on another pattern and only use it once, I use the FBST all the time. It is my go-to pattern for fun and comfy tops for my kids. I've used both the little kid (sizes 12mo-5T) and big kid (6T-14) versions.
The FBST pattern can be altered to make long or short sleeve tees, dresses, hoodies, or cardigans like Abby's above. Check out Rae's FBST flickr pool for ideas!
If you want to learn how to sew with knits, but are scared to get started, I definitely suggest this pattern as a good one to start with. The directions are clear and I've always had great results. You can use either a regular sewing machine, a serger, or both.
Do you like how I'm just throwing random pictures of Hudson holding planets into this post? Anyone recognize these from his space party?? You may also remember Hudson's shorts from this post.
Finally, if you live in a warm climate like ours (or... pretty much any climate) long-sleeved tees are good to have around. They are perfect for layering and throwing on under a hoodie when the weather hits an extreme low, like 60 degrees. I know my kids will be wearing these a lot this Fall and Winter.
Now on to the really great stuff! Rae has offered us some free Flashback Skinny Tee patterns! Today, tomorrow AND Saturday you will have a chance to win a little kid or big kid FBST digital pattern. You have until midnight PST on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd to enter the giveaway. ONE winner will be chosen from the comments in this post, but be sure to check back tomorrow and Saturday for more chances to win.
To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and answer me this:
What is your child's favorite "thing," and do you ever sew for your child with that in mind? (Hudson's is outer space, for example). Good luck!
He wanted me to show you his planets one more time.
Giveaway Rules: Please, only ONE comment per person. Leave your email address if you are posting as "anonymous" so I can get ahold of you if you win. You can leave it like this: cailamade (at) gmail (d0t) com. If you forget to leave your email address in the comment, please DELETE the first comment and then write another one. Thank you for playing along! :)