Matching Outfits + Machine Appliqué

Last week, I blogged about some shorts that I had made up for a class, and of course for Rosie to wear afterwards. Now here in South Alabama, monogramming, embroidery and matching outfits are everything, and us being from the UK, tend to throw on whatever slightly matches and we’ll call it an outfit. Well, these shorts were just calling out to be made into matching sets and I really wanted to try some basic machine appliqué as I hadn’t done it for such a long time!

I bought some blank t-shirts for Rosie from a local boutique. These were a purchase where I thought that I could have probably made them but I just didn’t have the time to find the perfect t-shirt fabric, and wanted these to be completed in an afternoon. I want to show you how I created my appliqué designs on my regular sewing machine.

I started off by gathering my supplies. I printed my appliqué template shapes onto normal paper and pinned them to my transfer paper. The one I used was Pellon 805 Wonder-Under. I cut my shape out of the transfer paper.

I then placed my transfer paper onto my fabric. I made sure that the paper side was facing me and the adhesive side was on the fabric.

Using a low iron, I pressed over the transfer paper. This allows the adhesive to stick to the fabric and the paper stays on the template.

I then cut around my template so that I had my appliqué shape.

The paper part of the transfer paper then peels off, revealing some more adhesive. This is the adhesive that sticks the appliqué shape to the shirt.

I positioned my appliqué shape on the shirt and then used the iron on a low heat to stick it down to the shirt.

I also iron a little bit of stretch interfacing onto the inside of the t-shirt. This will sit behind the appliqué shape and add a tiny bit of extra reinforcement.

I changed my machine stitch to a basic zig zag and carefully stitched around the edge of my shape.

And there you go! The appliqué is nice and secure and matches perfectly with the shorts. I really think that this is a great little method to add something extra to those plain t-shirts. I know that I’ll be making many more of these.

Rosie’s Bubbla Shorts

I’ve got a short and sweet blog for you today! I was just looking through my photos for ones to upload and I realized that I didn’t actually take many at all to show the construction of these shorts! I actually chose this Bubbla shorts pattern from The Eli Monster for one of my local sewing classes, but I wanted to make up samples to show during the class. This meant Rosie got some new shorts!

The Eli Monster Bubbla shorts

Welcome Back!

Let’s be honest…it’s been a while since I put anything on this blog; over a year in fact! So first of all, welcome back!  I’m planning on getting my blog back up and running as I’m still very much sewing every day and making lots of things that I can share with you.  I share a lot over on my Instagram but there are few garments that I would like to go into more detail about over here.

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I’m planning on sharing some of my recent makes.  Some are sponsored, some are work related, some I’ve had the fabric given to me and some are just my own me mades.  I’ll be fully transparent within each blog, just so you know which is which!

Over the last year, I’ve really worked on building up more of my paid sewing work.  I’m working in the local community offering group classes and individual sewing classes.  My group classes have just got back going again, but with how the World is at the moment, my private lessons are becoming more popular.

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I’m also on the writing team for Sewing Life Magazine [Aff Link].  It’s an online magazine which is released bimonthly.  You get a sewing pattern and a magazine that is full of useful articles.  I write a few articles and sew up samples for each edition.

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Home-wise we are doing ok! As well as anyone can be doing through a pandemic anyway.  Rosie is 2 and a half and is quite the toddler.  She makes us laugh every day and now loves it when she gets to wear the clothes that Mama made for her!

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Well, it does feel lovely to write another blog.  Something I haven’t really sat down to do for a long time.  Please say hello again! Speak soon xx

Kwik Sew 3983 – Rosie’s Dungarees

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I absolutely love dungarees on children!  Though, when I say ‘dungarees’ here in Alabama, no-one knows what I’m on about.  They’re called rompers or jumpers here. Crazy. 😛 Anyway, this Kwik Sew pattern is just adorable and it’s one that I just couldn’t wait to make for Rosie.  I had acquired a random piece of pink fabric that had dark brown mini polka dots all over it.  I actually thought that the fabric was like a baby cord but it really wasn’t. I must have imagined that at some point!

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Butterick 6217 – The Gertie Top

Butterick 6217

I can remember seeing this pattern a long time ago, when I had first started to seriously have a go at making my own clothes.  The Butterick 6217 pattern has been sitting in my closet for around 4 years!  I know I bought it when there was a sale on the McCall’s website.  I seem to remember that they do a really good sale every now and again.  I don’t think that I paid more than $4 for the pattern.  I always thought that this was a beautiful pattern but it was way above my sewing level.

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Oliver + S Culottes

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As I was browsing the Fabrciworm sale, I came across this adorable dusky blue lion fabric by Camelot Fabrics and knew that I had to buy some.  Luckily, when I’m making clothes for Rosie, they only require about a yard of fabric so I purchased a yard and got to having a think about what I would make with it.

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