Hey everyone ! Hope you are all staying safe and not going tooo bonkers being inside all the time.
Over the past few weeks I have had sooo many enquiries about when classes will be starting again. I wish I could say adult & children’s classes were starting again soon , but I really just don’t know when it will be. Here in South wales we are in one of the Covid Hotspots and I can’t see venues being able to open any time soon , I promise as soon as I know , you will , and I will be adding as many classes as I can to catch everyone up.
We have had so many complete beginner workshop requests , it seems lot’s of you lovely people have had a sewing machine for christmas and are eager to get sewing , I love beginners classes they are so much fun , every sewing machine is slightly different and there’s nothing quite like showing someone what all those buttons and levers do. Sadly while I can’t teach you via zoom at the moment I thought maybe we could have a little sew a long at home via the blog instead .
The Mandy Boat Tee !
This beginner friendly sewing pattern is a FREE pattern by Tessuti Fabrics and is suitable for all ages , and all more importantly all sizes . It has NO darts , and NO complicated seams. Hooray !
I don’t know about you but long comfy T shirts and leggings have become my lockdown mum uniform and these tops are so easy to make I just had to share one of my all time favourite sewing patterns with you.
So if you would like to make one of these pop onto the pattern website and download your pattern
This fab free pattern includes a lovely booklet on how to stitch it together – so I won’t go over any of those details but I will give you some of my top tips for beginners that you may not know.
REMEMBER TO PRINT AT 100% !
- This pattern requires jersey fabric , I highly recommend a cotton jersey for your first time , its much less slippy. I’ve also made this pattern in sweatshirt fabric by going a size up on the pattern.
- You will need a BALLPOINT NEEDLE when sewing stretchy fabrics make sure to use a 80/12 if you can. Twin needles are great for hems , but you don’t need them.
- You can sew this pattern on a regular sewing machine using a stretch stitch – Overlockers are great if you have one , but I rarely use mine as baby rainbow hates the noise so all of mine have been made on a regular machine.
LETS SEW !
WASH AND DRY YOUR FABRIC – Always wash and dry your fabric as you would the finished item of clothing , fabrics usually shrink a little in a washing machine or tumble drier and you don’t want to end up with a top too small !
- Measure yourself and decide on your size , This top is very floaty and boxy , so go by your bust measurement unless your hips are wider than the hip measurement , in which case go by that. Stick the paper together as shown in the PDF booklet and Cut out your paper pattern . Lay your fabric out on the table and fold one side inwards , shuffle it around a bit and pin your largest pieces first , then your sleeve pieces .
- When cutting your fabric always pin your pattern piece and cut with the blade of your scissors on the table , if you lift the fabric up you will under or over cut. If you find it’s too slippy and hard to cut try spraying it with a little spray starch ( available in supermarkets in a can ) to stiffen the fabric. If you are using stripes , try and get the pattern pieces on the fabric evenly – so if the bottom of the pattern is on an orange stripe , make sure the other pattern piece is also on the bottom of an orange stripe.
- Ok pieces cut ? Let’s sew ! Remember to use a ballpoint needle and use a stretch stitch – If you use a regular straight stitch the stitches WILL SNAP when you wear it. Follow the PDF booklet and make sure to PRESS YOUR SEAMS with a steam iron when you are finished – setting the seams is so important when you make your own clothing . Use wonder clips if you struggle with pins and NEVER sew over pins on a domestic sewing machine ! .
Finished top ? Hurrah !
Now you’ve made your first one , try it on and have a look if there are any adjustments you would like to make in future , could the hem be longer ? Add a few inches to the bottom , sleeves too long ? alter your pattern by taking a few inches off on the pattern where it says to alter and stitch the bottom of the sleeve back on. Hem too baggy ? Slide some elastic through the bottom to make a bubble hem top instead.
Maybe embroider the front , add some iron on vinyl or even make a longer version for a comfy dress ! You could also print the pattern at 50% instead and make a children’s version .
This pattern is so versatile and beginner friendly.
If you are on instagram …
- Why are you not following me yet ? and 2. try searching the hashtag mandyboattee for hundreds of cool ideas and hacks , there is so much you can do with this sewing pattern.
Happy sewing ! Don’t forget to share those photos ❤
Stay Safe x