Color-block school bus t-shirts

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Simple sewing patterns that allow for customization are some of my favorite. This pattern is the School Bus T-shirt by Oliver + S and it’s a pretty perfect basic tee as is, but I wanted to add a twist with some color-blocking.

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Here’s the back. Both front and back look identical with the same free-hand diagonal pattern. I just took my big ruler and chopped up my pattern pieces (in size 3), added in seam allowances, and pieced them together from a selection of Kaufman Laguna knits from my stash. I love how they turned out!

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Pretty stinking cute! Oh the tee is nice too 😉

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Back

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I think my older boy is finally set on t-shirts for a while. On to sewing for the next child!

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Retro pocket tees

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It’s been mighty hot this week and my son’s collection of tee shirts is rather slim, so I’ve sewn him several to help get him through the rest of summer.

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For the pattern I used this one off of Etsy sewn in size 3. I did modify it some by scooping out the back armholes in an attempt to make them racerback but I didn’t scoop them out nearly enough! I also added contrast front pockets of my own design.

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This awesome abstract geometric fabric I got off of Spoonflower and the Batman print I got from here. Both are perfectly retro. My husband described the purple print tee as “rad”. Yes, I think so too 🙂

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A look at the back.

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Looking very rad.

Anyone else got a soft spot for 80s fashion awesomeness?

Lace edge camisoles

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Time for a few basic camisoles for my daughter! The pattern is self drafted and includes stretch lace for the straps and arm/neck holes, plus lettuce edge hemming for the bottom.

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This was my first time doing a lettuce edge hem on my serger. It was very quick and easy to do! This will be a fun technique to try out on more knits for my daughter. Here’s a nice tutorial on it if you’d like to try it out as well!

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I made the camisoles in white, purple, and black medium weight cotton knits from here. The 3/4″ stretch lace trim came from here. There are so many beautiful colors of lace I want to make them all!

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Here’s a look at the back.

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I love how these camisoles turned out! These will be a new sewing staple around here as she grows bigger, and maybe I’ll get to work through more of those great lace colors! 😉