Hello, fellow sewing enthusiasts! I'm Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs, and I am so excited to get to sew with you for the next two weeks. This week, we're going to walk through sewing the Charlie Tee step by step here at Pattern Revolution, and next week, we'll do the same for the Charlie Hoodie over on the FD Blog. I'll be throwing in some tips and tricks and sharing how I do certain things along the way. If you're a little nervous about sewing with knits, don't worry! In addition to what I'll be sharing in the sew-along, we have an amazing group of sewists ready to hold your hand over at the Fishsticks Designs Sewing Group. Come join us and share your progress each day!
If you still need the pattern, you can find each of the three size ranges on sale for $5 in my pattern store: Infant & Toddler, Big Kid Sizes, Teen & Adult. If you need help choosing fabrics, check out my Knit Knowledge series. If you're a beginner at sewing with knits, I highly recommend cotton or cotton/polyester interlocks. Be sure to wash and dry your fabrics before getting started.
Each day, we're going to spend about 15 to 20 minutes working on your tee, and on Friday you'll be done! Let's get started! First, you'll need to print and assemble your pattern. You'll find instructions for assembling the pattern right here: How to Assemble a Fishsticks Designs PDF Pattern.
Once you have your pattern ready, you'll have to decide which style of tee you'll be sewing. This pattern has plenty of options! There's a basic tee, a ringer tee and a long-sleeve tee, and there are two options for color-blocking. Today, we'll walk through getting all of your pieces ready, including color-blocking the front of your tee if you choose to do so.
The second tool that you may want to consider is a walking foot. Your sewing machine has “teeth” that guide the bottom of the fabric under the foot while the needle sews. A walking foot has similar teeth that grip the top of fabric so top and bottom pass through under the needle evenly. This feature helps a great deal in cutting down on the amount of puckering that you’ll see in your knit fabric seams..
Finally, I like to fill my bobbin with a stretchy nylon thread like Woolly Nylon or Stretch Maxilock. This gives your stitches a little extra stretch.
If I haven't convinced you to color-block yet, then just scoot down to the bottom of this post (or read through the next few steps, since you may want to color-block next time!) Rather than cutting a pattern for each color-blocking option, I just print one and fold along the color-blocking lines, as needed.