Suzuran no-waste kimono jacket pattern review

The Suzuran No-Waste Kimono Jacket pattern: a French-designed, Japanese-style spring kimono, perfect for warm weather. The best part? The unique pattern design uses every bit of a rectangle of fabric with no remaining scraps! A review by www.cucicucicoo.com

The Suzuran No-Waste Kimono Jacket pattern: a French-designed, Japanese-style spring kimono, perfect for warm weather. The best part? The unique pattern design uses every bit of a rectangle of fabric with no remaining scraps! A review by www.cucicucicoo.com

You may have noticed in my Me-Made-May 2015 documentation last week that there was one day that I was dressed considerably more fancy than usual, and that the me-made item had still not been blogged about. It was a special pattern that I had tested for a fellow designer, Julia from Tites Mains, and that pattern has now been released! (With a special discount code! Read on to find out more!) So I present to you the Suzuran No-Waste Kimono Jacket pattern!

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Cecilia Puff Tee free pattern by OUSM

A review of the Cecilia Puff Tee free pattern by Once Upon a Sewing Machine. A sweet and easy t-shirt with puffed shoulders | www.cucicucicoo.com

A review of the Cecilia Puff Tee free pattern by Once Upon a Sewing Machine. A sweet and easy t-shirt with puffed shoulders | www.cucicucicoo.com

A couple of weeks ago I had the fun experience of testing Once Upon a Sewing Machine’s new pattern, the Cecilia Puff Tee. A few months ago I sewed OUSM’s Grown Up Thumbs Up shirt/dress, and I loved the pattern so much that I made three (and have received an order for another from my sister!), and so I knew that this pattern would most likely be another great one. I was not disappointed! This is a wonderful pattern and, to make it even better, it’s FREE! Let me tell you about it!

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Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM: a jersey shirt or tunic with thumbhole cuffs, long or short sleeves, regular or funnel neck, optional bands for sleeve and bottom hems, and maternity option. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM: a jersey shirt or tunic with thumbhole cuffs, long or short sleeves, regular or funnel neck, optional bands for sleeve and bottom hems, and maternity option. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might remember this picture. I was so excited while sewing these cuffs with thumbholes, that I couldn’t resist taking a hand-selfie. This amazing bit of sewing origami made no sense at all to me, yet they came out perfectly.

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM: a jersey shirt or tunic with thumbhole cuffs, long or short sleeves, regular or funnel neck, optional bands for sleeve and bottom hems, and maternity option. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

This awesomeness was part of a pattern I was testing, Once Upon a Sewing Machine’s Grown Up Thumbs Up shirt and tunic. This mother-daughter team had already created this pattern for kids, and was adapting it to fit women.

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM: a jersey shirt or tunic with thumbhole cuffs, long or short sleeves, regular or funnel neck, optional bands for sleeve and bottom hems, and maternity option. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

And what an amazing job they did! And so many options! Sizes XS to XXL. Shirt or tunic/dress lengths. Short or long sleeves. Regular cuff or cuff with thumbhole. Standard neck or cowl/funnel neck. Optional bands for the sleeves and hem. Maternity option. Wow! And color-blocking is part of the design, making it more fun. So, of course, with all these options, I had to make three of them. Oh yes… I’m a little obsessed!

Grown Up Thumbs Up pattern by OUSM: a jersey shirt or tunic with thumbhole cuffs, long or short sleeves, regular or funnel neck, optional bands for sleeve and bottom hems, and maternity option. A pattern review by www.cucicucicoo.com

Aren’t those thumb holes cool? Love ’em! (Don’t mind the wet sleeves. It was raining!)

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Make shorts from bed sheet scraps

Sew shorts from upcycled materials

One of my favorite blogs is MADE. Dana makes beautiful and professional-looking clothes and other things. Her photographs are gorgeous and her tutorials and very detailed and easy to follow. I’ve already written about how to make your own leggings or pants pattern, but when …

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awesomesauce-y!

about a month ago, when sheri from awesomesauce & asshattery and i were flattering each other’s work, we decided to do a little swap: i’d make her a t-shirt skirt and she’d make me an apron top. good times! not only because of what we …

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Vinegar and baking soda

i’ve been reading recently about ways to clean the house and do lots of other things without using cleaning products from the supermarket, full of chemical ingredients with names i can’t pronounce. my mother has always remedied a blocked sink drain with baking soda, vinegar …

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