The Sommer patterns (women’s, youth, dolly, and baby!) are our sew-a-long patterns for this month! Don’t have your copies yet? Grab them over here! This month’s sew-a-long is sponsored by Sincerely Rylee Fabrics, Thread & Grain, and of course, M4M and P4P.
The Sommer patterns (women’s, youth, baby, and dolly) are both fun, knit patterns that are just right for warm weather! Featuring multiple lengths, several strap options, and optional neckline or bodice ruffles (available on youth, baby, and dolly, although you could modify and add to women’s, if you wanted!). Baby Sommer also features a romper or bloomer option.
Before we get started, there is a ton of helpful beginner information between the M4M and P4P blogs, in case you are new to knits, or new to PDF patterns in general:
- New to PDF patterns? Check out our helpful tips here
- New to sewing with knits? Brittany has some great info here
- Not quite sure how to measure yourself accurately? Don’t worry; check out the post here!
- Having issues printing? Most issues can be resolved by using our FAQs/troubleshooting tips
- Looking here for more extensive grading help!
- Not in our official SAL group yet? Join here 🙂
Our first day is all about prep! First, be sure to measure yourself (or the person/people that you are sewing for) accurately. The tutorial includes information about grading and mashing, but you can also check out the blog linked above! I mash sizes for both of my kids, and have to grade a bit for myself as well most of the time! I always like to get fresh measurements before I sit down to sew anything, especially for the kids, because they change so often.
After you’ve measured, you’ll want to choose your fabric and gather your supplies. Some of my favorite fabrics for this are double brushed poly, rayon spandex, modal or bamboo blends, and I do like cotton spandex for my kids. I don’t use it on myself often because it doesn’t drape as nicely as I prefer, but you can use it 🙂 The fish fabric you’ll see in the video is a cotton spandex.
Decide if you want to create your Sommer pattern per the written tutorial, or if you want to use one of our Sommer hacks. The hacks won’t be shown in the videos, but the tutorials are on the blog!
Next, go ahead and print your pattern! Be sure to print a test page and measure your 1″ square before you print the whole pattern. Once you’ve got your pattern pieces printed and assembled, go ahead and cut out your fabric.
Our last step for today is to prep our binding! Binding can be tedious, but one you get the hang of it, it’s not too difficult, I promise!
- Make sure you are taking an accurate and consistent seam allowance!
- Cut your skirt pieces to match your bodice pieces (empire for both, or natural waist for both)
- Transfer all the markings from the pattern piece to your binding pieces
- Label your binding pieces for an easy way to keep them organized
Want to sew along with me? Check out today’s video!
If you have questions about measuring yourself, printing, putting your pattern together, or cutting your fabric, you are always welcome to post in our SAL group so we can help you! Be sure to check in each day during the SAL, and look for daily posts to enter our giveaways. We can’t wait to see what you create this week!
DAY 1: Print, Cut, & Prep
DAY 2: Optional Ruffles & Bodice Side Seams
DAY 3: Back Neckline
DAY 4: Front Neckline
DAY 5: Skirt Side Seams
DAY 6: Finish Straps & Hem
DAY 7: Winners Announced
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