Tumble Tee Pattern Testing and Blind Hem Tutorial

I found time in this busy, busy week to test out a new Imagine Gnats original pattern. You may remember the tumble tee, from KCW. Well, Rachael has been working hard on grading the pattern, ready for release.

“the tumble tee is a colour-blocked knit dress with built-in cap sleeves and an easy fit. with both dress and shirt lengths, as well as multiple seam finishing options, it is easily customized. whether you wear your tumble tee with jeans, shorts, leggings, or as comfy pj’s or a nightgown, this pattern is sure to be a wardrobe staple for years to come”

The Crafty Kitty | Tumble Tee (Dress Length)If you choose to make the dress length and colour block it, then there are just 3 different pattern pieces to cut out. Being designed for knit fabrics, means you have the option of leaving edges unfinished. Which makes this a really quick dress to sew up.

The Crafty Kitty | Tumble Tee (dress length)

I made the size 5 in the dress length, and I used organic cotton stretch jersey in red maxi dots and organic cotton jersey birds in the sky print. I used my overlocker and 5000m cones of organic cotton thread in shade 4801 (natural).

The Crafty Kitty | Blind Hem

Hey, check it out… I did a blind hem on this dress!! I was so pleased with myself, and actually it turned out to be way way easier than I had thought.

The Crafty Kitty | Blind HemYou start by folding over double your finished seam allowance plus a quarter inch. The pattern includes a line to show the hem allowance of 1.25 inches… it is actually so you know where to cut the hem if you are leaving it raw, but it is super handy to use as a mark for a blind hem!

The Crafty Kitty | Blind HemThe next thing you have to do is fold the hem back on itself, letting the raw edge hang over the folded edge by a quarter inch.

The Crafty Kitty | Blind HemLine up the guide on the universal presser foot with the folded edge and off you go! Once you have overlocked the hem, you just unfold the fabric and press! My hem is still folding up a little bit, so I suspect it may need further encouragement from the iron!!

The Crafty Kitty | Tumble Tee (dress length)Even with sewing a blind hem, I think it took maybe 30 minutes to sew the dress together. It probably helps that I used the overlocker, but I still think that is impressive from a pattern. I have left the sleeves and neckline raw at the moment, but I think I might hem them at some point. I haven’t added my new organic label yet, as I want to add them into the neckline seam! I would be tempted to try out blind hems on all the edges to get a nice look. Particularly as my regular sewing machine isn’t great with knits. I also really want to add pockets to the dress!

I think there are just a few final adjustments being made to the Tumble Tee Pattern and then it should be released for purchase, you won’t have to wait long! In the mean time, don’t forget to check out the Roly-Poly-Along Tour, starting on Monday! Jill and I are getting the party started, can’t wait to show you what I’ve made!

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