Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee: Pattern Release

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, women's sewing pattern from OUSM Designs

The Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee is here, and the ladies at OUSM Designs are giving away a free copy! 

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee sewing pattern by OUSM

The Thumbs Up Tee is $10, and there is a Women’s/Child bundle for $15. From the 19th to the 26th each will be on sale for 15% off. Buy your copy at Once Upon A Sewing Machine on Etsy.

My Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, women's sewing pattern from OUSM Designs

I made the short sleeved version. (Cold weather is no longer welcome here.) This pattern goes hard all year, with several variations including tunic option, thumb-hole sleeves and a cowl neck.

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The thumb hole feature gets all the attention, because we love them. But the stand out detail for me is the cool sleeve contrast. It’s a basic that I’ll wear a lot, but doesn’t feel like another plain tee.

Thumbs Up Tee, sewing pattern from OUSM Designs| SewsNBows

Included in the pattern is an excellent guide for blending sizes. The instructions are well written, and Rachel even made a video tutorial for the thumb hole cuffs.

Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee, sewing pattern by OUSM Designs

Pattern: Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee
Fabric: lightweight jersey knit stripes from Girl Charlee
Size: Large/Medium blend
Time: about 2 hours (spread out in agonizing increments of 5 minutes, all day. Is spring break over yet?)

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Enter to win the Grown Up Thumbs Up Tee pdf pattern below! Winner will be announced on March 21st.

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Ruffled PJ Pattern Holiday Jammies Tour

Girls Holiday Nightgown | SewsNBows

I’m on the Ruffled PJ Pattern Holiday Jammies Tour at Once Upon A Sewing Machine!

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I was super nervous because I have some kind of holiday sewing jinx. I wrote about a series of EPIC Christmas fails last year, and most of them were pajamas.

Ruffled PJ Pattern Holiday Jammies Tour

So when the Christmas tree fabric came out of the stash, I was sort of traumatized. I decided not to try matching any prints since holiday fabric hates me. Keeping it simple suited me- I love the way it turned out!


I made two modifications on the Ruffled PJ Pattern. The skirt is lengthened into a nightgown, and the sleeves are tapered. I embellished with red ric rac trim, but I reigned myself in and stopped right there.

Red & Green Christmas Tree print nightgown with ric rac trim

Last week I used this same pattern to make a floral sweatshirt dress; I love his easy this pattern is to hack!

Girls Holiday Nightgown | SewsNBows

I had every intention of this being a nightgown, but Sof paired it with glittery red shoes and insisted on wearing it out shopping with her mama. So, it’s a multi-purpose garment!

Ruffled PJ Pattern Holiday Jammies Blog Tour | SewsNBows

Now I’d like another in flannel. It would be so warm and cozy to sleep/shop in!

Ruffled PJ Holiday Blog Tour

I went a size up so she could wear it a little longer. We have no problem sporting Christmas trees in April.

Ruffled PJ Holiday Jammies Blog Tour

Want to make your own holiday Jammies? OUSM is running a sale for the duration of the of the Holiday Jammie’s tour, Monday Dec. 1 to Sat. Dec. 6. The pattern will be $5 for the week, no coupon code needed. Click here to buy: Ruffled PJ Pattern

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Floral Sweatshirt Dress : Ruffled PJ Pattern Morph

Sequined Shoulder Detail | SewsNBows

This floral sweatshirt dress was intended to be a pattern hack on the Ruffled PJs pattern from OUSM. But it turned into something totally different. I’m coining the term “pattern morph” for when your hack ends up so far from the pattern that it’s hardly recognizable.

Girls Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I used sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee. It’s not too stretchy; and sews almost like a woven. I subtracted 2″ from the center back and re-shaped the neckline for ribbing, eliminating the buttons. I added 9″ length to the bodice; and used ribbing for the sleeves and hem. That’s it!

Floral Sweatshirt Dress: A Ruffled PJ Pattern Hack

For the Holiday Jammas pattern tour next week, I’ll show you the Ruffled PJs closer to their true form. But for now you can see how versatile this pattern is. If you aren’t into drafting (I’m not) and you want a good bodice, sleeve, and pants block, these are a great jumping off point. The nice clean lines are easy to lengthen, shorten, flare out, or taper. All you need is a ruler!

Sequined Trim Shoulder Detail| SewsNBows

My favorite thing about this dress is the shoulder detail. It’s a sequin trim I got at Hobby Lobby. This stuff is going to be great for stabilizing shoulders on sweaters and super stretchy tees.

Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I used a new stitch function for topstitching. It goes over each straight stitch three times, which makes topstitching really stand out. I wanted a kind of industrial look so I used khaki thread to contrast against the black. I’m not sure if I pulled it off or not!

Girl's Floral Sweatshirt Dress | SewsNBows

I’m dying for a cover stitch machine though; wouldn’t that be so cute around the neckline?!

Girls Floral Sweatshirt Dress

A coverstitch and my Babylock serger will have to wait a while. Santa isn’t rich, you know!

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Button Up Jumper Pattern Release + Discount Code

Button Up Jumper Pattern by OUSM | SewsNBows

Today is the Button Up Jumper pattern release!

Button Up Jumper Pattern by OUSM | SewsNBows

Rachel & Donna from Once Upon A Sewing Machine have made a fun play on a traditional jumper, with buttons at the waist. It’s designed to be worn with an undershirt, so it’s perfect for fall. I sewed the first round of pattern testing and it was still pretty warm outside; so we’re rockin’ the Button Up Jumper shirtless today.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM

The finished garment is really easy to wear. The dress doesn’t raise up when Sofie lifts her arms. The skirt doesn’t hinder climbing either. I’ve noticed that this kid doesn’t like wearing anything that restricts movement.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM

Sewists’s Kid Syndrome: an acute awareness of fabric type and garment fit that renders children extremely picky about clothing. 

Button Up Jumper sewing pattern from OUSM

I recommend you stop by the Once Upon A Sewing Machine blog and read about it. (There are more tester photos coming later this week!) What impressed me during pattern testing was that each dress was dramatically different. I love that this dress works with medium and bottom weights- the broad range of fabric choices give you a lot of design flexibility.

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM | pocket detail

I used a floral printed fine wale corduroy. I haven’t seen many girls dress patterns designed specifically for heavier fabric, so I’m really excited about the possibilities. I’d like to make a version out of a soft wool. It would make such a cute school dress!

Button Up Jumper pattern from OUSM | side view

The Button Up Jumper pattern ranges from size 12 months- 8 years, & you can buy it at the OUSM shop today. Use promo code JUMPER20 for a 20% discount. If you’d like to pin this dress pattern for later, click here. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!


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Ruffled PJs by Once Upon A Sewing Machine

I’m glad you’re here today, because I’m dying to show you the hottest new pdf pattern: The Ruffled PJs!



The Ruffled PJs pattern is designed by Rachel & Donna at Once Upon A Sewing Machine.

These jammas are Sofie approved.

OUASM has several free patterns available. (I featured the Peasant Blouse in my Best Free Patterns roundup!) The Ruffled PJs will be their first pattern for purchase.

Show some love if you head over there! Rachel has been working her little booty off on The Ruffled PJs, I know a little pat on the back goes a long way. She’s always so quick to leave a kind word :)


Here are some details of the Ruffled PJs pattern:


A long sleeved, lined bodice with skirting


Buttons in back


An adorable ruffle at the waist


And cute little pants with an optional cuff.


I used this cuddly soft flannel fabric with slides, merry-go-rounds, and park benches printed on it.

I remembered to pre-wash, and I did a cold water vinegar soak. I dried it on the gentle cycle, and now the dye is set & they won’t fade much at all.


I trimmed the neckline, sleeves, ruffle, and hem with jumbo ric-rac. I had no choice. Sofie claimed it as hers. “Mine. Wic-wic mine.”



I think it’s so cute when her little broken sentences include sewing notions! Her brother, Evan, can name piping, binding, and knows different fabric types. He can clean and oil the sewing machine, and knows the names of several different sewing feet. I’m training them to be my sweatshop later!

Visit Once Upon A Sewing Machine to get your pdf copy of the Ruffled PJ Pattern! You will definitely see more of these from me; I’ve got 2 pairs on the table now! If you don’t have time to make a pair, visit the OUASM shop!

These sweet little pajamas are featured at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff:)

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