Friday, 12 August 2011

.Basic Tees - a new pattern for you!.

Hi all!  Things have been a little quite around here lately...and my house has been messy...that only means one thing - I've been busy working on my latest pattern and am all ready to share it with you today!

 
An indispensable starting point for everyday dressing, Basic Tees is a pattern you will find yourself using again and again.  
 
 The classic long or short-sleeved tshirt is a wardrobe staple that you can’t do without.  The easy style of Basic Tees allows you to express your creativity and create one-of-a-kind tshirts that suit every occasion.  
 
Featuring a straight style for boys and more fitted body with gathered sleeves for girls, as well as options to include short-sleeve overlays and contrast hems, Basic Tees is the ideal foundation for thousands of outfits!
Basic Tees is another Make It Perfect pattern designed for use with knit/stretch fabric.  If you are a newbie to sewing with knits, I highly recommend a simple tshirt pattern as your starting point.  They are quick and easy to make and something that your kids are bound to get a lot of wear out of.  

The pattern comes with lots of tips and tricks for sewing with knits, but my number one tip is to use the best quality fabric that you can afford.  All of my failed attempts at sewing with knits have happened when I have been using cheaper quality knits.  Good quality is much easier to sew, washes and wears better and gives a much nicer finished result.  These tops were sewn using gorgeous knits from Crafty Mamas - the solids are all Stella and the stripes are Hilco Campans.  Crafty Mamas now offers free postage within Australia and great International postage rates - gotta love that!

There is heaps you can do with the Basic Tees pattern...instructions are given to create a plain tee or tee with short-sleeve overlay and contrasting hem and neckline as shown above but, of course, these are just starting point suggestions - you can mix and match fabrics and decorate with applique, freezer paper stencil, buttons, ribbons, iron on transfers, etc. and easily come up with a whole cupboard full of tees to suit your style!

Once you sew one, you'll be itching to make more (trust me, I'm up to my 10th tee this week!) my kids wear long and short sleeved tees every single day so I know I'll be sewing lots more in the future!

Big thanks to my beautiful photographer, Chelsea (check out her work - she is amazing!) and the GORGEOUS models she rounded up for me.  They are the cutest kids ever - chooks, books, rain, cute kids...what more could I ask for?

Take a look at my new website for more information on Basic Tees.  As always, copies of the pattern will be avaliable soon in retail stores - or you can always ask your favourite store to order a copy in for you.


GIVEAWAY
I'd love to give one lucky winner a copy of Basic Tees - leave a comment on this post to be in the draw!
(Please make sure you leave an email address with your comment.  Giveaway will close Wednesday 17th August and winner will be drawn at random).

129 comments:

Tina said...

Fantastic pattern! Well done Toni-They look great :)
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kyliealysha said...

Awesome! I can think of a lot of possibilities for this pattern.

Domestic Artisan said...

You're amazing! I have seriously been looking for a great basic pattern cause I'm still scared on knits. Can't wait to sew of of these : )

Danni said...

What a brilliant pattern. They look great!

Emma said...

Yay! This is fabulous :D

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Caitlin - craftycrackpot said...

Oh yes, these look great!!!

Sanchia said...

Wonderful pattern!Basics are the best.
sanchia(at)sanchia.com.au

Crafty Mama said...

Just beautiful Toni!

Anonymous said...

Love them Toni! Just gorgeous, adorable, brilliant!!!!!! Linda :)

Tam said...

Ooo they look perfect!

Emily said...

Fantastic pattern!! :) emmillee(At)gmail(dot)com

Peta said...

Oh so perfect, just what I have been looking for. Well done.

Emma Fitzsimmons said...

Thank you Toni for yet another awesome pattern!! You rock :-)

Danielle said...

I love it!
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melandpeter said...

ooo, count me in. Love the new pattern Toni. x

kirsty@shoproomstudio said...

looks like a great pattern to have on hand Toni.

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Sue said...

the perfect pattern really. Exactly what I need for my ever growing kids.

LionessLady said...

hi Toni - would love to try one of these! Another great pattern - clever lady!!!

Jemima said...

Wow - yet another beautiful design - well done Toni

Erin Shakespear said...

Love the stripes! The pattern looks fun. Great job. :)

Melisa said...

Fabulous ! I have a pile of Stella just waiting for this pattern!!

Erin Shakespear said...

Ooops....my email addy is erinshakespear (at) bresnan (dot) net

:)

Tanya said...

Toni- what a fantastic and practical pattern. I love Crafty Mamas too. And those photos are great.

Sarah G. said...

love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love IT!!!!!!!!!!!

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Virginia said...

I have been looking for a good basic tee pattern for ages. This pattern looks great and so much could be done with it. Thanks

vgrimsey@netspace.net.au

Jennifer said...

Would love to win a copy of this. My kids are always needing t-shirts

Nettie's Blog said...

i will leave a comment Toni because i think these Tees are the best HOORAY... when are you designing for big people?????...but leave me out of the draw as i am biased and related to the photographer.... (Pssst what did you think of my collection of Enid Blyton books that my grandies have now inherited???? wish those chooks were mine too...just love silkies)

Sonja said...

Great post, full of nice photos and a good description of a new pattern.
One can never have too much tees :)

melanie zerner said...

Oh lovely!! I am a beginner sewer working my way through your book and LOVING it!! I'd love to win this great new pattern for my little ones!

Monique Baker said...

Great new pattern Toni. Loving the new kids pattern. Can't wait to get my hands on one.

Nähhexe said...

They look really nice and hopefully will be sewn as easily as your other patterns ;-)
Great fan from Germany, Kate.

Kirsten said...

Terrific, I've been wanting to make something like this for my kids for ages, but didn't have a pattern that I liked. Looks fabulous! Thank you for creating this!

Little Munchkins said...

Me, me! I would love a chance to win this pattern since I missed out on testing this. I even bought the fabric already thinking I was going to test this so I am all ready to go ;)

Melissa said...

Fantastic! This is a pattern that every kid will wear. xx

Carli said...

Great new addition to your pattern collection, well done x

emjay1000 said...

Well done! That will be an awesome pattern to have as a basic! Can't wait!

Tilda said...

Love it! So pleased to see your new pattern. I have a tall 5.5 year old daughter and have had so much trouble buying her long sleeved tees this year (as we have had to buy size 8)....at least next year I know she will be covered!! Thank you!!!!
rossicottage@skymesh.com.au

Kirsten said...

Actually, just in case I don't win a copy ;-) When will it be available from the online stores? Had a look at Kelani Fabrics, I am guessing I am being a bit too eager :-) But yes, I am very eager :-D Thanks Toni. kirstey(dot)yarra(at)gmail(dot)com

~ fiona j harding ~ said...

Chelsea is the BEST photographer. She's a keeper - I love her pics. I also LOVED 'The Naughtiest Girl in the School' books while I was growing up. Enid Blyton was a brilliant author - shame she couldn't find time for her own children though. Well done Toni.

booqiboutique said...

me please, I would like a tee..

Pam said...

I'd love to have a copy of your Basic Tees pattern. It looks like you've included lots of options. If it's anything like the patterns in Make It Perfect the book, the instructions will be detailed and easy to follow. I've just finished the Cupcake Dress...
allmap(at)y7mail(dot)com

Pam said...

I'd love to have a copy of your Basic Tees pattern. It looks like you've included lots of options. If it's anything like the patterns in Make It Perfect the book, the instructions will be detailed and easy to follow. I've just finished the Cupcake Dress...
allmap(at)y7mail(dot)com

Catrin said...

Love it... It looks amazing. I especially like the neck.
Cat

Rainbow Made said...

Unreal pattern Toni!! I would love to give it a go.
rainbowmade@gmail.com

Aimee said...

Great pattern, I've never sewn with knits before so would love to try your pattern as my first.

Jody Herbert said...

Great pattern! My kids always need new T-shirts, long & short sleeved - so it would definately come in handy.

Cheryl-Anne said...

Nice work! As you say, a versitile pattern that will be used again and again. I'm looking forward to adding it to my collection.

Mandy said...

These look great. I can see myself making plenty of these.

Amber said...

Oh greeat pattern. So many ideas storm my brain as I read this! Would also be fun to cut of and trun into a lap dress for my littl one :)

Angela said...

They look so cute, and I can imagine them in lots of different variations. Thanks for the chance to win a Basic Tees pattern.

Suzee said...

love the colors and stripes! thanks for the giveaway!

sweeter than cupcakes said...

I just tried my first tee, but the collar seams didn't line up. I'd love a chance to learn from your pattern.

Kristin said...
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Kristin said...

I would love to win your new pattern! A great basic shirt that will spur on the creativity in all of us. Thanks for the chance! nkmeldrim at hotmail dot com

Nikki said...

Ohhhh to be able to successfully sew with stretch fabric...! Looks like a fab pattern Toni.

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Louisa said...

I love the pattern! I can imagine many fabulous combinations. auntielouisa@gmail.com

Gina S. said...

Finally a tee with some style, love it! Thanks for a chance to win one. :)

Anita said...

I've been wanting to try (again) sewing a knit for my daughter. The first one was wearable, at least for around the house - not really that nice.

DianeY said...

I'd love to win one, but this looks like a pattern I'll definitely buy! Love it!

michelle said...

this looks like a fantastic pattern for back-to-school.
mnmwong@roadrunner.com

Jocelyn said...

cant beat a basic tee! This ends on my birthday too!!

ali said...

those look great - i'd love to sew some for back to school goodness!

Ziezo said...

They look so nice! Great job! Would be perfect for me to start my knits experience. . .

AJ said...

Love the stripes!

memmens said...

What a superb pattern, I've been following along the Sewing with Knits Monday at luvinthemommyhood and thinking I must get on and try...this is another inspiration - thanks for the chance to win

amummy said...

The new pattern looks amazing. Another pattern to add to my wish list.

Sew Lovins said...

Love the tees! Thanks

Anita said...

Love, love, love it! And with two boys - one 5 and one 1 I just know this pattern would get an absolute flogging in my house. Perfect. I hope I win, oh please, oh please 1anitaneville(at)gmail(dot)com

OLEBEANS said...

FINALLY - does it only come in kiddie sizes or MUMMY sizes as well??? timandmichelle@iprimus.com.au

Megs said...

This looks fabulous Toni! A real staple pattern!

Anonymous said...

love your work!! and this pattern is no different, love it!

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MothersBrains said...

Will you throw in one of those cute chooks too?

Anna said...

awesome toni! as usual they look amazing. :) cute cute!

Tas said...

A classic tee pattern is a must have. This looks fabulous!

Now I need to scroll down. I am sure that I saw the words "lemon curd" calling to me... ;)

Heidi said...

these are great, I would love to get my sister to make some for my little girl, my sewing skills are a bit of a worry :)
heidi(dot)donnarumma(at)bigpond.com

Dianne said...

Looks fantastic!

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little elm said...

Great! Would love this one!

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Ally said...

Definitely an essential for any one who sews for their kids. Love it!

Rachael said...

Another great pattern to add to my 'want it bad' list.

Eydie Watkins said...

Looks great!
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Jen B said...

Great pattern, love all the options!

Andrew & Beth said...

fantastic! I've always wanted to sew some tees! Thanks!
beth_kiernan@hotmail.com

Thimbelina said...

They look great Toni....and so many possibilities! Well done!

April @ Sewing Novice said...

Great pattern! I might just make this my first knit item to try!

Monkeys in my pocket said...

How exciting! Another great pattern to make! Can't wait to get my hands on one!

kgibson said...

I'd love to give these a go! They look great!

Tiffany said...

That's exactly what I need to get over my fear of knits! Great pattern, fabulous photos. Thanks for the chance to win!

meika said...

I am still yet to sew with knits and I can't wait to get my hands on this pattern to have a go!

Ronnie said...

This would be great to overcome my fear of sewing knit fabric. I would love to win

Ruth said...

These look great! Love the options to add gathered sleeves and applique. Not really a "basic tee"!

Jacquie said...

Great Pattern Toni - have been looking for a good Tee pattern and I know that yours will be well designed and easy to construct. So when will it be out in women's sizes? I'm the one that wears a Tee everyday in our household :)

Jo said...

These look great!

Deanna said...

Who doesn't need a basic tee pattern? Great!
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Stash Avalanche said...

Ooh, yes please! Count me in, I'd love to win this pattern.
stashavalanche[at]gmail[dot]com

SewHappyJan said...

This looks great,can never have too many t's :)

Miss Rosie said...

I think I might be too late finding this giveaway but what a great pattern. Would be great to win, thinking of all the tees I could make for my boys

Amanda said...

I'm upcycling old tees to make pants for my youngest. This versatile pattern would be great to use up the leftover scraps from the rest of the garment. Great pics!

Karen Chaplin said...

Another brilliant pattern Toni - well done and keep them coming - this pattern is a sure must for any sewer

Jane from Lil Pip said...

So much scope with these tees. I'm yet to tackle knit fabrics so would love to give it a go! (I actually think I would be too scared to try but if I won I would be forced to, right? LOL)

Good luck with the new pattern.

Amigala said...

I've tried sewing knits once and it was an epic fail! I would love to have this pattern and give it another shot! fxfire 21 at hotmail dot com

Angie Clare said...

Great pattern! Would love to cut up my old knit shirts to recreate for my bebes.

Tammy said...

I think I am crushing on Toni Coward atm ! lol, Love your patterns, love your thermomix recipes !

rene Draffen said...

Wow, they look fantastic, with 5 small children I can think of endless ways to make these and yet they all look different as well :)

Miss Amy said...

Love love love your patterns toni. They are great styles and really easy to follow. Would be so pleased if I won this!

amy@weepantz.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for such a generous giveaway - would be great to get over my fear of knit fabric! Philippa flissy-floss@hotmail.com

Anna said...

I'd love a copy please!

jakodai said...

I would LOVE to win this pattern - I have been looking for a good long & short sleeved shirt pattern for my son for such a long time. This one is great! You've done a fantastic job, as always! :-)
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Amy said...

I would love this pattern!
Amy

abcsemartin(at)yahoo(dot)com

nattyj said...

I'm wanting to start sewing clothes for my 2 little munchkins-this looks great & would Sokol love to win the pattern.

Tanya said...

What a Tee-Riffic pattern! I love to applique designs on the front of plain tees for my kids because I am never satisfied with printed tees in the shops. Making my own Tees though would just add a complete new dimension!

Narelle said...

Love it!! As I do all your patterns :)

Carla said...

What a great pattern! I'd love to try making my boys some tees! Thanks for a chance to win!

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IndigoElephant :: Sash said...

Looks like a lovely pattern, I'm just gettin ginto sewing with knits and this looks like something I could manage!!

Carolyn said...

It looks like a fabulous pattern, I haven't sewn knits before and I would love to win a copy!
carolyn.a.martin@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

They look great - the models and photos are fabulous too!

perigren@hotmail.com

Cheers xx

Angela Green said...

Sorry about the anonymous post! <3 the pattern and I would be excited to tackle the challenge of a t-shirt for my kids.

Cheers,
perigren@hotmai.com

Joyce said...

joycemosby@yahoo.com
I love this pattern. I saw one of your other posts. I really like the short sleeve overlay. It is a nice detail.

sunrae said...

Looks like another great one. Like your big and little uptown girl jackets I think I've made 6 of those since I got the pattern. This shirt would be really cute made to coordinate with girls dresses, a great way to keep my dress loving girls warm. bsunrae@hotmail.com

Carly J said...

This pattern is awesome, will come in so handy. Keep up the good work Toni, you are an inspiration.

Carly J said...

This pattern is awesome and will come in handy. You really are an inspiration, keep up the good work Toni...

The Miller Family said...

Would love to win this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Justine Street said...
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Justine Street said...

Great pattern. Would love to make it for my little girl. justinelwatson@hotmail.com

sdare29 said...

Bugger! You have me sold! This is great for all the options you have included!!!
So much for me not buying any more fabric this month!
xoxx s

frog cottage designs said...

ohh love the pattern, dreaming of all the colour combos I could do!!!

Anonymous said...

Pattern giveaway, That would be great. I have two little ones, but one boy who is always needing a clean shirt thanks to his playing in the mud antics.
Thanks Sharra
sharramac@bigpond.com

Kristy said...

Would love to be entered to win this new pattern! It's a perfectly wearable T that would be very useful in a house with 5 kiddos! :)
Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Yes yes yes yes. This is an awesome pattern. Thanx for the opportunity. Squiffy@iprimus.com.au

WandaFish said...

This looks like another 'must have' pattern, Toni - fantastic!
I'm sure I'll be using one for a long time :)
Thanks for the chance to win one.

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