children, sewing

Misusu FREEkin’ Sewing Challenge!


Have you heard of Misusu? I’ve been eyeing their patterns for maybe a year now but am yet to jump in and buy one. I love the unique designs in their collection – lots of interesting shapes such as this Dia Sweater, which is what caught my attention in the first place!

Dia Sweater – Misusu Patterns

Misusu recently announced a challenge – sew something up using at least ONE FREE Misusu Pattern. I’d been wanting to try the FREE Origami Boat and decided to pair it with the FREE Rowan Tee (goes to size 164) which I’d seen great reviews for.


I had this cute organic Euro cat fabric from Mabel Madison that I’d been wanting to sew up, so I decided I’d use some of it to make a t-shirt for my cat obsessed son.


This fabric is a cotton lycra with a really lovely drape, so it’s particularly suited to the dolman sleeve on the Misusu Rowan Tee. For the stripes, I used a Mabel Madison narrow black and white stripe. This stripe actually runs vertical rather than horizontally. I don’t think she has much of this one left, and I can’t find it on her website, so you may need to message her to find out!


The biggest challenge for this Tee was constructing the Origami Boat, and to be honest, I wasn’t very happy with how mine turned out. I think it would be more successful with a woven rather than a knit. The knit layers get quite bulky, and it’s hard to get nice sharp points with knits too. So, I will definitely try this again, but next time with WOVEN! Also, I think on this small size top, the boat is a bit big, so I would size the boat down too if I made it for my son or toddler again.

Tomorrow is the last day to participate in the Misusu FREEkin’ Sewing Challenge! Pick out a free pattern, put your spin on it and sew it up, then enter it to win a prize from Misusu! Complete details on the Misusu Blog.



Disclosure: I’m a Brand Ambassador for Mabel Madison and received this fabric complimentary for purposes of review and promotion. 

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