Peter Henley Release!

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We are pleased to announce the release of the Peter Henley.  A casual fit tab front shirt great for playing or seeing the town.  Here are some of our great testers versions.tester henley

tester henleyThe Peter Henley will be on sale today Monday May 29 for $3.  We are also having a shop wide sale!  All  other patterns in the shop will be on sale for $5.  ACT FAST!  This sale will last for one day only. Follow the link to the Etsy Shop.tester henley

 

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One Thimble #15: Dax Trousers

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I’ve sewn up another pattern from the One Thimble 15. The Dax Trousers by Gracious Threads is a versatile  pants pattern.  I love the functioning fly and the welt pockets. [click to continue…]

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One Thimble 15: Hipster Teddy

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One Thimble 15 has been out for almost one week.  In case you have not noticed we are very excited about this issue.  The theme for this issue is the Prepster look.  Our Miriam skirt is just one of nine patterns for both boys and girls.  The online magazine also has regular columns and tutorials for you to follow.  It is a great value!  It sells for $25 Australian, which is less than $20 US. [click to continue…]

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One Thimble 15

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Pretty light blouses and big fluffy pom poms is a pretty good way to start a weekend no? Today I’m sharing two more patterns from the newly released One Thimble Issue 15.

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What is One Thimble? It’s a electronic sewing magazine PACKED full of sewing goodies and patterns. The magazine features regular columns, additional project tutorials, technique instructional articles, and handmade business interviews and tips – and of course sewing patterns. It releases quarterly and we are excited to have our Miriam skirt pattern included in issue 15. Today we are sharing two patterns that pair perfectly with it!

Quick Break Down

Patterns in this One Thimble Issue: 

+ Pom Pom Beret from Thread Faction (sewed up for this post)

+Metro Blazer from Winter Wear Designs

+Dax Trousers from Gracious Threads

+Phillipa Blouse from Bobkin Designs(sewed up for this post)

+V-neck Cardigan from Thread Faction (check our version sewn up here)

+Josephine Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs

+Hipster Teddy from Swoodson Says

+Military Messenger Bag from FABulous Home Sewn

+Miriam Skirt from us! (check out our version sewn up here) 

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I put her under a tree because it was starting to rain…she’s laughing because she’s totally getting smacked with huge raindrops. The good news is her giant faux fur pom beret is doing a fairly good job of protecting her. And has put her in such a good mood she can’t be bothered with a little bit of rain.

I actually didn’t have any faux fur on hand so I carted off to Jo-ann’s and picked up a small chunk. That stuff is never really on sale so this is a great opportunity to use that “only good on regular priced fabric” coupon that is always better than the sales prices! It was well worth the trip she literally stalked the bag insisting whatever that was meant for it should be put together right away. It was meant for Thread Faction’s beret. Liz gives several pom options, but this one was really just too tempting to pass up.

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She styled it to look like a painter she tells me, she kept it on inside to color for quite a long time. The fun photo prop glasses are part of an early bird bonus going this weekend. My kids all had different favorites in the sheets of printables.

I paired the beret with the Phillipa Blouse from Bobkin Designs. This top offers a number of different options. I chose to not do pintucks, the vneck line, and regular sleeve. There are all instructions on how to create a number of different pintuck looks, a rounded neck option, and a cap sleeve.

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I love a gathered elastic sleeve. I think the look is so sweet. But this kiddo will let you know right away if something is too snug. I used the exact elastic measurements and she was happy as a clam and wore the shirt all day (if she keeps something on after pictures it’s always a good sign).

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I picked up this fabric thinking it would be light and great for this top and not really paying attention to the fabric make up. The drape is right- but it crushes like crazy and is for whatever reason really difficult to press. My machine was having a love hate relationship with it.

I was nearing the end and became concerned that it may be difficult to successfully get buttonholes in. While snaps was an option I felt like that wouldn’t be great on the lightweight fabric, even with interfacing. So I took a quick left turn and hacked in a zipper.

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I am perhaps an odd duck in that I would prefer to put in a zipper over a row of buttons myself. What team are you on? Zippers or buttons?

You can check out these patterns and the rest of the magazine details, and of course pick up yours, HERE. Make sure to visit the blogs below for even more inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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One Thimble Issue 15
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We are so pleased to be a contributing designer to the One Thimble #15.  OT is an online magazine full of tips, tutorials and full patterns.  The beauty of this magazine is that you can store the entire thing online, in your Dropbox or in the cloud.  It does not need to take up space in your sewing room and you can access the patterns at any time.  If you have a smart phone, you can even access yardage information while at the fabric store!

Our pattern in this issue is the Miriam.  It is a classic pleated skirt with a high waistband.  The skirt can be made out of any woven fabric.  A lightweight chino would be perfect for spring/summer.  I have made this version in a baby wale corduroy.  A tiny floral print in the waistband is a perfect fun accent.

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It also works well in a denim. You can be as creative as you like with this skirt.  One gal added buttons to the waistband to give it the nautical feel.

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It has a side zipper which is installed using the standard center zip application. There are full instructions for constructing pleats as well as installing the zipper.  The waist is fitted and because sometimes your child’s waist and hip measurement may not fall into the same size, there are instructions on how to blend sizes.

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One Thimble Issue 15

To go with the Miriam, I have sewn the #116 V-neck cardigan by Thread Faction.  This pattern is included in this issue of One Thimble also.  This versatile sweater is gender neutral and is made up in a knit fabric.

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Liz gives you great tips on how to choose fabrics and how to determine the correct size for your child.  I made mine in a sweater /sweatshirt knit.  It is a bit heavier to carry Ms Little through the spring and into the fall.  I did size up so that she would be able to wear it later in the year as well.  This slim fit cardigan can be made in a lightweight jersey and would be perfect for layering.  Check out the other fabric choices pictured in the magazine.

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One Thimble Issue 15

One Thimble Issue 15

These are only two of the patterns available when you purchase the OT #15.  The 200 plus page e-zine also contains other tutorials and tips from your favorite designers.  Pick yours up or check out the other patterns here. 

Happy Sewing, Donna and Rachel

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Paper Bag Shorts PDF Pattern and Tutorial : Free Size 5/6

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Paper Bag short pattern and tutorial

Summer weather has started popping up here and there, which means it’s time to break out the summer clothes. As kids have a tendency to do, mine have gotten a foot taller since the last time we broke out the shorts. Time for new shorts.

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How to: Add a Heart Pocket (with pattern)

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Tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day. Are you sweating what you’re going to put on your kid? I’ve got you.

You can use today’s tutorial on a tee you already have or a new one you’re sewing up. I used our free Cecilia Tee. Shrink the heart and add two pockets or making it bigger and add a full on kangroo pocket!

Either way you will have a happy Valentine’s outfit in no time. Let’s get started.

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Amuse Boho

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

Amuse Boho One Thimble ezine

We’re starting to see peeks of Spring! The day I took theses pictures it was nearly 60! Sure it snowed the next day- but still we’re on our way.

I’ve been actively purging my wardrobe of things that really just needed to go, because after 3 kids more than just my shoes don’t fit the same way anymore. This means I need to start thinking about what I want to add to my wardrobe as we approach the season change.

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Quick Pattern Weights

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Today I decided it was time for some new pattern weights.  I have a set of weights from back in the day, when I first began sewing.  An early generation of pattern weights, they are small and thimble sized.  They were ok, but for the most part I found them too small to be useful.  They have been MIA since the move.  Pins are a pain and I am just plain tired of them. You can find many tutorials for making pattern weights.  This is just one method. [click to continue…]

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Add an Applique to Your Basics

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Tiny undies is my favorite knit scrap buster. They’re quick easy and my kids love them. There are a number of different patterns out there but for girls I really like Peek a Boo pattern’s classic panties. The pattern comes package with a little tank too.

To celebrate upcoming Valentine’s I thought it would be fun to add a few hearts to this round. It’s a quick add on that got a big thumbs up.

Want to dress up your own pair of underwear- or any other basic item?

Here’s how to add an applique to dress up your basic item! 

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