Feb 20, 2015

One Thimble Issue 6

You probably already know how much I love One Thimble.  It is such a great sewing e-zine, I have been sewing up and sharing projects since issue 2 and last week the release issue 6!  Today I am joining in on the One Thimble blog tour with Pattern Revolution.

Just like the previous issues of One Thimble, issue 6 is chock full of PDF patterns and sewing related articles.  Jen does such a great job of rounding up talented people to contribute patterns and articles.  This issue has 10 PDF patterns, a couple dresses, a really adorable hat, a cardigan, a skirt, a bag, a multi-purpose apron, a boys (but could work for girls too) dress shirt, a cute fairy applique, and some fun little finger puppets.

The One Thimble e-zines are so fun to read.  I like to sit down with my tablet and flip through.  There are great photos of all the patterns and tons of useful info in all the articles.  If you have a handmade business, or are think of starting one, this issue is for you!  It has tips on increasing sales, branding your business, taking photos, writing item descriptions, and even for doing your book keeping.

But even if you don't have a sewing business you will find plenty of helpful information in this issue.  I was most excited to read the article on heirloom sewing, I have to try that soon!  You can also read about adding zips, choosing interfacing, hemming knits, pleating, applique, and find a tutorial for making fitted sheets for your kids.

OK, back to the patterns!  I sewed up two of the patterns from this issue, the Penny dress by Bubby and Me Creations and the Woodland Creatures felt finger puppets by Felt with Love.

The Penny dress is an A line dress with some set in pockets in the front.  It has little ruffles on the sleeves, I cut those out but then decided to leave them off the dress, I liked the straight lines of the dress without the ruffle to go with this stripe fabric.

The slant of the pockets continues onto the back with some set in panels.

And the dress closes with a button and loop closure at the back.

The Penny dress pattern is for sizes 1-10 (20"-28 3/8" chest sizes).  I sewed up a size 2 for Em, her chest size actually put her in a 1, but I wanted her to be able to wear it all summer, even if she grows a bit.  The fit is perfect, with a bit of growing room just like I wanted.

The pattern has 24 pages to print, that print in color.  And the instructions are clear and easy to follow, with clear pictures for each step.  The pattern is labeled advanced beginner.  Those set in pockets might be a bit tricky for beginners, but once you get that first one figured out, the second is a piece of cake!

Those pockets on the Penny dress are nice and deep, perfect for storing your Woodland finger puppets!

These little guys are so cute!

There are 6 different woodland creatures included in the puppet designs.  Em loves these but will only play with the colorful unicorn and fox, she says the grey and brown ones are for boys.  Looks like her brother will be getting those four puppets and I will be sewing them up again in pink and purple felt!

The puppets are really easy to sew up, but you do need some basic embroidery knowledge (there is also a short article with hand embroidery tips in the e-zine!) They take a bit of time to sew, I was excited to have some sewing I could do somewhere other than my sewing room.

I cut out all of my felt one night and made a little puppet sewing kit for myself.  I put all the pieces in bags, grabbed the embroidery thread I needed, some needles and small scissors and threw everything in a Ziploc bag that I could throw in my purse.  Then I worked on the puppets whenever I had spare time, I did a lot of sewing while watching my kids play on the playground.

These puppets are great for imaginary play and make believe, I can't wait to see the puppet shows my kids put on with them!

Want to get your hands on the e-zine?  You can buy it over at One Thimble.  And make sure you check out all the other stops on the blog tour!

Feb 17, 2015

Perfect Ten Blog Tour

I have a new favorite girls tee pattern!  I have lots of t-shirt patterns that I really love, but they are all unisex patterns.  The Little Lizard King Perfect Ten shirt pattern is a top pattern just for girls and it has a perfectly adorable fit (and TONS of options)! I tested this pattern and am excited to be joining in on the pattern tour today!

The Perfect Ten is a pattern for a knit top.  It gets the "perfect ten" name because of the ten options it comes with (but really it is way more than 10).  The pattern has 5 different sleeve options and 5 different bodice options.  But, it also has 5 different sleeve lengths, 2 different hem options and 2 different neck binding options.  So with this one pattern you can mix and match the options to create over 400 different looks!  

For my top I picked the button tab sleeve and peter pan collar options.  And I went with the 3/4 length sleeves and the regular shirt hem and neck binding.  

I used some striped jersey knit and a red slub knit, both of which I got on clearance (woohoo!)  I love the sweet nautical look these fabrics gave the shirt!

Em insisted on having the dog pose with her... so meet out family dog :)  She is a really sweet girl, and really patient with Em.  I feel like it isn't easy being Em's dog, but she is really great at it!  Even with all the ear and tail pulling in our house, 

Make sure you swing by the other stops on the blog tour to see some more of great options this pattern has!  And you can purchase the pattern in the Little Lizard King shop!

The Perfect Ten Knit Top Blog Tour

Friday, February 13th: Kickoff release with Little Lizard King, special tutorial by JAB Creations
Saturday, February 14th: The Cutest Babe on the Block with Harper Creek Boutique
Sunday, February 15th: Sweet and Stylish with Beri Bee Designs
Monday, February 16th: Oh Sew Chic with Daydream Believers
Tuesday, February 17th: Puppy Love with Stitched by Crystal
Wednesday, February 18th: A Knit Panel and Flutter Tutorial by Chasing Mermaids
Thursday, February 19th: A Colorblocking Tutorial by That's Sew Kari
Friday, February 20th: Sassy Style with Blink: Life & Clothing and a Tour Wrap up with Lily Shine Boutique

Feb 12, 2015

Sew in Tune - Here Comes the Sun

Yay! I am sharing my look for Sew in Tune today! Sew in tune is a really fun sewing series hosted by Melly Sews and Boy, oh boy, oh boy, crafts this week they are been sewing up looks inspired by songs and inviting other bloggers to sew up some looks as well.

I was so excited when they invited me to join in the series, but I had no idea how hard it would be to choose a song! I brainstormed for months on this and had come up with a bunch of ideas, but nothing I was really excited about.

Then I decided that if I was looking for inspiration, maybe I should look to the band that inspired much of today’s music as well as an entire generation of free loving hippies… The Beatles!

I know a lot of you up north are still buried in the snow, but here we have had 70 degree weather and sunshine. Despite Punxsutawney Phil's prediction of 6 more weeks of winter it seems we are pushing right into spring. So it seemed appropriate to choose the song “Here comes the sun” to inspire my Sew in Tune look, a song about the sun coming out after a long hard winter (and trust me, those four weeks of winter we just had were brutal!)

I drew some inspiration from the bohemian, hippie style of the 60’s and 70’s which I think fits with the feel of the song and made this sun dress for Em. I used the Emory dress pattern by izzy and ivy, the bodice is cotton and for the skirt I used a cotton gauze. Then I added some texture with a little pom pom trim on the sleeves and an old crochet doily cut up and added to the bodice.

I made the whole dress in white, but the song is about the sun so the dress had to be yellow. So in keeping with the hippie style, I pulled out the rit dye! This part was so scary...I loved the dress in white and I had no idea what it would look like after it was dyed. I held my breath and threw the dress in a sink full of lemon yellow dye. When I pulled it out it was YELLLLOW, I am talking neon yellow...you couldn't even look directly at it yellow. After a little panic and a few rinses in hot water, I had a much milder shade of yellow that I love.

Then I made a quick flower crown with some silk flowers to complete her spring boho look.

My daughter really embraced this flower child role, she has so much fun dancing and spinning in this dress. The light weight gauze on the skirt makes a great flowing skirt, perfect for twirling. And it doesn't wrinkle so I love it for my two year old!

Make sure you swing by Melly Sews and Boy, oh boy, oh boy, crafts to see the other great Sew in Tune looks that they have been sharing!


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