Blog Tour | One Thimble E-Zine Issue 16

Who’s ready to check out a new issue of One Thimble??  I’m super excited to be sharing a few of the patterns available in Issue 16, they are so much fun!  This usually goes without saying but staff at One Thimble and contributors have nailed it again, I want to make pretty much everything in this issue!!  Now who has a magic potion for making more time????   (Please note: Affiliate links are used in this post.  If you choose to purchase a product that i’ve shared I will receive a small compensation that contributes to my sewing fund so that I can keep sharing!)

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To give you a little peek into this issue I made the Scuttle Shorts and Triton Singlet both by Ainslee Fox.  With school back in session, we need comfy, easy everyday wear, and these seemed like the perfect option.

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The Triton Singlet is a looser, relaxed fit tank, designed with a slightly shorter front.  The pattern markings show you exactly where to make adjustments if you’d prefer a longer style but we really loved the fit just as is.   I also secretly love this because it’s perfect for boys too, if you know anything about me you know I love patterns that both kids can benefit from!

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Quick tangent… can you even stand the cuteness of these frenchies????  This fabric is from Piccadilly Textiles and is gorgeous! If you haven’t ever worked with really amazing quality cotton lycra you need to give this a try, plus those pups! haha!

The Scuttle Shorts have 2 length options; shorty, which you see pictured here, and jamaica length, which is slightly longer.  They can also be made with a plain front or with the pockets, and with two options for the waistband (which i’m sorry!! i just realized I didn’t get a pic to share!)  The pattern cover inspired me to use this french terry and I really love how all you need to do is turn it inside out on the pockets for built in contrasting fabric.

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Just a tip… if you like both of these patterns, you should really buy the whole e-zine!  For just a few more dollars (vs buying individually) you will receive TEN patterns!! Plus even more tutorials and tons of amazing content!  Want to see more from this issue??  Check out all the other stops on the blog tour!

Hip Hop Tank Blog Tour – My Geeky Side

I have had the Love Notions Hip Hop Tank pattern for well over a year and i’m embarrassed to say before now, i’d never made one! I know right?!?   Jumping on this blog tour seemed like a great reason to dust it off and get to making.

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Ok, so we all have that deep dark secret right??  No, it’s not a dirty one, just one that i don’t think everyone knows about me.  I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan!!  EEK!   So marrying two of my favorite things, sewing and fandom seemed like a perfect idea.  This map fabric from Backstitch Fabrics was hiding on my shelf waiting for the perfect project and I think this was it!

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While the pattern has amazing options on its own, I really wanted to add a little twist of my own and decided to make the back in 2 pieces rather than the standard tulip bottom.  For the back I used this gorgeous black and white knit that I was lucky enough to pick up from Quilt Market.   Its from the new Blake Cotton Jersey collection by Carolyn Friedlander that should be hitting shops this month!

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One of my favorite things about this pattern is there’s a similar girl’s version. You can buy the bundle here.  I love patterns that I can duplicate for my daughter, and I’m certain this is a style she would really like!

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IF you want to see a few versions in the girls style be sure to check out the other stops on the tour, there’s some REALLY cute girls versions sewn up!

July 31 Sew Shelly Sew   Wholesome Mama   Kainara Stitches

August 1 Stitches by Laura   MeMade   Very Blissful

August 2 Handcrafted by RED   Sprouting Jube Jube   Sewn at Seams

August 3 Sewing Curves   Beri Bee Designs   Phat Quarters

August 3 Ruby Rue Creations,   Sew and Tell Project   All Things Katy

Want a chance to win a $50 giftcard to Love Notions??  Enter HERE!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and letting me share!

** Please note there are affiliate links in the above post.

It’s a Summer of Rompers – Elliedactyl Carter Romper

If you follow me at all you’ll notice that this year is the year of rompers. Ry has been loving them (doesn’t happen often) so I’m gonna keep ’em coming! Haha! 


I’ve mashed up a few on my own but this one here, is a new pattern from one of my favorites! Elliedactyl Designs knocked it out of the of park again with the Carter.  The pattern includes directions/pieces for both a dress or romper with multiple strap options.  


I chose the quick (read: lazy) route of just utilizing fold over elastic for straps. I mean seriously it does not get any simpler!

There’s no binding to fight with, the bodice is partially lined, providing just a bit of extra coverage for any fabrics that are lighter weight and the elastic waist casing is so simple to follow.   


If you hurry you may have a few more days to get it 25% off with the code CARTER (which also takes a discount off your ENTIRE cart so while you’re there stockup, all of her patterns are amazing!) 


Fabric for this one is courtesy is The Fabric Cottage, it will be available for preorder through 6/16.  And if you miss it, keep your fingers crossed for more retail when the order arrives later this summer.  

Blog Tour | Game Day Collection by Lori Whitlock

After a whole week (and really the last few months) of lots of girl sewing I’m excited to bring something for my little guy today!   The Game Day collection  designed by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake is SO fun!  It’s the perfect mix of juvenile but still cool for older kids,  even the girl said, “hey, that’s awesome fabric, can I get something too??”


After using knits for so much it takes some thought for me to decide on woven patterns.  Recently this kid has outgrown ever jacket in the closet and while it’s starting to warm up, there are still those days that need something lightweight.  So, jacket it was!  Plus a jacket has been on my bucket list for awhile now, might as well check it off right?!


I looked at a few pattern options but ultimately loved the versatility that the Starboard Jacket from Peekaboo Pattern Shop provided.  Can be made with wovens, knits, nylon, PUL, really almost anything since it doesn’t require any ease or stretch. While I did have to make something with my nemesis, the zipper, I have to say it really wasn’t so bad and I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

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Our photoshoot went downhill quickly when Daddy gave him the water pack…. 

My favorite print from this line was the Sports Ticket in Navy, so I went with that for my main fabric.  The jacket is full lined  with knit gray and white 1″ stripes, also from Riley Blake.

Huge thank you to Lori for the invitation to join in her release tour! And to Riley Blake for generously sending both fabrics for this project.  Also to Peekaboo Pattern Shop for providing a copy of the Starboard Jacket pattern!

Don’t miss the rest of the stops this week to see some other awesome inspiriation for this fabulous collection!!

Tuesday April 25 – Quiltscapes

Wednesday April 26 – Ameroonie Designs

Thursday April 27 – Hem Me In (Formerly Fishsticks Designs)

Friday April 28 — Lori Whitlock

Growing Up Handmade Round Up & Giveaways

What a week!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who followed along with us, I hope you’ve found some new inspiration and ideas to use with your own kids.  I know I had a great time seeing all the different looks everyone created.

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Just a quick recap of what we’ve looked at this week –

Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

The Wholesome MamaVicky Myers Creations

Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

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And last but not least our giveaway winners!!  Let’s start with our linkup winner –

First of all thank you to all our linkup participants!!
It was so fun to see what everyone shared!

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Congratulations Cat Gerstenschlager!!

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And for our grand prize…

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One more HUGE thank you to all our sponsors, this would not have been possible without their support!

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Growing Up Handmade – Day 4


I know you’re all here for the inspiration, the patterns and the fabrics but I’m hoping I can pass along another bit of wisdom when it comes to kids and their preferences, traching our kids confidence and being able to listen to what they want (and not just hear what we want to hear them say).  

For a long time my daughter was so proud of anything and everything I made for her. She would stand tall and be thrilled to tell anyone that complimented her “thanks! My mom made it!” All it took was ONE comment from someone making fun of an outfit she had on that was “homemade” and that was it, suddenly all the beautiful things hanging in the closet weren’t cool enough for her to wear to school anymore.

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Up until that point, I felt like i’d been doing a great job at instilling independent thinking and confidence, but when it took such a little thing to crush those feelings I felt like I must have failed somewhere.  Since then, we’ve talked a lot about being and loving who we are and I’ve stressed the importance of being your own person, and loving what SHE wants to love, not just what everyone else at school loves.   I admit, it’s getting better, but it also means I have had to be more open to truly letting her wear (and making) what she wants, not what I want her to want.  I’ve really had to listen, and while that can be a struggle, its really helping her to gain the voice that I want her to have.

Somedays I get cute outfits…. this totally her style.  (EYMM Skater skirt

 

And some days I get…. well, not as cute but its her, and its what she loves. (And not always Handmade, which is ok too) 

Sorry to get all sappy on you today, I just really wanted to share that while we can try our best to make things they will love, we sometimes have to teach them its ok to love what they want, even when other kids may have a different opinion.   So enough of my blabbering…. How about today’s stops on our blog??  Is a big day today!  On our lineup today we have-

Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Don’t forget to catch up on any posts that you may have missed, and definitely don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY and linkup.

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Growing Up Handmade – Day 3

I am so blown away by the response we have had so far!!  Thank you all for following along this week while we share our inspiration and tips/tricks for keeping our older kiddos wearing and loving handmade items.

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Today we have Courtney from The Wholesome Mama

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and Vicki Meyers Creations

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If you’re just joining us be sure to go back over the last few days to get caught up.  You definitely don’t want to miss entering our giveaways!!  The linkup is looking great, you can keep adding to that until tomorrow night (4/20)!!



Don’t have an item to link up, no worries!  You can enter HERE for the other prize pack!

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Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Blog Tour | Growing Up Handmade Day 2

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Welcome to day 2 of our tour! It’s been so fun to read all the comments shared about what challenges you face or what tips you might have when it comes to sewing for your older kiddos. One of the things I saw mentioned a few times was finding fabrics at a reasonable cost, or not being able to see/feel them ahead of time because you’re having to order online. Trust me, I face those same things! I do have some secrets to share though…

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I’ll admit, I miss being able to make some of the cute character things for her, i’m in SO many custom fabric groups that it’s really tempting.   Ultimately what she wants, is fabrics that are going to blend into the background; prints that looks most like those we could buy at a store. Fabrics like this beautiful plaid from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. This is one of their Club fabrics, essentially one that is designed for them and then printed in house. For those that don’t have a touch and feel computer screen it is SO SOFT!!  Even better, they are afforable!  At roughly $10-12 a yard I don’t feel super guilty making items that I know will get worn on a regular basis.

That bring us to the next thing… patterns that are “approved” by the boss for every day wear.  Lately she has been designing her own patterns… meaning she draws it out and expects me to translate that into something I can make, HAHA!  Often there are some patterns that I can make minor changes to or combine to get just what she wants.  Here is her latest design

I took the Simple Life Pattern Co Adelyn Scoop back dress and extended the bodice by about 4 inches and attached the bottom half of Marlie’s Romper, also from Simple Life.

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I did make other minor modifications, like the pockets –

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And of course the back.  This is just scalloped elastic that is attached very similarly to the ties that the dress has in the pattern.  A bit trickier but same concept.

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She is always a HUGE fan of the Hey June Juniors collection, I can’t even tell you how many Camden Raglan’s we have in the closet, haha!  Same with the  Made for Mermaid’s Rowan.

Camden Raglan – Harry Potter is definitely an exception to the no character rule!!

Another favorite, is just about anything athletic related.  So while I picked up the New Horizons 11th Hour Gear to use for my little guy, Ry has also decided she LOVES the pants!

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Want a chance to win ALL the patterns I mentioned, PLUS giftcards for fabric to make them???  Dont miss out on our awesome giveaway!!  You can enter HERE!  Huge thank you to all our sponsors, these prizes are really impressive!!!

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PLUS check out the link-up party for a 2nd chance to win! 

Today we also have these fabulous ladies with some awesome ideas!
 Phat Quarters   |  Sewing By Ti   |   Sew and Tell Project

Monday – April 17th
Handmade Boy  |  Paisley Roots   |  Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

Wednesday – April 19th
The Wholesome Mama   |   Rebel & Malice   |   Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution   |   Skirt Fixation   |   SewSophieLynn   |   EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Growing Up Handmade Blog Tour Kickoff!

Welcome to our debut Growing Up Handmade blog tour!  I am so excited to be hosting this amazing group of bloggers, they have some really great ideas to share with you all!

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As a mom to a fabulous, independent, driven and sometimes full of attitude 9 year old, it’s been increasingly difficult to find that common ground when it comes to homemade clothing.  I have to be sure to find trendy fabrics and patterns so that what i’m making doesn’t just hang in the closet unworn.  I thought if I was having this issue there had to be others in the same boat, and wouldn’t it be great to have a whole week dedicated to ideas and styles that might make everyone’s job a little easier?!  So that brings us here!

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Follow along this week for lots of ideas that you can hopefully incorporate into your summer lineup!  BUT to sweeten the week, we have an AWESOME group of sponsors and we’ve been able to put together TWO incredible prize packages totaling over $500!!!!!

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Your first chance to win is simple, just click HERE and check out all our fabulous sponsors!  Contest ends on Thursday 4/20 and winner will be announced on Friday the 21st.   This prize package includes over $100 in giftcards for fabric from Raspberry Creek, Phat Quarters and Purpleseamstress, the FULL Girls Boho pattern collection from Petite Stitchery plus additional patterns to bring that fabric to life from Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, Love Notions, Patterns for Pirates, Striped Swallow, SisBoom, EYMM, Simple Life Pattern Co and StitchART free motion.

Our 2nd package includes $70 in fabric giftcards from So Sew English and Simply by Ti, plus your choice of a pattern (or two in a few instances) from each of the following designers Winter Wear, Hey June, Made for Mermaids, Greenstyle, 5 out of 4 Patterns, Striped Swallow, EYMM and Simple Life Pattern Co.   To enter for THIS package just join our linkup party!!  One person that shares will be randomly chosen and announced on Friday also.

Here is our lineup for today!
Handmade Boy | Paisley Roots | Cucicucicoo: Eco Sewing & Crafting

And our full schedule for the week –

Tuesday – April 18th
Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Sewing By Ti | Sew and Tell Project

Wednesday – April 19th
Courtney Zadik | Rebel & Malice | Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday – April 20th
Pattern Revolution | Skirt Fixation | SewSophieLynn | EYMM

Friday – April 21st
Round Up and Giveway Winners

Tutorial | Adding Pockets

Ever have the perfect pair of pants or shorts that are just missing that one thing every kid wants??  You know what i’m talking about… pockets!   Pockets are a simple thing to add, especially with pants that have a side seam.  Today i’m going to use the Elliedactyl 10k Joggers as my example but you can adapt the same instructions to other patterns as well.


Start out by cutting your pattern pieces out and then set aside the back, we don’t need those until later.

Take your front pieces and make a mark about 3.5″ from the side edge and about 4.5″ from the top edge.  Then cut a curve to connect the marks cutting out your pocket opening. This is a size 2 pair of joggers, so keep in mind the larger pants your making the bigger you will need to make the opening, so this is just a guideline.

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Now we make the pocket piece.  Using the piece you just cut out as a guide lay it on your fabric and draw your new pocket.

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Cut two bands 1.5″ wide and about 1-1.5″ shorter than your pocket opening.

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Press wrong sides together matching long sides and stitch to pocket opening.

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Lay your pocket lining piece right side to the wrong side of your pants piece. Stitch along the edge of the lining to attach.  I used a coverstitch but you can just use a straight stitch or zig zag, whatever your preference is.

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Press the pocket binding flat and continue with the instructions for your pants as written. Be careful to make sure the binding stays pressed seam down.

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Like the pattern I used?  Its a FREE pattern, all you have to do is join the Elliedactyl group on Facebook (HERE)  and you’ll find a discount code!