Can you believe its that time again already?? The newest issue of One Thimble has hit the virtual stands and its amazing! (as if we had any doubts, right?!)
I have a few things i’ve been making from this and i’m going to share one of them today. I was in a little fender bender this weekend and its slowed my sewing down a little so I do apologize. Stay tuned for this sweet little number still to come!!
But while you wait, I have been dying to share these pictures of the Thread Faction #111 Dress. I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sure this is my first Thread Faction pattern and all I can say is WOW! I really love the simplicity of the #111 dress. Oh and don’t let the word simplicity fool you though… there is nothing plain about this dress. I can see endless possibilities to add your own twist or style to it, making it so super special.
Here in the midwest we have hot fall weather pretty frequently, so I moved on from bright summer colors and paired up this gorgeous geometric fox print (from Sweet N Charmed Fabrics) with a drape-y tan slub knit. We are loving it for back to school and it will be perfect as it cools down too, layered with long sleeves and leggings.
The pattern comes in sizes 2-10 and features a fully lined bodice. Its a great pattern for intermediate beginners who already have some basic sewing skills. The skirt is actually gathered with clear elastic which is a great technique to learn if you haven’t tried it before.
Afraid to commit to the whole magazine? You could always just buy single patterns but lets do some math…. The Thread Faction dress i’ve shared today is $8.00 … the other patterns range from $6-$15 and include everything from accessories to a woman’s skirt. For $25 you get 10 … yes TEN patterns, plus over 20 articles with tons of tips and tricks of the trade. No brainer right?!?! Or you could go ahead and just buy the 3 or so you want and spend $30… your choice! 😉
So go check it out, find some amazing inspiration and come back and share what you loved. Leave a comment with your favorite pattern for a chance to win a free yard of fabric from my stash!
Also don’t forget to follow along the rest of our tour for more lovely items from this issue!
And just to leave you with one final shot… it wouldn’t be a photo shoot with this crazy girl if we didn’t have at least one wackadoodle pose, haha!
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Whew! Back on track! School started last week and I think things are going to get back to normal routines around here, including our weekly date in the studio. I actually LOVE having her come hang for a few hours and its been really nice to share something i’m so passionate about (and have her actually be interested).
Today she helped me test a pattern i’m working on that i’ll be sharing in the next few days I hope. This is one that i’m planning to use in a few kids workshops this fall, I can’t wait!!
She was excited to put her newly found cutting skills to work.
And her lesson on ironing… I always make sure the steam is turned off (and she knows how to double check) but she’s doing great at keeping her fingers out of the way.
Now for the fun part!! She has been BEGGING me to learn about all of the cool stitches her Sparrow has. There are 197 stitches!!! This is including the alphabet with capital and lowercase letters, multiple button hole stitches and even an eyelet stitch! We started off just playing, and trying out different ones so she could learn how to change them.
Then we read up about how to use the memory so she could spell her name and gave that a practice run.
She was so amazed at how it worked. One tip when doing these decorative stitches, it does help to have either a thicker fabric or to use an interfacing. I noticed the practice runs were a little puckered so we added interfacing to the good piece.
I also used an erasable marker to make some lines as a guide since she was doing first and last name. My favorite pens to use for this are FriXion from Pilot, they come off with a quick ironing like magic!
She decided on a flower chain to top stitch her name plaque on and did a great job of pivoting around those corners!
Finished stitching together her final seams and voila!!
My little writer has a journal cover.
I have a confession to make… running a series through the summer has proved so much harder than I thought! Between camps, sports, vacations and just summer fun, we are a tad behind. I truly hope you are all sticking with us because there is still so much Ry wants to learn and I’m excited to be able to share with you everyone.
This week she asked if she could learn how to use a rotary cutter. So while we may not be sewing this week, I can’t tell you the last time I cut out a pattern with scissors. She sees that and want who am I to say no to her wanting to learn more?
A few things I noticed that would make this lesson easier and I do think that i’ll invest in a few more tools to help her. Starting with a smaller ruler would be best. The ones I use most often are 24″ and I think it was a bit much for her to hold in place easily.
We talked ALOT about safety, where to place your hand on the ruler and how to hold the cutter. This was a bit of a challenge since Ry is left handed and i’m right handed but that’s the one nice part about using a rotary cutter is its universal. The second item I think we will be adding at our next shopping trip is a ruler grip. I think that would be a fabulous tool for a young learner and the perfect way to help keep fingers out of the blades path.
She cut LOTS and LOTS of strips, of all different widths. I think next week I’ll let her work on cutting along pattern lines instead of the ruler and then she has a sewing project in mind.
Next week we are back to sewing with a cool back to school project and tutorial!! See you then!!