What, you thought I was going to say three bears?? Haha! Well, techincally you’re right but not today.
I am always thrilled to be part of sharing new fabrics from Riley Blake. This gorgeous new collection from Jill Howarth is no exception. She has such a whimsical but very classic illustration of the ever loved Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. I only touch on a few of the colors/prints but you can see the full collection here.
I knew I wanted my pattern choice to be a more simple style but still something that highlighted the main scene as well as the coordinates. The Molly Dress from The Simple Life Pattern Co was perfect! With the updated slim peter pan collar, it has a modern twist on a very classic look.
I modified the pattern slightly to include a bottom band and tuxedo ruffle, utilizing this beautiful teal mushroom coordinate and this ever so subtle hatch also in teal.
For the collar I decided on the cream bears, again its a subtle print but works amazing with the collection.
The back of the Molly dress is probably my favorite aspect of the design. The lower scoop back with the continued collar is stunning!
My sweet model was a little under the weather (she’s usually all smiles) but was such a trooper to still work with me on these!
Now for my surprise!!
Katie from The Simple Life has graciously to give away any pattern of your choice from her collection! How awesome is that?!?!
There are still several days left of our tour so don’t miss any of the other fabulous inspiration using the Goldilocks collection. Be sure to check Riley Blake for links to the participating bloggers each day.
My how time flies!! I can’t believe its already release day for a new issue of One Thimble! I’m hoping by now some of you have bought past issues and have been able to enjoy first hand all the awesomeness that lies in those virtual pages. This issue is no different!
(NOTE: the following contains affiliate links)
What you can expect when you get your issue –
258 pages filled with informative articles, tips and pattern pieces
10… yes, TEN patterns!
Active hyperlinks throughout, making it super simple to jump to exactly what you want read or a visit to a shop being advertised (can’t get that with that ‘ol paper magazine!)
3 extra tutorials with directions/cut instructions
PLUS!!! If you purchase before 11/14 you can get an EARLY BIRD BONUS! A gorgeous printable 2017 calendar featuring vintage Singer sewing machines.
How much you ask? While you could expect to drop a pretty penny on such valuable information, each issue is only $25 AUD (at the current conversion thats less than $20 USD) That works out for us Stateside folks at under $2/pattern!!
Reading through this issue, I was excited to see an article from Kristie Gilbert of Boo! Designs about sewing with knits. Knits are my passion for sure and so many people are afraid of trying them. She has some great ideas and work-around tips for everyone to give knits a shot! Boo! Designs also has a lovely swim pattern included… stay tuned next week for my pictures of that sewn up!
There are also some fantastic tips about working with and choosing leathers as your medium. This is the perfect time to try sewing with leather, especially since there is a beautiful clutch pattern included!
I also love reading up on the business related articles, making Facebook and Pinterest work more effectively for my own business is always welcome information!
How about a holiday gift guide?? A collection of items you can make for all your fiends and family from issues past… oh yes its there!! And if you need to give anyone ideas for gifts for you… what about a One Thimble subscription?? Its a gift that keeps giving!
There is so much more to read but I can’t give away all the good stuff right??? You will have to pick up your own copy to check out the rest!
Now, I know your thinking… but you said there were 10 patterns and all we’ve heard about are articles…. the wait is over! I had this fun donut fabric hanging around and it was beyond PERFECT for Danny Donut. Danny Donut is one of 3 free motion appliques in this issue. This one is great if you have never done free motion before, as it can really be done as traditional applique as well.
I used the donut fabric on a pair of Orbis Harem Skinny Pants from Sofilantjes. We went with a cropped version, and no pockets (per miss things request)
I love the angled button placard, what a fun detail!
Ryleigh was so proud of the phrase she came up with on her shirt we’d love to share with everyone… how about a free cut file to add the same text to your Danny Donut?? Click HERE to download.
There is SO SO much more to share from this issue and all the insanely talented ladies below are going to be adding some things in along our tour over the next week so be sure to check in with them all!
I had the pleasure of sewing up a few versions of the Rowan Raglan and i’m excited to finally be able to share. I’m totally a sucker for being able to buy 1 pattern and use it for both kiddos AND have it fit both well. I’m happy to report that this is one unisex pattern that I will most definitely be using again!
Read all about the multitude of options and get some inspiration from a few of the other reviewers on today’s Pattern Revolution blog.
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!
Welcome back!! We are taking on a few new skills today while teaching my 8 yr old how to navigate a sewing machine. I know last week I promised a tutorial and that Ry would have something to add but it is after all summer vacation and highly unpredictable so I apologize that those things are running a tad behind but you won’t have to wait long, I have on good authority that you’ll see a tutorial tomorrow.
On day 2 of our instruction we worked on a small pouch. Knowing how she learns best, I know that having something she can walk away with will keep her attention more than anything so we picked a small project that would incorporate several of the things I wanted to go over today –
sewing to connect 2 pieces of fabric and how to keep them together while sewing
pivoting at corners and points
turning a project
edge stitching /top stitching
zig zag stitch
So lets get started… kids and pins. Not the best combination but there are other options to keep your fabric in place vs pinning. My personal preference is Wonder Clips* by Clover. These aren’t just awesome for kids but are also great for holding pieces together that might be too thick for pins, or with materials such as vinyl or leather that pins will leave holes in.
You can also use Wonder Tape*. We are going to use it later in this lesson when we add the velcro to our pouch but Jenn over at A Jennuine Life talks about using it in place of pins during her Tiny Sewists Series. This is a great follow along series, especially for younger kids.
The pouch we are making today is a great way to learn pivoting since it has a few different points to address. There are right angles at the corners but also, the point at the top of the flap, and the also the wider point at the bottom of the flap. To help Ryleigh learn where to stop stitching and pivot I added some dots using an erasable pen. They will be on the inside, so not visible, but its nice to know it can removed if needed. We also mark where to start/stop to leave the opening for turning.
I think the most difficult thing we tackled here is remembering to keep the needle down before lifting the presser foot but once she started remembering that, things went pretty smooth.
We clipped the corners and discussed that we clip those to help reduce the bulk when its turned. Then using a knitting needle, the pouch was turned and she worked the corners out, being careful not to push too hard to avoid going through the fabric.
Ironing…this part made me a little nervous but its something that she needs to know. I kept the steam off for now until she is a little more comfortable and i think that helped her from being afraid of it. She learned to smooth out the fabric first and then iron with slow motions keeping her other hand out of the way. She did an amazing job!
Using the overlock foot that came with the machine, she top stitched the bottom edge that we had left open to turn the pouch. While it may not be the fully intended purpose, it works great for helping line up stitches along the edge of a fabric, and i think really helps instill a little extra confidence.
For the closure we went with velcro, this was a great way to introduce the zig zag stitch. Since a straight stitch and zig zag will really work for almost all sewing projects, I’m only focusing on those with her right now. It will be a lot of fun to play with the over 200 decorative stitches on the Sparrow but first we master the basics. This machine is super easy for her to make changes to the stitches. It’s making my job pretty easy 🙂
Using the same overlock foot, she carefully went around the velcro like she’s been doing it for years. Definitely impressed me!
Back to a little more top stitching and pivoting to finish up the pouch and she’s done!
She’s so proud of her work, which is honestly the best part of our lessons!!
I’m thrilled to be helping celebrate Sofilantjes’ 2nd Anniversary! Anne is an amazing designer and her patterns are so well loved in our house. I’ve been fortunate enough to be on her testing team for several patterns and I’m always in awe of her unique ideas.
It’s always a huge plus for me when I can use the same patterns for both kids. I have a horrible wonderful pattern buying habit and I suppose being able to reduce a few here or there is probably helpful, haha! Even better, is when you can (with a little experience) throw a few patterns together to get something completely new!
The Summer Surprise Top has been on my list to try for awhile now. It has a sweet back bow and little pleat in the front that takes just a simple tee/tank and bumps it up a notch.
The Domi Sweats are in my tried and true stack of bottom patterns. We love the rounded pockets (although Miss Thang said she didn’t want pockets this time) and since they come in shorts or pants they are perfect year round.
To combine the two I started with the Skinny Top version and lowered the bow by about an inch in the back. I wanted to make sure it was easy enough to slide up and down over the shoulders, but not too easy. Then I added a few rows of shirring along the bottom of the top.
I made the pants per the pattern, only shortening them a little to an in between shorts/capri length. Instead of adding the waistband I just attached the pants directly to the top. Voila!
Can you tell she loved it?? With just a few days left of 2nd grade she says her outfits have to be just right and I was informed this one makes the cut! Go mom!! haha! (side note… I cannot believe my baby will be in rd grade!!)
As she gets older cutesy fabrics just don’t fly around here for anything but pj’s. For this one Halla Fabricss sent me this gorgeous blue chevron from Znok, isn’t it amazing? And the gray Stenzo solid from Mabel Madison was a perfect match!
Want to try mashing up a few on your own? With code CELEBRATE you can take 25% off all Sofilantjes patterns (bundles excl.) through May 29th.
We have some fabulous sponsors with amazing gifts for those of you following along!! For today, Day 2, we have 11 patterns to give away. Will run untill May 26, 12 AM (GMT+1) (Amsterdam time) ENTER HERE!!
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Not long ago I received an email from an online sewing acquaintance, that instantly made my day. I knew Audrey from my involvement with Top Stitchers (so ready for season 4 by the way!) and I was very familiar with her blog Skirt Fixation so imagine my excitement when she mentioned she would be in my area coming up and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up? Um… hello?! Of course I said yes!!
She is so incredibly sweet and it never ceases to amaze me how easy it is to chat and how quickly an hour goes by when you share a passion for the same things. Our first get together seemed to fly by and we vowed to get together again soon.
When she reached out to me about helping with some photographs for her current blog tour, I was thrilled. I got to see a sneak peek at this gorgeous fabric she designed, which was amazing! I also think we decided on the best setting, it really helped showcase the outfit she made.
I still hesitate to call myself a photographer but I love how these turned out. Its easy when you have a beautiful subject, seriously her daughter is a pro!
Looking forward to our next get together, hopeful that we can stretch it beyond an hour this time because gosh that just goes by so fast!
In the meantime, I know i’ll be headed over to pick up some of this gorgeous fabric for an upcoming project so be on the lookout for it soon!
And you don’t want miss her blog tour this week where you can find some more lovely inspiration with the Floral Radiograph line she designed PLUS while you’re there, you can enter her giveaway!!
It seems fitting that the Elliedactyl pajama pattern is actually the Jadyn Party Pajamas since they are making an appearance on the Spring Break PJ Party Tour today.
It’s no secret that I love everything Elliedactyl and since I didn’t have time when these were in testing to give them a try I knew they would be my choice for this tour. And as expected, they didn’t disappoint.
The only downfall is they are so cute you don’t even realize they are pj’s! This may lead to your child not wanting to take them off and head out into the world in the same clothes they rolled out of bed in, HAHA!
While I had a grand plan for this photo shoot, we know what happens to grand plans when your trying to get out of town on vacation right? they go out the window! At least for me, cause really, i’ll be honest, i’m the queen of procrastination. At least I can admit it right?
I decided what would be even better than a staged shoot at the studio would be if I took them while we were REALLY on spring break! So excuse my poor lighting and hotel bed, and say hello real life spring break in studio condo with 2 kids…
I’ve been waiting for a chance to get some jammies made for Reid with this awesome fabric from Peek-A-Boo Fabric Shop. I mean, it really fits him to a T!! Most days he reminds me a little of the Tasmanian Devil, remember that little cloud of dust tornado? Yep, thats this kid! The stars are from TKBPrints and are my go to coordinate for most of his stuff. They just match everything! They do have a retail site but things sell out pretty quickly so I suggest following them on Facebook for updates and new orders.
He thought it was pretty funny that he was allowed to jump on the bed. Not a smart momma move. Obviously, he had no interest in stopping. As I was correcting him, he must have thought if he turned around and couldn’t see me anymore, I wouldn’t be able to see him either, WRONG! Still in trouble, little man!
He finally sat down and tried to give me that “but i’m so cute, how could you be mad at me” face. ahhhhhh…. yes I melt every time.
Feel the need to sew up some pj’s of your own now?? Check out all of the stops on the PJ Party tour plus our amazing sponsors for tons of ideas on fabrics and patterns you can use.
There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!
Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Create 3.5 to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes:
Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st!
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Today’s prize is sponsored by Serger Pepper and Pollywoggles. You could win 1 pattern of your choice from both shops! Visit Serger Pepper and Pollywogglesto see what they have to offer. The giveaway ends March 23rd at 11:59pm EST. See the Rafflecopter on how to enter! You have up to 8 chances to win! The winner will be chosen March 24th and will have 48 hours to respond to the email before a new winner is chosen.
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Want to win more prizes? Visit Lulu & Celeste tomorrow to see what new prizes will be up for grabs as well as see the previews for tomorrow’s bloggers. You still have time to enter yesterday’s giveaway! Go to Sprouting JubeJube’s post from yesterday to enter the giveaway that ends at 11:59pm EST tonight (March 22nd)!
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This girl… i’m telling’ ya, its never a dull moment! If you’ve followed me at all before, you know i’m not usually one to set up a bunch of props but I thought why not, its Valentines Day right? So Ry sees the sign that says “kisses 5¢” and her first words are “eeewwwwwww!!! that is so gross, i’m not kissing anyone!”
She thinks for a second and tells me to hold on then comes back with a handful of Hershey Kisses…”there” she says, “now it’s THESE kisses for sale”, totally cracked me up!
Ok, enough about my crazy girl, let’s talk about this gorgeous dress (yes, i’m a tad biased, but it’s pretty sweet right?). Another thing you may know about me, is that I love sewing with knits, and no, this is not a knit. Its an amazing poplin from Stenzo that I received from Mabel Madison. I’ve tried Stenzo poplin before but I really wanted to highlight it this time. One of my favorite qualities is the crispness that it has versus regular quilting cotton. It holds pleats beautifully and keeps its shape nicely. Not to mention the gorgeous, insanely vibrant color!
After much deliberation, I chose the Mara Blouse from Compagnie M (affiliate link). I used the directions in the pattern to lengthen it to a dress length, although apparently Ry grew and the dress I used to help gauge the new length was too short, haha, oops! I actually really love the tunic length so good mistake!
Instead of piping around the yoke I went with a decorative lace to give just a little pop of color. The pattern has 3 different sleeve options to chose from; this is the butterfly sleeve. I would say it’s similar to a cap sleeve but with a small slit in the middle.
This is my first pattern from Compagnie M and I was very impressed. I am generally hesitant to try out a new pattern for a feature but I figured I was stepping outside my normal fabric box, why not the pattern too. Marte was kind enough to provide me a free copy of the pattern to use for this project. I would say its best for an advanced beginner/intermediate level sewist just because of the pleats and piping. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, making this sophisticated top a great step up from a basic beginner pattern.
Want to see more amazing poplin creations?? Follow along the Mabel Madison Valentines Tour! and don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win a $10 giftcard!! (link below)
Be sure to check out all the awesome series participants to get lots of inspiration!
Are you crafting for Valentine’s Day? Join the fun on Instagram with hashtag #mabelmadisonmakers. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway for a $10 Mabel Madison Gift Card. It’s the perfect way to be a #mabelmadisonmaker! Enter here for a chance to win!!
So this was scheduled for yesterday but it never posted… SO here we are again, with a late Tuesday Tutorial. I am so excited to share this one with you though because its for a brand new pattern from a new designer. Meet Elliedactyl. Annelise has been in the sewing world for quite some time and I’ve been lucky enough to work on a few sew-alongs with her in the Backstitch Back Room. Now she’s venturing off on her own and she has nailed it with this first pattern.
The Pocket Full of Posies is a knit skirt with 2 HUGE side pockets… what girl doesn’t have a million things to carry around with her? I mean i’m ready for this in my size even!
I wanted to share with you today how you can take some old t-shirts and recycle them to use for the pockets. This is perfect for a school spirit skirt like i’m showing here, or even a camp shirt, special group or just that tee that you can’t bear to part with from your younger days. Your possibilities are endless.
The easiest way to get the best use from your shirt is open it up from the back. This gives you the widest possible piece of fabric and helps eliminate having to piece anything together. You will want to cut straight up the back, and across both shoulder seams so that it opens up flat like the picture below.
After you have it laid out, you take your pattern piece and lay it out so that your graphic is centered and cut it out just like you would traditional fabric.
Once your pieces are cut just follow the pattern directions as written for a game stopping skirt!