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One Thimble Issue 17 – HOLA!

“Hola!” and welcome to my stop in the One Thimble Issue 17 Blog Tour! One Thimble Issue 17 (Summer 2017) is available now and I can’t wait to show you what you’ll find inside!

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One Thimble is a Digital Sewing Magazine produced in Australia. Each One Thimble E-zine features 10+ patterns, applique/embroidery files and sewing/creative articles from contributors from all over the globe. The theme for issue 17 is, “Hola!” and it happens to celebrate One Thimble’s 4th Birthday!

Here’s a list of the patterns included in the latest edition:

  • Big Day Out Denim Jacket– Ainslee Fox – size 3-12
  • Give Piece a Chance – crop top and skirt set – Duchess & Hare – size 2-12
  • Nori Dress – Paisley Roots – size 2-12
  • Port Street Shorts – Ainslee Fox – size 3-12
  • Embroidery – Molly & Mama – hand stitched
  • Taco Time Applique – One Thimble – interactive applique
  • Sol Dress – Tadah – XS (8) – XL (16)
  • Festival Clutch – Little Moo Designs – two sizes
  • Posse Cadet Cap and Visor – Apple + Fig – baby to adult
  • Overall Winner- Katy’s Lotus pincushion
  • Winner of People’s Choice- Sarah’s Fabric Wrap Bracelet
  • Winner of the Scrap buster Category- Kellie’s Teacher gift pack
  • Winner of Something Special- Kira’s Miss Blossom Bunny clutch
  • Winner of the Quick Sew Category- Megan’s fruit bags

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I happened to test and promote 2 patterns already in the lead up to the Issue 17’s release, so I’ll show you some pictures of those in a minute, but the feature of today’s post is the Nori Dress by Paisley Roots.

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It is getting rarer and rarer to catch my girls wearing a dress (other than for special occasions when I put my foot down lol), but this was an absolute hit!

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Obviously if you have a fussy customer like me, then fabric is going to be the toughest choice. All the other hard work is done. Your girls will love this trendy look, with side cut outs, halter neck and swingy circle skirt!

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I adjusted ours to tie in a bow at the back rather than slider rings at the neck. I am making an effort to sew from my stash and if I’d driven the 40 minutes to spotlight just for sliders it would have cost me a hundred or so $$$ in fabric that I would have “needed” while I was there. I just cannot be trusted 😉

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I have had all of these fabrics in my stash for a couple of years. I have used them all before for different projects, but never together. Planning fabric combinations is my favourite part of the process, laying out options and switching coordinating fabrics led me to this combo that I knew my girl would love.

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We spent this morning at a local event at a park to welcome Santa to the shopping centre.  We met some friends and the kids enjoyed the dancing, singing and rides on show! We got a bit more sun, than I was planning on, then we went for lunch with friends afterwards. It was one of those beautiful unplanned days that totally go off the schedule you had in your head. I was starting to worry, but I still managed to get the dress made and photographed well before the sun went down that evening, so it is pretty quick. I used snaps instead of buttons and button holes which saved me a good amount of time too.

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My favourite way to hem a circle skirt is to use bias tape. I didn’t have enough mustard yellow in my stash, so I had to be happy with over locking and turning it up this time. If I’m being completely honest I will probably go back and do it with bias when I get some, because I am a details person and it hurts my eyes!

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Here’s a pic of what your dress could look like if you follow the instructions with the sliders on the straps, just for comparison. It looks so fabulous in stripes!

I’ll leave you with some pics of the Ainslee Fox Port Street Shorts and the One Thimble Taco Time Interactive Applique I made in testing before the Issue was released. My boy loves when I sew for him and he seriously loves this outfit!
I used a spider web printed canvas for the shorts with a black drill waistband. Then I finally did some form of applique like I have been promising (still havent attempted FMA haha)!
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I had fun putting together all the colours for this project and even dyed some calico with tumeric to get closer to the colour I wanted for the taco shell. I love to dye with natural colours like tumeric, tea and coffee. It’s another way to avoid going shopping too (when you can’t be trusted like me)!
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I have so many more items on my to sew list! I can’t wait to make some fruit bags and some visors for starters. Now I know I have some hand sewing projects for Christmas holidays sorted when we are camping with the hand stitched embroidery project and the lotus pin cushion! Not to mention the Jacket, clutch, ahhh everything!!! It is another amazing issue.

Now if you are a One Thimble fan or have been enjoying my One Thimble posts, you will want to check out the OT Sewing Enthusiasts Facebook Group, as the 4th Birthday Celebration prize is ALL 17 ISSUES!!!! I kid you not…

For all the stops on the One Thimble Issue 17 Blog Tour Celebration, be sure to click the links below!
Warmest Wishes,
Brooke x
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Flit & Bloom by Patty Young for Riley Blake Designs

I’m so thrilled to be showcasing the latest fabric designs by Patty Young  for Riley Blake Designs! This is Patty’s 20th fabric collection, so it feels a little extra special! The collection is called Flit & Bloom by Patty Young for Riley Blake Designs.

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I made these two sweet Harper dresses by Modkid Designs. Modkid is Patty’s pattern design company, and I thought that was a nice fit!

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We’ve just been travelling for 3 weeks in our caravan around some beautiful parts of Australia, which I will have to share some pictures of soon. I took my sewing machine with me to make these dresses! I had visions of beautiful scenic photos and I had them all finished apart from the buttons and button holes, but I decided to use snaps. I didn’t have snaps and pliers with me, so I had to wait till we got home to actually finish and photograph them.

Then of course when we got home it rained…. So those beautiful photos had to head undercover! I snapped a couple in the wind in between showers,  but as you can see it was just too miserable, cold and blowy.

I chose Bloom Blossom Henna Pink with Bloom Oh-Gee Teal as trim  for this dress.

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and Bloom Blossom Henna Teal for the second dress with Bloom Oh-Gee Pink for trim.

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I love making matching dresses that don’t quite match. My littlest loves to twin with her big sister, but her big sister isn’t quite as keen on the idea. This is a happy medium for them, and I love to see them coordinate!

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Make sure you head to the Modkid Blog Tour Post very quickly for your chance to win one of 3 half yard bundles from the Flit & Bloom range.

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Thank you to Patty & to Riley Blake for supplying these gorgeously soft anf beautiful fabrics! My girls wore their dresses all day and they looked stunning. After a full days wear and driving in the car they were suprising not creased much at all!

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Below are the other participants from the tour, so for more beautiful insiration head over to see their posts!

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Monday, Oct. 9th – Coffee + Thread
Tuesday, Oct. 10th – Lily Shine Creates
Wednesday, Oct. 11th – The Eli Monster
Thursday, Oct. 12th – Tye Dye Diva Patterns
Friday, Oct. 13th – Pattern Revolution
Saturday, Oct. 14th – Idle Sunshine

Sew Long Summer Tour

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Hey everybody, welcome to my post on the Sew Long Summer Tour hosted by Melissa of Mahlica Designs! So my northern friends are saying goodbye to summer (sorry/not sorry you guys 😉 ). I am definitely a summer lovin’ girl, so I am stoked to be stealing back the warmer weather! Spring and Fall aren’t that far different though, so I jumped at the chance to give myself a deadline to make this blouse I’d been dreaming of!

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I took the Laela Jeyne Patterns Lily Blouse which you have seen me make before here and made a few tweaks! I actually had this blouse planned as a second version for the LJ Summer Collection Blog Tour (and mention it in that post), but the fabric didnt arrive in time!

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Laela Jeyne Lily Blouse original version

 

I have a favourite store-bought blouse that I got from H&M a few months ago. It has a curved hem with high sides and it looks awesome with tights and boots.
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So I took the Lily blouse Pattern that I knew fit well and is quite quick to make and redrafted the lower half to suit. I love that this pattern includes sizes 0-26 and bust sizes A-E!
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It was a little breezy for pics, so it shows the drape of this beautiful rayon nicely!
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At the back neckline I decided against the zip opening and did an elastic loop and button. It was super quick to finish & I can pull it on and off without undoing it because of the elastic! I finished the neck with bias as per the pattern.
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I cannot be trusted – every pattern I have gets a tweak or two! I love when you get a great pattern that you can make your own. I wore this top to work with tights and boots, but for the few days after that we got an early glimpse of summer at 30+ degrees celcius (yahoo)!
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I hope you are enjoying the weather in your part of the world! You can see that no matter where you are, there are plenty of options included in the Lily pattern to suit the weather year round.

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These fabulous bloggers are also part of the tour, so to see how they are saying goodbye to summer, clink on the links below!
Monday: Sewing by Ti, Sewing Vortex, Sewing A La Carte, Very Blissful
Tuesday: mahlicadesigns, My Heart Will So On, Couturious, Anne-Mari Sews, Adventures With Bubba and Bug
Wednesday: Tenilles Thread, Sew Haute Blog, Sewing with D
Thursday: Indulging Mom, MeMade, Anne-Mari Sews, mahlicadesigns
Friday: Little Heart Threads, Idlesunshine, Ronda B. Handmade,

My Favourite Things

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So the theme this month on the Sewing With Ti Blog Tour is “My Favourite Things”! This category is so hard for someone like me that just loves EVERYTHING! So I decided to make myself one of my favourite patterns and get my bum moving on my kids favourites, for their summer sewing too!

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This is the Little Kiwis Closet Women’s Cuffed Dolman! It is a great relaxed dolman tee in a longer tunic length with a curved hem. It also comes in a dress length option which I chose to make here. I was sent this gorgeous Pink Aztec Rayon Spandex by Orinoco Designs to showcase for a current fabric pre-order and I knew it would be a perfect match!
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The drape is perfect for this pattern and it is a great print for young and old. My girls loved it, but I had to (very unselfishly) show you all how great it was made up as a grown up piece!
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I wasn’t a complete monster though… I saved the girls a few scraps and I used some straight away to run up this cute top! It’s the Little Kiwis Closet Choose Your Adventure Tee & Dress. I created this cute cap sleeve and pocket and added it to this royal blue cotton lycra I had in my stash. I think this is perfect for the theme – as one of my favourite things to do is mash and tweak patterns!
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I used the flutter sleeve pattern piece from the Poppet Peplum pattern and added an inch or 2 to the centre so that it would fit the armscye perfectly. I lined the “flutter/cap” with some white cotton lycra to give it some body before attaching it. I absolutely love how this turned out and it just covers the shoulders nicely to protect them from our harsh summer sun!
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Then we of course had to have some pics together, because – matching!
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It was so cold! You have to remember it’s winter here at the moment and it was 7:30am before school! We are so lucky to have such mild winters, but boy was it fresh and frosty this morning!
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I have a few more scraps left, so I used a tiny bit to jazz up this plain tank as well, but I will not waste a bit – it’s too cute!
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Next up I want to show you a sneak peek of the girls version of the Cuffed Dolman! It’s in testing right now and is looking just as awesome as the women’s version!!!
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This one I upcycled from a women’s large tshirt we found (stripes are her favourite) and I made the regular cuffed sleeves.
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There is a long sleeve version too that I’ll share with you soon and you can also opt to leave the cuffs off altogether and just hem!
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You can see from my upcycle that the back of the shirt has a centre seam. I hope this means that the manufacturer is being frugal with fabric! I love to upcycle as a way to reduce landfill and to get awesome cheap fabric.
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This length is perfect with tights and I will make her some dolman dresses for summer as well. I know I live in them, so I am betting my girls will too!
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Here’s an essential shot of my stripe matching – I’m sorry but if you are sewing stripes, they just have to match 😉 ! It also shows the cool curved hem.

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Next up are some more great basics! I love to make pretty dresses, but my girls just want to wear shorts and tees! So while I never thought I’d make basics when you can get them cheap from Kmart, I love that they get something amazing and unique from me, with great quality fabrics and no exploited labour. Except for me of course… They fully exploit me!
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This is the Pearlie Peplum and Scuttle Shorts from One Thimble Issue 16! This issue has only recently released and I am sewing my way through it! These patterns will be on high rotation! I used another Orinoco Designs print from a previous round for the bodice and the front panel of a tshirt I upcycled did the peplum skirt front and back.

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The Pearlie Dress & Peplum is by Peach Patterns and I have lengthened the bodice here by 2 inches to bring the peplum down closer to her natural waist. This is just a personal preference. When I made the dress previously I used the size 7 length skirt, but because I added length to the bodice here, I used the size 5 peplum skirt length.
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I teamed it with the Scuttle Shorts by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns. I made the basic version here without any pockets or colour blocking and they were soooo fast! This girl looooves her knit shorts so I am going to make a full rainbow of these! This was a knit my Mum grabbed from Spotlight for me. As a bonus, they don’t take very much fabric at all!
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Check ’em out – they’re adorable!

 

Ok so let’s recap a few of my favourite things…

  • The LKC Cuffed Dolman
  • Awesome custom print fabric
  • Pattern hacking
  • Matching my minis
  • Upcycling
  • Stripe matching
  • Little Kiwis Closet
  • One Thimble
  • Sewing things my kids will actually wear

Did I miss anything? I’m sure my girls have their own list to add!

 

If you’d like to see what everyone else on board has chosen to share this month, you can view their posts here! Each post will go live on it’s date in August.

 

Tuesday, August 1st: Intro ***You are here. 😀, Tenille’s Thread

2nd: Stitching At Night

3rd: Sewing By Ti

4th: Needles To Say

5th: Very Blissful

Sunday, August 6th: The Fairy Dust Bin

7th: Anne-Mari Sews

8th: Sewing With Sarah

9th: Thats Sew Lily

10th: Stitching at Night

11th: EYMM

12th: Sew Sew Ilse

Sunday, August 13th: Lulu & Celeste

14th: Seams Sew Lo

15th: Tales From a Southern Stitching Mom

16th: Stitching and Making

17th: Creative Counselor

18th: Ma Moose

19th: Kainara Stitches

Sunday, August 20th: Embrace Everyday

21st: She Who Sews

22nd: Idle Sunshine

23rd: My Heart Will Sew On

24th: Lovely For Life

25th: Margarita On the Ross

26th: Anne-Mari Sews

Sunday, August 27th: Made By Melli

28th: Adventures with Bubba and Bug

29th: Auschick Sews

30th: Me Made

31st: Living in Twinado Alley

 

Warmest Wishes,

Brooke x

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Back To School With MADEIT Patterns

So what’s happening in your part of the world? I’m guessing for most of you it’s summer and your kids are heading back to school after their break? Not here! It’s winter and we are in the middle of Term 3 for the year!

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In Australia our school year is broken into 4 terms with 2 week breaks in between them. It typically begins at the end of January and goes through to mid December, when we have our 6 week Summer break over Christmas and New Years.

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Do you think that the different timing of our school years stopped me from saying YES to sewing for a “Back to School” tour when asked by Olu of Madeit Patterns? I don’t think so!

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Do you think the fact that my kids wear a strict uniform at a private school worried me about this theme? Do I look worried…?

Because who else in this family goes to school? Hello…? I do!

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I have been studying myself, AND I work in a primary school with children in Kindergarten!

So this Back to School outfit is for all you fabulous teachers, teachers aides or even school mum’s, volunteers or students out there! Really anyone can wear it and there’s options for all the seasons!!

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First I made this funky Sling Bag in the Maxi size! I have a thing for crossbody messenger bags, so that was an easy decision. It has welt pockets in the strap and under the front flap as well as a key loop included. It’s a fabulous size for fitting all your essentials and it’s very comfortable to wear & much easier to make than I expected! #notabagmaker

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The strap length was spot on too! You just use the height range chart for choosing the right length for you. The bag fabric is a heavy weight “Mexican Poncho” fabric from Spotlight (not available on their website). I lined it with a smooth blue poly mystery fabric from my stash. I used it for a pop of colour and it also has a nice feel to it as lining. I like that I didnt need any interfacing or special extras other than 2 zips, this means I can make plenty more without needing any special or expensive supplies.

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I also made the Groove Dress for Adults! This design is also available as patterns in sizes for children and teens! I made it with contrasting long sleeves, a round neck and a high-low hem. I made it with this gorgeous Khaki Cotton Spandex from Wicked Fabrics. It has great recovery and is a really nice weight. I love Khaki and black together, so I wanted to give this combination a try. This dress is so comfortable, fits perfectly and I got so many comments at work that day!

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Tell me… Is it a fail? Should I have stuck to all Khaki? Because you know I can take the sleeves off and replace them… I’d love to hear your opinion!

Don’t mind me getting blown around in the August wind here! I teamed it with tights and boots and I headed straight to work from here!

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Now to the exciting part! What’s a blog tour without a discount?

Madeit Patterns are offering 20% off all their patterns

(using the code – btsis)

until the end of August!

That means you can purchase any pattern from their site at 20% off – not just the two you have seen here!

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Here are the other bloggers on tour this week with Madeit Patterns!

Be sure and grab some inspiration from them too ❤

CONTRIBUTORS
TRUDY – Fox and Me
BROOKE – Idle Sunshine
MARIA – My Cozy Co
EMILY – Enjoyful Makes
THAO – Little Cumquat
SASKIA – She Who Sews
MIRANDA – Inspinration
ANN – Atelier In ‘t Leerke
TOYA – Made by Toya
OLU – Needle and Ted

Tadah Patterns Makana Mermaid Skirt – One Thimble Issue 16

I had so much fun testing the Tadah Patterns Makana Mermaid Skirt from Issue 16 of One Thimble! These pics were too good to be left lonely and unseen on my Mac, so here’s a post with very few words – because no words are needed ❤

For the full issue round up see my Issue 16 Release Blog Post – coming soon ❤

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Sisboom Pattern Co Upcycle Tour

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Welcome to Day 1 of the Sisboom Patterns Upcycle Blog Tour! Now if you know me at all, you know that upcycling is something I do ALL THE TIME! What’s not to love? You get something incredibly unique, you might be repurposing something you already own so it’s like free fabric, or something really cheap from a charity shop and you are possibly saving something from becoming landfill!

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I was shopping for another project (that I can’t show you yet – wink, wink), when I found this awesome curtain! It was about 5m wide and 1.5m high – soooo much fabric to play with! It cost me $8 and I have loads left over after using it for 2 projects so far. I lined it with some white cotton sheeting I also got from the op shop a long time back. I got about 6m x 3m for $8!

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Did you know that the average Australian buys around 27 kilograms of new textiles each year and then discards 23 kilograms into landfill? I’m sure the statistics are similar in most parts of the world, but this is a big reason why I love shopping in charity stores and upcycling.

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I had a look through the Sisboom Patterns website and decided that the girls Betty Ann would be a great pattern to use in upcycling! I wasn’t sure at that time what “fabric” I would be using, so I went for something that wouldn’t be too fabric hungry ;-).

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It’s a beautiful and simple design with elastic in the back and no buttons or zips. It comes in sizes 18 months to 14 years which is excellent value!

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I overlocked the edges of the lining and hemmed the bottom before I started. Then I tacked the top of the lining and the curtain together and treated it as one outer piece for construction.

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I love how it turned out, especially with that border hem.

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It is winter here right now, so instead of brown sandals my girl wore boots and socks! It was a bit chilly, but she was a good sport for having her picture taken!

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Her headband I made for her to wear to a wedding a few years ago. I started with a purchased baby headband with a pretty chiffon flower on it and cut it off (because it was on wide elastic which i didn’t like). I pulled apart a fake flower. Cut part of a doily (again from a charity shop) and dyed it with coffee (because tea just wasn’t dark enough that day)!  I also cut out a funky felt flower centre. I stiched and glued it all together with a crystal to finish it. I also dyed the thin white elastic with coffee.

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We added a denim jacket to warm her up, because what is better than blue and white together? The jacket was also an opshop find from a while back. It cost $2 and I put it in a bucket of bleach to get it the lighter blue I knew she would like. We’d seen some in Target the week before for $30…

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I hope you like my take on Upcycling and that I might have given you a few ideas!

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Warmest Wishes,

Brooke x

One Thimble Issue 15

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It’s One Thimble time! Issue 15 has just released and it’s another favourite with so many patterns I want to make right now!!!

Patterns included in this One Thimble Issue: 

+ Pom Pom Beret from Thread Faction

+ Metro Blazer from Winter Wear Designs

+ Dax Trousers from Gracious Threads

+ Phillipa Blouse from Bobkin Designs

+ V-neck Cardigan from Thread Faction

+ Josephine Dress from Bella Sunshine Designs

+ Hipster Teddy from Swoodson Says

+ Military Messenger Bag from FABulous Home Sewn

+Miriam Skirt from Once Upon A Sewing Machine

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I am lucky not just to be on the One Thimble release  blog tour, but also to have contributed an article to this issue! It was super scary but I’m so glad I made the leap! It’s an article on storing your digital patterns, so I hope the information helps some people! It certainly helped me while I was researching it. I must apologise for my writing style though… If you’ve ever watched Gilmore Girls, you’ll be comfortable ;-). So many words, so little time!

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I chose to make the Thread Faction #115 Pom Pom Beret & #116 V-neck Cardigan patterns from this issue. I knew they’d work beautifully together.

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We started with the Cardigan because piggy buns didn’t work too well with the beret haha! It is a unisex pattern in sizes 2-10. I made it in a mix of ponte knits, using a different colour or stripe for every panel! I do love colour and print clashing! We left off the buttons and snaps and left it open.

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Ah there it is! This beret is super cute! I made a giant pom pom for the top and my Miss refused to let me trim it down, so we are owning that! This #115 Beret is made with sweet teal corduroy with a GIANT mustard pom pom. I love that it can be made in sizes NB to Adult!!

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As a bonus if you purchase OT15 this weekend you can enjoy the early bird special of these adorable printable photo props! My girl had a lot of fun with these!

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Waaay too much fun!

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I don’t think we will be able to shoot again without them now!

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She is loving this new outfit and we both love the whole hipster theme to this issue! I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many patterns in one edition that I want to make right away! Pretty much all of them actually! There are so many that work for both boys and girls too which is excellent.

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It’s not all about the patterns either, don’t forget to check out the articles! Jen has done an amazing job coordinating so many creative people and giving us so many great tutorials to enjoy.

You have to check out everyone else’s makes on tour this week and grab your copy now!

 

Winterwear Designs Amuse

I am so happy to be featuring the Winterwear Designs Amuse Boho top & Dress Pattern on the blog today! I have made and tested quite a few Winterwear Designs Patterns in the past and I am a big fan! The Amuse was designed for my favourite sewing E-zine One Thimble, and featured in Issue 14. I have had that issue since release, but it has taken me til now to get around to sewing for me from it! The pattern is now available back in the Winterwear Designs Catalogue, and to celebrate, we are sharing our Amuse tops and dresses and offering a great prize pack to one winner!!!

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So we set off early this morning for pics before school and work, and my 9 year old photographer daughter did the best job ever! She nailed it in just a few minutes! I should have known something would bite me when it all went so smoothly…

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We got home and I loaded the pics and every single one was blurry! Seriously blurry!! Apparently I’d left the camera on manual focus from the last shoot I’d done when I handed it to her (forehead slap)!!

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I was so disappointed, but I did my best to resurrect what I could. Luckily this top (made in knit) still looked just as good at the end of the day as it did at the beginning! So we grabbed a few shots in the afternoon as well 😉

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I was so happy with this new location as well! We’ll have to get back to it another time soon….

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I made my Amuse in the tunic length with 3/4 sleeves. There is also a short sleeved option and many different hems. I made it from knit instead of woven and it is so comfortable. As you can see here, no ironing necessary and no creases at the end of the day!

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I only used one front yoke piece because I wasn’t concerned with enclosing raw woven seams and I used a binding method a lot like using bias binding to finish the neck line. I cut a length of knit about an inch wide and sewed all around the neckline with the binding right sides together with the neckline overlapping a little at the end. I flipped it over to the inside and top stitched all the way round. Easy as that!

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I also didn’t hem the top! I love that about knits! No fraying and no hemming! So sneaky and so fast…

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I teamed my Amuse with some ponte tights, boots and my favourite crocheted scarf ❤

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BUT FIRST!! I know you love a competition…

PRIZE:  3 WWD Patterns of Choice and 4 yards of fabric from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.

How to enter:
-Sew up and share an Amuse by Friday May 26.
-Use #Amuseme when sharing in the WWDF group so that Suzanne can find your entry.
– Already sewed up an Amuse???  Make a new post and share away with the #amuseme

It’s that easy!!!!
You can make a top, tunic, or dress.  You can hack it, make it in knit, smock it, whatever makes you smile.  I can’t wait to see what you all make ;o)

Don’t Forget:
-Save 20% on the Amuse through Sunday May 14th with code: AMUSEME
– Grab the discounted Amuse bundle of 4 yards of fabric for just $24 from The Fab Clique Fabric Shop.

Check out all the stops on the tour:
Marta Glogger (guest blogger at Winter Wear Designs)

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