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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!

OT15 bonus cover and instructions

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)

Little Kiwis Closet Straight Skirt

Hi everyone! I have an awesome free pattern for you to try today, courtesy of my friend Lydia of Little Kiwis Closet! I have tested and made many Little Kiwis Closet PDF Patterns, so I am thrilled that they recently reached 5000 followers in their facebook group!

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Just a few of my favourite Little Kiwis Closet makes!!

I love the great tutorials in Little Kiwis Closet Patterns, they really got my confidence up when I picked up sewing again after many years. There’s nothing like the feeling of achievement you get when you suprise yourself with what you can do! They also gave me the confidence to sew with knit after a previous knit-disaster! Now I love to sew with knit more than woven!

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So lets take a look at what we started with! I love to repurpose old clothing from the depths of my wardrobe or picked up cheaply at an op-shop (thrift store). This was the skirt from a maxi dress that I planned to make myself a maxi skirt from (so I had already cut off the bodice) and another maxi dress, which both cost me between $1-$3.

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Here is the line drawing of the new skirt. It offers multiple lengths, optional pocket styles, a yoga waistband or regular elastic waistband as well as a contrast hem option. It is drafted in sizes 12M – 14 years which is an awesome range! LKC is well known for the options packed into their patterns and even though it is a freebie, this is no exception!

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I wanted to make good use of this funky fabric and decided to make a Poppet Peplum to match! It is a slinky poly knit so it drapes really well.

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I have already made 6 of these tops in different fabrics and peplum/sleeve styles so it was a super fast outfit to make overall!
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I broke up the print with some plain black ITY knit I had in my stash. Of the 6 Poppet Peplums I have made so far I have not hemmed one of them! I love that about sewing with knits! 😉

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I love how it turned out looking almost like a dress, but you get the added bonus of mix and match pieces, that would work really well with a plain tee, stripes, tights or jeans!

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You’ll have to excuse Miss 9’s wild hair, it’s school holidays here at the moment, so we are very relaxed and it’s very windy!

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The next version is a rayon spandex blend so is really light weight, soft and drapey!

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I paired it with a cute store bought tank, only because I have been camping and didn’t have any navy knit in my stash (or time to shop for some)!

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She loves this one, because it feels as light as air and I love it because I am one of those weird people who likes to match stripes!

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I can see myself making a dozen more of these, they are so fast and take very little fabric!

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My Miss loves this above knee length style. I look forward to putting some more outfits together. I’d love to make one with black & white stripes and also a denim look knit! They would be great basics to add to your wardrobe.

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So how do you get your free copy? You join the LKC Facebook Group and get the code from the pinned post to “purchase” the Straight Skirt Pattern from the Little Kiwis Closet website. There is also a code to download the Kit & Kaboodle Bootlegs for free while you are there! I would also suggest you head over to the LKC Blog to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway to win a pattern of choice from each of these awesome PDF Designers!!

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Thanks for dropping by, and as always I’d love you to leave me a comment or tag me in what you make!

The online sewing community is an awesome place to connect ☀️ I’d love you to visit all the bloggers joining in the LKC 5000 followers celebration over the next few days, to see their version of the free Straight Skirt ☀️

Idlesunshine

ChristaCoDesign

SewSophieLynn

Tales From A Southern Mom

Phat Quarters

Living in Twinado Alley

Curtiepie

Lilliepawillie

Woohoo by Davina

Happy sewing and warm wishes,

Brooke xx

idlesunshine

Show Your Stoff Tour

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I’m sharing the Svea pants by Zierstoff Patterns on the Show Your Stoff Tour, hosted by Mahlica Designs! Zierstoff is not a company I had previously worked with before. They have many patterns in German, but they are also working on their English pattern catalogue!

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I chose the Svea pants, because I love this relaxed style! They are perfect for me to wear to work. When working with children it is great to be appropriately covered, comfortable and to be able to get down on the ground with them without out worrying about your clothes flying up

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On a windy day like today I was glad to be wearing pants! I made this version from a soft rayon fabric. It is perfectly light weight and with great drape. I made the size M using the website’s finished measurements as a guide and they are a slim fit. They also suggest jersey as an option and that would be so comfortable and perfect in this slim style!

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I loved this print and they look great sewn up, but I wouldn’t suggest stripes if you are OCD! Matching them up (not to perfection, but just roughly) was a little tricky, with lots of manipulation down each seam.

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I hope you like what I chose to make – which pattern do you have your eye on? Please visit all our awesome bloggers on tour this week, and enjoy our exclusive 30% off discount with the code in the graphic above!!

Monday April 10- Anne-Mari Sews, Inspinration, Tenille’s Thread, Sew Cucio, Embrace Everyday

Tuesday April 11- Musings of A Seamstress, mahlicadesigns, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique, Ronda B Handmade, FABulous Home Sewn

Wednesday April 12- Sprouting Jube Jube, Thread and Scissors, Kaleidothought, Idle Sunshine

Thursday April 13- mahlicadesigns, Very Blissful, Sew A Piece of Joy, Zowie Zo, Nina Makes, Lulu & Celeste

Friday April 14- Tales of a Tester; Anne-Mari Sews; Bless, by Tone; Nap Time Creations; Needles to Say, Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Saturday April 15- Sprouting Jube Jube, Musings of A Seamstress, Stitches by Laura; Tea, Dust and Stitches, Anna’s Heirloom Boutique

What are you waiting for…?

Hi there and welcome!

This Blog has been a long time coming. I have waited far too long to get started, for no particular reason, and there’s really no time like the present is there?

I am a sewing and cooking addict! Don’t paint me as some kind of Stepford wife though, because housework is not very high on the list… I have 3 busy kiddos that make housework quite difficult, but if you want to enjoy a hobby then something has to give doesn’t it?

So I will be sharing my sewing adventures with you, new PDF pattern releases, upcycling projects, sewing tips and tricks etc. I’ll start with what I’m making now, but will flash back to previous projects as I have the time to share those too. I might even throw you the odd recipe, because in this house we are all about good food!

I hope you love hanging out in my little corner of the internet. Make a tea or coffee and enjoy. I can’t tell you the hours I’ve spent (not wasted) reading other people’s sewing and food adventures, so I hope I can bring a little sunshine to others in return.

So that’s what you’ll find here and what I’ve been procrastinating about. Tell me what projects you’ve been putting off and, well… What are you waiting for…?

Warmest wishes,

Brooke x

Idlesunshine

 

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