Sunday, May 17, 2015

One Thimble Issue #7, Down the Rabbit Hole

Issue #7 of One Thimble is filled with so much fun and make-believe for the kids, but also a couple of fun patterns for moms too. It was love at first sight when I saw the Alice Applique created by Ric-Rac & Retro. 

I used a t-shirt as the applique's canvas, but it can be put on just about anything, a bag, pillow or blanket. These little appliques are really great for those little pieces in your stash that you just can't bare to throw away.

My first thought was just to purchase a t-shirt and add the applique to it, but then there's so much work that goes into the applique with all those tiny details that its best to work on it as a flat surface then finish up the garment.

I did go and put my own spin on it, in the end my applique doesn't look like Alice, she looks more like my own JubeJube, but that's the fun part of being creative. I also used a lot of zig-zag satin stich for the contour of the different parts. This project just had a mind of its own and I went with the flow.

The tutorial is so full of great information to get super results like the use of Heat and Bond and other fun products to help stabilize your fabrics. There's also this great chart included with the tutoral to help you scale down the size of you Alice to make her as small as you want. The one I made was scaled to 100%.

To check out more from the One Thimble Issue #7 go visit these other blogs, I tell ya there's some great inspiration there!

Until next time, xx

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Valencia by Willow & Co.

This is one pattern that should be in just about everyone's wish list. The Valencia tunic designed by Hayley for Willow and Co. is one of those timeless classics that can be changed up and be on trend for years to come just by using different fabric combinations.

So much work and effort went into getting the shape of the yoke just right for the most flattering fit. the front features buttons with button loops and gathers at the round part of the yoke. There's a collar to finish off the neck line. I decided to use self covered buttons, I just love covering up buttons!

The back also has some gathering below the rounded yoke. Bias is used to finish off the armscye.

This PDF pattern is part of the new spring releases for Willow & Co. and  we've been waiting for this one for so long. Here are some of the pattern details:

  • Sizes XS -XXXL for women
  • Photos with step-by-step instrucitons
  • 1/2" seam allowances
  • Size charts to help determine what size is best suited for the model
  • Fabric requirement charts
  • Designed for woven fabrics, like cotton voile, swiss dot, chambray...just about anything really!
  • I would consider this an intermediate level sewig pattern

Grab it now on the Willow & Co. website while its on sale for only $7.00 because this special launch price is only for a limited time.

So yes, Ive been sewing for myself and it feels really nice to have new items in my closet that fit me and my shape! 

Until next time, xx

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Women's Bundle Up Tour, Bluezette

I went shopping with Amelia for fabric to make the Bluezette dress by Love Notions. I'm still wondering how I got convinced by a 4-year-old to go with such a colorful print, but the more I look at it the more I feel like I should be on vacation. 

Bluezette is one of the 11 PDF patterns  featured in the Bundle Up. A couple of days ago a I showed you the Pier 7 top by Terra's Treasures and Clémence by Filles a Maman. Today its Bluezette, one of the 11 PDF patterns featured in the Bundle Up. 

There are so many options to this pattern, but I went with sleeveless maxi dress. This dress is a quick sew and super comfortable. 

I still do some running around after the girls and I don't feel like I have to watch my every move to make sure I'm not flashing the other parents at the park or I can dress it up with some pretty accessories and got out for the evening.  I love how practicle this dress is for me. The neckline is just perfect. I decided to finish it off using a twin needle.

Here are some more details about the Buezette pattern:

  • Sizes range from ladies  XS- XXXL. There are also girls' sizes available in the Love Notions pattern shop.
  • No trim pages for quick assembling of the pattern tiles
  • Layered printing, print out only the sizes you need/want
  • 3/8" seam allowances included
  • Drawings and photos included in the step-by-step tutorial
  • Charts with fabric requirements
  • Designed for knit fabrics
  • Endless options, tulip skirt, maxi, knee length skirt, hi-lo hem, 2 sleeve options, or sleeveless

So here you have it, another reason to Bundle Up...go check out the other stops on the tou for even more inspiration.

Until next time, xx.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Women's Bundle Up Tour, Pier 7 & Clémence

Its not very often that I make it onto my own blog, but I think it should happen more often, after all its fun to get something new to wear. I sewed up the Pier 7 top by Terra's Treasures and Clémence bermudas by Filles a Maman. Both patterns are part of the Bundle Up collection on sale now from May 1st to May 8th. 

I changed up the top just a little. This top is designed with cute flutter sleeve, but I decided to leave them off  this time (yes, this means I will for sure be making more of this top), instead I finished off the armscyes with bias. 

One of my favorite details on this pattern are the pleats down the centre front bodice. This is a top that can be easily worn with jeans and dressed up for a night out or to the beach and I just love it!

Here are some of the pattern details:
  • Sizes range from ladies 0 to 26
  • Seam allowances included are 3/8"
  • Photos and drawings included with the step-by-step instructions
  • Clear instructions on full bust adjustments
  • Designed for woven fabrics
  • Chart with yardage requirements and list of required notions

    Now on to Clémence. These are great! They come in two lengths, bermudas and shorts, and you've guessed it, I went with the bermuda length. 

    I love the easy style of this pattern. Zipper closure is on the side and the waistband is a facing which I find is so comfortable. There are a few options to dress up the front of these shorts, I went with the single scallop option. 

    This pattern features:

    • Sizes ranging from 00 to 24
    • 3/8" seam allowances
    • Drawings and photos are included with the step-be-step instructions
    • Easy to follow directions on how to adjust the pattern to fit your body
    • Chart with yardage requirements and list of required notions
    • Designed for woven fabrics with a 2% lycra content

    Both pattern are very enjoyable to sew up, but you don't have to take just my word for it. Go see what the other stops on the tour have to offer and check out what patterns are featured in this Bundle many pattern so little get them all at a fantastic low price! 

    Until next time, xx.

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    Tuesday, April 28, 2015

    Brueram Dress Pattern by Sofilantjes

    Its here! The much awaited  Brueram dress pattern by Sofilantjes (affiliate link) is now available! Such a pretty name for this pattern but some of you must be wondering the meaning or the origin, right? Well its Latin and its meaning is Heather. Isn't it beautiful!

    If you want to keep up with new releases or sales just hope on over to Sofilantjes Sew and Show group on facebook. For now here is your inside information....get your Brueram Pattern for only $5.00 over the next couple of days, after that it will go back to its regular price of $8.95.

    This is the tulip skirt version, but in the pattern you'll also have the maxi dress and the peplum top.

    This is the feature that give this dress such a nice tailored look...the shirring keeps the bodice snug and in place but allows for comfort and ease of movement. For those who don't like shirring there's also insturctions in the tutorial for elastic casings. If you need more information on how to achieve shirring, just look up my tutorial here.

    I just love the fit of this dress! The neckline sits perfectly, and there's no way those straps with their given position will slip off. 

    Here are some of the pattern details:

    • Sizes range from 12 months to 14 years
    • Designed for light woven fabrics
    • Step-by-step tech drawings to accompany written instructions
    • 3/8" seam allowances included
    • Special instructions on how to make this garment fit your model and how to adjust the pattern

    This one is just proof that she does smile...but yes JubeJube is as serious as can be while in front of the camera.

    Until next time, xx

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Limon Dress and Tunic by Willow & Co.

    Remember in Spring 2014 how the collective of Willow & Co. launched the sweetest collection of children's patterns, well they're back! Last week Antalya dress for children was released and today Limon, another child's pattern is available. There are two women's patterns and a bag pattern in the works scheduled to be released in the next few weeks.

    Now, back to Limon...

    The dress is fully lined and the front of the dress features pintucks and an optional button placket. There are instructions for sleeveless or short sleeves.

    The back is equally pretty with detail with a back yoke and another set of pintucks to create a little more volume to this sweet simple silhouette.

    Here are some of the pattern details:

    • Sizes range from 6 months to 12 years
    • Layered printing so you only print the sizes you need or want
    • Step-by-step photos
    • 1/2" seam allowances included
    • This pattern is best suited to intermediates but there are a lot of helpful tips along the way

    Until next time, xx.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015

    Blaverry New Releases: Baylen

    Yesterday was launch day for a bunch of new PDF patterns by Blaverry and I featured Star and Hayden, today I'll be showing you Baylen. This sweet little top is perfect for summer or can be worn year round layered over a t-shirt.

    The yoke is lined and has two buttons at the back. The back scallops overlap. This is really one of those girly designs that I love so much!

    Here are just some details Christie includes in her all her PDF patterns:

    • Layered printing, print only the sizes you want or need with this feature
    • 3/8" seam allowances are included
    • Imperial and metric charts for body measurements and yardage requirements
    • Digital illustrations and clear step-by step written instructions are included in the tutorial
    • Sizes range (for most patterns) 9 months to 16 years

    This top is sure to get some wear this summer, I paired it with leggings but I can also see it with a cute pair of denim shorts. 

    Don't miss out on the release sale going on now at, and be sure to like Blaverry on facebook to keep up on new releases and promotions!

    Until next time, xx.