Monday, February 19, 2018

One Thimble No.18 - Full Review

I can never get enough of One Thimble! There's always a surprise waiting for us inside and this time in Issue No.18 (affiliate link) is no different.

One huge surprise for me is the Origami top, I'm wishing it came in my size! I haven't sewn it up yet, but just looking at the photographs in the magazine you can bet it's right up there on my list of want-to-make projects. I did however make the Ladies' Ballerina tie top by The Wolf and the Tree and the Linnden Tote by Annie Zorzo.

First thing about this pattern by The Wolf and the Tree, actually it should be true for any pattern, not just this pattern ... take your measurements and follow the chart. Don't let the size you come up with scare you if its bigger than what you would usually make because in the end it's only a number. The important thing is that it fits you the way you want and that you're comfortable wearing it. Sizing on this pattern in on point when following the size chart! 

The fabric was purchased in a little shop, just a 20 minute drive away, and there's always something to discover in this shop at a really great price! I can't be sure of the composition but there's probably some polyester, rayon and spandex. I can tell you that it's soft and cozy and I made sure I had at least 25% stretch to this lovely knit. I could have easily used a cotton lycra blend and it would have been as cozy. 

For the ties I decided against making them lined simply due to the fact that I was afraid the ties would be too heavy and add extra bulk where I didn't need it. 

And I seem to be noticing a trend here, I may like grey fabric just a little too much. The last three tops I made myself are grey, oh well! 

I also made the Linnden Tote. The fabric is from my stash, I've had it for a few years. It's a heavier upholstery fabric. This bag was meant to have leather, cork or vinyl accents, and straps but I didn't have leather to work with and I don't have a sewing machine strong enough for it either. I figured I should try it with all fabric to give others the inspiration to make without the leather accents if they so desired. 

The only thing I really regret not doing is putting interfacing in my straps. About the design; the tote is big enough, the bottom meausres 17.5 inches by 6 inches. It was designed without a lining but there is an interior  zipper pocket, perfect for a cell phone and small wallet. I think its the perfect shopping companion. I do wish there was an option to include a way to snap the bag at the top opening, and I think I'll put that on my next Linnden that I make. 

More things to sew! I have to make sure that JubeJube and Amelia don't get to see these photos because you know they'll ask me to make every single pattern! One of their favorite things is to dress up and well, dress up ballerina style and pretending to be a ballerina do go hand in hand and  there's nothing wrong with that but I can hear JubeJubes now,  "No Amelia, jeté not plié" and this before 7am!  

Besides all the patterns available in One Thimble No.18 you need to check out the articles... Some of you might know I love just about everything vintage, my favorite are vintage sewing machines. Bec Wood in her article, Not Made in China, tells us about her vintage love. 

Follow the rest of the tour for more sewing inspiration from One Thimble! 








Until next time,

Friday, January 19, 2018

The JubeJube Apron

Today is all about something fun that Gemia from Phat Quarters Fabrics has put together. I think I may have had a hand to play in this one since she did decide to name this cute little poject JubeJube.  

Yes I've sewn up an apron using the pattern and I had to plead for volunteers to model it. Amelia was all up for it on the condition that she got to do some baking... Perfect! So she decided she wanted to make brownies. Here are some fun shots of her making one of her Dad's favorite treats and I'll even share the recipe with you so you can make your own treats! Also visit Phat Quarters to get all the details on getting this apron pattern for FREE! 

The JubeJube apron was designed with full coverage in mind so it has a range of sizes from preschooler to teens. And no, it's not just for the kitchen, I think it would be great to create an apron for a budding artist so they don't get covered in paint!

The neckstrap is adjustable and you there are different styles of pockets to choose from. On this one I made a simple hip pocket.

Now for the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 flour
  • 6 Tbsp hot water
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Grease 9 inch square pan. Mix all ingredients together except the chocolate chips. Once everything is well mixed fold in half the chocolate chips. Pour into 9 inch pan and sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Until next time, 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hank & Clementine Fabric Tour

I've been looking forward to sharing this project with you for a least a week. Both the fabric design and quilt pattern are from Susan Emory for Michael Miller Fabrics. 

This is my second twin sized quilt and with this one, Equal Rights, by Swirly Girls Design, I pushed myself to go beyond cutting and sewing on the grain line or cross grain. The 60° angle triangles create a fun design and the ruler used to help cut the pieces is easy to use once you get the hang of it. The rotary cutter has also become a good friend of mine with this poject. The instructions to the pattern were easy to follow and everything went together so nicely.

When I first saw the fabric it spoke to me of my childhood, those big bold flowers reminded me of a set of sheets I had when I was a child, my borther had the original Star Wars and I had florals... so now you know I'm talking about the 70's.

The Hank & Clementine collection as a whole is just beautiful, the colors are so vibrant and fun. The fabrics I selected are all from the Sprout color way. The greys and mint greens are so soothing and then there's the splash of bright coral. To make the coral really pop I decided to use a coral binding for the quilt. My first instinct was to go with grey, I knew with grey I couldn't go wrong, it was safe to go with grey but I wanted to be a little bold.

One of my favorite things to do with the left overs is to make a throw pillow cover. I had a few scraps left for the front of the pillow cover and the back of the pillow cover is the backing I used on the quilt. I used the same pattern and scale as I used for the quilt but with far fewer pieces. I used an invisible zipper for the closure. I store my quilts in the pillow covers when I'm not using the quilt.

So now that this one had a chance to wrap herself in the quilt and just lounge, she looked at me quite seriously and said, "Mom, can I keep it."
I couldn't help but laugh and answered no! I actually love that my Sabrina wanted it for herself, she might get the next one though... we'll see.

I want to thank Susan Emory and Michael Miller Fabrics for sponsoring the tour!

Take a look at the other stops on this tour, so much inspiration, so many fun projects!

Day 1
SewSophieLynn -and- Crafting in the Rain -and- Phat Quarters

Day 2
Thread & Grain -and- Handmade Boy

Day 3
Phat Quarters -and- GYCT Designs

Day 4
Mamma Sew Savvy -and- Lulu & Celeste -and- Sprouting Jube Jube

Day 5
Pattern Revolution -and- Sewing With Sarah  -and- Phat Quarters

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tessa by DG Patterns

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! This is my first blog post of 2018 and only fitting that it be the Fresh Start Blog Tour with DG Patterns. This time of year is all about comfort, and style. I'm still trying to lose the holiday weight and I wanted something comfy and cozy but with more style than my pyjamas!

Meet Tessa, by DG Patterns. The ultimate sweater or dress in style and comfort!

I made Tessa with a shawl collar but you also get the V-neck and round necklines in this pattern. The pattern has been drafted in sizes 4-22. The sweater is well drafted, but I did have issues with the shawl collard and had to draw myself another pattern piece.  I did speak to Daniela, the designer at DG patterns, about the issue and I'm sure she will be fixing the collar pattern piece. Follow the size chart to pick your size and remember it's only a number! Don't rely on ready to wear sizes to pick the size to sew up because you might end up with a surprise and it won't fit! I'm a size 10-12 in ready to wear clothing and I just made myself a size 18, but then again I went with my full bust measurement and not my over bust and do a full bust adjustment as I would usually do for a more fitted look.

So I have comfort, and add a cute little scarf and there you have style! Even without the scarf the end result is very cute!

I did change the hem line just a bit. I didn't want to leave it as is because I wanted to hide my butt when wearing leggings. I extened the back by 4.5 inches and the front by 3 inches and stitched the sides to the original hem line. I rounded off the corners and finished off the hem with a twin needle. 

So here it is, the question... will I be making another one? I think so, I don't have a reason not to, the fit was good, I like the style and the instructions were easy to understand. I do wish there was a little more info on the type of knits we should use on the pattern and the percentage of elasticity it should contain but the end result is what I expected so I'm pleased with it!

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Handmade Holiday Tour with Love Notions

À tous les années, sans faute, les filles reçoivent un nouveau pyjama pour le temps des fêtes. Parfois, j'avoue que je les achète, mais cette année j'ai pris le temps de coudre.  

It happends every year, without fail, the girls get a new set of PJ's. Sometimes I must admit they are store bought, but most times I manage to take time to sew them up. 

J'aime bien un pyjama avec un thème de Noël mais quand le temps des Fêtes est terminé je ne veux plus les voire, alors un pyjama fleurie pour JubeJube cette année avec le patron Moto Maxx de Love Notions (lien affilié).  

I do like Christmas themed pyjamas, but then when the holiday season is over I can't stand to see them... especially come spring time, it's almost like seasonal depression, I want to see the flowers in bloom and feel the heat of the sun on my face. So now you know where I'm going with the fabric selection on this PJ set I made for JubeJube using the Moto Maxx pattern by Love Notions (affiliate link).

Je comprend pas que je n'ai jamais utilisé ce patron avant! Et je n'en crois pas que je dois faire un 7ans pour JubeJube! La première fois que je me suis servie d'un patron Love Notions j'ai confectionnée un Trendy Tunic grandeur 2T.

Le patron Moto Maxx n'est pas seulement pour faire des pyjamas, on peut s’en servir pour faire des vêtements de tous les jours. Il y a plusieurs options de manches ainsi que différents options d'ourlet pour le t-shirt.

I can't believe I haven't used this pattern before! I also can't believe I made JubeJube a size 7! Just a bit of trivia for you: the first pattern I ever made using a Love Notions pattern was the Trendy Tunic, I made JubeJube a size 2. Check out the cute face here (Click!) don't comment of the poor photography, lol.

The Moto Maxx set isn't just for PJ's, it can be used for everyday wear too. The top has a short sleeve option and also the long sleeve without the cuff, the hem line can be either a staight or scalloped. The usual features are included in this PDF, layered printing and trimless pages for quick assembly. 

Les pantalons ont aussi plusieurs options, avec ou sans poches, avec ou sans bandes à la cheville.

The pants have pocket options... front hip pockets and back pockets with flaps. I made the pants using a front hip pocket (note to self, check pockets before putting the pants in the laundry!). 

Avec la machine Brother j'ai pu personnaliser le t-shirt de JubeJube, j'ai trouvée le modèle sur le site Designs by JuJu. Le tissu Art Gallery de la collection Recollections à été acheter chez Club Tissus

I used the embroidery machine by Brother to add a special touch to the front of the t-shirt. I found Inspired Sayings by Designs by JuJu, and thought it would be a perfect match to the fabric and to JubeJube's way of thinking. The fabric is Art Gallery, Recollection purchased at Club Tissus.

Et vous voyez a l'arrière sur le mur, les drapeaux? C'est un aperçu d'un nouveau patron de Rebecca Page, il sera disponible en Janvier 2018!

And by the way, see that bunting in the back, just a sneak peek of a pattern being released in January 2018 by Rebecca Page. I'll have more about that when the pattern is released!

Jetez un coup d’œil sur les autres billet blog dans cette tournée, il y a plusieurs idées cadeaux! 

Take a look a all the other handmades on this tour, there are some great gift ideas! 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

One Thimble No.17 - Full Review

I had so much fun with this issue of One Thimble. One Thimble No. 17 (affiliate link) is so full of fun little and some not so little projects. 

I stayed away from clothing this time and made several little things that can be perfect for gift giving. 

The Blossom Flower Pincushion by My Little China Doll is a project I actually made twice. The first one wasn't to my liking so try, try again. The second row of petals didn't hug the center as much as in my second version. A little tip for that, simply pull that thread used to make the gathers really tight and secure it.

In the tutorial, it is suggested that instead of sewing the petals in place by hand, a glue gun can be used. I sewed mine in by hand, only because I couldn't find my glue gun I have to admit. Its just a bit longer but at least I know that if I gift this pincushion it won't fall apart. I tend to not used enough glue, lol.

This is also a perfect project for using up scraps that we can't bare to get rid of.

Now for the Flora Fiesta Embroidery project by Molly and Mama...

I didn't want to look too much at the original while I was trying to decide what colors go where. I went with the colored floss that I liked since there was no color chart included in the tutorial. This leaves a lot of room for creativity. I was also thinking at one point to make it using just white floss for a very monchromatic look.

I played around with different stitches, I added French knots to the center of flowers and used a stem stitch instead of backstitching. I was so excited about this project becasue I haven't had embroidered in such a long time. I started hand embroidering as a child and I just haven't taken the time to sit and get into a project.

I ended up reducing the pattern to 80% and was able to fit in in a 5 inch hoop. The suggested hoop size at 100% is 6 inches. The fabric is Robert Kaufman linen from Club Tissus.

Another fun gift done! This is great to hang on a wall in a child's room or use the design on a pocket or the front of a dress bodice.

On to my final project (for this blog post anyways). The Sewperior Fruit & Veg bags are such a fantastic idea for reducing waste! I used a mesh type screen fabric, again purchased at club Tissus.  I was beyon elated to see that they had this fabric on hand. It was a little more pricy than I thought it would be but in a long run it will save a lot on waste.

Grab a few of these bags before heading to the grocery store and they are perfect for fresh produce. What used to happen when I went grocery shopping is I would just drop the produce in the plastic bag in the fruit or vegetable drawer and often enough I would forget about it because I didn't take the time to take it out of those darn plastic bags. Now with these reusable bags I have to remove the porduce and prep it right away and I get to see what I have in the fridge.

I added a fun cotton print to the top of the bag to make the casings. Two sizes are mentioned in the tutorial. They are a great guideline but of course you can make them the size you want.

And yes, they make great hostess gifts, or teachers gifts, or anyone who is into reducing waste ans recycling.

Once again I also got to review the full issue and there are a couple of articles that got my attention. the first being 10 tips for faster sewing. A few of the tips I already did without knowing but one that I felt helpful was tip number 6. Its mostly a tip for bag making but the same tip can be useful when doing a lot of appliqué work and using Heat 'N Bond.

Then there's the article on Tiyamike Sewing by Jo Ong.  Its all about giving opportunity to women and girls in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa. These women and girls are learning to sew and learning about running there own business once they've graduated. Follow Tiyamike Sewing on Facebook  for more information.

Here's a quick look at what patterns you'll expect to in One Thimble No.17. Take a look at the other stops on this tour for more fun and more inspiration.








Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sloane Sweater Blog Tour

I know I say this everytime I make myself something new, but I think this has got to be my favorite! I love my jeans, my boots, and yes I love my Sloane!  

Sloane by Love Notions (affiliate link) may seem like a very simple top BUT that all depends what you do with it, what fabric you select and what options you include in your design.

At first I was thinking simple, grey, cozy, ready for all seasons type look, you know something that's easy to wear to the grocery store. But why, why should I (or we) limit ourselves to plain even for the grocery store. This is when it hit me, I was going to do the version with the yoke. I knew right off I was going to make the scalloped hem option, and I also have tons of hoodies so it was time to make the regular rounded neckline.

I was in search for lace! A lace with a slight stretch so I wouldn't have to play around to give myself ease at the shoulders.

And there it was, calling to me from the table it was sitting on, just waiting for me to dicover this beautiful scalloped edge.

I cut away the straight edge of the lace carefully and instead of sewing with right sides together for the back yoke seam, I layered them to reveal that pretty edge.

In the Sloane pattern you'll find all you need to create knit tops with different looks everyday of the week... you need to check out the other blog posts on the tour to get those creative juices flowing.

I'm thinking I need to go get more Sloanes on my cutting table, and not just for going to the grocery store!