Wednesday, August 16, 2017

One Thimble No.16

Everyone knows how much I love the One Thimble e-zine (affiliate link). The themes are always so fun and most of the time have my imagination run off to far away places. Issue No. 16 will have you dreaming of the beach, clear waters, beautiful sunset and mermaids!

Of course you don't need to be at the beach to enjoy Issue No.16 of One Thimble and all the sewing patterns and tutorials included in this issue.  And by the way, if you want to win your own issue of One Thimble read to the end and enter the rafflecopter giveaway! 

So let's get to it  because once I did start sewing from Issue No. 16 of One Thimble I just couldn't stop! All the patterns are so fun, I wanted to sew them all! 

I started with the Hally Dress by Ainslee Fox. Such a fun summer dress!

I had Wonderful Things fabric from Art Gallery for just a short time, but it called to me and I couldn't ignore its bold beautiful flowers. I took a short cut and unsed pre-made bias.

This pattern comes in a huge range of sizes (sizes 1- 12), layering feature to print only the sizes you want, easy to follow tutorial and  step-by-step photos. This pattern was designed with woven fabrics in mind. I found the sizes ran a little big and had to shorten the straps for a better fit, but again JubeJube is slim and as a seamstress I always take into account that some alterations must be made for a perfect fit.

What I really love about this dress pattern is the original design of the straps. It makes the dress so delicate and sweet.

Next up the Triton Tank and Scuttle Shorts both by Ainslee Fox Boutique... Both great basics for a summer wardrobe.

What I liked:

  • Huge size range (1-12) for the Triton Tank and (3-12) for the Scuttle shorts
  • Layering feature to print only the sizes you need
  • Tank is a fast sew, no extra options but so easy to go add an appliqué, like Meg the mermaid featured in the One Thimble No.16.
  • Short have two length options and also a colour block option.

I found once again the sizes ran a little big and that especially the Triton Tank has large armhole openings so I layered it with another close fitting tank top. I think we can certainly chalk it up to JubeJube being on the slim side. One thing that will help you make your size selection is that the finished garment measurements are available and looking back I could have gone down a size in the width and kept the same length. 

Both patterns were designed for knit fabrics. I used a light weight rayon spandex knit blend for the top and a french terry for the short.

The Pearlie dress by Peach Patterns is one of those easy to make and easy to wear dresses, designed with knit fabrics in mind. The sleeves are a short dolman style sleeve and the skirt is a shirt style hem with the back being slightly longer that the front.

This isn't a deal breaker for me but the layering feature isn't available on this pattern, so all sizes (1-12) get printed out at once.

I reversed the order a little and the first thing I did was put the pocket on the front bodice and then for the rest of the assembling I used my serger. I used a twin needle for hems and top stitching at the neckline.

Amelia chose the fabric for this project and has been wearing it straight out of the wash everytime she can since I've sewn it up. I think she'll need a couple of these for back to school.

Want to know more about this issue... Here's the scoop:

There's a bunch of fun dress up ideas! Going back to Issue No. 13 and the One Romper by Fille à Maman that was featured in that issue, easy costume ideas for Halloween, book day, character day dress up day at school, or simply dress up for fun were explored. And while we're on the subject of dress up, included in Issue No. 16 is an easy felt mask by Candice Mason over at Rose Petal Collection.Go check it out, I'm sure you'll find more than half a dozen project you can't wait to try! 

I can't give away all the details of One Thimble No.16 but go check out the other stops on the inspiration tour. 

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  1. I love the things you sewed from this issue!

  2. This are wonderful "brought to life" versions of these patterns.

  3. Everything is so adorable and the fabric choices are bang on!