Saturday, August 31, 2019

One Thimble Issue No.21 and Thread Faction No. 131

I've really been missing One Thimble and that's why even if my time is so limited these days I did want to take time out to sew from the newest issue. I made the drop crotch joggers #131 from Thread Faction... Liz Elliott's patterns never disappoint!

Amelia would live in joggers if I let her so the fact that I got to make her a stylish pair really was a hit with her. Again thinking of the time crunch I'm in with back to school and work I didn't do anything fancy with top stitching or using the cover stitch. I even used the fabric I had from my stash. The pattern was so quick to assembly with my serger, I just made sure I pressed my seams to give a nice crisp look.

We're nearing the cooler season here, back to school means fall so I paired the pants with a raglan tee. get this same look by using pattern #121 by Thread Faction in issue No.20 of One Thimble.

I used a light weight French terry with a 5% lycra, and it was the perfect type of fabric for this project.


The format for One Thimble has changed just a bit but still offers such fun projects. I think I'm going to make the tote bag next or maybe the dress from Jilly Atlanta?  Go check it out, you won't be disappointed!

For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 21 - Spring 2019 please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here - Open until 12am Friday September 6th AEST

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. We were excited to celebrate the release and relaunch of One Thimble. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Primrose for Three

My friend Gemia over at Phat Quarters designed this super cute, versatile and fun to sew pattern some time ago. Shame on me for only sewing it up now! I couldn't only make one so JubeJube recruited some help from her sister and her friend to show off 3 of the many more styles available in the Primrose Dolmen pattern

As it would happen, it rained on and off the whole day so we got the giant umbrella out. The girls had fun and just made it so much easier to just get through the mini shoot.

JubeJube got the plain style. No hem band or arm band or ruffles for her. Straight and simple. Take a closer look at Emy's top. You'll notice a slight high-low hem and arm bands. Such a smart look for back to school... yes I've said the dreaded words, but let's be real, it's almost that time.

And then there's Amelia's top with the hem band. I love this look on her! Plus it allows her to wear leggings because the length of the top covers her butt, heeeheee.

I could have kept on going, there are enough variations to make one for every day of the week and then some!

Enjoy what's left of your summer and go get some sewing done for your child's back to school wardrobe ... with some Phat Quarters patterns!

Until next time

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lulah Flutter Top and Market Skirt

It's always something special when Mouse House Creations releases a new pattern. This time it's this super cute top and skirt set. Lulah Flutter top and Lulah Market skirt are a perfect match.  

Sweet flutter design, low neckline at the back.

Generous pockets for picking flowers or hiding other treasures. Elastic waistband for maximum comfort.

Sizes 6 months to 12 years all included, in layer featured patterns so you can print only the sizes you need. Lulah is designed for knit fabrics.

This is the perfect pattern for beginners, and also so much fun for the expert seamstress.

Until next time

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Jalie 3905 - Gisèle

Meet Gisèle, one of the 12 newest patterns in the Jalie collection. For this blouse I get to use one of my favourite fabric blends, rayon!

For the first time sewing this pattern I made it without any modifcation with the button closure at the back of the neck. This sew really got my creative juices flowing because it's such a wonderful, basic pattern... I was thinking what if I put the closure at the front, or made button tabs for the sleeves, or, or.... ok, I think you get what I mean... back to our wonderful, basic version of Gisèle.

When I tried it on to check fit, JubeJube instantly said she wanted one, wich is so easy to do when 28 sizes are included in the pattern. Other options include the short and long sleeve.

I love this little detail of the side vent, the construction of the side vent is brilliant, you'll see when you try it for yourself!

Just incase you missed it, check out the Nicole (click!) I made, also part of the new Jalie collection.

I'll be back soon enough with another new pattern from Jalie!
Until next time.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jalie 3903 - Nicole

Nicole (Jalie 3903) is part of the new pattern collection from Jalie. Such a fun little shift dress and so fast to sew up that I was able to make two of them in an afternoon. 

The patterns features a t-shirt, tunic and dress length along with short or long sleeves and a crew neck or turtleneck option. Women's sizes have darts at the bust line. 

I was going for a sporty look with this striped version. 

I figured that a floral version would be easy to dress up and be work appropriate and anyone who knows me also knows how much I love a pretty floral print! 

Since all 28 sizes are included in the PDF download or paper pattern of Nicole I have two little girls asking me when they get their very own knit dress. 

I don't know if I love the stripes more than the floral but Nicole is definitely one of my favourite new patterns!  

Until next time

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Boys Can Wear Pink Season 5

Boys can wear pink, but it doesn't always have to show! One thing I actually love making is underwear because you get to make them how ever you you want, they don't take a lot of time to sew and you get to be as creative and crazy as you want. 

Using Gérald by Jalie, some fabric from L'oiseau Fabrics and my Brother coverstitch CV3550, I was able to sew up some boxers for Sebas. Last year it was the pink shirt (click here to see!). He obviously still wears the shirt because well at the age of 22 he's done with growth spurts!

It was the first time I ordered from L'oiseau, based out in Alberta Canada. The comic book print caught my eye and just couldn't resist. Sebas agreed he liked the print too. Shipping was quick and the fabric is just gorgeous! I kept flip flopping over a raglan style tee or boxers, boxers won.

This isn't the first time I use the Gérald pattern by Jalie, and you can bet it won't be the last. You can see more of them here (click!) on another post.
I wish I could show you more, but this ain't that kind of show 😏

Are you looking for more suggestions and inspiration, check out the rest of the Boys Can Wear Pink tour, then try telling me pink isn't a color for boys!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Basically Jalie Blog Tour

Find out what happens when you mix Jalie patterns, Discovery Trekking Outfitters base layer fabrics and a Brother 3550 coverstitch

I actually got my Sabrina walk into my sewing room, as I was sewing the last seam, saying "hummm, I like that, is it for me?" In all truthfullness, I had made Marie-Claude for me but how could I say no to such a face and I made sure that one of the conditions to getting said top was to get her to model it!

Now going back to the beginning of this project. I gave Discovery Trekking Outfitters a call to talk about the fabric I wanted to try. I spoke to Martha who was so helpful and patient. She spoke of the different properties the Polartec power wool has and I determined that I wanted to use the light-weight power wool. There are three different weights to the power wool : silk weight, lightweight and the heavier one which is more like a fleece. The combination of marino wool on the inside of the fabric and the polyester on the outside of the fabric help keep you toasty warm and dry while being active. The grid space traps warmth and keeps the fabric breathable. The fabric has enough stretch for comfort and ease of movement even for a close fitting garment.

After placing my order I received my fabric quickly, within the week! Washe it by machine and hung it to dry. I didn't want to take the change of shrinking the fabric since it does have wool in it. It washed beautifully and was even softer on the inside that when I received it.

I purchased the pattern some time ago first because I love raglan style tops and second, I also love hoodies. Since I had the pattern version (it can also be ordered online in a PDF home printable version) I traced out the size and pattern options I needed on a thin non-fusible interfacing.

When sewing, I would recommend stretch needles in your serger and coverstitch. My machine had issues with skipping stitches but changing the needles did the trick. I love the pink accent made with the coverstitch (and obviously so did Sabrina).

This pattern has three neckline options to it, I made the hoodie version but you can find a regular neckline and a turtle neck as well. Also included in the pattern are 27 sizes so this is a pattern that will get a lot of use.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway, and be sure to see the other blog posts on the tour! Enjoy!


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