We just want to take a quick minute to let you know that this month we reviewed PDF Patterns for Leggings over at The Pattern Exam. There are 10 different patterns that we as a group have been working hard to assemble garments from and review. These reviews are not only about fit but also about the components included in each pattern. We hope that The Pattern Exam can become a very useful research tool for PDF Pattern consumers. Come check it out and let me know what you think!
May 21, 2015
May 20, 2015
Recently I was invited to test a new pattern for Once Upon a Sewing Machine:
The pattern was a clear & well-written, with line drawing illustrations depicting each step. I love that I could use the layers option to save paper & print just the size I needed. The sizing for this pattern is 12 months to 8 years, so I know I'll get plenty of use out of it for my newborn (in a few months) & for my rambunctious pre-schooler as they continue to grow.
From start to finish, it took less than an hour, which is perfect for this busy mama! I especially love the detail of the puffed sleeve. It's not too poofy for my petite girl, yet it adds the perfect touch of femininity.
This little firecracker adores her new shirt & I am looking forward to sewing a bunch more for her summer wardrobe! We also have a ton of new knits in our SHOP to choose from.
Jump in & add this pattern to your collection. I am sure you'll come back to it time & again. The best part is... Once Upon a Sewing Machine is graciously offering this pattern for FREE to their newsletter subscribers! Don't forget to head over there and say hi and then stop by our SHOP for a selection of great knits to get stitching right away!
May 18, 2015
What makes these pants so unique and fun is the bottom front panel of each leg which can be made in a coordinating fabric for a bit of contrast.
If you look closely at this front panel you will also notice that there are a few pleats and some decorative stitching. These details are simple, well explained in the tutorial, and will take your sewing to the next level.
The pattern also includes pockets, an elastic back waistband with a faux front tie, and can be fully lined for cold weather or extra durability. It is a pattern that can be unisex, used over and over and completed in a few uninterrupted hours of sewing bliss. I am very happy with the overall fit, the look, and the ease of this pattern.
I also decided that I was going to try something outside of my comfort zone by attempting to recreate Ric-Rac & Retro's "Down the Rabbit Hole Alice Applique". I absolutely swoon over Ric-Rac & Retros many creations and this pattern made me feel like one of the cool kids! I wanted to do something different with the applique. So rather than putting it on to a piece of clothing...
I made a pocket pillow! My ladies love to read in bed and so I thought this would be a great addition to their bedroom. I wanted it to look as if Alice was falling down the rabbit hole so i left a large negative space on the right and used scraps of fabric to create the right side of the pillow and the pocket. I use Jann Newton' Custom Bedding class on Craftsy to create the whimsical knife pleats ruffles and to form a pillow without the dreaded dog-ears!
I could not be happier with the pillow, but the highlight is the adorable Alice applique on the left. Making this applique was a great use of my scraps. It is so fun to see some of my favorite fabrics come together to create this whimsical character! I do not have a darning foot (although I am now thinking about purchasing one) so I used my clear foot to sew my 'sketch lines' on. The great thing is that it is supposed to look like a sketch, so you don't have to be perfect. I worked slowly and did one layer at a time.
My only concern about this project is how much I enjoyed myself! I really want to make more and hope that they will be releasing more patterns soon! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my creations and I thank you for visiting with me today. I love One Thimble's previous issues and this Issue, #7, is just as good! I can not wait to see what is to come for One Thimble in Issue #8. Until then, follow along with the blog tour by using the links below:
- Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Molly and Mama & pen, seb & rox & From a Box
- Thursday 14th May 2015 - Handmade Boy
- Friday 15th May 2015 - The Toffee Tree & Horris and Deedle
- Saturday 16th may 2015 - Sewvolution & FABulous Home Sewn
- Sunday 17th May 2015 - Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow & Sprouting JubeJube
- Monday 18th May 2015 - Sew Happily Ever After & Big Stitches, little stitches & Made By Sara
- Tuesday 19th May 2015 - Phat Quarters Blog & Hibbadoray
- Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Mabey She Made It & Blue Wren Handmade
May 7, 2015
It is time to Bundle UP again! The best part is that this time you can justify it as a Mother's Day gift to yourself - because you are worth it!
While I love to make clothing for my children I find that I rarely take the time to make anything proper for me. I do, however spend plenty of time standing in my closet looking at all the clothes hanging there and muse about what I could possibly wear to make myself feel a bit more beautiful, more put together, or even plain ol' comfy. I have now entered the stage of life where I know there will be no more babies and so I can mentally justify spending the time and money to make my wardrobe more of a priority. So when I heard that the next bundle put together by Pattern Revolution was for Women I was thrilled. I choose to make the A-Line Shift Dress Tunic by Jocole. I had some fabrics from Cotton & Steel that I have been hoarding for months and so I figured it was time to put them to use.
This is my first time using a PDF Pattern by Jocole and I was thrilled to finally get the chance! The pattern is packed with information. Not only does it include tips on how to size your amazing womanly body, but it also has links to tutorials about how to alter the pattern to get the best fit on your body.
Threads to help me in my alterations.
Knowing what your body type is like will help you as you use PDF Patterns to create a garment that fits your exact shape. This is something that you can not get from a store bought outfit and one of the reasons that I am so excited to spend a little time and money on myself and my wardrobe.
The Women's Bundle that Pattern Revolution has created for you this time is a great place to start! There are shorts and pants, a few dress, and great tops. You can mix and match these to add some style to your summer wardrobe or just to help you feel as beautiful as you truly are. Remember the more patterns you add to your cart, the bigger your discount will be and the better your clothes will fit you! You can keep in contact with us on Facebook and head over to our SHOP to chose from some great fabrics to use with your new Bundle Patterns. Happy Sewing and thanks for stopping by today.
May 3, 2015
To honor and celebrate Star Wars, in all its amazing glory, we have compiled a round up of some of our favorite Star Wars clothing creations from our blogging friends. You can also follow our Pinterest boards, Gemia's Star Wars Nerd Board or Leah's Star Wars Board for all the Star Wars inspiration that you will ever need! And here is the link to the Star Wars inspired fonts that we used as well.
We are also holding a SALE for the next four days in our SHOP! We have set up a section dedicated to Star Wars Fabrics ONLY and have included some amazing Custom Bundles in limited quantities. If you go check it out you might even find a few surprises to brighten your day! You also can have free shipping (US domestic shipping only) on any purchase that includes Star Wars fabrics, just enter the coupon code 'HYPERSPACE' at checkout. Hold on to your lightsabers because that's not it, with any purchase of $40.00 USD or more (before shipping costs) you will receive a Half Yard Cut of Star Wars III Rebel Ships Space for FREE! Be sure to click on the links for this roundup and read the stories behind the pictures, because.....
THESE ARE THE TUTORIALS YOU ARE LOOKING FOR....
If you have any fun Star Wars crafts, decorations, clothing items, or costumes that you would like to share with us, feel free to add them to the comments below and remember