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2015 Calendar

Thank-you for so much for your support in 2014.  Wishing you everything you would wish for yourself in 2015.  I can’t wait to see what comes next!

To thank-you for coming along for the ride please enjoy this 2015 calendar.  The link to download it is below!


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One Thimble Issue 1-5 Index

Thank-you so much to all the Enthusiastic Sewists who made suggestions as to what they’d LOVE to see in a One Thimble Index! The Index is now live and I hope that it makes it an absolute cinch for you to utilise your One Thimble back issues!


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Index for One Thimble Issue 1-5
Click words above to download.

You can use this free download to find which Issue of One Thimble, articles and patterns you might be searching for, have appeared in!  Then use the included Contents pages to pinpoint the exact page you’ll find them on in that issue.

You can search patterns by

  1. Category
  2. Designer
  3. Difficulty
  4. Size range and
  5. Recommended fabrics.

It also includes links to pattern hacks for One Thimble patterns.

You can search articles by

  1. Category and
  2. Topic

I hope this handy resource is exactly what you need to help your sewing soar this Holiday Season.

Gift Vouchers & Subscription Cards One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine If you find you’ve missed an issue be sure to add One Thimble to your Wish List!Gift Vouchers & Subscription Cards are available for postage to Australian addresses right now from HERE & HERE.
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“Fake Shirring” with Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy

Picture Shirring . . . love it or loathe it there’s times when you need an alternative that gives the same look.

Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy has done us a tute on using regular elastic in place of shirring, with the Bells Beach Dress from Issue 5 in mind, but you could do this same thing for other shirred dresses.

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Elastic Panel Back.

To make your Beach Dress with an elastic panel insert, instead of the shirring, you can follow these easy steps.
You will need to cut your Centre Back Bodice Piece as per the pattern piece provided but instead of cutting one on the fold you will need two on the fold.  This gives you a lining and a main. Stitch them together along this top seam giving you one full piece.
If you are confident enough you can cut these two pieces minus the top seam allowance of 3/8”, on both the liner and the main and cut one large piece on the fold, which is what I have done. (See step 1 pic)

Step 1.
Attach your Centre Back Bodice piece to your Centre Back Skirt Panel and iron seam up towards the Bodice. Fold your Centre Back Bodice Piece over at the unattached edge by 3/8” and iron.

Step 2.
Fold the Centre Back Bodice Piece in half, having your fold just overlapping your seam when you attached the skirt panel. Press and pin in place.

Step 3.
Starting at the top of the Centre Back Bodice piece fold, sew a top stitch line 1/8”  down from the fold. Now sew a straight line across your Panel at the waist , your bottom line of stitching needs to catch the inside liner that you ironed down previously. At roughly ½” intervals down your panel towards the waist line, sew straight lines to form a casing to hold your elastic. You need an uneven amount of casings because we are only inserting elastic in every second casing section. Pictured here in step 3, I have 8 rows of stitching (Including the top stitch at the top of the panel) and this gives me 7 casing openings.

Step 4.
Beginning at the top ½” opening, insert your elastic (as per elastic requirement guide)  and make sure you place a pin at the edge so you don’t pull it right through. See here I like to put mine about 1 – 1 ½” in from the edge. This gives me a nice flat edge to place my seam and stitch in place. Now do the other end the same. Continue down your panel making sure you have elastic in the top and bottom casings.

Step 5.
Sew along the two ends to make sure you have your elastic secure and so it wont pull out once you are finished your garment.

Now complete your garment as per main instructions.

Bells Beach Dress Cover If you haven’t already be sure to pick up your copy of the Bells Beach Dress.
* as a Single PDF HERE 
* or as part of Issue 5 HERE
and check out more Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns HERE 
and more from Cathie from Sew Darn Ezy HERE
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Giving One Thimble as a Gift

We all have them. Those hard to shop for family members or friends who are a bit fussy or who already have everything. Are you feeling the pressure to find them the perfect gift this Christmas?

You can avoid the stress and hassle of trudging through store after crowded store (with your kids in tow) in search of that one elusive present.

Instead, consider giving a practical, entertaining gift that keeps on giving all year long: a magazine subscription.

I admit I’ve got a soft spot for subscriptions that goes back to the first one I received to Dolly magazine when I was 13 or 14. Before then magazines were something I only had when I went on holidays.

I’ve always been a big reader and had stacks of Melanie Rawn and Sarah Douglass beside my bed, but there’s always been something special about magazines. You can dip in and out as the mood strikes. I remember eating after dinner mints and flipping through pages while lying on the timber floor at a holiday house, happily lost in a world of my own.

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The last few years my sister and I have taken to giving each other magazine subscriptions for our birthdays. We love the idea that a subscription is something that lasts all year long, and to be honest, without a subscription we’d miss issues all over the place otherwise!

If you’ve got a sewing enthusiast in your life, consider giving them a subscription to One Thimble.

This year I’ve added a few options to One Thimble gift vouchers and subscriptions:

·         If the person you’d like to send the gift voucher/subscription to lives in Australia, you can opt to have it posted to them, rather than needing to print the voucher out.

·         With subscription purchases you can now select a mix of past or future issues.
The choice is yours! Ordering is simple. Click here for more details.

And remember, if you’re a sewing enthusiast looking for something special this Christmas, don’t forget to pop One Thimble on your own wish list!

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How to tie a SASH

Bow Peep Dress Back Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns It’s the time of year when all the pretty party dresses come out of the wardrobe and also the time when you can be left wondering how to tie that darn bow!

Here’s a quick little “How to”guide for tying a sash to help solve this dilemma. How to tie a sash You might have a little deja vu over these pics as they first appeared in Issue 1 of One Thimble, but with party season upon us the time feels right to revisit this tute.

Wishing you sash-tactular bows this holiday season!

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