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You know that feeling … when you’ve finished sewing a dress and you get that little skip of disbelief in your chest and you think, “Wow I can’t believe I made that!” … that’s the feeling that got me hooked on sewing. It was so different to how I usually felt at the end of a working day.
People who aren’t into sewing don’t really get how much the word sewing covers. They think because you love to sew that you can sew anything (oh and want to take up their pants, because that’s sewing … right?). I think I could fill notebooks and bookshelves and rooms, with all I want to know and discover about sewing. Even with an aspiration to be a passionate life-long sewing learner, I’m sure I won’t ever know it all.
Which brings me to my point … quilting.
When Kt was a baby, Nanny Fox made her a quilt. That quilt has been just about everywhere. It’s been the comfy spot to sit while out in the garden having fairy teaparties. It’s been the curtain that drops dramatically at magic shows in our kitchen, to reveal *gasp* no Kt (dun-dun-duuuun). It’s been a rowboat in her imaginings and it spends each night on her bed. I’ve always imagined that “someday” I’d make a quilt like that too. In fact I’ve been collecting snippets of my favourite fabrics for my “someday quilt” since I started sewing. But someday has always been so far away and there have been so many other things to sew and learn first.
But suddenly someday has arrived!
I’ve rearranged my sewing space and now have a cosy reading/drafting nook. I was telling Rachael (from Sew today, Clean Tomorrow) that it looks … whatever the opposite of Pintrest-able is, when she offered to walk me through making my first quilt to jazz that space right up! One idea led to another and she’s agreed to run a “first quilt sew along” in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
It’s one of those “Leap and grow your wings on the way down”, moments (quote by Les Brown). To be honest, I’ve got butterflies wondering whether attempting something epic, like my first quilt, in front of people is a good idea. Surely I should wait till I know if I can do it before I tell anyone about it! Do I have the time right now? There’s always going to be excuses to put off making my first quilt if I think about it too much – so here’s me leaping …
If you’ve been planning a “someday quilt”, or always wanted to make a quilt but needed a little hand-holding I would absolutely LOVE to have you join me! We can learn together!
If you’re a quilting aficionado who gets excited about mentoring newbies through their first quilt, we’d love to have you along too!
How will it work?
1) Join the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook.
2) Get your copy of the Oasis Quilt as a stand alone here or in Issue 8 here.
3) Drop by the group each day to see which steps we’re doing, read Rachael’s extra tips/explanation for beginners, ask questions and share your WIP. Search the #oasisquiltsewalong
When is it?
Things will kick off “officially” on Monday 24th August, but there’ll be some preparatory information over the weekend to help you with choosing and preparing your fabrics.
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask – either comment below or send me an email. I’m a big fan of questions because they help me learn too!
Hope to see you there.
You might remember Carly from Miss Edee Designs from her article in One Thimble Issue 8 on “How to add a Faux Button Placket to a Skirt or a dress”. Today she’s with us to share a Pattern Hack for the Cosmos Skirt – she’s swapping the FOE waistband to an elastic casing.
***EDIT – Carly has used double width for her cosmos skirt (cut the front and back panels on the fold). If you follow as per the pattern your skirt will be less full and you’ll only follow step 1 to 10 of the pattern before swapping to this tute. In step 5 of this pattern hack you won’t need to gather your skirt as it will be the same width as the waistband ***
- Follow the pattern instructions step 1 to 11 to construct the skirt ready to add your elastic waist band.
- Use the pattern piece as the guide for the width of your waist band.
Cut the fabric on the fold x 8cm (3 1/4″) wide.
- With right sides together stitch your waistband together and press open the seam.
- Prepare your folds, I like to do this now as it becomes very fiddly to iron once the waist band is attached to your skirt. Pop your waist band over the end of your ironing board, fold in half and press. Next press a 1cm seam allowance towards the wrong side of your waist band.
- Using your gathering stitches from step 10, gather your skirt to match the size of your waist band.
- With right sides together, pin your waistband to your skirt matching one side seam with the waist band seam. I section the skirt and waistband into 4 points to ensure the skirt is evenly pinned. With a 1 cm (3/8″) seam allowance sew the waistband to one side of your skirt, as this skirt is reversible it will make no difference which side you attach it to first.
- Turn your skirt out the other way. Using the folds you pressed earlier, pin your waistband down into place making sure the stitching is hidden.
- Top stitch your waist band. Make sure you leave a 2 inch gap to thread your elastic through. I also like to top stitch the top of the waistband but this is optional.
- Thread your elastic through the opening. Double check your elastic has not twisted inside the waistband then stitch your elastic together.
- Topstitch the opening you left for the elastic and you’re done.
Are you a sewing tragic? Do you find yourself thinking about sewing and planning your next project when you should be doing other things? I bet you’re like me and have a crazy selection of idea notebooks and a to-do-list as long as your arm! Do you buy patterns to find out how they’re sewn, because you get excited when you find a neat new sewing technique? . . . actually maybe that last one’s just me!
There’s so much sewing information on the web and it’s a bit tricky to know where to start, which is where One Thimble comes in. When I was first starting out I’d never heard of a PDF pattern and thought blogs were online diaries full of cringe worthy moments – I was so clueless! The sewing magazines I could get, either focused on ladies wear or assumed I knew a lot more than I did.
I dreamed of finding a sewing magazine that was focused on the kind of sewing I was into – that was full of patterns I could sew for my handmade business if I wanted to and had articles I could read and learn from when I couldn’t be sewing. I was dreaming of this ….
Well maybe not exactly this, but something pretty close! It’s not the most swoonworthy photo (Kt had eaten the jam off the top of this cupcake and I had to perform an emergency cupcake-ectomy to recreate it for this photo) but oh my goodness I’ve been dreaming and hoping and wishing for what this photo represents for so long!
… a place where you can connect with others who want to join you on your sewing journey.
… a place where you can find patterns to use and adapt and mash and sew and learn from
… a place where you can discover designers and sewists and bloggers and your next sewing crush
… a place to celebrate your love of sewing
Issue 8 is the result of the hard work of 10 pattern designers, 21 article contributors, 3 photographers and the support of our advertisers, affiliates and readers. It really is an amazing group effort and if I could reach out through this screen and give everyone who’s been a part of One Thimble’s journey a big hug I would!
But since I can’t – I’ve decided to give you a virtual hug in the form of 3 extra tidbits …
Well this morning I pre-loaded a spreadsheet for you, with the Issue 8 patterns. I definitely don’t want you forgetting any One Thimble patterns!
You can download it by clicking on the orange writing below:
2. You might already have discovered this but if you haven’t I hope it’s a nice surprise! Issue 8 has internal links. What this means is you can navigate from the contents page to the section of the e-zine you need to go to and you can go from the tutorials direct to the patterns at the back. It was a Eureka moment when I figured out how to do it!
3. A reminder: that if you purchase an issue of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine you can request to have access to the patterns from that issue separately as well as as part of the issue e-zine. You just need to send me an email to ask for it email@example.com
I really do hope that One Thimble, and in particular Issue 8, is the resource you’ve been looking for to help your sewing soar!
Till next time wishing you Many Happy Sewing Adventures!
Here’s a Sneak Peek Inside Issue 8 … I hope it inspires you to take your sewing further than you ever dreamed possible!