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Just when you thought Alana from Rosie Petal’s Enid Slouch Beanie pattern couldn’t get any better she’s added an elastic back pattern hack!
It’ll take your Enid Slouch Beanie from
This to . . . . this!
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Today on the blog we have Mel from Filles à Maman she’s sharing with us her tips and inspiration for styling the patterns from One Thimble!
See the french version of this post on Filles à Maman blog here: Capsule d’été avec One Thimble.
Planning has never been my strong point. Often I would have crush on a pattern and a fabric and create an extraordinary piece. But the garment would rarely be worn because it didn’t fit with other pieces of the wardrobe or was an awkward match with other fabulous clothes. This happens less and less, thankfully. Now, projects are organized in CAPSULE.
“I had a lot of fun creating outfits with One Thimble Magazine.”
Becca Duval is offering fabulous tool on her blog Free Notion. Tops, bottoms, shoes and layers are arranged in a Sudoku grid. At the end everything goes perfectly all together. It may seem a little intimidating the first time, but this is the 4th time I have used this tool and I love it.
You will notice that even though there are 2 beautiful dresses in issue 10, they are not shown here. The only reason is because they don’t need to be matched to other clothes. You will also notice that only girls are represented in this article, don’t forget that I am a mother of 3 girls 🙂. We can also do the exercise with patterns from a few past magazines to create a complete capsule for boys. In this edition, Enid Slouch Beanie, Willow Shirt and Playproof Dungarees are unisex. The Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox) from the issue 5 complete the look perfectly. See suggestions on the site in boys section.
Girls summer capsule:
From top to bottom, form left to right.
Legend: OT10 = One Thimble 10
1-OT10: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress
2-OT10: Playproof Dungarees (Serger Pepper)
3-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)
4-Rain boots: Joe Fresh
5-OT9: Good Forture Headwrap (Rosie Petal)
6-Printed running shoes-Joe Fresh
7-OT10: Playproof Dungarees skirt edition (Serger Pepper)
8-OT10 ET OT5: Willow Dress (Bubby & Me Creations) only the top of the dress AND Percy Pineapple applique from OT5.
9-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.
10-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
11-OT5: Bonfire Jacket (Ainslee Fox)
12-OT10: Enid Slouch Beanie (Rosie Petal)
13-Shoes: Joe Fresh
15-OT10: Willow shirt (Felicity Sewing Patterns)
16-OT10: Jolie skirt (FAM) with zippered pockets option, see below for the link.
Mix and match:
I had made a beautiful headband in 2 colors. The girls “played” with it. It was a great treasure hunt that ended with … nothing. The headband is lost. It is almost certain that I will find it once the photo session has ended. It’s always like that! 🙂 Can you relate?
There is a tutorial to add zippered pockets on Jolie skirt on the blog “here“. My beautiful C so loved her top with the pineapple, she slept in it.
If you like what you see, go grab One Thimble 10 here: ONE THIMBLE MAGAZINE. And encourage talented indie designers to pursuit their dream!
Sew organized! Think Capsule!
Today we’re chatting to Mel from Filles à Maman. Mel contributed the Jolie Skirt to One Thimble Issue 10 – which has been our first bi-lingual pattern. It comes with both English and French instructions – how cool is that!
Mel is a French-Canadian designer, mother of 3 girls.
That’s where the name ‘’Filles à Maman” (Mommy’s daughter) comes from. Her designs are modern and simple and her patterns are evolving with her customer needs. She loves to work with testers to bring the pattern to a higher level.
How did you get into pattern-making?
Sewing has always been part of my life. In good and bad times, there was always a sewing machine nearby. It was only with the arrival of my three girls that I wanted to get into digital pattern design. I had trained as a designer, pattern maker, but paper and pencils were my favorite medium. It was a challenge to learn how to create, digitize my models on a computer screen. I am really proud of what I have accomplished so far and I hope this is just the beginning.
What/where/who inspires you?
My daughters are my best critics. They love, they hate, they feel clothes like no one. If they don’t like it, no one will.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Read, Read, Read. Take a coffee. Read again, then cut your pattern and fabric.
What’s your favourite pattern / thing you’ve sewn?
I want to make a lot of things, all at the same time. My biggest problem -yes it’s a problem- is that I have too many ideas. Patterns ideas, fabric ideas, blog ideas. Sometimes it’s hard to focus on what would be the best thing to work on next.
What are you working on now?
Right now, I am working on an update for my most popular pattern with a woman’s version. I like to commit myself because that kind of boosts me to finish it.
Today we have a guest blogger – Nikki from Bubby and Me Creations. Nikki has contributed the Willow Dress to Issue 10. Nikki also contributed the Penny dress to Issue 6 and guest blogged about sewing a facing to a sleeveless bodice back in 2015. Today Nikki is going to share her troubleshooting tips for sewing with knit fabric.
I am definitely no expert when it comes to sewing with knit fabric. I feel I learn something new with every garment I make and it’s usually through trial and error! But it’s not just using knit fabric it’s also learning how my sewing machine handles knit fabric.
I have a sewing/embroidery machine and up to this point, it’s been amazing. Can’t complain. But once I started to make items using knit fabric I started to experience some issues that have made me realize that I can’t just turn my machine on and expect it to sew perfectly.
So here a few tips that I have learned that work for me and hopefully, will work for you too!
I have found that it’s really important to use good quality thread especially when using a stretch stitch. In my experience, my machine shreds the cheapy thread causing it to break constantly. I use Gutermann but I also know many people recommend Rasant as well.
Another issue that has driven me bananas is skipped stitching particularly when twin needle stitching. To date, I have not been able to get this right on my whiz bang sewing machine, but it’s no issue on my good ol’ trusty back up machine which is as basic as basic comes. But I’ve also experienced skipped stitches when sewing with the stretch stitch and when using a gathering stitch (which you need in STEP 1 of the Willow Dress pattern).
To fix the skipped stitches on the stretch stitch setting, I make sure I am using good quality thread including in my bobbin. Make sure you are using the correct size sewing needle (obviously a stretch needle) and then I slow my stitching right down. It might take a little longer, but I find this works best for me.
And for the issue of skipped gathering stitches, I found this worked a treat. In STEP 1 of making the Willow Dress, you need to stitch a gathering stitch along the edge of the ruffles. But my gathering stitch kept skipping. So after a quick Google search, I found the issue I was having was referred to as “fabric flagging” which is the fabric bouncing up and down as you sew. There are a couple of ways to fix this and this one worked for me.
My machine needle is automatically set to the centre of the sewing foot. When the needle goes through the fabric, it’s causing the fabric to “bounce” and the stitching is skipping.
By moving the needle position to the far left, which gave it a bit more stability, my stitching worked and there was no skipping.
So that’s what worked for me. If you’ve experienced these issues, hopefully these suggestions might work for you too.
Today we’re starting a new blog feature – Business Spotlight! I want to introduce you to some of the wonderful businesses who I shop with and who support One Thimble. The first business up is Fabric Fox.
I brought the fabrics for my Mum and my neighbours Christmas gifts from Jacqui and used the Fold Over Clutch pattern by Little Moo Designs to make these.
I’m so pleased with how they turned out and it was such a pleasure to shop with Fabric Fox. So without further ado – let’s have a chat with the lady behind Fabric Fox – Jacqui.
Tell me a little about your business – when did you start? What prompted you to go into business?
Fabric Fox is an online Designer Fabric Store, we stock gorgeous quality designer fabrics from around the world, including wovens, knits and spandex. The Fabric Fox website was launched in August 2014 after my husband put the idea in my head. I’d always wanted to have my own little business for years but wasn’t sure what to do, I loved sewing and had a ‘little bit’ of a fabric addiction and my husbands said ‘why don’t you just give it a go’ so…l did. We haven’t looked back, its great being able to work from home and still have time to do all the Mummy things with the kids.
What can people expect from Fabric Fox?
Excellent customer service and quality designer fabric at an affordable price.
I also aim to process & dispatched all orders promptly, most orders are posted the same day, if received before 12pm (that day), if not they are sent the following day. Getting your fabric in your hot little hands as soon as possible 🙂
Tell me what you look for in the fabrics you stock?
So far l have been ordering fabrics that l would like to sew with and current trending fabrics. I also love getting request for particular fabrics and trying to get them in, so if you are after something in particular contact me and l’ll see what l can do.
What coming ranges are you excited to stock?
Dream Catcher by Studio E
I have some exciting new fabrics coming soon… first is the Dream Catchers by Lucie Crovatto for
Studio E. This collection is designed for the little girl in your life and features teepees, feathers, indians
& dream catchers, all in gorgeous pink and pale blue undertones. Dream Catchers is due for release in
March/April 2016 and is available to pre-order now via the Fabric Fox website.
Cotton Candy by Dashwood Studio
Cotton Candy by Susan Driscol for Dashwood Studio is estimated to arrive March 2016! Cotton
Candy is a bright collection of fun geometric and floral prints. Cotton Candy is available to preorder.
Knits by Bloome Copenhagen & Andrea Lauren
Also coming soon all the way from Denmark’s Bloome Copenhagen & Andrea Lauren is some
gorgeous Jersey & Sweatshirt knits. These knits are made from 100% organic cotton and are
GOTS certified. Also available to pre-order via the Fabric Fox website.
Hello Bear Buck Forest by Art Gallery Fabrics
The ever popular Buck Forest Mist from the Hello Bear collection by Art Gallery Fabrics have released some new and exciting colours for this
design. These new colours are coming soon.
I have also re-ordered a lot of the popular designs from over the past couple of months, so keep an eye out for their return!!
Do you craft/sew?
Yes l love to sew and would love to have more time for it. I am self taught and brought my first sewing machine after my son (now 5) was born to make him some cot sheets. It wasn’t until l has Miss 3 that l fell in love with sewing children’s clothes and my other little hobby business was created, Fox n Fillies. I used to sell the children’s clothes at local markets, its something l’d love to get back into some day soon!!
What’s something people might not know about you?
Oh l have a few things the first most exciting thing…we have baby no. 3 on the way, due in July!! I can’t wait to start sewing some baby clothes & blankets soon. Secondly before starting a family l was a Exercise Physiologist/Personal Trainer, so l guess you could say l have had a career change! I still love keeping fit & eating healthy but l’m really enjoying my new adventure, having my own little business, Fabric Fox.
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