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Today’s blog post is a quick one. Sarah from Hunting for Ladybugs is sharing with us the “How to” for adding a zipper pull to continuous zipper tape. Click below to watch her video!
It’d also be handy if you wanted to make your own zippers custom length or custom colour using continuous zipper tape!
Sarah lives an idyllic life on a farm in Western Australia.
She knows her way around a sewing machine and
an internet connection combining the two loves to
run her business Hunting for Ladybugs. She loves
particularly tricky custom orders – or as she prefers to
see it, problem solving with fabric!
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing at Home Ec classes at high school. I still remember the tears of frustration over a four square patchwork pot holder that just wouldn’t line up in the middle. Argh! Despite this, the bug bit and I went on to compete in the WA Teenage Fashion Awards and hand make many gifts for my friends. I even made a quilt or two during the holidays.
I left sewing for a while but got back into it again when a fellow Playgroup mum commented on my daughters hat I’d sewn. Etsy was gaining traction so I opened a shop. I enjoyed having a purpose to sew as well as the brain boost running an online business provided.
What inspires you?
I quickly learnt that sewing the same thing over and over really isn’t my thing (ug) so I moved my biz towards custom orders. Problem solving sewing is my absolute favourite and the best emails start with “I’ve been looking for a ____ everywhere but they don’t make one, can you help?”. I love curly requests that push me to mash elements of several patterns together and draft something completely new that fits the bill perfectly.
What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?
Get that machine out of its box and just start. Pick something not too complicated but something that inspires you to make it. Don’t worry about wasting fabric or first-go wobbles, they haven’t run out of gorgeous prints yet and you’ll always get better the second and third time you sew something.
I love helping others to make that initial leap onto the sewing path. I live in the bush, out on a wheat and sheep farm, so I know getting to face to face classes can be tricky. I’ve designed a series of sewing project kits that I post all over the place. With some online support, I help people go from staring at that box to a beginner sewer. Love it!
What are you working on right now?
I’ve got a few custom orders to finish on my cutting table but the next big this is filming an e-course. I’m a practical girl so I wanted the foundation sewing skills I’ll be teaching as part of the course to be immediately applied to an item you can love and use at the end of the course. We’ll be making a large beach bag that will not only help to cart around the towels, snorkels and buckets and spades but also teach you how to cut fabric, sew straight seams, topstitching and handle construction. Sign up to my newsletter list hear more.
Stay tuned for two more posts from Sarah this week – she’s filmed a video tutorial on how to thread the pull onto continuous zipper coil and a pattern hack to make a window seat cover.
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!
Download your free pattern hack add-on ->Hack-Elastic-gathered-Beanie-by-Rosie-Petal and get sewing!
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.