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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!
Today on the blog we have Sarah from Hunting for Ladybugs. Sarah has been a contributor to One Thimble several times and put together our recent Subscriber Gift Sewing Kits! I’m so glad to have her onboard today sharing this tutorial for an Easy Shower Cap.
Sew Your Own – An Easy Shower Cap Tutorial
There are already quite a few tutorials out there for sewing a shower cap but I wanted something that fit quite snugly without that giant bulky verandah of a frill that many patterns have. This is a simple cap with an elastic casing that is also suitable for boys with the right fabric choice. You will need a Teflon or walking foot to sew the laminate fabric.
- 0.75-1m of laminate fabric
- 0.5m of firm 12mm wide elastic
- Basic sewing kit including some string and a marker and two safety pins
- This post if you are unfamiliar with sewing laminate fabrics
Please Note: Modes4u supplied one yard of Riley Blake laminate fabric, from The Cottage Garden collection, for me to use for this project. All opinions are my own.
(based on a head circumference of 56cm/22”)
|Cut Radius of
(incl casing allowance)
|Junior / Child||25cm / 10”|
|Adult – Short to Mid Hair||30cm / 12”|
|Adult – Mid to Long||36cm / 14”|
These are just rough averages. I cut this one in the tutorial to fit a 6 year old and used a 9” radius but wished it was a bit bigger so I adjusted my sizings up.
1. Mark a circle on your fabric. I used a pin, string and permanent marker to make a large compass. Start on an edge and stretch out your string to the required radius to find your centre. Keep the pin upside down so you don’t end up with a hole in your cap.
2. Cut it out along your marked line.
3. Using a Teflon or walking foot, sew a long basting stitch 3-4mm from the cut edge.
4. Pull the bottom threads to gather the outer edge slightly. This will help make the pleats and folds needed to fit the casing.
5. Make a 1”/25mm casing by folding the cut edge of the fabric towards the centre before pinning it down. This is the channel for your elastic to run through. It won’t be super flat and you will need to fold and pleat the fabric as you go. Pin along your sewing line (the needle will be making holes there anyway so a few more won’t matter) making sure your pins face the right way for sewing clockwise (I may or may not have needed to flip mine first go). Laminate fabric doesn’t fray so there is no need to finish this raw edge; I also didn’t want the extra bulk it would create.
6. Sew around the edge leaving a 2-3” gap. I used a narrow zigzag stitch to allow the stitching to stretch with the elastic.
Optional but it gives a nice finish: Topstitch the folded edge of the casing using a straight stitch.
7. Cut your elastic +5” longer than the radius of your cap. Bonus points if you have a head to measure for a comfortable fit. For my cap, I used 15”/38cm of 12mm non-roll elastic.
8. Attach a safety pin to either end of your elastic. Thread one pin and the elastic through the gap in your casing. When you get about halfway around, attach the other safety pin to the fabric to prevent it pulling all the way through. Carry on until both ends are at the gap.
Tack the ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch and then sew the gap closed.
You’re all done!
This tutorial has been submitted by Sarah Caporn of Hunting for Ladybugs. She wrote about sewing with laminate fabrics and the pattern for the Make A Splash backpack in Issue 5. It’s her goal to teach you how to sew no matter where you live via her series of Sew Your Own kit projects that are mailed to your house. You can find her online at http://huntingforladybugs.com.au.
When Kt and I were in Brisbane for the school holidays I was lucky enough to meet the dynamic sister duo behind TigerLily Patterns. It was such a lovely morning and if there hadn’t been a plane to catch I would’ve liked to just stay there chatting!
Abbie is the “Mrs Lily” half of Tigerlily Patterns being Mum to a Lily and Jenna is the “Mrs Tiger” half of Tigerlily Patterns, being a mum of two little Tigers. Together they are Tigerlily Patterns, two sisters who love to sew and create. They are a team that have been sewing and making for almost as long as they have known each other. They combined together to become TigerLily to share their fun with you.
Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing/designing patterns?
Abbie – Mum used to make a lot of our clothes growing up and taught us to make dolls clothes from primary school, then in high school I did Home Economics and really got into sewing clothes for me. I didn’t have a lot of time for sewing again until I stopped working to have Miss Lily. She has always been so tall for her age that store bought was always a funny fit so I made her clothes. As she got older I got more interested in designing things specifically for her and ended up doing a pattern making course which eventually led to Tigerlily Patterns
Jenna – Sewing has always been in my life- watching Mum sew as her hobby and she always let us (her 3 girls) use her machine to make and create. I loved taking Home Economics in high school and I was the one who made a patchwork quilt while everyone else was making a pillowcase. I began designing more of my own patterns after having my boys and finding a lack of choice, inspiring and fun things to make for them.
What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without.
Abbie – Best tip would be always keep scraps of all types of fabric to test different stitches, tensions, etc so it’s right before you start on your outfit. Haby item I can’t live without – sigh – My Seam ripper! Jen’s hubby loves woodwork and has made me a beautiful double ended wooden seam ripper that I use way to often.
Jenna – My tip is to ‘Measure twice, cut once’. Check, check, check before you cut, it is very hard to uncut fabric (some would even say impossible)! My favourite item is my random button collection- there is always the right button somewhere in the pile.
What inspires you?
Abbie – Miss Lily is my main inspiration – she will come and say “Mummy will you make me…..” From there a new pattern will be started
Jenna – Inspiration is everywhere, it doesn’t take much for an idea to pop into my head but mostly I am inspired by watching my boys (ages 4 and 8). I get so many ideas from their play, interests and needs. They also are constantly giving me detailed descriptions of costume requests- some of which turn into designs to share through TigerLily.
What’s your favourite (of your) patterns and why?
Abbie I think so far, that would have to be the Princess Hoodie. Miss Lily has a fun Pink one, a Frozen Fleece one , and this week has been a bit of a Disney inspired week and she now has a Snow White and Tinkerbell inspired one. I love how easy it has been to create so many different looks and she loves being able to dress up in the cold weather.
Jenna – That’s like asking who is your favourite child! I love them all but if I need to pick one I will choose the Crocodile Pants/Shark Shorts. It was the first pattern we released as TigerLily Patterns which in itself makes it special to me but also because it exemplifies so much of our philosophy of making more choices for boys that are fun and exciting. I have made many of these shorts for a range of ages and they are always popular.
Whats something that people might not know about you?
Abbie – I work in a fabric shop, and yes that is as dangerous as it sounds! even more so as it’s only 5 minutes away, so if I’m sewing and I “need” something it is only around the corner. I dropped off my resume just on the off chance they may need staff and a week later I was working there. It’s my local fabric store and I’ve been shopping there for 4 years so all the girls knew me already. I love working with other people who share my passion for sewing and chatting to people all day long about fabric and sewing.
Jenna – I am an early childhood teacher and have taught Prep and PrePrep students for many years. Children are my passion and I have had the privilege to teach and observe so many little personalities over the years. I have had some time away from teaching while my own little ones are still little which has given me the opportunity to, not only be involved in their school/kindy, but to develop TigerLily Patterns.
What is it like working together? do you think its easier because you are sisters? any tips for anyone else for working with family members?
Abbie – I think it’s easier as sisters who are friends than just friends as we have known each other forever (literally 🙂 ) and we know each others strengths and weakness like our own. We have a lot of fun working together and there is a lot of laughing all day long. Each of us have different skills and backgrounds with computers and design and complement each other really well. I think if you are working with anyone you always need to be upfront and honest about what you expect for your business, from each other and make sure you are always going in the same direction. It’s about constant communication with each other.
Jenna – We get asked this a lot! We are a team in every sense of the word. I think it is easy for us because we are friends as well as sisters. Like many siblings, we have different personalities and strengths and we combine our best attributes to make a dynamic partnership. I respect Abbie for who she is and how she works and don’t expect her to be anything else and she does the same for me (we are supposed to be our own person!). We are also equally involved and invested in our business. We don’t compete and compare. Her successes are my successes and vice versa. My tip comes down to three words; Trust, Communication and Respect.