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Pattern Enhancement: Everest Pants Pattern by Gracious Threads

Today we have a very special guest on the blog – Stacey who blogs at From-a-box.  She tested the  Everest Pants and joined us on the One Thimble Issue 7 blog tour.  I was so impressed with her version of the Everest Pants that I asked her to join us and walk us through how she added the extra pockets!

{Pattern Enhancement: Everest Pants Pattern by Gracious Threads} Add Pockets to Everest Pants

Need more pockets on your Everest Pants? Want your pockets to fasten closed? Make them into cargo pants!

The Everest Pants is a PDF Pattern designed by Jess at Gracious Threads. The fully lined pants can be made in all kinds of fabrics. Make athletic pants with a mesh lining, snow pants from water proof nylon, and casual pants from twill or corduroy. HERE I stitched up a pants in khaki twill fabric, and HERE I stitched up pants in camouflage board short fabric enhanced with side pockets! The pants are already super stylish with pockets, paneled front legs, articulated knees, and detailed top-stitching. And to make them even more awesome, here is how you can add side pockets for a cargo style.


Everest Pants PDF Pattern from Gracious Threads

Fabric, enough for 2 more pockets

4 – 3/4″x1” squares sew-on hook & loop tape (Velcro or any brand) Add Pockets to Everest Pants

1 – Cut out side pocket pieces

Cut 2 pockets for the sides using pattern piece #8.

Finish the side pockets following the instructions for the back pockets.

Now you have 4 finished pocket pieces – 2 for the back pockets and 2 for the side pockets.

2 – Add hook & loop closures to pocket pieces Add Pockets to Everest Pants

On the wrong side of the back pocket, mark the center and down 3/8” on each back pocket piece. Place the rough side of the hook & loop square on the mark. Stitch close to the edges around the 4 sides of the hook & loop square.

Repeat for each of the other pocket pieces.

3 – Add hook & loop closures for back pockets Add Pockets to Everest Pants

Before Step 10…..

Mark the center and down 3/8” from the marking found on pattern piece #2 (back). Place the smooth side of the hook & loop square centered on the mark. Stitch close to the edges around the 4 sides of the hook & loop square.

Repeat for the other back pocket.

4 – Add hook & loop closures for sides of pants Add Pockets to Everest Pants


After Step 12…..

Find the location for the side pocket. You want the side pocket to be centered vertically between the bottom of the front pocket and the first dart, and centered horizontally on the center of the side seam. Mark the outside edges of the side pocket on the pants. Then mark from the side seam center down 3/8”. Place the smooth side of the hook & loop square centered on the mark. Stitch close to the edges around the 4 sides of the hook & loop square.

Repeat for the other side pocket.

5 – Attach the pockets

Following the same method as the back pockets, stitch the side pockets.

The hook & loop closures should align.

Now you have side pockets and your pockets stay closed, making these Everest Pants cargo-style! Add Pockets to Everest Pants Add Pockets to Everest Pants


If you would like to see more of my stitched up goodies, visit me at From-a-Box where I blog about the clothes, bags, and some home decor made for my family and friends. There is also some cooking, and occasional family adventures. Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration!

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Free Downloadable Pattern Directory

Last week I saw a thread on facebook where people were talking about the troubles they had keeping their PDF patterns straight.  I was nodding along, when suddenly it occurred to me that I had the perfect contact to help me solve this problem – Nerissa from Spreadsheek Geek.

Nerissa has written articles on “Excelling at your bookwork” for Issue 6 and Issue 7 of One Thimble.  I just love how she’s got a way of making Excel make sense!

Downloadable Free PDF Pattern Directory

Nerissa took this challenge and has come up with two spreadsheets which you can download for FREE, fill out and use to help make keeping your PDF patterns in order a total breeze!

Version One – DOWNLOAD IT HERE  -> Pattern Directory – Full Version

PC / full version

  • This version contains macros (the autosort buttons).  The macros will work in excel.
  • They won’t work on ipads & tablets & possibly some free spreadsheets.  But if you find the macros/spreadsheet isn’t working, you can still use the ipad/light version (see version two below).
  • The first sheet has some instructions so you can learn how to use the features.
  • On the second sheet you can enter your pattern details (it comes preloaded with the patterns from Issue 7 so you can have a play right away.)
  • Once you’ve entered in the details for your patterns you’ll be able to sort your patterns by pattern name, designer, type (eg dress, shirt, shorts etc), size range and wearer (baby, boy, girl, womens etc). 
  • There’s also a column where you can add in extra data that you like to have at a glance.
  • You can then add hyperlinks so clicking will take you directly to where you’ve saved that pattern on your computer.
  • You can also add hyperlinks direct to the designers website so you can check out their latest offerings!

Version Two – DOWNLOAD IT HERE -> Pattern Directory – light version

Ipad / light version

  • If anyone has issues with the above, they will be able to use this one with no issues.
  • It doesn’t have the macros so you can’t sort the patterns or add hyperlinks, but its a handy place to keep track of what patterns you have!

I hope you find these spreadsheets to be a game changer!  Let me know what you think below or in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts group on facebook!

And don’t forget 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!

Just send me an email to letting me know you’d like the patterns separate.  So that I can help you, make sure to let me know your account name on this new website (so I can add your single PDF’s to your account – they’re free to set up), what issue you’d like the patterns separate for, and proof of purchase (if you don’t have your receipt number let me know the email address it would’ve been purchased under and the approximate date of purchase and I can look it up for you).

Happy Sewing


(ps Nerissa has written us another blog post explaining how to add extra sortable columns to your spreadsheet.  You can find that post HERE )

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Seeking Article Contributors for Issue 8

Are you keen to submit an article to Issue 8 (14th August 2015 release date) of One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine?

Submissions are now open!

Seeking Article Contributors One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Issue 8


If you’ve got an idea for an article/tutorial that fits into one of the following categories

  • General Sewing
  • Sewing Techniques / Tutes
  • Handmade Business

or would like some idea suggestions

please email me no later than 7th June 2015 at

Articles will be due 17th July 2015.  You can find out more about submitting an article HERE

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

I’m looking forward to working with you.


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7 ways to find a fabric . . . when you’re not sure what it’s called (& 5 reasons why it doesn’t matter)

Have you even seen a fabric and wanted to find out what it was, but didn’t want to or couldn’t ask?

7 Ways to Figure out What Fabric is that?

(Image: Bow Peep Dress by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns sewn in Kayo Horaguchi Sanrio Little Twin Stars Border Print with Michael Miller Mini Gingham for the contrast.)

Here’s 7 different methods I’ve used to solve this dilemma.

1: Basic Search

Think about how you’d describe the fabric eg: colour, pattern etc.  Start off with a basic internet search.  You might get lucky!  Some of my favourite places to search with a basic description are:

  • Google / google images.
  • If you have no luck with google don’t forget to try other search engines such as bing or yahoo.  Different search engines can return different results to the same search terms.
  • etsy
  • ebay
  • Pinterest – not just for craft porn, think of Pinterest as a visual search engine!
  • flickr (I don’t use flickr but Mr Fox has suggested I give it a go when I’ve been searching fabrics before!)
  • Online fabric stores.  If I’m searching outside Australia I usually start with Hawthorne Threads.  For Australian stores I usually start with Fabric Pixie, , Muddy Ruffles, but seriously there’s so many AWESOME fabric store who I’ve shopped with and if I’m drawing a blank with these, there’s lots more stores to try!

2: Advanced Search

Get specific.  Describe the fabric in more detail. eg. are the flowers on the fabric small or big, are there other colours on the fabric you can add to your search.  If you need ideas of different words to use in your search try:

  • thesaurus (real life or online version)
  • dictionary (real life or online version)
  • ask a family member how they’d describe the fabric

Then search again on the places from #1 using your improved search terms.

3: Technical Search

Is there a proper technical name for the type of fabric/design you’re searching for.  If you don’t know your Quatrefoil from your Ikat or your Batik from your Burlap, check out these resources to see if there’s a technical term you can add to your search:

Then search again on the places from #1.  You can now also start searching for fabric stores who specialise in this type of fabric and then look at those stores too.

4: Have a Guess

Add some guessed information to your search. eg. is the fabric likely to be a woven or a knit fabric? do you think it’s vintage or modern, what items would the fabric be made into?  Add these guessed terms to your search.

Then search again on the places from #1.  Add in stores who specialise in these types of fabric.

For knit fabric I usually search Zebra Fabrics or The Art of Fabric.  I don’t often buy knit fabrics so I don’t really have any specialty knit stores to recommend outside Australia, but I’m sure there’s plenty!

For kawaii or quirky fabric I’ll be looking at Modes4u or Voodoo Rabbit.

5: Study Fabric

This one should probably be step 1, but because its a long term not short term solution it got bumped down the list! Subscribe to the newsletters of various online fabric stores.  Start “studying” fabrics.  Take note of the types of fabrics different designers and manufacturers produce – you’ll start noticing similarities in style, which will give you plenty of clues as to where you should start looking.  You’ll also start noticing what sorts of fabrics different stores specialise in.  When you spot a fabric that you’d like to know more about, you can narrow down your sources by making some informed guesses based on what you’ve learned.  Use what you’ve learned to search:

  • fabric designers websites
  • fabric manufacturers websites
  • fabric stores websites
  • country of origin

6:Upload an image for a web search

This is a website where you can upload a photo of the fabric you’re trying to find and it will try to match it to images in its database.  I haven’t had much success with this, but it’s always worth a shot!

Click on the little camera on the right side of the search bar.  You can then upload an image and get google to search for similar images.  If its initial search doesn’t return what you’re looking for you can add a description which usually gets a better result.

7: Physical Fabric Stores

Ask at your local fabric store.  So this probably  shouldn’t count as finding the fabric without asking … maybe I should have called this blog post “7 Ways to find a fabric without asking online!”

It’s definitely time consuming and there’s no guarantee of success, so here’s 5 reasons why it doesn’t really matter if you find that fabric you originally set out to purchase, to soothe your soul if you draw a blank.

1. Along the way you’re sure to find other similar fabrics that you might even like better!

2. You’ll expand your fabric knowledge which will make it easier next time you want to find a fabric.

3. You’ll discover new stores, designers and fabric terms.

4. You’ll figure out more about what fabrics appeal to you.  Do florals float your boat … but only small liberty florals or are geometrics more your style.  The more you learn about what you like, the easier it is to choose fabrics that really suit your own style when fabric shopping.  If you really dig the fabrics you’re sewing with you’re more likely to love the end result!

5. Some fabrics really really work for certain design elements and once you know which work, a whole world of potential fabrics open up.  I always used to think of thick floral stripes as being more a quilting fabric sort of design, but discovering that stripes like Elizabeth Rose by Jennifer Paganelli work really well as skirts on party dresses, lead me to Lecien Flower Sugar Stripes and resulted in me always keeping half an eye out, ready for my next floral stripe crush.  So if you initially spotted the fabric you’ve been searching for on a garment someone else had made, you don’t actually need to replicate that garment, or find that same fabric, to bring that same pizazz to something you’re making.  Take note of the type of fabric, figure out what in that fabric really worked well for that design element and have a play to come up with your own fabric combinations which will work just as well.

 If you’ve got any fabric finding tips to share be sure to comment below.  I’d love to hear whether you follow these or have other suggestions.



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How to Change a Continuous Bound Placket to a Chimney Placket on a Child’s Shirt Sleeve

Changing the placket style on a shirt sleeve, can give your shirt a whole different look.

For this blog post Toni-Maree from Bobbins & Co is showing us how to change the placket on the Archie Shirt sleeve from a “continuous bound placket” to a “chimney placket”.

How to sew a chimney placket

Pieces you will need:

  • 2 Sleeves
  • 2 Placket pieces – 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ or 5.7cm x 19cm
    NOTE: If you are using this method, you will also need to extend your cuff pattern piece by 3/4″ to allow for the extra placket width. The alternative is to make a pleat in the sleeve to take out the added width when adding the cuff.

How to sew your Chimney Placket:

1. Using the original marking for the sleeve placket, mark the slit line with chalk. Extend the marking by an extra 3/8 or 1cm in length.

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2. Mark two stitching lines on either side, 3/8″ away from the centre and 3″ long. Square off the top. The top should measure 3/4″ or 2cm.

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3. Cut open along the centre line, stopping where the centre marking ends. Cut diagonally into each corner as pictured. Don’t cut all the way, but get pretty close.

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4. Align the right side of the placket piece with the right side of the sleeve slit. With the sleeve on top as pictured, start sewing with a 1cm seam allowance.

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5. Stop with your needle down when you get to the corner you marked.

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6. Raise your presser foot, and carefully fold/pleat the sleeve so that you can continue sewing straight along the marked line. Sew to the next corner.

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7. Stop with your needle down in the corner, and again, carefully fold the sleeve to realign the sleeve opening straight along the placket edge. Sew the rest of the seam.

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8. Iron the seam allowances toward the placket. If you are using quilting cotton or thick fabric, it is important at this step to trim the seam allowances, mostly the centre triangle and a few centimetres either side.

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9. Fold the unfinished long edge of the placket in by 1cm and iron. Fold the placket in half so this ironed edge just covers the stitching line. Use glue to hold in place if you like.

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10. From the right side of the sleeve, top stitch the placket closed making sure to catch both sides in the seam. Trim the end of the placket to be even with the sleeve.

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11. Now lay the sleeve on the ironing board flat. With the small side laying flat, fold the other side of the sleeve placket as pictured. Depending on the thickness of the fabric, the angle you need to make a nice peak can change.

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12. Fold the other side of the sleeve and placket over itself to form the peak. Experiment a bit to get a nice even shape.

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13. Get out a hammer, and whack the bulk of the triangle peak. Hammering is like ironing on steroids. It will flatten the bulk as well as loosening the fibres to make sewing much easier.

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14. Topstitch the peak at the top, and finish the ends by taking the threads to the back and tying them off there.

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15. Finished!

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