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Interview with Jess from Flosstyle

I first “met” Jess when she entered her Sneak Peek Sweet Treat Stocking into our Fat Quarter Competition last year.  I was so pleased when she agreed to contribute her Jukebox Duet Pattern to Issue 7.  This is one of the most versatile patterns we’ve ever included in One Thimble!

jess flosstyle

Designing patterns is a natural fit for this sew-aholic
with a background in web design and 4 little
munchkins to create for.
Jess’ mantra is to design unique, practical and
comfortable handmade for everyday. 




Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing / designing patterns?

It all started with compulsory high school textiles class…. They gave us a term to make a pair of board shorts. One week later I wore my new (Self designed) shorts to class and asked what I could do for the remaining 9 weeks? I was pointed toward the remnants bin and let loose my creativity! Like a lot of new mums I got back into sewing when I had my first baby. It all spiralled! from there!

What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without?

My favourite tip is ‘lift your foot’ it applies to the presser foot and the pedal! The best way to get tidy stitching around curves is to sew a few stitches, lift the presser foot, realign the fabric a smidge, then put the foot down and sew a few more – rinse and repeat! As for the pedal – too many people sew at speed – many new machines have a throttle restrictor slide that can help lead feet from costing you unnecessary time with the dreaded unpicker!

What inspires you?

Inspiration is always coming from where you least expect. A glance at a passer-by’s pretty bag, a torn t-short that gets you wondering what you could make with the fabric, a random request from a friends child or just necessity.

What’s your favourite (of your) patterns and why?

Flosstyle Supersuit











My favourite pattern is the Super Suit Set. I only wish I’d made it before I had 4 babies! It was only recently published and my youngest will outgrown the pattern by the end of the year.  I always loved snap singlet suits for all of my babies but couldn’t justify the extra cost so they only had a few in each size. Now I can make them in every size for a fraction of the cost in much more fun prints, but alas I don’t need them!  The Super Suit PDF Pattern is available HERE.

What’s something people might not know about you (that you’d like to share)?

I do keep to myself a bit but get a lot of queries about my kids as they model in a lot of my photos. So, for those who have been wondering My kiddo’s are Zac (the tallest skinny man with curly hair), Wyatt (the stocky lad with straight hair, ‘Flossy’ Miss Ivy Jean my only girl with golden ringlets and my baby budda Master Cody. I do love hearing the names that often accompany photos from sewers of their little people in their Flosstyle handmade so I guess it’s only fair I share too!

What is your biggest challenge and do you have any advice for someone else in a similar situation?

The most challenging part of many sewing Mum’s day is their own conscience! You often feel guilty sewing or tracing off patterns with a little grub tugging your ankle for attention. How I time manage is to let Grub help you pack clothes in the washing machine and pickup toys to get your housework done when they are awake and they can learn valuable life skills along the way, save nap time for cutting out as its not noisy and once the kids are tucked into bed at night, switch the TV off and get sewing! Trying to sew with awake kids is stressful and not conducive to a productive afternoon. Just wait till morning to get a good photo of your hard work in natural sunlight!

Jukebox Duet PDF Sewing Pattern Cover


You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Jukebox Duet as a single pattern HERE 

or visit Jess’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 7 which contains this pattern HERE

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How to Further customise your Pattern Directory

The Free PDF Pattern Directory which Nerissa from Spreadsheet Geek made for us has been a big hit! Thankyou! I’ve really loved seeing you share it with your friends and let us know what you thought about it!  If you missed it you can read the post and download your free copy HERE.

We’ve had some queries as to how to add extra sortable columns to the spreadsheet (eg if you’d like to be able to sort your patterns by fabric type etc.)  so Nerissa has done us up another blog post explaining how to do this.

I had a little play this morning using her instructions and added the fabric type column people had been requesting and pre-loaded this version with all the One Thimble patterns from Issue 1-7.

You can download it here -> Pattern-Directory-PC-PrefilledOT

If you’d like to know how to add extra sortable columns to the spreadsheet read on!

How to Add extra columns to your free PDF Directory Blog post flyer

One Thimble PDF Pattern Directory – How to add in another sort button/macro

To add a new button:

  1. Right click on one of the other orange sort buttons. Select Copy 
  2. Right click where you want the new button. Select Paste (Use Destination Theme)
  3. Edit button text to suit
  4. Right click new button, and select Assign Macro. Select a macro and click Edit.  It doesn’t matter which one you choose at this stage, this is just an easy way to get into the Visual Basic.
  5. Scroll down past all the code showing, to the bottom of the screen. After the last ‘End Sub’, copy and paste the code below, then make your changes to the cell ranges etc. (Instructions on how to customise the code is at the very end)
  6. Save your work – click the disc icon near the top left of the screen. Close this Visual Basic window.
  7. Again, right click on the new button, select Assign Macro, and your new macro should be listed. Select your new macro, and hit OK
  8. Test it out!

Below is the code you need to cut and paste in:


Sub SortPatterns_Click()

‘sort patterns by name, then designer

Dim ws As Worksheet

Set ws = Worksheets(“Pattern Directory”)



ws.Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range(“B4:B2000“), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:=xlSortNormal

ws.Sort.SortFields.Add Key:=Range(“C4:C2000“), SortOn:=xlSortOnValues, Order:=xlAscending, DataOption:=xlSortNormal

With ws.Sort

.SetRange Range(“B3:G2000“)

.Header = xlYes

.MatchCase = False

.Orientation = xlTopToBottom

.SortMethod = xlPinYin


End With


End Sub



Here is the “How to” for customising the code

Code to Change Description of function
Sub SortPatterns_Click() This is the macro name.  Change the red text to something the quickly describes your new sort function.  The ‘_Click()’ prompts the macro to run upon clicking the button the macro is linked to
‘sort patterns by name, then designer This is not actually code, but a comment differentiated by the ‘ (apostrophe) before the text.  When coding, it helps commentate the code at a first glance.
B4:B2000 This is the range that your cell range that you want to sort.  If you want to add data to column G and sort, enter “G3:Gxxxx , with ‘xxxx’ representing the final row number you want to sort down to
B4:B2000 In the OT pattern directory, columns are first sorted by column ‘x’ then column ‘y’.  In this code, the macro sorts column B first, then column C.
C4:C2000 This is the second column coded in to be sorted
B3:G2000 This cell range is the complete data which is being sorted – so even though you may be sorting column B, you want all the corresponding data on each row to stay together.  If you add in extra columns, this may read B3:H5000.  If you add extra columns you’ll need to change this code for all the sections so that the rows will stay together if you sort by any of the other macrosNB that the row starts at row 3 here.  This ‘Header = xlYes’ part is telling the macro not to sort the first row because this data is a header/title
B4 This little code is putting your cursor back in cell B4, or the top of the column you just sorted.  I do this so it doesn’t end up somewhere in cell AZ65851


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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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