welcome To The One Thimble Blog
…And here it is! First blog post on the new website!
A Big Big Big thank-you to those who tested this Short Sleeve Pattern hack for me and to Toni from
Bobbins & Co for writing the tute up for me.
There are two width options with this pattern hack.
HOW TO SEW YOUR SHORT SLEEVE
1. Finish the bottom hem of the short sleeves with your desired method. Pre-iron the hem by folding once at 3/4″ or 2cm.
2. Follow the Archie Instructions 55 to 62. When you sew the sleeve and side seam make sure to unfold the pre-ironed hem.
3. Once the side seams are closed, refold the hem along the crease. With the shirt inside out, sew inside the sleeve hem at 5/8″, to close it from the right side.
I hope you enjoy sewing some Archie Shirts with short sleeves!
When you sew one up be sure to show me – I can’t wait to see!
You can find the pattern for the Archie Shirt in Issue 6 of One Thimble which is available to purchase HERE
By now I’m sure you’ve realised I’m a huge fan of seeing how people take the patterns from One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine and treat them as a blank canvas by altering them to be perfect for their needs!
Michelle from Jasami Handmade did just that with the Mult-Apron Pattern (by Sew n Sow) from Issue 6. She added a front pocket for things like pens, notebook and business cards as well as the super cute balloon applique.
If you’d like all the details of the changes she made check out her guest blog post over at Sew n Sow HERE.
If you’ve had a play with one of our patterns and want to “Sew n Tell” and share your “how to” be sure to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org
I first came across Nikki in the Australian Designers Make & Create group on facebook and was really excited when she got in touch about contributing the Penny Dress to Issue 6. I really enjoyed finding out a little more about her this week and hope you do too!
Nikki has recently launched into designing PDF patterns for sale. With a strong history of sewing and creating, this is an exciting evolution of her business. Her designs are fun and practical with a modern twist.
Can you tell me a little about how you got into sewing / designing patterns?
When I first left school, I wanted to be able to sew clothes from start to finish, which included the pattern drafting process. I enrolled in a private pattern drafting course in the city, which was just around the corner from Lincraft where I spent most of my lunchtimes. I finally convinced the manager to give me a job there and eventually became full time in the fabric department…heaven, right? I was then offered a job at Spotlight where I worked as a department manager for both craft and dress fabrics as well as working in the craft buying office.
I headed overseas for awhile to live in London and travel, but worked in administration roles before heading home. I stayed in the corporate world upon my return to Melbourne but was always sewing something in the background. When my first son was born and I was at home, I found I had more time to sew and really found my passion for sewing once again. When number two son was born and I found myself housebound during naptimes, I turned once again to pattern drafting and starting to make clothes for them. I then found Lauren Dahl’s fabulous course, Pattern Workshop, where she teaches you how to draft patterns using Adobe Illustrator which opened up so many more possibilities for me to work around my kids (I now have 3!).
What is your best sewing tip or do you have a favourite haby item that you couldn’t live without?
I can’t remember the exact quote, but I did read somewhere once that the more you pin, the less chance you have of having to unpick (kind of like, measure twice, cut once!). And I definitely could not live without my sewing and knitting gauge. I love that it has both metric and imperial measurements as well as that little slider thingy.
What inspires you?
I love Pinterest and get many ideas and inspiration for my designs there. I also love seeing what kids are currently wearing already (the school playground is great for this!!) and seeing what design features I could possibly use in my future designs.
What’s your favourite (of your) patterns and why?
At the moment, my favourite pattern is the Eloise dress. I love the little cap like sleeves and the pleating details in the front and back…I am a sucker for pleats!
What’s something people might not know about you (that you’d like to share)?
When I was living in London, I bought a sewing machine, which raised a few eyebrows in my share house!! Needless to say, it didn’t make it into the backpack for my trip home, but I did still have it shipped over!
What is your biggest challenge and do you have any advice for someone else in a similar situation?
I think believing in yourself, regardless of the set backs you may encounter and to keep trying new things until you find your niche.
You can purchase Nikki’s pattern for the Penny Dress as a single pattern HERE or visit Nikki’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 6 which contains this pattern HERE
Today’s guest post is by Rebekah from Penny Petite. She tested the Blossom Skirt by Eliana and Thea from Issue 6 and then decided to tweak it to make it suitable for her crawling bubba. I was so pleased when she agreed to share this pattern hack with us!
I was so excited when the amazing Victoria from Eliana & Thea asked me to test out her Blossom Skirt Pattern. From the very first one I made, I fell in love. However, I knew this style wasn’t going to be suitable for my crawling munchkin – forever on the move and wriggling around, so too would be a skirt on her hips.
BUT, such a beautiful style, there had to be a way! So with a simple few tweaks, I decided to make the skirt into a nappy cover so it would actually stay in place when Miss Penny wandered on her four-legged adventures.
1. Firstly, construct your nappy cover. Any pattern style will do. Complete all steps until it’s time to insert the elastics and sew the crotch seam – we’ll do this at the end.
2. When cutting your Blossom Skirt, you will need the following pieces:
– 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
– Note that the lining & tulle pieces (7 & 10) are optional, as is the bow (8 & 9)
3. Construct your skirt, following steps 1 – 11. There is no need to mark the halfway and quarter mark pieces as you wont be attaching the skirt to a waistband.
4. At this point, I like to tack a zig zag stitch down the pocket pleats the keep them sitting flat and prevent them rolling back and getting caught as we attach to the nappy cover. Sew down to the last pleat circle. We can remove the stitches at the end.
5. At step 11, also sew along top (within seam allowance) to attach the top pocket edge to the front panel.
6. Join your front & back pieces, right sides together, and sew down both sides, finishing seams.
7. Hem your main skirt per Step 25 or as desired.
8. Join your lining pieces by sewing down both sides & finishing seams.
9. Hem your lining skirt per Step 25 or following Step 26 if adding tulle.
10. Insert your lining piece inside your main skirt piece as it would appear when being worn.
11. Baste ¼” from edge all around the top and serge to prevent fraying.
12. Mark the centre of the front & back skirt by folding in half, matching side seams and cutting a very tiny little notch in the front and back.
13. Now we need to gather the skirt.
14. Firstly, gather your back skirt from side seam to side seam.
15. Gather your front skirt in the centre only, ensuring you do not catch the pockets in these stitches.
16. With right side facing out, measure on your Nappy Cover where you would like your skirt to sit. On this example which is a Size 1, I have measured 3” from the top of the leg seam. Draw a line with erasable marker on the front and back.
17. Mark the centre of this line on both front and back.
18. Here comes the fun part! Flip your skirt upside down and inside out.
19. Insert Nappy Cover so that the top hem of the skirt (which is now at the bottom) is resting on this line you have just drawn.
20. Align each side and pin, then align your centre points and pin.
21. We are going to complete pinning & gathering in 4 sections. Consider each gap between a centre marker and a side as 1 section.
22. Pull your gathering stitches from one side to make each section fit the nappy cover. Repeat for all four sections.
23. Pin edge of skirt against the line you have drawn. I like to use a lot of pins in this step to ensure my skirt sits as straight as possible along the line.
24. Sew all the way around 1cm from the edge of the skirt to fix to the nappy cover. Ensure your stitching is to the left of your overlocking, otherwise it will show through on the front.
25. Flip your skirt down so now the right side is facing up. Using your iron to press the skirt downwards so it sits nice and flat.
26. Remove any visible basting/gathering stitches.
27. Top stitch all the way around the edge.
28. Nearly there! Insert your leg elastic and sew the crotch closed.
29. Insert your waist elastic and close the casing.
30. Stitch your bow on…. And you are done!
I “discovered” Victoria from Eliana and Thea when she entered our Fat Quarter Competition late last year. I thought her little skirt was adorable and was over the moon when she agreed to contribute it to Issue 6 of One Thimble!
Victoria’s love of sewing was reignited while making baby essentials and lots of modern cloth nappies for her daughter. This inspired her to start her business Eliana & Thea as a welcome creative outlet after years of study and work in science and engineering.
How did you get into sewing and pattern designing?
I started sewing again seriously about 7 years ago. I had forgotten a lot of what I had learned from my mum and at school. So I bought myself a cheap little Brother machine, a few commercial patterns and a step-by-step sewing techniques book for Christmas. In my spare time I started re-learning by slowly sewing up the patterns. I chose styles I would wear so they were not at all beginner level but I learnt so much and loved every second.
Pattern designing felt like a natural progression, I found there were a lot of things I wanted to change about the fit of the MCN I made for my daughter. I was also disappointed in the quality, options and sizing of store bought children’s wear. So I took a pattern making course and learnt the basics of manual pattern drafting.
What is your best sewing tip/product you couldn’t live without?
For a long time I persisted with very pretty but not at all practical fabric scissors. I would get a bruised thumb with a blister on top after cutting out all my pattern pieces. I began to put-off sewing because of it. So I relented and purchased some old school boring looking scissors which cost far too much but snipped like a dream.
How well fabric is cut out will determine how the garment sews up. So sharp scissors are a must. My best piece of advice is to designate your scissors a particular job. Then label them! Just like we wouldn’t use our precious fabric scissors for paper, I only use my best scissors for thin cotton type fabrics. I have another pair only for cutting heavy bamboo type fibres. A huge long pair for cutting wading. And also my pinking shears, rotary cutters and craft knife. Now I have so many scissors that when people see my scissor bucket (yup I have a cute little easy access bucket) they ask, why so many?!?
What is something people may not know about you?
On my 30th birthday, with a 5 month old very fussy baby, and nothing better to do I taught myself to crochet. I watched YouTube videos while Eliana slept and started making little flowers. I think I made about 50! Now I am hooked!
What has been your biggest challenge and do you have any tips for others facing the same thing?
Time! I need more! Before becoming a mum I was a sit down and spend hours sewing kind of person. I like to get things finished and move onto the next project. With a baby who doesn’t enjoy sleeping this is not remotely possible.
I have had to adjust (and still am) to only being able to draft/sew for maybe an hour at a time. And mostly late at night. If I am lucky. To help with this change I use a dedicated pattern making notebook to keep track of where I am in a project. This is a habit I picked up from my engineering degree – keeping track of everything so that if you can’t get back to it for hours or days you can pick up right where you left off. And you also have a record of all the changes and adaptations so if something turns out a bit bizarre you can figure out what you did. Oh and SAVE your work on the computer! Even if you only get up for a second. You never know when a furry friend will try to ‘help’.
|You can purchase Victoria’s pattern for the Blossom Skirt as a single pattern HERE
or visit Victoria’s facebook page to keep track of what she’s up to HERE
or Purchase Issue 6 which contains this pattern HERE