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Here’s a Sneak Peek Inside Issue 7 … I hope it inspires you to take your sewing further than you ever dreamed possible!
Just TWO more sleeps till Issue 7 hits the virtual shelves.
To celebrate the release of Issue 7, a fantastic group of bloggers have come together to share what they’ve been sewing up from this issue!
Follow along on our blog tour to read their stories and be inspired.
I can’t wait to see what YOU sew from this Issue!
Follow the blog tour using the links below;
- Wednesday 13th May 2015 – Molly and Mama and pen, seb & rox and From a Box
- Thursday 14th May 2015 – Handmade Boy
- Friday 15th May 2015 – The Toffee Tree and Horris and Deedle
- Saturday 16th may 2015 – Sewvolution and FABulous Home Sewn
- Sunday 17th May 2015 – Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow and Sprouting JubeJube
- Monday 18th May 2015 – Sew Happily Ever After and Big Stitches, little stitches and Made By Sara
- Tuesday 19th May 2015 – Phat Quarters Blog and Hibbadoray
- Wednesday 20th May 2015 – Mabey She Made It and Blue Wren Handmade
…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 email@example.com
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