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Interview with Kylie from Little Moo Designs

One of my dreams with One Thimble is for it to become a place to showcase and mentor new designers.  I’ve been so excited to watch Kylie’s pattern brand grown over the past few months!

Picture Kylie’s love of sewing began when she was
young. Her Nan and Mum are both amazing
dressmakers. Little Moo Designs was
started in 2010 when she wanted to design
a unique hobby horse for her daughter. She
now designs and sews many designs with
a focus on high quality children’s fashion,
accessories and her beloved hobby horses.
Kylie has contributed the Busy Block pattern
to Issue 4.

What, where or who inspires you?
I am so lucky to live on a beautiful little farm in South East Queensland. I love the Aussie rural life, this for me is where a significant part of my inspiration comes from. I am inspired by country landscape, the beautiful small community we live in and my amazing family and friends.

What is your favourite haby item?

Clover button hole cutter – the best invention ever! Makes cutting button holes neat and easy. Do you have any tips for balancing family life and kids with business? I do use a Schedule, life here is hectic running a farm with my husband, working part time and running Little Moo Designs on top of being a wife and mum. I schedule work time and try and leave plenty of time to spend with my family also. Sometimes the two cross over but that is how it works when you work from home.

What is your favourite pattern you’ve made and why? 
My favourite pattern would be my childrens messenger bag as this is the first pattern I released and continues to be my top seller. I love that it comes with 4 applique designs and there are loads of way this little bag can be customised. They make the perfect gift and are such a quick sewing project.

Do you do other crafts? If not what would you like to have a go at?
I am undertaking “Project Life” this year….I am running a few months behind but am finding it a great quick and easy way to keep track of the year. My kids love looking through the album and its a perfect way to capture the small details each week that are so easy to forget.

Picture You can purchase Kylie’s pattern for the Busy Block as a single pattern HERE
or visit Kylie’s website to find out more about her other patterns HERE
or Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
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Seeking Contributors for Issue 5 & 6

Are you a sewing enthusiast with a desire to share your knowledge and passion with the world?

Are you a sewing or handmade business blogger who’d like to connect with new readers?

Are you a pattern designer with an established business looking for new marketing opportunities?

Are you a new pattern designer looking to introduce your work to the pattern loving public?

Would you like to see your work in One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine?

If this is you then I’d love to have you be part of One Thimble!

I’m currently seeking pattern contributors for Issue 5 & 6 and article & tutorial contributors for Issue 5.

One Thimble aims to inspire enthusiastic home sewists whether they’re sewing purely for pleasure or to make money.  One Thimble aspires to be the “go to” resource for todays sewing enthusiast, a resource that will help them discover new and new to them pattern designers, bloggers, teachers and business owners.

I’d love to see One Thimble become an avenue whereby people starting out can have their businesses &/or work “discovered” and those already established can be inspired to try something different to reach new audiences.

If you’ve got a pattern, tutorial, article or idea you’d like to see included in One Thimble or you’d like to see the mood board for Issue 5 & 6 and hear more about what I’m looking for for these issues please get in touch

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A Bow Peep Variation

I do love making the Bow Peep dress as per the pattern but every now and then a customers fabric choices mean a variation is called for.


For this dress my friend wanted to use a stripey fabric for the sash.  One of the main features of the Bow Peep dress is the loops at the front that the sash threads through, but for this dress it wasn’t really necessary as the fabric choice gave that effect anyway.
We decided to sew the sash into the side-seams so that it was no longer removable as well.

Steps to make the sash of your Bow Peep dress internal.

To make a dress like this you’ll need to make a couple of small changes to your Bow Peep pattern/tutorial:
1. You won’t need the loops for the front or to cut the front sash panel pieces.
2. Skip step 2, 3, 4
3.  After step 7.  Do step 49-52.
4. Then gather the sashes to match the width of the bottom of the front bodice panel (it’ll be about 1-2″ or 3-5cm wide depending on the size you’re making).
5.  Baste the sashes to the side seam.
6.  Continue with step 8-48
7. Skip step 49-59
8.  Complete step 60 – 63

Picture You can purchase my pattern for the Bow Peep Dress as a single pattern HERE
Purchase Issue 1 which contains this pattern
or visit my website to find out more about my other patterns.

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Mem Rose Pattern Hack

With the Mem Rose Skirt I really wanted to experiment with a different way to do the elastic at the back.  During testing I found that some people loved the way I did it in the pattern but some people preferred to have a regular elastic back on their Mem Rose Skirt.  I decided the solution was to do a Blog article explaining how you can change the back over rather than trying to include both options in the e-zine!

This blog post will give you a quick rundown on the steps you’ll need to change in order to put a regular elastic back on your Mem Rose Skirt.  If you have any questions please get in touch.


Steps to swap your Mem Rose Skirt to a regular elastic back

To change the elastic back you’ll need to make a couple of changes to your Mem Rose Skirt pattern/tutorial.  You can purchase the Mem Rose Skirt Pattern as part of Issue 4 or as a separate PDF.

Follow the tutorial making the following changes.
A. Use 2.5cm (1″) wide elastic.  Cut one length of elastic.  Cut 2x back yoke pieces (one from your main fabric and one from your lining fabric).  The back yoke pieces are rectangles.  You’ll find the measurements for the back yoke and the elastic in the “Additional Pieces to cut out table”.
B. Follow step 1-5 from the e-zine tutorial.
C. Skip step 6 from the e-zine tutorial.
D. Follow step 7-9 from the e-zine tutorial.
E. Repeat step 9 for the back yoke main and back yoke lining.
F. Follow step 10 from the e-zine tutorial.
G.  Skip step 11-15 from the e-zine tutorial.
H.  Follow step 16 and 17 from the e-zine tutorial.  Repeat step 16 and 17 for the back yoke.
I.  Follow step 18 from the e-zine tutorial.
J.  Skip step 19-23.  (Complete step K-Q before referring back to the e-zine tutorial.)
K.  Match the front and back skirt at the side-seams and sew the sideseams.  Overlock (or otherwise finish) the sideseams and iron the sideseams towards the back.
L. Fold the yoke linings back down to the inside.
M. Pin (or sewline glue) the back and front lining in place on the inside.  The yoke lining should just cover the seam allowance when you pin or glue it in place because you folded up the bottom of the yoke linings in step 17.  Leave a gap, unpinned or glued, about 2.5cm (1″) long at each sideseam.
N. Turn your skirt out the right way.  Working from the right side of your skirt topstitch the back and front yoke main, along the bottom, where it meets the skirt.  Make sure to catch the bottom of the yoke linings (which you pinned or glued in place in step M) when you topstitch along the bottom of the yokes.  Leave a gap, unstitched, about 2.5cm (1″) long at each sideseam.
O. Topstitch the tops of the yokes.
P.  Attach a safety pin and thread the elastic through the back casing.  Position your elastic near the top of the back casing.  Sew the ends of the elastic in place – taking care that your elastic is not twisted.  The elastic is just threaded through the back not the front.  The Mem Rose Skirt has a “flat front”.
Q.  Topstitch the gaps you left in the topstitching at the bottom of the yoke at the side seam closed.
R.  Complete step 24 and 25.
S.  Skip step 26 & 27.

Mem Rose Skirt PDF Sewing Pattern Cover You can purchase Jen’s pattern for the Mem Rose Skirt as a single pattern HERE
Purchase Issue 4 which contains this pattern
or visit Jen’s website to find out more about her other patterns.
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Interview with Kate from Pattern Emporium

One of the best bits of working on One Thimble has got to be working with inspirational women like Kate from Pattern Emporium.  Kate has been such a supportive role model to me and I was so so pleased that she agreed to make a pattern for the second Issue of One Thimble.  Today she’s taken the time to answer some of my questions about her design process. 


Kate has a Bachelor of Arts in
Fashion from RMIT and has been working in the fashion industry since 1989. She has extensive experience in all areas of design and pattern making as well as with her own indie labels.  Today Kate designs & sells her sewing patterns under the Pattern Emporium label, making her experience and skills accessible to home sewing enthusiasts.  Kate has patterns for infants, children & women available through her website

What’s the best bit about designing for your own business rather than working for another company as a designer?

My stress levels. Now that I have kids, working for myself with my own timetable, my own workspace, my own routine (or lack of one if I feel like it) & my own deadlines is just so much less stress on so many levels. It means I can be home when the kids get home from school and, let’s face it, teenagers need just as much supervision as our little ones. We feel very blessed that I can work from home.

Do you draw/paint/sketch or design directly on the computer?

I draw, sketch & design wherever & whenever the urge finds me. I have folders on my computer, tablet, phone & bookshelf for each style I have done or am thinking about doing. I have a notebook in each of my handbags just in case an idea hits while I’m out & sitting on my desk you’ll find the backs of envelopes covered in little ideas or new thoughts on how to sew something or explain something in a tutorial. I have an ideas collage board & design book & another book just for notes on each style as I write a tutorial. It sounds all over the place when I write it down but it’s pretty organised…. in a creative kind of way.

What/Who/Where inspires you?

I’m a visual person. Every single thing I see inspires me. Constantly. Anything new is exciting. I love change. I live for change & it inspires me. Love and happiness inspire me. If I’m happy, I’m inspired. After being a designer in Melbourne for many years, and all the stress that goes along with the industry, the job and the city, now that I live by the beach on the southern end of the Gold Coast, I’m actually where everyone goes to be inspired. That, in itself, is inspiring.

What’s your favourite item you’ve designed?
They all have their good points. It’s a job that I simply love to do and consider myself so fortunate to do what I love. When I was an underwear designer, I got to design some gorgeous ranges exclusively for Myer & David Jones. Given free reign like that by our MD was a wonderful experience.

Do your kids come to you with things they want you to make for them – party dresses, casual gear?

No. LOL. My kids are teenagers. They like me to buy them things. They do bring me their mending, which sits by my desk unfinished while I pretend it’s not there. But there have been moments when they have wanted to learn my skills that have blown my mind. A few years ago my 2nd youngest son, then about 12, was home alone for the school holidays and decided he wanted to sew something. I showed him how to straight stitch and he practised that for half an hour then decided to make a little cushion, quickly followed by a tiny teddy bear. The next day he came to me with a picture of a penguin and asked to make that. I helped a little with explaining how to do the pattern. He blew me away with the results. It was an exact replica of the picture he’d shown me.

Visit Kate’s website to find out more about her other patterns.  Kate also has patterns for the Harem pants in infants, child and adult sizes over at her website!
OR Purchase Issue 2 which contains this pattern

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