welcome To The One Thimble Blog
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!
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?
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!
You can purchase Jess’s pattern for the Jukebox Duet as a single pattern HERE