Thursday, November 19, 2015

One Thimble Issue 9 Review

It's here!  One Thimble Issue 9 has been released and it's packed full of sewing goodness!

One Thimble is an e-zine packed full of patterns (usually 6-10 per issue), tutorials, sewing articles, and tips on growing your sewing business.  Each issue costs $25 AUD (approx. $18 US), which is a great deal for all that's included!  Plus, you get exclusive coupon codes just for OT readers!

In this issue, you will receive the following 14 PDF patterns/tutorials:
  •  Cross Bow Dress (size 0-8)
  •  Pseudo Smocked Romper (size nb-3)
  •  Ringmaster Top (size 1-10)
  •  Ringmaster Pants (size 1-10)
  •  Timeless Treasure Skirt (size 1-10)
  •  The Carnival Jacket (size 3-12)
  •  Vincent the Victor Free Motion Applique
  •  Trapeze Eloise Free Motion Applique
  •  The Statement Clutch
  •  Good Fortune Headwrap
  •  Festive Felties *
  •  Cheeky Monkey Softie
  •  Vintage Circus Sit Upon
  •  Circus Toss Game

*Requires hand-sewing
In the e-zine you’ll find 27 articles & tutorials, including the following:
  •  How to insert an invisible zipper
  •  How to get perfect points when sewing Half Square Triangles
  •  How to make an I-spy bag
  •  How to make a velcro back bow tie and toy tutu
  •  How to make a Hoop Tent
  •  How to make an insulated lunch bag
  •  How to fussy cut
  •  How to get your Sewjo back
  •  How to photograph flatlays
  •  Trending fabrics and much more

I was so excited to join in on the release blog tour and chose three patterns from the e-zine to make and review.  Looking through the options, I fell in love with the Ringmaster Top and Pants right off the bat.

Bitty Bee is growing up, and with that, she's not as fond of ruffles as she once was.  I made a few small adjustments to make her smile.

On the Ringmaster Pants, instead of doing the ruffles, I found a really cute off-white trim.  I made them out of some denim from my stash, and though you can't see it in the pictures, the waistband is the same fabric as the Ringmaster Top.

The Ringmaster Top originally had a small ruffle as trim on the front, but I took the trim I used on the pants and doubled it up to pull the whole outfit together.

Bitty Bee loves this outfit and I especially love the Ringmaster Top.  The elastic on the sides do a nice job of pulling it in and giving it a nice shape.  I'll be adding a lot of this style to her wardrobe in the future!  And this is one that she will probably be able to make on her own.  She has been doing really well in her sewing classes and now has her very own sewing machine!

I also made The Statement Clutch from Two Pretty Poppets.  I had never made one of their patterns before, and I was pleased with how it came out.  I did make a few changes, since it's for Bitty Bee.

Right now, she's all about having purses and bags and backpacks, so I added a second D-ring to the other side of the clutch, so that I could add an adjustable strap, making it more like a mini-messenger bag.  I also used a magnetic snap closure on it and added an iron-on patch that I made out of an Urban Threads embroidery design.

The other modification I made was adding a divider inside of the clutch.  This was a simple mod, I used the main bag pattern piece to cut my divider and then basted it onto the back lining piece before sewing the two lining pieces together.  Then I just followed the remaining directions.

And now the fun part!  You can win your own copy of One Thimble Issue 9!

Also, be sure to visit all of the other stops on the One Thimble Issue 9 Tour 
for lots of great sewing inspiration!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Quilt Market Review Part 3

We didn't just look at fabric while at Quilt Market!  We saw so much while there, and will be making some fun new additions to the website!

We saw quite a few vendors with some really pretty trims!  We bought some at Quilt Market to put on the website now and will be ordering more in the future.

One of the ribbon companies we talked to was Renaissance Ribbon, and we already placed our order for the Tula Pink Chipper ribbons.  Those will be in around the same time as the fabric, which we're very excited about.  We will also be ordering more ribbons from them in the future.

Books and patterns!  Lots of great books and patterns!  Books for bags, books for quilts and books for clothing ensure that each and every one of our customers will find something they like.

I love that more designers are coming out with women's patterns, we saw some great ones at Quilt Market and you'll start seeing them on the website soon.  I'll also be making some samples for myself to feature on the blog.

So many great things are in our future, we have been so blessed that our little fabric shop is growing and expanding over the last 3 years.  We can't wait to see what our next year brings!

~*~Princess Bee~*~