I’ve always been a huge fan of One Thimble e-magazine when Jen first released Issue 1 and now at Issue 13, it just keeps getting bigger and better. In this issue there are a whooping 10 PDF patterns and 30 articles/tutorials/interviews.
I was very fortunate to be a part of the testers for both the One Romper and Orbis Skinny Harem pants which you can see here and here but when Pattern Revolution was looking for some bloggers to help review the e-zine, of course I couldn’t help it but put my hand up 🙂
For my review I chose the following patterns:
- Kawaii felt charms by Felt with Love Designs
- Peg shorts by Tadah Patterns; and
- Ultimate suit by Boo Designs
With two kids, I thought it would be fun for us to get crafty together. The plan sounded great and they were excited but of course, the lil man got bored quite quickly. He just wanted to sit there and direct us on which felt charm he would like ‘me’ to make for him instead LOL while lil miss was a keen learner and wanted to help. She used the template to draw on the felt and even cut out the shapes. Although the pattern recommended a blanket stitch, it was a little difficult for her so we used a normal loop stitch instead so she can do this herself. For the eyes, we used felt rather than brads and started getting creative with our own facial expressions and accessories (uhmmm yes the additonal bow tie and sprinkles)
The charms are fantastic as little christmas gifts, we made a the star ornament for the tree, a popsicle keyring charm and even an ice cream necklace … the ideas are endless, little miss got creative and even made a little handbag herself (heheh) then they were off playing with their new toys.
With summer down under, lil miss needed some new swimmers so the Boo ultimate swimsuit was perfect. I’ve only made a couple of swimmers, mainly rashies for the kids so this was a great opportunity to get a bit more practice. The pattern offers a simple one piece suit or you can get a bit more fancy by adding a frill or circle skirt and splicing the bodice. For this, I added a net tulle which offer a cute coverage as well as style, like a ballerina as she calls it
I was glad the suit didn’t have the binding finish which made it a little easier to sew. I love how the suit turned out (in this sweet floral from For the love of fabric) and how it’s also suitable for dance so I’ve already cut out second one in cotton lycra for her.
For my little man, I made for him the Tadah peg shorts. I love the fact that it’s a unisex pair of shorts but I especially love the detailed side buttons on the waistband along with the different lengths options. Since he was a boy, I opted for the longer length version and added the optional cuff to make it a little more dressier.
To give it that smart casual/formal look, I used a vintage basket weave inspired cotton with a slightly more thicker texture and added contrasting pockets in a textured cotton as well.
I omitted the welt pockets on the back becasue the fabric was busy enough and I didn’t want to add a contrast welt, i like the clean look at the back . The elastic at the back waistband means that he can probably wear this for a while which is fantastic since he’s been having a bit of a growth spurt.
All in all, I made half of the patterns in this issue 13 of One Thimble (affiliate link) and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE ALL of them. I would highly recommend grabbing this issue, you won’t be disappointed. There is something for kids of all ages.
Make sure you also check out all of these other wonderful bloggers for their reviews of the others patterns included in the magazine.
11/10 Pattern Revolution, Beri Bee Designs, The Sew and Tell Project, SewSophieLynn
11/11 Create 3.5, GAAFMACHINE
11/12 Tales of a Tester, Little Cumquat, Call Ajaire
11/13 Happy Okapi, Sunflower Seams, Stitches by Laura
11/14 Made by Sara, Candice Ayala, Filles a Maman
11/15 House of Estrela, Snickerdoodle Stew, Swoodson Says
11/16 The Lady and the Gents, Lulu & Celeste, Pear Berry Lane
11/17 Finn’s Door, Blue Wren Handmade, Once Upon a Sewing Machine, Just Add Fabric
Thank you for reading