Happy Valentines Day everyone! How appropriate that I should be doing my review of my favourite e-magazine One Thimble on such a special day (Feb 14 – for issue 14). I absolutely love the Boho theme in this issue and these two patterns (though I do love the others as well):
Loli top & dress
When I first saw the Loli, I knew I wanted to sew this up. I adore the simple elegance of the style with the featured yoke and straps. The top/dress has options for a standard straps or spagetti (I opted for the spagetti cross over straps as I like the sweet daintiness of it) and you can choose between a button back closure or elastic.
I was tossing up between sewing a top or dress and after much (self) debate, I decided on a dress. I figured, we are going into Autumn soon (though it’s hard to believe with the heat we’re currently experiencing) and I wanted this to last till next spring/summer so if she does grow a few inches between now and then, the dress can become a top … good thinking hey? For this dress, I decided to use my precious Liberty of London fabric. I thought the sweetness of the dress and the fabric matches perfectly. Don’t you agree?
The dress is meant to be a retro length but because I wanted to add a touch of vintage lace for detailing, I extended the hemline to have the lace inserted in between. I just love how the Loli dress turned out and so does Lil miss. Now let’s switch gear from sweet and dainty to fun and glamourous.
For the Lala skirt, I had this great plan in my head of using bridal tulle with soft ostrich feathers layered in between. The visualisation looked great in my head until I came to making it. Let’s just say, it didn’t quite go to plan and I scrap that idea and started again.
Looking for some inspiration, I searched through my stash of fabrics and came across this gorgeous dress fabric (though I can’t remember where I bought it from). This was perfect with it textured pleating and shimmer, it would totally rock as a fun party skirt.
The skirt cuts up fairly quickly (which is a win in my eyes) and the instructions was easy to follow with detailed photos for visuals like me. Since there is 5 layers of ruffles, I decided to break it up by using the wrong side of the fabric for contrasting effect. Yes, I do have a tendency to use the wrong side of the fabric (now that I come to think of it LOL)
Like the dress, the skirt came together fairly quickly especially when using a gathering foot (heheh) and with the elastic waist makes the fit easily adjustable.Lil miss had so much fun twirlying and dancing around to see the ruffles bounce. So I can safely say, both patterns are a hit and you can get them either as individual patterns from One Thimble or better yet, buy the whole e-magazine and get: GET 10 PATTERNS (worth $90+) + ARTICLES + DISCOUNT VOUCHERS for only $25 AUD.
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9 Feb 2017