Each quarter I truly look forward to the release of One Thimble e-zine. This digitial magazine just keeps getting better and better and I love seeing the different theme that Jen Kennedy (founder and editor) comes up with.
In this issue of One Thimble 16, it’s all about Under the Sea with plenty of mermaids, mermen, scuttles and pearls to delight. Choosing what to sew up from the 11 PDF patterns that is included in the e-zine was a difficult choice. I wanted to sew everything but finally settled on the High Tide Trousers designed by Made by Jack’s Mum and the Triton tank by Ainslee Fox because quite frankly my growing boy needs some new spring/summer clothes. We are about to head into Spring soon here downunder and every pants I’ve pulled out of the draws have either shrunk or he’s grown (maybe a bit of both?)
What I really like about the High Tide trousers is that it is a smart casual relaxed pant with the option to roll up the legs to turn them into long shorts so technically I can get two outfits in one (smile). To keep with the smart casual and ‘under the sea’ theme, I decided to make the pant in a lovely silver-grey 100% linen that I bought from the Fabric Store.
I made the trouser in a size 12 width and 11 length based on his measurements and I think the fit is great on him (plus the elastic waist with drawstrings is perfect for a growing boy). The construction of the pant came together beautifully though I did have to be care handling the linen as it does fray quite easily so everything had to be serged. The trendy front pockets and stylish welt back pockets were nice touches to elevate this to a smart casual look. Aside from a small change I made (and this was just a personal choice in taste) from sewing a double welt pocket to a single welt pocket instead everything else was sewn as per the pattern.
To complement the trouser, I paired it with the roomy Triton tank in a lovely lightweight slub and striped yarn dyed cotton jersey. I love the mixture of texture in the knit fabric and the colour is nice and fresh with a nice drape (though I would love it even more if it drapes just that bit extra). In fact, in this issue of One Thimble, there is a whole article on the different drapes between woven and stretch fabrics which is very helpful to understand how your fabric behaves and what will work or won’t work for the look you’re going for.
Sewing the Triton tank was super fast and easy and I can totally see myself whipping up plenty more. I love the look of the dropped armhole to give it that effortlessly stylish, yet sporty and laid-back tank top look that would work for both boys and girls. One thing I would recommended when making this tank top is to choose your fabric carefully. A dropped armhole is best suited to lighter weight knits that have plenty of drapes otherwise your armhole may look like it’s sticking out rather than dropping down.
Overall, I’m very please with how the outfit turned out and cannot wait to sew up the rest of the other patterns included in the e-zine. You can see more reviews of other patterns from the following bloggers and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win your very own copy of this awesome One Thimble e-zine!
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