Monday, February 19, 2018

One Thimble Issue 18---Linden Tote Review

One of my favorite things about reading One Thimble is finding new pattern designers.  This issue is no exception!
I knew when I saw a picture of the Linnden Tote (I know I have the spelling wrong in my title, but I can't change it now without messing up the tour html. OOPS!) that I just had to make one for myself. This pattern, by a new-to-me designer (Annie Zorzo), did not disappoint!
Designed to be made partially with leather, I made a few slight modifications and made the entire bag with fabric. I love that I'll be able to toss it in the washing machine when it begins to get a little grungy. ;)
This truly is a great bag for a mom on the go! It's very roomy and will hold lots of essentials for your kiddos. There is an optional interior zippered pocket great for keeping up with your keys and such!
Sadly, I don't have any trips to the beach or park planned and my kiddos don't rely on my keeping up with their important items...I think this will be a perfect bag to carry to the library. Can't wait to try it out for real this week!

Be sure and check out the rest of the tour. There are some really great posts to read and pictures to swoon over!!  








Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fresh Start Tour w/ DG Patterns

Welcome to the Fresh Start Tour

with DG Patterns.

It's that time of year where we're thinking about getting a fresh start on our habits, new wardrobes, and trying new things. Join me and my fellow bloggers this week as we showcase how we're getting a Fresh Start with DG Patterns. (Be sure to read on to learn about our sponsor giveaway)
DG Patterns is offering a 50% discount during the tour to help you get some fresh patterns. 

I decided that I wanted to make a fresh start with my wardrobe this year and I am starting with lounge wear, lol!  As I am primarily home, this makes the most sense to me. Of course, I chose to work with patterns that are not necessarily intended for lounge wear, but are working out very well indeed!  

Let me introduce you to Alice and Helen:

Alice is a lovely "boxy" top with teardrop cutouts at the back neckline.  I discovered that I was running just a few inches short  of the floral fabric so I did a little color blocking, bringing the pants fabric to the top and I love the effect! 

As for Helen, she got a little modification as well.  Since I knew these are going to be worn almost exclusively at home, I opted to leave off any pockets! Usually, I'm all about pockets (and these look very generous!), but really have no need for them at home. ;)
Both patterns are very easy to follow and a fairly quick sew...The only thing that might slow you down is the cut outs, but don't let that worry you!

My husband was out of town this week, so many thanks to my son for snapping a few pics! ;)

If you haven't already, head over to and check out the patterns. They are all on sale this week for the blog tour!  Also, be sure you scroll to the bottom for an awesome giveaway!!

Make sure you check out everyone's fabulous makes!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

One Thimble: Issue 17 Blog Tour

Can you believe it's already time for another issue of  One Thimble? With 14 patterns and countless articles, Issue 17 is sure to have something for everyone!
My favorite is that there are several smaller projects included that are perfect for Christmas gifts!

 I focused on the Fruit Bags by Sewperior, the Teachers' Gift Pack by one + two, and the Fabric Wrap Bracelet by Sarah of Pattern Revolution.
All three of these patterns are suitable for beginners, which means that you can easily sew up more than one of them in an evening. Won't that make your holiday sewing fly by? ;)

Here's my fruit bag.  It's just perfect for apples and bananas. I can't wait to get to the grocery store with it!

 I'll admit my "teachers set" may be a little cliche, lol, but I like this fabric made me smile.  I'm sure your child's teacher will be thrilled to receive this set in any fabric! This set includes a cozy for a takeout coffee cup and a coaster for your wine glass that won't fall off!

My last project for this issue is the bracelet. So fun!  I decided to go with the same fabric and will probably include this one for teacher gifts this season. :)

I can see these bracelets being a hot trend this season!

What else is in this issue:  Well, have you ever heard of an interactive applique?  Me either! But, you will find one inside the covers of this fabulous e-zine!
Do you remember a few months ago when OT had a contest?  The “Gifts to Sew Competition?"  
The winners are in here too!
Let's not forget about the Festival Clutch, Sol dress, Nori dress...There's even a pair of shorts (half fly? I'm very interested in this pattern!)  and a jacket that you don't want to miss!  Want to slow down, maybe do a little deliberate sewing? The Flora Fiesta hand embroidery pattern may be for you!  I may have missed mentioning one or two patterns. If so, it's only because my head is spinning at how fun this issue is!
Go, see what your favorite designer has to offer this go round or, maybe, find a new favorite!

This issue is all about festivity and does not disappoint with the first article that celebrates the life and influence of Frida Kahlo, a renowned Mexican artist who still impacts art and fashion in today's times--50 years after she lived.

Have big dreams for your crafting, but a small budget?  No worries! In "All I Want for Christmas...) you'll find budget friendly alternatives to some of the fancy machines and gadgets on the market.

I do love giving handmade for special occasions and this issue has plenty of suggestions for everyone in your life, and the whole family can create together, to help you through the giving season.

Are you giving handmade?  Be sure to check out the article on wrapping your precious gifts!

As always, there is a section meant to help your handmade business thrive--really a lot to think about here.
Not only will you find tips for sewing faster, but there is also a focus on slowing down.  From the hand embroidery pattern to the list of podcasts, you'll enjoy every moment of it!

Now to choose which pattern to work on next...

Don't forget to check out all the other stops on the tour and happy sewing!!







Friday, October 20, 2017

Button Up Blog Tour

 This week we are "falling" into button up love with Winter Wear Designs!
I'm the last stop on what has been an amazing tour for a great pattern.
The Button Up top for women is on sale for $6.50 right now, so grab it while you can!

What a versatile wardrobe piece. Straight from the website, here are the options:

• Long Sleeve with tab
• Long Sleeve with cuff and placket
• 3/4 sleeve plain
• 3/4 sleeve with tab
• Short Sleeve
• Sleeveless
• Front Pockets with optional Pocket Flaps

I'm not big on long sleeves, so my version features the short sleeves.  I realize that's not much of a "Fall" look, but it would be great layered with the Provence Pea Coat!  (Psst...I saw that there will be a sew-a-long for the PPC at the end of the month!)

This pattern has been updated with LAYERS!!  I love it when I can only print the size (or two if blending) that I need!  If you haven't tried French seams, this pattern could be your introduction to the method.  Of course, you can always finish seams any way you'd like. ;)
AND princess seams!! I love those!  All the shaping you need without worrying about dart points! ;)
You are led step by step through the pattern, so no need to fret if you aren't familiar with one of the techniques I've mentioned.

I picked a cotton fabric that I've had in my stash for probably 16-17 years, lol. I think I'll try my next one out of something a little more flowy and see how I like that.  

Once again, mad props to my son for his (lack of) photography skills! :D

Check out all the stops of the tour:

Lunatiek 10/19
Stitches By Laura 10/20

What fabric will you use for your next Button Up?

Friday, September 29, 2017

Love Notions Origami

Fall is finally here! Well, according to the calendar it's here. Who knows when we'll actually have cooler weather in the South, lol!
As it is officially Fall, it's a great time to be along for the Love Notions' Origami Tunic and Cardigan Tour! 

What a versatile pattern! The Origami Tunic and Cardigan is available in both women's and girls' sizes!
Cowl neck, banded neck, handkerchief hem, non-handkerchief hem. It was really hard to decide which version to make.
Ultimately I chose the cardigan with 3/4 sleeves (Did I mention THREE different sleeve lengths?!) and non-handkerchief hem (only because I didn't have quite enough fabric, lol!). I think I'll make another with some really flowy knit and definitely use the handkerchief hem!
I love that my son takes the pictures for me, but LOL!
I gotta say, I'm loving the length of this cardigan--long enough for coverage, but not so long it pulls when I sit down, lol!

Be sure to check out all the other bloggers and their great makes.  If you like what you see, the patterns are on sale right now, go grab a copy! ;)
Don't forget to enter the giveaway (link below) for some incredible prizes!!

Tours LOVE to have a sale!

So this week only, grab your copy of the women's Origami for $8 or the girl's version for just $6. Sale ends Saturday September 30 at 11:59pm cst.

Stop by and say hi to all the fantastic bloggers joining in!

Wednesday September 27: Ma Moose Back40Life 

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Happy sewing!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hip Hop Tank Tour

 Don't you just love a great tank?  Me too!  The Hip Hop Tank is just such a tank. There are 4 options, including sleeves, meaning this pattern is SURE to be a favorite sew!

I chose to try the knit version (yes, woven fabrics work too!) and it was a super fast project, meaning you have time to start another! ;)

 Love Notions was a "new-to-me" pattern company and I'm so glad I had the chance to try this one!  If you are in the market for a new tank, I highly recommend the Hip Hop Tank.
Now, to make one using a woven fabric...
Happy Sewing!

How about a giveaway?  Enter here to win great prizes!

Don't forget to check out all the other stops on the tour!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sew What do I Wear-Vacation Edition

I'm so excited that I got to sew along on this blog tour!  Even though I love the Patterns for Pirates patterns that I have, I "dug" through my stash to find a couple of Made for Mermaids favorites.
Both of these patterns turned out to be perfect for our "staycation" and definitely will be packed when we get a chance to go away for real.,,I'll just be over here dreaming about a hot sandy beach...;)
 I tested the Mama Ava what seems like ages ago and still think it's one of the most comfortable tees I have!  Mama Lucy I got on sale a while back, but hadn't made it until i was ready for this tour.   These shorts are so "livable."  I can see myself wearing them around the house all summer...Maybe another pair with a ruffle around the hem?
Don't forget to visit the other blogs and check out their great vacation makes!!
Happy sewing,
Laura :)