Sunday, 5 November 2017

Pattern Testing - Ainslee Fox for One Thimble - Big Day Out Jacket

Hi Everyone,

You all need to get excited about the impending release of One Thimble Issue 17 this coming Friday! It is JAM PACKED with so much goodness! 14 PDF patterns - yes, 14!!! and The Big Day Out Jacket by Ainslee Fox is one of them!

When Jen from Ainslee Fox and One Thimble first mentioned the name of the jacket to me, I had a little giggle to myself, remembering year after year where my friends and I would trudge off to the Big Day out to spend a whole day indulging in live music, festival fun and of course lots of mud games - inevitably it would rain, we'd all get wet and stomp around in mud and spirits were always high! So, before I'd even sewn up this jacket, I already felt quite a strong bond with it. And of course, this is how cool I looked when I went....right...

My first took me quite a while, there are a lot of small parts to piece together and top stitch and of course you have to factor in a couple of extra hours for that "new pattern" learning period and I had both my kids home that day! 

It's not a quick sew - but it has been the most rewarding sew for me since the Hourglass Dress from Rabbit Rabbit Creations (which I LOVE)

I paired it with the Ainslee Fox Scuttle Shorts from Issue 16 and the LilLuxe AlleyCat Leotard for an insanely cute little outfit that my 5yo got complimented on several times!

I had this awesome pineapple denim which in my head was going to suit the summery theme perfectly, I may have gotten a little teary when I was 10cm short.... so I took myself off to Spotlight to find an alternative. I came across this gorgeous watermelon drill and all was well with the world!

It's all in the detail, really. From the hidden welt side pockets to the functional top pockets, it's the little details of this pattern that will amaze you!

I had also bought this divine floral stretch denim from the Remnant Warehouse previously, and it was a perfect match for this jacket!

I paired it here with the Peach Patterns Pearlie Dress from issue 16 of One Thimble, made with a soft and rather luscious jersey from Spotlight.

We tried for some beach photos, Sydney weather had other plans and we go rained on! So, back to my desk it was!

You'll need to set aside some time to do this properly, I made my first with constant kid interruptions and it definitely doubled my time. My second and third were pretty quick - considering it's not a quick project - all that top stitching takes time - don't let that deter you though, if you can work on it in bits and pieces you will feel so satisfied once it’s done that you've made such a wonderful wardrobe staple!

I mean, seriously, I never expected to be able to say "I made a denim jacket" ever....
What will your first OT17 sew be?

Happy Sewing
T x

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Leotards anyone?

My youngest started gymnastics a few weeks ago and I thought to myself "I really should attempt to make her a leotard" During a recent sale I had bought the Lil Luxe Alley Cat Leotard pattern and so I set out to make a leotard... and so began a new obsession!

I started off using some jersey I had bought at Spotlight and made a muslin - however it's become one of her most worn items of clothing - winning! I adjusted the pattern instructions to suit my laziness. I did not want to line it so I just left that bit out and used my overstitch to hem the neck/back line and it's made no difference to the fit or style of the pattern.

She's wearing it here with the Leon Shorts by Papillion and Mandarine I have three favourite shorts patterns, this is one of the 3.

As you can see here, another modification I made was to add leg bands instead of elastic at the legs - I simply didn't have the width elastic required handy, so I used the elastic length to cut the leg band and made it 1.5" wide (I changed this to 2" wide on later makes) and then i ended up making leg bands for all the rest as I thought it was pretty cute that way.

Then of course, big sister wanted one too!

Leotard fabric:  Organic Pink Spots fabric by Tadah, Shorts Fabric from Spotlight

How could I refuse?! I mean how cute is she!!! Here she is wearing them with the Ainslee Fox Scuttle Shorts from Issue 16 of One Thimble - one of my other favourite shorts patterns.

She did eventually wear one to gymnastics... but I have to admit both my girls have mainly been wearing them as bodysuits under their shorts or skirts as a fashion item! 

I've got a couple more of these cut out to make up for my nieces who arrive from Japan next month for a holiday! I hope they will love them as much as my girls do!

Happy sewing
T xx