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{BLOG TOUR} One Thimble Issue #16

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beep. beep.  It's TOUR TIME!!

Woo-hoo, the calendar is flying by and it has once again rolled around to yet another fabulous One Thimble release! I have to tell you, as much as I have adored the past issues... this issue is my all-time fave.  If I could have skipped sleep for a week, I would have - just to have been able to sew ALL. THE. PATTERNS.

This sea-inspired issue is jam-packed with 11 patterns and 26 sewing articles. You can't help but get inspired as you explore the contents.  Amongst the patterns, not only will you find clothes perfect for a day at sea, you'll also find a mermaid skirt, a mermaid sleeping bag, and a mermaid or merman Free Motion Applique -- all the makings for a trip into the sea of imagination a reality.

In case you are new to One Thimble, it is a digital sewing magazine with about 10 or more sewing patterns and several inspirational articles or tutorials.  Some of the articles are helpful if you are looking to grow your handmade business while others contain a fun tutorial such as the felt sea creature masks.  The cost for everything is $25 AUD (which is $19.76 USD) -- that's just $2.27 AUD per pattern ($1.79 USD)!!  Buy your copy HERE!

Here's a peek at the contents of this issue!

Included patterns are: 
(Row 1) * Triton Tank (1-12), unisex * Scuttle Shorts (3-12), unisex * Pearlie Dress & Peplum Top (1-12)
(Row 2) * Melody Mermaid Tail (3-8) * Mermaid Pocket Doll & Shell (handsewn) * Makana Mermaid Skirt (2-10)
(Row 3) * High Tide Trousers (nb-12), unisex * Meg is a Mermaid (Free Motion Applique) * Hally Casual Dress (1-12)
(Row 4) * Miss Olivia Dress (Ladies 2-16 US/ 6-20 AU) * Murray is a Merman (Free Motion Applique) 

Aren't they dreamy??? I already have the patterns printed and fabrics picked for the High Tide Trousers along with another set of Scuttle Shorts, Pearlie Dress and Triton Tank.  I also have fabrics picked out for a Makana Mermaid Skirt, Hally Casual Dress, and Meg is a Mermaid.  This is my short list 😜 The Mermaid Pocket Doll may be the perfect project for car line which will soon be back on the afternoon schedule -- I think it will look so cute peeking from the pocket of the Scuttle Shorts!

My youngest has a Mermaid/Under the Sea inspired room so I am hoping to add in the Melody Mermaid Tail for her bed as a surprise!  I love that it includes how to make the scallops.

Before I get to my thoughts on the full issue, I am dying to share more about the patterns I sewed!

The personality is strong in this one... 😜
First up is the Triton Tank and Scuttle Shorts, both by Ainslee Fox Boutique Patterns.  Somehow I think these may be my first sews of hers though -- now I have to go back to past issues and catch up!

Both of these patterns are unisex and are easy sews for knit fabrics.

The Scuttle Shorts come in two lengths (Shorty & Jamaica) -- I chose the Shorty, with the optional pockets, but chose not to colorblock them.  I sewed them in a mint cotton Lycra from Purple Seamstress.  My next pair will be a French Terry, which is recommended in the pattern.

After I finished sewing them -- highly recommend trimming the back of the pockets before hemming to reduce bulk, by the way -- I added an Iron-On Fish with my new Cricut Explore Air 2 (use code AUGUSTAIR for 10% off the Air or Air 2).  Pearl Taylor included 4 sea-inspired templates for your cutting machine (pg 122).  I love that you can change the size to fit your project, although after trying to weed this, a BrightPad is officially on the Christmas wishlist! And if you are new to iron on vinyl (or HTV), learn the basics on pages 119-121!

This picture shows off the relaxed fit of the Triton Tank - which makes it a great unisex piece.  It's drafted for a lightweight knit with drape (read all about drape on page 64) so I sewed it up in a lightweight jersey Lycra blend.  I ordered it ages ago and didn't pay attention to the weight of the knit so it sat waiting for the perfect project.

Last but not least is the Pearlie Dress & Peplum Top by Peach Patterns -- also new to me!  I first fell in love with this dress when a fellow OT Tour blogger shared her sneak.  I knew I had to sneak it in.  I originally wanted to sew it as a Peplum to pair with white twill High Tide Trousers for my youngest -- like a mini capsule of her 4 pieces, but my oldest was feeling left out so I made it in her preferred style -- the dress.

It includes 3 pockets, square, pointed or rounded.  I chose the square and then added the Whale Iron-On by Pearl Taylor (pg 122).  I added the pocket earlier in the sewing process (before attaching the skirt portion). I also love that this pattern has a slim fit and normal fit bodice.  I still had to mix sizes (3 width and 6 length) but she shows detailed pics on how to blend.  There are also two neck binding sizes. I went with narrow to try it out.  I really like it, but found the 1/4" SA on the binding to be hard to follow. (I'm used to 3/8" - 1/2")

I just love the simplicity of it along with the curved hems.

My girls LOVE their new outfits and wore them to Target right after pictures.  They also had fun taking pics together and had a few ideas on how to pose. 

I love that One Thimble is more than just a group of patterns.  The layout and photography is top-notch.  Each time I am blown away by the talent behind the scenes.  I don't know how everyone else reads OT, but I *may* have sneaked up to my computer with a fresh cup of coffee to read through this issue while my girls were watching their favorite episodes of Liv & Maddie on Netflix. Shhh....

The articles included are a range of helpful to inspiring to fun little add-on projects.  They are divided into 4 categories: 

Regular Columns:  Here you will find Trending Fabrics, the latest in the Stitches in Time story, Details about the Next Issue, Coupons & Discounts, etc.    I am really enjoying the story and looking forward to what happens next!

Special Features: All about that Drape and Understanding HTV are two really helpful articles.  I need to print out the Drape article to have as a handy guide when I am out shopping.  Project KIN was a really neat article to read too -- and a great way to get involved.  I am thinking I could involve my two girls in the process and in turn, teach them about giving to those in need.

Techniques & Tutes:  Here I learned what a Croquis is -- there's even a little printout to make your own!  Do the Mash was really helpful in making sure I blend sizing properly for my slim girls. I also loved the HTV templates and used 2 above.  My girls will love the Aquarian Felt Masks too.  Plus, there's several more included tutorials.

Handmade Business: This group of articles includes the follow up to IG Analytics, Creating your Brand, Profitability Worksheet, and How to Keep Your Cool as a Small Business Owner to name a few.  While reading the IG Analytics article, I was able to pull up IG on my phone and learn how to navigate through the analytics portion and learn when my ideal posting time is.

Whew!!  Like I said, this edition is AMAZING and is a must-have.  

Be sure to check out all of the other tour stops for more amazing inspiration!

Blog Tour Kickoff
Pattern Revolution

Sewing with Sarah
GAAF Machine

Call Ajaire
Happy Okapi
Idle Sunshine

Pear Berry Lane
Candice Ayala
Needles to Say

House of Estrela
Made by Sara

Little Cumquat
Beri Bee Designs
Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Sprouting JubeJube
Sew Haute Blog
Lily Shine Creates

Lulu & Celeste
Adventures with Bubba and Bug

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{Blog Tour} Coming Up Roses by Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics

Oh. my. squee!! 

I am so excited to be a part of the Coming Up Roses {Blog Tour} with Jill Finley for Penny Rose Fabrics.  The moment I saw this collection, Coming Up Roses, I fell in love.  This collection is simply stunning.  A mixture of roses, paisley, stripes, hexis, bees, buds, and vines, each print comes in 3 colorways making it easy to mix and match.

If you know me at all, even a little bit, you know stripes have my heart.  I love, love, love stripes and I love matching them even more!  Once I saw these Roses Stripe Blue, I knew I would sew the Amsterdam by Little Lizard King.  It comes with an option for a pieced chevron bodice, including a fool-proof method of cutting your stripes to perfectly match every single time.

For the straps, I chose the Roses Bees Blue to draw a bit more blue upward.  These little bees are adorable!  You can also see in this picture a pop of red peeking out.  I lined the bodice in Roses Hexis Red and carefully ironed a bit of the lining to show to mimic piping (without all the work!).

 These roses, though!!!  They are bold. They are beautiful and I am just smitten.  To pair with the blue stripes, I chose the Roses Main Red.  I love how the blue stripes compliment the red roses and help pick up the blue accents in the roses as well.

I also carried the Roses Bees Blue downward with the addition of pockets because... well, pockets are always a fantastic choice!  I turned to the Emory Dress by Izzy & Ivy Designs and snagged its pockets!  (Hint: Join Izzy & Ivy Designs Fan Group on Facebook and find the pocket template free in the files section!)  I lined them with the Roses Hexis Red that I used to line the bodice for just a hint of red at the pockets.

Be sure to check in with the rest of the tour stops!!

July 6:  A Bright Corner
July 13: Auribuzz
July 20:   Ameroonie Designs
July 27:  Beri Bee Designs
Aug 3:  That's-Sew-Kari

{BLOG TOUR} EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics

Exactly 3 months away.

Eek!! The countdown is ON for Halloween -- can you believe it's just around the corner?!  I am so excited to share my wicked little witch and her sidekick for the EEK. BOO. SHRIEK. {Blog Tour}.

Eek.Boo.Shriek. by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Fabrics is such a fun collection for Halloween.  It's a mixture of skeletons, skulls, and all things Halloween.  It has purple, orange, and black colorways and also includes 3 doll witch panels (each colorway) that have the pattern pieces pre-printed on the fabric, along with the pattern directions.  

Isn't this the cutest little witch?! The pattern even includes a little witch hat.  As soon as I saw this as one of the fabric selections, I was sold.  Of course, my daughter would want a matching dress, right?

Easy peasy!! I simply grabbed the individual prints and turned to the Janie Lou Pattern by Little Lizard King.  With a little sleeve modification, a bit of hand-applique and a smidgen of ribbon, I recreated the 18" Doll panel in big girl size 😊

The front bodice of Janie Lou has an inset which made embellishing the Shriek Dot Orange with ribbon extremely easy.  In lieu of the buckle, I added just a straight piece of ribbon.  (And because I forgot about the sash and buckle... LOL)

I also switched out the button loops on the back bodice for actual button holes, mainly due to preference... and because my machine is a wizard at buttonholes so they aren't scary at all.

To add the Shriek Dot Black to the bottom of the skirt, I simply folded the width of the fabric until it was about a quarter of the original width.  Then I freehand cut jagged edges into it.  I used my first cut as a template for the back skirt. Then I pinned in place on the Shriek Damask Orange and stitched close to the edge to secure.  I opted to not use any Heat N' Bond to affix it because I think a little bit of frayed edges after washing will add a little dimension to the costume.

My daughter cannot wait to go trick-or-treating with her best girl, Grace.  She has even requested I sew Grace a Halloween bag to collect candy. HA!

Have you started sewing for Halloween yet?!  
I'm now one down, one to go 💀

Check out the rest of the Eek.Boo.Shriek Blog Tour!

July 31 That'-Sew-Kari
August 4 She Quilts A Lot

Happy {Early} Halloween!!

{Blog Tour} DIY "Day of the Week Underwear" with Cricut Explore Air 2

This post was created in partnership with Cricut.  All opinions are my own.  This post also contains affiliate links. Buy purchasing through my link, I am compensated.

Eeek!!! I am SO excited to be able to finally share this project with you.  Some of my fellow blogger friends and I have been working behind the scenes with Cricut to get your creative juices flowing for embellishing your sewing projects!   If you aren't familiar, Cricut is a series of cutting machines that can cut over 100 different materials -- you can virtually make whatever you dream!  Browse from over 60,000 images in their virtual library -- you may even come up with a completely new idea!  Plus, you can see what others have created and grab some inspiration from them!

Link to buy Cricut Explore Air 2 -- CLICK HERE  -- Click SHOP and don't forget to use coupon code ChristmasinJuly for free shipping (US only).

(Psst... you can also try designing your items before you even purchase the machine!! How cool is that?!!)

I had so many ideas running through my head, it was hard to narrow it down to a single project.  In the spirit of my kiddos heading back to school next month, I decided to start there.  I thought my 6 year old would get a kick out of some fun {cheeky} unmentionables.... that she likes to mention all of the time. HA!  I grabbed my underwear pattern of choice: Mo's Comfy Fit Unders {and Trainers} by Mo's Pattern Shop and started designing.  (Of course, if you don't sew, grab some plain underwear from your favorite brand!)

The day my box arrived, I was like a kid on Christmas!  I mean, aren't these items all so gorgeous?  The Cricut Explore Air 2 and the cutting tools are so sophisticated and gorgeous (and happen to be my favorite color).  Plus, included were 14 rolls of iron-on.  WHOA!!  A huge thank you to Cricut for this amazing opportunity!!

Here's a rundown of all the goodies (colors left to right, bolded items were used in this post):
  • Cricut Explore Air 2 {Mint}
  • Cricut Cutting Mat 12x12 Variety Pack
  • Cricut {Mint} Tools & Basic Trimmer Set
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Cerulean
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Black
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite White
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Aqua
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Kelly
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Spring Meadow Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Lipstick
  • Cricut Holograph Sparkle Iron-on Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Maize
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Rose Gold
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Gold
  • Cricut Foil Iron-on Bejeweled Sampler
  • Cricut Iron-on Glitter Cherry
  • Cricut Iron-on Lite Metallic Blush

 After easily setting it all up, I quickly made the included note card project.  It was insanely easy!  I couldn't believe it!  Because I had played around with Design Space while my machine was in route, I could immediately start cutting my "Day of the Week" Underwear Project I had saved.  BUT, could the Cricut really cut items that small, so precisely?!  I wasn't sure.  

In the spirit of transparency, I do own a Silhouette Cameo 2 and have for about 18 months now.  It sat in the box for the first 11 months. HAHA!  Then, in the last 7 months, I can count on one hand the number of times I have used it.  Only one of those times did I use iron-on (and I only used a single color).  So, I am pretty much an iron-onl/cutting machine newbie.  

When I tell you the Cricut Explore Air 2 is seriously easy, it really is!  I was able to cut over 40 pieces, CORRECTLY, in about 12 different colors the very first night!!  The cuts are precise and made weeding a breeze.  I was also happy that I didn't have to fiddle with the blade to cut correctly (Silhouette users: you know what I'm talking about 😜)

{Tutorial} How to Create Day-of-the-Week Underwear

Step 1: Open Design Space to begin.  To design your own, use pictures and text of your choice.  To use the designs I made, click HERE.

Step 2: Organize your colors and begin cutting.  Remember to mirror your images in the cutting process!  Weed your pieces.  

Tip: Use a straight pin for weeding the tiniest of cut areas (such as in the camel).

Step 3: Cut your pattern pieces from your desired fabrics. Gently memory press the middle of the front with your iron to aid in lining it all up.

Tip: I chose to sew after applying the vinyl.  It is easier to get even pressure with your iron without all the seams (and if you screw something up, you haven't wasted your sewing time!)

Step 4: Locate all of your layers for the first day.  (I will be using Wednesday for this tutorial).

Step 5: Place your most bottom layer - in this case, it's the black camel. Lay it in place.  Lay down layer of light-colored fabric over (such as white quilting cotton).  Apply the iron-on per instructions.  

(Pay attention to which heat is needed and whether you need to let it cool prior to peeling up the carrier sheet.)

Step 6: Continue building your decal layer by layer.  

Tip: If you wish, you can group the black pieces together to cut in place -- select those layers and choose WELD. Otherwise, it will rearrange your pieces to conserve iron-on before it sends it to the machine.

Tip: To have letters cut out of the white speech bubble, use the SLICE tool in lieu of a separate layer like I did.

Daily Details:

"Sunny" Sunday: Sun #M37746 Create A Critter  
Font: Magnolia Sky
Colors: Maize, Black, Holograph Sparkle Gold

"AAAGH!" Monday:  Monster #M37231 Mini Monsters
Font: Pink Clouds
Colors: Metallic Blush, White, Black, Aqua, Purple from Bejeweled Sampler

"Taco" Tuesday: Taco #M3E03C Fast Food
Font: KG Shake If Off Chunky
Colors: Gold, Maize, Red from Bejeweled Sampler, Green from Meadow Sampler, Black

"Hump Day" Wednesday:  Camel #M37ECF A Quilted Christmas Word Bubble #M32FAF Party Photo Props
Font: Arab Brushstroke Std Regular Font Monotype Fonts 1
Colors: Gold, Black, White

"Thirsty" Thursday:  Drink #M2298F62 Cutie Planner Pieces Square #M369896 Basic Shapes
Font: Barberino Clean
Colors: Aqua, Black, White, Silver from Meadow Sampler

"Fry" Friday: French Fries #M3D234 Fast Food
Font: Cupcakia
Colors: Gold, Maize, Black, Red from Bejeweled Sampler

"Relax, it's..." Saturday: Relaxing Crocodile #M3EF18 Crocs Rule
Font: MF I Love Glitter
Colors: Brown, Green from Meadow Sampler, Green from Bejeweled Sampler, White, Black

Aren't these undies so fun?!  My 6 year old is so in love!!  (We don't model underwear for the Interwebs, but they fit perfectly 😉) .  My 8 year old has already put in her order.

I can't even begin to try to pick my favorite day, but Taco Tuesday is in the running. HA!  🌮
Comment below with your favorite day!!

Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Check out the rest of the amazing projects!!!

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

Coral and Co.

A super special shout out to Cricut and the team of ladies who organized this tour!

I was invited to participate in the Cricut Party Blogger Program Kickoff.
This experience is based strictly on my opinion.  Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above.  I was provided the sample free of charge by the company or PR agency and I have given my honest opinion.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

{Blog Tour} Glamper-licious by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs

I am so excited to be the next stop on the Glamper-licious Blog Tour!  Funny story about camping...Just this week, my girls tried camping out for the first time and they lasted 45 minutes.... LOL  They would fall more into the "glamping" category, I'd bet 😜  They take after their mama!

"You want me to sleep in a tent?!  For the whole entire night?!  With, like, bug noises and stuff???!!!"
When I was invited to join the Glamper-licious Blog Tour, I couldn't resist these adorable fabrics by Samantha Walker for Riley Blake Designs!   I knew my daughter would love it too.  (Actually both daughters loved and one is currently mad at me...LOL) The Glamper-licious collection features 7 different prints, each print in 3 colorways.  There are pinks, blues, reds and greens. The main print features the cutest campers and picnic scenes.  Then, the adorable glamper campers are also in a mini print.  The remainder of the prints are great coordinates. Plus, there are two cheater prints which are great time-savers for quilters.  I had the hardest time deciding!  I seriously wanted them all... lol.

In the end, I chose:

  • Glamper Main Aqua
  • Glamper Camper Aqua
  • Glamper Geometric Pink
  • Glamper Dots Red.

I always enlist my girls when it comes to picking out a pattern.  I've learned over the years that involving them in the process means they wear it more!  My 6 year old decided she wanted a strappy dress.... this, after refusing to wear ANYTHING without sleeves for the past year.  After I picked my jaw up off the floor, we found the Sun Dancer Pattern by Little Lizard King. And then we added large pockets from the Hoya Dress Pattern (also by LLK) in case she needed to hold anything while glamping... like her lip gloss.

The Glamper Geometric Pink looks so great with the Glamper Main Aqua.  I added some clear red buttons to pop out a bit of the red in the main print.  The fabric is really soft and is a breeze to iron and sew.

Of course, we couldn't stop there.... nope.  Not when the 6 year old is designing alongside.

Apparently, her my Wellie Wisher Camille *needed* a coordinating dress.  So I got out my doll bodice block and drafted my own.  I will make a few tweaks on the next one, but I'm pleased with the initial draft.  The Glamper Camper Aqua print is perfect for dolls or any other small scale sewing you may do.  I paired it with the Glamper Dots Red.  The dress even matches her signature Wellies!!  (That was completely accidental.. haha).

The nice thing about dolls:  they don't move when you're taking a picture. HA!!  
While my daughter may not be up for real camping, my girly girl is game for glamping -- and will be dressed for it too!  Just point which way the camper is....LOL  (or hotel, I'm okay with that!)

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Glamp-sites on the tour 😉

June 15- Jina Barney Designz
June 29- That’s Sew Kari
July 5- Flamingo Toes

{Blog Tour} Simple Life Pattern Company & Sew Caroline

Something exciting has been happening behind the scenes with Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline!  They teamed up and swapped patterns to upsize (SLPco) and downsize (Sew Caroline) for Mommy & Me sewing.   I love sewing for my girls (they are so appreciative) so I chose to try out the Sugar Pop Top and the Magnolia Shorts.  

I was also lucky enough to shop some of the Riley Blake Designs collections and pick out some fabric!  Yay!! I love Riley Blake.  I chose to order from the Juxtaposey line by Betz White.  I chose Stripe (navy) and Star (green) for the Sugar Pop Top and Diamond (white) for the Magnolia Shorts.  I love that my girls can coordinate from the same line without being completely matchy-matchy.

The Sugar Pop Top is such a sweet blouse for summer.  It has both cap sleeves and flutter sleeves as well as a hidden button placket in the back.  It also includes a peter pan collar and a slight hi-lo hem.  The inside is unlined so it's not too hot for the summer heat.  Both the collar and arms are finished off with bias tape for a neat and tidy inside!

In lieu of the peter pan collar, I chose to add in a feature stripe of Juxtaposey Stripe (navy).  I just love the contrast against the green Juxtaposey Stars.

As I was getting my "back view" to show the hidden placket, she turned and smiled.  Here's my "not-so-hidden" hidden placket because I apparently got distracted by the cute smile and didn't have her turn back around.

The Magnolia Shorts are a super quick sew with either an elastic or knit waistband.  They are a relaxed fit.  I added a fringe trim from Hobby Lobby to the bottom of this pair.

This is her "model pose" ... LOL   Helpful hint; To get your chevron pattern to line up properly, cut an exact mirror image!  It's that easy 😊

A special thanks to Riley Blake Designs for sending this awesome fabric my way and to Sarah of Pattern Revolution for organizing the tour.  

For more Simple Life Pattern Company and Sew Caroline Blog Tour inspiration, visit these stops along the way!!

May 15

May 16

May 17

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