When I first opened the magazine, I was stunned! I mean there is some serious eye candy in this magazine. Not just eye candy is included though. Also included are several sewing articles and tips and tricks for different techniques. An article that I really appreciated for the clear photos and step by step instructions was how to insert a magnetic snap with prongs. So super helpful and to think that I've been doing it WRONG all these years! Ok. Maybe not wrong. Let's just say I've been doing it...a different way.
Here is just a peek at some of the patterns available in this magazine:
For this blog tour, I sewed 2 patterns: Bedtime Buddies and The Jukebox Dress. Both are A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.
The Jukebox Dress by Flosstyle
There are so many options available in this pattern, that you could probably furnish an entire child's wardrobe from this one pattern. That's just how versatile it is.
I made the Rhythm version of the Jukebox Dress. I just love that cowl neck. Also when we were out shopping one morning, my daughter pointed out a sweater that she liked with a large cowl, so I thought it would be a good choice to go with that. You know, since she liked the one in the store and all.
It's summer here, but I decided to make the dress out of fleece for a couple of reasons:
- I had the polka dot fleece waiting for the perfect project, and this was it.
- I figure she will get more wear out of it during the fall, winter, and maybe early spring.
- I love that this dress can be paired with leggings and a long sleeve tee for colder days, or worn alone on a day that's not too hot.
- Did I mention how adorable it is when worn with BOOTS?
I wasn't sure which size to make for my daughter. I took her measurements and she was between sizes according to her chest size. Normally I would make the next larger size, but this pattern cautioned against that, so I went with the smaller size. I was hesitant because, well, honestly fleece doesn't have much stretch, and I didn't want it to be too tight.
I made the right size. The fit is perfect and even will allow her some growing room. If she gets much taller, she can wear it as a tunic or even a shirt if she really hits a growing spurt!
Oh, an added bonus: it's a really quick and easy sew! I had it cut out one day, and the next day I just sewed it up right before dinner. See, it was that easy.
OK. I have to be honest. When I first signed up for this, I was like, "Why did I choose this project? There are so many instructions. It looks complicated. WHAT was I thinking?"
I'll stop right there, because this pattern is, well, simply put, it's AMAZING! I have NEVER in my years of sewing been more impressed with a PDF sewing pattern. In fact, I was so impressed with it, that instead of making 1 bedtime buddy, I actually made 2. And I have a third one already cut and ready to be sewn, with plans for a fourth!
My favorite part of this project was making the hair! It was just too much fun! The pattern called for different scraps of ribbons, ric rac, yarn, or braid trim, but I didn't have much of that. What I did have turned out to be perfect.
I had this dark chocolate brown leftover from a sewing project for my husband. I cut off a chunk of that the length of the hair, made little snips every 1/2 inch or so, and then ripped the fabric at each snip that I had made. Boy oh boy was it satisfying to shred that fabric.
For Jack's hair I also had some brown yarn that I added into his hair piece. I added some tiny red ric rac to Pene's hair piece. They both turned out so well.
I used the same brown broadcloth for the hair backing. The pattern called for stretchy knit fabric. You are supposed to cut it with pinking shears, but I used the broadcloth and ripped it also. Worked wonderfully.
My kids are pretty proud of their Bedtime Buddies and have slept with them ever since I finished them. These guys have a large size pocked hidden in their clothes so you can store your pajamas or other treasures.
These pirates also ended up being much larger than I imagined they would be. Such a good size to hug on at night and then store your pj's in the next morning as your pirate friend guards your bed.
Don't forget to pick up your copy of the new One Thimble magazine. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Are you looking forward to seeing more of the range of patterns from One Thimble's Issue 7? Follow the blog tour using the links below;
- Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Molly and Mama and pen, seb & rox and From a Box
- Thursday 14th May 2015 - Handmade Boy
- Friday 15th May 2015 - The Toffee Tree and Horris and Deedle
- Saturday 16th may 2015 - Sewvolution and FABulous Home Sewn
- Sunday 17th May 2015 - Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow and Sprouting JubeJube
- Monday 18th May 2015 - Sew Happily Ever After and Big Stitches, little stitches and Made By Sara
- Tuesday 19th May 2015 - Phat Quarters Blog and Hibbadoray
- Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Mabey She Made It and Blue Wren Handmade
and while you're at it, you could hop on over and like my Facebook page: Sew Happily Ever After.