I had seen posts about this e-zine, One Thimble, and at first thought $25 for a magazine was a little high, but when the chance to review the entire magazine came up, I got curious and wanted to see what the buzz was all about.
Boy was I glad I did!!! I picked two of the many patterns available in this issue and really enjoyed not only sewing the Moku Skort and the Art Caddy but also reading the articles and sewing tips within the magazine. It's so much more than just 15 patterns/tutorials. This issue includes tips and pointers for things like shirring and sewing with knits, it includes interviews with designers, tips for small businesses. I still haven't even had a chance to read everything yet, but I can't wait to be able to sit with my Kindle and read the entire thing.
I have a little budding artist in my house and so the Art Tote was perfect for her. She always has a small sketch pad with her and has been known to draw on anything that will sit still for more than 30 seconds. I had some fun, bright Moda fat quarters in my stash that were screaming out to be used for this. The line is called Daydream by Kate Spain. It is an older line, but the colors are so beautiful! The Art Tote features space for both colored pencils/thin markers and for crayons, as well as pockets for a sketch pad/small activity book and for little things like erasers and a pencil sharpener. This is going to be great for road trips to see the grandparents! I've already gotten a request for another one by my son and I think this will make a great Christmas gift for some of the younger members of the family! I have a 6 year old niece that will love this!
My artsy little Bitty Bee also loves to make a statement with her clothing and Art Gallery Fabrics is perfect for helping her make that statement! I made her the Moku Skort out of Priory Square by Katy Jones. They are fun little culottes that will be absolutely perfect once we get rid of this cold weather! Seriously, I live in Texas for a reason! One of the those reasons is that I'm not a cold weather creature!!! Bitty Bee has already told me that she wants more of these shorts once it warms up and even wants to try to make them on her own. They went together so quickly that I have no problem complying with her request. From cut to finish, they took around an hour.
They have a flat front waistband with elastic in the back, and the instructions include how to make the waistband adjustable. I'm looking forward to trying out adjustable waist bottoms and was glad to see a designer including that option.
I'm especially proud of Bitty Bee for helping with her shirt. Sunday Clippings has such a great design for shaggy applique! I cut out around some of the flowers, making sure I kept the bird, and fused it to the shirt and Bitty Bee did part of the sewing around the edge.
I have loved being part of the One Thimble Blog Tour for this issue! Please take a moment and check out the other talented ladies on the tour!
Saturday 11/15: Handmade Boy