Tuesday, February 20, 2018

One Thimble: Issue 18 Review

One Thimble Issue 18 is here, and WOW, does it look amazing! When I first started seeing the patterns, I realized I could see fabrics in my stash for every single one of them - isn't that great? I have sewn up two of them, and have two more cut out and waiting! There are 10 patterns included in this issue; all fun, some practical, some whimsical - and even a couple for ladies!

Today I'm sharing the Origami Sweater from Misusu Patterns, which I discovered fairly recently. I have made Elles' Dia Sweater a few times, and am blown away by the precision of the piecing to get a beautiful, unique look. The Origami Sweater is designed with the same careful touches - and the result is nothing less than stunning. I used a drapey sweater knit for my base, so the collar doesn't have as much body as some, but I love how it falls on my toddler's neck and he finds it very "cozy", he says. I also used a treasured scrap of a geo panda print from L'Oiseau Fabrics, and for a pop of color added some burgundy cotton spandex from a Girl Charlee scrap pack. It takes just a tiny bit of fabric to make a huge impact! I'm very pleased with the finished result. Based on my son's measurements, I made a size 2-3Y, though he's just over 3 years. It fits beautifully - remember to measure carefully! If I had gone with a 3-4Y based on his age, it would be too big.

We have had nothing but snow here for 2 days straight, making it difficult to get outdoor photos, but I did get the pieces themselves out for a flat lay - they don't complain about the cold at least! ;)

The second pattern I have sewn up is the Super Tough Jeans pattern from Suco by Susana. I have made jeans a couple of times previously, but was still nervous about taking them on. Now I am telling you - if you are intimidated, don't be!! These jeans were one of the most fun sews I have done in a long time; all of the details are present, and the instructions guide you through so carefully that you won't notice you've done something difficult until it's done! The knee patches are such a wonderful touch (and provide a perfect spot for some fun contrast, should you be so inclined!) I went with one fabric all over; since the star print stretch twill has so much personality itself I didn't want another fabric to compete with it. For the pocket linings I used a simple off white muslin, such as you might find in RTW jeans - these are so professionally designed that of course you don't see that! ;)

Again on measurements, I made a size 4. He actually might have fit into the three based on length, and these are a bit too long - but with children growing so rapidly I would be very disappointed to spend all the time on such detailed pants, only to have him grow out of them completely in another month or so. The waist has buttonhole elastic in the back, ensuring a fit in width, and in the meantime I'll just roll these up a bit when he wears them out. ;)

He's such a sweet boy; only three years old and one of the best models I have in the house! ;)

I just love the color blocked detail on the Origami Sweater. Really takes the design up a notch and it's nothing like you'll find in stores. The Super Tough Jeans include templates for back pocket topstitching designs; E picked his own from the 5 options I showed him.

I didn't want to have to fight with hemming the sweater knit, so I added some simple cuffs to the arms. I wanted them to be about 3-4 inches long, so I cut a piece of fabric twice that (to fold over) by about 85% of the wrist width on the sleeve piece. My sweater knit is very stretchy.

Just look at all of those articles! I found so much of interest in this issue. I was very impressed with the thoroughness of the article on posture/pelvic floor exercises. Not only did it include a detailed description of the pelvic floor muscles, there are exercises laid out, places to find help, and encouragement for why this is so important (for everyone, but crafters especially!) We talk about our "sewjo" and mentally tackling projects, but we need to remember our physical health to be capable of doing all the wonderful things we do!

Speaking of sewjo, there's a fun article on "procraftinating" (and aren't we all pros at that!) Helpful tips and suggestions for things to try when you're stuck in a rut and need some creative inspiration - we all need the reminder from time to time! Looking through Issue 18 I got a ton of inspiration from the photos alone of things to try and ideas to build off of!

Another article that spoke to me was on an often-seen buzzword - hustling! It's easy to get bombarded on social media with tips, tricks, hashtags to remember, social media accounts to maintain, and it can make you a little crazy after a while. The article was a good reminder that while all of that is important, it might not ALL be important - at once. There are certainly some who can "do it all", but if  you're like me and you get overwhelmed by so many options and details, do what you can - and do it well! A positive, thoughtfully maintained presence can go a long way for a business, and that doesn't mean you have to be everywhere at once.

Finally, I want to encourage you to take a look at the article on kantha stitching! Many sewists talk of disliking hand stitching; I am one who has, over time, learned to enjoy it, and with a background of hand embroidery I really enjoy the pop that colorful thread and slow stitches can bring. Kantha stitching is something I have seen before, but didn't know what it was, and now that I have read about it and seen the example photos, I am inspired to make those cushions I've been talking about for months, and add that special detail! The photos really made me stare in awe; it's amazing what beauty our hands can bring out!

Congratulations, Jen, on another fantastic OT issue - and to all the contributors, articles and patterns, THANK YOU for sharing your genius! I am so grateful for my craft and the wonderful community built around it! Make sure you follow the tour and check all the blogs - their creations and insights are sure to inspire!