This is how my day began. I’d sewn up my version of the Winter Wear Designs Amuse Boho Dress from One Thimble 14. And as I thought over how to write this post, I decided I’d get myself a copy of the whole magazine, and sit down with a quiet cup of coffee and some fruit toast nice and early in the morning, before anyone else was awake, and flip through some beautiful photos, read some articles, get some more inspiration. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
So, yes, you might notice I’d already started on the coffee while the magazine was downloading. Not quite perfect. What you won’t spot in the photo is the children arriving about one minute later ready for their breakfast! Still, I had something to look forward to reading at the end of the day, and it was worth the wait.
I’ve been aware of One Thimble digital sewing magazine for a long time, but I’ve never been sure about subscribing because it’s full of lovely children’s patterns, and while I do sew for my kids (sometimes!), I’m mostly into sewing for myself.
But the pictures always looked so beautiful, and the articles sounded interesting, and lots of my friends online clearly love it, and I want to support a fellow Aussie…so I was just looking for the right thing to help me jump in.
And then this happened… one of my favourite designers contributed a women’s pattern. Yep, now you’ve got me! I’ve seen a lot of interest and chat around how great it is to see a women’s pattern in this issue, so I know it’s not me, and I’m hoping we will see more in future issues.
So, here is my Amuse Boho Dress (pattern by Winter Wear Designs, and available exclusively from One Thimble).
I’m so happy with this – it’s an incredibly easy to wear, lovely summer dress. In this version, anyway, with short sleeves. It also has a 3/4 sleeve option, and can be made as a top to wear with jeans in the cooler weather, and I’m loving the looks from the bloggers on the other side of the world where it’s cold right now. I love patterns that work all year round like this.
You need a light, drapey fabric for this one – I’ve used rayon here, which is perfect. And aside from the usual challenges cutting rayon, this is a quick and easy dress or top to sew for yourself. It has raglan sleeves, and a front yoke (I’ve used the same fabric here, but it’s a great way to add a feature or contrast) and optional back yoke.
Aside from this fabulous pattern, this issue of One Thimble has plenty more to love if you sew for yourself. There are some great articles on how good sewing is for you, and the idea of mindful sewing, and articles on techniques including buttonholes and invisible zippers. As well as the patterns you see on the cover image below, there are some free tutorials (extra little patterns), including one on how to make a proper leather belt which I’m definitely going to need to try.
Plus there’s no reason I can’t make myself a cute panda hottie cover in winter, right?
Read back over the rest of the blog tour to see all the wonderful creations this talented crew have sewn up from this and other patterns in One Thimble Issue 14.
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*I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my post. The links in this post are affiliate links – which means if you click through to purchase One Thimble from here, I get a little back to help me continue to create this blog and website to encourage women to sew for themselves. I was given the Amuse Boho Dress pattern for review, but purchased the full magazine myself to get the rest of the articles and patterns.