You guys!! One Thimble Issue 18 (available here *affiliate link) releases today! I’m super excited to show you a couple of the patterns I’ve already had the chance to make, share which ones are already cut and ready to sew, and even give a quick run-through of what else is included in this issue. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click on the links marked “*affiliate link” I’ll be compensated if you purchase, but as always all opinions are mine.
My first official two sews for One Thimble Issue 18 are the Hickory and Spice Henley and the Super Tough Jeans. Bean hasn’t had proper jeans for a couple of years as she typically prefers leggings, so I thought trying out this jeans pattern to see how it looks for a girl would be fun. And the henley I chose based on the great color-blocking opportunity with the shoulders and that ruffle hem.
First lets talk about these jeans. These Super Tough Jeans (*affiliate link) by SUCO by Susana are true jeans with all the bells and whistles. And the pattern instructions are so well done! You’ll be walked through each step with pictures and clear text so if you’ve never sewn with denim before, don’t worry. These fun reinforced knees offer the opportunity for some fun contrasting fabric or topstitching design so I went with some rainbow lines for my girl.
There’s a full zip fly and button closure and optional back waistband elastic to keep the waistband in place. I made a size 6 for Bean and the fit is snug, but wearable. According to the pattern sizing, she was in between a 6 and 7 but with the stretch of the fabric and the pattern drafted for boys I decided on the size 6. Of course she literally had a growth spurt (complete with leg pain growing pains) just last week so now these are a tad short and the waist is snug. Next time I’ll make the size 7 for sure, but I was pleasantly surprised with the fit in general.
The back pockets are another fun place for some topstitching and there’s even a file included with some designs to trace. I opted for some simple rainbow arches to girly these boy jeans up a bit, but I love the included designs as well. The pattern has sizes 3-14 and though drafted as a slim fit for boys, I love the fit on my girl.
This fabric is a 10oz stretch denim in turquoise from Imagine Gnats that I purchased last summer. It’s a great color that I had originally intended for me, but I love how these look on Bean so I’m happy I dipped into the stash for it.
The top is the Hickory and Spice Henley (*affiliate link) from Orange Daisy Patterns. I sewed up a size 6x for Bean and it’s a perfect fit. There are three sleeve options, but it’s still chilly here so I opted for the long sleeves for this top. There is a regular straight hem and then a line for cutting a bit shorter so you can attach a ruffle. I love the ruffle contrast and I thought it’d look cute with leggings as well as the jeans.
The placket is a fully functional henley placket and very well detailed in the instructions. I had no problems at all with the pieces and everything went together swimmingly. I love the pink snaps against the coral so I chose snaps vs buttons, but the instructions for buttonholes are included. These fabrics are from Raspberry Creek Fabrics and the raindrops have just released in their spring line. I adore it paired with the coral solid.
Look how many other fun patterns there are in this issue! One Thimble Issue 18 has 10 pdf patterns including two not shown above that are for women, and you can purchase it here (*affiliate link). Prices are shown in Australian dollars and a complete deal for all the patterns and articles you receive. The articles in this issue have had me riveted this week, including a fun one about procraftinating that made me laugh. I’ve already sewn up the Spirited Dress in testing and can’t wait to show you how cute it turned out AND I have the #120 Footloose Leggings and Origami Sweater cut out and ready to sew, so look for more sharing either with another blog post or for sure on Instagram! Meanwhile, check out the rest of the tour for more amazing One Thimble Issue 18 shares: