What makes these pants so unique and fun is the bottom front panel of each leg which can be made in a coordinating fabric for a bit of contrast.
If you look closely at this front panel you will also notice that there are a few pleats and some decorative stitching. These details are simple, well explained in the tutorial, and will take your sewing to the next level.
The pattern also includes pockets, an elastic back waistband with a faux front tie, and can be fully lined for cold weather or extra durability. It is a pattern that can be unisex, used over and over and completed in a few uninterrupted hours of sewing bliss. I am very happy with the overall fit, the look, and the ease of this pattern.
I also decided that I was going to try something outside of my comfort zone by attempting to recreate Ric-Rac & Retro's "Down the Rabbit Hole Alice Applique". I absolutely swoon over Ric-Rac & Retros many creations and this pattern made me feel like one of the cool kids! I wanted to do something different with the applique. So rather than putting it on to a piece of clothing...
I made a pocket pillow! My ladies love to read in bed and so I thought this would be a great addition to their bedroom. I wanted it to look as if Alice was falling down the rabbit hole so i left a large negative space on the right and used scraps of fabric to create the right side of the pillow and the pocket. I use Jann Newton' Custom Bedding class on Craftsy to create the whimsical knife pleats ruffles and to form a pillow without the dreaded dog-ears!
I could not be happier with the pillow, but the highlight is the adorable Alice applique on the left. Making this applique was a great use of my scraps. It is so fun to see some of my favorite fabrics come together to create this whimsical character! I do not have a darning foot (although I am now thinking about purchasing one) so I used my clear foot to sew my 'sketch lines' on. The great thing is that it is supposed to look like a sketch, so you don't have to be perfect. I worked slowly and did one layer at a time.
My only concern about this project is how much I enjoyed myself! I really want to make more and hope that they will be releasing more patterns soon! I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my creations and I thank you for visiting with me today. I love One Thimble's previous issues and this Issue, #7, is just as good! I can not wait to see what is to come for One Thimble in Issue #8. Until then, follow along with the blog tour by using the links below:
- Wednesday 13th May 2015 - Molly and Mama & pen, seb & rox & From a Box
- Thursday 14th May 2015 - Handmade Boy
- Friday 15th May 2015 - The Toffee Tree & Horris and Deedle
- Saturday 16th may 2015 - Sewvolution & FABulous Home Sewn
- Sunday 17th May 2015 - Sew Today, Clean Tomorrow & Sprouting JubeJube
- Monday 18th May 2015 - Sew Happily Ever After & Big Stitches, little stitches & Made By Sara
- Tuesday 19th May 2015 - Phat Quarters Blog & Hibbadoray
- Wednesday 20th May 2015 - Mabey She Made It & Blue Wren Handmade