One Thimble Issue 22 Blog Tour

Jolie Skirt with in-seam pockets added

Hello and welcome to my humble stop on the One Thimble Issue 22 blog tour. I’ll be sharing a bit more about the In-Seam Pockets Pattern Hack, which you can use for the Jolie Skirt (from OT Issue 10) or another pocket-less skirt pattern that you own.

First, a look at OT22, a summer release.

As of the last issue, which I blogged about in my previous post, the magazine has had a change in format, consisting of patterns and pattern hacks. This time, there are 5 new patterns and 3 pattern hacks. The pinny especially caught my eye!

I really wish I had more time for sewing but it’s been tough lately, partly because of an over-active baby who still doesn’t sleep through the night, so I picked a simple sew. It keeps my sewing skills from becoming rusty, keeps my machine from being neglected and makes my daughter happy. The clothes I make her usually get a lot of wear.

She had a say in the fabric choice and picked the Enchanted Leaves Plum from the AGF Wonderland Collection by Katarina Roccella, an oldie but a goodie. I think I originally bought the 2 yards for myself but she was quite insistent that that was what she wanted. Good taste, haha! There’s still a fair bit left. It’s a little hard to photograph the actual colours but it’s gorgeous in real life. The oriental feel makes it suitable for Chinese New Year, which starts on 25 January next year.

A quick note on adjustments I made to the Jolie Skirt pattern (by Mel Henry of Filles à Maman). Height adjustments are always needed for the skinny and tall 5-year-old girl but I was surprised to see that her waist measurement fell in the 12-18 months range. I made the size 2 and lengthened it to size 6 by adding 5.4 cm (a bit over 2”). I used a longer piece of elastic as well based on the packaging instructions, about 85-90% of the desired finished length.

I left out the optional waist tie and also the topstitching of the waist band (my machine and I aren’t good friends with thick layers yet) but included the pleated front detail of the Jolie Skirt. Both woven and knit fabrics can be used so that would apply to the pocket hack too.

The pockets are generously sized…
Good for putting your favourite snacks, toys, treasures and more…
Or just swinging them around with glee!

The Pocket Hack was written by Brooke Smith of Idle Sunshine, who’s also the host of the OT blog tours. The pockets come in 3 sizes and you are told where to position them on the Jolie Skirt, but you can easily adapt the hack for another skirt pattern you own.

In the tutorial, you are advised to understitch the pocket lining/facing, something which I’d heard is a neat method to keep it from showing on the outside, but it’s my first time doing it. Just to share another tip that isn’t in the tutorial but helps me. I always have problems sewing thick layers with my machine (it could be me or the machine) and things shift no matter how much I pin, so it helps if I use a narrower seam allowance to attach the pocket lining. Otherwise, I could baste just above and below the pocket opening to make sure the front and back skirt seams are aligned.

For your chance to win a copy of the new One Thimble Issue 22 – Summer 2019, please enter the rafflecopter prize draw here. Open until 12am Wednesday, November 20th AEST.

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We have some amazing bloggers joining in to share their makes this week. Be sure to check each one out on the tour and show them some love.

November 13

Idle Sunshine

Rebel & Malice

Sew Cucio

November 14


Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier

November 15

The Graham Crafter

Marvelous Auntie

The Accidental Sewist

November 16

Beri Bee Designs

{Spools+Oodles} of Fun

November 17




November 18

The Crafting Fiend

It’s Liesel

November 19

Lulu & Celeste

That’s all from us. Happy sewing!


{S+O} Fun