Have you ever heard of One Thimble digital sewing magazine
? I recently found out about it, and love that you can get a bunch of great PDF sewing patterns for only $25AUD ($19.17 US) per issue. There are also subscriptions available: $85/ year
(65.19 US) or $45/6 months
(34.51 US). One Thimble isn’t just a digital sewing magazine, here is a description from the One Thimble website:
“One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine, but it’s also a thriving community of self-taught and experienced sewists who help and support one other. Our Facebook group is a place to ask questions, share your stories, and be inspired by those around you. Everyone is welcome to join… so what are you waiting for?”
I am so excited to be a part of the One Thimble, Issue 17 blog tour. I got to sew up the Port Street shorts from Ainslee Fox patterns
. This is an amazing pattern, full of details that make for a really polished pair of shorts. The topstitching, half fly, belt loops, adjustable elastic in the waistband and the cuffs are all really great details. The only modification that I made to the pattern, was to change the faux welt pockets into functional pockets. My daughter is 13, and likes to put her cell phone in her back pocket. So, functional welt pockets were a must for her. While I have sewn zippered welt pockets before (see here
), I had not sewn regular welt pockets. As most of us do when we are trying something new, I searched google to see how to make them. I found lots of different techniques, but I ended up combining techniques from multiple tutorials. I took pictures along the way, so that I could share the steps I used to sew the welt pockets. I followed the pattern until step 2G, then I proceeded to make the full welt pockets.
Pull your shorts to the side and sew across the little triangular piece, going just through the pocket facing. Do not sew through the front of the shorts.
For my size 12 shorts, I cut two pocket bag pieces out of my lining fabric that were 6″ by 14″.
Lay your pocket bag piece over the welt facing. The right side of the bag piece will be facing the wrong side of your shorts.
Sew or serge along the top of the pocket bag piece. You will be sewing through the pocket bag piece and the facing, but not through the front of the shorts.
Match the bottom of the pocket bag to the bottom of the welt facing and sew/serge across.
Iron your pocket piece down.
Sew/serge down each side of the pocket bag piece, again making sure to only sew through the pocket bag.
Admire your beautiful welt pocket.
Go ahead and put your hand in that pocket and try it out! Once your pocket is made, you can proceed with the rest of the pattern instructions.
My teenager is so happy with her new shorts and so am I!
I used some cotton fabric scraps for the inside of my pockets, and made a matching belt. Sometimes I get sentimental when I use leftover fabrics from previous projects. This polka dot fabric is actually from a set of sheets that I used to make her a clown costume for Halloween a few years ago.
She will definitely be using those back pockets a lot.
I love the two rows of topstitching, I really think it gives it such a professional look.
There are some really great blogs participating in the tour for Issue 17. You can find them all linked below.
Pattern: The Port Street shorts from Ainslee Fox patterns, available in Issue 17 of One Thimble Magazine. Available to purchase individually, or as a 1 year or 6 month subscription.
Modifications: I made the back welt pockets functional, because pockets make everything better!
Recommendations: Add a fun fabric to the inside of the pockets, and consider making a coordinating belt.
Fabric: Turquoise denim from Jo-Ann fabrics, and a scraps of cotton that I had in my stash.
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