children, sewing

Duchess & Hare Xanadu Hack for One Thimble

Have you heard of One Thimble? Released quarterly, it’s a digital sewing magazine based in Australia and each issue includes brand new indy sewing patterns, hacks, tutorials, and sewing articles. It’s a great way to try out a bunch of on-trend designs from reputable and new designers at one low price!


One Thimble’s next issue (Issue 24) comes out next week (May 16, 2020) and includes a women’s top, women’s jacket, kids puffer jacket, women’s jumper, a busy book, 3 space themed SVG files, a planetary backpack, and 3 hacks: how to add a sleeve to a vest; how to add a frill to the hem of the Bonfire jacket; and how to turn the Duchess & Hare Xanadu bodysuit into a dress. (Hint! You can get more sneak peeks in the One Thimble Sewing Enthusiasts Facebook group!)

Right now, you can preorder One Thimble buy One Thimble for just AUD$12 (that’s currently less than US$8) rather than the normal price of AUD$15.

About the Xanadu Hack


As you may have deduced, I helped to test out the Xanadu hack. It’s super easy and can be done to any child’s bodysuit or swimsuit pattern – naturally, my version uses the Duchess and Hare Xanadu Bodysuit and Crop Top for the base (alternatively you can get it in One Thimble Issue 22).


Size-wise, it runs from 2T-10. I think my favorite part of Xanadu is the gorgeous back – the low back neckline is very flattering.


Miss 8 has been having crazy growth spurts (she’d grown about 2 inches since I last measured her, which I think was January), so I was sure to add some extra height to hers, blending the 5T chest with a 6x waist, and size 9 for length.


Naturally, Miss 4 needed a new dress too, and I think for her I did a size 3 with 4 for length plus about 3/4″ extra in the bodice. I decided to do the sleeveless version for hers so my readers could see both options.



I had great fun stash busting for this project!

I’d had the butterfly fabric in my stash for a few years, and finally found a project for it! This is a Doodles 100% cotton interlock from JoAnn. I knew it wouldn’t work great for the bodice (since there’s no Spandex in it, it was bound to get stretched out of shape), but I thought it would work perfectly for the skirt.


The bodice is a yarn dyed navy and white stripe that I got from Wolf & Rabbit Fabrics when she was clearing them out last year.


Little Miss’s version used a remnant of Disney Little Mermaid by Springs Creative Cotton Lycra), and I paired it with an aqua cotton Lycra, most likely from Simply By Ti.


I think I cut and sewed both these dresses over a couple of hours last Saturday, so they didn’t take too long at all. Overall, a super easy and rewarding hack that’s a nice little bonus with the other complete patterns in this One Thimble issue!

This is the “Peace out mum, we’re done” picture!

Disclaimer: I received the Xanadu pattern and hack complimentary in exchange for testing. 


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