10 looks to inspire your back-to-school sewing

Two weeks left of the summer holidays and for a change, I’m feeling smug because I’ve bought school shoes for Darcy. Yaaayyyy!!! Buying shoes for Darcy is a near-impossible task. I mentioned before my Cinderella theory.

Put yourself in her shoes

Darcy has ridiculously narrow feet and one foot is longer than the other, so shoe shopping is like filling in your tax return, you know it’s going to give you a headache, so you put it off and put it off, then finally do it at the absolute very last minute.

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Back to School with Madeit Patterns

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We’re only half way through the summer holidays and I’m already talking about going back to school, shame on me. It’s like using the ‘C’ word in July, it’s just wrong. Would you believe the Christmas shop in Selfridges is already open. Oh no! sorry, sorry, I used the ‘C’ word in August. Please for give me. Continue reading

FREE TICKETS for The Great British Sewing Bee Live

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Have you heard about The Great British Sewing Bee Live?

It’s a brand new live event that brings together everyone with a passion for dressmaking tailoring, fashion and textiles. The event features judges and contestants from the TV series, a Super Theatre, workshops and demonstrations, drop-in clinics, fashion shows, garment galleries and over 200 dressmaking and sewing suppliers. It’s going to be THE dressmaking event of the year.

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Date for your diary

The Great British Sewing Bee Live takes place from 21st -24th September 2017 at ExCel London.

Features include:

Come and meet the faces behind Madeit Patterns

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An event like this is a first for Madeit Patterns and we are super excited. If you purchase any of our patterns at the show, not only will you receive an exclusive show discount but also a teeny tiny little treat, to add that professional touch to your handmade clothes.

Anna and I would love to meet you and talk sewing all day long. Find us at stand H47, but don’t be surprised if we’ve lost our voices by the last day of the show from constant chat, laughter and the general good time we’ll be having.

If you’ve already made one of our patterns, please wear it, we would LOVE to see how you or your child rock it. And we’ll have a little treat for you too 😉

Knock your socks off

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But that’s not all, as well as our patterns, we will also be selling a small selection of snazzy socks (and tights), for kids to wear with their Spin Dress, Groove Dress, any dress in fact. Fancy socks are a ‘smart trick’ that make your outfits look amazing.

We only have a limited amount of socks, so come and see us early: Stand H47, near the Super Theatre.

So what about those free tickets?

Good news, we are giving away 10 pairs* of free tickets for The Great British Sewing Bee Live event for the Thursday and Friday. 

To be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment below telling me your favourite length of sock. I love over the knee high socks, what about you?

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Please only enter the giveaway if you are able to attend the event on Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd September. Giveaway closes 31st July 2017, midnight GMT. Winners will be picked at random and contacted by email at the beginning of August. GOOD LUCK!

But if you don’t win the free tickets, don’t worry, you can still receive a £1.50 discount by using code ‘NAT‘.


*5 pairs of tickets will be given away here and 5 pairs on Instagram, feel free to try your chances on both platforms.

Food, friends & fabric

2015 we did PARIS, 2016 we did LONDON, this year it was AMSTERDAM and oh what fun we had. For the most part, it was food, friends and fabric. Well, what else do you need on a sewing blogger meet up?

Actually, would you believe the fabric part was kept to a minimum, buying fabric that is. We were more interested in printing fabric. One of the highlights of our trip was a Bobbinhood Screen Printing Workshop. I took with me 1.3m of light pink Stretch Sweatshirting from NOSH fabric and a design idea that Scout had given me. It’s always good to involve my girls when making clothes for them. It’s a psychological trick just like when you let your kids cook with you and they happily eat things they would never have tried otherwise. Continue reading

Spots vs dots. Stripes vs lines.

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You spot the difference and you dot your ‘i’s.

You cross the line and you earn your stripes.

But what’s the difference between a spot and a dot, a stripe and line? Maybe it’s a question for Helen & Olly because I can’t figure it out. Can you? Continue reading