16 sewing patterns to be GIVEN AWAY

ruffle top6 made by Needle and Ted

‘Pretty’ is not how I would usually describe the things I make for my girls. There is nothing pretty about grey, my usual colour of choice. But this blog post features a pretty girl, with pretty eyes, wearing a pretty flowers in her hair, in a pretty blouse, made out of pretty fabric. And just so that the overload of pretty doesn’t make you want to vomit, I toned it all down with a pair of jeans. Continue reading

The dangers of sharing a changing room

I was in H&M with my sister and we both had items we wanted to try on. It was busy so we had to queue for the changing rooms. When we got to the front of the queue I told the sales assistant that we would go in together. I thought it would save time and we like to get each others opinion on what we look like, we do that quite often.

“No, you can’t do that,” said the surly sales assistant.

“Why not?” I asked, a little astonished that this could cause an issue.

“Only one person is allowed in each cubicle. Health and safety.” she replied with a smile that suggested she thought she was doing us a favour. Continue reading

The challenge of photographing kids

Louisa dress/kite fold tee/origami pants made by Needle and Ted

It’s challenging taking photos of young children, even more so when there are two of them. During this photo shoot for Stylo magazine I had a lot doubt about my photography skills.

American Gothic by Grant Wood was not my inspiration, but the serious expressions on the faces of my 2 models is more art than high fashion. I can roll with that. Continue reading

Amazing cutting method that will blow your mind

subtraction_C3 by Needle and Ted

If you haven’t seen Stylo magazine you must go check it out, it’s full of stunning photography of kids clothes that you will never believe are all handmade. And guess who is featured in Issue 4!

subtraction_C5 by Needle and Ted

I did quite a few looks for the magazine that I will blog about in the coming weeks, but first of all I wanted to share with you my favourite look of all. Continue reading

Feeling uninspired

Stone henge dress_2It’s my first ever sewing competition and I was feeling very uninspired. I signed up to Top Stitchers because I love a challenge, but I think I got ‘challenge’ and ‘competition’ muddled up. The fact it was a competition actually stressed me out, I was certainly feeling the pressure (and not liking it). Continue reading

Just being honest

Liv sweatshirt by Pattydoo_1As much as I enjoy making clothes for my girls, I would love to have the time to make some things for myself too. Can you believe I have only ever bought 2 pdf patterns for myself.

I have a Pinterest board overflowing with ideas, inspiration and patterns should I ever find the time to sew for myself.

But alas, it rarely happens. Until along came an email from a German company called Pattydoo, who have just launched their site in English. “Would you like to review one of our patterns?” On closer inspection I find that Pattydoo not only ‘doo’ kids patterns (yawn!) but adults too (hurrah!). An opportunity to make something for myself “Yes please, I’ll do it.”

But Pattydoo were putting themselves at risk when they asked me to review their pattern, because if I think a pattern is a load of old tosh, I will politely tell you. I can only be honest on my blog, so here’s my honest review. Continue reading

5 Tips for matching stripes

fat and thin nosh stripes1

Mmmm! Stripes

I have a minor obsession with stripes, and a Pinterest board to prove it.

Blog package NOSHSo when I was sent this pretty little bundle with delicious pink ribbon tied around it from NOSH, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Feel the quality, drape it over my skin… (oh sorry, I’m getting a bit carried away… back in the room).

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