The strangest fabric ever

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Hummingbird ponte roma: It may look good in the pictures but it should have come with a warning.

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WARNING :

  • If you want the stretch of the fabric to go across your body (most people do), then the birds will be flying upwards or downwards instead of across. Although birds can fly in this direction, it looks odd on a dress, like a hummingbird about to peck your nose or your toes off.
  • If you want the birds to fly in the correct direction make something baggy (or you won’t be able to move).
  • The inside of the fabric is white (interesting, but unexpected).
  • You will waste a lot of this fabric, and may only be able to use 3 or 4 full hummingbirds if you buy 2m of fabric (the birds are located toward the selvedge, it is not an all-over print).
  • This fabric is only £3.50 a meter but there is a reason for that (see previous warnings).

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All that being said, I still managed to make a dress out of it which both me and Darcy are rather fond of.

Belinda pocketWe love the pockets, which join into one big deep hideaway. You could fit your books, your dolly and a packed lunch. No need for a rucksack.

Belinda2The pattern is the Belinda Dress which is a style that I would wear myself (minus the puffy shoulders). It’s nice to find a pattern for a dress that is suitable for the winter.Belinda4 It was quick and easy to make, which is always a bonus. No doubt I’ll be making more. But in ‘normal’ fabric, obviously.

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You may not want to read this if you’re eating

sleep gown made by Needle and Ted

I always thought the reason some baby clothes have envelope necklines was to make it easier to get on and off. I assume most people thought the same. But last year not one, not two but three people told me that when your baby does a tsunami of a poo, lets just call it a ‘poonami’ for want of a better word. You know the ones that are really wet, really huge, and more ends up outside the nappy than inside the nappy. Continue reading

Battle of the Stitches: The Jagger Jeans Sew-Off continues

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Put your dancing shoes on and shake your thang.

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I’m ready to bust some moves today. I thought about getting down street style, but changed my mind.

dance move5My Jagger Jeans are all about freedom of movement in a modern, contemporary way. Continue reading

Battle of the Stitches: Round 1

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East London vs South London Jagger Jeans Sew-Off

Needle and Ted vs Made by Toya. Two sewing bloggers who have much in common. I have an allergy to sickly sweet, cute things. Toya has a distaste for pink, glitter and appliqué butterflies. This is what drove us screaming hysterically to our sewing machines to take matters into our own hands. Now we both make clothes for our 2 girls and don’t rely on ready-to-wear. We are both self confessed sewing addicts who love a little challenge.
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Clockwise from top left: Bloomers with braces self drafted and Made by Toya. Bubble dress, pattern from Heidi & Finn, made by Needle and Ted. Florence blouse pattern by Madeit Patterns, adapted to a dress by Needle and Ted. Autumn smock dress, self drafted and Made by Toya.

Oh yes! and we both love grey.

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Recipe for warm, delicious, refreshing day-to-day style

Ziggy3You will need

  • 1 simple sweatshirt pattern (Ziggy top works well)
  • soft, warm sweatshirt fleece (or anything suitable that you have in your cupboard)
  • a working sewing machine (you can’t use a broken one)
  • an ounce of creativity (to taste)
  • a little imagination (you don’t need lots)

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Why make stuff when you can buy stuff?

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A friend of mine who just doesn’t get the whole handmade thing once said to me, “Wouldn’t it be easier to buy stuff, rather than make stuff?”

My immediate thought was that she was probably right, but I have been giving it some more thought recently and nope, my dear friend, handmade is not only more rewarding, more unique, more personal and sometimes better quality, but also it can be a lot less stressful. Continue reading