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

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If the shoe fits…

…actually the shoe didn’t fit [insert crying emoji].

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I made a boo-boo [insert another crying emoji]. In my haste, I cut out a size 6 (as I’m a UK size 6), but I forgot that the pattern is US sizing [insert one more crying emoji, then get over it].

Tie back boots_Needle and Ted_2

So these Twig and Tale tie-back-boots are not for me as I intended. So who do they fit? Cinderella? Continue reading

The cool bit at the bottom of your bed

 

SLING Bag by Madeit Patterns_1

You know when you’ve been lying in your bed and you haven’t moved for a while. Then you stretch your legs out and are momentarily shocked by how cool it is down at the bottom of your bed. In some ways it’s quite a nice feeling to find that cool bit. So you move your legs around a little more searching for all the cool bits until all the cool bits become warm bits and suddenly your little cool bit game has sadly come to an end.

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Sewing Happiness. Win the book.

Twas the week before Christmas, and we left the house

One person home and that was my spouse…

Yep, we left him all alone and he sure was pleased with a bit peace and quiet for a few hours. We (Darcy, Scout and I) were off on a ‘Make Day’ at my sister’s house and with us we took:

  • a pile of fabric
  • an insane amount of zips
  • my Bernina sewing machine
  • a book

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A book? What book? I hear you ask. Well, it was Sewing Happiness, I tell you, by Sanae Ishida, a fellow blogger who sews, illustrates, photographs and writes. She is uber talented and she invited me on her 2017 Winter Tour. And I’ll have you know, I was extremely honoured to have been asked.

Sewing Happiness is a beautiful book to behold, a collection of very simple sewing projects divided into seasonal categories. And you too could get your hands on your very own signed copy. Read on my friends… Continue reading

Would you dress your baby in black?

retro hat from sweaterI mentioned Gabi from the Minimi Project in my last post. The Minimi Project is for the conciencious sewer. They are all about re using those clothes that you no longer wear and making them into something that will be loved. Their sewing patterns are especially designed for upcycling, so if you use a Minimi pattern you are doing your little bit for the planet.*

retro hat_made by Needle and Ted

I used the Minimi Retro Hat made from a sweater pattern, to sew a retro hat as a gift for my friend’s new baby. The hat is suppose to be made from a sweater (the clue is in the name), but shamefully I didn’t upcycle a sweater, I used some left over fabric instead. (That’s not so bad is it?). The lining was upcycled though, so I don’t feel too guilty. Continue reading