“If you want your girl to grow up feminine dress her in a feminine colour like blue.”

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When I made a blue Baby Ziggy sweatshirt for a baby girl, I wasn’t trying to be inclusive, I just liked the colour.

And when Santa said ‘Ho! ho! ho!‘, I’m pretty sure he wasn’t trying to be offensive to women. Political correctness has gone a bit mad recently don’t you think. Dennis can no longer be a menace, Spotted Dick became Spotted Richard and don’t even think about employing only reliable and hardworking people, lazy people need jobs too you know.

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Sewing blogger come fashion model

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Hello and happy 2018 to you all. Looking back on my 2017 blog posts, I am surprised to see how little I feature. That wasn’t the plan at all, my intention was to sew one item a month for myself, but I didn’t quite reach that target. I did however sew eight items for myself and I’m pretty pleased with all of them. Continue reading

Your Christmas dress awaits…

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Win the pattern and the fabric

At Madeit Patterns, we’ve teamed up with the Belgium fabric brand Chat Chocolat, to celebrate the launch of their new collection ‘WE’RE ALL STARS’, we are giving away a Spin Dress pattern and all the fabric you need to make it.

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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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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.