Five reasons why you will fall in love with a ‘Big’ Black Dress

Big Black Dress4_free pattern_Needle and TedNever mind the Little Black Dress, right here, right now it’s all about the BIG BLACK DRESS. Nothing fancy, just a big black dress that you can chuck on and exude a laconic nonchalance.

We all know everyone needs a little black dress in their life, but sometimes a big black dress is more suitable for that ‘artfully undone’ look. And I have just the pattern for you to make your very own BIG BLACK DRESS in the time it would take to choose your accessories for a big night out. And it’s FREE. You’re welcome. Continue reading

You may not want to read this if you are eating (again)

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It feels a little like deja vu or groundhog day because I have written this blog post before. It’s pretty much the same words but different pictures. I’m repeating myself because I’ve sewn another baby sleep gown in some more beautiful fabric but I doubt I’ll be able to write another blog post quite as funny as the original.

So if you missed it last time, read on. But if it’s going to be like groundhog day for you too, just hang around and look at the pretty pictures of the nice fabric. Continue reading

How to make an ‘Easy Peasy Poncho’ without a pattern

Romper and Poncho by Needle and TedWhat’s the difference between a poncho and cape? This is what my daughter asked me when I told her I had made her a poncho. Errr! A poncho is a rectangular shape and a cape has a curved hem. This is what I told her, but I wasn’t quite sure. Well, do you know? Continue reading

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

Something for nothing

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

Don’t you just hate it when you open a website and music comes blasting out of your speakers? Especially if you’re at work, in a really quiet office and you were sneakily surfing the net when you shouldn’t be. Well, if I wanted to be really annoying, right now, blasting out of your speakers would be ‘The best things in life are free’ by Janet Jackson & Luther Vandross. Because yes, this delightful wrap top you see before you was made from a pattern by Craftiness is not Optional that was free, yes, that’s right, you heard it, ‘free’.

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

I really appreciate it when a designer gives away a free pattern, I know a lot of work goes into designing a garment, drafting and grading a pattern, writing and photographing /illustrating a tutorial etc, etc. So I would like to say thank you to Jess of Craftiness is not Optional, this is one of my favourite patterns. What’s more, as it’s reversible, you get two for the price of one (even if you didn’t pay for it in the first place).

reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and TedThe fabric for both sides comes from the ever reliable Ikea. The peach geometric cotton was a duvet in a former life, I have lots left over so you’ll be seeing more geometric peachy numbers in the future.reversible wrap top ♥ Needle and Ted

The reversible wrap top was quick and straightforward to sew, even for me who could quite easily take 2 hours sewing a pillowcase with my friend the unpicker.

I’m eager to make another one and get a bit creative, a curve at the bottom perhaps?

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If you’re interested in more free patterns and tutorials, follow my steadily evolving Pinterest board, it includes adult patterns too.

Please let me know if you find any others I can add to my collection, the best things in life are free…..



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