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.

Oh, you sew! Can you hem my trousers?

Heard that one before?

When I tell people I sew, most people immediately think of all the clothes they have that need mending. And how easy it would be for me to hem their trousers, sew on a missing button, repair a hole. Let it be clear, I love sewing. I hate mending. And I reckon most people that sew would tell you the same thing.

But I’m guilty of such faux pas myself, in the past I’m sure I’ve said to a teacher “Oh! how nice it must be to have the summer off.”

To a physio, “I’ve a really annoying pain in my shoulder, when I move my arm like this, what should I do?” 

To a DJ “Play something that everyone will get up and dance to”.

To a traffic warden… actually I don’t talk to traffic wardens. Continue reading

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

It’s cold outside, put your shorts on

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For most of us, the change in season means a change in our wardrobes. Put away your racerback vests, your light floaty dresses and cover those legs up.

But if, like Darcy, you are in denial about it being cold and you’re determined to keep those shorts on for as long as possible, just pop on some cosy tights, long socks or warm leggings. Add a warm jacket and voilà, an instant autumn look is born from a pair of seemingly summer shorts.

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