Win some utterly irrististable Bonnie & Buttermilk fabric

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Even a monochrome lover like myself can’t resist a bold, bright and beautiful print every once in a while. And if it’s a retro style print then it’s definitely got my attention. Bonnie & Buttermilk have a new range of fabric and it’s just as charming and exquisite as their first collection. I made Scout some PJ’s but can you spot the ‘deliberate’ mistake?

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Introducing Bonnie & Buttermilk

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Sometimes colour and prints are put together in such a beautiful and inspiring way that even an avid monochrome lover will find them utterly irresistible.

Bonnie & Buttermilk

Bonnie & Buttermilk is a German brand, based in Berlin. Owned by two women, Eike and Katrin who share a passion for bold and colourful vintage inspired prints. They set up shop 5 years ago selling clothing made from their fabric designs. Only recently have they started selling their fabric by the meter/yard. I am honoured to be part of the Bonnie & Buttermilk Blog Tour, which also includes a GIVEAWAY, so read on…

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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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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.

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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