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

Madeit Fashion Week: Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of Madeit Fashion Week

Day 1Day 2Day 3 and Day 4 were incredible. The origami was fierce. The outfits were stunning. The kids rocked. The shows have delivered on every level and today we have 4 more completely amazing shows, the question is ‘can you handle it?’

Grab your seats ladies and gents, the show is about to begin…

dianaJust look at Manuel, what a star. He is 8 years old, he likes building Lego, meatballs and riding his bike. He dislikes cleaning his room, grilled cheese and scary movies. Though he certainly looks like a guy who can handle a scary movie.

Manuel is wearing a Kite Fold Tee, with Book Fold Trousers. Check him out on the runway at Miss Castelinhos Continue reading

Madeit Fashion Week: Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of Madeit Fashion Week

I hope you were able to visit yesterday’s Fashion Shows, they were awe inspiring. The collection of talent at Madeit Fashion Week 2015 is just fabulous, everybody has their own individual voice and they are able to ‘bring it’ to the runway.

Be excited for today’s shows, they will not disappoint. So sit back in your chair, enjoy the music and marvel at the incredible talent

Fold Fashion Show MadeIt sewn by PienkelFirst up we have MISS M, she is 7 years old, she loves horse riding, gymnastics and pizza. She dislikes boiled potatoes, talking in front of a group and spelling. But you know what? Jane Austen was rubbish at spelling, one of her first books was called Love and Freindship, but that didn’t stop her being one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

Miss M is wearing a Pleat Fold Top in her signature blue star fabric, with model’s own shorts.

Fold Fashion Show MadeIt sewn by PienkelMiss M had a quick, kick ball change into something equally as comfortable, a classic black t-shirt (model’s own) with a slick black Pocket Fold Skirt. Click on over to the Fashion Show by Pienkel.

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Next up, looking fierce on the runway, give a warm welcome to new kids on the block, ASHLEY and GRACE. Ashley is 7, she likes attention, being a tomboy, dancing and selfies. She dislikes not having WIFI, mushrooms and any Disney Princess.

I certainly can not imagine Ashley in a Cinderella dress up costume, can you? Ashley is wearing a Pocket Fold Skirt and her own sassy striped top. Monochrome suits her feminine tomboy style don’t you agree?

Grace is 6. She likes gymnastics, pink things which sparkle and is mildly obsessed with mashed potatoes. She dislikes Star Wars, music for children, not being in charge.

I have serious afro envy when I look at those girls. Grace is wearing a Petal Fold Playsuit (with a touch of pink of course).

Check out the Fashion Show at Chi Chi Romeo and Me.


Next up on the runway is MS P, she is 4. She likes ice cream, puppies, friends and books. Wouldn’t it be ironic if we didn’t like our friends? But MS P is only 4, so she probably doesn’t understand irony. She dislikes plain milk (she prefers it with a more chocolatey taste) and dislikes naps.

Ms P is wearing a Pleat Fold Top with a Pocket Fold Skirt. See the show at Kimmie Sew Crazy. You may have noticed Kimmie Sew Crazy is using a new little model today. Did Miss M get the push for being a diva?

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The last show of the day features A, that’s right, as in the first letter of the alphabet. A is 8, she loves chapter books, biking and making cool nature discoveries, but does not enjoy thunderstorms, lightning and not being in charge of a situation.

A is wearing a Balloon Fold Dress. Did you know the Balloon Fold Dress can be worn 3 ways? A is wearing hers full length. It’s an interactive dress and kids like to change the look throughout the day to suit their mood. It has become a firm favourite for curious little girls. See the full show at Our Chez Nous.

There will be 2 shows at Our Chez Nous today, so come back in 2 hours (4pm BST) for a special VIP after show. You are all invited.


Win a Madeit pattern


Again today I will be posting a question about the Fashion Shows on Instagram or Facebook. Make sure you are following because if you are the first to correctly answer the question, you win a Madeit pattern of your choice.

20% off

20% OFF

If you like what you have seen on the runway today, then sashay on over to Madeit Patterns and use code MFW20 to receive 20% off all patterns in the FOLD|2 collection.

€50 voucher for NOSH to be given away

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Madeit Fashion Week is sponsored by NOSHNOSH fabrics are made from soft organic cotton, which is very gentle for the skin. The quality of NOSH fabric is no less than amazing. NOSH are generously letting me give away €50 vouchers for their online shop during Madeit Fashion Week. To be in with the chance of winning one of the vouchers look out for our prompt on Instagram.

And please leave a comment at the end of the Fashion Shows today about any origami creations you have seen, this will help us choose Fashion Show participant to win a €50 NOSH voucher too.



I hope you have enjoyed the shows today as much as I have. See you tomorrow for Day 3 of Madeit Fashion Week.

And don’t forget you can see the highlights of all the shows on Instagram #madeitfashionweek

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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

My ‘grab and go’ sewing solution

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I often have ‘Make Days’ at my sisters, armed with my sewing machine, my fabrics, my patterns, my tools, some more fabric (just in case), and a few extra bits of elastic and fastenings. I  jump excitedly into my car and head on over to my sisters place.

I always have in mind what I am going to sew, but I always, and I mean always forget something that I really need to complete my project.

So I devised a plan, if I had everything that I could ever possibly need already neatly packed in a box or something then I couldn’t possibly forget anything the next time.

So I went about my house looking for the perfect box to store my sewing kit and I come across a red vintage vanity case that I hadn’t used for ages. Perfect!

I reinforced the lid using thick cardboard and covered it in spotty wrapping paper, with a layer of clear tape for protection. I then arranged my cutting tools and my tape measure so that they fit comfortably in the lid and I secured them to the lid with elastic.

I found a number of cute boxes, tubs and jars which I  loaded with thread, buttons, chalk, bobbins, etc and fit them snuggly in the box, in a very orderly fashion. I put in a few small samples of various fabrics, some zips, a pen, elastic, bias tape, pins, needles and a ruler.

It’s all very organised and I found the process extremely cathartic.

Now when I go to my sisters I grab my little red vanity case, quickly stuff in my fabric and pattern, and go on my merry way. (Of course not forgetting my sewing machine).

My box only measures 34cm x 30cm x 12cm but in it I have everything I need for my little sewing adventures.

I would be delighted to hear where you keep your sewing kit and fabrics if you are sewing in a shared space. Or are you lucky enough to have a designated sewing room?