• Black Friday Discounts At My Fav Online Fabric Shops!

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    Sorry to inflict this upon your bank accounts! The dreaded ‘Black Friday’ is here, and thought I’d give a listing of the offers at all of my favourite online fabric and pattern shops! Happy spending people!

    Fabric Godmother

    This is one of my favourite ‘go to’ websites for dressmaking fabrics. 10% off all fabrics on Friday!

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    Sew Over It

    A huge discount over at Sew Over It! Until midnight on Friday, so be quick! It also includes the ebook which I would definitely recommend. I’ll be making a Lola Coat from the ebook very soon.

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    Tilly and the Buttons

    25% off sewing patterns over at Tilly and the Buttons! Enter code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout. Eek!

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    The Eternal Maker

    There will be a huge 30% off everything on The Eternal Maker website all over the Black Friday weekend. So head over to the website for a look at their gorgeous selection of fabrics!

    Also, on Friday only they will be having a mega destash from their Instagram account @eternalmaker_destash, so head over there for some bargains and freebies!

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    Dragonfly Fabrics

    I’ve just been drooling over the boiled wools from Dragonfly Fabrics! They have 15% off AND free shipping with code BLACKFRI from 25th-27th November.

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    Backstitch

    My local Backstitch is will be kicking off their annual clearance sale on Black Friday. They will be clearing over 250 products (over 100 patterns, 100 fabrics and some yarn and habby too!), discounted at up to 40% off. So get head over to the website to have a browse!

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    Girl Charlee Fabrics

    Well known for their especially amazing jerseys, Girl Charlee have 20% off! No code needed, fabrics already have the 20% reduction. And the sale runs over the whole weekend.

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    Sew Essential

    And last but certainly not least, the lovely guys at Sew Essential have some great offers for Black Friday. Including these offers on patterns, and even an Adjustoform dress form discounted from £99 to £79! Head over to their website to take a look!

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    Happy shopping everyone!

  • A Cosy Mustard Yellow Linden Sweatshirt

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    Over the weekend I treated myself to this quick sew project – which I’ve been meaning to make for about a month!

    The pattern is a Grainline Studio Linden Sweatshirt. I made one of these last autumn, and I’ve worn it so much it’s kind of turned all bobbly. So it was high time for me to make another. I love this pattern – it’s perfect for a quick project. This one took me a couple of hours to make.

    This sweatshirt fabric is absolutely stunning, and I loved working with it. The mustard yellow colour is incredible, and I love the tiny flecks of other colours too! I bought this fabric from Guthrie & Ghani using a discount voucher I had in my goody bag from the Sewing Weekender. And the inside of this fabric is so comfy – so so soft!

    I stitched it up entirely on my overlocker, which worked fantastically well. And a first for me was having a go cutting out pattern pieces with pattern weights and a rotary cutter. I honestly didn’t think I’d like this method, but turns out it gave such a perfect cut… and I’m a convert!

    The neckline is the trickiest part of this pattern. It kind of feels wrong stretching it out as you sew it in. And I guess the neckline is a bit on the large side, but I’m ok with that.

    I made this jumper 2 sizes larger than the last one I made, so that I can fit my baby bump in for a while longer, going into the Winter… here’s hoping.

    I have some more fabric in the wings waiting to be made into another sweatshirt, which I think I’ll do soon, while I’m in ‘Linden mode’! So watch this space 🙂

    Pattern: Grainline Studio, Linden Sweatshirt

    Fabric: Mustard yellow sweatshirt, Guthrie & Ghani

    Size made: 8

    Alterations: None

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  • An Ikat Bettine, and a little baby bump!

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    So those who have seen my latest vlog will have already seen this, my latest make – as well a my exciting news… that I’m pregnant! Over the moon, and little mini person is due February 2017.  Eeeek!

    Anyway, back to the dress….! I started this project way back in September at the Sewing Weekender. It was intended to be a quick sew project which I could finish in 1 day of sewing. That was ambitious! Ha. I was too busy having fun with new sewing friends and ended up only just cutting out my pieces. Ok, I did manage a tiny bit of the bodice, but that was it.

    When I got round to finishing this (ok it did take me a while…) I decided that the fabric was a little too sheer to not line at least the skirt. So that’s exactly what I did. I had some spare white lining fabric in my stash, so I just used that – which felt good to not have to buy any more fabric.

    The pattern is the gorgeous Bettine by Tilly and the Buttons. I have made a Bettine before, so I knew I’d love it! It’s such a great dress – and one which would be perfect for any beginner dressmaker too.

    I absolutely adore the Ikat navy blue on this fabric. It’s so pretty! This fabric was kindly given to me by online shop Stoff & Stil. They have some incredible, fashionable fabrics on their site and I’d highly recommend checking them out.

    So with my growing baby belly, I knew I wanted to wear the elasticated waistline fairly high, so that it sits above my bump. This means that the bodice kind of drapes over the waistline, which I actually really like!

    Anyway, this dress might not last me too long before the bump is too big to fit in, but it’s such a lovely ‘small bump’ dress after I added extra ease to the skirt.

    So my love affair with Bettine continues, and long may it last!

    Alterations:

    -Added ease to the skirt (can’t remember how much!).

    -On fitting, needed to remove some of said ease towards the top of the skirt.

    -Added a couple of inches length to the skirt.

     

    Pattern: Tilly and the Buttons Bettine

    Fabric: Ikat Woven Viscose, Stoff & Stil 

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