Top Freebie Patterns!

Ok so in my first month of this blog I have already featured two free patterns and I have one more on my #2018makenine list. It is no secret that I love a bargain and free is even better! A lot of pattern companies that sell pdf patterns often release a free pattern so you can try out their company before handing over any hard-earned cash! I have compiled a list of over 40 of my favourite freebies and some I have yet to try. The big difference to my list is I have tried to only include pattern companies we know and trust. No weird websites or odd Pinterest links here! Only good, trustworthy pattern companies who would like to offer some freebies to their customers.

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Gifting Scraps – Part 2

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I love giving slippers as gifts! They are warm and cosy and really say ‘I care about you not having cold feet’. I think it is even nicer if you make the slippers to give to someone, I think I have now used this FREE slipper pattern around six times for both men and women of all ages and it’s always a hit! Here is what I’ve learned… Read More

#SewStripes

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Hello! It’s February and if you follow the Sewcialists blog then you will know that means it is #SewStripes month! I have a very special guest blog post up my sleeve for this very occasion but didn’t want to leave out my own blog so I’ve whipped up this little outfit consisting of TWO different striped fabrics. Yep you heard me – double stripes!

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Gifting scraps – Part 1

 

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In December of 2017 I was lucky enough to snag some scrap bags from my favourite RTW company Palava. If you haven’t heard of them, they make some beautiful women’s and children’s clothes and have committed to a zero waste policy – here is a blog post outlining the company’s sustainable ethos. Every year they sell some fabric scraps for a good cause and this year I was quick enough to grab some of these for myself! Read More

A Walk in the Woods

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I don’t only wear yellow. Honest. I am usually found wearing blue but I do (obviously!) love mustard as well. This beautiful location is Cropton forest in the North Yorkshire Moors and it is lovely at any time of year. If you have the opportunity to go I highly recommend a visit.

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#2018makenine

I’ve finally settled on my nine patterns for my #2018makenine. I took my time choosing as I really wanted them all to be patterns I already own but haven’t made yet, sort of stash-busting my patterns. I wanted to choose patterns I’ve never made before because it feels like these are the projects I can aspire to completing. I know I will probably remake several tried-and-tested patterns this year so it didn’t feel like a challenge to include them in the list. I’ve also tried to carefully choose a mix of full garments and small scrap-busting projects. I am happy I have found a good balance with my final nine.

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What do I mean by ‘Sustainable Sewing’?

First of all I want to say that I don’t think any way of sewing is the wrong way. I think this amazing online community of sewing men and women is creative, supportive and inspirational and I don’t think any one of us is doing it the right or wrong way. There is nothing wrong with buying the latest fabrics and patterns just like there is also nothing wrong with sewing with only old tea towels!
Having said that, I am changing some of my own sewing habits this year and want to define what I mean by ‘Sustainable Sewing’ in the hope that it helps me keep my goals in mind and gives me something to refer back to as I go on this journey. Read More