And the winner is…

soisewedthis wins the giveaway for a Little Dress Kit! Congratulations! Send me your details so I can pass them onto Katie. Thanks all for entering 🙂


Dude dungarees and a giveaway

Stop press! Little Dress Kits have decided to offer my readers a generous 15% off all kits with this unique code. Simply enter sandw15off at the checkout!

Hooray for summer! It’s been absolutely glorious here in London for the last god-knows-how-many weeks and I’m as brown as an Irish berry which is a lovely sort of off-white colour. Very nice indeed.

It’s been yonks since I’ve updated the old blog and I’d love to say ‘but I’ve been making LOADS of clothes which I want to show you yadda yadda’ but… um…no. I’ve not. In fact I’ve made just one thing, and it wasn’t for me. But that’s ok! Because sometimes we all need a little break (read: if I ever get more than an hour to myself ever again I will try to not to fill it with washing up, laundry, cooking) from the things we love, right? RIGHT?

Anyways, about three trillion years ago I got an email from the lovely Katie at Little Dress Kits, asking if I’d like to choose and make a kit for himself. Did I? Like, durrr. I never turn down a freebie folks (which reminds me – I must mention The List of My Desires – a book I was sent by Orion Publishing because it features a character with a sewing blog in it! Great read actually and I always feel a little bit cleverer when I read a translated novel – what’s that all about?).

Back to Little Dress Kits. Basically the idea is that you receive a full kit with everything you need to make a darling little baby outfit: fabric, notions, trimmings, the works. I chose the Tractor Dungarees Kit as I just loved the brown/olive cord and the little tractor motif. Katie sent me my package immediately but it took me two months to get round to actually making it (sorry Katie!). But on Saturday morning I threw the cats off the dining table, put the son in a cage (not really) and set to work. Took me about three hours from start to finish and I ended up with… these!

It was so so quick and easy to whip these up. They come with adhesive pattern pieces which are brilliant if you’re making wee tiny things and the material is great quality.

Even better news, Katie is offering one lucky reader their very own Little Dress Kit of choice! Simply comment on this post to be in with a chance of winning. Even better, if you like Little Dress Kits on Facebook or follow them on Twitter I’ll give you an extra entry – just let me know in the comments. Giveaway closes Sunday 4th August at midnight GMT and the winner will be randomly chosen using an internet thingummy. Good luck!

And just to make you all go aaaah here are some gratuitous cute baby pics…

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And the winners are…

Thank you everyone who entered in the giveaway to win the Elisalex dress or the Charlotte skirt from By Hand London. Wow – how popular was that? You guys really like this new indie pattern company don’t you? And with good reason too. So without further ado here are the winners, randomly selected by the husband…

Charlotte skirt

The Charlotte skirt was won by Pillows A-La-Mode who wanted to make one for each of her seven daughters-in-law. Blimey Pillows – that’s some undertaking! No excuses now…

Elisalex dress

The Elisalex dress was won by Hazel Mason who says she can never get enough vintage-style patterns.

If you guys could drop me an email with your postal addresses to, I’ll get these patterns out to you as soon as possible.

Thanks again to By Hand London for generously providing the prizes – can’t wait to see versions of these fabulous patterns popping up. Psst – have you seen Rachel’s Charlotte skirt? Gorgeous!

By gum – it’s a By Hand London giveaway!

I’ve long been a fan of Elisalex from Stitch Me Softly‘s style. Just check out her interview on this very blog for more details. A little bit boho, a little bit inner city and a lot of glam combines into one very unique look. And I know I’m not the only fan out there.

So when Elisalex announced months ago that she was launching By Hand London – a new independent pattern company – with her chum Charlotte, my heart soared. I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with and with the release of their first two patterns I couldn’t be more pleased.The Elisalex dress and the Charlotte skirt are sassy, sexy and sophisticated. I cannot WAIT to use these patterns post baby bump!

But that’s not all. By Hand London have not only very generously sent me a couple of patterns to try out next year (thanks guys – you rock), I also have another two to give away here! How exciting! Let’s take a closer look at each pattern.

Elisalex dress

The Elisalex dress features three variations of a princess-seamed bodice and box-pleated tulip skirt. It’s fully lined with a cinched in waist for extra definition. The instructions come in a separate booklet, are clear and concise with extra tips and golden rules scattered throughout and feature very clear graphics and a space for your own notes. It’s a multi sized pattern from size 2/6 (US/UK) to a 16/20.

Charlotte skirt

The Charlotte skirt is an absolute darling of a pencil skirt, featuring an optional peplum or hem ruffle (or both if you feel like being a touch dramatic). It’s marked as suitable for beginners. Even better, By Hand London will be starting a sewalong for the skirt in the New Year so your first make of 2013 couldn’t be easier! Again, it’s a multi sized pattern from size 2/6 (US/UK) to a 16/20.

To be in with a chance of winning one of these beautiful patterns, simply comment below letting me know which one you’d like to get your hands on and more importantly – why. The giveaway is open to international peeps and closes midday Sunday 9th December 2012 GMT. The two winners will be selected at random and announced here on the blog soon after (as long as we are not interrupted by an early visit from the stork!). Good luck!