March 6, 2017

The Perfect Summer Dress: A Swingy Sabrina

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I’d had my eye on this pattern for ages before I got round to buying it. I like the ’90s grunge’ vibe of it and find myself picking dresses just like it out at vintage shops all the time. When The Fabric Store offered to send us some fabric and I saw this gorgeous ‘Honey Bee’…

November 22, 2016

New Bra Making Workshop Dates

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Always wanted to make a bra? Now’s your chance! We’ve just announced two brand new dates for our Bra Making Workshops in February 2017 – just three months away. Each workshop will be a full day of sewing led by us and you’ll be using a Madalynne x Simplicity pattern. You’ll come away with a fully formed, beautiful bra and have…

November 11, 2016

Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore Dress

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Can we talk about how great Tilly’s latest pattern is? The Cleo dress is a super simple and super wearable pinafore/dungaree dress that every wardrobe should include a few of. You can pick to have a mini or longer length, dungaree clips or buttons and a top centre or two hip pockets. I went for the…

November 3, 2016

Top 10 Places to Buy Fabric Online

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Here’s our list of the best shops to buy fabric online. Obviously we always prefer to get fabric in person where you can stroke everything and spend hours choosing but it’s just not always practical. Need something for this weekend’s sewing project that you can buy whilst stuck at your desk? These sites will sort…

October 26, 2016

Bra Making with Madalynne – Simplicity 8228 and 8229 Bra Making Kits

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Our two most recent fairs nearly wiped us out completely of bra making kits. The response we had was so incredible that it’s taken us until this week to be able to re-stock the shop! We’ve got some brand new laces up now though – we’re talking whites, blacks and pastels, all ready to shop….

August 14, 2016

Summer Shirt in the Softest Linen

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There’s nothing quite like a loose, breezy linen shirt on a warm day and we love this cropped style by French pattern company Republique du Chiffon. The Maeva Shirt is loose fitted with a ruffle around the waist – it’s perfect for any light to medium weight linen. We were kindly gifted some linen from…

August 4, 2016

How to Make Bias Binding

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This is the quickest and easiest way we have found to make bias binding. You don’t need any fancy tools or bias binding makers (they’re helpful, but this method using a pin works just as well) and you can make metres of bias binding in no more than 15 minutes. First up, what is bias…

July 10, 2016

The Ultimate Guide to Fabric Shopping in London

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As I’m sure you’ve gathered by now, we’re both fabric hoarders and love hunting around our favourite London shops for the perfect fabric. Yes, we have too much fabric and did recently impose a rule of ‘use two, buy one’ (which may or may not be going to plan…). Sometimes you do just need to…

June 9, 2016

Two Wedding By Hand London Dresses

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Last weekend was a bit of a blurry mess. The kind of blurry mess you should experience when your sister marries your friend from uni and the wine is endless and all your friends and family are there and you dance dance dance until your feet rub off. The day was amazing, the party even better…