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November Swoons

November Swoons

I doesn’t feel like a month has passed since I last swooned over some amazing sewing finds. November has disappeared in a blink of an eye and I can’t believe we are into the Festive season already.  This month has been solely dedicated to pressing on with my jacket and after a bust adjustments and a few nip and tucks, my toille is almost complete!!

Pattern of the Month

This month I have been hunting high and low for a pattern which would be perfect for my Christmas night out.  By Hand London is a pattern company based here in the UK and is ran by three very talented ladies.  The company have an amazing vision and cater for the tastes and shape of the modern woman.

Creating patterns inspired by and named after the stylish ladies we know and admire, the designs themselves are an up-to-date take on classic silhouettes and so act as a canvas for your unique look. We celebrate making, individual style and creative women, designing for those who love to dress up, stand out and customise their own wardrobe.

By Hand London Website.

The Elisalex dress, with its beautiful silhouette and box pleat tulip skirt seems to be the perfect choice for enjoying Christmas Festivities.  With the three variation of sleeves and a nipped in waist, this style is versatile and, depending on the fabric choice, can be a day to day dress or even used to create beautiful formal wear.

Elisalex Dress


When I am looking for inspiration, I head straight over to pinterest to see what others have created. It’s safe to say that this sewing pattern is a popular choice within the sewing community.  With some amazing makes out there and fabulous fabric choices, you’re left wanting to make all the Elisalex dresses.


Fabric Bizarre 

For my fabric choice this month, I have decided to go with something a bit off the wall.  I recently discovered Button Up & Stitch, a Mother and Daughter business which was born out a love of sewing and crafting.  The fabric choices are bright and fun, and they have a vast range of different designs, and novelty prints, on offer.  Being a Maths teacher, anything science and number related instantly catches my eye.




Differentiation, trigonometry AND vectors on one print, I MUST HAVE YOU!  And what would I make with this beauty I hear you ask? A high waisted pencil skirt with an optional pink fur ruffle along the bottom, of course.  Very maths teacher meets clueless. I want, I want, I want!!!!


Blogger Appreciation

This month, my blogger appreciation goes to Madalynne, who is professional blogger hailing from the US of A.  Her website is full of articles on sewing, filled with a wide range of  tutorials and some of the most stunning photographs I have ever seen.  I discovered Madalynne’s blog a few years ago and have made reference to many of her tutorials when I have found myself scratching my head over a new technique.

Picture taken from www.madalynne.com
Picture taken from www.madalynne.com

I love the layout and design of this website and the attention to detail that is given in every article and photograph.  Every time I click on my bookmarked link, I get a visit from the green eyed monster.  Wishing I could sew as well as her, take amazing pictures and sewing for a living.  Share the amazing-ness, please!  If you love Madalynne as much as I do, you will be able to read much more of her work, as she is currently writing for Seamwork Magazine which launched this month.  Seamwork magazine is the brain child of Sarai Mitnick, the lady behind Collette Patterns.  For $6, which is around £4.50 a month, you can read some great articles on all things craft related AND not to mention 2 new PDF patterns a month.  Sold? Me too. Head over now to read Madalynne’s latest article, “The Ultimate Guide to Sparkle.”

What have you been up to this month?  Have you signed up to Seamworks Magazine yet?  Share your finds in the comments bar.

Love, love


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