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October Swoons

October Swoons

Well that’s Halloween been and gone for another year. The face paint has retired to the back of the make up drawer and out come the winter jumpers to keep us warm from the harsh Scottish weather. Soft cottons are replaced with thick wools and heading out in just a summer dress and sandals is a distant memory.

I think it’s safe to say that this year has been the quickest by far and it’s hard to believe it’s November already. It feels like weeks merge into each other and months are gone in a blink of an eye.  So much happens in a month that it is important to look back on the past four weeks and appreciate what you love and share the amazing finds you may have stumbled across.  Sometimes I feel that sewing bloggers are a rare breed in the blogging world, which can make it difficult to find the latest must have sewing items, as you don’t know what is out there.  So, I wanted to share some of my sewing related favourites that have had me swooning over the past month.

1. Pattern of the Month

With the dark mornings back with again, it’s definitely time to look out the jacket patterns.  In my sewing class, I was introduced to an amazing pattern company called  Papercut Patterns.  The New Zealand based company have a fantastic selection of patterns with modern cuts  and styles to help keep you bang on trend.


I love discovering independent pattern companies and enjoy nothing more than looking through their directory, making mental notes of what I want to add to my library. There were so many patterns I was head over heels for, but my favourite was the Rigel bomber jacket.  The shape of this jacket is to die for and it is so versatile in style.  You can make one for Winter and one for Summer, making sure you are well-equipped for the ever changing Scottish weather.  This pattern is definitely at the top of my wish list this month!

2. Fabric Bizarre.

Fabric is another key area for us sewers and I am on a mission to find some amazing textiles and some hidden gems to make unique and beautiful garments.  While tweeting away watching ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ for Children in Need, I found an online fabric company called Croft mill, who are based in Lancashire.  They have a massive (…and I mean massive) range of fabrics, so there is something for everyone!


I found this beautiful polyester/acrylic mix cloth called Uninhibited.  Its a mixture of purple, blues and greens (my favourites!) and I instantly thought it would be perfect for the bomber jacket above.  It looks absolutely stunning and for £22 a metre, it is pretty reasonable price for jacket fabric.

3. Blogger Appreciation

The last part of my round up is going to focus on appreciating fellow bloggers of all different genres.  These are the people I get my inspiration from and enjoy reading with a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit in hand. This month my blogger appreciation is going to Annika over at The Pine needle Collective.  This blog was only recently introduced to me and I have to say, I absolutely ADORE it! Annika has such a unique selling point with her fab style and creative tutorials.  I love watching her you tube sewing channel and can’t wait to try out some if her tutorials.  My favourite is definitely the embroidered collar tutorial and has sparked an interest in embroidery that I never knew I had.

The Pine needle Collective
The Pine needle Collective

Click on the picture above or here to link through to Annika’s blog.  I can guarantee you it will be a bookmarked favourite instantly.  This girl has all kinds of sass and I’m all about that!  I can’t wait for her next installment of ‘Make, Thrift, Buy.’  Get subscribed to her youtube channel so you don’t miss out!

Well October, you’ve been great! Let’s see what November has in store.  What are your October swoons?

Love, love


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