A gold shandiin and a giveaway

Gold Shandiin tunic - front view

I have a gorgeous sparkly Shandiin tunic to share with you today! Back in April I had an amazing trip to Paris to meet several other sewing bloggers (you can read more here). We had some very generous sponsors for that trip, including many pattern companies. Today we are all sharing something we made with one of those patterns – you can see some sneak peeks of what the others have made further down the post. I also have a giveaway – one lucky winner will win a pattern of their choice from LouBeeClothing (you can enter at the bottom of this post). It’s a pretty tough decision to choose just one though!

Gold Shandiin tunic - back view

I chose to make the Shandiin tank and tunic pattern by LouBeeClothing. I’ve wanted to make one since Sarah first released it but didn’t really have a reason until now. The pattern comes in sizes 12-18 months up to 8 years. I took the sensible option of making my first one in the smallest size as a gift. Now I’ve made one though I think it would be so cute in newborn size for my summer baby, so you will probably see more in future.

Gold Shandiin - back close up

The Shandiin is a great basic tank/tunic pattern with a difference – the open back design really elevates it to a more special top. There are other features in the pattern that I really appreciate, such as hem facings and the option for a button up front. It’s well designed and was a quick sew that came together very easily. I was able to use some gold bias binding that I purchased from Anna Ka Bazaar in Paris, to highlight the gold in the main Cotton + Steel fabric I used. The contrast is a herringbone chambray from Robert Kaufman. I also used gold bias for the hem facing.

Gold Shandiin - hem detail

Overall, I love it and had to get some cute gold shoes to complete the look. You can see what everyone else made in the photos below – click on each one to be taken directly to their blog posts. I can’t wait to have a closer look at all of them. All of these ladies have a giveaway for the pattern designer they chose too.


So do you want to win one of Sarah’s patterns? All you have to do is enter using the options below. The more options you select the better your chance of winning. The giveaway is open until the 10th of July and the winner will be announced after that date. Good luck everyone!

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Safari Raglan now available + a summer sale

Safari Raglan Tee and Dress by Titchy Threads

Hello everyone! I feel like it’s a long time since I wrote a proper post sharing something I’ve sewn and I’ve really missed it. I’ve been short of energy throughout this pregnancy and I’m 33 weeks now. I’m looking forward to winding down a bit and sewing up a few things on my to do list. Starting this week I will be sharing a few things I’ve had photographed and ready to write about for a while.

One thing that I have been working hard on recently is the Safari Raglan Tee and Dress pattern (formerly known as the Rise & Shine Raglan). This is now available in my shop here. I first shared the T-shirt earlier in the year after it was featured in Love Sewing magazine. Since then I’ve added an A-line dress option, improved the pattern and increased the size range (6-12 months to 12 years).

Safari Raglan Options

The Safari Raglan has a comfortable fitting and is very versatile. Use it as an every day basic or custom design a one of a kind raglan. Choose from hemmed short or long sleeves, or for a raglan with a difference use your creativity to add some puppet sleeves that your children will adore. Suitable year round for boys and girls this includes all the usual detail you expect from a Titchy Threads pattern and is a great basic to have in your pattern library.

The little girl in the cover photo at the top belongs to Andreia from In a Manner of Sewing, who was a huge help with testing. If you take a look at her blog post you’ll see what an amazing job she did with stripe matching too. Several other testers who chose the puppet sleeve option were very creative with their designs:

Puppet Sleeve Inspiration for the Safari Raglan Tee and Dress

ROW 1: Ducks by Titchy Threads, Flamingos by Maria (www.mycozyco.com)

ROW 2: Hippos by Monica (www.mamemimo.com), Puppy by Ari (www.max-california.com), Cats by Nathalie

ROW 3: Cat by Katie and Raccoons by Rachael

Below is a dress version one I made with short hemmed sleeves, co-ordinated to match some adorable bear socks I bought. This is the first thing I’ve sewn for the baby, although I have a lot more planned.

Safari Raglan Dress

To celebrate the release, and the gorgeous sunny weather we’ve had in the UK recently, I’m having a summer sale. Get 25% off everything with the code SUMMER25. Take advantage while you can and stock up!

Titchy Threads Summer Sale

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 7

It’s the final Twisted Tuesday and today I have some great friends sharing their twisted trousers. There’s a bit of a floral theme to their fabric choices too.  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the twisted outfits over the last seven weeks and that they have given you some inspiration.

First is Miren from Solo Sewing and lives in Spain. I had the pleasure of meeting Miren in Paris recently and she is so welcoming and easy to talk to. Her blog is full of beautiful sewing for her daughter, including this ‘not a birthday dress‘. I love that she chose to make something different to challenge herself. Miren has made a fantastic pair of Twisted Trousers, That pop of orange is so pretty against the pink. Read more about them here.


Next is Ines, one of the sweetest and funniest bloggers out there. Ines is the only one of today’s guests that I haven’t met yet but I hope to very soon. She picks the most amazing fabric and has a lovely laid back style. The outfits she sews always look like they came together effortlessly, like this beautiful outfit she made for herself. I’m sure it feels that way to you, right Ines? This isn’t her first pair of Twisted Trousers, but this might be my favourite yet. She’s paired them with an untwisted Twisted Tank, with a little twist! Read all the details here (with a funny surprise near the end).

Twisted Trousers - La Folie Sewing Booth

Last, but certainly not least, is Celina from Petit a Petit and Family. I’m sure Celina needs no introduction, but just in case, she is one of the creators of STYLO magazine, has incredible taste in children’s clothes, takes amazing photos and is a great friend too. I was lucky to meet her and her gorgeous kids when they visited England last year. Celina has used this stunning Nani Iro fabric for her twisted trousers, and if you read her post you’ll see that her and Ines have been plotting something fun.

Twisted Trousers - Petit a PetitSo that commences the tour. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined the tour and to everyone who has followed along.

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 6

It’s the sixth Twisted Tuesday already, with only one more to go next week. There are two bloggers from Europe and two from Australia this week, so it’s interesting to see how the different seasons are affecting their sewing.

First up is Kerry from Sutures and Sandpaper, who has two boys and a girl that she sews for. I am always impressed by Kerry’s colour combinations – and today is no exception as blue and grey is possibly my favourite combination of all. Kerry has also used three different Titchy Threads patterns for this post and I love the details she’s added and the pattern adjustment she made to one of them. You can read all about it here.

Teaser by Kerry of Sutures and Sandpaper

Also from Australia is Lainie from Maker*land. I first came across Lainie’s blog when she posted this gorgeous angel winged tunic and I then spent a lot of time looking through all her previous posts and just being blow away by her talent. Her work was recently featured in a book and she will soon be launching a ready to wear line – including some of those gorgeous wings. Lainie made two different tank tops for the tour, both with a circus theme, and I love them – head on over to her post to find out more.

Twisted Tank by Maker*land

Next we have Anna from Cal Joan y Mas who lives in Spain and amazes me with how much she sews for herself and her family. She also has a fabric shop with a very tempting selection and shares some great looking free patterns. Today she’s made a full twisted outfit with some really fun colours. Check out the full outfit more here.

Twisted Tank and Trousers by  Cal Joan

My last guest today is the lovely Erin from Our Family Four. She sews a lot for herself and her two children and recently shared (with the cutest announcement ever) that she’ll have a new baby to sew for in a few months. Erin always takes amazing photos of what she’s made and I loved her recent contributions to STYLO. I think a stripey bodice / floral skirt dress will be happening over here soon. There are more stripes on her blog today as well – one of my favourite prints for a Twisted Tank, read more over here.

All Striped Twisted Tank at Our Family Four

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 5

This weeks Twisted Tuesday guests all have their own unique style that I absolutely love.

First is Erin from Hungie Gungie, who blogs with her equally talented sister. Their recent STYLO features (one and two) were so fun and perfect for the high fructose theme. I am always inspired by Erin’s makes – how stunning is this dress. Occasionally she will throw in something unexpected as well, like this adorable flamingo. As you can see, Erin used the basic version of the tank and turned it into the cutest dress. She is also sharing a version of the Twisted Tank, over here.

Twisted Tank dress by Erin from Hungie Gungie

Trine from Groovybaby and Mama has impeccable style and the most amazing taste in fabric. I imagine Trine’s family must be the best dressed in Denmark, with everything she makes for herself and her children. Trine has used the basic version of the Twisted Tank and I just love the different mix of blacks and whites in this whole outfit – find out more details here.

Twisted Tank by Groovybaby and Mama

My last guest this week is Maria from La Inglesita, who I was lucky enough to meet in Paris recently. I was in awe of all the beautiful clothes she’d made herself and she sews equally lovely things for her children. Maria also has her own shop, with beautiful fabrics, patterns and really cool extras, like these fashionary books. You can also find some fantastic tutorials on her blog. Today Maria is sharing a twisted set of both trousers and a tank, read more over at her blog here.

Twisted Tank and Trousers by La Inglesita

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STYLO magazine: issue 04

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

The latest issue of STYLO magazine has just been released and it’s jam packed full of inspiration for spring and summer. STYLO is a kids fashion magazine where every single item shown has been sewn by the contributors. There are links for the patterns and fabrics used so you can re-create your favourite look or just used them for ideas. The co-editors, Celina and Jess, have outdone themselves once again and I am really proud to be a part of this issue.

One of my favourite features in the whole magazine was by Tara from Girl Like The Sea, so I wasn’t surprised to see one of her amazing photos on the cover. Congratulations Tara! You may also notice that her daughter is wearing a Twisted Tank in the photo. There’s a few other Titchy Threads patterns throughout the magazine.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

When I was first asked to contribute I had so many ideas running through my head that it was difficult to narrow them down. I decided I really wanted to push myself a little and asked Casper’s girlfriend, Clementine, if she would like to take part. Fortunately she loved the idea and soon after I thought of the clementine fabric from Rae’s latest Small World collection, which Cloud 9 generously provided. Once that decision was made choosing the other fabrics to use was a lot easier and I even developed my first (solo) pattern just for girls.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

I will be back soon with another blog post soon with a lot more details about the patterns and fabrics I used. For now though, make yourself a drink, sit comfortably and go and enjoy the magazine in full.

STYLO 04 outfit by Craftstorming

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 4

Twisted Tuesday number four brings us four wonderful bloggers.

First is Laura from Behind the Hedgerow, who I was lucky enough to meet on my recent trip to Paris. She was just as stylish, fun and easy going in person as you imagine her to be from reading her blog. I love the way Laura uses such an eclectic mix of solids and prints, just like she has for this fantastic outfit she made for her youngest son. Read all about it here.

twisted tour - behind the hedgerowI have followed Lies from Oon since around the time I discovered blogs and I was so happy she agreed to join the tour today. The combination of fabrics, clothes and beautiful photographs inspires me every time. Lies has a bit of a surprise giveaway today – she is giving away a couple of baby size tank tops and they are so cute! Head over to her blog to read more.

twistedtank by oon

Maria from My Cozy Co, writes her blog in Spanish and English and translated the patterns on this tour for me. Maria was a tester for the Twisted Trousers and already made this amazing pair, with the stunning combination of black and pink. I absolutely love this black and neon bag she made, using an origami smocking detail on the front (she has a tutorial for that too). For today’s post Maria has turned the Twisted Tank into a dress and made another gorgeous pair of Twisted Trousers.

TwisterTankteaser mycozyco

The fourth guest this week is the inimitable Ari from Max California. This lady has such a unique talent and style, and often comes out with some brilliant surprises so I was really excited to see what she’d make. Her Twisted Trousers are just incredible and you have to read her post to check out the fabric name (best name ever!).

twisted trousers max california

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 3

It’s already week 3 of the Twisted Tuesdays Tour and I can’t wait to share what today’s guests have made.

First is Meagan from Ava’s Lookbook, who makes gorgeous clothes for her daughter Ava. Every outfit is so well thought out and beautifully photographed, while keeping a childlike sense of fun – like with this Iridescent Birthday Dress. There is also a great mix of more casual everyday looks with some really special and unique pieces.  I love how Meagan has opted for a predominantly black outfit today, pairing a black Twisted Tank with some black floral Twisted Trousers. She had the great idea to make a feature of the twist on the tank by adding some fringe, you can read more about it here.

Ava's Lookbook Twisted Tank PantsMy second guest is Brienne from Handmade by Brienne, who has the most stunning taste in fabrics and alway manages to show them off with the perfect pattern choices. I love how she mixes knitting into her outfits, it’s almost enough to tempt me to try knitting again. Brienne also sells the most wonderful bags and pouches in her Etsy shop, one of these days I’m going to have to try and persuade her to ship overseas. Apparently these lovely Twisted Trousers with neon piping are just a test pair but I can’t imagine how she’s going to beat these. Read more in Brienne’s post here.

My third guest is Monica from Mamemimo, who lives in Spain and sews a really wide range of beautiful clothes for her whole family. She also teaches several courses a year and everything she makes looks impeccable. I just love the mix of different sized dots in this Twisted Tank and the Twisted Trousers look gorgeous in a neutral with the pop of orange from the piping. This is not all that Monica has made either – you can see everything in her post here.

Twisted Tank and Trousers by Mamemimo My last guest this week is Angie from La Pantigana, who is also from Spain. As she shared in a recent post she has a slight addiction to adding details with cord to the clothes she makes. There is even a link party is you has some good examples to share. She sews a lot for both herself and her children – including this amazing cheetah costume. For today’s post Angi has made two pairs of Twisted Trousers. I love how she’s used contrast fabrics on both to highlight the front and back twists. Read all about them here.

Twisted Trousers by La Pantigana

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Paris Sew Social + GIVEAWAY

Paris group shot

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to join a sewing blogger weekend in Paris. You may be surprised to hear that when I was first invited I said no! I haven’t shared my news here yet but I am 6 months pregnant. When Annika and Jo initially asked me about the trip I was struggling with morning sickness and couldn’t imagine visiting the next town, let alone travelling to Paris. Fortunately, I was able to change my mind a few weeks later and I’m so glad I went. I got to meet so many lovely and talented ladies from all across Europe and to spend a whole weekend talking about sewing and fabric (amongst other things), with people who are just as excited about it as me.

Display at Anna Ka Bazaar

 Display at Anna Ka Bazaar

Paris Sew Social - me, Maartje and Nienke

 Nienke, me and Maartje

We all stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn by the Gare du Nord (which has such a convenient location) and were provided with packs with maps and other information from the Paris Office du Tourisme. Our sponsor Bernina offered an amazing voucher that allowed us to purchase some gorgeous Atelier Brunette fabric at Anna Ka Bazaar and a delicious meal in a little restaurant (les Quilles). The restaurant host was very entertaining and I’d thoroughly recommend this place.

I did take my DSLR with me but ended up not taking many photos. I was very happy just to absorb the atmosphere and enjoy the great company. We visited some amazing fabric shops but surprisingly I didn’t buy too much. Fortunately, we had some incredible sponsors so I still came back with a lot of fabric and other goodies.

Paris fabrics 1

Paris fabrics 2

Not a bad stash I think you’ll agree! Well, there is also a chance for three of you to win one of the packages of fabric and patterns listed below. The winners will also have the chance to participate in a blog tour in June/July for which we all will sew something using the wonderful fabrics and patterns that we got.

Paris Sew Social and this giveaway were made possible by our amazing sponsors, so thank you Bernina, Lillestoff, Cousette, Nosh, FabFab, Telaria, Alles für Selbermacher, Supercut, Imagine Gnats, Nutta, Mon Depot, Tuttle, Aurifil, Snaply, Joyfits, Ottobre, Compagnie M., Do Guincho, Titchy Threads, Made It, Kid Approved, Schneidermeistern, Delia Creates, Willow&Co, Mouse House Creations, Sofilantjes, Sewpony, LBG Studio, Loubee Clothing, Straightgrain, Elegance&Elephants, Hey June, Paisley Roots, St. Christopher’s Inns & Paris Office du Tourisme

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Here’s what available to win….


1st prize:

The first prize includes jerseys from Lillestoff (the rose print sponsored by Lillestoff, the ABC print sponsored by joy fits), a Andrea Lauren bag filled with goodies from Alles für Selbermacher, an Ottobre magazin, a 15$ voucher for Imagine Gnats Shop and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.


2nd prize:

The second prize includes a jersey with roses from lillestoff, a fun dinosaur fabric sponsored by mon depot, some pink ribbing from Nosh, a lace zipper from Snaply, nice spools from Aurifil, a paper pattern by Compagnie M. and a sewing magazine from Stoffe.de.


3rd prize:

The third prize includes a flowery popeline from Lillestoff, white jersey from Nosh, blue stretch fabric with Cupcakes from mon depot, a paper pattern from Compagnie M., spools from Aurifil and a sewing magazine from stoffe.de.

The giveaway is open to international entries, void where prohibited by law. The giveaway runs until Monday May 11th 2015, 12am CET. To be in with a chance of winning just enter the rafflecopter below. The more of our social media channels you follow, the higher your chance to win one of the three prizes.The giveaway runs until Monday May 11th 2015, 12am CET. Good luck everyone!

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Twisted Tuesdays Tour: Week 2

Welcome back to week two of the Twisted Tuesdays Tour. I have introduced tiered pricing on my site this week, so if you purchase a few full price patterns together you’ll get a bonus discount (buy 3 to get 10% off, buy 5 to get 15% off). This is applied automatically at checkout.

I am really excited about today’s guests. Both their blogs are fairly new to me but they’re the sort of blogs that once you discover them, you want to go back and read every single post.

First up is Toya from Made by Toya. She sews a wide variety of things but mostly for her two gorgeous daughters. As an artist / illustrator she often adds a creative twist or unusual details that really make the finished items special – just look at this incredible quilted jacket. Toya’s is also used to having to combine widths and lengths of patterns for her tall slim eldest girl, and her post today shows how good a fit you can get when you take the time for this. I also adore the jacket, which Toya made using the Rowan Tee pattern as a base.

Twisted Tuesday outfit from Made by Toya

My other guest is Carin from Art Bella, who sews amazing clothes for both her son and her daughter. I love how she is able to adapt the style she sews in for their different personalities and everything looks impeccably made. Did you know that Liberty make swimsuit fabric? Nor did I until I saw this stunning swimsuit. For this Twisted Tuesday both children got a pair of Twisted Trousers and the Twisted Tank (with a difference) and Rowan Tee feature in there too. Read more about the outfits here.

Twisted Tanks and Trousers by Art Bella

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