Lakeshore Crop Turned Riding Jacket
September 26, 2015

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Looking for a cute layering jacket for fall for your little one? How about a hacked Lakeshore Crop? Riding jackets are all the rage right now. I love the look of the Lakeshore Crop, but I wanted to make my daughter something a little longer to cover her bum for the cooler fall weather. The Lakeshore crop has great “bones” and with a few modifications, you can turn it into this fabulous, on-trend, high-low hem riding jacket.

Head to the UpCraft Club Blog now to read all the details and follow the tutorial to make your own riding jacket!

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Haven Acres Charlie Dress
September 21, 2015

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What happens when you take two awesome patterns from two fantastic designers and smash them together??? You end up with a totally fabulous new wardrobe look. Today I’ll be showing you how to make an adorable girls dress using the Haven Acres Top pattern by Jennuine Design and the Charlie Dress pattern by Mingo & Grace, both available in the UpCraft Club Catalog. It’s a simple equation with a lovely result.

Head to the UpCraft Club Blog to read all the details!

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The Aberdeen Jacket
September 18, 2015

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Today I’m talking about the Aberdeen Jacket over at the UpCraft Club blog. Get the details on updating your fall “Momiform” wardrobe with this on-trend versatile pattern.


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Chiffon Back Union St. Tee
September 14, 2015

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Check out the UpCraft Club Blog today for my tutorial on another Union St. Tee pattern hack … a chiffon back! It’s like a fashionable mullet – business in the front, party in the back ūüėČ

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Open Back Union St. Tee
September 11, 2015

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I’m at the UpCraft Club blog today leading a tutorial on how to adapt your Union St. Tee to have an open back and wider neck. Check it out and make one for yourself!


The Persimmon Dress
September 6, 2015

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Head to the UpCraft Club blog today where I’m showing how to transition the Persimmon Dress from summer to fall.

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Syrah Skirt: Day to Evening
September 5, 2015

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I’m over at UpCraft Club today sharing tips for taking your¬†Syrah Skirt¬†by Lauren Dahl of Baste and Gather¬†from day to evening. Head to the blog and check out how to go from mom mode to date night in a snap.

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MadeIt Fashion Week
September 3, 2015

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MadeIt Fashion Week is here featuring the Fold|2 collection!!!

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The Fold|2 Collection from MadeIt Patterns features modern design inspired by the Japanese art of origami. The collection, created by designers Olu Falola and Anna Bruce, is pure awesomeness. The lines are interesting and the¬†construction is borderline genius … truly some of the best constructed garments I have every made.


The first outfit our model, “Eden”, is showing off on the virtual catwalk¬†is the Petal Fold Playsuit Separates, a supplement available to go along with the Petal Fold Playsuit Pattern.


Both the top and culottes have interesting triangle inset detail accented nicely by piping. The patterns piece together perfectly and the pattern instructions are fun to follow with bits of humor infused throughout.


I used quilting cotton from the new Emma & Mila fabric line available in the States at JoAnn Fabrics and Walmart. This fabric line has a great variety of prints all with metallic gold accents. The modern prints are perfect for the modern Fold|2 patterns.


“Eden” was feeling very “high fashion” in her own words and loved that she didn’t have to hold a smile ūüėČ


Did I mention the pockets?!?! What kid doesn’t love pockets?


…. and those buttons down the back! Swoon. You all know how much I love back buttons. We finished the look off with an origami butterfly in her hair.


I hope you loved the first look … on to the next!


For our second look, “Eden” is sporting the Pleat Fold Top¬†and Pocket Fold Skirt.


“What? You can’t handle the fierceness???”


We chose Option 1 on the Pleat Fold Top which has a peplum hem. I used a plum rayon/linen blend from JoAnn Fabrics for the main part and made my own bias tape from the skirt fabric. The Pleat Fold Top is a quick sew with stylish results.


The Pleat Fold Top calls for the straps to be attached straight down the back, but we chose to do a quick adaptation and criss-cross the straps.


The Pocket Fold Skirt is my favorite pattern of the bunch. I mean, they’re all¬†amazing, but this skirt is out of this world! Olu and Anna really outdid themselves with the design lines, fit and construction. Pure genius. Our Pocket Fold Skirt¬†made from a plum/ecru Marimekko print. I love it so much I just might make myself a skirt out of it as well ūüėČ The pocket and waist accents are from the same linen as the top.


…. And these wood buttons. They are amazing up close. I’m realizing now that I should have taken a close up. Oh well, you’ll have to trust me – they are beautiful.


Once again, we topped her off with a little origami.




20% OFF Madeit patternsInspired? I hope! Head to MadeIt Patterns and pick up your copies of the patterns today. Receive a special Fashion Week discount of 20% off by using the code: MFW20

There is also a contest going on –¬†Here’s how¬†you can win…

All you have to do is correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that the designers will post on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 
And this is how you can win a ‚ā¨50 NOSH voucher…

NOSH logo graphiteAll you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on day 7 of Fashion Week (Sunday 6 September) letting Olu know what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you. Olu will pick a winner from the comments and the winner will be notified by email the following week.

Fashion Show Participant Origami Challenge

Please leave comments on this blog post about how you think we did with displaying the origami theme during our time on the virtual catwalk. Your comments will help determine which Fashion Show participant wins. Thank you in advance!!

Check out the other amazing entries in MadeIt Fashion Week on the schedule below:

Monday 31 August

Kid Approved

Girl Like the Sea

Huisje Boompje Boefjes

Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy


Chi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki

In a manner of Sewing

Glitter + Wit

Creative Needles and Threads

As it Seams

thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow


Fairies and Bubbles Co

Sew Thrifty

East and Eden

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric

So-Cal Sewing Mom


Miss Castelinhos

Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya

My Cosy Co

Paisley Roots


Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:

Needle and Ted

Climbing the Willow

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