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Sewing round-up for 2017

December 20, 2017
And She Made By Hand London Flora dress

I’ve had a good year sewing wise. Despite most of the time not having access to a sewing machine (it’s back home in Wales), I’ve actually managed to make quite a bit. I quite like the idea of a sewing round-up to remind myself of what I’ve made in the past year if nothing else. So here’s what I accomplished in 2017.

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A Megan Nielsen Sudley dress hack

December 9, 2017
Megan Nielsen Sudley dress hack And She Made

Just in time for Christmas, I have decided that I need a few slouchy dresses added to my wardrobe. At this time of year a smock dress hides a multitude of mince pies and mulled wine and is basically perfect for all the festive treats I’m planning to consume.

You may think that Megan Nielsen’s Sudley dress (blogged here and here) is a summer dress but I like to think it can be worn year round with just a few small additions. I decided to test this theory out and I’m pleased with the results.

This pattern offers loads of alternative ways of mixing the pattern up, including lowering the waistband and making a top version, so I didn’t feel too bad about changing it slightly.

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A Christmas gift guide: The best of Etsy

December 7, 2017
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Everyone loves a gift guide at Christmas. Whether you’re a dab hand at flicking through the Argos catalogue or simply like to peruse different websites for your gifts, there’s inspiration to be had everywhere. This year, why not consider shopping locally for your presents? While you’re likely to find a more unique present, you’ll also be helping the indie businesses out. It’s worth a shot, right?

And there are some great makers to be found on Etsy. So without further ado, here’s the And She Made round-up of the best the creative website has to offer this Christmas…

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