Pattern destash 

It’s that time of year when I’m having a clear out and making space in my sewing room. Most of these patterns were free with magazines so I’m not asking for payment, although if you’d like to make a small donation to a charity of your choice that would be brilliant. It’ll be first come first served, and I’m afraid I’m limiting this to UK only to keep my postage costs down. If there’s a pattern you would like please leave the name/number of the pattern in the comments & also either your Twitter handle or email address so I can contact you to get postal details. You can also tweet/DM me @makingnmarking Lastly be quick – about 6 of these have already been snapped up!

Post updated 2.9.17 – the patterns on the photo below are the only ones remaining. Some of the others are already winging their way to their new owners. Let me know asap if you’d like any. 


*Giveaway* Pattern de-stash 

As the summer holidays draw to a close I’m trying to tidy the house and prepare for the new school year. Today I’ve been sorting out my sewing space, and finally got around to sorting through my patterns. All of the patterns below are unused. Some were freebies, some came with magazines, and some I purchased. I am happy to mail them out free of charge, so if you see one you would like please DM me via @makingnmarking on Twitter, and as long as it’s still available I will ask for your address. Any problems re accessing Twitter please leave a comment below. I’ll do my best to keep updating this blog post so you can see what’s still available. I’m not looking to make any money from this, and it feels nice to do a little something for some of the lovely sewists out there. However, if you were inclined to make a small donation (50p, £1?) to a charity of your choice that would be brilliant. If you’d rather not please don’t worry, I have come across so much generosity within the sewing community in the past couple of years. I’m thinking initially of keeping it to a maximum of 2 patterns per person, but if you would like several please list them in order of preference and if no one else expresses interest I will happily forward them on to you. I like the thought of helping out as many sewists as possible 😊 Lastly, I’m keeping this giveaway open to UK residents only. Enjoy! 

Photo 1 –

Pattern 1321 is now taken. Pattern 1613, 2446 and 7812 are all also now taken. 

Photo 2 

Th Amazing Fit Trousers are now taken. 

Photo 3 

6323 (top right) is now taken. K1699 is also now taken. 

Photo 4 

Butterick Bag is now taken. 

Photo 5 

Thread count 5-in-1 is now taken (top right). Thread count 1502 (top left) is also now taken. 

The Walkley is also taken, as is The Lizzy. 

Photo 6 

The kimono dress is now taken. The culottes are now taken. The colour block tunic is also now taken. 

Photo 7 

The keyhole blouse is now taken. 

Photo 8 

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Sunday Sevens // 16 2015

Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series hosted by Nat at Threads and Bobbins. Visit her site to find out all you need to know about how to participate.  A busy but productive first week back, during which the warm spring weather meant lots of lovely after work walks. 

1. The daffodils in the garden are now waning, but the bluebells are in bloom.  

2. I was given a selection of vintage sewing items, which I plan to blog about soon.  

3. Not to mention this gem: 

4. In a nod to the onset of summer, I’ve switched to drinking mainly this: 

5. My class had their first Wider Opportunities ukulele lesson!     

6. I’ve been loving taking the dogs to different places after work this week, deviating from my usual local routes.  

 7. It suddenly feels like ages since I made a garment for myself! Spent some time searching through my vintage patterns and awaiting inspiration.  

A week of school, sewing and dog walks makes for a pretty great start to summer term. I’ll leave you with a question, or at least a request for suggestions. 

Can you recommend a dress pattern which doesn’t require a zip or buttons to fasten? 

Sunday Sevens // 15 2015


Seven days represented by seven images, what could be more simple? All Sunday Sevens posts are collated and shared by Nat at Threads and Bobbins. 

This week was my second full week of Easter Holiday, after my time away in Northumberland. 

1. A clutch of patterns arrived, all half price in the Simplicity sale. Some beauties here that I’ve admired for a while.  

2.  Spent a sunny day in Lincoln with my mum.  

3. I got and have been wearing this super cute ‘lounge wear’ top (from Primark) 

4. Gave the grass it’s first cut of the year, AND did some weeding. The back garden is beginning to look tidier, so just the side and front needing attention next… 

5. Went on a lovely trip to visit little Elijah (and his mum).    

6.  New shoes for summer!  


7. Spent a bit of time in school starting to prepare my classroom for my new summer term Secret Garden topic.  I’m still waiting for various items to arrive but it’s a start. 

Oliver helped:   Monday means back to school and back to normal. I’ve been spoilt with a lovely, long AND sunny Easter holiday, and have been able to spend time doing all of the things I love. Whether you have worked a week already, or if your first day is also Monday, have a great week. 

Sunday Sevens // 4 2015

The last Sunday of the month marks the end of one busy week and the beginning of another. For the first time in a long time I haven’t done any sewing for over a week, something which I hope to remedy later. I haven’t even purchased any fabric, (unheard of) although a pattern or two have found their way into my collection.
For me Sunday Sevens is a reason to pause and reflect on the past week, and to clarify what I want from the week ahead. Find out how to take part on Nat’s site.


1. I spent a lot of time this week thinking of my grandad Jim.

2. The aforementioned patterns, one vintage, one free with a magazine, one a gift and one I came across and ordered.

3. It snowed! Just a little and not enough to justify photos, but I did have chance to wear my new snow boots!

4. For many reasons, by Friday night I was exhausted, so my evening looked like this:

5. I was lucky enough to receive several sewing related birthday gifts (bonus photo alert)



6. I took a tour of the town’s many charity shops and made some amazing finds. Although strictly speaking I was there to source items for a new blogging project, I felt it was only fair to take home a couple of items too. They included this pretty, unmarked bangle for £1.

7. I also couldn’t resist this vintage cruet, which appears to be completely intact even down to the tiny mustard spoon. For this I paid the princely sum of £4.


I wish you a week of winter sunshine and the chance to indulge in the things that make you happiest.

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10k road race ~ plenty of Christmas costumes, dogs wearing Christmas jumpers + even Christmas music 🎶 Lovely route & love the Christmas pud + tshirt. •
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#run #running #rungry #runuptoChristmas #weekend #dogjog #runningwithdogs #runnersofinstagram Up and out early this morning, transporting players to a football match in the middle of the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside. The sun shone so brightly it was hard to see, but that’s not something to complain about this far into November. The team played well and they won 🙌🏼
#football #localfooty #matchday #footballmatch #footballboots #mud #muddy #win #victory #goretford #retfordstripes #sunday Ending a busy week with a bit of quilting ~ trying to plan my Christmas gifts as I know time will run away with me! Watching Children in Need and indulging in a @masonsyorkshiregin Yorkshire tea gin 🍸
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