LPM Made This: #SimplicitySewingChallenge Simplicity 6346 Pattern

Back when I did my Introduction to Dressmaking course in March, I had wonderful visions of knocking myself up a quick top or dress whilst the baby slept but the reality has been far from different. How naive was I to think I’d have the luxury of free time on my hands?! I decided to take part in the Simplicity Sewing Challenge, hoping that the concrete deadline would make me somehow FIND the time to complete it. Nothing like a good deadline to spur you on, eh? The newcomers category pattern was Simplicity 6346, a fairly easy looking pattern with…

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LPM Made This: #GBBO Jaffa Cakes

I’m not much of a ‘live’ TV viewer (more of a binge Netlix user!), but the three programmes I make an exception for are Masterchef, The Great British Sewing Bee and, of course, BAKE OFF. I’m still not exactly sure what makes Bake Off such compelling viewing considering it’s just a bunch of people whisking up eggs and watching oven doors but the magic mix of Mary Berry, Mel and Sue and the Hollywood Death Stare has got me hooked. Along with most of the country. I won’t spoil it too much in case you haven’t caught up yet, but…

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LPM Made This: Knitted Baby Cardigan

You may remember that I challenged myself to knit a hat whilst in labour… And I kind of did. And by kind of, I mean that I did do some knitting whilst in hospital – it just wasn’t a hat and it definitely wasn’t whilst I was in the delivery room, only whilst I was on the antenatal ward. Seeing as I had a half finished cardigan on the go, I decided to just carry on with that instead of starting a new hat, especially as I already had a knitted hat I thought would fit a baby but I…

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LPM Made This: WIN a set of Handmade Baby Milestone Cards

A couple of weekends ago, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a colleague’s baby shower. She’s due only a couple of weeks after me (but at this rate, her baby will be here before Pickle!) and it’s been really special to be able to go through our pregnancy journeys together. In fact, I think I’d have driven myself (even more) insane without her. The baby shower was a glorious buffet-filled sunshine-y affair with a hand-drawn bib competition and guess the celebrity baby quiz (I was awful) and I was super pleased to have made her a little handmade gift…

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LPM Made This: Flapjacks for Labour

If you’ve had a gander at my Pre-baby Maternity Leave Bucket List, you’ll know that I wanted to make some flapjacks for labour to take to the hospital with me for labour. I’m not really sure where this idea came from, but I’ve been pretty set on it since we discussed labour in one of our NCT classes. I think there’s part of me that thinks baking flapjacks is a really ‘mumsy’ thing to do so I’m starting as I mean to go on… With the shelf-life of the average flapjack lasting about a week, I’ve been holding off making them,…

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