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This is the Material Girl Laura Blog.

Here you will find posts written by Material Girl Laura as well as some Guest Blogs.

We hope you enjoy reading these Blogs and they help to inspire and give you an insight into the patterns and materials used.


Thanks for reading!


Laura x

Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress by Vicky aka @sewlittlesparrow

Saturday 6th July 2019

Hi Folks I'm lucky enough to be friends with the lovely Laura and along with a few other ladies we had been on an eventful day out to a sewing meet up back in January (I won't bore you with the full story why it was eventful but it involved the RAC!) It was my turn to drive and…

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Vogue 9197 made using our John Kaldor Blush Scuba

Sunday 7th April 2019

I came across this amazing pattern on line and was also inspired to go ahead and make this wonderful dress…

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My Dressmakers Ball Frock Vogue V9253

Wednesday 27th March 2019

Vogue V9253 made using our Lady McElroy Serengeti Vogue Linen Look Viscose! Gosh this Dress has got to be the most deliberated make I have ever made. I have chewed the ears off of several of my friends about it including my Husband, who might I add is amazing at helping you to make a decision as he does not hold back with his critique! So much so that I'm considering advertising his services. LOL! Let's talk about the fabric choice now. What a rollercoaster that's been! I had settled on making it in the Lady McElroy Foliage Canopy Crepe, I failed to take the required amount out of stock…

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Papercut Kyoto

Saturday 16th February 2019

The Papercut Kyoto has been burning a hole in my Pattern Stash for ages now. I bought it some…

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Pattern Clash Coco

Thursday 31st January 2019

This make was totally inspired by a Boden Top that my Daughters both have. When I first saw it on their Website, I thought to myself I want one of those for myself! The seed was sewn and over the coming weeks I mulled over the make and realised that the garment could be made from remnants. This make was made using two fabrics measuring between 70 and 75 centimetres. I had a look through what I had remnant wise and whilst going through them these two fabrics jumped out together and provided me with what I think has ended up a really complimentary clash! I opted for our Pretty Flowers Pink Looped…

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Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers made by Adelle

Friday 18th January 2019

Hello, I'm Adelle and I am on a mission to create a handmade wardrobe. I'm so excited to be asked to review this fabric for the Material Girl Laura blog. The Fabric I've struggled finding cotton sateen in the past with the correct ratio of stretch with structure. I look for a cotton that has a good amount of stretch to give some room for me to move but enough structure to give that clean tailored look. This Lady McElroy Fruits Of The Forest Stretch Cotton Sateen contains 3%…

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The perfect Christmas Party Dress

Friday 21st December 2018

When I set out making the Sew Over It Betty Dress I never realised I would fall head over heels in love with it. I felt like a million dollars in this dress. It is perfect for a Party, Special Meal or Wedding. I decided on making it in the John Kaldor Coffee Stretch Crepe as I wanted something really special with that wow factor that would make me feel like I had bought the dress from somewhere like Reiss or Ted Baker. That is exactly what I got with this fabric.…

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New Craft House Winter Party

Saturday 8th December 2018

We had so much fun together at the New Craft House Party. I met some lovely people and me and my friends had a super time. I made a True Bias Ogden Cami made in Atelier Brunette Stardust Night Double Cotton Gauze and a Sew Over It Circle Skirt made in a Velvet Upholstery fabric.…

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Nina Lee Moselle Ruffle Dress

Sunday 19th August 2018

I was inspired by so many people on Instagram making this pattern, notably Rocco Sienna and Robins Nest, If you don't follow these lovely ladies you must! I really had to get on and get mine ready for my holiday. I knew exactly which fabric I would be using I just needed to get to work. Unfortunately when I should have been sewing this last minute quick sew I was in the dealership having a fault fixed on my car so it never made it into my suitcase. I thought about making this dress all holiday and missed in the scorching heat but little did I know that the heat…

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Thank You Teacher

Wednesday 25th July 2018

So this year I decided I would make my Daughters Teacher a bag to say thank you. I have already made the same Teacher a Tote Bag previously that she uses everyday for School but this time I wanted to make something that she could use for chucking a couple of things in for trips out to the pub etc. She prefers darker colours so I…

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