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A Stylish shirt sew from Amanda

Hi there,

Its Amanda (@amanda_isewalot) and here I am back on the Sewisfaction Blog with a new post for you.

Once again when asked to do a post I was completely undecided on which fabric to choose as Sheona has so many amazing options at the moment.  I have found recently that I have been struggling with solid colour options to go with the prints in my wardrobe so I steered more towards the plains when making my choice.

Now if you have been following me for a while or seen some of my previous Sewisfaction blog posts you will know that I love to sew shirts and shirt dresses.  I have made a couple in the past for my blog posts namely the Sew Over It Libby and also the Papercut Patterns Meissa Blouse.

I know some people find shirts a little daunting but I love sewing them.  I find the process of working through the steps quite therapeutic. Also once you have made a couple and mastered the burrito method and attaching a collar the construction in generally the same and it is just perfecting your method to get it as neat as possible.

This time I have made the Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt.  I have had this pattern for at least a year maybe even longer and I’m not sure what it was that stopped me making it before because I am so glad I did.

I have used a 4oz soft washed denim in the indigo colourway.  I have used Sheona’s soft washed denim before in a lighter colour and knew that it would be the perfect weight for this shirt.  I love sewing with denim as it is so stable, does exactly what you want it to and presses really well.

I went for the cropped version of the pattern which, as you can see, has a lower hemline at the back and is very cropped at the front.  I have to admit I was a little unsure as to whether I would like this style but now its finished I am glad I didn’t level the hems as I had intended as I think it definitely adds interest.

I also went for the standard collar and the hidden button placket.  I haven’t sewn a hidden placket before so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity and I have to admit I really love this feature.  I sized down and made a size 0 as the finished measurements showed the shirt was very oversized my measurements are B33”, W25” and H26.5”. I think the fit is just right.

I had a couple of issues whilst sewing this shirt.  Firstly the instructions for the hidden placket were a little sparse and I am still not sure that I have sewn it correctly.  I now realise there is a sewalong on the Closet Case website for this placket and I would strongly advise you use this if you haven’t sewn one before.  The other area which was a little tricky was the hem where the front and back facings meet. This was not difficult but just a little tricky to get the finish right.

All in all I really enjoyed sewing this shirt and I was right the fabric was perfect and the indigo colorway is definitely a great option for the cooler months.  I think this shirt is also great as a layering piece as you can wear it over vest tops and polo necks as the weather gets cooler.

Anyway, that’s enough from me.

Happy sewing and until next time.

Amanda xx

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#MySewisfaction September Makers Gallery

We’re quickly making the transition from summer to autumn and so this month we’ve really enjoyed reminiscing back through all of your September sewing – remember sunshine? Us neither!

We were spoilt for choice this month, but as always we HAD to pick just one and our winner is a corker. Maddie had never made a dress until she whipped up this very stylish Tilly and the Buttons ‘Cleo’ dress at one of our ‘‘Young stitchers workshops‘ and we are in awe – remember how many bad makes we had at that age?

Maddie is well and truly on the way to becoming a sewing superstar and is more than deserving of a £25 Sewisfaction voucher to help her on her way.

Makers gallery

Bryony (@beasews) in her Keilo Wrap Dress made in our ‘Sunshine Jungle Stretch Crepe

Ceri (@ceri.luna) in her pattern hacked dress

Jo (@sew_in_a_frenzy) in her Sew Over It ‘Eve Dress’

Loraine (@lorainemunro) wearing her Closet Case Patterns ‘Ginger Jeans’ in Sewisfaction Denim

Amanda (@amanda_isewalot) in her Closet Case Patterns ‘Carolyn PJ’s’

Angela (@fabricoverload) in her Deer and Doe ‘Sirocco Jumpsuit’

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On the vlog: Fabric Focus: Stretch Cotton

Sheona is back on the vlog this week and she’s talking all about one of our favourite fabrics to sew with – stretch cotton. Tune in as she tells us all about what it is, how to sew is and answers your questions too.

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#MySewisfaction Meet the maker: Emma

We love bringing you new makers on the blog and month we have another amazing one for you! Emma (@Craftyclyde) is is yet another of our amazing #MySewisfaction makers to win a £25 voucher to go towards her next project. We asked Emma all about her sewing story, upcoming makes and more.

Hey Emma, tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Emma aka Crafty Clyde and totally obsessed with all things tortoise (reptiles and amphibians of all kinds really!) I work in law and sewing is my creative outlet. Myself and The Fabric Wrangler started a local sewing group in Norwich and that also takes up a lot of time!
How did you get into sewing?
I got into sewing when I first moved to Norfolk as I didn’t really know anyone and wanted a hobby. I saw a Vivienne Westwood T-shirt dress and thought, that looks a simple shape, maybe I could try and make my own!
Where do you do your sewing?
I’m very lucky and have a sewing room at home, full of all things crafty and creative. It’s such a lovely space to escape to.
What’s your proudest ever make?
My proudest makes are ones which I’ve made for friends and family and they have loved them. I made Sukiyaki robes for my wedding which was great fun. My sister also picks really fun fabric so I like making dresses for her. I’ve just finished an Armedale dress by Style Arc which I think is my new favourite for myself!
What’s next on your list?
Next up is a hoodie as I’ve never tried that before and it’s cosy season coming up. Active wear and some great fitting trousers are also on the list!
Isn’t Emma amazing? Why not give her a follow over on @craftyclyde to see more of her fantastic makes?
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Pattern Focus: Tilly and The Buttons Indigo

It’s the new sewing pattern on the block and thanks to signature Tilly and the Buttons style, we already have approximately 45728357320 variations of the new Indigo pattern planned in our head, every one dreamier than the one before. This week, we’ve pulled together our high-street Indigo sewing inspiration and our top fabric picks to get you started. 

One of the reasons we love Indigo so much is not only the floaty shape that’s flattering for all body types but the fact that it really is the shape of the season too. Not to be confused with ‘that Zara dress’ the mid-length flared sleeves remind us of swishy seventies dresses destined to be worn over tights and over-knee boots whilst the simple yet effective top is perfect for pairing with jeans and sandals in the summer.

We’re all about getting the look here and so we’ve pulled together a board packed with Indigo sewing inspiration for you which you can see here:

Now onto fabrics. Indigo is perfect for most fabrics and we’re already loving the makes under the hashtag – lots of bright, bold prints complement this simple design and with it being such a simple make we love that you can have one for every day of the week. But of course if we had to choose (which we’ve already started to do) we would just have to have one in the following fabrics:


First up, as seen on Sheona herself we have no doubt that a lot more Indigo dresses are about to pop up in this glorious Emerald Bloom Rayon Twill. We love that it will work for all seasons – paired with a denim jacket and trainers when the sun comes out and layered up with tights and boots for winter. This fabric is super soft and you’ll no doubt have this one in heavy rotation when it comes to your work wardrobe.

Next up, we just have to have one in the colour of the season, that’s right, you heard it here first, khaki is going to be everywhere for AW19 and so sew yourself up a little slice of style with this Rio Viscose Crepe. We love a neutral palette, perfect for dressing up and down, tell us you wouldn’t wear this on a night out with chunky jewellery and sky-high heels – us too!

Another wardrobe basic but for us a definite must-have for this pattern, this soft washed 4oz denim is a classic fabric and paired with the classic shape of the Indigo, we can see this one being around for a while… We would love to see this one paired with a chunky belt and ALL of the accessories – denim is a neutral don’t you know?

lady mcelroy dressmaking fabric

Dots and spots are everywhere on the High Street and never go out of fashion. This beautifully soft Candy Dots Tencel Lawn would sew up into an amazing colour pop version! You can dress it up or down and the black accents mean you can wear it with opaque tights now the weather is cooling down.

Satin dressmaking fabrics

Go bold or go home! We adore this soft satin with it’s incredible geometric print and it’s the perfect way to make a bold statement with a simple pattern like Indigo. Check out Miscellaneous Magic before it runs out!

So there you have it, one pattern lots of gorgeous ways. Have you picked up your copy of the Tilly and The Buttons ‘Indigo’ yet? Hurry now and bag yours here.

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#MySewisfaction August Makers Gallery

This month has seen another amazing influx of makes despite it being sunning outside we’re seeing no signs of a sewing slow down! As always, this months winner will receive a £25 Sewisfaction voucher to use on their next project.

Speaking of winners, we have an amazing one this month with her bright, bold Nina Lee ‘Kew Dress’ – congratulations on your amazing make @craftyclyde!

Scroll on for the rest of our makers and to see if you made this months gallery and don’t forget to tag your makes with #MySewisfaction for a chance to be featured in September.

Makers gallery

Emma (@emmsy.sews) in her Style Arc ‘Portia Top’ made in our ‘Cascading Bloom Viscose Twill

Penelope (@sewnbypenelope) in her ‘M1176’  dress made in our sold out viscose

Deb (@debs_sewing_room) in her ‘New Look 6429’  dress made in our ‘Flawless by Design’ cotton

Sarah (@highlanddancemom) in her Itch to Stitch ‘Crystal Cove Cami’  made in our sold out viscose

Julie (@julielovestosew) in her Sew Over It ‘Eve Dress’ made in our sold out rayon

Sam (@sams_sew_good) in her AK Patterns ‘Kimberley Dress’ made in our ‘Wildflower Meadow Viscose Twill

Alice (@feltnstitch) in her Closet Case Patterns ‘Ginger Jeans’ made at our Jeans making workshop

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#MySewisfaction meet the maker: Jenny

We love bringing you new makers on the blog and this one is no exception! Jenny (@Jennylovestosew) is another in the list of Sewisfaction makers that make our fabrics look AWESOME! So much so that this month she’s the winner of our #MySewisfaction competition and has won a £25 voucher to go towards her next project. We asked Jenny all about her sewing history, upcoming makes and more.

Hey Jenny, tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Jenny and I live in the West Midlands with my husband, our 3 grown up sons and the only other female in the house – our cat Indie. I am a 50 something retiree so manage to fit in a fair amount of sewing. I also enjoy the social side of sewing (and fabric buying) that has opened up to me and occasionally meet up in Birmingham with a group of like minded people who I met through Facebook.

Once every couple of months a meet up is arranged for coffee and a chat followed by a ‘Rag Market Rummage’ then back for another coffee to see what we have all bought. When I am not sewing I also enjoy cycling and walking. I am a ride leader for our local leisure cycling group, no racing here all our rides involve coffee, cake and the occasional weekend away.

How did you get into sewing?

I have only been sewing for a couple of years, with our sons all independent young men now I found I had more time to myself and decided to give it a go. My memories of sewing at school are not great although I do still have the pin cushion I made when I was about 12 years old but I was very much inspired by ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’.

Luckily there is a sewing class in my local town so a couple of years ago I signed up for a weekend ‘Learn how to sew’ course where I made a tote bag and some bunting, the rest is history, I became hooked very quickly and haven’t looked back since.

Where do you do your sewing?

I don’t have a dedicated sewing space at the moment, I currently have my sewing machine set up on the kitchen table, it has become a fairly permanent feature in the kitchen and is only moved when we have extra people over to eat. My fabric, haberdashery and other sewing bits and pieces are stored in various places throughout the house. Hopefully one day we can free up a room so that I can set up a proper sewing space but I love having my sons around the house so no great rush because it will mean one of them has moved out.

What’s your proudest ever make?

That is a really hard one, I have several makes I am really proud of but I think if I can only choose one then I would have to say the very first shirt I made for my husband.  I had only been sewing for about 6 months when I made it and really struggled with the brief instructions but persevered and watched a lot of YouTube videos and got there in the end.

My husband loved it and took pride in telling people I had made it for him. I have since gone on to make him a couple more shirts which are technically sewn together much better but that first one still makes me proud. My husband is very supportive of my hobby so it was good to make something for him.

What’s next on your list?

Next on the list is trousers, I am building myself up to making the Ginger Jeans which I bought earlier in the year and keep putting off so first I am going to make the Closet Case Jenny trousers and then I am determined to conquer the jeans before the year is out.

Isn’t Jenny amazing? Why not give her a follow over on @jennylovestosew to see more of her fantastic makes?

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The ‘Ogden Cami’ hack from Nerrisa

The thing I love about the sewing community is that it’s full of inventive makers who are more than happy to share their inspiration. So when I saw ‘THAT’ hack of The ‘True Bias Ogden Cami‘ from a few of the amazing sewists I follow, I knew I needed one of my own.

In case you’re new to sewing, the Ogden cami is a nice simple sew from True Bias that features some of the basic skills you need to learn if you’re going to make your own wardrobe. If you’re a more experienced sewer, it’s a really satisfying sew that you can probably tackle in a few hours.

2.5 hours in fact..

Last weekend, I was heading to London for the day and had that ‘I have nothing to wear’ panic a few hours before leaving. In a twist of fate, I’d actually spent my Friday night pre-washing the fabrics (rock ‘n’ roll right!?) I purchased from the Sewisfaction Pop up in Bath and this ‘Abstract Feline Viscose‘ called out to me.

Something you should know about me, is:

1. I plan all of my makes around being able to wear them with trainers.

2. I like, where possible be able to wear my me mades all year round.  So slip dress it was.

Normally, when I sew, I spend some time drawing out my design and doing a bit of planning, but with 2.5 hours on the clock, this wasn’t the time to be sketching – but I did go back and do a little doodle after the fact. So as you can see, the hack is a simple lengthening of the hem-line to create a simple cami dress, perfect for layering over t-shirt, tights, roll-necks and any other outfit you might like to add it too.

Just a few things to note when creating this simple version:

-Probably don’t make the hack the first time you create this pattern – although I was able to fix the fit issues on mine, I would have figured them out before hand if it wasn’t my first time making it. It’s a lovely pattern anyway, so a toile of the original or even just a cute, simple version in a different fabric will help minimise the risk of this going wrong.

-Check your measurements. I lengthened the line from the hem of the vest, but you’ll need to make sure that these measurements add up – we all have bums and thighs so make sure your dress can accommodate them based on the measurements in the booklet to make sure it isn’t too tight or in my case, way too loose when you follow the line – hence the tip above.

And that’s it – I’d really love to say that it was a complicated make and I’m super talented, but why overcomplicate things eh? Now that I’ve fallen in love with this shape, I can see a few more variations of this on my list – I’m thinking tie straps, a frilled hem or even a maxi version with a split for party season.

I’ve actually made a Pinterest board for more inspiration and if you want to see all of these versions I’ve got planned when I’ve made them, feel free to follow me over on Instagram too – @nerrisapratt.

Oh and just in case you’re wondering, I finished it with 15 minutes to spare – sewing success!

Happy hacking!

Nerrisa x

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Meet the Maker: Kate from The Makery

As you know, here at Sewisfaction we’re big fans of supporting other businesses which is why we embarked on our Pop up tour this year – to bring you beautiful fabric whilst collaborating with some other amazing makers. One of which is the amazing Kate, who founded ‘The Makery’ 10 years ago and has been bringing us on-trend, kits and workshops ever since.

We caught up with Kate at the recent Bath pop-up and asked her some questions.

Hi Kate, Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m Kate! I started The Makery 10 years ago, after a career in Film and TV. I wanted to follow my heart and teach people how to make things, so The Makery was born. In my spare time (as well as making), I enjoy allotmenting, home decor, cooking and messing around with my family!

How did you get into crafting?

It’s a family thing – I inherited it from my mum and gran. As I have passed it down to my daughters 🙂 I can’t remember a time when I didn’t spend all my spare hours crafting.

Where do you do your crafting?

Anywhere! I’ve recently gotten into crochet as it’s so portable! I made a pair of espadrilles on a plane the other week though. There’s often a little project in my bag in case I find myself with a spare 10 minutes.

What’s your proudest ever make?

I think I was about 7. I made a needlecraft caddy thing in the shape of a Victorian lady, using some old Laura Ashley fabric, in secret. Then presented it to my mum as a gift. She loved it, I was so proud!

What next on your list?

The Atelier Brunette fabric I bought at Sewisfaction is crying out to be made into a garment of some description – I’m just planning how best to use it. I want to show the fabric off as much as possible, so want a garment that is really wearable!

Isn’t she lovely? For more about The Makery, head over to their Instagram: or to book a workshop or purchase a kit, visit: