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Maddie’s CocoWawa Chesnut Top

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

If you remember my last post I commented on how Sewisfaction just has THE most amazing prints, but for this post I decided to break out of my regular sewing pattern and get some fabric of a plain colour. When I was scrolling through the site I noticed the selection of ponte roma that Sewisfaction have in their lovely shop, and this beautiful colour caught my eye and I knew I had to have some the Beatrice Ponte Roma in Turquoise.

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

The next big decision was what pattern would be great for this fabric and really let it shine? I spent ages thinking of what pattern to use, I was originally intending to use the Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress and hack it into something a bit different, but then I saw the Chestnut sweater and top by CocoWawa Crafts and I knew that it was meant to be.

So after the prewash (which I always hate doing, why can’t everything come prewashed?), I started cutting out my Chestnut top. Now, I’m really not the most accurate cutter when it comes to dressmaking – I count this as one of my many faults – but with this fabric it was a dream. My rotary cutter cut through it like it was butter and before I knew it all my cutting out was done.

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

 

 

Another reason I was especially excited for this project was that this would be the first time I’d be using knit fabric on my brand new overlocker. And guys, this top came together literally in under 2 hours! I was absolutely astounded at the handle of the ponte as it is solid enough to hold its shape by itself, but has just the right amount of stretch when needed, i.e. when getting those sleeve heads in.

Wait for it though, I haven’t even gotten to the best bit of this ponte yet. It is so, so, so extremely soft, and it is also just thick enough to keep you warm during those winter months. I have a bit of this fabric left so I think some cosy PJ shorts may be coming my way!

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

So here is my finished sweater, what do you think?

I am so glad I pushed myself to get some plain coloured fabric as this will look so good with so many things in my wardrobe and will keep me super warm this winter, plus the little bow just gives it that something special and turns a very simple top into something a bit quirky.

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

But in case you still haven’t picked up that I’m absolutely in love with this fabric, then use this picture to get a sense of how I feel!

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

As a side note, I think the Chestnut top and sweater pattern would be an amazing pattern to use for the One Pattern, One Week challenge that Sheona is hosting this year. If you haven’t heard of this challenge yet, it essentially requires you to wear one pattern (but not one item of clothing) for an entire week. So it really gets you to think about the possibilities of those dressmaking patterns we all hoard. I can see this pattern making a staple jumper and then a couple more tops with each one being slightly different (or not – totally up to you!).

Maddies Cocowawa chesnut sweater review

What variations can you imagine with this pattern?

Anyway, that’s all for now!

Lots of love and happy sewing,

Maddie aka Thimble Bee

xx

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Suzie’s Tova Top

Hello again everyone, it’s Suzie here to share my second blogger make for Sewisfaction.
Today I am sharing a Wiksten Tova made out of the beautiful Midnight Monet Cotton Lawn. I would guess that a lot of you may not have heard of the Tova before, if you are relatively new to the online sewing community. It was probably released around about 2010 and was very popular with the fledgling sewing blogger scene back then, but, has since faded into the background a bit now that there are so many more new sewing patterns on the market. A shame really, because it is such a lovely tunic pattern, with enough interesting details to flex your creative muscles.
I have made this top once before, in a medium weight wool blend. It comes out of hibernation every Autumn and is a true staple in my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. I always knew that I needed to make another one, ideally in a lighter weight fabric and with a few tweaks. So that is exactly what I have done! You may have noticed that my version is a little bit different from the line drawings above.
​No Mandarin collar and the addition of long sleeves. As much as I like the neckline of the Tova, I always felt that the Mandarin/Grandad collar never really sat quite right. Add to that the fact that I like slightly lower necklines, and you can see why I decided to change it up a bit this time around. I used a French Curve to scoop out the front of the bib and added three buttons to the placket, which are actually just decorative (with the placket sewn down) because I can easily fit this over my head. The neckline was then finished with bias binding.
​I also opted to lengthen the sleeves. I love the slightly voluminous three-quarter sleeves of the original Tova, but they are not made for pairing with a cardigan, and I LIVE in cardigans (it’s all about the layers in Northern Ireland!) so I knew they had to go this time. I ended up taking the sleeves from the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blousebecause it includes a little opening slit, button and rouleau loop at the cuff which would mean I would be able to roll up the sleeves if I wanted to. I have to admit this is actually the first time I’ve sewn a sleeve with these details and it took me a little bit longer than I thought. Those rouleau loops are tricky little things. They turned out OK, but I will attempt to make them even smaller next time!
​The final alteration I made was to curve the hem. I just find a curved hem more flattering than having the bottom of your top cut straight across the hips (my widest area!). And because I curved the hem, I used bias binding the finish the edge, as it is the easiest way of getting a lovely smooth curve.

​This lovely smooth lawn was a dream to work with. So easy to press and manipulate where needed. I’ve been working with viscose, crepe and jersey so much lately, it was so refreshing to work with a fabric that just behaves and does what it’s told! And how beautiful is that print? So perfect for layering up in Autumn. But because I’ve ensured I can roll my sleeves up, I know I will be wearing this well into the Spring when the weather starts to warm up again.​
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Kathy makes the Chloe Dress

Hi everyone, it’s Kathy here again, and for this blog post I am really excited to share with you a recent PDF dress pattern discovery from the German company Pattydoo. For this dress I knew that I wanted to use one of the pretty scuba fabrics which Sewisfaction are stocking and when I travelled down to Wokingham last week to meet up at the shop with Sheona and some of the other lovely girls from the Sewisfaction Blogger Team I could not resist this stunning Camelia Embers scuba. There were other fabric purchases made on the day, but no doubt you will hear about them from me another time!

The scuba is super soft and has a gentle stretch with good recovery, so I thought it would be great for this dress. Dramatic large flowers are set against a pretty soft blue/grey background which makes it feminine and very wearable. It’s lovely and wide too – 145cm – so for this dress I only needed 1.5 metres of fabric. I wanted a medium weight fabric in order to really show off the stunning inverted pleats on the skirt of the dress which give it such a great tulip shape.

Back to the pattern. It’s the Chloe dress from Pattydoo. There are pro’s and con’s with this one. Firstly, and you might want to be sitting down when I tell you, this PDF cost me 2.99 Euros. Yep 3 little Euros which works out at about £2.68 according to google! The down side to this, for me at least, is that it is a German pattern company, and therefore it is entirely worded in German. I do not speak German unfortunately! Eventually with a great deal of help from Google Translate, I was able to gain a little understanding on what was written!

It’s a knit dress pattern and as mentioned has a gorgeous tulip skirt detail, formed by the creation of 2 inverted pleats. It has side slanting pockets, the choice of short or long sleeves, a neckband or neck facing option and the choice to make it into a skirt only. Pretty good value I think!

Thinking about it, with all those options, this could be a really good example of a pattern that would work really well with the #OWOP17 challenge. If you haven’t heard about this friendly sewing challenge which is taking place at the end of November, you will find a blog post all about it here on the Sewisfaction Blog as Sheona is hosting this year’s event.

The PDF printed out perfectly (at home), and was easy to assemble. No problems with the scale or sizing of my pattern pieces. The pattern includes good instructions regarding sizing, body measurements, fabric requirements, sizing alterations advice and cutting layout. The actual sewing instructions however, are to be found on the Pattydoo YouTube channel. You need to search ‘sweatkleid chloe’ and you can follow along. Although it is spoken in German, this visual presentation is really easy to understand and actually a great way to demonstrate sewing instructions. The video shows how to make the childs version of the dress, and for the adult version there are separate written instructions within your PDF to show you how to sew the additional darts, neckband options and gathering at the back waist seam.

It might be worth mentioning that I used ball point needles throughout this project and also used ball point pins too. I used a combination of both my regular sewing machine and overlocker, and was pleased at just how quickly it came together.

The back of the dress is shaped by the addition of a piece of elastic which is stretched along the waist seam. I’m not altogether sure I’m that keen on the look of this and may replace this feature with darts/pleats for future makes.

The length of the dress is only just knee length on me ( I’m 5’2”),  despite adding 2cm to the length of the skirt for this make. Next time I will add a little more on the skirt length I think. The hem along with the sleeves are finished with a twin needle, which always gives a lovely finish to any knit project.

I really am in love with this dress. I finished it on Saturday, my husband took my photos, and I wore it out on the Sunday to a family get-together! It’s a bold claim but I really do think this is my most favourite dress pattern. I have been looking for a sewing pattern for a knit dress with a tulip skirt for so long and this is perfect. I think the long sleeved version in a French Terry or sweatshirting fabric, with a contrasting neck band would be super cute for Winter too. Expect to see many more of these dresses from me in the future!

Take care and happy sewing everyone, I’ll be back soon,

Kathy x

 

 

 

 

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Sew Saturday is nearly here!

We are absolutely delighted to take part in this years Sew Saturday in partnership with Sew Magazine.

Sew Saturday is a celebration of independent fabric shops and haberdashers, championing your local bricks and mortar store. Sew Saturday is a way to celebrate the guidance, customer service and
fabric stroking opportunities of visiting your local fabric shop and
Sewisfaction can’t wait to be part of it!

This years Sew Saturday takes place on Saturday 21st October and we’ve got a whole host of fabulous activities, special offers and workshops happening. There will be cake and fizz all day (10am – 5.30pm), with copious amounts of sewing chat and fabric stroking opportunities, and we’ll be on hand to answer  your sewing related questions.

We’re also running some mini workshops and skills demos throughout the day. The timetable is below and those with an * require prebooking either here on the website or in-store in advance.

10.30am – 11.15am Mini Bunting £7*

Make mini vintage inspired bunting. All materials provided.

11.30am – 12.30pm Quilted Coaster £7*

A short introduction to some quilting techniques, including using a rotary cutter & mat, walking foot and adding wadding. Please note your coaster will need to be hand-stitched to finish so you may need to do that at home after the workshop. All materials provided.

12.45pm – 1.30pm Hand Sewing – Sloth Keyring £7*

Suitable for children and adults (children will need an adult to stay with them during the session and must be aged 7+) take some time out for a relaxing hand sewing session and make this super cute sloth keyring. All materials provided.

1.45pm – 2.15pm Skills Demo: Tips & Tricks for Sewing Jersey – FREE

We’ll show you some top tips for sewing jersey and knit fabrics on an ordinary sewing machine so you can get professional looking makes without an overlocker.

2.30pm – 3.15pm Elastic Wrist Pin Cushion £5*

Make a handy pin cushion to wear on your wrist. All materials provided.

3.30pm – 4pm Skills Demo: Tips & Tricks for Snaps & Fastenings – FREE

Love the look of snaps or fastenings but not sure of the best way to apply them? We’ll show you how to apply them quickly and easily using Prym Vario Pliers.

4.30pm Our raffle winners will be drawn and we’ll also announce the winners of our Dachshund sewing competition.

**Dachshund Competition**

Make a cute Dachshund pin cushion and enter it into our competition to win some exciting prizes. From Weds 10th October we’ll be selling kits in the shop containing the pattern, coloured felt for the ears and stuffing. All you need to provide is the fabric (let your imagination run wild!). The kits are £3 and if you bring your completed Dachshund into the shop by 4pm on Saturday 21st October, we’ll enter it into the competition AND you’ll get a voucher for £5 off a £30 spend (valid after 21st October).

If you want to enter but don’t need a kit, please email info@sewisfaction.co.uk with the subject Dachshund and we’ll email you a copy of the pattern.

There are 5 categories;

Most Unique Dachshund – Children’s Category

Best Stitched Dashund – Children’s Category

Most Unique Dachshund – Adult Category

Best Stitched Dachshund – Adult Category

Judges Choice Award

All Dachshunds will be reunited with their owners after the competition winners have been announced!

To book workshops please visit our booking page here.

How will you be spending Sew Saturday? We would absolutely love to see you, but if you’re too far away why not show another fabric shop some love and pop in? Let’s spread the joy of sewing and fabric!

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It’s a wrap – Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

Another old post from the SewSheSho blog! This is a review of the Cashmerette Appleton dress, this is the first one I made and I’ve worn it on numerous nights out! Over to past me to tell you more….!

Bonjour mes amis…We’ve been back from our new year trip to France for two weeks now and it already feels like a distant memory! It was a lovely break, and I was lucky enough to have some time to sew out there. I carted my sewing machine, overlocker, sewing box, 3 bags of fabric and an array of patterns on a ferry sailing and a 4.5 hour drive across rural France because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to make, and I didn’t want to be limited on choice….I actually only made one dress and a top! Still, it was worth it and I did cut out another five garments which has saved me a lot of time this end! Now onto the dress I made on New Years Eve…

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

I’ve always been a fan of the classic wrap dress. Worn with a camisole for work or a shorter version sans cami is great for going out, and I’ve found the nipped in waist and low neckline flattering for my figure.

The tricky thing is, the right fit is often so hard to find. I’ve had the Sew Over It wrap dress pattern for ages and had even traced it out but knew from the pattern pieces I would need to do an FBA to cover my DD chest. The motivation needed to do an FBA on a one-piece dress pattern has never been high enough, so it’s languished in my pattern stash for ages, even though I’ve seen some lovely versions on the blogosphere and Instagram.
When Jenny announced she was launching Cashmerette Patterns with the Appleton dress, I’ll admit whilst being really pleased there was a new curvy indie pattern company in the market, I didn’t actually rush out to buy it. At first I thought the neck band could look a teeny, little bit frumpy – I’m  really sorry, I’m just being honest! After a month or two seeing lots of versions popping up on all different shapes and sizes, I decided that actually pattern looked pretty damn good on everyone so bit the bullet and ordered a copy.

The pattern is printed on tissue paper (slightly thicker than the big 4) and each of the three cup size variations; C/D, E/F, G/H, have their own pattern piece, sized from 14 – 28. This is absolutely brilliant for those of us that don’t trace patterns, as you can cut the pattern directly and if the cup is too small, just cut the next cup size up (as long as you’re sure which dress size you’ll fall within)! I’m a DD and wasn’t sure whether to go with the C/D or E/F but Jenny advises if you fall between cup sizes to go with the one that fits with most of your measurements so I chose C/D. It’s probably best not to drink too much Cointreau Fizz when cutting out pattern pieces, as I didn’t initially notice it is the same front piece for both sides, which you flip over and cut slightly narrower for the side that wraps on top. I was merrily cutting away before realising that you need to leave the extra width for the underneath wrap piece. Luckily it was easily rescued with a bit of sellotape!

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

As there’s no FBA required, again another massive plus point, it didn’t take long at all to cut out all of my fabric.  I used this black and silver stretch jersey which is heavy enough to almost be a ponte. It was bought from Goldhawk Road last summer and I hadn’t been sure what to do with it. It cost £4 pm and I got the end of the roll so about 2m for £6! It has silver sparkly animal print on it and has a really good recovery. Thinking that this would be a wearable toile as the fabric was so cheap, I’m so pleased it turned out so well – don’t you love it when that happens?!

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

Jenny’s instructions are really clear, and the instruction booklet is laid out nicely, with useful pictures. Everything is very easy to follow and I found the dress came together very quickly. You sew the shoulder seams, then the neckband and ties, which attach to the front and back pieces. The neckband is drafted to be slightly smaller than the front pieces and you need to stretch it a little as you sew. This means the neckband is nice and tight to your chest and magically avoids gaping…Genius if you ask me, and yes I was definitely wrong about it being frumpy! I added clear elastic to the shoulder seams as Jenny suggests and shortened the hem slightly. The trickiest bit is when you join the neckband to the waist ties, but as soon as I’d done it the wrong way the mistake was obvious and it made complete sense on the second attempt. If you do struggle at this point, I’ve just checked and there is a very handy video as part of the sew-along here.

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

 

Some of the tester versions mentioned that the hip had a little too much curve and there were a few “saddlebag” issues. I can confirm this has definitely been resolved with the final version as the fit is great throughout. There is a bit of pulling on the front bust piece in this pictures, and at the bottom of the front wrap and it is there in real life although nowhere near as noticeable. I wondered if I should go up a cup size, but having made this dress again out of a fabric with less recovery, I’m pretty sure it’s because this one is too keen to return to its original shape – a little bit too much snap!

Cashmerette Appleton Dress Review

The dress holds up to walking around without any wardrobe malfunctions or knicker flashing, and I’ve tested that outside and walking round the office! I’m going to shorten it ever so slightly more as this fabric isn’t really work appropriate but it’s a little too long for me to feel comfortable wearing it on a night out.

This is the first dress pattern I’ve ever made that fits straight out of the envelope and it’s going to the top of my Much Loved list, in fact I’ve already made another version that I’ll share with you soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agnes Batwing Hack Tutorial

Tilly and the Buttons Agnes Batwing Hack

Hi Guys, here is another post that’s been moved over from the old SewSheSho blog. A few years ago I wrote a tutorial on hacking the Tilly & The Buttons Agnes pattern into a batwing top. It was one of the most read posts on the old blog so it would be a shame to lose it, and with One Week, One Pattern coming up it would be a great pattern choice! Excuse the old, indoor photos! 

Since my last post on Agnes many moons ago, a few of you have asked for a post on how I made my bat wing version. It was a bit of a trial and error experiment and luckily it seemed to come out fairly well. I’ll try and show you how I did it, but feel free to let me know if you have an easier way! You could use any fitted bodice pattern, or draft your own. I’ve used Agnes as for me it’s a great fit and a really versatile pattern.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

First take the Agnes front bodice piece and flip it over so the markings are on the bottom. Next, draw round this piece onto your pattern paper so that the centre fold is on the left of your paper, like so. Mark this piece with an F so you know it’s the front.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

Now take the back bodice piece and lay it on it’s side so that the centre fold is on the bottom of your pattern paper and the waist curve crosses the waist curve on your front piece, as below. Draw round this piece and mark with a B.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

You should now have both bodice pieces overlapping at 90 degrees. Draw a line between the outer shoulder point on both your F & B pieces, this is shown below in blue. You now need to take two measurements; First measure from your shoulder point to your wrist (or to wherever you want your sleeve to finish.) We’ll use 30″ for this example. You need to draw this measurement from the blue line out towards the edge of the paper. This is the green line below. To make sure you get it exactly central, draw the green line all the way across the bodices, ensuring it crosses at the point where the waists meet, as below. It’s important to remember that your shoulder to wrist measurement (30″ here) needs to be past the blue line, the rest of the green line is to ensure it’s centred correctly.

Secondly, measure around your wrist and add any ease until it feels comfortable. For example, if your wrist is 7″ and you want to add 1″ ease for comfort then your figure is 8″. Note, as you’re using jersey with stretch, you don’t have to add ease if you want your sleeve to be fitted to your wrist. You need to double your figure as you have two wrists, so your wrist figure is 16″ in this example. You need to draw a line perpendicular to your green line which is your wrist figure. It’s shown below in red. Make sure the green line is at the centre of the red line, so in this case there is 8″ of red line either side of the green.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

Join the wrist points to the shoulder point on both sides, shown below in blue. This will be your sleeve. Smooth out the shoulder and waist points by drawing slight curves where the sharp joins meet.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

You now have two complete bodice pieces, but as they’re overlapping you’ll need to trace them on to new pieces of pattern paper as per below. Mark the grainline and any other markings you want to add.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

You’ve now got a front and back bat wing pattern! Use the same construction method as you would with Agnes, join the shoulder/sleeve top seams first, add the neck band and then sew the side seams. Finish the sleeves and hem by folding over and using a double needle. If you find the pattern piece is too wide for your fabric as the sleeve is very long, you could cut your sleeve piece as the below blue line and add a seam allowance. This would allow you to put the sleeve elsewhere on your fabric when cutting. I chose just to run right to the edge of the fabric and bring in the sleeve.

tilly and the buttons agnes hack tutorial

 

When you try it on, you may find you want a little less volume in the sides, if so just take it in slightly to your personal taste.

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Hopefully this has been relatively easy to follow and it will come in useful to some of you! Please do let me know if you make your own batwing Agnes, and feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

 

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One Week One Pattern is back!

OWOP One Week One Pattern

I’m almost bursting with excitement as I type this, but One Week, One Pattern, also affectionately known as OWOP is back! The brainchild of Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons, who launched it in 2012, it was then run by Handmade Jane in 2014 and Hannah from Cinderellis Sews last year and this year they’ve kindly handed the baton over to me!

OWOP One Week One Pattern

It’s such a brilliant challenge, and has proved popular each time it has run, so I’m delighted we can launch it now for 2017. Previously it has run in March and September, but this year it will be running at the end of November, so you’ll all have a new season to undertake the challenge in.

For those of you who don’t know what OWOP is all about, here’s the lowdown; One Week, One Pattern is a photo challenge to try and get as many sewists as possible making the most out of their sewing patterns, by wearing garments made from ONE pattern for ONE week. This might be your favourite pattern you’ve made in lots of different fabrics, it might be one or two garments from the same pattern that you want to style in different ways, or you could be a pattern hacker who’s used the same pattern to make lots of different versions. The beauty of the challenge is that it’s totally up to you to choose which pattern and how you interpret it.

Here are some handy FAQ’s to help you decide whether to sign up (Pssst there’ll be prizes!)

When is OWOP 2017?
Saturday 25th November – Friday 1st December 2017

Who can join in?
Anyone! From complete beginners wanting to get more wear from their first makes, to more experienced sewers who love a Frankenpattern and want to get hacking or show of their me-made wardrobes.

What pattern can I use?
It’s totally up to you to choose! You can use an indie pattern, a big four pattern or even your favourite vintage pattern. It could be a pattern you’ve made lots of times, or one that’s been gathering dust and needs a little love. The only thing you have to commit to, is to make it part of your outfit for seven days!

Do I need lots of versions to take part?
You decide! If you’ve only made one skirt so far, you could take on the challenge and style it a different way each day. If you’ve got the same pattern in lots of different fabrics, you could wear a different one everyday of the week! If you’ve got a pattern you’ve hacked, you might wear all or some of the versions.

Do I need to panic sew a whole weeks wardrobe for OWOP?
No! Absolutely not! The aim of OWOP is to show of the versatility of sewing patterns, and the creativity of the sewing community. You don’t have to sew up anything new to take part if you don’t want to. As we’ve said, we’ll be uber impressed if you can style one garment in seven different ways and not spill your lunch down yourself! If you do want to add to your handmade wardrobe, then maybe OWOP can give you a reason to look at your patterns in a different light or tempt you to use that fabric you’ve been stashing.

How do I actually take part?
You sign up following the info below, then when Saturday 25th November 2017 rolls around, you take a pic of yourself in your handmade OWOP outfit each day. You can post on Instagram and use the hashtag #OWOP17 or if you’re not on Instagram, we’ve set up an OWOP17 Facebook Group which you can post into, or if your feeling particularly social you’re very welcome to post in both. The most important thing is that you sign up below first, as we’ll be cross referencing prize winners with the sign up post.

If you don’t want to post a pic of you actually wearing your outfit, that’s totally OK too. You could style it on a dummy, hanger or do a flat-lay on the floor.

I’m in! How do I sign up?
Leave a comment on this post with the following details:

Pattern company + pattern name + garment type (garment type can be hacked so just the original version is fine!) If you want to take part but don’t know what pattern you want to use, that’s fine, just put TBC.

Eg – Tilly and the Buttons, Coco, Dress

Please also say how you’ll be participating, either Instagram or Facebook and if it’s Instagram we’ll need to know your Instagram handle.

Can I post on my blog?
Yes please do! Feel free to share your thoughts, tell people you’re participating and share your outfits during OWOP 2017. If you could link back to this post so others have the full details on how to join in themselves that would be great.

So there you have it! I hope lots of you will join in with OWOP 2017, it’s such a great way to show of the creativity that the sewing community is just bursting with. There’ll be guest posts over the next few weeks to give you some inspiration and ideas, and we’re also compiling an AMAZING collection of prizes – more details to follow!

Sign up or ask any questions in the comments section below.

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Samantha’s Papercut Kyoto

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

A slight contrast to my last ‘tropical’ make for the Sewisfaction Blogger Team, I am back with a cosy autumnal make this time around!

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

I had dreamt of a balmy Indian summer, but instead you just gave us rain… thank you UK weather! But let’s looks on the bright side & all the things this time of year does offer; endless hot chocolate (sorry thighs), cosy nights in, tights & not shaving my legs (sorry hubby!) and of course layers of soft and cosy clothes.

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

Which is of course why, for this project, I chose one of the gorgeous Beatrice Ponte Romas from Sewisfaction. It’s so soft, luxurious and perfect for so many projects (I’ve made a list of a few ideas below if you would like some inspiration).

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

The pattern I used is the Papercut Patterns ‘Kyoto’ sweatshirt, which also has a Tee option. This was my first time using a Papercut Pattern and I went for the PDF download from their website which cost £10, I printed it and put together at home (but do check out Netprinter online for A0 print at a great price if you hate the faff of putting patterns together).

The pattern itself is very straightforward and so long as you’ve inserted a jersey neckband before you will have no issues. Even if you haven’t, this Ponte is so lovely to work with you’ll have no issues! Following the finished garment size chart I cut a large (due to my hips!), however I did have to take the sweater in at the waist once I’d finished as it was HUGE! So my advice to you is ‘it comes up big!’, unless of course you want a lovely big cosy sweater to fit your cat/dog/child in with you… everyone does that don’t they?!

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

All in all, my sizing issue aside, I LOVE this pattern and I see myself making lots more for the winter months. Along with some of the Tee version in the summer or even to layer up under Cardigans and sweaters! Also, I don’t know if you’ve noticed but frills are very on trend at moment, they’re everywhere!!

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

Project Rundown:

Fabric: Beatrice Ponte Roma in Red (1.6m)

Thread: Gutermann Sew all thread in 365

Pattern: Papercut Patterns Kyoto

Make Time: An afternoon

Skill Level: Beginner

A few more patterns that the Beatrice Ponte Roma is perfect for;

SOI Molly Dress

Seamwork Astoria Sweater

Grainline Linden Sweater 

Papercut Bowline Sweater

Tilly and the buttons Coco

Sew Over it Heather Dress

Jennifer Lauren Erin Sweater

…I could go on, there’s so many options! I can’t wait to see what you make with it!

Papercut Kyoto Review Sewisfaction

Happy sewing!

Samantha