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#MySewisfaction December Makers Gallery

Wow – where did Christmas go? We’re getting 2020 started with our first round up of wonderful makers and as always you guys didn’t disappoint!

Our first winner of 2020 is the fabulous @mysewprise who created these amazing PJ bottoms on our ‘Introduction to Dressmaking’ course. She’s the lucky winner of a £25 voucher to spend on her next project.

Feeling inspired? Scroll on to see the rest of our fabulous December makers.

@mysewprise in her pyjama bottoms made on our ‘Introduction to sewing’ course

@sewn_on_the_tyne in her Nina Lee London ‘Camden Skirt’

@jennylovestosew in her Closet Case Patterns ‘Ginger Jeans’

@scissorspapersewn in her Maven Patterns ‘Somerset’ t-shirt

@lucylou.hewett in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Bettine’ dress

@sewalto in her Simplicity ‘8743’ skirt

 

 

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Meet the team: Nerrisa

Last but not least in our ‘Meet the team’ series is Nerrisa. Taking care of our marketing and content, it’s her job to make sure that all of our lovely new fabrics and workshops land in your inbox as soon as they’re ready for you as well as inspiring you with what to make when you buy them.

A keen sewist and lover of crafts, Nerrisa answers our ‘Meet the team’ questions.

Start by telling us a little bit about you?

I’m Nerrisa and I’ve worked for Sewisfaction for just over a year. I actually got back into sewing after attending a course at the studio and I’ve been obsessed ever since. In general I love to be creative and my other hobbies include baking and really anything messy – I actually painted ‘that’ wall at the shop and it’s hands down one of my favourite projects of 2019.

What’s your role at Sewisfaction?

I take care of anything to do with ‘content’ – I write all of the blog posts, the newsletters and I get to manage our amazing team of bloggers too.

Tell us a little bit about your top make of 2019?

That’s a pretty hard one as it’s normally the last thing I made! This year I’ve gotten slower with my sewing in order to be a bit more sustainable so each make is a bit more considered than before. I’m definitely working with more difficult materials and techniques including making a sequin dress for the first time recently as well as recently making my first shirt with a collar and cuffs that actually look professional!

What’s next in your sewing queue?

I actually recently picked up some fabric at Sewisfaction (it’s so dangerous working around so many beautiful fabrics.) and so I have a whole outfit planned – I’m going to make the ‘Collins’ overalls from ‘Our Lady of Leisure’ in the ‘Luxe black crepe‘ and a Sew Over It ‘Hackney’ Shirt in the ‘Esmeralda Rose Viscose‘ that I’ve been obsessed with for ages. The Hackney is actually a mens pattern, but I’m quite tall and also don’t like anything too fitted so it most definitely ticks all my ‘me-made boxes’. I’ll be layering these up for a more modern take on work-wear.

Any New Year’s sewing resolutions?

Stay slow. When I first started sewing, I would really smash out projects and then end up quickly falling out of love with them. This year I’ve spent lots more time planning and pairing my fabrics and patterns so each garment fills a gap in my wardrobe. I’ll be doing a 10 week course on pattern drafting starting mid-Jan so I’m hoping the new techniques I learn here will help me stick to my resolution!

You can follow Nerrisa on Instagram where she shares all of her makes: @nerrisapratt

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Meet the team: Lucy

Another new face, next up in our ‘Meet the team’ series is Lucy. A keen crafter, baker and dress maker, Lucy keeps things running behind the scenes coordinating classes and making sure the new-in fabric section is jam-packed!

Lucy answers our ‘Meet the team’ questions.

Start by telling us a little more about you?
I’m Lucy, married and Mum to three little people. I have loved being at home with them, but now they are all are school I have some time to work again.
My background is in mixed-media textile design and freemotion machine embroidery which I studied at A Level. I was taught to lace make by my Godmother at the age of eight and that sparked my love of all things creative. Since then I’ve dabbled in most things arty and sewing-related. However straight-lines and liking quick results have always hindered by dressmaking attempts. I have made a few things for myself over the years, but let’s just say my seams are not for inspection!  I also have a seven year old daughter called Holly, who still lets me dress her in anything, so I love making her dresses and skirts.
My other passions are baking and running. I’ve made a lot of my friends wedding cakes (including my own) and birthday cakes and the running is mainly to work off the cakes!
What’s your role at Sewisfaction?
At Sewisfaction I’m mainly responsible for the class co-ordination, answering all our customer emails and any administration that needs to happen to make sure our customers get the best experience possible.  And what better place to work than at Sewisfaction, with a bunch of people as passionate about sewing and spreading the love of sewing as me.
Tell us a little bit about your top make of 2019?
This year I’ve mainly been sewing for Holly.  I think my highlight was a skirt I made for a disco party using our beautiful Russian doll fabric.
What’s next in your sewing queue?
I’d love to make the Tilly & The Buttons Coco Dress. Deciding on the fabric is not so easy though…decisions, decisions, or maybe I need to make several!
Any sewing New Years resolutions?
To go on a dressmaking course or two, to try to improve my dressmaking skills.  I’d love to start making all my own clothes,
but just need a little more confidence in creating my own bespoke wardrobe.
Check out Lucy’s brand new Instagram packed full of makes here: @lucylou.hewett
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Meet the team: Sandra

Next up in our ‘Meet the team’ series is Sandra. A familiar, smiley face if you’ve been over to our bricks and mortar shop, Sandra is the smiling face that greets you as well as getting all of your orders prepped behind the scenes.

Sandra answers our ‘Meet the team’ questions.

Start by telling us a little bit about you?

My name is Sandra , I live locally in Wokingham with my husband and my gorgeous 12 year old cocker spaniel. I have been been working for Sewisfaction for nearly 2 years  and am still in awe of all the beautiful fabrics as well as the things our lovely customers make from them.

What’s your role at Sewisfaction?

My main role at Sewisfaction is completing orders online, assisting in the shop and preparing the studio for classes, I work part time so this role is shared with the lovely Jacqui & Hayley.

Tell us a little bit about your top make of 2019?

My dressmaking has come along from last year and I’ve made quite a few clothes including a Tilly and the Buttons Coco and a Stevie dress too. This year I have attended  our ‘ Improver sewing course’ which I really enjoyed , making a piped cushion and a handbag, which will be perfect for the summer.

What’s next in your sewing queue?

Next year I will be looking to make another coco dress and an indigo top, together with more piped cushions !

Any New Year’s sewing resolutions?

New years sewing resolutions are to be more organised and get my fabric sewn not stacked !

For more on what Sandra is up to, you can follow her on Instagram: @sandysardines

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Meet the team: Hayley

Next up in our ‘Meet the team’ series is Hayley. Our newbie in the shop and another sewist, Hayley has already tackled her first super busy in-store event and is looking forward to a 2020 full of sewing for herself.

Hayley answers our ‘Meet the team’ questions.

Start by telling us a little bit about you?

Hi I’m Hayley. I grew up in Wokingham and I’m married with 2 teenagers. I was taught to sew by my grandma and loved sewing ever since. I love anything crafty, baking, writing in my bullet journal, photography and enjoy listening to Will Young (preferably live)

What’s your role at Sewisfaction?

I’m the newest part time shop assistant with the team and I also work for the NHS. I love working in the shop serving customers, wrapping and sending orders, getting classes ready and enjoy making up the swatches!
Tell us a little bit about your top make of 2019?
The top I’m wearing (pictured) is the first item of clothing I have made for a while with lovely rayon fabric from the shop.  I have just completed the introduction to dressmaking and gained some really handy tips and a lovely dress!
What’s next in your sewing queue?
I have so many things in my sewing pile that I want to do and lots of fabric too! I do have a Tilly and the buttons ‘Miette ‘skirt in soft needle cord all cut out ready to go and also some gifts that I need to finish.
Any New Year’s sewing resolutions?
Sewing resolutions would have to be making time to sew ! Blocking small amounts of time in the week and not feeling guilty about it. I also really want to practice more with jersey and want to sew up the linden sweatshirt and an Agnes top.
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Meet the team: Jacqui

First up in our ‘Meet the team’ series is Jacqui. As one of the newest members of the team, Jacqui has already settled into her fabric swishing and order prepping lifestyle. She’s also always on hand as a friendly face for visitors to our shop over in Holme Grange, Wokingham.

Jacqui answers our ‘Meet the team’ questions.

Start by telling us a little bit about you?

I grew up in the North-East of England and if you listen carefully I still speak with a northern twang. I have worked in different workplaces, including in a bank, the British High Commission in South Africa, a visa agency, health and social care and the Alzheimers Society. After a break last year to be with my Westie puppy, Reggie, I saw this little job advertised at Sewisfaction and I have loved being in the shop ever since. Empty Nest caught up with me when my children moved out but I find it’s not too bad now! Time for gardening, sewing and knitting plus part-time hours in the shop at Sewisfaction. Life is good.

What’s your role at Sewisfaction?

I work in the shop at Sewisafction on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday mornings. I hope I’m a friendly face for customers and students who are attending classes. I like to keep the shop looking tidy and dust-free (which is a constant battle with the fabric-cutting that goes on). I also process the online orders along with Sandra and Hayley. On a morning there is usually a class running and so I make sure there is tea and cake available for everyone. We are stock-taking at present and although it sounds boring, with the magnificent radio on and a cup of tea and a fabulous environment, I enjoy it.

Tell us a little bit about your top make of 2019?

Hmmm, my top make this year? Having only recently started sewing again, it would be my Stevie top by Tilly and the Buttons. I also made a Coco top for myself and some pyjama bottoms for my son. I  did the Introduction to Sewing Course this year as I was quite rusty. I love and use everything I made – the tote bag, the zip pouch, cushion…

What’s next in your sewing queue?

Next in the sewing queue is actually a roman blind for my daughter, but for myself, I would like to have a go at making a pinafore. I get so excited when the new fabrics come into the shop which gives me wonderful ideas, but I don’t get around to making anything. It will be my New Year’s resolution to sew more.

You can see what Jacqui is up to over on her Instagram: @jacquisharod

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A beautiful guest make from Alice

Hi, I’m Alice and you can find me on Instagram here, and a few weeks back, I was asked to write a guest post for Sewisfaction.

Always late to the party, this was my first make from the crazy-popular ‘Breaking the Pattern’ book from Named. I love their designs and have plans to make a few patterns from the book, but the shirt dress version of the Saraste jumped out at me and I had to make it straight away! It’s a very girly shirt dress with a gathered skirt (perfect for twirling) and a ruffle collar detail, but as with all Named designs, there’s something a bit quirky about it.  

The fabric suggestions are crisp shirting for the shirt version, and you can go lighter weight for the dress. I chose to go bold with this beautiful Botany Burst’ floral print Dashwood Studio cotton.

In terms of sizing I measured bang on a size 2. The finished garment measurements looked like they may be slightly large, but I thought best to err on the side of caution – it can always be taken in if it’s too big, but if I cut too small, I’m stuck (maybe literally!). 

The book comes with all the patterns printed, but with multiple patterns on each sheet of paper you do have to trace – no shortcuts here! There are 10 pieces to trace for the dress, so rather than see it as a means to an end, I think tracing this is a task you need to take your time with and enjoy. As much as I love a bit of tracing, I ran in to a spot of trouble with some of the lines disappearing! Hopefully this is a misprint on my book and not on every copy, but I had to just guess where some of the lines were meant to go which was a bit unnerving but luckily it worked out ok!  

The fabric was beautiful to cut, it just sits where it’s meant to without budging, so I could cut with the precision that a shirt dress needs. The instructions are less detailed than some indie pattern companies, but if you’re a semi-confident seamstress, the whole construction is really straightforward, especially for such a beautifully detailed dress. The skirt is gathered, and I’ve never gathered fabric so smoothly, this cotton did exactly what I told it to – the dream!! I fell a bit in love with the fabric, so I decided the dress needed to be finished as neatly as possible. I’m still not talking to my overlocker (we fell out a few months ago) so I did tiny zigzags and trimmed the seam allowances, but I bound the waistline which could have otherwise looked a bit messy inside: 

The dress has princess seams to give it shape on the bodice, which look so beautiful compared to darts. In the past I’ve made garments with princess seams and they need a lot of easing and manipulating, but these seams just glide together. There’s an option to add a little ruffle on to the collar which is such a gorgeous detail! It isn’t actually very gathered; when I was gathering it, I was convinced I’d cut it wrong, that maybe it was meant to be cut on the fold so mine was half the length it was meant to be, but it’s just a subtle gathering so it’s not overly bulky. As with the princess seams, the sleeves went in place so easily, so this was a really satisfying make; in depth but not too challenging. 

As I initially anticipated, the final dress has quite a lot of ease. When I first tried it on, I had the dreaded ‘nooo, it’s all wrong!’ feeling, but now I’ve worn the dress a few times I’m really glad to have the wiggle room. I have worn it with a belt to pull in the waist a bit, but other than that it’s really comfy having a bit of space on the bodice, while the sleeves sit in the right place on my shoulders, so it doesn’t risk looking like it’s just too big. 

Although this is very much a statement dress (that print isn’t subtle, is it?), the style is so versatile, and the fabric is so comfortable to wear. I’ve worn it for a family outing, to work, and to a party, and it can be styled with layers, heels and flats, so you get a lot of variety from the one dress – perfection! 

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Sewisfaction Christmas gift guide

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas, there’s never bee a better time to get those gift lists finished and presents purchased. Our Sewisfaction gift guide is the ultimate place for Sewist shopping whether you’re purchasing something for you or a friend.

Scroll on to see our ultimate round up of patterns, haberdashery and even other indie brands we love – you can thank us later!

Haberdashery & crafts

Whether you’re looking to top up your tools or buy the essentials, we have something for every sewist this Christmas in our fully stocked haberdashery.

Prym Love Starter Sewing Set – £34.50

Kylie and the Machine labels – From £5.50 per pack

The Make Arcade Craft Kits, from £8.95

Classes

We’re all about ‘New Year, New Skill’ and these classes are perfect for learning a thing or two no matter what place you’re at in your sewing journey.

Improver Sewing Course (Starts Jan 15th for 5 weeks) – £159

Introduction to Dressmaking Course (Starts Jan 14th for 5 weeeks) – £165

Introduction to Sewing Course (Starts Jan 14th for 5 weeks) – £155

Indie brands – our top picks

What would a Christmas Gift Guide be without support for our fellow Indie sewing brands – check out our round up of crafty and sewing favourites.

Pattern Storage envelopes from Patterntrace – From £7 for a pack of 5

Pattern Weights from Foxglove and Field – From £24

Katch Skinner pin cushion from Beyond Measure – £24.00

 

Sew Dainty Acrylic Jewellery – From £12

Glass pendant supporting Children with Cancer – POA (Founded by @sew_sleep_deprived and her daughter Lily)

Seams Handcream for sewists – £14

Let them choose for themselves with a voucher from Sewisfaction – From £5 at Sewisfaction

So there you have it, our gift guide that should make any sewist in your life happy – keep your eyes peeled on this post as we’ll be adding some more exciting gifts over the coming weeks!

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#OWOP19: All of our favourite looks and winners

One Week, One Pattern is back for 2019 and we are absolutely loving your makes so much already! We would like to officially welcome you to the number one place to see our favourite looks and of course all of the winners for the week.

We’ll be updating this post every day so make sure you come back and scroll down for a daily dose of #OWOP19

Day one

*WINNER* Tilly & the Buttons Online class & printed pattern of your choice⁣ – @sophysewshk in her Nina ‘Fleet top’

@akramsideas in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Coco’ dress

@englishgirlathome in her Grainline Studio ‘Tamarack’ jacket

@sew_sleep_deprived in her Grainline Studio ‘Moss skirt’

@thebakerthatsews in her Nina Lee ‘Southbank’ sweater

Day two

*WINNER* £50 Netprinter voucher – @stienmakes in her Knipmode dress

@beyond.thepinkdoor in her Glass House Patterns ‘Nemesia’ dress

@dogsinstitches_and_me in her Grainline Studio ‘Linden’ sweatshirt

@sewabigail in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Indigo’ dress

@marythimble in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Coco’ dress

Day three

*WINNER* @foureyedbetty in her Sew Liberated ‘Hinterland’ dress

@theruralsewist in her AK Patterns ‘Suzy’ dress

@pinkcoatclub in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Freya’ top

@vladivos in her Seamwork ‘Astoria’ top

@voiceofacreative in her True Bias ‘Shelby’ dress

For more amazing looks and lots more #OWOP19 inspiration, head over to Instagram and follow the hashtag to fill your feed! You can also click here to see what wonderful prizes are up for grabs for the rest of the week!

Day four

*WINNER* 130g set and 290g set of Pattern weights from Foxglove and Field – @raquel_sewing_knitting_in_asia in her ‘McCalls’ 7969

@threadquarters in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stevie’ dress

@sew_dainty in her Cocowa Crafts ‘Chestnut’ sweater

@sometimes.sewing in her Helens Closet ‘Yanta’ overalls

@sewstainability in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stevie’ top

Day five

*WINNER* PDF Pattern bundle from Named Clothing@sewabigail in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Indigo’ dress

@petitepassions in her Astoria sweatshirt

 

@memadelo in her Seamwork ‘Ace’ top

@sew_bee_it in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Freya’ top

@vicky.carrie in her Muse Patterns ‘Jenni’ cardigan

Day six

*WINNER* A sewists bundle from Pattern Trace@cath_craft in her Tilly & the Buttons ‘Freya’ top

@sarahknitsandsews in her Pattern Trace ‘Anna’ dress

@semeisew with her in her Kalle Shirt dress

@suestoney in her Pattern Union ‘Sumekko’ dress

@rachelpcreations in her Cielo top

Day seven

*WINNER* £50 voucher from Sewisfaction – @sew_alice in her ‘Monroe’ turtleneck

@corinneapplebymakes in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Freya’ dress

@thedressgarden in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Coco’ dress

@she_thrives_and_sews in her Kalle shirt dress

@doobis71 in her ‘Mandy boat tee’