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#MySewisfaction February Makers Gallery

February was full of some fantastic makes, so much so we REALLY struggled to pick a #MySewisfaction winner. However, this Tilly and the Buttons ‘Indigo’ dress from Helen (@hp_sews) is just beautiful.

Helen is the lucky winner of a £25 voucher to go towards her next sewing project – congratulations!

@hp_sews in her @tillybuttons “Indigo dress” made from some of our lovely viscose fabric.

@vickie.carrie in her @frenchnavynow_ “Orla dress” made using our ditsy viscose fabric.

@sarahboddey in her @tillybuttons “Juno pyjamas” made using our Cosy Cactus fabric.

@echarlie in her @byhandlondon “Hannah dress” made using our soft rayon twill in teal.

@kathleensews in her @sewoveritlondon “Pussy bow blouse”, in our lovely cornflower slub texture viscose.

@lucylou.hewett in her @tillybuttons “Bettine dress”, made using our Lillybelle fabric.

 

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Be a #MySewisfaction winner

If you’ve been following Sewisfaction for a while, then you’ll know that we host a monthly maker competition where at the end of every month our lucky winner get’s a £25 voucher just for being an amazing sewist (amazing right!?)

In case you’re new to us, just a little reminder, each month we see so many of you making such fantastic garments and crafty pieces using Sewisfaction fabrics, that we felt we wanted to show even more love, so we’ve made some changes to the competition – read on to find out more.

Monday makers

You may have noticed a new feature on our Instagram stories – ‘Monday Makers’. We get tagged in so many amazing makes, that we wanted to share them as soon as possible so every Monday, we’ll share all the new makes we see on the #Mysewisfaction hashtag with our followers. The good news? If you’re featured in our round up, that means you’re in the running to be our ‘Maker of the Month’ a coveted title that not only means you get ultimate bragging rights, but also a £25 voucher to get you started on your new project. But it doesn’t stop there…

The winner

A picture speaks a thousand words, sure, but we want to see a lot more than that and so starting from February onwards, our Maker of the month will be interviewed and featured on the Sewisfaction blog. We love hearing all about how you got into sewing, what’s in your stash and what project you’re tackling next and so we know our readers will too!

Makers gallery

Our makers are some of the most inspiring in the sewing community and we want to share them all so we’ve also decided that every person we share in our Instagram stories will also be added to the ‘Monthly makers gallery’ too.

How to enter

It’s SO simple, all you have to do is tag us in your pictures and use the hashtag #Mysewisfaction – easy right?

Our daily highlight is seeing what you make using our fabrics so we love to not only how grateful we are for your support, but how inspiring and creative you are too! Who’s ready to take the first ‘Monthly Maker crown’? Time to get tagging!

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Sewspiration: The Wilder Gown

You may have noticed a few new pattern faces in our ‘new in‘ section on the website and we wanted to share them in a little more detail. Picking a new pattern can be exciting, but you also want to make sure you get it right. Which is why here at Sewisfaction, we’ve done all the hard work for you, pairing fabrics, inspiration and sharing top tips from making it ourselves.

Scroll on and prepare to start your new project stat!

At a glance

Pattern: Friday Pattern Company ‘Wilder Gown

Sewing Level: Beginner

Techniques: Gathering

Size range: XS – 4X

Fabric requirements: 3.5-4 metres depending on size and fabric width for dress view or 1.5-2.5 metres depending on size and fabric width for blouse view

Overview: The Wilder Gown is ‘THE’ sewists dress of the moment right now, we’ve seen so many swishy versions all over instagram and we just had to have a go. It’s a super simple sew, perfect for beginners and it’s ‘modular’ views mean that it can be really easily customised or ‘hacked’ to suit your style. The most difficult part of this make is the gathering, so if you’ve nailed that technique, you’ll really find this make simple.

The verdict: We totally get the hype, this simple yet effective gown is not only easy to make, but as you grow on your sewing journey the options for this modular make are endless! A must-make.

Inspiration

A very ‘of the moment’ style, this dress has been seen in a few forms on some of our favourite, bloggers and celebs in a few variations. So far ours (the dress version with midi sleeves) has been paired with tights and heeled ankle boots but we can’t wait to see lots of them paired with strappy heels or gladiators when the sun comes back out (eventually).

Fabric picks

And now onto the important part, the fabric! Designed for woven fabrics, this dress is the perfect excuse to go through your stash and make a through variations, but also what would a sewing project be without a bit of fabric shopping? We’ve pulled together our favourite fabrics below.

Autumn Breeze Viscose Print

This print forever will remind us of Juliet from Sewing Bee, with hints of African Wax print, this viscose is in fact beautifully soft and drapey and would make a beautiful blouse view – perhaps with a statement sleeve that can be worn with jeans and heels.

Luxury Triple Crepe – Black

A classic, we really don’t think you could go wrong making a Wilder Gown in this Luxury Triple Crepe – we’re all about wearable garments and having one in black will not only fill a gap in your wardrobe but will forever be the dress you dress up and dress down for every occasion.

Lovely Lobelia Cotton Twill

Thinking forward to summer, a cotton twill version of this pattern is a must. We can see this as both the dress view and the blouse, but the blouse really has a special place in our wardrobes. We’d pair it with a denim skirt and trainers for ‘cool girl off-duty’ style.

Starry Night Double Gauze – Black

This beautiful double gauze had a special place in our hearts the minute it was delivered and we’re hoping it’ll have a very special place ‘Wilder’ shaped place in our wardrobe very soon. We’ve already planned this as a short version of the dress to wear on holiday with sandals and a basket bag in the evening.

Top tips

Now you’ve got your inspiration and fabric picked, we wanted to share just a few little tips we picked up from making the dress:

-Gathering, this is one we’ve been asked about already as they kept snapping the thread. Make sure you have a good quality thread like Gutterman as these wont snap as easy as cheaper versions. Also be sure to do TWO rows of gathering stitch as this really doesn’t make it easier to control your gathers.

-The neck tie is a gorgeous feature of this dress, but if you’re running low on fabric, we found that adding a piece of ribbon in a contrast print or pattern or even fabric from your stash does the job just fine.

And that’s everything you need to make the perfect Wilder gown – be sure to tag your makes with #mysewisfaction so we can see them and comment on this post if you have any questions about this make, we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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Meet the Maker: Juliet Uzor

Our meet the maker series is back for 2020 and we’ve decided to kick it off in a very big way – with none over then Queen of Sewing Bee, Juliet Uzor. We immediately feel for Juliet when she appeared on our screen and her sparkling personality and serious sewspiration have made her a solid part of the Sewing Community ever since.
Following last years sell-out ‘Sew Statement Sleeves‘ workshop, we’ve added a new class which means Juliet is back again at Sewisfaction HQ in Feb so we thought it was the perfect excuse to catch up with her about all things sewing:
Hey Juliet, tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Juliet, a former primary school teacher, a mum and overall sewing nerd with huge dreams of getting as many people people to experience the joy of creating clothes. I’m also known for winning the Great British Sewing Bee in April 2019.
How did you get into sewing?
My curiosity got me into sewing. I met a lady whose generosity inspired me to learnt to sew.  During one of my travels to West Africa, She made me a dress under 24 hours and that motivated me to take the plunge and purchase a basic machine from Hobbycraft. A few YouTube videos here and  there… and now we’re here.
Where do you do your sewing?
I have a dedicated room in my home, my dining room. I converted it into my sewing space because we eat our meals in the kitchen.
What’s your proudest ever make?
It’s hard to pick a proudest make because I’ve seen a lot of garment. But the one thing that stands out is the swimming costume I made on the sewing bee. I don’t know if I’ll be sewing one any time soon.
What next on your sewing list?
I have a lush tweed fabric that I’ve been stroking for the past 4 years. I think it’s time to cut into it to sew a Chanel jacket before the new season comes.
Isn’t Juliet amazing!? To follow her sewing journey, you can follow her on Instagram @julietuzor_ or why not join her here at Sewisfaction on 9th February to learn how to sew statement sleeves for every garment?
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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.