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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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#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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#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’

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Meet the maker: Maddie Wills

We’re never more excited in sewing when the younger generation not only takes an interest but in Maddie’s case blows our mids with her first make. That’s why there was no doubt in our minds that she would be this month’s #MySewisfaction and a more than deserving one at that. We asked this brand new sewist to answer a few questions for us so you can get as excited about her impending memade journey as we are.

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Maddie and I’m 15 years old, I live in Hertfordshire. I’ve always loved art and textiles, and they’ve always been my favourite school subject. (Helen: She was always making things. I used to feel guilty because crafting isn’t my thing, so we rarely did it. But as soon as she was able, she’d just ask for supplies and get on with it herself!)
How did you get into sewing?
I’ve only recently gotten into sewing, but it’s something I’ve been interested in for a while. My grandma used to make clothes and it’s always been one of my goals to learn. Last year I received a sewing machine for my 14th birthday, and I did a few odd bits of sewing (I made a cushion cover), but it wasn’t until this summer that I really learned how to sew.
Where do you do your sewing?
I’ve got a little station in my bedroom, with a desk and a lamp, and my sewing machine. I decorated it with a mixture of fashion inspired pictures, a collage of pictures with my friends and a few retro black and white prints (including one of Audrey Hepburn that I love). Photo via Helen Wills
What’s your proudest ever make?
My proudest make would probably be the dungaree dress; it was the first proper piece of clothing I had ever made, and I was really pleased with how it turned out. Because it only took about 5 hours, it was a quick make that helped me get to grips with the basics of sewing and learn key skills.
What next on your list? 
I would really like to make something with a pattern by Tilly and the Buttons because I found these patterns simple to follow and would probably be the best thing to help me take my next steps into clothes making. Maybe a t-shirt or a pyjama set?
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One Week, One Pattern 2019

Exciting news – One Week One Pattern is back!

Originally launched in 2012 by Tilly and The Buttons, the baton was passed to Sewisfaction and we’re delighted to be hosting again this year. We want as many people as possible to pledge, so we’ve pulled together a handy FAQ below so you can get the lowdown on this exciting challenge.

What is One Week, One Pattern?
Affectionally known as ‘OWOP’, it’s 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.

When is OWOP 2019?
Saturday 23rd November – Friday 29th November 2019

Who can join in?
Anyone! From complete beginners wanting to get more wear from their first makes, to more experienced sewers who love a ‘Franken-pattern’ and want to get hacking or show off 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 off 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 23rd November rolls around, you take a pic of yourself in your handmade OWOP outfit each day. You can post on Instagram and use the hashtag #OWOP19 or if you’re not on Instagram, you can join our ‘Sewisfaction Sewcial’ Facebook Group which you can post into, or if you’re 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 2019. 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 2019, it’s such a great way to show off 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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#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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#MySewisfaction July Makers Gallery

We’re loving all your bright and bold summer looks this month and it’s made it VERY difficult to decide our winner but of course we managed to pick just one in the end, the amazing Jenny of @Jennylovestosew.

She recently pattern tested the Sewspace ‘Rosalee’ dress in our floral peach skin and we love, love, love it. Congratulations Jenny, you’re the winner of a £25 Sewisfaction voucher to use on your next project!

Makers Gallery

Jennifer (@_mysewingdiary) in her Sew Over It ‘Ultimate Pencil Skirt’ made in our Stretch Lemon Fabric

Laura (@sewlovelylaura) in her Common Stitch ‘Bellbird Wrap dress’

Joanna (@joannasfeelingcrafty) in her New Look 6554 jumpsuit

Lisa (@sew_what73) in her Tilly and the Buttons ‘Stevie’ dress

Marz (@marz_made) in her Named Clothing ‘Olivia’ Dress

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#MySewisfaction meet the maker: Yvonne Scott

We have another fab maker on the blog this week and she just so happens to be our top #MySewisfaction pick for July. We fell in love with this Aperol Spritz inspired jumpsuit (summer drinks and sewing – yes please) over on her Instagram and we had even more fun finding out all about her:

Hi Yvonne, tell us a bit about yourself? 

Hello I’m Yvonne Scott ( Scott by name and a Scot by birth!). I’m a fifty something young person and I live about 15 mins drive from Sewisfaction. I moved to Berkshire in 1986 with my husband. We  only intended to live in here for 2 years but somehow 4 children , 7 grandchildren and lots of good friends later we’re still here and though we miss Scotland we love it here too.
I studied Maths at University and after moving to Berkshire started teaching adult IT courses until 1996 when I did a teacher training course and became a Maths teacher. I love it when students come up with new ways to think about a problem I’ve set- lots of people don’t see Maths as a creative subject but it really is and I think that’s why I enjoy it.
I have had a go at many crafts as I enjoy being creative but sewing and knitting are my big loves- in fact I tend to have either a knitting or sewing project on the go sometimes both! I really enjoy a craft day with my crafty friends Lynn and Sally where we sit and chat and make things.
I like to keep busy so if I’m not doing crafts I’ll be running or cycling.
How did you get into sewing?
I started sewing as a young child. My mum was a domestic science teacher ( food and textiles nowadays) and did a lot of dressmaking. She made her own wedding dress on my Granny’s treadle sewing machine in 1960. My mum was a real inspiration as she was either knitting or sewing when I was young and still is.
When I was at primary school, girls had knitting and sewing lessons and if you were good at knitting you then got to move onto the sewing machine which I managed as I’d been knitting long before the lessons. I loved going to fabric shops with my mum and getting to chose my own fabrics to work with. I remember making my own clothes for taking on holiday in the 1970s as a teenager. I continued to sew quite a lot up until about 1986 when we moved to Berkshire where I found it quite difficult to find fabrics/patterns etc as I didn’t drive.
My sewing took a bit of a back seat for many years though I still made a few things on and off including a prom dress for my youngest daughter about 12 years ago now!
I was reinspired to sew a bit more when ‘ The Great British Sewing Bee’ was screened and then Sewisfaction opened making it a bit easier to buy fabrics locally.
Where do you do your sewing?
 My sewing machine lives in a wardrobe so it’s a bit of an effort to get it out and sew. I sew at my dining table in my house. This used to be a separate room but 4 years ago we extended and made the dining room part of an open plan kitchen/living space. It’s light and a good place to work.
My threads/fabrics are all stored in lots of places. When I have a project on the go it comes out and generally stays out until the project is finished – that usually means a project is finished really quickly and I don’t really have any UFO’s (unlike my knitting projects where I have several!!) I’d really like to have a sewing room- maybe one day!
What’s your proudest ever make? 
There are lots of these and difficult to decide as there are bits in every garment that are challenging.
I’m really proud of my Ames jeans that I made this year as putting the zip into the fly was really challenging mainly due to having to shorten the zip by 2 inches!! This meant I had to pull teeth off of the zip with pliers so I could shorten it as you can’t just cut or sew through a metal zip. I learnt a lot about zips in that make!!
 I would also include my youngest daughters prom dress- it’s the only garment I’ve ever made a toile for.
What’s next on your sewing list? 
I’m not sure as when I finish a garment I might not sew again for several months. Sometimes fabrics inspire me to get a pattern out or instagram posts. My jumpsuit that got me sewer of the month (which I really didn’t expect and was very pleased with) was one such project.
I had seen a few posts using the pattern and then Sheona posted new fabrics one of which was the linen viscose so I went to look et voila! At the moment I’m interested in refashioning garments having read some articles about the damage fashion is doing to the Earths resources so I have decided to not buy new and to make only using fabrics I have. So in that respect I’m looking for ideas for taking garments I already have and re making them into another garment rather than throwing it away. I’m not sure how easy this is going to be though.
Congrats again Yvonne, we hope you enjoy your well earned £25 voucher and as always, if you’d like to be just like this months fab #MySewisfaction winner, don’t forget to tag your pics with the hashtag to be in with chance of winning.