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Introducing the Sewisfaction Blogger Team!

Two weeks ago we put up a post asking for bloggers to join the Sewisfaction team. We were beyond delighted with the response! We had over sixty applications and every single one was full of inspiring makes and passion for sewing. Reading them really reinforced our love of the wonderful sewing community. We received a complete mix of applications, from a variety of ages, styles, experience level and locations, but all had a real love of fabric and dressmaking!

As you can imagine it has been incredibly difficult to narrow the applications down and we wish we could’ve chosen everybody. We couldn’t stick to the original four we had planned! After lots of deliberation, we have chosen six wonderful ladies to join our blogger team, and we are so excited to see what they’ll be making and sharing over the next few months. Before their posts start in a couple of weeks, we thought we should introduce you to them properly, and hope that you will enjoy discovering new sewists if you don’t already follow them.

 

 

Lesley from Sew Sleep Deprived

We loved the wide variety of garments Lesley has sewed over the last few years, and her happy, smiley posts! Lesley says;

“I started my blog a few years ago as a kind of diary but have had so much fun interacting with people I’ve never even met, so much so I consider some of these bloggers my friends. I’ve gotten so much out of the input of others, it would be nice to expand that network and maybe give some of the excellent advice I’ve had back to others.”

Blog: SewSleepDeprived

Instagram: @sewsleepdeprived

 

 

 

 

Maddie from Thimble Bee

Psychology student Maddie is a self-confessed dressmaking addict who loves sewing Cleo dresses and too many gathered peplum tops (is that even possible?!).

Her photo here shows her sporting one of her latest makes, a By Hand London Flora dress, which we love! Maddie says; “I’d really like to become part of the blogger team as I feel like a little bit of a lone wolf when it comes to my place within the sewing world and I’d love to be a part of something like this, where I can have my voice heard and also meet and have contact with some really lovely, like minded people.”

Blog: ThimbleBee

Instagram: @Thimblebee

 

 

 

Kathy from Sew Dainty

Kathy has been sewing for over 45 years, after her Mother taught her on an old hand cranked Singer. Having caught the sewing bug at a young age, she has never looked back. A lady after our own hearts, she says  her guilty pleasure in the evenings is popping her pyjamas on, grabbing a cuppa and reading sewing blogs and watching sewing vlogs on youTube – sounds like heaven to us! Kathy recently won first prize in the #dressmakeroftheyear competition in the ‘ready to wear’ category, for this fantastic version of The Foldline’s Joni dress. We’re so excited to see what Kathy will be sharing as part of the blogger team!

Blog: SewDainty

Instagram: @sew_dainty

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda from I Sew A Lot

A lot of you will recognise Amanda from her popular sewing vlog on YouTube. Amanda is one of the speediest sewists we’ve ever seen! Last month she made a whopping twenty one new garments and she’s the Queen of the One Hour Sewing Challenge. As well as making beautiful clothes for herself, Amanda also makes for her adorable twin boys and sometime even for her husband! With her makes varying from vintage inspired dresses to modern sweaters and a fabulous dose of 70’s, Amanda’s enthusiasm and energy is infectious and we’re delighted she’s part of the team.

Blog: ISewALot

Vlog: ISewALot

Instagram: ISewALot

 

 

 

 

Samantha from Sew by the Seaside

Sewing and creating since she was at school, Samantha is new to the world of sewing blogging but has been recording her beautiful makes on Instagram for sometime. Based on the lovely Dorset coast, her pretty outfits and stylish photos have had us swooning and we’re very excited to see what Samantha is going to make for the Sewisfaction Blogger Team!

Blog: SewByTheSeaside

Instagram: @sewbytheseaside

 

 

 

 

 

Suzanna from Sea Salt and Stitches

A seasoned sewing blogger, Suzanna has been sharing her wonderful makes since 2010! She’s managed to keep up with blogging and even find time for some vlogging on YouTube since moving to her beautiful house on the Irish coast and having her adorable little boy. We love how Suzanna makes such a wide variety of garments, everything from stunning, knockout dresses to everyday tops and tees. Suzanna has written some great tutorials in the past so we’re looking forward to find out what tips and tricks she’ll be sharing with us!

Blog: Seasalt&Stitches

Vlog: SeaSalt&Stitches

Instagram: @seasaltstitches

 

 

 

We are so excited to have this wonderful group of sewists joining the Sewisfaction blogger team. We’ll be sharing their makes every other Friday so make sure you pop back to keep updated with their makes or sign up to our newsletter to ensure you don’t miss their posts!

 

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May Monthly Makers & #mysewisfaction winner!

sew house seven tea house dress

Wow, what a wonderful month May was! We have been bowled over by the response to Sewisfaction since we launched in mid-April and want to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone one who has supported us, sent kind words and of course all of you who have ordered from us. We have loved seeing your pink parcels popping up on social media, and have literally done happy dances when we’ve seen your completed makes.

We launched our #mysewisfaction competition in May, and as well as announcing May’s winner, we thought we’d share some of the other brilliant makes we’ve seen out in the wild too!

 

Becca blogged about her new Deer & Doe Hoya Blouse from our incredibly popular See You At Six Dandelions Rayon over on RedWSews. As it was so popular we don’t have any of this fabric left, but do have lots of other viscose & rayons that would be a perfect match for the Hoya. We think Becca looks fabulous!

RedWSews Hoya Blouse

 

Over on Instagram Emily showed us her fantastic new bag, made from our Alexander Henry Bathing Beauties cotton. We love this fun print, and Emily’s choice to make a bag means she can show it off with any and every outfit!

Alexander Henry Bathing Beauties Fabric Sewisfaction

Ruth used our Annie Crepe Georgette to make a beautiful summer kimono. Kimono’s are so on-trend again this year and light, floaty fabrics are perfect for the simple lines which show off prints really well.

Blue Poppy Fabric georgette

Another summery make, this time from Victoria over at Pocket for Sweets. Victoria made the Sew House Seven Bridgetown Dress from our Blue Diamond viscose. We’re very impressed with the pattern placement on this, and love the low back detail.

Eleanor from nelnanandnora nabbed the last 2 metres of our Sail Away viscose and put it to great use making this Colette Hawthorn dress. The finished dress is lovely and Eleanor has done a great job playing pattern tetris to get the dress out of her 2m piece!

viscose fabric sewisfaction colette hawthorn

 

Finally onto our May Monthly Maker Winner – when we saw Sarah’s photo pop up on Instagram we were blown away! Sarah sewed the Sew House Seven Tea House Dress in our Rebecca Monochrome Viscose. The dress is so striking, and we think it’s a fabulous match between pattern and fabric. Well done Sarah, we love your dress!

sew house seven tea house dress

 

 

Don’t forget to check out the #mysewisfaction hashtag to see more of the amazing makes being shared. You have until 30th June to enter this month’s competition and be in with the chance of winning a £25 fabric voucher.

 

Happy Sewing!

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Become a Sewisfaction Blogger

Blogging is a passion of mine. I love reading all the wonderful sewing blogs out there and I really enjoy updating you all on my makes and sharing the creative passion of sewing with you all. Aside from the obvious fact that time is not on my side at the moment, running a busy and demanding business is a definite time zapper, I really want to ensure the blog is a reflective mix of other sewists.

We are looking for four people to join the Sewisfaction blogging team. This isn’t a popularity contest – we really don’t mind if you’re an experienced blogger or vlogger or how many followers you have – what we care about is your ability to share your passion for sewing in an articulate and engaging way.

Each blogger will be sent free fabric for their choice of project, and their make and blog post will be featured on the Sewisfaction blog and shared on our social media channels every quarter.

If you’d like to be part of the Sewisfaction blogger team, please email us on info@sewisfaction.co.uk and include the following info;

– Why do you want to be part of the Sewisfaction blogger team?
– What is your favourite sewing make and why?
– Choosing from all our fabrics what would your first Sewisfaction Blog project be?

Please include a couple of pictures of you in a garment you have made. You will be required to take a few photos of yourself in/with your project for the blog.

If you do have a blog or vlog already then feel free to link it, but as we’ve mentioned it isn’t essential!

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#MYSEWISFACTION – Share to Win

We absolutely love seeing all your makes. Show us what you’ve made from your Sewisfaction fabric purchases by sharing your completed makes with the hashtag #mysewisfaction. Each month, we’ll choose one lucky winner from all the entries and they’ll win a £25 voucher to spend on anything in store (excluding classes).

You can share on the following social media channels:

 

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The feeling of Sewisfaction

What is Sewisfaction? Well, apart from being one of the most beautiful fabric boutiques (yes I may be biased!), Sewisfaction was thought up to describe the feeling you get when sewing makes you happy. You know those times when something goes so right you almost give yourself a fist bump and sit there with a big smile on your face? Sewisfaction!

Here are my personal top 10 Sewisfaction inducing moments;

Cutting a pattern straight from the envelope and having it fit really well first time.

This is probably the rarest form of Sewisfaction as it sadly so rarely happens, but when it does it has me doing a little happy dance of relief and delight!

Fabric intoxication

You see a fabric and fall in love with it instantly. You can’t stop looking at it and stroking it whilst simultaneously dreaming of all the things it could become but still appreciating it just as it is now. I can’t be the only person who finds themselves with a quickening pulse and a compulsion to keep hold of my latest joyous fabric find?

When your garments look almost as nice on the inside

That little feeling of pleasure when the inside looks as professional as the outside. Be it fully lined, bound or French seams or even coordinating overlocker threads, it’s hard not to feel pretty smug every time you see this – see it was worth all the swearing and unpicking!

Finally finishing the hem of that full circle skirt

The one that seams to go on, and on and on…! Boy does it feel good when you finally cut your threads and can admire your handiwork. The labour of love was worth it for all the skirt swishing potential.

Playing with your latest sewing gadget

Whether it’s a beautiful pair of scissors, some tactile pattern weights, pretty new pins, swanky threads or a whizzy new gadget, we’re so lucky to have a hobby that comes with so many lovely accessories! Haberdashery makes me almost as happy as fabric, be it because it’s something lovely to look at, super useful or even better – both!

Enjoying the sounds of sewing

I maybe alone in this but there are so many sounds in sewing that make me happy! The bleeps and clicks as my sewing machine turns on, the satisfying snip of the auto-thread cutter. One of my favourite sounds is of scissors cutting fabric, it always takes me back to memories of my Nan. Controversially I also love the loud clanking of the overlocker as you whizz up and down, there’s something very industrial and satisfying about it!

Making sewing friends

I’ve been lucky enough to meet some wonderful sewing friends, and have made many more online thanks to the wonders of social media. It always give me a great feeling of Sewisfaction when I get to chat and interact with other like-minded sewists.

No more hideous changing rooms

Some of the most soul destroying moments have been spent in high street changing rooms, cursing clothes that don’t fit in the right places or do fit but feel like they’re made from nasty synthetic probably highly flammable fabric. Or that feeling of angst when they do fit, they do feel good but the price-tag is going to make your credit card cry. I can’t remember the last time I had to go through this nightmare though, now I decide what I want to sew, choose lovely fabric and make it in my size.

A me-made washing line

Looking out the window at a washing line full of me-made clothes is probably the best thing about doing the washing! It seems a lot more enjoyable to hang out the washing nowadays.

Where did you get your dress from?

Possibly the best Sewisfaction inducing moment ever! When someone asks you where you got your dress because they love it, and you can say those fabulous words “I made it myself”!

These are some of my favourites, but there are so many more. Do let me know what your favourite feelings of Sewisfaction are, I’d love to hear.

Happy Sewing!

PS If you haven’t started sewing yet but are itching to get started why not check out one of our beginner sewing classes?

 

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The Vault

TATB Unicorn Mimi Blouse

As we now have a shiny new and rather amazing website, the time has come for me to let go of my old blog over at SewSheSho.co.uk. Before it’s completely wiped off the face of the net, I thought I’d create a little vault with a few of my favourite makes just for nostalgia’s sake. Without further ado, here they are…

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Goldhawk Road Fabric Shopping Tips

I might own a fabric shop myself but it doesn’t mean I’m immune to the wonders of Goldhawk Road! I thought I’d just take five to tell you briefly about my last trip and give you some tips I’ve picked up on previous visits.

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I’m sure if you’re here reading this you’ll know all about the fabric mecca that is this little London street. Just in case you’ve not heard of it, it’s right next to Shepherds Bush market and of course Goldhawk Road tube.

There are approximately 10/15 fabric shops spread across both sides of the street and there are some amazing gems to be had. A lot of the shops have different products, some specialising in certain things like silks & lace but most with a wide range of fabrics. It really is a fabric lovers paradise!

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Goldhawk Road

Now I’ve visited a handful of times I thought I’d let you know some tips I hope you’ll find useful.

If you arrive by tube the main bulk of shops are on your right as you come out of the station. On my last visit we decided to drive up and used JustPark.com to find a space. This was brilliant for us as we drove in from Surrey in less than an hour and the space we rented was only one street away from Goldhawk Rd. This meant we didn’t have to lug all our many purchase back on the tube and train, and it was a lot cheaper! There are lots of sites where people rent their parking spaces so I’d recommend having a look.

Searching for fabric gems…

* I’ve only been on a weekend once and it was much busier than in the week. I know it’s not always possible but you’ll find it a lot less crowded and easier to see everything on a weekday.

*  Take your time to look around as many of the shops as you can before choosing where to go back and buy from. Some shops have the same fabric at vastly different prices, for example one shop had Liberty fleece for £18pm (£40pm from Liberty) and another had the exact same fleece in the same colourway for £10pm! I also picked up some Ponte de Roma for £8pm that was in another shop at £12pm.

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Fabulous scuba from Fabric House

* Some of the shops often seem to have quite a lot of staff, and it’s quite common for them to follow you around whilst you are browsing. The first time I went it was quite off-putting but now I just smile and say hello. The shops are their livelihood and understandably they want to make sure no one is putting mucky fingers on their stock, plus they want a sale so are keen to be attentive! Take your time and don’t be put off asking questions, I’ve found almost everyone to be very friendly.

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Checking out some Liberty in Fabric World

* It’s OK to haggle! Being a stereotypical Brit I never haggle but have tried the last couple of times after hearing other people do it and sometimes it does work! Always be polite and friendly and ask for a realistic discount, they’re not going to cut the price in half for you! I’ve done it when there’s been a fabric I quite liked but didn’t want to pay £10pm for, I offered £7pm and we agreed on £8pm. Also when I’ve bought large quantities I’ve asked for a discount – I got 4 metres of one fabric for £4pm instead of £4.50pm. You could also ask if you’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere, as long as you’re polite and respect if they say no then I don’t think anyone minds. Again I think this is likelier to work on a weekday when the shops are quieter.

Carry cash. A lot of the shops take card but there are still a few that don’t. There are cash machines by the Sainsbury and Tesco and possibly some further down.

If you’re anything like me and love a good rummage then make sure you don’t have a cumbersome handbag to lug around! Much easier to hunt down fabric bargains with your hands free!

* Be aware that a lot of the stock  is seconds, this means it could just be a print that the colour match was slightly different to their previous batch, or it could be a misprint or small snags etc. Make sure you take a good look at the fabric before it is cut and again, if there are any issues, use it as an opportunity to haggle.

Oh and if you need the loo, there’s a Costa on the corner by the tube station. You’ll need to buy something to get the code for the door.

There are too many shops to mention individually (isn’t it wonderful!) but a few of my favourites are;

Fabric House, second or third one down from the market. The owner is always really friendly, the stock is super cheap and I’ve picked up some real gems especially jersey and scuba.

Classic Textiles, next to Fabric House. They have a great selection of Liberty with some silks as little as £13pm! I actually found a design I’d been searching for for over a year here for £25pm instead of £50pm.

Liberty Emerald Bay
Liberty Silk, from Classic Textiles

Fabric World (third down from the tube) has a great selection of fabrics, including a good selection of Liberty if you love it as much as I do!

Misan is further towards the other end of the street and stocks lots of lovely designer fabrics. It is more expensive but they’ve got some amazing stuff and if you go upstairs there’s the possibility of bagging a bargain with their bolt ends or remnants.

Goldhawk Road fabric
My recent Goldhawk Road fabric haul

I hope all that gives you a better idea of what to expect and that you find it useful. Have you been to Goldhawk Road? Please let me know what your tips & recommendations are, or let me know if you’re planning a trip.