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#GBSBsewalong Challenge Three

We’re already on week three of #GBSBSewalong and we’ve gone from tiny clothes to big, bold volume because for this week’s challenge it’s… 70’s week.

We love a retro silhouette, so we’re excited to see how both the community and the contestants tackle this one.

The Challenge

Week three of the challenge has so much potential, with plenty of flare to be had from any garment. It’s all about being bold, bright and daring in this retro sew along.

What we’re looking for this week is your take on vintage style and there are plenty of patterns out there just asking to be made into a retro memade entry for this week. Whether you’re inspired by an old picture or you’re looking to recreate an old much-loved item, we have you covered with lots of seventies inspiration (scroll for more).

The Prizes

This week, we have some amazing prizes once again, from the likes of Creative Industry a lovely sewist bundle from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine. PLUS, we have an extra special prize from the ultimate provider of sewing scissors, Ernest Wright.

Ernest Wright Scissor Bundle – RRP £145

Instagram: @ernestwrightltd

As we mentioned above, we are VERY excited about this prize. For those of you who don’t know, Ernest and Wright are a scissor brand, based in Sheffield with a rich, history in the industry. Beloved by the sewing community, the brand made a comeback last year after some uncertain times and are now continuing to thrive thanks to their master craftsmanship. We couldn’t be more excited to be giving this weeks lucky winner not only a set of coveted 10″ tailors shears, but also they’ll receive a set of Antique Stork embroidery scissors too worth £145!

Trust us, these are THE scissors to have and we couldn’t be more jealous of the winner.

Sewist bundle featuring goodies from Sew Hayley Jane and Suzy Magazine – RRP £75

Instagram: @Sewhayleyjane & @Suzymagazine

One of our favourite things about the sewing community is how many amazing brands and products are born out of the inspiring space and this prize is the most perfect example. Sew Hayley Jane creates the most beautiful subscription boxes for sewing lovers absolutely packed with fabrics, trimmings and of course – plenty of inspiration! Part of this prize package includes a box full of all these exciting things so you can get planning your next project!

Suzy Magazine was launched by fellow sewers Dominique and Rosa and it’s a beautifully curated magazine featuring people they hand-pick from the community. Now on it’s 5th issue, part of this prize package includes issues 2-5 so you can get caught up before the next issue comes out.

Creative Industry Swedish Pattern Paper and workbook bundle – RRP £55

Born out of business owner, Claire’s obsession with finding Swedish Tracing paper in the UK after seeing it featured in season one of the Sewing Bee, Creative Industry sells beautiful sewing supplies for the modern sewist. This bundle contains a whopping 2 rolls of 10metre paper and this beautiful workbook, perfect for planning your makes.


Probably the most exciting inspiration to pull together so far, 70’s week is bright, bold and beautiful and we’re totally here for it:

True Bias – Lander Pants

If you’ve seen the preview of this weeks show, then you’ll know that flares are on the agenda. We love that True Bias Lander pant as it’s a wearable version of this classic style. Lengthen the legs and why not make them a bit wider in the ultimate ode to seventies week.

Best sewn in: Medium to heavy bottom weight fabrics with little to no stretch, such as twill, linen, corduroy and denim

Megan Nielsson – Sudley Dress

When it comes to the seventies, there are two very clear hem lengths – mini or maxi. This Megan Nielsson Sudley dress ticks all of the boxes, sew as is in a floaty fabric or for braver sewists, lengthen the hem line all the way to the floor to channel your inner flower child.

Best sewn in: Light to medium weight fabrics such as crepe de chine, cotton voile and crepe de chine

Closet Case Patterns – Jenny

Overalls are huge this season and so now is the time to get your me made fix of this mega trend. The Jenny pattern is flattering for all shapes with the high rise wait and of course, the wide leg perfect for 70’s week.

Best sewn in:  Bottom-weight woven fabrics: denim, twill, canvas, gabardine, medium weight linen, jacquard and brocade.

True Bias – Nikko Top

A roll neck is a key shape for this moment in time, check out our Pinterest board for some key styles and shapes perfect for nailing this trend. This top is a gloriously simple sew and the dress view is a great staple for your wardrobe when it comes to future projects.

Best sewn in: Medium weight knit fabric with an approximate 75% stretch such as rib knit, sweater knit, bamboo knit, or stretch velvet.

So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week three? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.

Oliver + S – Singles Shirt Pattern


A wardrobe staple, for boys and girls, this shirt is both versatile and polished. The pattern features many professional details like separate button-down collar and collar band, tower sleeve placket, and collar and cuff facings to help you sew great looking shirts with a comfortable, relaxed fit. View A includes a continuous (cut-on) placket and classic chest pocket. View B features a separate (set-in) placket and workshirt-style pockets with concealed button flaps.


3 – 12 years

Skills Used

Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven’t ever done one of these things before? Don’t worry. We’ll walk you through it, step by step.

After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: buttonholes, curved seam, collar, flat-set sleeves, patch pockets, and placket.

Suggested Fabrics

Suitable for a variety of light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, broadcloth, denim, linen, and flannel.


Coordinating thread, featherweight interfacing (fusible or sew-in), 3/8″ buttons (View A: 10 for sizes 3T–8, 11 for sizes 10–12; View B: 12 for sizes 3T–8, 13 for sizes 10–12).

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#GBSBsewalong Challenge Two

Week two of the Great British Sewing Bee see’s the contestants scale down their sewing for some super cute kids clothes. We also saw a first glimpse of the overlocker and some stretch fabric, so we know we are well on our way now!

So, in case you haven’t guesses, this week’s challenge is… Childrenswear.

And what better time to set this challenge than in half term – it’s like the producers of the show planned it right?

The challenge

Week two of the challenge might have smaller clothes, but that doesn’t make crafting these garments any easier – I mean, have you ever tried getting a little one to stand still for long enough to measure them!?

What we’re looking for this week is your take in childrenswear, it’s well and truly time for you to treat your little ones to a memade outfit and if you don’t have children yourself, why not make a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one?

Oh and of course, there will be extra points for cuteness!

The prizes

This week, we’re all about treating mum (and dad) with our prizes and we think you’ll be delighted to see what we have up for grabs. From our lovely friends over at Hobbycraft, The Handmade Festival and Nominette, kids week brings from seriously swoon-worthy prizes, read on for more.


Nominette label bundle – RRP £70

Instagram: @nominette_labels

When it comes to all the time and effort we all put into our me made garments, it’s only right that you add a finishing touch. Nominette create the most beautiful custom labels perfect for any sewist, using their simple and easy website, simply upload your logo, customise the look and before you know it, they’ll be dropping through your door. This week, the lovely team over at Nominette are not only giving the lucky winner a bundle of custom logo labels PLUS size labels too for that professional memade finish.

£50 Hobbycraft voucher

Instagram: @Hobbycrafthq

We all know Hobbycraft, it’s the amazing place where you go to buy supplies for one project and end up starting around 100 more! It’s the go to place for craft supplies for all makers and this week we have a whopping £50 voucher to give away to one lucky winner. Stock up on sewing supplies or learn a new craft – the choice is yours, no matter what you decide to do just make sure you splurge it ALL on yourself!


2x Tickets to the The Handmade Festival – RRP £32

Instagram: @Thehandmadefestival

After launching in 2009, The Handmade Festival is the go to date in the crafting calendar. Launching a new look for 2019, the festival continues to champion makers and teach new skills to the public all in its amazing Hampton Court Palace setting – oh and there’s ALWAYS prosecco! Excitingly, we have 2x entry tickets to give away and this is a huge deal as they aren’t even on sale to the general public yet. If you’re planning your summer crafting calendar already, make sure to sign up to the mailing list for all the latest news first.

I AM Patterns – 5 PDF Pattern Bundle

Instagram – @iam_patterns

One of our favourite pattern brands with an amazing chic, minimalist range covering everything from super wearable sweaters to stylish dresses, outerwear and everything in between. The team are kindly giving one lucky winner the chance to win 5 PDF patterns of their choice – the hardest part will be choosing from their incredible collection.


We’ve started a Pinterest board for the sew along which we plan on packing with inspiration, but for now, scroll for the makes on our list for this weeks challenge:

Megan Neilsen – Mini Tania culottes

If you’ve followed us for a while then you’ll know we LOVE a culotte so you can image our reaction to these mini ones from Megan Neilson (lot’s of squeaking and squealing). These are great for kids that are constantly on the go as they have all the glamour of a skirt with the practicality of trousers.

Best sewn in:  Light- to medium-weight drapey fabrics, such as cottons, crepes and linen 

Made by Rae – Geranium Dress

A picture speaks a thousand words and this one is screaming ‘ADORABLE’. This pattern contains everything you need to create this versatile pattern that contains two views – a top and this beautiful dress.

Best sewn in: Woven fabrics

Oliver + S – Parachute Polo & Sweat Pants

Sticking with formal wear, this one is for the boys. Create this little cuties style with this button-down shirt pattern from Oliver + S. A test for those sewists who want to practise their plackets and collars, finesse your skill on a mini scale before moving onto the full sized thing – matching dad and son shirts are a must.

Best sewn in: Light- to medium-weight woven fabrics including quilting cotton, voile, lawn, shirting, poplin, denim, linen, and flannel.

So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week two? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.

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#GBSBSewAlong: Big Prize Preview

The day is here and we couldn’t be more excited because guys, guess what…..Sewing Bee is finally coming back into our lives. Starting tonight (Tuesday 12th February) at 9pm on BBC2, shortly after which we’ll be announcing our first Great British Sewing Bee Sew Along challenge theme, so stay tuned into our Instagram and come back to the blog to find out more!

But what’s a challenge without amazing prizes? We’ve been working very hard over here to secure some really exciting sewing goodies for all our lucky winners and we think you’ll be as excited as we are. We are so overwhelmed with how so many businesses within the community are getting on board with the challenge and sponsoring an INCREDIBLE host of prizes. Please make sure to check them out and show them your support during the series.

As well as multiple weekly prizes (read on for the current full list), we’ve added three Highly Commended prizes for three lucky winners at the end of the challenge. As we’ll be awarding the prizes throughout the challenge, we thought it would only be fair to pull together a panel of esteemed sewing judges to help us pick the Highly Commended winners.

Highly Commended: The Judges


Charlotte Newland – @Charlottesews

We couldn’t have a judge for #GBSBsewalong without a Bee and we’re delighted the current Sewing Bee Queen, Charlotte is on our panel! Charlotte was the winner of the last GBSB, Season 4, and we instantly fell in love with her signature sense of style and the way she nailed the challenges week after week. Charlotte is still a big part of the sewing community, an expert teacher and we’re really excited to have her as one of our judges.

Elisalex de Castro Peake – @Elisalex

Co-founder and Head of Design of pattern company By Hand London, sewing teacher, columnist and maker extraordinaire, Elisalex constantly has us drooling over her incredible makes over on her Instagram grid. An absolute Queen of print and pattern, she knows a beautiful make when she sees one!

Kate Underdown & Rachel Walker – The Fold Line – @Thefoldline

Kate & Rachel are the co-founders of the amazing online community and newly launched, one-stop pattern shop; The Fold Line. Packed with inspiration, reviews and patterns, this is a must visit for your me-made inspiration. Experts at spotting amazing makes, we’re super lucky to have them as part of  our judging panel.


Highly Commended: The Prizes

The three lucky winners of our Highly Commended category will be awarded with one of the following prizes:

 Janome 9300DX Overlocker – RRP £269

An essential part of any sewists collection, an overlocker is your sidekick in all things finishing and Janome will kindly be giving one lucky winner this brand new Janome 9300DX. This compact machine contains everything you need to polish off any garment and we’re already very jealous of whoever scoops up this prize.


Sewing Jeans Weekender with Charlotte Newland at Sewisfaction – RRP £295

Want to spend a whole three days sewing with a small, fun group, learning amazing new skills and being taught by a Sewing Bee Winner herself?  This prize is sponsored by us here at Sewisfaction and will teach you everything you need to know about sewing your own jeans with the lovely Charlotte Newland on one of our sell out courses. We’ll even include 2m of one of our perfect denims so you really do have everything you need! *Please note this course will run on 8th/9th/10th June 2019 and does not include transport or accommodation. 


Adjustoform Supafit Standard Dress Form from Sew Essential – RRP £110

An adjustable dress form is the perfect addition to any sewing room, whether you’re a beginner or experienced sewist, this fantastic dress form is kindly offered to one lucky winner by the team at Sew Essential. Helping you to get the perfect fit, straighter hems and fully adjustable to mimic your body shape we know whoever wins this will find it invaluable.

Weekly Prizes

As you know, there’ll be weekly challenges set after each show airs, and the following week, we’ll be announcing our weekly winners. When each challenge is announced, we’ll let you know the prizes you could win that week. Here’s our current (we may have some more to add!) full list of prizes and amazing sponsors.

The Avid Seamstress – 3 Printed Pattern Bundle

By Hand London – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle

Brother Sewing Machine Brother Innov-Is A16 Sewing Machine

Cashmerette – 4 PDF Pattern Bundle

Closet Case Patterns – $75 Gift Card

Cocowawa Patterns – 2 PDF patterns & Exclusive new paper pattern

Crafty Sew & So – My Handmade Wardrobe Pattern Bundle 

Creative Industry – 2 rolls of Swedish Tracing Paper & a Makers Workbook

Ernest Wright – 10″ Shears and Stork Embroidery Scissors

Foxglove & Field – 2 Sets of Handmade Pattern Weights

Girl Charlee Fabrics – £50 Fabric Bundle

Happy Fabric – Project Bundle & Gift Voucher

Helen’s Closet – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle

I AM Patterns – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle

Korbond – £75 Haberdashery Bundle

Makers Atelier – Makers Atelier Magazine & The Keira Fogden Dress pattern

Maven Patterns – 6 Paper Pattern Collection

Minerva Crafts – £100 Gift Voucher

Named Clothing – Entire FW17 Paper Pattern Collection

New Craft House – £50 Fabric Voucher

Nominette Labels – Personalised Labels & Clothing Care Label Pack

SewHayleyJane – Lucky Dip Box

Sew Me Sunshine – £50 Gift Voucher

Suzy Magazine – Issue 2 – 5 Bundle

Tilly and the Buttons – Online Class

The Fold Line – £50 Voucher 


Please note all prizes are non-transferable. The competition is open internationally and we will let you know each week if certain prizes are UK only.


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Gold is the new black: A Schnittchen Coco from Amanda

Hi, I’m back again with another make and I am super pleased with this one as it encompasses two of my favourite things – denim and the colour mustard. I recently watched Sheona’s Vlog highlighting some of the gorgeousness she had just added to the shop and from them all this Old Gold Denim really caught my eye.

I was trying to think of something that I could use it for that would be a little different from anything I had made before.  I had been toying with the idea of making a Sew Over It Coco for a while but I wasn’t keen on the way it was unlined.  I could have of course drafted a lining myself but then I stumbled upon the Coco Jacket by Schnittchen Patterns.

I really liked the fact the Schnittchen Coco was slightly longer and had shaping in both the front and back.  I also really like the curved detail on the front pieces at both the collar and hem.

To compliment the denim I chose this gorgeous Mustard Sprig Rayon which I have also had my eye on for a little while.  The fabrics were even more gorgeous in real life and went straight in the washing machine as soon as they were unpacked (pre-washing is crucial with viscose as it shrinks so much).

As indicated above the jacket is fully lined and the pattern provides separate pattern pieces for the lining rather than instructing you to cut the outer pieces down which is brilliant as I am not a tracer.

I have never used Schnittchen Patterns before but I have to admit if you are relatively new to sewing be warned the instructions are sparse.  When I say sparse I mean sparse.  The instructions are clear but there are no diagrams or images to help with construction just a bullet point list of steps.  The steps are pretty clear but you really need to have an idea of the construction of a jacket to understand what you are doing.  I have made quite a few coats/jackets before so the construction appeared relatively straightforward.

For me, everything came together really quickly and easily save for the darts which I found slightly confusing to start with.  Unlike other patterns I have used in the past you are required to partially cut the darts out of the fabric and then line up the cut edges and sew using the same seam allowance as in all other areas to sew the dart to the point.  I noticed from the website that there was a helpful photo tutorial on the Schnittchen website for the jacket which made this step a lot clearer.  I didn’t experience any other problems or make any alterations and the sleeves went in first time without any puckers which alone gives this pattern a massive thumbs up from me as hate inserting sleeves!!  The whole thing took me just a few hours to complete.

One thing I did change was to sew the lining to the sleeves at the hem before I turning the jacket through to minimise hand stitching.  This is a method I learnt when sewing my first Closet Case Patterns Clare Coat and I always use it.  I also hand stitched the lining to the outer of the jacket at the underarm to stop the sleeve lining from pulling forward when I put the jacket on.

The pattern doesn’t tell you to catch the hem to the centre back seam allowance either which I think is a must to ensure it doesn’t fold down whilst you are wearing it.  The jacket is turned through a hole in the sleeve lining and therefore it has a really clean finish along the hem and the lining is secured all around with just a little hand sewing at the lower corners.

I am in love with this jacket and think I will get a lot of wear out of it both as part of my casual wardrobe but also with my smarter pieces.  The colour of the denim is amazing and both fabrics such lovely quality they were both a dream to work with and sew.

This is also a really economic pattern as the lining only uses 1 metre of fabric and the outer 1.2 metres.  I am really pleased with the fit and would definitely make this jacket again.  I have seen some really lovely versions online and it would be perfect in a wool for the winter.

Anyway that’s all from me – Happy sewing!!

Amanda xx


Old Gold Mustard Denim

Mustard Sprig Rayon


Matching Thread

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A Quick and Easy Delphine Skirt

Hi everyone,  it’s Kathy from Sew Dainty and it’s great to be back on the Sewisfaction blog.

I know I am not alone when I say that I am a huge Tilly and the Buttons fan. Her designs suit my style and I am always excited when she releases new patterns. Something that I have neglected, however, is her first book ‘Love at First Stitch’

I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf and been meaning to sew something out of it for a long time, but keep getting distracted by other patterns – I know lots of you will totally get this! However my handmade wardrobe was really needing a simple A-line skirt like this, and I have finally got around to sewing it up.

My fabric choice is this wonderful medium weight Japanese cotton canvas. I knew that I wanted a fabric with some structure so that it would show off the A-line silhouette of the skirt. I also knew that working with cotton canvas would be a dream – having no stretch, it holds its shape wonderfully when cutting out and couldn’t be easier to sew with. I also completely fell in love with the bold retro floral design, particularly the bursts of burnt orange and teal colours amongst the navy and cream background.

Other suggestions for this fabric, if you don’t own the Love at First Stitch book, might be a Sew Over It Tulip Skirt, a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo dress or even home furnishings such as cushion covers or a Roman blind.

This skirt is a perfect project for a beginner, or a quick satisfying make for the more experienced sewist. It is super simple to cut out, and I love that it only took me an afternoon to sew. In addition to your fabric and thread, you’ll need a zip and some interfacing for the waistband. The recommended zip is a 9” invisible zip, but as I have recently made a skirt with an exposed zip, and I am now slightly obsessed with them, I could not resist adding an exposed zip into this skirt too. I should mention that I used a couple of strips of interfacing along the edges where the zip was sewn in, just to give it extra stability.

The skirt has turned out so well. I must admit I was thoroughly expecting to have to alter the side seams after sewing to soften off such an exaggerated A-line shape, but no, it’s perfectly lovely as it is and I made no changes to the pattern (other than the zip) – oh and the length, but I always have to shorten things as I am only 5’2”.

Have you seen the pretty needlecord fabrics that Sheona has in at the moment, I can imagine these working wonderfully with the Delphine pattern. Also what about a denim one too?  Tempting …

Thank you so much to Sewisfaction for the beautiful fabric. I now have the cutest little skirt to make me smile through Autumn and Winter. On milder days it works well with bare legs and a t-shirt and cardigan and when the temperatures are cooler why not pair it up with cosy tights and a cropped top like the Seamwork Astoria.

Sew Different Tulip Dress Pattern

The Tulip Dress is a gently fitted dress with a soft bubble hem. It has a shallow V-neck and a front pleat giving it extra room around the waist and allowing it to be pulled on over your head – no zip required.


There are little swing sleeves that come midway down your upper arm and big pockets in the side seams.


Fabric type: most mid-weight fabrics such as cotton, linen, denim, corduroy and lightweight wools.


Sew Different Everyday Chic Dress Pattern

The Everyday Chic Dress is a softly fitting A-Line shape with a boat neck and V opening neckline. The (optional) smocked panels at the back and under the bust pull it in for flattering and comfortable fit.

It has deep integrated pockets and generous raglan sleeves.


Fabric type: suitable for light denim, needlecord, heavy cotton and most other medium weight fabrics.


Other supplies: Shirring elastic (optional)

Sew Different Scoop Pattern

The Scoop Pinafore is a casual, over-the-head tunic designed to wear with a top underneath. It’s statement square neckline contrasts with the scooped sides, which house large and comfortable pockets (who doesn’t love a pocket!). The skirt has a slight bubble hem and sits just above the knee for a 5ft 8 height. And, NO ZIP REQUIRED. Hurray!

The Scoop Pinafore works well in most medium to heavy weight fabrics. It looks great in denim, corduroy, velvet, wools, scuba, linen and double knits.