My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns first release – available NOW for FREE!

To celebrate the launch of our Kickstarter you can download our first My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns Simple Tee PDF Pattern for FREE! 


To find out more go to www.myhandmadewardrobepatterns.com/blog

Whilst you’re there why not sign up to follow our blog for lots more news, patterns, tutorials and tips from My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns. 

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The Big Kickstarter Launch Day is Here! 

Today is the day we launch our kick starter campaign. We really hope you like the range of carefully selected rewards we have chosen to offer in exchange for your pledges of support. 


A few people have asked why we chose to crowd fund for this project.

Crowdfunding is often used to support charitable causes but it can be used to help develop fantastic products with the help of the community they are designed for. 

At My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns we are passionate about developing patterns which you will love to use and which suit your style and lifestyle.

Funding a project through kick starter rather than going down the traditional route of getting a loan from a bank, we are able to share our products with you along the way and get essential feedback to improve the product before even reaches our customers – you guys!

So if you have any feedback or suggestions about any part of the project please drop us an email at myhandmadewardrobepatterns@gmail.com

And check out our LIVE Kickstarter campaign today! 

Kickstarter is live in 5!

There are just 5 days to go until our Kickstarter launch on Friday 20th October and we’re raring to go! We have some amazing rewards on offer including:

  • Bespoke tote bags and embroidered badges
  • Exclusive tickets to our launch event
  • First print copies of our new Patterns
  • An invitation to a decadent dressmakers afternoon tea party

And LOTS more! Take a look at our preview page here

We’ve also launched our new blog. Why not take a look to check out our plans for sharing news, patterns tips and trend led updates with you! 

You can follow our blog on Bloglovin’ so you never miss an update! 


  

Get your hands on our new patterns before anyone else!

In our last update, I shared our plans to bring our brand new range of My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns to you.

We’ll be stocking our patterns in our shop and on our website with big plans for worldwide domination in the not too distant future and we want to shout from the rooftops about what we are doing! But we can only do this with your help!

We are running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds we need to get our patterns into the wider market and create a buzz!

If you are not familiar with how crowdfunding works, take a look at the Kickstarter website here

Crowdfunding is a way of raising finance by asking a large number of people each for a small amount of money. Traditionally, financing a business, project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money…

But the great thing about crowdfunding is it gives us, the product developers, the opportunity to share our project and product with you before anyone else! You get insider insights into our progress and get to see the project develop before your eyes. We get your feedback as we perfect the product to help us release the best version possible! And in return for your support, you can get fantastic rewards to thank you for your pledges too!

Preview our kickstarter campaign to find out more about how your support will help us to launch our patterns, and how you can get fantastic exclusive rewards

Our Campaign launches on Friday 20th October! Keep an eye out for our next update blog including details of how you can get your hands on a FREE download of our first pattern, an absolute wardrobe essential – the Simple Tee


Follow our project progress on Instagram

 

 

 

Our Big Launch News…My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns are Coming Soon!

So we mentioned a few weeks ago that we’d be taking a little hiatus from blogging to concentrate on some other lovely new projects… and we are delighted to share one of them with you today!

Imagine waking up and choosing a unique garment from a wardrobe full of your own creations.

With My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns, you can create comfortable and stylish everyday essentials to get you excited about getting dressed every single day!

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With our new pattern range, you will enjoy making practical, modern, well-fitting garments which fit your body shape, style and lifestyle.

We will be producing printed paper patterns, with the option of downloadable PDFs too, whichever suit you. All with clear and concise instructions, explanations of sewing techniques and clear photographs and diagrams along the way.

We have been gathering research and customer feedback since opening our shop Crafty Sew&So in 2015 and long before that too!

We’ve been listening to our customer’s requests for practical, modern, well-fitting garments which fit your body shape and lifestyle.

But our desire to create the ultimate dressmaking patterns, as unique and stylish as those using them, is personal! When I began teaching I found that the patterns on offer did not aid the learning process! So we’re putting an end to confusing sizing, baffling instructions and outdated styling. Having battled with many-a-pattern throughout our sewing adventures we think it’s time for a change!

We’ll be collaborating with the sewing community to inspire and support you in your dressmaking adventures. Our NEW My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns Blog will offer first-hand reviews, add-on pattern updates and lots of ideas for how to get the most out of each pattern pack.

Now it’s time to accelerate our production and bring our patterns to you.

This is where we need your help!

We’ll be stocking our patterns in our shop and on our website with big plans for worldwide domination (distribution!) in the not too distant future and we want to shout from the rooftops about what we are doing!

We are running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to get our patterns into the wider market and create a buzz!

We’ll be sharing more info about the Kickstarter campaign later this week so keep an eye out for our next blog update!

Follow our project progress on Instagram

 

Our 2nd Birthday celebration and a little hiatus… 

We celebrated our 2nd shop birthday this weekend with a crafty trip to The Handmade Fair at Hampton court. 


We had a lovely day out shopping, learning how to watercolour paint and make pretty cupcake icing swirls and sharing lots of cake and giggles. 

After 2 fabulaous years of running exciting workshops and meeting fantastic new customers at Crafty Sew&So it’s time for a few little changes to make way for some lovely new bigger ones! The first is that we will be taking a bit of a break from writing our blog. We will still post our news, helpful advice and the odd tutorial here from time to time but we have made this decision to make time for some very exciting new projects, to be announced very soon…!

So for now, this is not goodbye, just see you later! 

For regular updates on all our news plus exclusive discounts, make sure you sign up to our newsletter at www.craftysewandso.com

Recent Makes – My Satin And Crepe Wedding Outfit

When looking to make a cute outfit for my friend’s wedding I couldn’t resist using one of our luxurious crepe backed satin’s.

Designer Crepe Back Satin £10.50 Per Metre

 

 

The 60″ wide fabric is perfect for a full skirt and I have been itching to try out By Hand London’s fabulous Circle Skirt Calculator. I highly recommend it, they’ve done all the hard work for you!

 The skirt came together so quickly, the satin was a dream to work with, staying put when I wanted it to and barely fraying at all. To add a little volume and swing to my skirt I used bias binding to finish the base. The effect was just as I wanted and highlighted the fullness of my skirt.

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We’ve also got a gorgeous selection of Crepe de Chine available. I used the turquoise for my dressmaker’s ball outfit and decided to use it again make a simple flowing shift top to match my skirt.

Luxury Crepe de Chine £6.00 Per Metre

 

 

The shift top was a pattern of Sarah’s invention. I adore the high neckline and curve of the base. Self-lined facings create a smart and clean finish. I did have a heart-stopping moment in which I accidentally turned the heat on my iron up instead of down. Luckily I had a lace collar to hand which could cover the misdeed and create a very pretty detail to the top.

 

The same top looks a completely different colour in these photos, I swear it’s the same!

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Another great incentive to make my own outfit – no dry-cleaning after the inevitable drink spillage. I washed both fabrics at 30 (my standard wash) before I started. They’ve both been washed since with no shrinkage whatsoever.

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I shall be attending my brother’s wedding early December and have plans to make a Mathilde out of the deep purple Crepe de Chine, or possibly one of our patterned viscose, to go with my circle skirt. Either way, I shall be investing in a thick pair of tights to match!

Rebekah x

Festival DIY

Whether you’re off to a music festival, family festival or just want to recreate the festival feel at home, these fun DIY’s will help you get in to the spirit of the event!  We’ve searched out a selection of DIY projects that are fun to make and suitable for all ages.

Pretty up your garden with some Fabulous festival bunting. You can pick up beautiful coordinated packs of fat quarters from Crafty Sew&So or why not really get into the hippy festival mood by upcycling your old clothes for this project! 

These Toddler Wings are super cute and a fun way to use up lots of scrap fabric. We think you could definitely scale them up for adults too! 

Pom-poms are so on trend this summer so look the part with a sweet Pompom head band

We’ve been super lucky with the weather so far this festival season but it’d be a good idea to have a pair of Ribbon trimmed wellies handy just in case!

Well, we’re going to need somewhere to sleep (or just settle down for an afternoon nap!) and this fun teepee is the ideal place! 

And cover up from that blazing sun (fingers crossed!) with a cool kimono 

Have fun out there guys, and happy sewing! 

Sarah x

 

 

 

Refashioning the way we look at our clothing!

Today we are welcoming Lauren, our new weekend supervisor to share her thoughts on the blog. Lauren is passionate about vintage fashion and enjoys up-cycling, re-fitting and re-puposing garments to give them a second life. Lauren is opening our eyes to the potential of our forgotten wardrobes!

Over to Lauren…

Whilst making new clothes, bags, quilts and selecting new fabric from our range gives us all the fun fuzzy sewing feels, we’re all discovering an additional way to feel sewing satisfaction through Re-Fashioning.

Did you know that it takes approximately 1800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans?!  And 1.5 million tons of clothes and textiles go straight into landfill sites in Britain every year (source: The Daily Telegraph) … Eye-watering statistics for fabric and planet lovers alike! But before you despair, there are lots of ways you can make a difference to the environment through your sewing skills. And look fantastic in the process – double win!

Re-fashioning and repairing your existing clothing is a great way to help save the environment and put your sewing skills to great use. Re-fashioning, or upcycling, is when you take an existing garment that you own, or one from a charity shop or vintage store and give it a new lease of life by turning it into something wearable that you love. Whether it’s the prettily patterned but unflatteringly shaped dress that grabbed your attention from the crammed charity shop rails, or a much loved and now worn out pair of jeans in your wardrobe, you don’t have to let them languish in fashion purgatory (or landfill!), you can use your skills to make something old new again.

With a little imagination and a seam ripper/ un-picker that unflattering dress with the great pattern from the charity shop can be transformed- you could alter a neck or hemline, take off some sleeves or put in a dart to make a sad dress happy again and best of all, suitable for you.

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Lauren has been inspiring us all at Crafty to take a second look at second hand clothing!

The worn-out knees in your favourite jeans could be given new life through embroidery or be patched up with a fun bit of fabric that you’ve got left over from another project. Totally on trend this season!

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Stylish upcycling ideas from A Pair and a Spare DIY

Love the vintage style? Wear actual vintage! And if it’s not quite the right fit for you, try sympathetic alterations such as letting out seams and darts.

The Vintage fits great, but looks a bit worse for wear? Give it a hand-wash, brighten it up with dyes, or repair embellishment details to restore it to its full beauty so that you have a truly unique and flattering piece.

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Cover stains and brighten up dull vintage clothing with dye effects. Image ref: Madamedaily.com

If Vintage styles, prints and patchwork are not for you, why not try turning a man’s shirt in to a fashionable Cold-Shoulder dress? Charity shops are full of discarded cotton, linen and denim shirts all waiting to be turned in to this season’s hottest style. All you need is a shirt, scissors, thread, a needle and determination!

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If clothing refashions seem a little daunting, but you like the idea of making use of waste fabric, why not make a crazy patchwork quilt? We bet you’ve got loads of scrap fabric in your stash that you couldn’t bear to throw away waiting to be used up. We’ve always got lots of remnants in store to help you on your way too.

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Re-fashioning projects are a great way to expand your love of sewing and fabrics; existing garments push your imagination, boundaries and skills to think of new ways to create a new item. Best of all, by refashioning or repairing even one garment it helps to make a big difference to the environment, so you can feel pretty great about that too!

If you’re feeling inspired, why not come along to our Refashioning and Repairing workshop at the end of the month to explore the ways you can do your bit for the environment and your wardrobe.

Lauren x

Welcoming Our Youngest Team Member

The whole Crafty team has been eagerly awaiting our newest and youngest team member.  My baby daughter, Amelia May, was born on the 14th of May, one day earlier than her due date. As the first Crafty baby, I’ve had lots of support and encouragement from the team, and we’ve all enjoyed making things in preparation for her arrival.

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New babies provide endless opportunities for fun sewing projects.  In preparation for Mia’s arrival I have made a handful of fun and simple projects, including roping in my friends to help me sew tiny baby leggings in the Crafty Baby Shower we held in the studio.

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One of my favourite makes has been a simple quilt, which gets used a lot now Mia is here.  We use the quilt as a blanket and a play mat on a daily basis, it’s a really useful project, and a fantastically simple first quilt.  The finished quilt is just over a meter square.  All the fabrics are avalible from the Crafty Sew & So shop.

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I like the use of the simple squares.  This design is often called the ‘Around the World’ block, and it’s the design we use in our Quilting for Beginners workshop, which teaches all the essential basic techniques for quilting, including accurate cutting and piecing, over 6 weeks or 2 full Sundays.  This project is fun, simple and an ideal first quilt project if you’ve always wanted to have a go!  The next course will be starting in September- keep an eye out for details on our website soon!

Freya x