The winners of #sewtogetherforsummer 2018!

Hi All!

A massive thank you to all who took part in this years’ #sewtogetherforsummer challenge; an astonishing 450+ dresses were completed and submitted by the deadline date. Once again, myself @SewSarahSmith, Suzy @Sewing_in_Spain and Monika @rocco.sienna were absolutely delighted with your boundless enthusiasm and creativity!

Whilst checking the entries to put in the Prize Hat for drawing the winners, it became clear that particular pattern companies and certain wrap dress patterns were extremely popular for this years’ Challenge. So, before we jump into revealing the winning entries later on in this post, I thought it might be interesting to analyse what those favourites are…

The Most Popular Pattern Companies :

Sew Over It came out on top with 17% of all challenge dresses being made from their pattern catalogue. They were closely followed at 16% by Named with their singular wrap dress pattern; 8% of a wide range of McCalls patterns were sewn up.. with three in particular being popular; M7119, (see my own versions here and here), M6959 and M7745. Simplicity took 7% with two specific patterns being clear favourites; S8137 and S8608. Vogue took fifth place with a broader range of patterns from their collection.

But which were the most popular wrap dress patterns overall? You can probably guess the clear leaders…

In first place, by a long chalk, was theKielo’ Wrap Dress by Named constituting a whopping 16% of all Wrap dresses made! 11% of the dresses were the Sew Over It ‘Eve’ dress, and 5% of you made the By Hand London ‘Orsoladress. Cashmerettes’ ‘Appletontook fourth place (see my version here) with 4%. Sew Over It had another Top 5 favourite with their Ultimate Wrap Dresstaking 3% of the overall total.

Interesting huh!?

Alright, enough nerding over graphs and stats, let’s get on with the real business in hand…the lucky winners!

Monika’s delightful kids were drafted in to pick the winners this year whilst out playing in their sunny garden…if you’re quick you can check out the super cute videos of them getting involved posted to our Stories across our three Instagram accounts!

All verified entries went into the hat and here’s the list of names randomly picked. Cross your fingers and hope one of them is you!!

If your name does appear please contact any of the Hosts by DM on Instagram with your contact details ASAP. And, where relevant, your choices x

  • Minerva Crafts will be sending £100 worth of fabric from their extensive stock to…drum roll, please... @lynsey_makes Congratulations Lynsey! As well as your contact details, you need to let me know your preferred colour palette so Minerva can curate your prize for you!

  • Sew Essential will be sending an 18 pack of Mettler threads to @sew_dainty. Well done Kathy!

  • Cashmerette will send you the PDF of your choice @sewagainstthegrain

  • Helen’s Closet will be sending any 2 of her fab PDF patterns to @lady_herndon

  • Blackbird Fabrics will be sending $100CAD curated fabrics from her quality stock to @rimmazolo

  • Wendy Ward will send your pick of 3 of her PDF dress Patterns @craftysue103

  • Sew Over It will send a pattern bundle to each of @kbradley81 @frockingloulou, and @anita_froehlich...congratulations ladies!

  • Sewhouse 7 will send 2 pattens to both @gurly239 and @byluciagrace

  • Sewisfaction will send you a £30 voucher to spend instore / online @emmaleg4

  • Cotton Reel Studio will send you a £30 voucher to spend across their gorgeous stock @sewmarylou

  • By Hand London will send any 3 PDF patterns from their collection of your choosing

  • Muse Patterns will send 2 PDF patterns of your choosing @hannah_is_sewing

  • Beyond Measure will send you a £30 voucher to spend however you like across their store @sewdalriada

  • Lara Sanner will be sending 4 PDF patterns to

  • Named are sending you any 2 of their PDF Patterns @vladivos

  • Fabric Godmother will send you one of whichever paper pattern you like from their extensive stock @lisalooby1234

  • Wardrobe By Me are gifting one PDF pattern of your choice to 16 lucky winners…who are : @clariesews, @xtina_sews, @coles_worth, @hekkowyellowclub, @hansewerina, @morrisseews, @joz_sews, @sew_prettykitty, @3s_engineer, @girlswear, @leannec79, @jillypopsews, @ailz_, @katilulemakes, @kelseylaurn, @sewedith…let us know which one you’d like!

  • Pier & Palace are sending a PDF Pattern bundle to these three lucky Sewists: @ganymedea, @naturaldane and @whendy7

  • Pink Coat Club are sending you any 3 pins of your choosing @sew_sleep_deprived

  • Sew Hayley Jane is gifting one of her sumptuous subscription boxes to @sew.ready

  • Sew Me Something are sending you two of their patterns, PDF (or paper if you’re based in the UK @belle_citadel

  • Love Sewing magazine, the hugely popular monthly mag will be sending you this pile of paper patterns @foxhollies

  • Smyly Magazine, the ladies behind the new electronic magazine will send 5 free issues of the Autumn edition of their mag to @trena1030, @laurelcj, @theyillingcrafts, @soisewedthis, @vladenkamitt – they will also send 3 vouchers for their independently released PDF patterns to @anne.makes.things, @hofficoffi_gwnio and @fleurdelisedesign

  • Cocowawacrafts will gift a paper copy of the Marshmallow pattern and all the PDFs you want from her collection @sewfilled

  • Pattern Review will send two patterns from their PR Exclusive range, one for each of @ handmadebyshelby and @vicky_carrie

  • Arco Iris are offering this gorgeous length of fabric to one lucky winner too..with Suzy announcing the winner on her Instagram feed shortly.

If you weren’t lucky enough this time, you can click on any of the links or images above to treat yourself for being brilliant anyway…and of course, there’s always next year…

..talking of which….

We’ve already got a good idea what the garment for next years’ #sewtogetherforsummer will be; sponsors, ideas, feedback and input very much welcome!

But for now, importantly, we thank once again our fab 2018 sponsors and each and every one of you that championed the wrap dress this year! You are what make this sewing community of ours so vibrant and inclusive, and it wouldn’t be what it is without you, so heartfelt thank yous from us!

* Sarah@sewsarahsmith. * Suzy@sewing_in_spain. * Monika @rocco.sienna

Until next time, like you I’ll be busy sewing! With all this talk of summer, my mind naturally turns to making … coats!

You can also find me on Instagram here x

Burda and Big 4 : Our #sewtogetherforsummer Wrap Dress Pattern Picks! (Plus a Wildcard and a Freebie!)

Hello again!!

Looking for some more #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 wrap dress inspiration? We’ve got loads for you today! Firstly, have you seen Helen from Helen’s Closet’s fabulousIndie Darling’ Wrap Dress blog post?She’s chosen some amazing patterns from a whole host of Indie designers which are bound to inspire you! Here we bring you our top Burda magazine and Big 4 Pattern Picks plus we’ve thrown in a Wildcard and a bonus Freebie at the end for good measure!

(Pssst, click on the images or their titles to find out more!)

Starting with Burda…

In our opinion, Burda is an amazing source of patterns and of pattern pieces you can use to hack the patterns you already have. As you’ll likely have seen, this year the lovely Hila from Saturday Night Stitch is hosting an inspired year long Instagram challenge/initiative – #burdachallenge2018 – to encourage us to get more out of our collection of Burda magazines. If you don’t have the magazines, no worries, you can also download the patterns directly from their online pattern store.

There are loads of wrap dress patterns on the Burda website; these are our top six from my #sewtogetherforsummer co-host Suzy’s own magazine collection:

Burda 10/2011, Model #123A

We had to start here, this iconic classic long wrap dress has simple lines with a flouncy front, front and back darts for shaping and a buttoned cuff detail. It would flow gorgeously in any lightweight woven fabric.

Burda 07/2016, Model #102

Our second choice is perfect for hot summer days and will carry you through to evening! Made from jersey, this strappy dress pattern will cling to your curves and can be worn sexily short or romantically long.

Burda 02/2016 Model #126

Our next choice is a short sleeved dress from the Plus Size collection; it has simple lines that would be great for showcasing a fabulous bold print. It is a jersey dress and would be incredibly comfortable in true DvF style!

Burda 09/2017 Model #113

One of the things we love about Burda is that they have a few petite patterns per month, perfect for those of us shorter in body and/or leg! This wrap dress is for woven fabrics and has quite a daring side slit which we think looks totally on trend paired with jeans, a simple bodice and 3/4 length sleeves which we think would look great hacked with a tie cuff!

Burda 08/2017 Model #109

Next up is a long sleeved jersey wrap dress; we love its asymmetric hem and curve enhancing, tummy skimming pleats!

We couldn’t stop at 5, as we had to include…

Burda 10/2015 Model #122B

We love the drama in this dress! It has a lot going on including puff sleeves, interesting godet cuffs, a high-low hem and an ultra-feminine tulip shaped skirt!

Next up we’ve got Monika’s picks from the Big 4…

“As much as we all love Indie Patterns, beautiful packaging and a detailed ‘sewalong’, sometimes you just can’t beat those sales and picking up a pattern for a just a few $£€. Here is a small selection of wrap dresses from the Big 4 that we think really deserve a shout out!”

Butterick B6446

If you find jersey too clingy, Buttericks’ B6446 might be the wrap dress for you. It recommends cotton blends, linen, challis, gingham and satin and we love the flattering pleats around the bodice and waist. As Monika says “Get in my stash now…!”

Simplicity 8049

We think this 60s Simplicity reproduction is a dream! It has the clean no-fuss look of a shift dress but that curved wrap at the back gives it something really special. We think it would look great with a belt too. And yes, it really can be wrapped from either the front or back!

Vogue V8646

There are a lot of patterns for a classic wrap dress but this Vogue V8646 seems to have better reviews than others. You can make it in jersey or crepe and at Vogue they reckon it’s easy (but I guess we’ve all fallen for that before!), certainly we love that it offers different cup sizes!

Kwik Sew 3489

Another dress that promises to be quick and easy is Kwik Sew 3489. It is designed for jersey so should feel very comfortable. Based on reviews, Monika reckons she would definitely try this pattern as long as the jersey isn’t too drapey!

McCalls M6959

Now this is how we like our patterns – versatile with lots of sleeve and skirt options! We think Views C and D would make a great office dress, with Views A and B having all the 50s vibes! Monika can’t resist a full skirt! It’s designed for women’s so perhaps look for some beautiful linen or chambray?

And as a Wildcard

The Claire Wrap Dress from Pattern Review

Pattern Review are also one of the Challenge sponsors. They will be offering a very generous 30% discount on their PR Exclusive ‘Claire’ dress from the 27th April to 4th May so if you love the look of that yoke, generous cleavage coverage and interesting collar, it would be a good time to head over to their website then to snap it up at the discounted price!

And here’s the freebie

So Sew Easy Free Wrap Dress Pattern

Has anybody tried this pattern? It’s a simple classic shape with straight skirt and optional tie belt.


Also, the lovely Amanda from@isewalot (she really does!) has posted a vlog showcasing her wrap dress patterns :

Until next time, have fun stitching! And if you’re sewing a wrap dress, let me know how you’re getting on!

Sewcialise with me on Instagram here x

The #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 Sponsored Gifts!

We are so incredibly thankful for the time, support and gifts sponsored by our #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 backers. Want to know what goodies they’ve offered? Then read on!

There’s an incredible 55 separate Gift packages being offered from a range of companies representing the diversity and vibrancy of our sewing community; from the large to the start up, the niche and the independents! We hope you agree they’re offering an awesome range of sewing goodness! You might want to grab yourself a hot drink, or a glass of wine, as this is a loooong list! (click on any graphic or links for more info!)

In no particular order:

Pattern Review are offering 2 PDF patterns from their Pattern Review Exclusive range, which includes – you guessed it – the ‘Claire’ Wrap Dress! (They are also offering a very generous 30% automatic discount on the Claire if you fancy making it for the Challenge valid from 27th April through to 4th May – no code needed).

Ana from CocoWawa Crafts is offering a paper copy of her Marshmellow dress pattern plus as many of her women’s and girls PDF pattern range as the winner desires!

Minerva Crafts are offering £100 worth of specially curated fabric from their huge selection – the winner gets to choose their preferred colour palette and Minerva Crafts will curate your fabric gift around that!

Crafty Sew & Sohaberdashery and fabric storeare offering 2 pdf Patterns to one winner from their stocked range of indie sewing patterns.

By Hand London are offering 3 pdf patterns to one person from their stunning collection plus a 20% discount on the Orsola Wrap Dress with Code: SEWTOGETHER at checkout until 11/04/18!

Sew Over It are curating and supplying 3 separate pattern bundles for 3 winners! You may want to check out their collection of wrap dresses including their Ultimate Wrap Dress, the Eve and the 1940s wrap dress.

Sew Essential, the haberdashery and fabric store, are gifting a pack of 18 Mettler Threads to one lucky recipient!

Helen’s Closet is kindly offering any two PDF patterns to one Giftee from her eminently wearable collection; pictured here are the Suki Kimono, the Winslow Culottes and the Avery Leggings!

Blackbird Fabrics are generously offering $100CAD worth of specially curated fabrics to one lucky sewist! (Did you know they ship worldwide?! Carolines’ listings are awesome with really detailed information which just makes browsing her store a joy!

Girl Charlee UK & Europe are offering £50value Fabric Bundle to one person plus a generous 15% off their entire fabric range with code : ST4S15 at checkout!

Love Sewing, the monthly magazine, will ship a bundle of the Big 4 Patterns to one participant, including Patterns from McCalls, Butterick, Kwik Sew and Vogue!

The Foldline – Exciting things are in development over at our favourite Sewing Community Hub so for now we’re only able to tantalise/torment you with “…details to follow…” so keeping their backing ‘under wraps’ until their big reveal!

Sewhouse 7 are adding two gifts to the pot; 2 pdf Patterns and 2 paper patterns; pictured here are their Burnside Bibs, Toaster sweatshirt and Teahouse Dress.

SMYLY Magazine – to coincide with the recent launch of a brand new online sewing magazine (from the lovely ladies, Hattie and Athina, who brought us the #smyly challenge), they are kindly offering 5 free issues of the Autumn issue of the magazine plus 3 vouchers for the PDF patterns that will be released independently. That’s 8 more gifts to the pot! And guess what free pattern comes in their April launch edition; yes, you guessed it, it’s a faux wrap dress!! The Samantha dress and the magazine are available HERE They are also offering a 20% discount from May 9th through to May 13th with the discount code #sewtogetherforsummer

Sewisfaction are offering a £30 voucher to spend across their entire range of fabrics and stocked patterns from a range of independent sewing pattern companies. Or if you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity you could always visit them at their studio in Wokingham, Berkshire!

Cotton Reel Studios are also offering a £30 voucher to spend across their online range of dressmaking and lingerie fabrics, patterns and kits!

Muse Patterns are offering one lucky stitcher 2 of their PDF patterns plus a 20% discount on their Gillian wrap dress – pictured bottom right – for everyone with code SEWTOGETHER until 11/04/18!

Beyond Measure another £30 voucher for on fortunate person to spend across their entire range of ‘beautiful things for folk who make!’

Named are very kindly offering 2 pdf patterns to one giftee as well as a 20% discount for all #sewtogetherforsummer makers on their beautiful Kielo and Olivia wrap dresses! Use code : SEWTOGETHER at checkout before 04/04/18!

Cashmerette a PDF of one winners choice from their collection; I’ve just sewn up their Appleton wrap dress and I’m in love – finally, a wrap dress that actually fits my chest!

Fabric Godmother Josie will kindly send one giftee any paper pattern from her extensive Indie range; whilst your on her website you might as well check out her beautiful stock of ex-designer and fashion fabrics too!

Sew Hayley Jane Will send one #sewtogetherforsummer sewist an especially curated ‘Super Stash Box’ full of sewing goodness…if you can’t hold out for the chance of getting your hands on that, you might want to consider subscribing to her monthly sewing box subscription service!

Wendy Ward, best selling author of the Beginners Guide to Sewing with Knitted Fabrics, is offering 3 PDF patterns from her dress collection to one winner!

Lara Sanner is gifting 4 pdf patterns to one lucky person. And how gorgeous are these patterns; I’m so tempted to get their Truffle Coat for myself and the mini version for my girl!

Adam Ross Fabrics are gifting one £30 online voucher across their massive stock of fabrics!

Wardrobe By Me are giving away 16 of their PDF patterns to 16 different lucky people!!! They’re also offering a 20% discount on any of their wrap dresses – no code needed just use/follow this link

Pier & Palace patterns are giving away 3 pattern bundles; that’s 3 lucky peeps!

Pink Coat Club is an Etsy store, stocking these cute pins, amongst others. I proudly wear the one Monika gifted to me – they’re offering 3 pins to one giftee!

Sew Me Something, who, as well as designing their own Patterns, stock haberdashery and fabrics, run sewing workshops and retreats, are gifting two of their patterns to one winner (paper if UK based, otherwise PDF).

And there we have it! How’s your wrap dress plans coming along!?

(For more info on the Challenge itself, click here)

Sewcialise with me on Instagram x

#sewtogetherforsummer 2018! Sewing a Wrap Dress for summer? We’ve got you covered!

It seems strange that I’m actually typing this up as the last of the recent snows finally melts away but snow be damned; it’s officially spring and I’m getting tired of sewing Winter Warmers so let’s talk about … sewing together for Summer!

Myself @sewsarahsmith, Suzy @sewing_in_spain and Monika @rocco.sienna have been putting out little teasers across our Instagram feeds recently and we’re so happy to finally be able to share:

Thinking of sewing a Wrap Dress for Summer? Good, we’ve got you covered!

The #sewtogetherforsummer Instagram Sewing Challenge is back!

2018 brings you a host of pattern and fabric discounts (see below) and a HUGE array of sponsored gifts!

We’re running the Challenge on exactly the same principles as before; again the aim is to encourage sewists of all levels to take part; to share your knowledge with others or taking the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, i.e. to sewcialise and to make yourself a great wrap dress into the bargain!

The ‘rules’ (for want of a better word) are:

  1. Pick a wrap dress pattern. That’s any pattern in any fabric (woven or knit). Perhaps you’ve got the pattern or fabric in your stash already or use the discount codes given below to go shopping!
  2. Follow us on Instagram; that’s myself, Sarah @sewsarahsmith, Monika @rocco.sienna and Suzy @sewing_in_spain to make sure you don’t miss anything as we’ll be sharing hosting responsibilities;
  3. post your newly sewn dress to Instagram with the hashtag #sewtogetherforsummer Please also tag your post with our three Instagram @ to make sure that no entry gets missed! We want to see every single one!
  4. before the Closing Date of 21st June 2018
  5. Thats it!

Participating in the Challenge gives you:

  • Discounts on several major Indie wrap dress sewing patterns;
  • Fabric discounts;
  • Support;
  • Inspiration;
  • the opportunity to potentially share in the huge pile of sponsored sewing gifts! (You can read the full list HERE!) As last year, the lucky recipients will be entirely chosen at random, this is not a competition;
  • and by no means least, a beautiful wrap dress!

So why the Wrap Dress?

It’s an iconic and classic garment that’s been reinterpreted again and again; there’s such a diverse and fantastic range of wrap dress sewing patterns out there (and we’ve got loads of pattern and fabric inspo coming your way!) But that doesn’t mean sewing a wrap dress is without its challenges; getting a good fit at the crossover front (or back!), choosing the right style for your shape, potential issues working with knits or fine floaty wovens; doing an FBA/SBA on a Wrap Bodice piece etc … but we can conquer any issues by sewing it together!

So, for the Challenge, what constitutes a wrap dress?

A wrap dress should have a front or back closure formed by wrapping one side over the other and knotting the attached ties or fastening buttons. It should not have a zip. We will also accept faux wrap dresses which cross at the front and are slipped over the head.

We will not accept dresses that cross on the skirt but not the bodice.

Yes, the Kielo counts! In fact we’ve got a discount code for it!

Your Discount Codes: please be mindful of the expiry dates, so you don’t miss out! (Click on the graphics for direct links)

Watch this space – there’s lots planned – see HERE for the details of our Sponsors and the full list of gifts!Helen of Helen’s Closet has picked her top Indie wrap dress patterns, Caroline of Blackbird Fabrics will be discussing fabrics; we’ll be looking at wrap dress patterns from Burda and The Big 4 Pattern houses, sharing resources and running a wrap dress Q&A ‘hints and tips’ session over on Instagram – we’d love your input – so as to collate and share the feedback here.

So, you in? Good, let’s ‘sew together!’

Sewcialise with me on Instagram here x

Sew Together For summer

Announcing the Giftees of #sewtogetherforsummer 2017 plus our meet up in Bristol!

Sew Together For summer

You’re all winners!

I could end this post there. But I won’t! It is quite a lengthy one, so stick the kettle on or, y’know, pour yourself a glass of wine!

At any rate, any of the 400+ completed shirtdresses are totally deserving of a prize, or a gift. As you’re probably aware, the recipients of the sponsored #sewtogetherforsummer gifts were entirely chosen at random in order to ensure that everyone who entered had a fair chance of receiving something irrespective of sewing skill – this Challenge was always about inclusivity and participation; about upping your own sewing game, meeting new sewists, sharing knowledge and encouraging others. To put it simply, it was about being part of our wonderful online sewing community. And you all stepped up and proved without a doubt the power of that community – what a vibrant, talented and supportive group of people you all are – thank you all so much!


On Saturday 24th June, I (@sewsarahsmith on Insta) met up with my co-hosts Suzy (@sewing_in_spain) and Monika (@rocco.sienna) in Bristol to spend the day and to select the giftees. We’d talked online via Instagram for over a year and almost daily since January when the idea for #sewtogetherforsummer was born. I admit it, I was a bit nervous. The relationship we’d developed online felt incredibly special but meeting face to face was fantastic! They were both exactly as delightful as I thought they would be! From the very first second they burst out of the car to greet me outside Bristol train station, it was like a meeting between old friends. A reunion rather than a first meet. Sewing people really are the best and I feel incredibly fortunate – what a team!


First things first, we hit FabricLand – that place is great for a bargain – followed by a fabulous guided tour of Bristol before stopping off for lunch at the River Station, a great restaurant, err, stationed down by the river! Prosecco was poured (or Appletizer in Monika’s case!) and three fabulous courses eaten. The conversation and the laughter never faulted – I think we were probably more exuberant than a Hen Party taking place on a table behind us!


Then down to the business of selecting the winners!!

Sew Together For summer

Once we’d established internet connection, we began to pick the winners! Using an online number generator, we checked off each of the randomly generated numbers against our list of entrants. Then after  checking their Instagram feed to ensure compliance, we wrote down each picked name on pink card, folded them and put them in a hat with pictures of the gifts and selected the final combinations. Amid much laughter … it felt such a joyous thing to do.  I think the waiters in the restaurant were rather bemused!

I talk a little about #sewtogetherforsummer 2018 and the potential for a #sewtogetherforwinter challenge together with a personal message from each of us at the end of this post but now, without any further ado, here is the list of the 17 amazing sewists and the gifts they will receive:-

 *   T H E  G I F T E E S   *


* Hattie @hattie_van_der_krohn receives the £100 fabric bundle from Minerva Crafts


* Nic @shecouldsewshedid receives her pattern of choice from Megan Nielsen

Marianne @mariannes_makes receives two patterns (PDF if outside the UK) from Sew House Seven

* Isa @isaribeiro1 also receives two patterns (PDF if outside the UK) from Sew House Seven

* Dawn @dawn_doniquedesigns receives a pack of French Fancies Pattern Weights from Oh Sew Quaint


* Meg @meg_huckstep receives a £30 gift voucher from Beyond Measure

* Nina @nina_loves_sewing receives two sewing patterns of choice from Sew Me Something

* Anna @ompeleomaonnesi receives one pattern from Sew Over It

* Judith @judithcreations receives the Makers Workbook from Creative-Industry


* Jessie @jessiehuenmade receives a £30 voucher to spend online at Sewisfaction

* Elaine @laineemakes receives a copy of The Tunic Bible

* Jennifer @jenniferhbabey receives a £30 voucher to spend at Cotton Reel Studio

* Jess @jessamyb receives a copy of the Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet


* Hayley @stringsews recieves a £30 voucher to spend at from Adam Ross Fabrics

* Sue @acolourfulcanvas receives the Tapton Skirt and Fulwood Dress patterns from Wendy Ward

* Jenny @craftysewandsewindorset receives a medium sized subscription box from Sew Hayley Jane

* Marta @cosmia receives from a dress length of fabric from Suzy’s local shop tejidosarcoiris

CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!!! We’ve also announced the winners across our Instagram feeds – can you please direct message myself, Suzy or Monika over on Instagram with your contact details (postal address and email) if you haven’t already done so so we can arrange to get your gifts sent to you! 

Thanks again to all our generous sponsors for supporting this event!!!

And also to Diane of Dream Cut Sew for her contribution to the buttonhole post and to Helen of Helen’s Closet for her Indie Shirtdress roundup.

So what happens next?! There have been lots of enquiries on our Instagram feeds as to whether #sewtogetherforsummer will be back next year. Yes it will! We’ve got a pretty good idea of the garment of choice but we’re keeping schtum for now! We’ve also been asked whether there will be a #sewtogetherforwinter challenge too – all I can say for at the moment is … watch this space!

And on that note, I’ll leave you with a personal message about what the Challenge has meant personally from each of us:-


SarahSewing has always been, for me, a way of connecting both with myself and, thanks to the power of social media, others. It is so (sew?!) much more than stitching together pieces of fabric – it’s self-care, it’s about learning to accept failure and allowing yourself to accept compliments. I’m still learning. #sewtogetherforsummer was my way of trying to put back in to our community, and to each individual sewist, at least some of all that I have gained. As a woman, a working class northern lass, I grew up with the sense of women competing against each other – but not here. Amongst our sewing community I feel I have found my tribe. I’ve made friends for life. Sewing is not about being the best, of trying to better others, but only ever about besting yourself. These were the sentiments upon which the #sewtogether Challenge(s) are built and, given your response, I know this resonated with so many of you! The uniqueness and originality you all showed in your Makes really showcased and highlighted the importance of diversity in any community. It has proved any experience, sewing included, really is ‘Better Together’. 

Sew together for summer

Suzy “Personally, #sewtogetherforsummer has been an amazing experience. I live quite far from most of the sewing action, and Instagram has allowed me to feel a part of the sewing community, so I saw that this challenge was a way of giving something back and having fun along the way. However, I think I´ve probably got more out of the challenge than I put in! Working with Monika and Sarah has been a joy, and I think we made a great team. Seeing all the gorgeous shirtdresses was hugely enjoyable, and I particularly loved the diversity and how sewists stamp their personality on their makes…so inspiring. I´ve also found talented people to follow and made more sewing friends. It´s impossible to describe the satisfaction at seeing less experienced sewists blossom, challenge themselves and then feel so happy with what they achieved. But, above all, the most important aspect for me has been the sheer energy given off by all these amazing people sewing together, supporting and encouraging each other. In a time of uncertainty, what could be better?”


Monika  “I’m so glad we decided to run #sewtogetherforsummer. I was genuinely overjoyed to see people from different parts of the world not just making their own shirtdresses but also encouraging and advising others. I often feel that we are defined by our jobs, marital status and nationality so I’m always encouraging everyone to have a hobby they feel passionate about (get sewing people!!!). To see beginners and experienced sewists challenging themselves felt pretty epic!
I loved working with Sarah and Suzy; having 3 different outlooks made for a friendlier challenge and we had such a good laugh along the way!
The internet and social media often gets a bad reputation but our friendly sewing community has proved that you can find genuine friendship and encouragement along the way, here’s to #sewtogetherforsummer2018!”

Until next time, sewing friends x

Sew Sarah smith

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