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My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns are your key to creating the everyday wardrobe essentials you need! 

Our patterns will change the way you get dressed in the morning. Imagine waking up every day and selecting a unique garment from a wardrobe full of your own creations. 

We've developed a range of classic styles with a nod to fashion trends and the mood of the time which will fit seamlessly into your everyday wardrobe. Our patterns include practical details to give your handmade garments the edge over ready to wear. When your clothes are made by you with care, confidence and precision, every time you put on that handmade garment you will feel proud of your achievements, inspired to make more and excited by the prospect of creating your own unique style. 

A whole community of dressmakers will support you in your dressmaking adventures and inspire you to keep on creating. Come and discover a fantastic network of new sewing friends and explore your own unique style with My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns! For a preview of the styles and more info visit our website www.myhandmadewardrobepatterns.com

About Us: 

My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns are brought to you by Crafty Sew&So. We have a lovely shop in Leicester and an online store, offering haberdashery, innovative tools and top quality fabrics for all your dressmaking projects. 

Crafty Sew&So Shop  - workshop space
Crafty Sew&So Shop - workshop space

 

 We also hosted the fabulous Dressmakers Ball last May. If you've not found out about all that we do check out our fab range of workshops and sewing products at www.craftysewandso.com 

We are proud to support our fellow pattern makers and stock a wide range of independent patterns. However, from our customers feedback we have realised there is a gap in the market for super concise, everyday essentials you can sew no matter what your experience and we are really excited to be able to share these with you!

If you have met any of our team you will know how enthusiastic we are about encouraging everyone to sew! In launching My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns, we will be able to spread our experience and insights even further and get even more people making their own Handmade Wardrobe to be proud of! 

Our Cause: 

Help us to launch our paper and PDF patterns in 2018! 

We have been gathering research and customer feedback since opening our shop in 2015 and long before that too! We've been listening to your requests for practical, modern, well-fitting garments which fit your body shape and lifestyle. You asked for printed paper patterns with the option of downloadable PDFs too with clear and concise instructions, explanations of sewing techniques and clear photographs and diagrams along the way. 

We have been developing our pattern range bit-by-bit over this time, learning as we go and using our patterns and instructions in our workshops, and we have a designed and developed a range of styles we think you will love. Now we want to accelerate our production and bring our patterns to market and to you! This is where we need your help! 

Your pledges will help us to: 

  • Spread the word about the launch of My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns. With your help, we will be able to tell everyone about our first range of 4 patterns available as printed paper patterns and downloadable PDFs with tiled and copy-shop print options in January 2018 
  • Develop an online resource of clear and concise instructional video and photo tutorials to complement the patterns and teach you the best way to perfect essential techniques Share our exciting news and updates with the world by creating a dedicated website and social media channels to share more about our patterns, inspire your creativity and see what you're making! 
  • Inspire and inform you with professional photographs working with experienced local photographers, Alex Benyon and Tara Lydon.
  • Sample our patterns in a wide range of fabrics, prints and colours to inspire your creativity! 

Stretch funding: If we achieve our funding goal any extra funds would help us fund the extra space we will need as we grow and begin to create a dedicated space for pattern development – currently, this is split across sites with a very well travelled laptop and large hold-all bags (handmade of course)! 

Extra funds would also help us to spread the word about our patterns even further afield! We would like to take the patterns on tour to trade fairs and other sewing events to get everybody sewing everywhere! If you would like us to come and do a meet and great, workshop or support any of your sewing related events please get in touch!

 My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns are:

Inclusive – Our initial launch will feature a range of patterns for beginners starting with a collection of modern styles with fashionable details. With in-depth instructions, online tutorials and step-by-step techniques guides, My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns will be a delight for new and experienced dressmakers alike. We've worked with the sewing community to create the everyday wardrobe essentials patterns that you will want to sew whatever your experience.

Concise- Super clear, step-by-step photographic and written instructions in everyday language and a thorough glossary-as-you-sew of terms, with photographs, will ensure you will enjoy creating garments to be proud of!

Educational- Top tips throughout the instructions will speed up your sewing and help you create a professional finish from the start. All patterns include a cheat sheet for the second sew around – test yourself on what you remember and see what you've learnt. Tutorials will be published on our blog to guide you through any tricky techniques in absolute detail. Teachers packs will be available in the future and we look forward to seeing groups of new dressmakers coming together around the world using My Handmade Wardrobe Patterns to make their own unique handmade wardrobes.

Timeless- Collections will feature classic styles with a nod to fashion trends and the mood of the time. All our designs are based on wardrobe staples with exciting modern additions. Seasonal trend-led updates will be offered as downloadable update packs. This will enable you to stay on trend by using the patterns you already own, know and love.

Practical- say goodbye to droopy straps, ill-shaped waistbands, floppy bodices or awkward length sleeves, all our patterns are designed with modern women's proportions and lifestyles in mind. Our patterns teach you how to achieve the perfect fit with detailed guides to help with measuring yourself and the pattern to ensure the perfect fit before you've even put scissors to cloth. We will remind you when, what and where to measure and check the fit of your garment to avoid spending too much time with the dreaded unpicker! 

Rewarding- We will be thoroughly testing our patterns scrutinising every step to create the most concise, fulfilling and inspiring patterns on the market. We will be working with a focus group of pattern testers from initial testing with both experienced and new dressmakers through to working with top bloggers and professional dressmakers to ensure our patterns are the best on the market and guarantee success EVERY TIME!

Fnd out more and see a preview of the patterns at www.myhandmadewardobepatterns.com

Risks and challenges

The Crafty Sew&So team possess a wide range of skills which have helped us to establish a strong brand and loyal customer base for our shop and workshops.

Sarah's design background - a BA in Fashion Design and 7 years experience in the fashion design industry - has enabled the team to realise the designs we have worked together to create and we have now developed the first patterns for all 4 styles for our initial patterns release.

We are working with industry professionals to create professional standard patterns which won't disappoint. Patterns will be fully tested by a team of first round pattern testers including new and experienced dressmakers and then our network of bloggers will inspire you with their own unique takes on the patterns. Samples will be made by our in-house team enabling us to test the patterns firsthand and iron out any issues before release.

As always our main challenges are juggling it all - retail, workshops, family, social lives and new product development but over the past 4 years we have overcome many hurdles and juggled many projects and seen fantastic results. We can't wait to see this project through to launch - with your help!

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    2 Exclusive MHW Embroidered Patches

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    Action Pack Pattern & Fabric

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    Pick Any Pattern Sewing Day

    A full day sewing session in our Crafty Sew&So workshop choosing any one of our patterns to work on. The day will include six hours of tuition from pattern designer, Sarah and one pattern from our collection. You can expect to complete one whole garment in this session.

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    Action Pack Sewing Day

    Sew The Action Pack top and leggings with us in our Leicester studio - pick up hints and tips on working with leisurewear fabrics, try our fab cover stitch and overlocker machines and make practical activewear that fits your style and your lifestyle perfectly! A mutually convenient date from February 2018 onwards can be agreed after the campaign ends. Includes fabric and all other materials.

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    A full day blogger-focussed photography workshop, styling session with hair and makeup and a professional photoshoot with expert photographer Alex Benyon!
    Alex Benyon is a professional photographer based at Studio78, his own custom refurbished studio space situated in the heart of the multi-cultural and historical city of Leicester. The studio is housed in a converted textiles factorywith over 700 square feet of space and impressive 12 foot high ceilings making for a beautifully light space.

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