100 Acts of Sewing patterns are back!

Ok, I know for some of you they weren’t here in the first place – they sold like hot (yarn) cakes at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the final few barely made it to the website listing before they were whisked off to eager sewists. But a large box has arrived from San Francisco and all the styles and all the sizes are right here now!

Now for those of you unfamiliar with these patterns, let me explain…

US based maker/artist Sonya Philip’s 100 Acts of Sewing Project started in 2012.  Sonya wanted to reconnect with the act of making clothes, thinking about the cloth and methods she used, as well as considering how the final outcome could be an expression of her own personal style.  She started to make a series of basic garments, many for herself but also some for friends.  The simple shapes became a blank canvas for using beautiful fabrics, prints and trims.  Workshops and patterns developed and the 100 Acts of Sewing Patterns were born, to enable women of all shapes and sizes to create beautiful, comfortable clothes that suited their bodies and their lifestyle.

And this is what people have been doing for the last few years – see the 100 Acts of Sewing IG feed for lots of gorgeous makes and inspiration from across the world.  Now up until now, the patterns have only been available from the US.  So I was so incredibly excited and flattered when Sonya asked me to be her retailer here in the UK!  And I was so thrilled to meet her at last in Edinburgh in March – as you would gather from her work, she is wonderful and warm and beautiful in real life.

Look at any photo of Sonya in her daily IG posts and you will see that her colourful, easy style is quite infectious. Her daily wardrobe posts show the flexibility and possibilities of her patterns. But the beauty of the collection (which includes dresses, trousers, tops, tunics, skirt and leggings) is that you can tailor it to your own style and tastes, whether that’s muted linens and wools or bright wax print designs (or a anything blue in my case).  The styles are unfitted and use minimal construction techniques so are ideal for beginners.  But once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll start to see how you can customise and personalise your garments – you’ll feel empowered as you create your unique and beautiful hand-made wardrobe.

Now I don’t know about you, but I can tell more or less straight away when I try on a hand made garment for the first time, if I love it or not.  I have made three of the patterns so far and I can safely say that when I put them on I had a big smile on my face –  I love them all (plus they are soooo comfortable).   I couldn’t resist doing some little hacks on some of them but the basic fit on all of them is just as it comes on the pattern:

Dress No.1 – I added a square neck and facing

Dress No2 – straight from the pattern – no changes

Shirt No1 with deep cuffs to give a longer sleeve.

Now I will be sharing some of these little hacks here on the blog soon.  But to get you started all you need is the pattern, some fabric, thread, sewing machine and a few basic tools. Each stye comes with full instructions, written without any jargon – it’s almost like having Sonya in the room with you!  And you can find more help here in Sonya’s tutorials.

I can’t wait to get started on the other patterns!  PLUS – I am planning a little sew along on Instagram, Facebook and the blog this summer, where you can share your makes, ideas, tips and questions with Sonya, myself and the rest of the sewing community.  There might be some prizes too, but it will be the taking part that is the most fun!

So, enough from me, you can find all the patterns in the shop here – happy sewing everyone, and in Sonya’s words

“Be patient, laugh at your mistakes, and keep sewing”

P.S. We are still finding our way a bit with shipping times and stock levels, but I aim to be stock the whole range of styles and sizes and be able to ship them to you quickly within the UK or worldwide.  If the pattern you want has sold out, please drop me an email and I will reserve your choice from the next delivery.