Guest blog from Rebecca B (IG @stitchdocmd)
I was so grateful to receive this year’s July Needle Sharp box: shorts! I have been wanting to sew some shorts for a while and the selection of fabrics from this month’s box as well as several new-to-me pattern designers was the perfect inspiration. I especially loved that all of the options this month had elasticized waists - very helpful for this postpartum mama!
I chose the Sew Confident this month which included the Armor Pants and Shorts pattern by I Am Patterns. As usual, all of the fabric choices were beautiful so I had a hard time choosing, but I landed on the classic white and blue striped seersucker. The box arrived beautifully packaged with the perfect amount of fabric to make the shorts as well as all of the notions I would need. The pattern called for decorative buttons and Mary had selected the perfect set of blue buttons to complement the fabric.
In addition to the fabric, pattern, and notions, each box always includes some fun extras! There is always some candy for a sewing time snack, and this month’s box included this vinyl sticker that is perfect for a craft room wall! One of my favorite extras is the handy sewing tip that is always included. The tip is always relevant to the pattern or fabric included, and this month’s was about elastic. I love these tips because I always learn something new and usually something that I would not have thought to look up (who knew the differences between all the different types of elastic?!).
I Am Patterns have beautiful packaging, although I had a little bit of a hard time getting it open without destroying it! The shorts had only a few pattern pieces and sewed up quickly which is super important for a mama with limited nap time available to sew. I loved the pintuck detail (a new skill for me!) and the decorative buttons really took the pattern to the next level. My only complaint is that the in-seam pocket bags are a little large once the shorts are rolled up as suggested, so if I put my phone in them the pockets hang out the bottom. This would of course not be an issue if made in pants length.
All in all this was a great easy project for me and I have already gotten a lot of wear out of these shorts in the Houston heat and humidity! I am so thankful for Needle Sharp boxes bringing me new patterns and everything I need to sew a project. Being a mom and a doctor working full time in my own practice, I love having sewing as a hobby for some me-time, but choosing and gathering together all the supplies can be time consuming. Having a pre-prepared project shipped to my door each month allows me to enjoy making a project from scratch without the hassle of shopping.