Sew Essential Box - May 2024


The Donny Shirt is a boxy pull-on top that is designed to be a workhorse in your wardrobe. It is a dartless top with a lapel collar and patch pocket. The Donny is a great everyday top that can be worn with practically anything. Because of its boxy silhouette, the Donny is comfortable but still cool. Pair it with jeans or a skirt, layer it over or under a dress - the sky's the limit! More...

Ships starting May 2, 2024

  • True Red Brussels Washer Linen - With perfect blend of linen and rayon, this fabric is breathable, soft, and drapey. And with the addition of rayon, it wrinkles far less than most linens. Plus, depending on how you treat the linen, you can create different looks. When dried flat, the fabric maintains the broadcloth look but softens with each laundering. When tumble-dried, the fabric shrinks significantly and takes on an almost herringbone texture that accentuates the fibers. But no matter how you treat the fabric, this bold red color will be perfect for your next picnic, party or anywhere else you go to enjoy the summer weather.
  • Lime Gingham Check Linen - Gingham worked for Dorothy and it can work for you! This yarn dye check (each square about 3/8") alternates undyed natural line and lime green threads for a look that is bright and stunning. The medium drape of the fabric will give some flow; the dry linen hand will ensure it is cool and breathable; and the spring green will help you welcome the season. We see this top paired with shorts and skirts for the perfect summer outfit!
  • Reeded Hibiscus Striped Royal Floral Linen - This linen has such a fantastic print! A cobalt blue floral on a pale blue background is striated with white stripes for a combination that we've never seen before. The blue floral is tropical while the stripes add a mariner vibe that we just love. Combined with the Donny top pattern, the fabric will hint at aloha shirts with a twist all its own. A shirt as unique as you are!

Customer Reviews

Based on 31 reviews
Kara L
Love the pattern

I love this pattern. It isn't a good one for beginners due to the lack of clear instructions. It also doesn't really tell you the width of bias binding to use -- odd! -- good thing bias tape comes in the kit. The garment itself is comfortable and flexible but the amount of fabric given seemed pretty skimpy this month.

Teresa Finn

I am not exactly a beginner but someone who needs more sewing experiences. This kit is frustrating me more than stretching me: e.g., I prefer tissue patterns for flexibility, manageability, elimination of steps (tracing); am finding red ink hard to read on the instruction; the English translation and abbreviations takes some figuring out (it can be done but why so challenging?); metric measurements also need translating (from instruction to pattern to sewing machine); the fabric is super slinky for someone still feeling her way. I could use a secondary Needle-sharp written tutorial to avoid confusion and frustration. I am only just beginning the sewing part so results remain to be seen . . .if it doesn't turn out useable I will really be ticked.

Frederica Christ
Lovely pattern and fabric combination

Great pattern and fabric. I love that you do all the main decisions for me! I little disappointed in the amount of elastic thread supplied-definitely needed more than one spool. Also, the fabric is very shear; it really needed a lining on the bodice. So, I did have to go to my local fabric store to get more supplies to finish.

Anne Tisel
Gotta love quilting!

I liked the fabric and final results but didn’t realize it would take so long to cut out and quilt all the pieces for this vest, and I’m an experienced quilter!

Nappie Dee
Top quality box!

Very impressed with the quality of the materials provided in this box. The Megan Nielsen pattern is really fantastic and includes many links to information and tutorials. I'm not going to lie, this will be an ambitious make for me. Thanks to Needle Sharp for making this irresistibly great box to inspire me.