Sew Essential Box - June 2024


Simple to sew and incredibly versatile, this top-and-trouser co-ord makes an instant outfit, staple separates for layering, or even a chic faux jumpsuit. The top features a square neckline and diagonal bust darts, and is finished with an easy-to-sew facing. It can be sewn in two lengths: waist or high hip. The trousers have wide legs with options for full length, cropped or shorts hemlines. They have an elasticated waist finished with horizontal topstitching and optional back patch pockets. *Note: this box contains enough fabric to make the shorts version only.* More...

Ships starting June 2, 2024

  • Terracotta Gingham Cotton - If you're feeling a little country-core, gingham is always a great option, but this version ups the ante with a bold, earthy orange. A twist on the tradtional, this fabric has a lovely rustic feel. The medium drape of the fabric will give some flow to the top and shorts, and the dry linen hand will ensure it is cool and breathable as you move into warmer weather. A playful fabric for a summer playset!
  • Indigo Shibori Dyed Cotton - This Japanese cotton is so fine and dreamy! Plus you can get the look of home-dying without the possibility of staining our kitchen. Lightweight and soft, it has been shibori dyed for a subtle tone on tone look that is like looking at the clouds at dusk. The deep blue is wonderfully saturated and will look amazing as a matching set of tank and shorts. A complete outfit with a tie dye twist!
  • Nighttime Forest Rayon Slub - This rayon slub is one of our favorite substrates. Mixed with Linen, it has a similar feel to our classic silky noil, but with a longer fiber for a bit more structure. The medium, flexible drape will show off the shape of the tank while still being soft and thin enough for the gathered waist of the shorts. Plus, the black and white print, sort of like a photo negative of a forest, is unique and wonderful. A perfect botanical for the summer months and beyond!

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.