Sew Essential Box - August 2024

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The Oversized Shirt is based on a classic style but with an oversized fit. It features relaxed shoulders, a traditional shirt collar or standing straight collar, rear box pleat, and side seam pockets. More...

Ships starting August 2, 2024

  • Light Blue Classic Stripe Cotton Shirting - A blue striped shirt is a classic for a reason. It's flattering on most anyone; it goes with nearly everything; and it's incredibly stylish. With the lightweight hand of cotton and a crisp drape, this fabric will feel lush and airy. Turned into an oversized shirt, it will dress up any outfit, whether you pair it with leggings or dress pants. A perfect shirt for work and play!
  • White Cotton Sateen Shirting - Soft, silky smooth and lightweight, this shirting is destined to become your favorite button-down shirt. A tight satin weave gives the fabric a beautiful shine, and the crisp drape lends itself beautifully to the tailored look of this shirt. An absolute classic for your wardrobe.
  • Cotton Candy Organic Cotton Double Gauze - On a recent trip to J. Crew Factory, I saw a whole line of double gauze button ups and I was inspired. The contrast of a soft, squishy fabric with the tailored, crisp design feels counterintuitive but it works so well! This gauze is a pale, baby pink - just enough color to warm up your cheeks and your spirit. Turn it into the perfect overshirt for the summer 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.