As we started the year in lockdown here in the UK, it gave so many of us extra time to sew while stuck at home! The kits have been more popular than ever and the g&g team and I have been doing all we can to try and meet the demand for all your sewing needs.
Over the course of the year we have managed to double our capacity to make kits and now have a separate dedicated space to build and ship the kits from. We also now have a dedicated member of staff (the lovely Rosie) to manage the building of all the kits - giving me some much needed extra time to keep thinking of even more fun ideas for kits!
I'm so pleased that we also now have a dedicated space on the website for the Sewing Society, making it easier to browse the kits and sign up to get early access for new customers.
You can browse our archive of past kits for inspiration and reference as needed if you have purchased a kit in the past. You can also easily browse all of my hints and tips videos that are still available as a stand alone purchase and get extra ideas and tutorials in the articles section.
Another recent addition is being able to access the PDF files and links to the videos in the order section of the website when you are logged in. So instead of having to dig out an old confirmation email, you can log in and see all of your files and video links in one place. Do contact us if you are having issues accessing them and if you can see a past order as we can update this for you.
So here is a round up of all the lovely kits we have brought you in 2021!
We kept things comfy and cosy this February with the Tilly and the Buttons Billie Sweater and the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Ostara t-shirt top. Both these patterns are quick and simple jersey/stretchy projects that can be made again and again!
With the Billie there are options to use super stretchy ribbing fabric for the cuffs and neckband or opt for a more subtle look and match those parts to the main fabric.
The Ostata t-shirt top also has lots of lovely customisable options and it make a great basic tee that can be paired and layered up easily!
In march we had the stylish Friday Pattern Company Ilford jacket in 4 lovely colourways and a super practical Noodlehead Pepin Tote bag made with hardwearing water repellant British Millerain waxed cotton canvas.
In April we brought you two great top patterns. The Helens Closet Ashton Top is a great one for beginners and it also has so many different construction options that it's a super useful basic woven tee pattern to have in your collection. The Hey June Handmade Amherst has more technical aspects to construction and in the amazingly soft and fluid tencel denim we included in the kits adds another fun challenge to the project and gives a lovely garment that hangs beautifully!
In May we brought you the perfect combo of a classic summer tee shirt with the TrueBias Rio Ringer and comfy and airy linen version of the Helens Closet Yanta Overalls!
In June it was all about comfort again with two summery garments made using the softest and silkiest modal jersey, all knitted, dyed and printed here in the UK just for g&g!
The Cashmerette Appleton dress is a such a classic jersey wrap dress - now available in Cashmerettes full size range with lots of cup size options for a great fit straight out the packet.
The True Bias Nova jumpsuit is the ultimate in secret PJ wear and can be layered up with a basic tee like the Rio ringer, or worn separately for a relaxed summer look!
In July we had two swishy floaty garments to choose from - The Sew Over It Sylvia Robe and the Chalk & Notch Fringe Dress and Top. The Sylvia is great for a lighter layering piece and can also be used as a summery dressing gown. The Fringe dress and top has some really lovely details and looks great in a viscose fabric.
In August we had a lovely pairing of garments with the True Bias Marlo Cardigan and the Helens Closet Gilbert Blouse. They look great together and on their own - such everyday wearable additions to your handmade wardrobe.
This month saw the launch of the much anticipated Cone Mills jeans kits - yay - with the Closet Core Ginger Jeans and the Cashmerette Ames Jeans! With unprecedented demand we sold out a record number of kits in record time! For those not quite ready to take on jeans we also had a the simple and classic Sew Over It Ava skirt in a bold printed chunky corduroy fabric in 3 amazing jewel colours!
It's really hard to pick favourites from the kits but in October we had a beautiful version of the Grainline Studio Thayer Jacket made with water repellant brushed cotton twill from British Millerain, lined with checked Millerain fabric and to top it off a snuggly cotton sherling collar - bliss! Another classic popped up again from the first year of kits in 2019 too - the Closet Core Sasha Trousers. This much requested kit is such a useful one to have in your stash if you are a trouser wearer like me. I've got a good 3 or 4 pairs in regular rotation in my wardrobe!
A super exciting month for the kits as we launched our first custom designer print designed by Rachel Parker. This Chicacheetah design was a huge hit and not only did the Tilly and the Buttons Lyra dress kits go in record time, the extra fabric we had available by the meter was also snapped up super quickly! For those looking for a more subtle option we also had a classic light weight denim option and for something a bit different the Merchant and Mills Factotum Bag. This compact design makes for a super handy bag - also made with water repellant British Millerain fabric.
To finish the year off we had another lovely outfit combo with the True Bias Nikko Top and the Tilly and the Buttons Bobbi Skirt and Pinafore. They make a lovely snuggly wintery outfit but also work well to coordinate with other makes as all the colours were plain rather than patterned.