I recently had the pleasure of visiting the bricks and mortar shop – Sewisfaction. Since I discovered my love of sewing I have also discovered several independent fabric and haberdashery shops and this is one of my favourites. Unfortunately it is not local to me so I have only every purchased on line before therefore I was really excited when I discovered that it was fairly close by on a recent short break.
I discovered Sewisfaction last year not long after I started to sew, in fact I think that Shoena opened her shop around the same time as I started sewing. Not only does she sell fabric and habedashery both online and direct she also offers sewing classes and does a great vlog and blog which I always look forward to watching or reading.
Sewisfaction is set in a lovely Craft Village called Holme Grange, it is in a great location with lots of independent shops that sell a variety of items from jewellery, crafts, furniture and the perfect shop for my husband – ‘Beyond the Download’ a record shop that sells a huge selection of vinyl records both old and new.
When we visited there were also some children’s summer holiday activities – pony rides the day we were there but I think it varies from day to day and if that wasn’t enough for the children then you can visit the Brickies Club where you can get creative with Lego.
So on to my purchases: first up was a pattern that I have had my eye on for a while, Closet Case Kalle, I had also spotted some fabric on the website which I had in mind for this pattern but when I arrived and started to browse another fabric jumped out at me, it wasn’t on the website so as possibly just arrived. It is a lovely brushed cotton which feels so soft and I just couldn’t resist it.
Next up was a gorgeous Ponte fabric called Tulip Stamp which is a turquoise tulip print on a pink background, I am thinking of making another Nina Lee Southbank Sweater Dress with this, I made a couple last year and they were by most frequently worn outfits over the autumn/winter and even into spring.
When I got home I realised there was a bit of a theme going on with the fabrics I had picked – lots of pink, blue and red tones so unsurprisingly the next fabric is cerise pink – it is called gilded cage and is a Japanese cotton, as soon as I saw it I knew what I would make. One of my first makes when I started sewing was the Tilly and the Buttons Delphine Skirt which can be found in the book ‘Love at First Stitch’, I now own about 6 of these skirts, several of them in bold prints. It is a really easy make and I think it look great paired with thick tights and a plain jumpers in the colder months, it’s a great way to add a bit of colour to a gloomy winters day.
My final purchase was this black jersey with a bit of sparkle called Midnight Shimmer, again I can’t see it on the website so it is possibly sold out or not yet listed. I haven’t quite decided what to make with it yet but it would make a lovely dress for the festive season.
If you should find yourself in the Wokingham area then I would certainly recommend a visit to the Craft Village, you could easily spend a couple of hours browsing and then I forgot to mention earlier but there is a lovely cafe where you can enjoy a drink and a delicious piece of homemade cake.