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Pattern & Book Reviews

Jan has kindly reviewed another pattern for us here at Sewbox – this time it’s a Sewaholic pattern – the Alma blouse. Jan chose a lovely Liberty Tana Lawn Cotton print called ‘Takashi’ in pink also on the Sewbox website and it has worked out really well. Jan comments that the instruction sheet is well written with […]


Jan Morton who runs Sew Different has now completed her 2nd Pattern Review – the Christine Haynes ‘Derby Dress’ pattern – which she has made up in co-ordinating Liberty Tana Lawns, all from the Sewbox website.    Here is a brief preview … Jan’s comments are “I’d definitely recommend this pattern for a first go at […]


My friend, Jan Morton who runs Sew Different has just started doing Pattern Reviews and this is her 1st!  Jan, who is primarily a dressmaker, running classes in Hook, Hampshire has chosen the new Modkid Hannah pattern to start with and her detailed and excellent Pattern Review is on her Blog.  Here is a brief […]


Beautiful John Kaldor print fabrics arriving this week …. A luxurious and vibrant range of John Kaldor fabrics –  ……………stretch cottons, crepe, batiks, polyesters and more ..  are literally due into Sewbox any time now.  Due to repeated customer requests and demand it has not been a difficult decision to re-stock and offer these truly […]

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Join the DIY Couture sewing revolution! Sewbox stocks the DIY Couture books.  These books designed by Rosie Martin remove the need for complex sewing patterns. They contain a set of simple, visual instructions, which help you to make a particular garment type, that can be almost endlessly re-invented. Diagrams and pictures take the maker through […]


Book Review: Sewing for Baby

by Leah Taylor on August 13, 2010

Kwik Sew’s Sewing for Baby is one of those all-time classic sewing books that appears on so many bookshelves, and I was keen to see what all the fuss is about, so Kwik Sew agreed to send me a copy to review (as well as a copy to win as a prize – more on […]


Sewing e-books by David & Charles

by Leah Taylor on August 11, 2010

I was excited when I heard from Fiona at the Sewing Directory that David & Charles are releasing a series of 10 e-books about crafting for beginners, and didn’t hesitate when she put the call out for reviewers! So now I have in my possession 4 of the e-books, before their official launch date on […]


Kwik Sew 3309 was a really fun and simple pattern to make, with clear and easy to follow instructions. It is a very versatile set of patterns, with instructions for a baby hat, trousers, frilly trousers, and long and short sleeved tops, for boys and girls, aged 0-18 months. The trousers and hat are designed […]