Sewing and dressmaking has always been one of those crafts that I convince myself I’ll learn eventually, but generally don’t prioritise. I do have a pile of pretty fabrics that look great in my craft room, but that’s as far as they’re going at the moment! That being said, I want to sew and would like to eventually make clothes (and finish a dress I started in 2013!), so when the ladies at The New Craft House sent me their knicker making kit I thought it’d be perfect for me.
I’ve been friends with Hannah and Rosie for a while now and these ladies know their crafts; they’re sewing pros and I’m always so impressed by all the clothes they make for themselves. They’ve launched their shop selling their own craft kits with two products – a knicker making kit (£18) and a English paper pieced cushion cover (£22). I’ve also heard they’re expanding their product range very soon – can’t wait to see what’s next.
The New Craft House’s Knicker Making Kit
I opted for the knicker making kit in the pink daisy fabric and the kits are advertised as being suitable for anyone with basic machine sewing skills and advise that they can be made in around 2-3 hours – which is about as long as it took me (with a few pit stop cup of teas!). The kit itself includes a reusable pattern in UK sizes 6-16, step-by-step instructions, cotton lawn Sevenberry fabric in a choice of five prints, elastic and cotton jersey for the gusset. All I needed was pins, scissors, thread and my trusty sewing machine.
I nervously worked through the pattern one Sunday afternoon; lack in confidence with sewing means it takes me about five reads of an instruction before I can work out what I need to do. The instructions were both visual and written, so this was a great help.
Once I’d cut it all out and began sewing I began to feel a bit more confident… then fun with elastic began! I’ve never ever sewed with elastic before and it definitely challenged me, but the good news is I did it and I reckon I did it pretty well – a couple of minor hiccups but overall I was happy. That goes for the finished knickers – I’m surprised at how good they look, I was so sure I was making mistakes left, right and centre. It just goes to show that I should be a bit braver with my sewing!
All in all I think this kit is great, it does exactly what it says on the tin (and you get the kit in an actual tin!) and I was able to make something from start to finish, on my own, in my sitting. That gets a thumbs up in my book! So a big thank you to The New Craft House for their product and the thought that’s gone into it.
Be sure to keep an eye on their shop – I can’t wait to see what The New Craft House do next. Watch out for another post on here next month featuring Hannah and Rosie…
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This kit was given to me by the team at The New Craft House as a complimentary product. Please note that all opinions and tales of dodgy sewing are my own!