Sew Conscious Review and Giveaway

This post is not sponsored or in any way affiliated with Sew Conscious, I just felt like giving away a present.

Almost a year ago, I won a ridiculous prize--a free subscription to the Sew Conscious project box. My subscription is coming to an end, so I thought I'd do a little wrap-up review of my experience... and a giveaway of my final box!

If you aren't familiar with Sew Conscious, they are a monthly project subscription box specifically for apparel sewing. There are a few crafting and fabric boxes available now, but as far as I know, this is the only one that has a whole project ready to sew. In each box you get a pattern (usually indie, and available in two size ranges XS-XL or XXL-6X) plus all the materials you need to sew it, including fabric, interfacing, buttons, elastic, zipper, thread... whatever you'll need to complete the project.

I received a pretty wide range of projects in my boxes, from blouses to dresses to jackets. I think my favorite project I got was the Kelly Anorak and a bunch of heavyweight white twill to make it with. The "project box" set up is perfect for projects that require a bunch of notions, like the Kelly, and I definitely want to make this one, hopefully this fall (sadly a whole year after opening the box, but isn't that how it always seems to work?). The hardest part of some projects can be sourcing all the materials, so a project box that comes with all the drawstrings, snaps, zips, etc., is such a timesaver.

I also got a few Sewaholic patterns in my boxes, like the Cambie. Again, I have been meaning to make this pattern ever since I got it in my box almost a year ago, but I want to make a few changes (at this point I feel like maybe the sleeves are a little twee for me. but wouldn't they be cute smoothed out into little cap sleeves more like these?) and the fabric I got was a bit formal for me--a gorgeous navy suiting which I actually gave to my mom.

There were a few misses among the patterns too; I got several Colette patterns and I've recently decided that Colette simply isn't worth the hassle for me personally. I can totally see why someone building a box for Allie J. would include Colette patterns--that vintage/modern aesthetic does seem like my thing. Unfortunately, those are going straight to the bottom of my stash.

As for the fabric, it was all really nice, high quality material, and I was impressed! The beautiful London Calling (aka liberty knockoff) lawn I used for my Sorbettos (speaking of Colette) was from a Sew Conscious box; it was lovely to work with and a good example of the level of fabric included. These aren't random off cuts!

Overall, I think if you are really up for anything style-wise, the Sew Conscious box will be perfect for you. You can narrow it down to one of three styles (classic, minimalist, or edgy), but it is still a mystery box--you never know what you're going to get!--so if you are capsule-type, this is probably not for you. As for me, I am just super picky. I've used lots of the fabric from my boxes, and some of the patterns, but have yet to use their suggested pairing, which is a shame. That white Kelly is calling my name though, so maybe eventually!


This is my last box from Sew Conscious and I wanted to give it away to one of you lovely readers. It's from the Classic Chic line and the project contained within is the new-ish (new when I got the box!) Kalle dress and top from Closet Case Patterns! I love this pattern, but can't imagine myself wearing it that often as it isn't quite my personal style (y'all know that left to my own devices I go for full skirts and plunge peekaboo necklines, of all things). It also comes with this gorgeous royal blue rayon challis and all the buttons and thread you'll need to make it!


All you have to do to sign up is click over to my instagram here and leave a comment tagging a friend! You can tag as many friends as you want, as long as they're in different comments. Want to get your own subscription? You can also use the code REFERME to get 10% off your Sew Conscious order. Again, this isn't a sponsored post and I don't get any affiliate bonuses or anything from this... I just like you guys (and I'm really thankful you seem to like me too) and want to share a treat with you! Oh--since the box is pretty bulky, this will be open to US readers only, sorry.

Would you try a subscription box, or are you too picky, like me? I'd love to hear your thoughts on subscription boxes, sewing or otherwise?

xoxo,
allie

ps: a few more reviews from the sara project, tip stitched, and style sew me.



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5 comments:

  1. I'm too picky to try a subscription box, plus if I really like something I usually buy it right when it comes out. (And I also wouldn't be interested in a Colette pattern.) But this box is exactly my jam!

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  2. I'm always too afraid to try subscription boxes because what if I don't like them?! But your point about the notions is an excellent one - it would be so nice to get all the Kelly Anorak stuff in a box ("Just order the notions pack, Maddie," you say. "Ah, but why, when I could complain?" I reply).

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  3. I'm definitely too picky for a subscription box, but it's still really fun to see what comes in the ones other people get. :)

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  4. I had no idea that sewing subscription boxes existed! It's an interesting concept but I think I might be too picky as well. I have been thinking of signing up to a knitting subscription box though - however picky I am about fabric I tend to be a sort of 'I want all of it' type shopper when it comes to yarn.

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