If you sew, and if you use Instagram or Twitter, you must know about the #SewDots campaign. Sew Dots was brought to us by the wonderful Rosie Martin, author of the recently published No Patterns Needed. When she’s not sewing or writing books about sewing, Rosie does fantastic work for the RNIB – the Royal National Institute of Blind People – helping people with visual impairments use modern technologies, such as mobile phones. Sew Dots came as an extension of the RNIB’s Wear Dots Raise Lots, a campaign aimed at highlighting the impact of Braille, and Rosie, because she’s brilliant, thought she could rally up fellow dressmakers to try to raise even more awareness. The idea was to sew something dotty (dots like Braille), share your creation/s on Twitter or Instagram and donate £5 to Rosie’s Just Giving page. I sewed, and I donated, so let me share my first Sew Dots project with you.
The fabric: a white Swiss dot I picked up on eBay. I liked the idea of Swiss dot because I wanted my projects to have 3D elements. The dots on this fabric are perfectly reminiscent of Braille.
The pattern: I’m sure you’ve seen the latest release from Lisa Comfort at Sew Over It. My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break has taken the sewing world by storm. And rightfully so, everything in that e-book is beautiful! This is my first (of many, I’m sure!) make from it – the Alex shirt.
Modifications: just two. I used the tab from the Tilly and the Buttons Bettine pattern instead of the one provided, as the Bettine tab was a bit wider and less fiddly. Because I’m lazy – there, I said it. Also because I’m lazy, I was very naughty and didn’t bother with the buttonholes. The shirt is so loose fitting that it slips over my head just fine. In fact, I may even go down a size for my next Alex Shirt.
The cost: the fabric was £6.99 per metre. I bought three metres, but didn’t use it all. I used self-cover buttons, which were £2.50. In total, that’s about £23.50.
I think Rosie has struck gold with this idea, and I’m really hoping it sticks around in future years. This is something that means a lot to me. I don’t think I’ve mentioned before that my father is blind. He uses the services provided by the RNIB extensively, especially their talking book and Braille libraries. I know he would be lost without books. The work the RNIB does really is invaluable, and I’m a fan of any campaigns that support their work.