January Sewing Sales!

January Sewing Sales!

fabric sales

What better way to distract yourself from all the Christmas food and drink than with a bit of sewing sales shopping? We have complied a list of some of the best fabric and patterns sales for your perusal. There are some amazing discounts on offer out there so get stuck in!

Sale on cushions and accessories at the Fine Cell Work charity until 25th January


Up to 50% OFF at Dragonfly Fabrics and free postage (starts on 27th December)!

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15% off beginners sewing courses at Sew Over It with code: BEGINNER15

Sew Over It 15 per cent off beginners courses

20% OFF everything  at Guthie & Ghani with code: TREE15

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20% OFF everything at Village Haberdashery with code: BOXINGDAY2015


Fabric sale at Fabric Godmother with loads of discounts, started on Christmas eve!


Lots of fabrics, machine and haberdashery sales and offers at Weaverdee


50% OFF at Girl Charlee (starts on the 5th Jan!)

January Sale

Up to 50% OFF kits and and 25% off selected patterns at the Draper’s Daughter


35% off original design fabrics sale at Til The Sun Goes Down


25% OFF everything at Fabrics for Sale with Code: JANSALE25


20% OFF patterns at Sew Over It with code BOXINGYAYDAY


Get 20% OFF all patterns at Fehr Trade until the 31st Dec

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Up to 40% OFF at Elephant in my Handbag

SALE 2015

Up to 50% off at FabricHQ

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Up to 50% OFF at Jaycotts while stocks last


Up to 50% off fabric at Cloth and Candy


Up to 50% OFF at Fabric Rehab

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15% off the Rushcutter dressmaking pattern from In The Folds with code: happyholidays15


Fancy Moon fabric and pattern sale on now.

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Up to 50% off fabric and 3 for 2 offers on haberdashery at Remnant Kings

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Sewing highlights of 2015

Sewing highlights of 2015

As 2015 comes to a close we thought it would be nice to reflect on what’s been happening in the world of sewing this year! More than ever before people are taking up new creative hobbies, especially sewing and our community just keeps growing. What have been your sewing highlights of 2015?

Popular new patterns

Here are a few of the most popular pattern releases of 2015.

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Free Patterns

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Bloggers projects and sewing community events

It’s been an amazing year for the sewing community with so many interesting projects, tutorials, sew-alongs and events. Here are a small selection from this year, including: the Great British Sewing Bee series 3 and Claire Louise Hardy’s #BeeMine sewing challenge, Closet Case File’s Make Boss series, Karen Ball’s (Did you make that?Made Up Initiative charity event for the Literacy Trust, Amy Thomas (Almond Rock) became editor of Love Sewing Magazine, Zoe (So Zo …) hosted Me-Made-May’15, Marie (A Stitching Odyssey) hosted #VintagePledge throughout the year, Rachel (House of Pinheiro) organised two #SewPhotoHop‘s on Instagram, Charlotte (English Girl at Home) has been blogging about her adventures with a #NaturallyDyedWardrobe and Portia organised Refashioners 2015. Plus Colette blogged about the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, and there has been Selfish Sewing Week, Sewing Indie Month, Simplicity Star Sewist, the Sew Solidarity TRAID campaign, British Sewing Awards and The Dressmaker film about sewing with Kate Winslet.

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Sewing Books

Here are a selection of some of the best selling sewing and stitching books in 2015 including the Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric by Claire-Louise Hardy, Chinelo Bally’s Freehand Fashion (see our review here), the Merchant and Mills workbookSew Over It Vintage by Lisa Comfort, Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion by Mood Fabric Designers, Boundless Style by Kristiann Boos (read our review here), London Stitch and Knit by Leigh Metcalf, What Delilah Did presents Secret Garden Embroidery by Sophie Simpson and Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock.

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 Sewing meet ups

This year the big sewing meet up was Sew Brum organised by Charlotte @english-girl-at-home. It was a great day and so nice to meet sewists from all over the country!

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Last but not least in October we launched this site!

The Fold Line in 2015

The Fold Line online sewing community in 2015

We have over 5000 members registered and over 3000 sewing patterns in the database. Since launching the site in October we have continued to add new features to the site and you can now:

  • Ask questions in the Forum or browse the sewing groups to make friends with over 5000 other sewists
  • Search a database of over 3000 sewing patterns (independent designers and big companies)
  • Read sewing pattern reviews
  • Save sewing patterns to a Wishlist (for things you want to make) and Pattern Library (for sewing patterns you already own).
  • Discover pattern designers and bloggers and follow their activity
  • Keep up to date with sewing events, fairs and meet ups with our Social Calendar
  • Win prizes with regular competitions on our blog
  • Sign up to our newsletter (the the top of the page) and keep up to date with what is happening on the site

That just leaves us to thank you all for your continuing support and feedback as we build this sewing community together into a lasting resource of sewing inspiration and advice. Here’s to 2016 and an ever growing project list and stash!

Happy holidays to you all x

Happy Christmas from The Fold Line online sewing community


Sew Reporter – 13th December

Sew Reporter – 13th December

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This week we’ve been busy adding a new Forum to the site, we’ve taken over the Instagram account at SewHQ and we have a competition to win 2m of Liberty fabric from Abakhan fabrics! This will be the last Sew Reporter for 2015 but we will be back after a Christmas break on the 3rd January.

What have the sewing bloggers been making?

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Discover a new blog: Rachel blogs at Rach Against the Sewing Machine about making clothes, knitting, crocheting and cross stitch. Read Rachel’s latest post on making the Colette dress here. Follow Rachel on The Fold Line @rachwain

The Colette blog announces a new pattern, the Phoebe sheath dress and posts recommended fabrics with a giveaway from Dragonfly fabrics. Leave your reviews for the Phoebe dress here. Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons posts the Orla dress pattern hack, read more reviews for the Orla pattern here. Karen at Did You Make That? posts a pulled thread unravels. Charlotte of English Girl at Home makes a Liberty Linden sweater dress, read more reviews of the Linden pattern here. Rachel at House of Pinheiro posts about the John Lewis Handmade Christmas event she went to and makes a Liberty print Deer and Doe Bruyere shirt dress, leave your reviews for the Bruyere here. Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher posts pattern testing: Mila shirt from Itch to Stitch.

Heather at Closet Case Files posts steps in the the Clare coat sew along: installing the zipper placket, attaching the collars, sewing raglan sleeves and easy homemade gifts: metered napkins and tea towel DIY. Leave reviews for the Clare coat here. Elena at Randomly Happy posts a super easy DIY kids TeepeeSew Caroline posts a free holiday throw pillow tutorial, makes a Hey June Cheyenne tunic and Hey June Lane Raglan hoodie tunic.

Zoe at ‘So, Zo …’ posts a tutorial on how to shorten a zip. Jen at Grainline Studios posts 2015 pattern recap: Lark tee, Morris Blazer and Cascade duffle coat. Read reviews for the Morris Blazer and Cascade duffle coat here. Gertie at Gertie’s blog for better sewing posts Dirndls with zippers? Holiday insta outfit, B6285 wrap top and skirt: the grey floral version and knit wrap top sew-along #3: cutting and marking and #4 sewing steps 1-4Megan Nielsen posts a tutorial on wrapping Christmas presents with fabric, drawstring fabric gift bag tutorial, how to sew a knit neckline band, DIY wood burned Christmas ornament and mini tania pattern tester round up. Rochelle at Lucky Lucille posts my ten favourite projects from 2015.


Seamwork Radio Episode 6: The opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price

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New sewing pattern releases

latest dressmaking pattern releases

NEW: Paprika patterns – Zircon sweater and dress

NEW: Pattydoo – Sophie top

NEW: Colette – Phoebe dress

NEW: Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick – Brooklyn Hoodie

Tessuti Fabrics – Annie dress

Cashmerette – Washington dress

Lilith and Eve – Maxi Dress and petal tunic

Seamwork – York Top and Brooklyn skirt

Docksjo patterns – Dagmar the Dolphin

New Winter 2015 fabric collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicity and NewLook!

Check out the latest pattern releases here or a round up of pattern releases from last month with Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher.

Shops and businesses

dressmaking sewing shops and businesses new products

At The Sewing Directory, Julie and Fiona post projects on making a reindeer jingle bell, Christmas stocking, small gift sacks and Christmas candy cones plus a tutorial on sewing with a quarter inch foot.

Annie at The Village Haberdashery is having an anniversary sale this weekend with 20% off everything plus posts finishing the star block of the month quilt, now stocks craft supplies in the shop and has a new Christmas window display.

Draper’s Daughter now stocks Merchant and Mills sewing patterns for men.

Wendy at MIY Collection posts Why use ethical fabrics in your dressmaking? and 2016 master classes now open for booking.

Dragonfly fabrics now stocks a new sewing kit for cosy winter mittens and the Colette Phoebe pattern plus posts a napkin tutorial.

FabricHq posts a tutorial on making a Christmas patchwork block for the tenth day of Chrismtas.

Beloved Fabrics have 30% off all Christmas fabrics with code MERRY30.

At WeaverDee it’s the final week of the fabric giveaway to win £50 worth of fabric and they make an outfit for Vinny the pug!

Josie at Fabric godmother posts the Velvet Grecian style party dress, is running a competition to win a £50 fabric hamper and launches your handmade dream wardrobe.

Girl Charlee posts Knitriffic blogs: What Katie Sews and sewing pyjama pants with Melly Sews.

Sew Squirrel has a limited offer on the Colette Pattern sewing with knits book – spend $60 and get $10 off.


sewing social events calendar

Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.

Tag events or blogs you’ve discovered this week with #sewreporter

Book releases

dressmaking book releases

Beyond Cotton: Making by Hand: Stamp, Print, Dye & Paint 18 Modern Mixed Media Sewing projects by Krista Fleckenstein. 20th December.

Little Big Stuff: Pint-sized play sets to sew for kids by Michelle Jensen. 28th December

Stash lab: simple solution for scrap quilts by Tonya Alexander. 28th December.

Amy Butler’s Blossom: create love, express beauty, be kind by Amy Butler. 19th January.

Scraps Inc. 15 block-based designs for the modern quilter by Lucky Spool. 16th February.

Knit tops for kids: projects for girls and boys aged 1 to 6 by Muriel Agator. 1st January.

The way we wore: a life in clothes by Daphne Selfe. 28th January.

Forum: New Feature and guide on how to use it

Forum: New Feature and guide on how to use it

The Forum

We had lots of feedback about chatting on the site and that the layout wasn’t easy to navigate so we’ve added a Forum in addition to the groups. At the moment we want you to test out the new Forum and see what you think (you’ll need to be logged in to do this) but we hope it will make it easier to ask specific questions and look for information on fitting and get tips, especially because there is a search box too. The Forum could become a great resource to find useful information so please do ask questions and share you knowledge so everyone benefits. The groups are useful for meeting people with the same interests as you and sharing projects and tutorials for members to browse.

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So how does it work? If you head over to the forum you will see a list of forums you can chat in. These are added by us, if you want a new topic adding either post us a message in the ‘Forum topics’ and we will add it or email hello@thefoldline.com (we need to add them to stop spamming). Within each ‘forum’ you can start as many ‘topics’ as you like. Just scroll down to the end of the list of existing ‘topics’ and use the form. Add a short title, a longer message below and you can also attached photos up to 4MB to your thread too. Then just press submit.

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To reply to a ‘topic’ you’ve seen simply scroll down to the end of that ‘topic’ and use the box to write your reply. For the most recent topics and replies have a look in the column on the right, which will link you straight through to that specific topic. On mobiles these two lists appear at the end of all the topics.


Sew Reporter – 6th December

Sew Reporter – 6th December

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This week we’ve been taking part in #SEWPHOTOHOP, interviewed Annie from The Village Haberdashery @anniehaberdashery, created a Advent Calendar pompom garland tutorial, posted the round up of new November pattern releases with Fiona @diaryofachainstitcher and published our December LOOK BOOK: Party Dresses.

What have the sewing bloggers been making?

sewing bloggers dressmaking makes

Discover a new blog: Rebecca blogs at Dobbin’s Bobbins about home sewn garments for children and the costume and textiles that inspire her. Read Rebecca’s latest post on Throwback Thursday: Christmas stockings. Follow Rebecca on The Fold Line @dobbinsbobbins

The Colette blog posts how to finish seams Hong Kong style, how to sew a centred zipper and where to buy the Seamwork Annual. Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons posts open call: show us your sewing space. Karen at Did You Make That? posts the sewing spider. Winnie at Scruffy Badger posts a year’s supply of sewing patterns and about to live the dream & sewing in it. Charlotte of English Girl at Home makes a Luca Pom hat and posts a Sewcialist gift guideBy Hand London share a free crochet snowflake pattern. Rachel at House of Pinheiro posts #SEWPHOTOHOP 12 days of Christmas and Papercut Fall (Rise and Fall turtlenecks).

Jane at Handmade Jane sews at the Badger and Earl sewathon plus posts some sewing gift ideas. Marie at A Stitching Odyssey posts November #VintagePledge roundup and personalised fabric from bags of love. Heather at Closet Case Files posts steps in the the Clare coat sew along: full bust adjustment and adjusting length, cutting and interfacing, assembling view B and view A side seams. Leave reviews for the Clare coat here. Elena at Randomly Happy posts How to buy a great sewing machine. Sew Caroline posts a review of On the go bags and giveaway.

Zoe at ‘So, Zo …’ makes a woodland stroll cape from Liesl & Co, leave your reviews here. Jen at Grainline Studios posts Sew & Tell with Kiyomi Go Hollo, Grainline holiday gift guide and some of their favourite coats. Gertie at Gertie’s blog for better sewing posts Knit wrap sew-along #2: tie length and two/four way stretchMegan Nielsen posts minimalist advent calendar tutorial and mini briar pattern tester roundup. Rochelle at Lucky Lucille posts Happy holidays!


Seamwork Radio The opposite of creative block with Leah Price

While She Naps #61 Luke Haynes

What’s Your Story? #29 with Windy Chien

Reyna Lay Designs #20 Tamara Styer, Editor-in-chief of Deitra Magazine

Modern Sewciety #079 Amanda Woodruff from Westwood Acres

Sew Over It vlog: Heather Dress

New sewing pattern releases

latest dressmaking pattern releases

NEW: Tessuti Fabrics – Annie dress

NEW: Cashmerette – Washington dress

NEW: Lilith and Eve – Maxi Dress and petal tunic

NEW: Seamwork – York Top and Brooklyn skirt

NEW: Docksjo patterns – Dagmar the Dolphin

Pauline Alice – Seda Dress

Megan Nielsen children’s patterns – mini virginiamini briar sweater and tee and mini tania culottes

New Winter 2015 fabric collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicity and NewLook!

‘So, Zo … What do you know?’ – Anya bag

Closet Case files – Clare coat

Schnittchen winter 2015 collection – Caroline dressLola cardiganRachel OverallWanda pantsJoanna coat and Silvia coatigan

Check out the latest pattern releases here or a round up of pattern releases from last month with Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher.

Shops and businesses

dressmaking sewing shops and businesses new products

At The Sewing Directory, Julie and Fiona post projects on how to make a Ladies’ purse, projects for beginners and felt gingerbread man tutorial plus sewing with cuddle fleece tutorial and win your Christmas wishlist with Minerva Crafts.

Annie at The Village Haberdashery posts Star block of the month: December is the puzzle star and give or get shares in The Village Haberdashery this Christmas.

Wendy at MIY Collection posts How to make the most pointy corners and super gorgeous glam PJs.

FabricHq posted a tutorial on making a Cloud zip bag for the ninth day of Christmas.

WeaverDee have a weekly fabric giveaway to win £50 of fabrics and there is 20% off Prym haberdashery and sewing tools.

Josie at Fabric godmother has posted sewing men’s shirts, simple to sew infinity dress and gold faux leather skirt.

Sew Over It announce a competition to win an overlocker for the Grace Dress Instagram party #FallingForGrace

Girl Charlee posts Tutorial Tuesday – how to make a knit pencil skirt in 20 minutes.

Sew Squirrel has a limited offer on the Colette Pattern sewing with knits book – spend $60 and get $10 off.


sewing social events calendar

Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.

Tag events or blogs you’ve discovered this week with #sewreporter

Book releases

dressmaking book releases

Sew Sweet Creatures: make adorable plush animals and their accessories by Lark Crafts. 7th December.

Simply Stitched gifts: 21 fun projects using free-motion stitching by Cynthia Shaffer. 7th December.

Beyond Cotton: Making by Hand: Stamp, Print, Dye & Paint 18 Modern Mixed Media Sewing projects by Krista Fleckenstein. 20th November.

Little Big Stuff: Pint-sized play sets to sew for kids by Michelle Jensen. 28th November

Stash lab: simple solution for scrap quilts by Tonya Alexander. 28th December.

Amy Butler’s Blossom: create love, express beauty, be kind by Amy Butler. 19th January.

Scraps Inc. 15 block-based designs for the modern quilter by Lucky Spool. 16th February.

Knit tops for kids: projects for girls and boys aged 1 to 6 by Muriel Agator. 1st January.

The way we wore: a life in clothes by Daphne Selfe. 28th January.

LOOK BOOK: Party Dresses

LOOK BOOK: Party Dresses

This month’s sewing LOOK BOOK is all about the party dresses! Last month we picked some great coats to sew for the coming winter months but now it’s the party season and Christmas is only 3 weeks away. If, like us, you’ve still not got around to sewing anything for the festive holidays, let us give you some inspiration for your next sewing project.   Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post.

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First up we have is this McCalls gown, which is stunning with so much detail in the bodice and full length skirt. We particularly like the back skirt pleat style with shaped hemline. It would certainly be a show stopping party cocktail dress. Ideal fabrics would be satin or crepe which have a good amount of drape and structure. This is certainly one for the more experienced sewist with neck and skirt bands, underbodice and invisible zipper.

Cardamon Dress by Deer and Doe

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The Cardamon dress is the perfect pick if you want to add detail or use contrasting fabrics. It has a smocked elasticated waist with plastron blouse (separate front bodice piece that buttons up). There is also a collar, cut out pockets and sleeve or sleeveless options. There are plenty of skills to practice for an intermediate sewer including button holes and adding a collar. Make with a cotton satin or viscose/rayon.

Vogue 5920 vintage inspired dress

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For something vintage inspired this Vogue dress is a great option with fitted bodice and full skirt to give a 1950’s twist to your party dress. This dress is from the new season Vogue collection and comes with sleeve options. It would be perfect for sequin or lace fabric. Take a look at Lauren’s video tutorial on sewing with sequins for tips. There is also the option to do a shaped hemline for extra swish on the dance floor!

Simplicity 1652 Amazing fit dress

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Looking for a dress with fitting options? Try this Simplicity dress from the amazing fit range. It has princess seams in the bodice with separate pattern pieces for A, B, C and D cup sizes. The slightly gathered skirt above the natural waist gives a flattering fit and the in seam front pockets are a nice design detail. There is a sleeve option too and cut out back bodice styling. You can make this dress with lots of fabrics from cottons to damask, sateen, crepe, linen and rayon to name a few!

Seda Dress by Pauline Alice

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The new Seda dress from Pauline Alice has lots of flair with a full dropped skirt, fitted bodice and off the shoulder short sleeves. Take a look at our round up of new releases in November for more patterns. If you don’t feel brave enough for the off the shoulder sleeves then there is the option for a full bodice and sleeves where you can stitch in a contrasting fabric such as lace. It looks very festive here in red though! Making this dress using any light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton, linen, chambray, rayon, silk or lace.

Sigma Dress by Papercut patterns

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The Sigma dress is a great beginners dress and a quick make. You have lots of options here from short to long sleeves, and a straight or gathered skirt. There are also side pockets too and you can even make the skirt as a separate garment with waistband. Try the dress in chambray, cotton or rayon fabrics. A classic shift shape style to pair with tights and warm winter boots.

Simplicity 1011 Amazing Fit dress

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This second Amazing Fit dress from Simplicity comes with three dress variations, no sleeves, short sleeves and full length sleeves. It has a v-neckline with princess seams in the bodice that meet box pleats in the full skirt. You can add a belt detail that buttons at the back and plus opt for a dropped back hemline. It also comes with individual pattern pieces for B, C, D and DD busts and has a size range from 6 – 24. Make using a brocade, linen, satin, sateen or stretch woven.

Butterick 5920 dress

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This Butterick dress has a raised neckline with fitted bodice and shaped bodice pockets with a button up front. The below knee length skirt is gathered at the front giving fullness and the dress can be fitted with a belt. The pattern also comes with a slip and has sleeve and sleeveless options. This dress would look lovely in lace but you can also make it in a linen or other light to medium weight woven fabric.

Elisalex dress by By Hand London

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The Elisalex dress is very elegant with princess seams and scooped out back neckline with box-pleated tulip skirt. Plus there are great instructions to fully line the dress and add an exposed back zipper. There are sleeveless, short sleeves or full length sleeve options and this is a great shape for pear shaped or hourglass figures with the fitted waist. Suitable fabrics need some structure and include medium to heavy weight wovens such as upholstery cottons, flannel, jacquard, tweed or wool.

Florence Tulip dress by Named Clothing

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The Florence tulip dress is fitted all over with a Y front dart and belt. The pleats at the waist are split into four for a more flattering fit and the shoulder straps are thin with a sweetheart neckline. The back skirt has a split for ease of moving around and the dress is fully lined. Suitable fabrics include light to medium weight wovens such as wool blends or rayon. This style is great for an athletic body shape.

Sallie Jumpsuit by Closet Case Files

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Lastly we have this amazing jumpsuit from Closet Case Files for those of you who don’t fancy making a dress. The jumpsuit would be great for a party and is perfect for all body shapes too. Easy to make and wear with an elasticated waist it’s both comfy and stylish. There are several options including v-neck kimono tee with wide legged pants, strappy tank culottes or strappy full length maxi-dress. Make with light to medium weight knits.

The Sewing Pattern round up – November

The Sewing Pattern round up – November

New Sewing pattern round up

It’s been a bumper month for new patterns! Keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for November with the lovely Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher blog @diaryofachainstitcher. Fiona has a great sewing blog where she showcases her makes with really useful and detailed reviews of each pattern. She has kindly given us her top three releases for November and why she likes the patterns so much.

We’ve also included some other new releases we’ve added to the site and links to check out the reviews or post your own. November is a big month for pattern releases with companies including Vogue, Butterick, McCalls and Kwik Sew realising their winter pattern ranges.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for November

Schnittchen – Silvia Coatigan

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“Another pattern collection which jumped out at me this month is the winter collection from German pattern company Schnittchen. I’m particularly drawn to the on trend Silvia Coatigan as I’ve been after making a snuggly oversized something in a soft grey, this might be just the ticket! I love the big pockets and silhouette with dropped shoulders which is so popular in RTW right now.”

Anne Durrieu – Leopoldine Dress


“I am very excited by the first pattern released by Anne Durrieu, who was a contestant on the French Sewing Bee. It’s called the Leopoldine Dress and is a little more advanced than a lot of other first pattern releases which has me hopeful that she will be catering to a more intermediate/advanced sewer. The beautiful bodice features horizontal pleats and a lovely v shaped back neckline. It’s available in PDF format in French only, but that isn’t putting me off! I’m looking forward to seeing her future designs.”

République du Chiffon – Johanna shirt

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“I loved the new collection from Republique du Chiffon. I fell head over heels for the design details of the Johanna Blouse in particular. It’s another slightly more advanced pattern, being Western style with contrast piping to highlight the front and back yoke and slanted pockets. The good news is the English pattern is on it’s way!”

Other pattern releases

Itch to Stitch – Liana jeans, Milla shirt and Irena knit top

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Made by Rae – Luna pants

Made my rae - luna pants - dressmaking pattern

Pauline Alice – Seda Dress

Pauline Alice - Seda dress Dressmaking Pattern

Cashmerette – Washington Dress


Megan Nielsen new children’s pattern range – mini Virginia leggings, mini Briar sweater and tee and mini Tania culottes

Mini virginia leggings for kids by megan nielsen   Mini briar sweater and tee by Megan Neilsen   Mini tania culottes kids pattern Megan Nielsen

New company, The Avid Seamstress – Day dress, Gathered dress, Raglan dress, Sheath dress and City trousers

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New winter collections from Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, Kwik Sew, Simplicity and NewLook.

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We’ve been adding these new patterns to the database over the last couple of weeks. Read our top picks of these sewing patterns here.

So, Zo – Anya bag

Anya bag heavyweight cotton

Closet Case files – Clare coat

Closet Case Files - Clare coat - dressmaking Pattern - The Fold Line

Schnittchen winter collection – Caroline dress, Lola cardigan, Rachel Overall, Wanda pants, Joanna coat and Silvia coatigan

Schnittchen - Caroline Dress - sewing Pattern - The Fold Line   Schnittchen Lola Cardigan - Sewing Pattern - The Fold Line   Schnittchen - Rachel Overall - Dressmaking Pattern - The Fold Line.

Schnittchen - Wanda Pants - Sewing Pattern - The Fold Line   Schnittchen - Joanna Coat - Sewing Pattern - The Fold Line   Schnittchen Silvia Coatigan - Dressmaking Pattern - The Fold Line

Tessuti – Kate top and Maggie tunic

Tessuti Fabrics - Kate Top - Dressmaking Pattern - The Fold Line   Tessuti Fabrics - Maggie Tunic - Dressmaking Pattern - The Fold Line

Sew Over It – Grace dress (with online course)


The Village Haberdashery Needs You!

The Village Haberdashery Needs You!

We love hearing about small companies growing from strength to strength, so when Annie from the Village Haberdashery told us about her business plans for expansion a couple of months ago, we were really excited to find out more about the crowdfunding project. She needs to raise £80,000 pounds to make the expansion possible and is over the half way point already. She kindly agreed to sit down and answer a few questions about her journey so far and plans for the future. If you haven’t seen her video yet do have a look before reading on…

 We are super excited to hear about your new venture can you tell us a little bit more about what you are doing?

The Village Haberdashery is crowdfunding in order to raise the money that we need to fit out our new flagship shop! The new premises will open in 2016 – and will triple our floor space so we’ll be able to offer more classes in a bigger, brighter studio, we’ll be able to expand our product range, and we’ll be close to three rail lines (including the underground and overground) so our customers outside of West Hampstead can get to us really easily. We’re envisaging The Village Haberdashery as a craft lifestyle store; when you walk in the door you’ll be surrounded by ideas and inspiration for adding a handmade touch to your wardrobe or home.

Why did you decide to go down the crowdfunding route rather than a traditional loan?

We love the idea of having our customers be part owners of our company. As a small business we’re really engaged with our customers. I already ask them for feedback constantly, both through surveys and informally on Instagram, and we get a really good response so I know that our customers like being involved in the decisions we make and the direction we take as a business. And we will benefit by having hundreds of stakeholders – if our customers are literally invested in our success, they’ll be more likely to tell friends about The Village Haberdashery and be more loyal shoppers. That’s something no bank can offer.

What has been the biggest challenge of crowdfunding so far?

Trying to make believers out of investors who don’t know anything about our community. In writing our business plan I had to find a lot of research to back up what those of us in the maker community already know – this market is huge! The craft market in the UK is worth £3.4 billion a year and more than half of all women in the UK have a craft hobby. We tried to tell that story in our pitch and in our video so that investors who have no knowledge of the craft market will get a feel for its size and potential and won’t dismiss it as being too niche.

What can we hope to see in the new shop that you don’t have now?

With all of the space in the new shop, we have a huge opportunity to expand the sewing and knitting areas of our shop and cater to new craft hobbies. I’m really excited about this, because so many of our customers have multiple interests when it comes to making and they love trying new things. I also think it can be hard to know where to go for supplies for a lot of the non-sewing projects you see in modern craft lifestyle media like Mollie Makes and A Beautiful Mess. Papercraft, cardmaking and party craft are some of the new areas we’ll be expanding into. Everything we offer will be curated for the modern maker so I think that the evolution will feel really natural to our customers.

When will the new shop be open next year?

That is a great question! We are moving into a brand new building and it isn’t completed yet. I actually walk by it every day so I get to see it developing and that is really exciting. We are hoping to begin the fit out in the spring, with an open date in July. I can’t wait to get to the fit out stage. When we take over our new space it will be a blockwork shell and we’ll have to do everything from the plumbing to the electrics to laying the floors. The majority of the funds we raise will go into fitting out this space and turning it into our dream home!

 I know you are planning to open further shops after this one – are they all going to be London based? If so where in London where you thinking?

Moving to West Hampstead Square is the next step in a big plan we have to expand the shop. Our target is to have six shops by 2020. We will open 1-2 more in London and then we will look at expanding to other markets in the UK. I’ve got my eye on Richmond or Fulham for the second location and once we’ve settled into West Hampstead Square we’ll be working quickly to secure our next premises.

To find out more please head over to Crowdcube where you can read Annie’s business plan and keep track of her progress.

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Christmas Advent pom pom garland project tutorial

Christmas Advent pom pom garland project tutorial

Today’s the day, it’s the 1st December and you can start getting the Christmas decorations out and put up around the house. With the Christmas festive season well and truly in full swing we’ve teamed up with the Village Haberdashery to bring you a special Christmas advent pom pom garland project tutorial. So if you haven’t got your advent calendar yet, fear not, whip up your own with this simple project to fill with Christmas goodies. Perfect for using Christmas fabrics and decorate with any number of festive trims!

For full instructions on making your own Christmas advent pom pom garland click here.