Sew Reporter – 27th March

Sew Reporter – 27th March

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This week we found out that the next series of the Great British Sewing Bee will air on 5th May, we can’t wait! This month’s LOOK BOOK is on menswear, so go and check out our pan picked selection of mens patterns paired with our favourite fabrics. We also have a competition to win two Merchant & Mills paper patterns, find out more here. In the Forum this week there has been chat about grading baby patterns.

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Melanie blogs at Melanie Sews … where she regularly blogs about her dressmaking projects. Melanie has been sewing since she was at school and comes from a creative family. Read Melanie’s latest make on sewing a Burda 6695 top. Follow Melanie on The Fold Line @melsvalentine.

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NEW: Sew DIY – Nita wrap skirt

Grainline Studios – Driftless cardigan

Deer and Doe – Zephyr dressMelilot shirt and Lupin jacket.

Decades of style – 1940s Girl Friday Blouse (now in PDF)

‘Til the Sun Goes Down – Lana Teadress

Sew Over It – Susie Blouse

Hot Patterns – Athleisure Layer Cake T

Papercut patterns – Ahoy collection: Moana dressSea-bell dressStarboard jeansBowline sweaterAdrift dress and Skipper tunic.

New Spring collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and Burdastyle.

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

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

Local meet-ups currently being organised in the UK for BristolWalthamstow (North London),  Cambridge and Birmingham.

March 2016

howard-graham1  libertysewingschool

Sew Brit Bag Camp, Uttoxeter, 18th – 21st March.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition, Dundee, 19th March – 1st May.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 17th – 20th March.

Quinary, Bath, 29th March – 9th April.

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

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LOOK BOOK: Menswear

LOOK BOOK: Menswear

Look Book Menswear - sewing patterns

This month’s sewing LOOK BOOK is all about menswear! We get asked lot about which sewing patterns are good for men and we have collated some of our favourites in this post, pairing them with a selection of delectable fabrics. We’d love to hear your thoughts on these so do leave a comment at the bottom. Have you made any of these patterns.. how did they turn out?

As part of this month’s LOOK BOOK we are running a competition on social media and it’s a goodie!  The first name picked out of the hat will win a Merchant and Mills Foreman Jacket and T-Shirt Pattern. Head over to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to find out more and be in with a chance of winning this great prize!

Please note: this is not a sponsored post. 

Negroni Shirt  – Colette

Of the menswear patterns out there this is a wardrobe staple and from what we’ve heard on the grape vine a really good cut. The shirt comes with optional pocket detail on the front and the styling has a nod to retro. There are two versions, one with long sleeves and finished with placket and cuff or short sleeves. Make with shirting, flannel or rayon fabrics.

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All State Shirt – Merchant and Mills

This is part of a new range of menswear patterns from Merchant and Mills and we really like the relaxed feel of this boxy shirt, perfect for those summer months (here’s hoping UK readers!) Inspired by America in the 1950s, the shirt comes with a one piece collar and short sleeves. Make with a lightweight denim, chambray or linen.

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Metro T-Shirt – Liesel and Co

Who doesn’t need a classic t-shirt in their wardrobe? This simple pattern comes with a long sleeve option too making it ideal for all season. This is a wardrobe staple you can make up again and again. Great beginners pattern and if you’re trying to sew with knits for the first time. Make in light to medium weight knits.

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Newcastle Cardigan – Thead Theory

Half way between a jumper and a jacket, the Newcastle cardigan is a stylish but casual pattern. The pattern comes with lots of customising options including contrasting yoke and shoulder detail (alternatively keep it all one colour). Make in jersey sweatshirting, this is a cosy slim-fitting option for winter.

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Mr London – Sew La Di Da Vintage

This vintage waistcoat owes it’s close fitting shape to 1930’s design inspiration. There are nice details with the faux pocket detailing and also a contrasting trim around the armhole. Getting a good fit is important with this pattern so you’ll need to be a fairly confident sewist before giving it a go. Lots of fabric options here including cottons, wools, tweeds or silks.

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Albion Jacket  – Colette

This is a unisex jacket from Colette (yes ladies we can make it too!) in a classic duffel style complete with toggle closure and a three piece hood, which is detachable. As you can see the coat comes in two length options. It’s a big project to take on so make sure you set aside a few weeks to make this coat. We’re sure you won’t be disappointed!

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The Foreman Jacket  – Merchant and Mills

Inspired from traditional workwear jackets from the 1950’s this jacket is perfect for spring. The shape is simple with patch pockets and it’s practical too. There is no lining so it should be a fairly speedy make, perfect in a heavyweight cotton, tweed, gaberdine or even corduroy.

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Denali Vest  – Seamwork

As part of Seamwork Magazine this gillet can be made in less that three hours! It’s a fully lined quilted vest (the trick is buying your fabric pre-quilted!) and you have lots of options to make it your own with mix and match detailing. Keep warm in this vest and add design detail with a contrasting yoke and lining.

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8940 – Vogue Patterns

This double breasted coat is perfect workwear for the man in your life. Although semi-fitted, the jacket is fully lined and has lots of pattern pieces including collar, shoulder pads, yoke, welt pockets and back vent. Make in two different lengths, the pattern also comes with pieces to make trousers too. This is certainly the project to give you a challenge. Suitable fabrics include heavy wools, fleece, denim and gabardine.

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8890 – Vogue Patterns

Another good workwear outfit, this pattern comes with options to make a compete suit, including formal and relaxed jacket plus trousers and shorts. This pattern is certainly for an advanced sewer who has practiced tailoring techniques. Suitable fabrics include linen, gabardine and flannel.

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Jedediah – Thead Theory

This chino style slim-fitting trouser pattern come in two lengths so they can be turned into shorts as well. Lots of classic detailing on these including flat fell inseams and patch pockets on the back. Make in a denim for a more casual look or corduroy or twill for a smarter style. Practice lots of skills making these including top stitching belt loops and a fly front opening.

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Straight Talking Straight Leg Jeans – Hot Patterns

Classic straight-cut 5 pocket jeans with a button down fly and all the detailing you’d expect to find. We are not sure we could love anyone enough to make them a pair of these with the amount of effort involved, but if you are kinder than us these come with thorough instructions to take you through the process. Inspired by the likes of Steve McQueen, adding old style rivets and contrasting top stitching is a must. Make in medium weight denim.

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Sew Reporter – 20th March

Sew Reporter – 20th March

The fold Line sewing resources

This week we’ve been a little bit quiet on the blog front in preparation for the release of the new Sewing Resources section of the website. We’ve been working on this since Christmas, so it’s great to have released it into the world! It’s full of pages including pattern hacks, sew-alongs, supplies pages, world map of fabric shops and lots more! We want to continue to build this as a community resource, so please let us know about anything else we can add to these pages. In the Forum this week there has been a lot of chat about sewing apps.

Sewing apps on The Fold Line

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Stevie blogs at Beebee’s Handmade Dress where she regularly blogs about her makes. Read Stevie’s latest post on making the Grainline Studio Scout tee here. Follow Stevie on The Fold Line @bbhandmadedress.

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Grainline Studios – Driftless cardigan

Deer and Doe – Zephyr dressMelilot shirt and Lupin jacket.

Decades of style – 1940s Girl Friday Blouse (now in PDF)

‘Til the Sun Goes Down – Lana Teadress

Sew Over It – Susie Blouse

Hot Patterns – Athleisure Layer Cake T

Papercut patterns – Ahoy collection: Moana dressSea-bell dressStarboard jeansBowline sweaterAdrift dress and Skipper tunic.

New Spring collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and Burdastyle.

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

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

Local meet-ups currently being organised in the UK for BristolWalthamstow (North London),  Cambridge and Birmingham.

March 2016

howard-graham1  libertysewingschool

Sew Brit Bag Camp, Uttoxeter, 18th – 21st March.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition, Dundee, 19th March – 1st May.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 17th – 20th March.

Quinary, Bath, 29th March – 9th April.

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

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Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles by Gretchen Hirsch. 8th March.

Sunday sews by Theresa Gonzalez. 22nd March.

Sewing with knits and stretch fabrics by Sharon Czachor. 24th March.

Striking strip quilts by Kate Henderson. 28th March.

Pattern making with Stretch Knit Fabrics by Julie Cole. 7th April.

The Art of Couture Sewing by Zoya Nudelman. 21st April.

Knit tops for kids by Muriel Agator. 30th April.

Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida. 7th May.

Simply Tailoring & Alterations by J. Francois-Campbell. 7th May.

Ultimate Sewing Bible by Marie Clayton. 12th May.

Sew Happy by Karin Ziegler. 17th May.

Moda All-stars scraps made simple by Lissa Alexander. 17th May.

By the bundle by Emma Jean Jensen. 31st May.

Favourite Fabric bowls, boxes and vases by Linda Johansen. 31st May.

Selected Fiction

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (join the Colette Book Club to read along with other sewers). Published.

Secrets of the Sewing Bee by Kate Thompson, 10 March.

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby. Published.

NEW Website Feature: Sewing Resources

NEW Website Feature: Sewing Resources

SEWING RESOURCES

NEW website feature: Sewing Resources

We are very excited to launch a new section of the website, packed full of dressmaking resources and inspiration. Since October we have wanted to add more useful content to the site so we have been busy getting it ready since January. We have sections covering Sewing Supplies, Pattern Hacks and Pattern Sew-alongs along side where to find Creative jobs and internships, tools to develop your sewing blog, projects to craft for charity and a list of popular crafty subscriptions. We’re bringing this together with our popular Social Calendar, Fabric Shop World Map, Pattern Tutorials blog series and Free downloads to organise your sewing supplies.

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What can you expect to find?

1. Sewing Supplies for dressmaking projects

Sewing tips and supplies for Knit dressmaking projects The Fold LineWe’ve added some pages focusing on popular dressmaking projects and we’ll be adding lots more! If you want to tackle a new sewing project or browse specialist sewing topic we’ve filled these pages with pattern designers to discover, our top tips and great blog posts and makes. Here is a snapshot of sections of our sewing supplies page for working with knits.

 

 

 

 

Sewing supplies for dressmaking projects The Fold LineWe’ve also added a list of global suppliers, so wherever you are in the world, you can source the materials you need! We want to build on these pages to make them a great resource for everyone so if you know of a useful blog post of supplier, let us know by commenting at the end of the relevant page an we’ll add it in.

 2. The Fabric Shop World Map

The Fabric Shop World Map Resources The Fold LineAdd your favourite fabric shops from all over the world to this handy map. From California to Hong Kong, wherever you are or wherever you go on holiday, know where your local fabric shop is! There are 160 shops globally so far, please keep adding them in.

 

 

 

 

3. Social Calendar

Social sewing calendar of events The Fold Line If you are familiar with our site already, you may have visited our social calendar page. Here we list upcoming events mostly all over the UK. Everything from social meet-ups to exhibitions, shows and sewing events. If you know of an event we’ve missed, particularly in countries outside the UK, please let us know so we can add it in for everyone to discover.

 

 

 

 

4. Pattern sew-alongs

Sew-alongs - Resources Hub The Fold LineWe’ve listed lots of indie pattern designers with links to all the sew-alongs they’ve done for their pattern releases. Handy to have them all in one place, you can browse to find out which patterns come with that extra bit of help.

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Pattern Tutorials blog series

The Sewing pattern Tutorials blog series The Fold LineIf you read our blog posts you may have come across our Pattern Tutorial blog series, which is taking you through all aspects using sewing patterns. We’ve started right at the beginning with the pattern envelope and will be moving onto adapting patterns for different fitting issues as the year progresses.

 

 

 

 

6. Sewing Pattern Hacks

Sewing pattern Hacks Resources The Fold LineWe’ve listed some indie pattern designers with links to hacks of their patterns. We thought it would be handy to have them in one place so you can scroll through the galleries for some inspiration on how to personalise you next make. Do let us know if you have a tutorial on your blog for a pattern hack, we’d love to add more project photos with links for patterns from indie and commercial designers.

 

 

7. Crafting for Charity

Crafting for Charity Sewing Resources The Fold LineWe want to support charities who need help from our sewing community. On our new Crafting for Charity page you’ll find lots of projects looking for volunteers to sew, knit and donate materials. Don’t know what to do with your fabric or wool scraps? There are lots of projects to get involved with here, including social enterprises where you can buy handmade products. Do you support a craft project? Let us know and we will add it to the page and help spread the word!

 

 

8. Creative jobs and internships

Creative jobs and internships Sewing Resources The Fold LineAre you looking for a change of career or a new job? Want to develop your skills? We’ll be listing sewing related jobs on the Creative jobs and Internships page along with information on training and developing your skills. Let us know about sewing jobs you’ve spotted and don’t forget to check out our Careers in Sewing blog series for job profiles.

 

 

 

 

 

9. FREE downloads to organise your sewing supplies

FREE downloads to organise your sewing supplies Sewing Resources The Fold LineWe recently published lots of downloadables to organise your sewing supplies. We’ve listed these all here and will continue to add to them. Time to tame your stash!

 

 

 

10. Blogger tools

Blogger tools Sewing Resources The Fold LineDo you have a sewing blog? Are you looking to organise you posts and attract more readers? We’ve listed lots of interesting posts, podcasts and editing and scheduling tools to develop you sewing blog. We know there must be lots of useful posts so please share if you know a good one!

 

 

 

11. Crafty Subscriptions

Crafty subscriptions Sewing Resources The Fold LineWhat better way to treat a crafty friend or indulge in a bit of self gifting than with a crafty subscription. These boxes of lovely post are popping up all over the place so we’ve put a handy guide together of all the options from dressmaking and fabric bundles to knitting and house plants!

 

 

 

 

12. Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee coming soonIt will soon be that time of year again when Great British Sewing Bee fever takes over the nation of sewists! We’ve got lots of exciting things planned so watch this space …

Sew Reporter – 13th March

Sew Reporter – 13th March

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This week we reviewed the New book release, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book by Gretchen Hirsch. Plus we are giving away one copy, enter here! On Thursday we started #FindMyPattern on Instagram. To get involved upload a photo to Instagram and tag us @thefoldline with hashtag #FindMyPattern and we will (hopefully!) find the pattern you are looking for, suggestions from members also welcome! Join us again next Thursday for more pattern sleuthing. We also posted some cracking crafty Easter makes, if you are looking for ideas of what to do in the holidays. In the Forum this week you’ve been swapping tips about using overlockers.

Using Overlocker machines The Fold Line forum

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Dinushi blogs at Stuff i’ve sewn, where she uses her blog to record all her makes. Read Dinushi’s latest post on making these free patterns – Sierra Bra by Madalynne and Ladyshorts from Cloth Habit. Follow Dinushi on The Fold Line @dinushi.

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NEW: Grainline Studios – Driftless cardigan

NEW: Deer and Doe – Zephyr dress, Melilot shirt and Lupin jacket.

Decades of style – 1940s Girl Friday Blouse (now in PDF)

‘Til the Sun Goes Down – Lana Teadress

Sew Over It – Susie Blouse

Hot Patterns – Athleisure Layer Cake T

Papercut patterns – Ahoy collection: Moana dressSea-bell dressStarboard jeansBowline sweaterAdrift dress and Skipper tunic.

New Spring collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and Burdastyle.

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

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

Local meet-ups currently being organised in the UK for Bristol, Walthamstow (North London),  Cambridge and Birmingham.

March 2016

howard-graham1  libertysewingschool

Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London, 3rd – 6th March.

Hobby crafts; the Quilting show; the Stitching and sewing show, Glasgow, 3rd – 6th March.

Spring Quilt festival, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 4th – 6th March.

Stitch and Craft UK, Malvern, Worcestershire, 10th – 12th March.

Festival of Textiles 2016 – Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 11th March – 17th April 2016.

William Morris: in pursuit of beauty, V&A Museum, London, 12th – 13th March.

Botanical Inks workshop, Bristol, 14th April.

Indigo and the art of natural dyeing, Cornwall, 14th – 18th March.

Sew Brit Bag Camp, Uttoxeter, 18th – 21st March.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition, Dundee, 19th March – 1st May.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 17th – 20th March.

Quinary, Bath, 29th March – 9th April.

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

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sewing and craft book reviews  Gertie ultimate dress book review The Fold Line1  The Secrets of Sewing Lingerie Book Review The Fold Line

Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles by Gretchen Hirsch. 8th March.

Sunday sews by Theresa Gonzalez. 22nd March.

Sewing with knits and stretch fabrics by Sharon Czachor. 24th March.

Striking strip quilts by Kate Henderson. 28th March.

Pattern making with Stretch Knit Fabrics by Julie Cole. 7th April.

The Art of Couture Sewing by Zoya Nudelman. 21st April.

Knit tops for kids by Muriel Agator. 30th April.

Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida. 7th May.

Simply Tailoring & Alterations by J. Francois-Campbell. 7th May.

Ultimate Sewing Bible by Marie Clayton. 12th May.

Sew Happy by Karin Ziegler. 17th May.

Moda All-stars scraps made simple by Lissa Alexander. 17th May.

By the bundle by Emma Jean Jensen. 31st May.

Favourite Fabric bowls, boxes and vases by Linda Johansen. 31st May.

Selected Fiction

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (join the Colette Book Club to read along with other sewers). Published.

Secrets of the Sewing Bee by Kate Thompson, 10 March.

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby. Published.

Careers in Sewing: Managing Director of a commercial pattern company

Careers in Sewing: Managing Director of a commercial pattern company

careers in sewing

Have you ever considered a Career in Sewing? Do you dream of ditching the 9-5 and pursuing your creative dreams? This year we will be posting interviews for a range of different jobs in the sewing industry, to give you a a taste of what possibilities are out there. This month we are interviewing Sue Haft, Managing Director of The McCall Pattern Company in the UK. Catch up on in the last post in this blog series here.

Sue Haft Managing Director The McCall Pattern Company UK Interview on The Fold Line

careers in sewing what is your background

I have a business degree from Manchester Polytechnic and after a couple of short jobs I started working as a Sales Rep for Simplicity Patterns and I have continued to work in the home sewing business for over 30 years which really ages me doesn’t it? I joined The McCall Pattern Company almost 2 years ago and became Managing Director in September 2014.

careers in sewing about your job

I live near Manchester but the McCall’s office and warehouse are based in Havant in Hampshire so I spend at least 1 to 2 weeks per month away from home. I also visit UK retailers and our European distributors on a regular basis and spend time with other companies within the home sewing world working on joint projects that will be of interest to sewers.

careers in sewing typical day

Sue Haft The McCall Pattern Company with The Eve Appeal Knitting and Stitching Show

There really is no such thing as a typical day. If you take last week as an example I worked in my office on emails, reviewed accounts, attended a meeting relating to “The Eve Appeal” which is a charity we support, worked on our stand at Knitting and Stitching at Olympia, went to the Havant offices for a couple of days, spoke to some customers about a new marketing campaign – oh and answered these questions for “The Fold Line”!

careers in sewing best and worst bits

The best bits are most definitely talking to sewers and seeing the amazing things that they make from our patterns. Whether it’s wedding dresses, vintage gowns, summer dresses, leisure wear, fancy dress, something for the kids or even the pet dog, I am amazed at peoples skills and imagination. I am always delighted that we have played a small part in the making of each item. The worst, well that has to be preparing the annual financial plan and the less said about that the better.

careers in sewing creative career

Let me tell you a secret, I have been in the Sewing business nearly all my working life, I truly love it, but I can’t sew!!!

careers in sewing skills

As I confessed in the previous answer apparently you do not need to sew to run a pattern company, however I do have a general business degree plus qualifications in both Finance and Marketing. For me it’s my years of experience being out on the road as a sales person talking to the sewing community that equips me to do the job I do today.

careers in sewing your tips

That’s difficult to say, but as you can see you don’t need to be a sewer!

careers in sewing if you could do anything else

Since I was very young I have always wanted to own a book shop, I suppose that isn’t an option now but maybe I will have a book trading website when I retire!

what are you working on at the moment

The McCall Pattern Company BIG Vintage Sew-along

I am so excited about our current project, we have just launched The Big Vintage Sew-Along. We have selected 20 vintage designs from McCall’s, Butterick and Vogue Patterns and invited everyone to sew-along together. We have over 20 people blogging about their makes, there are workshops and vintage teas taking place and we will be donating something from every pattern sold to the Eve Appeal.

You can also read our post of the BIG Vintage Sew-along here.

Which pattern would you recommend for beginners

All our brands have patterns that are good for new sewers and many of them actually specify that they are “Learn to Sew” designs or have a sewing rating of very easy. We have two wonderful sewing experts that work with us, so advice is only a phone call away.

 


Thanks Sue for an insight into your job in the world of sewing! Watch out for next month, when we find out what it’s like to be the editor of a sewing magazine!

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Top DIY makes for Easter

Top DIY makes for Easter

The best Easter DIY makes for you and your kids

Easter is a eggcellent (sorry couldn’t resist) time to get stuck into some craft projects, we all have a few days off and what better way to spend it than being creative. Whether you have children to do craft projects with or fancy trying something new, this blog post is stuffed full of inspiring projects to get your creative juices flowing. These DIY Easter projects are all about getting your hands dirty and having a bit of fun. The big question is what are you going to make? Rachel and I have fallen for the cactus eggs.

Cactus Easter Eggs

Bunny Suprise

DIY Candle Holders

Macrame Egg Hanger

Knitted Hot Cross Bun

Bunny Bag

Knitted Bunny

Easter Name Tags

Bunny Egg Cosy

Egg Candles

Easter Screensavers

Paper Bunny Basket

 

BOOK REVIEW: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book + Competition!

BOOK REVIEW: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book + Competition!

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RELEASED today, we know this is a dressmaking book a lot of you have been waiting for! Unlike sewing patterns, where you can usually find reviews for projects, knowing what projects are like in a sewing book and finding reviews of makes can be a bit more tricky. So today we are reviewing, hot off the press, Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book by Gretchen Hirsch.

It’s also COMPETITION TIME! Leave a review for ANY pattern on The Fold Line to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book. Simply search for the garment you have made here, and leave a review for your make on the pattern page. The winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 15th March 12 noon. Open to all members worldwide.

 

what is this book all about

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Gertie’s Ultimate Dress book is Gretchen Hirsch’s third book and this one focuses on dresses plus all the techniques and skills needed for dressmaking. There are 23 vintage-inspired dresses for daywear and parties and an introduction with tutorials on how to sew and choose fabrics. The book has been designed so that you can mix and match different designs to customise the details of each dress to your own style.

what three phrases best describe this book

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For the vintage-lover, A wardrobe of dresses, 1950s rockabilly

what projects are included

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There are 23 dress projects in total and the book also includes paper patterns tucked into an envelope at the back. The dresses can be made in sizes 2 – 16 (American sizing) with Bust 32″ – 46″, Waist 24″ – 38″ and Hips 36″ – 50″.

Day/work dresses: Blue wool work dress, Floral Chiffon dress, Peplum Wiggle dress, Plaid Secretary dress, Floral Day dress, Cherry Corduroy dress, Cranberry Wool dress, Cashmere Peplum dress, Hot pink crepe dress,

Party dresses: Emerald Faille party dress, Flocked Tulle party dress, Pink Lace party dress, Polka Dot day dress, Shantung dress with roses, Wedding dress, Fringed cocktail dress,

Holiday dresses: Faux Sarong dress, Plaid Rockabilly dress, Blue Floral ‘Sailor’ dress, Red eyelet halter sundress,

Out and about dresses: Floral Surplice dress, Lace-up Gingham dress, Beaded Collar wool dress,

who is the book suitable for

There are definitely some dressmaking projects advanced beginners could make from this book, such as Floral day dress, Cherry Corduroy dress, Cranberry wool dress, Beaded collar wool dress or Polka dot day dress. I would say though that the book is aimed more at the dressmaker with some experience who has made a few outfits already. You would then be comfortable making most of the designs in the book but there are still some techniques to challenge you, such as the lace-up gingham dress, Fringed cocktail dress (which required boning) or the Pink Lace party dress. The book has a mix of casual day wear and party dresses so you really could fill your wardrobe for all occasions, there is even a wedding dress! The book has a strong 1950s vintage style throughout, so it’s perfect for fan’s of Gertie’s blog and vintage-lovers. If you aren’t a fan of 1950s style full skirts and nipped in waists then this probably isn’t one for you!

let's have a browse inside

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The book is divided into nine main sections: Getting ready to sew, Basic dress construction, Finishing details, Giving the dress structure, Techniques for special fabrics, Fitting, Patterns, Pattern maps, Resources.

The book starts off with an introduction to selecting fabrics, a list of supplies, laying out your pattern pieces and seam finishes.

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The book then covers basic dress constructions techniques and some stages are accompanied by photos of the methods. Topics include setting a sleeve, inserting a zip and linings/facings.

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The next chapter covers finishing details from hand sewing stitches to hemming, tacks and decorative customising tips such as trims, buttons and bows.

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There is also a section on giving your dress structure, which is really useful as many vintage styles require the addition of boning, ruffles and stays or supports to give the outfit an authentic look.

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There is also help for dealing with specialist or difficult fabrics such as lace or matching plaids. The final instruction chapter covers fitting, finding your size, making a muslin and fitting this to your body shape.

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The lay plans for each pattern are listed at the back of the book and by grouping them together it makes it easier to work out your lay plans if you are mixing and matching the styles.

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The book then follows on with all the dressmaking patterns. Below is the first project in the book, the Blue Wool work dress. The instructions are listed and some of the more complicated stages are illustrated. The turquoise box accompanying each pattern list the key skills needed to make the pattern, supplies and pattern pieces.

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The dressmaking patterns aren’t group in any particular way so we’ve included a sample selection below to give you a feel for the styles included.

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Final thoughts: If you are new to dressmaking you can learn a lot from this book and the dress styles allow you to put all these skills into practice, helpfully listing the skills required and referencing to where the tutorials can be found in the book. It’s always a bonus when paper patterns are included with the book but you will need to trace these. The mix and match nature of the book design is really useful so you can customise you garments easily. If I could change anything it would probably be the book binding, i’m a traditional gal and ring binding is not my thing, but that’s personal preference.


 

Gertie‘s Ultimate Dress Book by Gretchen Hirsch, published by STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (£21.99).

Get your copy here.

Are you going to make anything from Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book? Chat about your makes with fellow sewists in the forum, Sewing Books and Magazines.

 

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Sew Reporter – 6th March

Sew Reporter – 6th March

BVSA social media  MIY March Instagram on The Fold Line  New Sewing pattern round up

It’s been a busy week with the launch of McCall’s Big Vintage sew-along and we’ve been taking part in #MIYMarch16. We took a trip to the Knitting and Stitching show to say hello to everyone and bought a restrained amount of fabric! February was a really bumper month for sewing pattern releases, take a look at all of the dressmaking possibilities here. In the Forum this week there has been lots of chatter about local meet ups.

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Laura blogs at The Petite Passions. where she writes about all of her interests in one place and shares what she has learned in her adventures in dressmaking. Read Laura’s latest post on learning to sew darts while making Tilly and the Button’s Francoise dress. Follow Laura on The Fold Line @thepetitepassions.

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Joan Dress Scruffy Badger Time The Fold Line  What Katie Sews The Avid Seamstress Day Dress The Fold Line  So Zoe What do you know? Blog Applique bunny vintage cord dress


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NEW: CRAFT-ish is a brand new podcast starting soon, get a taster for what’s coming here

NEW: Seamwork RadioOpening up with Jennifer Wiese

While She Naps #67: Etsy wholesale

NEW: Sew Over It vlog: How to Sew a Skirt, can I do it in one hour?

Reyna Lay Designs #21 Matthew Miller of Sunflowerman

Modern Sewciety #086 Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine

NEW: Elise gets Crafty #88 On customer service

SEW REPORTER - PATTERNS

1940s Girl Friday Blouse Decades of Style The Fold Line  Now and Then patterns The Lana Tea Dress The Fold Line  Susie Blouse Sew Over It The Fold Line  Hot Pattersn 1200 Athleisure Layer Cake T The Fold Line

NEW: Decades of style – 1940s Girl Friday Blouse (now in PDF)

NEW: ‘Til the Sun Goes Down – Lana Teadress

NEW: Sew Over It – Susie Blouse

NEW: Hot Patterns – Athleisure Layer Cake T

Papercut patterns – Ahoy collection: Moana dressSea-bell dressStarboard jeansBowline sweaterAdrift dress and Skipper tunic.

Straight Stitch Designs – Wedgwood skirt

Tessuti Fabrics – Jane dress

Jennifer Lauren Vintage – Afternoon Shift dress

New Spring collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and Burdastyle.

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

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

March 2016

Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London, 3rd – 6th March.

Hobby crafts; the Quilting show; the Stitching and sewing show, Glasgow, 3rd – 6th March.

Spring Quilt festival, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 4th – 6th March.

Stitch and Craft UK, Malvern, Worcestershire, 10th – 12th March.

William Morris: in pursuit of beauty, V&A Museum, London, 12th – 13th March.

Botanical Inks workshop, Bristol, 14th April.

Indigo and the art of natural dyeing, Cornwall, 14th – 18th March.

Sew Brit Bag Camp, Uttoxeter, 18th – 21st March.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland exhibition, Dundee, 19th March – 1st May.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 17th – 20th March.

Quinary, Bath, 29th March – 9th April.

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

SEW REPORTER - BOOKS

Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles by Gretchen Hirsch. 8th March.

Sunday sews by Theresa Gonzalez. 22nd March.

Sewing with knits and stretch fabrics by Sharon Czachor. 24th March.

Striking strip quilts by Kate Henderson. 28th March.

Pattern making with Stretch Knit Fabrics by Julie Cole. 7th April.

The Art of Couture Sewing by Zoya Nudelman. 21st April.

Knit tops for kids by Muriel Agator. 30th April.

Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida. 7th May.

Simply Tailoring & Alterations by J. Francois-Campbell. 7th May.

Ultimate Sewing Bible by Marie Clayton. 12th May.

Sew Happy by Karin Ziegler. 17th May.

Moda All-stars scraps made simple by Lissa Alexander. 17th May.

By the bundle by Emma Jean Jensen. 31st May.

Favourite Fabric bowls, boxes and vases by Linda Johansen. 31st May.

Selected Fiction

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (join the Colette Book Club to read along with other sewers). Published.

Secrets of the Sewing Bee by Kate Thompson, 10 March.

The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby. Published.

The sewing pattern round up – February

The sewing pattern round up – February

New Sewing pattern round up

It’s been a bumper month of new pattern releases, check out all the dressmaking possibilities below! Keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for February 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 February and why she likes the patterns so much.

We’ve also included some other new releases we’ve added to the site with links to check out the sewing pattern reviews or post your own.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for February

Maven PatternsFrench Dart Shift

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“The new French dart Shift tunic from Maven Patterns caught my eye. I love the clean lines of this style and it looks slightly 1960s yet very modern with the rolled collar and three sleeve options.”

Papercut patternsBowline sweater

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“Papercut Patterns released the Ahoy Collection and it’s hard to pick a favourite from the six gorgeous designs with plentiful variations. I’m most inspired by the Bowline sweater though, love that twisted neckline and I’m really intrigued to see how it is constructed.” Check out the rest of the Papercut patterns released below.

SeamworkAlmada robe

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“I’m also really taken with the Almada Robe which was one of the patterns released with Colette’s Seamwork Magazine this month. I think it’s the fabric they’ve used for the sample that has persuaded me and I’m on the hunt for the perfect double gauze to make myself one in! I love the big kimono sleeves and front tie which sets it apart style wise from other robe patterns I’ve seen.”

Other pattern releases this month

Papercut patterns – Ahoy collection (from left to rightSkipper dress, Moana dress, Sea-bell dress, Starboard jeans, Adrift dress)

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StarboardJeansFr_3cd5e0fd-aba8-4f3f-82ca-77687c89c9f4_large  AdriftSwish_aa93d1f9-b24f-4716-9a8a-81cba3ae3ce2_large

Marilla WalkerRose Jacket

Marilla Walker Rose Jacket

Sew Me SomethingHelena Dress

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Paprika patternsOpal cardigan

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Sew Over ItBetty dress add-on pack

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By Hand LondonSarah shirt

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Grainline StudiosArcher popover variation pack and FREE bow tie pattern

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Tilly and the ButtonsDominique skirt

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Jennifer Lauren VintageAfternoon Shift dress (Afternoon blouse add-on)

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Tessuti fabricsJane Dress

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Straight Stitch DesignsWedgwood skirt

Wedgwood skirt Straight Stitch Designs The Fold Line

Seamwork – Lisbon nightgown

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Hot patternsLayer cake tee

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Colette – FREE Moneta dress collar extras

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New Spring pattern collections from McCallsVogueButterickKwik Sew, SimplicityNew Look and BurdaStyle.

The Big Vintage Sew-along #bvsewalong

The Big Vintage Sew-along #bvsewalong

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Hot off the press we are here to tell you about the Big Vintage Sew-along, launching today! You are invited to sew your favourite fashion era from a selection of vintage sewing patterns spanning the 1930s to 1960s. The Sew-along is being hosted by Butterick to raise money for The Eve Appeal charity and will run until the Knitting and Stitching Show in October. There will be lots of exciting things happening throughout the year including vintage workshops, events in stores, a fantastic bloggers tour and finishing with a vintage tea party.

How can you get involved?

You can join in the sew-along with sewists from all over the country to help raise funds and awareness for The Eve Appeal charity by sewing one of the dressmaking patterns from the inspiration vintage edit (all 20 patterns are listed below). Monies raised from the sale of each pattern will go towards helping The Eve Appeal achieve better detection and prevention of women’s cancers. You can find out more about the work of The Eve Appeal charity here.

The Eve Appeal Charity

As the year progresses you can see what everyone else is making by searching for #bvsewalong on Instagram and Twitter and of course share your makes too. Post a photo with the hastag #bvsewalong and copy in @McCallpatternUK on Twitter or @McCallpatternUK on Instagram. There are also some vintage Pinterest boards for inspiration. Find out more details from Butterick about the sew-along here.

What are the vintage sewing patterns?

You are really spoilt for choice with twenty vintage sewing patterns from across the decades (1930s to the 1960s) including dresses, tops, skirts and jackets. We’ve listed them all here so you can have a browse and add favourites to your wishlist.

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1940s vintage sewing pattern selection

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1950s vintage sewing pattern selection

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1960s vintage sewing pattern selection

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Vintage-inspired sewing pattern selection

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Who is taking part in the blogger tour?

There is a whole host of talented sewing bloggers who have kindly agreed to make their favourite vintage pattern from the collection to inspire your sewing projects and we’ll be taking part too! For the full schedule take a look here.

Katie Marcus What Katie SewsKatie Marcus What Katie Sews blog

Portia Lawrie Makery  Portia Lawrie Makery blog

Amy Almond RockAmy Almond Rock blog

By Hand London    By Hand London blog

Handmade JaneHandmade Jane blog

Jen Walker The Gingerthread girl  The Ginger Thread girl blog

Lisa Comfort Sew Over It  soi-logo-round

Janene Spencer Ooobop  Janene Spencer ooobop blog

Marie A Stitching Odyssey  Marie A Stitching Odyssey blog

Kerry Patternson Kestrel Makes  Kerry Patterson Kestrel Makes blog

Fiona Parker Diary of a Chainstitcher blog  Fiona Parker Diary of a Chainstitcher

Karen Ball Did you make that? blog  Karen Ball Did you make that?

Laura Clarke Sew For Victory  Laura Clarke Sew for Victory blog

Nina Chang Thumblenina  Nina Chang Thumble Nina sewing blog

Charlotte Powell English Girl at Home blogCharlotte Powell English Girl at Home

Gabby Young Living on a shoe stringGabby Young Living on a shoe string logo

Rachel Pinheiro House of Pinheiro  Rachel Pinheiro House of Pinheiro blog

Elena Rose Brown Randomly HappyElena Rose Brown Randomly Happy Blog

Winnie Longhurst Scruffy Badger Time  Winnie Longhurst Scruffy Badger Time blog

 

And you will be seeing an appearance from us too! Wondering what everyone will be making? Well that’s a surprise so you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

Find others who are taking part in the Big Vintage Sew-along and chat about your makes in the forum.