Sew Reporter – 31st July

Sew Reporter – 31st July

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This week we announced the speakers and sewing prefects for The Sewing Weekender. We also joined Snapchat, come and follow us! Details this week were released for One Week, One Pattern, starting in September. Also have a look at the new pattern releases, there have been loads! We’ve included upcoming events for August and new sewing book releases to look out for until the end of the year.


Antipodean Stitcher blogger The Fold Line

Pamela is based in Sydney Australia and blogs at Antipodean Stitcher where she shares her sewing projects. Pamela’s most recent make is the Papercut pattern Bowline sweater! You can follow Pamela on The Fold Line @antipodeanstitcher






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Charlie dress By Hand London
Rosie dress Sew Over It
Springfield top Cashmerette

Ogden cami True Bias
Emerson crop pants True Bias
Cordelia maternity camisole SoZo

NEW: By Hand London – Charlie dress

NEW: Sew Over It – Rosie dress

NEW: Cashmerette – Springfield top

NEW: True Bias – Ogden cami

NEW: True Bias – Emerson crop pants/shorts

NEW: SoZo – Cordelia maternity camisole

Rochelle New – Pixie Wallet

Designer Stitch – Kerry Capelet

New Summer 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.




One week one pattern

One week, one pattern (OWOP) is a sewing challenge where participants wear variations on one pattern every day for a week. Find out more here from Hannah of Cinderellis Sews.

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

Local meet-ups regularly organised in the UK for BristolCentral LondonWalthamstow (North London), CambridgeBirmingham and Norwich.

August 2016

Robert Elms on Menswear, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 4th August.

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham, 11th – 14th August.

Tapestry Weaving Introduction, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 20th August.

Thread and Thrift with Mandy Pattullo, Chateau Dumas, France 20 – 27th August.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 27th August.

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The Sewing Weekender – Sewing Prefects and Speakers!

The Sewing Weekender – Sewing Prefects and Speakers!


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It’s now only three weeks until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing Prefects and Speakers who will be joining us over the weekend.

To find out more about this weekend, check out The Sewing Weekender page for all the details. For attendees, we will be sending you the itinerary and all the details you need in the next couple of days.

Sewing Speakers and Prefects

To help you with your sewing projects and/or give a talk about sewing, we have the following talented ladies on Saturday and Sunday!

Tilly-with-scissorsTilly Walnes, Tilly and the Buttons

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Birth of a Sewing Pattern – Ever wondered how a sewing pattern is made? Tilly Walnes will take us behind the scenes at Tilly and the Buttons to share the secrets of how their sewing patterns are developed, from concept to final product.”

Tilly Walnes is founder and director of Tilly and the Buttons, which creates gorgeous, easy-to-use sewing patterns and online workshops for the new wave of DIY dressmakers. Tilly is also the author of the award-winning and bestselling sewing book, Love at First

Find out more about Tilly: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

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Saturday Sewing Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Creative thinking excerise: Expanding your creativity while increasing your sewing skills one pattern at a time.”

Rachel Pinheiro is one of the UK’s most well known sewing bloggers. She has a wide range of sewing skills and often shares her tips for improving your skills and learning about different fabrics. More recently you can find her sharing her creative lifestyle on Snapchat.

Find out more about Rachel: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Snapchat houseOFpinheiro.


BlogPicJuly16Gabby Young, Gabberdashery

Saturday Sewing Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “SEW ‘N’ TELL – Tips and Tricks for Vlogging. Gabby from Gabberdashery talks about setting up a sewing vlog, her tips for filming, editing and content and the tricks she has picked up along the way.”

Gabby Young was one of the first sewers to start a vlog and posts weekly about her makes. Although she only discovered a love of sewing 2 years ago, Gabby regularly posts tutorials on sewing techniques and loves being part of the community. She also makes costumes for her performances in her career as a singer/songwriter.

Find out more about Gabby: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.


about-page-profileElena Rosa Brown, Randomly Happy

Saturday Sewing Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Creating a meaningful wardrobe – choosing what to sew and how to make sure the things you wear bring you joy

Elena Rosa Brown loves arts and crafts and is addicted to sewing. On Elena’s blog you will find everything beautifully photographed with a gallery of her handmade wardrobe and lots of DIY projects for you and your little ones. She writes great reviews and makes a range of outfits from simple tees to jeans, so you are sure to find something to inspire you.

Find out more about Elena: Blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.


DSC09066Marilla Walker, Marilla Walker

Saturday Sewing Prefect / Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Deconstruction and development: building a knowledge of garment design 

Marilla Walker is an independent pattern designer with a passion for all things sewing, textiles and making. Marilla is particularly interested in how patterns are constructed and influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian designs. She writes regularly on her blog about what inspires her and tutorials on how to hack her patterns. See her full pattern range here.

Find out more about Marilla: Blog, Instagram, Twitter.


DSC_1487-750x750Grace Whowell, Beyond Measure

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Beautiful things – Grace Whowell talks about the development of her online shop Beyond Measure and her commitment to working with other small business and makers to develop unique products.”

Grace is an independent business owner with a passion for supporting talented craftspeople from small companies. Grace has been sewing since she was young and her love of all things handmade began during her career in contemporary craft galleries. Find out what it takes to run your own sewing business.

Find out more about Grace: Blog, Facebook, InstagramTwitter, Pinterest.


Sew Reporter  – 24th July

Sew Reporter – 24th July

getting to know sewing bloggers The Fold Line
Golden ticket winner Sewing Weekender

This week read in our Getting to know bloggers series meet Gabby, Abi and Chuleenan. We are also excited to announce a new local sewing group for sewers in Norwich, find out more here. Congratulations to Kate Romy who won a ticket to The Sewing Weekender with Girl Charlee UK. For those of you who are coming, the itinerary will be released very soon!


Blogger The Fold Line Erin Van Handel

Erin blogs at Sie Macht/She Makes where she loves to share her makes and offers lots of tips and advice. Currently on her sewing table are the Reno bikini top and Dakota bottoms, also check out Erin’s top tips for surviving a long term sewing project! You can follow Erin on The Fold Line @erinvanhandel


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Dita dress Wear Lemonade
Pixie Wallet Lucky Lucille New Sewing pattern
Hippie dress and top Vanessa Pouzet

Poppy playsuit Sew Over It
Style Arc Eliane jumpsuit
Kerry Capelet Designer Stitch new sewing pattern

NEW: Rochelle New – Pixie Wallet

NEW: Designer Stitch – Kerry Capelet

Designer Stitch – Georgia dress

Wear Lemonade – Dita wrap dress

Vanessa Pouzet – Hippie dress and top

Sew Over It- Poppy Playsuit

StyleArc – Eliane Jumpsuit

Fancy Tiger Crafts – Adventure Tank

Seamwork – Eugene T-shirt

New Summer 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.





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

Local meet-ups regularly organised in the UK for BristolCentral LondonWalthamstow (North London), CambridgeBirmingham and Norwich.

July 2016

Block printing with Tobias and The Angel, Lingfield, Surrey, 22nd and 30th July.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 23rd July.

The Business of Sewing with Tilly Walnes (Tilly and the Buttons), Fashion and Textile Museum, 28th July.

Print and Pattern play, Toulouse, France, 30th July – 6th August.

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Getting to know Sewing Bloggers

Getting to know Sewing Bloggers


We now have 210 sewing bloggers as part of The Fold Line community and to celebrate this we wanted to start sharing their amazing makes with you. Sometimes it can be difficult to find new blogs to inspire your sewing projects so as this year continues we’ll be sharing them with you. Now let’s meet Gabby from Gabberdashery, Abi from Crafty Pin Up and Chuleenan from Csews.


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Tell us a bit about what you write about on your blog?

Well my blog used to be about of lots of things- DIY, cooking, crafty until I fell in with sewing and now it’s totally a sewing blog with a bit of knitting thrown in now and then. It’s mainly a record of all the things I’ve made but I love doing tutorials, reviews and sew-a-longs at they are a great way to connect with fellow sewists.

Why and when did you start blogging? 

The actual sewing blog started October 2014 because the moment I made my first dress I was completely obsessed with all things sewing and loved writing about, photographing and sharing my makes. I love reading sewing blogs as I find them so inspiring to make my own clothes so I blog to inspire others to do the same.

 What do you like about it? How often do you blog?

There are so many things I love about blogging- from having an online record that I can look back on how much I’ve improved to reading a comment that just makes your day. I really enjoy the aesthetic side of it too – as one of my hats is being a web designer I really enjoy editing the pictures, playing with fonts and graphics – I change up my blog a lot – just for fun! I try to blog once a week but sometimes that’s impossible and other times I have so much to write about and more time so I’m blogging nearly every day. I have so much to blog about it’s hard to keep up with sometimes!

What is your best pattern make/project you are most proud of?

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It’s got to be my first coat – Waffle Pattern’s Pepernoot Hooded Coat – it may not be perfect but I love every inch of it! It was the first ‘big project’ that I really took my time over and even did all the hand sewing (which I too often avoid!) I actually look forward to the cold days to wear it as it is like a sauna in there!!

 What are your favourite other blogs to read? Who inspires you?

Oh so many – my bloglovin feed is getting ridiculous! Tilly & The Buttons was the first one I got into before I even started sewing and it totally inspired me to take the plunge. I really enjoy A Stitching Odyssey – she always inspires new vintage makes, English Girl at Home just makes me happy with her immaculate makes and Scruffy Badger is always a good read. Since I started a video blog last month I’ve been getting really into them too – Stitch My Style, Inside Number 23, Sewn and of course, Sew Over It are all endlessy inspiring!

Where do you sew?

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I am unbelievably lucky as I have 2 sewing spaces!! I’m either sewing under my husband and I’s loft bed where there’s a big cutting/sewing table that he made me, netflix on and my dog under the table surrounded by my stage costumes or when it’s warmer I’m enjoying the sun and wildlife in my lovely summerhouse that we built at the bottom of the garden which is full to the brim of fabric and trimmings that I inherited from a wonderful family friend who was a very important dressmaker. Both spaces inspire me and I feel incredibly fortunate to have them.

What are you making now/next project?

I have a ridiculous neverending list of ‘to sews’ especially after lusting after everyone’s Me Made May’s wardrobe but I’m about to crack on with my Butterick’s Big Vintage Sewalong project as I’m very excited to be one on the blogger tour and I have big plans to start making more structured dresses and jumpsuits for my new music project that I’ve started working on – it’s a change of direction for me which means I can have fun reinventing my stage wardrobe!!

Find Gabby online

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Tell us a bit about what you write about on your blog?

I use my blog to review and document my dress making – which spurs me on to keep creating! I blog about my vintage inspired sewing, from true vintage patterns from the 1940s through to the 1960s, to modern reproductions with a retro feel. Along with pattern reviews, I also like to create vintage sewing inspiration posts, I’ve got a fabulous 1950s tiki style inspiration post coming up. Collating images and fabric swatches keeps me inspired and almost always leads to future sewing projects!

Why and when did you start blogging? 

I only started my sewing blog back in April. It’s something I’ve wanted to start for such a long time, but this Spring came around and the timing felt right! It provides me with a much needed, selfish creative outlet. I’m self employed, so I view my sewing blog as my ‘me’ time! Since starting my blog I’ve made more garments in the space of 4 months then I did all of last year.

 What do you like about it? How often do you blog?

I try to blog at least once every couple of weeks, which is how often I try to sew a little something for myself. I’m a big lover of Instagram so I usually post on there everyday! I haven’t bought any clothes since I started my blog back in April so I’ve been making garments quite regularly to build up my ‘me made’ wardrobe. Plus Summer is always such a great time to sew up some 50s style dresses! I love the sewing community I’ve discovered since blogging and I always like to share my mistakes on my blog too, it helps me learn from other sewists, and others can learn from my mistakes too!

What is your best pattern make/project you are most proud of?

I feel like every time I make a new garment, my technique has improved in some way or I’ve learnt a new skill. So usually my last make is what I’m most proud of. However I do love my Butterick ’53 B5708 – Shoulder Tie Dress and my Butterick ’47 – B5209 – 1940s Tea Dress – both the fabrics have been my favourite so far.  Fabric choice can really make the outfit!

 What are your favourite other blogs to read? Who inspires you?

Oh my gosh so many! There are so many wonderful sewists out there, I love to follow them on Instagram. I love any sewing blogger recreating vintage styles and I’m a sucker for good photography. My favorites are Vintage on Tap & Gussets and Godets.

Where do you sew?

I’m self employed and my business is designing & sewing retro lingerie and nightwear. So what was once my dining room is now my sewing studio. I’m constantly surrounded by lace and ruffles, but at least once a fortnight I’ll tidy up and I’ll squeeze in a dress or two!

What are you making now/next project?

My next projects are super vintage style Summer outfits. I’m working on an altered version of the Butterick patterns by Gertie – Bolero, Bustier, Sarong & Shorts pattern. But I don’t want to say what I’m doing with the pattern yet in case I fail miserably! Later this month I’ll also be working on my entry for Simplicity’s sewing challenge, using the vintage pattern choice. I can’t wait to start working on these!
But up next on my blog is my review of the Butterick B5930 dress with a really beautiful Summer fabric – very Mad Men! Here’s a peek:

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Tell us a bit about what you write about on your blog?

My blog focuses mostly on things I make, usually clothes for myself, and occasionally something I make for my husband. I’ve also reviewed some sewing books on my blog. Once in a while I’ll blog about hats because I collect and wear hats a lot – and sometimes I make hats. There’s usually some sewing or fabric connection to my posts.

 Why and when did you start blogging?

When I launched my blog in November 2011, I was working for a company that used a CMS that wasn’t very user-friendly. So I decided to learn WordPress by starting a blog. I thought it would be fun to blog about sewing because the subject matter had nothing to do with my job. Plus I had resumed sewing after a long hiatus.

What do you like about it? How often do you blog?

I like documenting what I’ve made. My blog helps me keep track of what I’ve made, what I liked or didn’t like about a pattern, and if I make it again, I can refer to the post if I can’t recall how I made something. And if I’m stuck trying to figure something out or I want an opinion, I can always pose a questions and get some answers.


 What is your best pattern make/project you are most proud of?

I’m proud of the first By Hand London Anna Dress I made. I made two muslins to get the bodice adjustments right. It was my first experience using a border print and I had fun experimenting with pattern placement. The fabric had a strong geometric print that got bigger as you got closer to the selvages. I cut the bodice perpendicular to the grain and I made a point of not matching the two back pieces so I had two different parts of the directional print on opposite sides of the invisible zipper. That dress was a finalist for Sewing Indie Month in 2014. I’ve worn the dress to work, to jazz concerts, and most recently, to a wedding.

 What are your favourite other blogs to read? Who inspires you?

I enjoy reading Sew Busy Lizzy’s blog and seeing what’s she’s made. We’ve sometimes made things from the same Japanese sewing books. I’m in awe of Handmade by Carolyn who’s currently in the midst of wearing everything handmade for a year – from her clothes to her shoes, and even boots! I love seeing what Rachel of House of Pinheiro is making as well as her lovely photos. And I always get a kick from seeing what Heather of Handmade by Heather B is making, particularly her vintage makes and hats. I get inspired by what these ladies make.



Where do you sew?

I sew in the so-called dining area of the apartment, just off the kitchen. I’m also surrounded by my husband’s bookcases. The space is pretty tight. Here’s a little guide to the photo of my sewing space: 1. Two bins of patterns, rolls of tracing paper, serger. 2. There’s a tall skinny shelf next to the table where I have another sewing machine, sewing books, patterns, and supplies. On the table, spools of thread, marking pens and erasable highlighters, seam roll. 3. Sewing machine with pattern pieces for the Itch to Stitch Kathryn top draped over it. 4. Sewing patterns and random pieces of fabric; 5. Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style book, cutting mat. 6. Scissors on hooks attached to wire cart, which has fabric in it. The red fabric covers the cotton mat when I’m not sewing. 7. My steam iron and box of Kleenex with limited edition Betsy Johnson design – zippers on one side, leopard print on the other. To the left of the iron is a five-drawer plastic cart where I keep my machine and hand sewing needles, buttons, more scissors, and other supplies. There are also smaller three-drawer carts next to that cart with thread, stay tape, and projects in progress in them.

 What are you making now/next project?

I have three things in the muslin stage. I’m about half done with the Kathryn knit top, which I’m making with a solid violet knit rayon. I think it will be a wearable muslin. I also cut out my muslin for the fun Mimosa culottes by Named Patterns. It’s waiting to be stitched up. Last year I made one muslin for a knit dress using a 1970s Vogue pattern. I need to finish making my adjustments to the pattern and make a second muslin. I bought some expensive wool double-knit fabric to make a color-blocked version of the dress. My goal is to finally finish it this year so I can wear it in the fall. Also on deck is Christine Haynes latest pattern, the Lottie. I just bought some lovely cotton voile so I may just go ahead and make that, too.

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Sew Reporter – 17th July

Sew Reporter – 17th July

Mollie Makes Handmade awards
Sewing Weekender win a ticket with Girl Charlee
Great British Sewing Bee episode 8

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks with the final of the Great British Sewing Bee and our day at the Mollie Makes Handmade awards, where we won the award for championing independent businesses! Read all about what we got up to here. We’re also running our final competition to win a ticket for The Sewing Weekender with Girl Charlee UK


Frankie knit wits owls blogger The Fold Line

Frankie blogs at KnitWitsOwls where she loves to craft and sew lots of garments. Check out her most recent make – Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress. You can follow Frankie on The Fold Line @frankieknitwitsowls






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Dita dress Wear Lemonade
Georgia dress Designer Stitch
Hippie dress and top Vanessa Pouzet

Poppy playsuit Sew Over It
Style Arc Eliane jumpsuit
Adventure tank Fancy Tiger crafts

NEW: Designer Stitch – Georgia dress

NEW: Wear Lemonade – Dita wrap dress

NEW: Vanessa Pouzet – Hippie dress and top

Sew Over It- Poppy Playsuit

StyleArc – Eliane Jumpsuit

Fancy Tiger Crafts – Adventure Tank

Seamwork – Eugene T-shirt

Decades of Style – Cats Cradle Dress

Ready to Sew – Josette Top

Megan Nielsen – Reef camisole and shirts set

New Summer 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.


Sewing Weekender win a ticket with Girl Charlee
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Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions, jobs and craft fairs.

Local meet-ups regularly organised in the UK for BristolCentral LondonWalthamstow (North London), Cambridge and Birmingham.

July 2016

T-shirt upcycling at Walthamstow garden party, TRAID, London, 16th July.

The enduring appeal of Folk embroidery, Hand and Lock Studio, 18th July.

Make the future: why craft education matters, TRAID, London, 18th July.

Royal Millinery – the many hats of Queen Elizabeth, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 21st July.

Block printing with Tobias and The Angel, Lingfield, Surrey, 22nd and 30th July.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 23rd July.

The Business of Sewing with Tilly Walnes (Tilly and the Buttons), Fashion and Textile Museum, 28th July.

Print and Pattern play, Toulouse, France, 30th July – 6th August.

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Careers in Sewing: Freelance Sewing Industry Expert

Careers in Sewing: Freelance Sewing Industry Expert


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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 sewing jobs to give you a taste of what possibilities are out there. Today we interview Wendy Gardiner who is a freelance sewing industry expert. With over 25 years experience in the industry find out about Wendy’s many jobs and how she manages to juggle them all!

careers in sewing what is your background

I started working life on a magazine for the British Army in Germany. On my return to the UK, I got the job as Editor for Vogue Patterns and Butterick magazines partly because of my journalist background in magazines coupled with my passion for sewing. I have sewn since a very small child!

careers in sewing about your job

I am freelance and work for a number of clients and indeed, have worked with most of the major sewing industry companies over my career. I am currently working with McCall’s patterns as Brand Ambassador which is fabulous as well as consultant for Hemline products and Workshop Manager for the Twisted Thread team of Upper Street Events, organising their workshop programmes for Festival of Quilts and all 5 of the Knitting and Stitching shows. I also write articles for sewing magazines, books, present DVDs and am a guest presenter on Create and Craft TV for Brother sewing machines and McCall’s of course.

careers in sewing typical day

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Work constantly and forget to stop for coffee! I start the day checking emails on the three accounts I have – my own, McCall’s and the Twisted Thread one, answering as many as possible immediately as I hate a full in box! I am meticulous about answering and filing away, only keeping those that I need a response for in my sent box as an aide memorie on unfinished business. I will then either write an article, work on a workshop programme – which might be putting together the programme, liaising with the tutors, working on images, creating PDFs etc. for articles I write, I usually have to sew samples and or draw diagrams. I also create projects for classes I teach. And then of course, I might be away at Create and Craft TV doing shows, or at exhibitions running the workshop programme or at various venues teaching.

careers in sewing best and worst bits Best is the diversity of my work, worse, is with the diversity comes the need to juggle all the time. I can never work on one project at a time – always have to do a bit of everything to keep all pots simmering nicely! Deadlines are also another best and worse – good to keep you on track, bad as they have to be met!

careers in sewing creative career

I always knew that I didn’t want a 9-5 same old same old! I didn’t specifically set out to have a creative career though.

careers in sewing skills

As I said, I got the first job in the sewing industry because of my background working on a magazine in Germany and that job I got partly because I was in the right place at the right time, and had the skill set they were looking for. I have continued to train – going on various courses in magazine production. The sewing side of things I have learned myself through tried and tested experience and working with pattern companies, sewing machine companies, haberdashery etc.

careers in sewing your tips

Walkaway dress Wendy

Going freelance can be scary as there is no guarantee of a monthly income and you have to prove yourself constantly. There is no sick pay, holiday pay or possibly period of notice! Having said that, if you are willing to turn your hand at almost anything you can make a go of it. Take on small jobs whilst looking for the big one. Contact magazines you would like to write for – make sure you know what they are looking for so that you can pitch ideas that they will be receptive to. Look at companies you would like to work with and come up with ideas that will interest them – for instance, if you think their social media could do with a real boost and that is a strength you have – pitch some ideas. Always keep looking ahead – even if busy now, you still need to think about what you will be doing in months to come.

careers in sewing if you could do anything else

Present a daytime TV show on sewing. Not a competition, just a lovely encompassing show that teaches people how to sew. There used to be a programme, many, many years ago that involved four-five women who shared their crafts, cooking, gardening and sewing with each show concentrating on one of the discipline. I’d like to do that.

careers-in-sewing-what are you working on

For Upper Street I am working on the Festival of Quilts show, final details of the workshops and how they will run plus the Fashion Show at the event which I organise as well as the autumn programmes for Knitting and Stitching in Dublin and Harrogate. For McCalls I am working on various articles for magazines, plus going around the country teaching in shops for the Big Vintage Sewalong, plus doing a video clip for the Mondrian Dress which was recently launched as an exclusive limited edition pattern. For Hemline I am blogging and doing product reviews which is an ongoing job, plus preparing to do some new video clips for You Tube. I am also preparing scripts and samples for two new classes I am going to film at the end of August. So pretty full on as usual!


If you haven’t sewn garments before, go for one of the McCalls Learn to Sew for Fun designs or a Very Easy Very Vogue pattern or a Butterick easy pattern. These take you through the design step by step with fully illustrated instructions. My favourites of the moment are:

McCalls 7122 a Learn to Sew dress for stretch fabrics which is so easy and quick to make and being stretch, is easier to fit!

M7122 learn to sew for fun

Or palazzo pants in Butterick 5893 because they are so fab! The elasticated waist is also easier to sew and great for fitting.


Butterick 6077 is a great Very Easy design of a jacket with waterfall collar.

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What’s not to like and finally, my Vogue Pattern choice is V9053, elegant and easy, and just like the dress Charlotte made in the final show of the recent GBSB.


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Mollie Makes Handmade Awards

Mollie Makes Handmade Awards


We had an absolutely lovely day at the Mollie Makes Handmade awards yesterday. Now in it’s third year the awards have been set up by the magazine to champion great craftsmanship and to support creative entrepreneurship. We are big fans of the magazine and when we heard about the awards we went and had a look at the categories to see if there was anything that would fit with The Fold Line. This year, alongside the other categories, there was a new one called the Handmade Champion award that recognises the people promoting and supporting independent businesses and we decided to apply for this category.

We found out a couple of weeks ago that we had been shortlisted for the award. On the awards day we had a 15 minute slot to pitch our business to 8 judges. This year on the judging panel were:  Allison Sadler of The People Shop (a former winner!), Jade from Wool & the Gang, Jennie from Etsy, Zoe from Pinterest UK, Sinead from Crafty Fox Market, Kat Molesworth of Blogtacular and Harriet and Rosie from Tatty Devine. Yes we know – quite a formidable line up!!

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The day itself was absolutely fantastic and a really friendly and inspiring atmosphere. Mollie Makes had laid on lots of activities for us to do, which we hadn’t realised was happening so the whole day felt like a fabulous creative conference. We started with a photo walk with photographer Xanthe Berkeley. If you don’t follow her on Instagram, do so immediately!! We walked around East London taking photos and generally getting to know everyone. It was so much fun, she is really talented and has a fantastic eye for detail.

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After lunch it was time for all the businesses shortlisted in our category to face the panel!  We thought long and hard about how to do our pitch. We wanted to tell the judges about the independent pattern designers that we support and how we are trying to create a platform for small companies to get heard. Because Mollie Makes is all about the handmade we decided that a video would be a fun way to start the pitch and had decided to make each judge a little present to show them our creative side!

Here is a snapshot of the video we showed them..

Kate spray painted the haberdashery so that they were in the colours of The Fold Line brand and we used our custom printed fabric to make up little zipped pouches to everything in. We weren’t really sure how the pitch had gone but we got some great advice about how we could move the business forward and work towards leaving our day jobs and working on The Fold Line full time. It’s a very long way off but the judges had some great ideas of what they thought would be possible. It’s hard when you work for yourself to know if you are doing a good job or if what you are doing even sounds like a viable business so it was really nice to hear that other people think it is!


After our pitch we attended a fantastic calligraphy workshop  with Quill London which we really enjoyed, it was the perfect way to calm down. We’ve just discovered they do neon inks, I think this is going to be my new obsession!


We had some amazing companies in our category including Live it, Love it, Make it who are craft bloggers and also The Maker Place that sells gorgeous homewares from independent designers so we really didn’t think we would win it! The winners were announced at the end of the day and these are the other category winner, which are well worth checking out:

Youth Award – Sew Cool Dolls

Start-Up Award – One and Eight

Established Business Award – Zeena Shah

Creative Idea Award – Peas and Needles – a weaving bicycle

Handmade Champion Award – US!

We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us since we launched in October last year. The Fold Line only exists because of all you lovely members who keep coming to the site.


Great British Sewing Bee – The Final!

Great British Sewing Bee – The Final!



Image: Love Productions

   Congratulations to Charlotte the winner this seasons Great British Sewing Bee!!

It’s been an amazing eight weeks and this is our last offering for pattern picks and sewing tutorials! If you haven’t already seen our dedicated Sewing Bee page do take a look, we’ve got loads of exciting Sewing Bee goodness! Take a look at what everyone is saying about the show in the forum Great British Sewing bee chit-chat and specifically about this episode here.

Grreat british sewing bee - pattern picks


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Sewing bee - top sewings

Here are some tips and tutorials from indie designers and bloggers so that you can learn the techniques used to make the patterns in the show from the finals.

Task 1 – Mens Dress Shirt

Want help sewing cuffs.. here is a tutorial from Grainline Studio


A great tutroial on sewing pin tucks from Tilly and the Buttons

Sewing Beautiful Tucks

Attach a shirt collar and stand by Sewaholjc with their step-by-step tutorial



Task 3 – Alteration Challenge

DIY tutorial to make a suit jacket into this super chic dress from a pair and a spare.


Another great bog where dreams and seams has turned a mens suit into this jumpsuit.

Anzug upcycling – 017


Task 3 – Evening Dresses

Fancy trying your hand at sewing with sequins.. here is a handy post from By Hand London.


How to hem sheer fabrics.. with the Haby Goddess


Fancy sewing with slippery fabric.. this post from By Hand London is fantastic.


Have a go at sewing your own corset – here is a free pattern from Ralph Pink.


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Sew Reporter – 3rd July

Sew Reporter – 3rd July

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This week on the blog we posted pattern inspiration and tutorials from episode 7 of The Great British Sewing Bee for semi finals week. We also have out monthly roundup of all the new sewing patterns releases. In the Forum you’ve been chatting about finding boys sewing patterns.


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Lousie blogs at Sew Sensational where she shares her love sewing, a stripe addict, cat fan and lives and sews in Yorkshire. Check out her most recent post about her holiday maxi dress – and her amazing trip to Italy! You can follow Lousie on The Fold Line @sewsensational



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NEW: Sew Over It- Poppy Playsuit

NEW: StyleArc – Eliane Jumpsuit

NEW:  Fancy Tiger Crafts – Adventure Tank

NEW: Seamwork – Eugene T-shirt

NEW: Decades of Style – Cats Cradle Dress

NEW: Ready to Sew – Josette Top

Megan Nielsen – Reef camisole and shirts set

Grainline Studio – Penny Raglan

Closet Case Files – Sophie swimsuit 

Tilly and the buttons – Marigold jumpsuit and trousers

Waffle patterns – Vanilla diagonal knit top

Ready to Sew – Jacob top

Vogue® Patterns – Mondrian shift dress

Tessuti Fabrics – Berlin jacket

New Summer 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, jobs and craft fairs.

Local meet-ups regularly organised in the UK for BristolCentral LondonWalthamstow (North London), Cambridge and Birmingham.

July 2016

The Business of Sewing with Tilly Walnes (Tilly and the Buttons), Fashion and Textile Museum, 28th July.

Missoni Art Colour, Fashion and Textile Museum, London. 6th May – 4th September.

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


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Selected Fiction

The Sewing pattern round up – June

The Sewing pattern round up – June

New Sewing pattern round up

We have over 20 new pattern releases this month with lots of new summer dressmaking options. If you are looking for sewing pattern inspiration from the Great British Sewing bee, check out our pattern inspiration posts from Episode 5Episode 6 and Episode 7. Keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for June 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 June 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 June

Iconic patterns – #1502 Cape blazer

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“I’m always most excited about pattern releases which are unlike anything I’ve seen offered up before and this is why the new #1502 Cape Blazer from Iconic Patterns has got me swooning! It’s really fashion forward whilst seeming classic at the same time because of it’s clean lines. So classy.”

Megan Nielsen – Reef camisole and shorts set

Reef camisole and shirts set Megan Nielsen

“The Reef Camisole and Shorts Set from Megan Nielsen caught my eye. I like the shape and length of the Version 2 shorts and the style of the neckline with the crossover back yoke looks really comfortable. I’m going to be lounging in those all summer long.”

Wear Lemonade – Falbala blouse and Carlotta shorts

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“I thought i’d maxed out my summer sewing list but then I spotted the two new releases from Wear Lemonade. The Falbala Blouse has dreamy ruffly sleeves and I love the rear yoke shape of the Carlotta shorts. I’ve got time to sew one more outfit before my holidays haven’t I?”

Other pattern releases

Closet Case Files – Sophie swimsuit

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Ready to Sew – Jacob top

Ready to Sew Jacob top

Grainline Studio – Penny Raglan

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Tilly and the Buttons – Marigold jumpsuit and trousers

Marigold jumpsuit and trousers Tilly and the buttons

Tessuti Fabrics – Berlin jacket

Berline jacket Tessuti Fabrics

Waffle patterns – Vanilla diagonal knit top

Vanilla diagonal knit top Waffle patterns

Seamwork – Weston shorts and Addison top

Addison tank Seamwork  Weston shorts Seamwork

Sew House Seven – Tea house top and dress

Tea house dress and top Sew House Seven

Iconic patterns – Cape blazer and Jumper style dress

Cape blazer Iconic patterns  Dress Iconic patterns

Vanessa Pouzet – Folk dress

Folk dress Vanessa Pouzet

In the Folds – Sweater dress

Sweater dress In the Folds

DiNuvole DiCuori – Alice skirt

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Straight Stitch Designs – Carkeek dress

Carkeek dress Straight Stitch Designs

Itch to Stitch – Vienna Tank

Vienna Tank Itch to Stitch

Charlotte Kan – Kitsune strapless dress

Kitsune strapless dress Charlotte Kan

styleARC – Riley Coat, Tamara knit top and Daphne duo tunic and pants

StyleARC Riley  StyleARC Tamara

StyleARC Daphne


More new Spring pattern collections from McCallsVogueButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and BurdaStyle.