The Sew Reporter – 28th August

The Sew Reporter – 28th August

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This week we have been recovering from The Sewing Weekender and reading all your lovely reviews! Here is a video we put together of the weekend. There have been lots of great blogger makes this week so sit back, grab a cup of tea and get stuck into the sewing Sunday papers…

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Discover a new blogger The Fold Line

Aimee is based in Sheffield and likes vintage clothes and using these techniques in her sewing. Aimee is a new blogger to The Fold Line this week and posts at  Wrong Doll. She got in contact to tell us about a new project, read all about it here. Aimee has made the Lisette Portfolio dress (now out of print) and wants to do a giveaway on her Instagram with the proviso that the recipient makes the dress within a month and then also passes it on, so the pattern can go on a journey around the world! Find out more on her Instagram this weekend. You can follow Aimee on The Fold Line @wrongdoll

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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 from Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher @diaryofachainstitcher.

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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), CambridgeBirmingham and Norwich.

August 2016

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 – all sewed up!

The Sewing Weekender – all sewed up!

the sewing weekenderLast weekend we went up to Cambridge for our fist ever sewing get away, titled The Sewing Weekender. Having joined forces with Charlotte from English Girl at Home we wanted to create a get together so that we could spend two day nerding out about sewing with like minded peeps.  We have seen so many amazing events take place in America and Australia and wanted to try and put on one in the UK, if you are in the US check out Camp Workroom Social.. it looks totally amazing!!

We decided to keep it a fairly casual and have an informal days sewing on the Saturday, Janome stepped up and offered us machines and everyone had a fantastic day. Lots of garments were all sewn up by the end of the day and worn out to the pub that evening! The Sunday was all about learning and we had lots of talks from amazing people and we left the weekend feeling inspired and ready to start planning our next make. The video gives you all much more of an idea of what happened as well as snippets from the talks on the Sunday!

We wanted to say a big thank you to everyone that came along and who took a punt on our first go at it, we are buzzing with ideas for the next one. If you are interested in coming along next year sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear updates.

The Sew Reporter – 21st August

The Sew Reporter – 21st August

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This weekend we are at the The Sewing Weekender and having a hoot!! There have been lots of great blogger makes this week so sit back, grab a cup of tea and get stuck into the sewing Sunday papers…

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Emma is based in Milton Keynes and teaches sewing workshops that specialise in quilting and patchwork. Emma blogs under the name Sandpiper Sewing and has recently reviewed a Sewaholic Becarra Blouse . You can follow Emma on The Fold Line @emmathompson

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  • Karen from Did You Make That? posts about the Ginghamalong, and how to enter..
  • Want to get some more kit for your sewing room check out Tilly and the Buttons 5 tools for patterns drafting.
  • The By Hand London ladies are kicking off the Charlie dress sew-along soon.. check out their post for the full scoop.
  • Fiona from Diary of a Chain Stitcher has made a Sallie Jumpsuit  – perferto for showing off your pins!
  • More gorgeous holiday shots this week from Scruffy Badger in her Style Arc tunic and Ethel pants.

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  • Portia from the Makery continues her very busy month with the Refashioners 2016, including this make by Marilla Walker.
  • Katie from What Katie Sew whips up a beautiful Style Arc Olivia dress in beautiful custom print fabric.
  • Marie from Stitching Odyssey is potty for a spotty Martha dress.
  • Jane from Handmade jane pots a tie top tutorial.. a simple summer make.
  • Check out Charlotte from English Girl at Home and her BIG Vintage sewalong make!

 

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New Summer Collections from Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Kwik Sew, Simplicity, New Look and Burdastyle.

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

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It’s happening now!!

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

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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Sew Reporter – 14th August

Sew Reporter – 14th August

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This week we’ve been putting together the final plans for The Sewing Weekender. We’ve also reviewed Rosie Martin’s new book – No Patterns Needed. There have been lots of great blogger makes this week so sit back, grab a cup of tea and get stuck into the sewing Sunday papers…

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Jenny is based in Germany and a for over 10 years has been a bespoke tailor and blogging. Jenny blogs under the name Exclamation Point and this week wrote a tutorial on making cut outs (in both German and English). You can follow Jenny on The Fold Line @jennyexclamationpoint

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  • Rachel from House of Pinheiro has done another great collaboration, this time with Up Craft Club, designing The Everyday Blouse. Check it out for your chance to win!
  • Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher makes the new Rosie dress from Sew Over It, plus has a copy of the pattern to win!
  • Portia from the Makery continues her very busy month with the Refashioners 2016, including this make by Beth of SewDIY.
  • Elena from Randomly Happy makes an almost perfect 70s style Peasant top, the Roza blouse from Kate & Rose.

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Frankie top and dress Tessuti Fabrics
Gable top Jennifer Lauren Vintage
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Jumpy shorts and trousers Ready to Sew
Elmira wrap cardigan Seamwork
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New Summer Collections from Vogue, McCalls, Butterick, Kwik Sew, Simplicity, New Look and Burdastyle.

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

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Just one week to go, eek!

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

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.

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

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Book Review – Rosie Martin – No Patterns Needed

Book Review – Rosie Martin – No Patterns Needed

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This week we are reviewing Rosie Martin’s book called No Patterns Needed which was launched a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky enough to go to the launch party and it was really interesting hearing Rosie’s inspiration for writing it.  The book features 15 projects all of which can drafted yourself without using a pattern. They focus around three key shapes – a circle, square and triangle. We decided to do a video to talk you through the book and show you some of our favourite projects.

Sew Reporter – 7th August

Sew Reporter – 7th August

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This week has been a cracker on the pattern release front, have a look below to catch up with the latest, we have also released a blog of all the new pattern releases for July. We kicked off Rosie Martin’s ‘No Patterns Needed’ book tour and she talks to us about her career in sewing. Sit back grab a cup of tea and get stuck into the sewing Sunday papers…

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Bryce is a teen sewist who was taught to sew by his grandmother!  Bryce blogs under the name Bryce the seam ripper and his latest make is a fab McCalls M4044 shirt which we has also reviews on the site. You can follow Bryce on The Fold Line @brycetheseamripper

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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.

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

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The sewing pattern round up – July

The sewing pattern round up – July

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It’s been a quieter month of new pattern releases with around 20 new sewing patterns. Keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for July 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 July and why she likes the patterns so much.

We have also made our first video where Kate has chatted through some of our favourite new pattern releases from July.

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 July

Anne Durrieu – Marceau Top

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“Anne Durrieu released the Marceau Top. I love an interesting back so this has shot to the top of my pattern wish list! I really like the simple cut from the front and surprise when you turn around.”

True Bias – Ogden Cami and Emerson shorts

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“The main hole I identified in my holiday/summer wardrobe is neutral camisoles and right on queue Kelli from True Bias releases a pattern for a gorgeous one in the shape of the Ogden Cami. I hit buy straight away. Alongside the cami are the Emerson Cropped Pant & Shorts. Bang on trend these wide legged pants look great with the simple top.”

StyleARC – Blaire shirt and dress

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“I’m really tempted by the new Blair Shirt/Shirtdress from Style Arc. It looks super chic and breezy and I love the style lines of the high waist seam and inseam pockets which you could make a real feature of.”

Other pattern releases

By Hand London – Charlie dress

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Sew Over It – Poppy playsuit

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Sew Over It – Rosie dress

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Vogue® Patterns – Autumn collection

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So, Zo – Cordelia maternity top

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Cashmerette – Springfield top

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Seamwork – Eugene tee and Harrington swim trunks

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Vanessa Pouzet – Hippie blouse and dress

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StyleARC – Coral cardi and Serena knit dress

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StyleARC and Rachel Pinheiro – Eliane jumpsuit

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Hot Patterns – 1026 Fast and Fabulous layering tanks

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Designer Stitch – Georgia dress and Kerry Caplet

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Blank Slate patterns – Leralynn dress

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Skinny Bitch Curvy Chic – Paloma blouse

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Make My Lemonade – Dita wrap dress

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DiNuvole DiCuori – Greta Dress

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Careers in Sewing  – Rosie Martin

Careers in Sewing – Rosie Martin

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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 Rosie Martin from DIY Couture who’s brand new book ‘No Patterns Needed’ was released last week. It’s her second book and we are kicking off her blog tour this week. There will be lots of lovely makes popping up this week and if you are on Instagram check out #nopatternsneeded to see makes from the book.

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careers in sewing what is your background

Well firstly, just to get this out of the way, I don’t think I have a career in the normal sense of the word as I think of careers as fairly linear. I have always had a split in my interests between wanting to create and wanting to do something useful for society. I started sewing clothes when I was a teenager back in 1998 and I’ve been on a sewing journey since then. While I was studying International Development at University I was also painting in my free time and making clothing which I sold at concession boutiques in London. I wore a lot of my own clothing and as everyone that sews knows, when word gets out that you can make stuff people start asking you to make stuff. I ended up doing some machine sewing for a living as well as designing and making costumes for some music videos and art films, which was really fun. I also spent 3 months travelling around Spain in camper van with my sewing machine, making things for people I met running my machine off solar powered electricity! After that, I decided to get a full time job at a charity, but after a couple of years there I had the idea for DIYcouture – to make simple, visual sewing tutorials that were accessible and desirable – and with a ridiculous amount of optimism I decided to quit my job and set up a business. I self-published some zine-like sewing instructions, built a website and tried to spread the word about my product! There are so many more ins and outs, which I won’t bore you with, but setting up DIYcouture led to many things, like writing my first book and teaching sewing workshops, and that lead to meeting Claire-Louise Hardy who runs the Thrifty Stitcher, and she employed me to assist her on the auditions of series one of The Great British Sewing Bee, which lead to me illustrating the patterns and on screen drawings for a number of seasons of the show. During all this, I started working part-time at a charity again, and I also wrote my book ‘No Patterns Needed!’ Right now I’m working on a really exciting two year project at the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and no doubt I will keep drifting between sewing and working in the third sector.

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careers in sewing about your job

When I’m working on sewing projects I work in my flat in London. My boyfriend calls it ‘your room,’ which is really the case as all my fabric and equipment really dominates the space. But I call it ‘the fish’s room’ as we do have a tropical fish tank in it and I don’t want to admit that I have selfishly colonised a full room in a flat that only really has two rooms! I wrote ‘No Patterns Needed’ in this room. I took all the tutorial photos here with a big professional lighting set-up crammed into the corners and I also sit and do all the illustrations at my desk here. It’s in Hackney and right on a main road, and I really enjoy all that busy life being right outside my window.

careers in sewing typical day

There definitely isn’t a typical day as I tend to plan my work in blocks with different content. I had a year to write ‘No Patterns Needed,’ which sounds like a lot but it really wasn’t. I plotted what I would be working on almost to the day on a big wall calendar. I spent about two months designing and toileing (which involved sewing a lot of garments that failed!) then I produced all the tutorials, which involved writing the text, rocketing off on fabric shopping missions on my bicycle, shooting the making photos which took between one and two days per garment, then drawing the illustrations which took about 3 days per garment. After that phase, there was a lot of computer work – editing written instructions and drawings and literally days of labelling files so I could send them to the book designer, Evelin, in a way that would make sense to her. Then there was a huge sewing phase as I made all the variations of the designs for my models to wear. That bit was really fun! I haven’t really described a typical day here I realise, sorry about that!

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careers in sewing best and worst bits

The best bits are that you get to do everything! The worst bits are that you have to do everything!

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I have definitely never thought in terms of career in my life, which is probably a sign that I am a true millennial! When I was choosing what to study at university (which I was obviously very privileged to go to, before tuition fees were massively hiked in Britain) I made a decision to study something academic and pursue my creative interests in my spare time. I think my brain is split 50/50 between scientific and creative and I’ll never land more in one camp than the other, I’ll keep flipping between them, and I just take things project by project. Sewing is one thing I’m happy to say I have embraced for life and will continue to grow with me.

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I guess as I originally didn’t really apply for a job there wasn’t anyone to ask me for qualifications! I’ve been lucky to be allowed to take on projects probably by demonstrating – bit by bit, over time – that I am capable. Self-publishing my own zines probably demonstrated to Laurence King that I was able to manage the work involved in writing a larger book. I believe in an active approach to learning, and that learning never ends. I normally enrol on a college course every other year, and I also learn a lot from books. I learned to build my own website from a book, and I also originally learned to illustrate digitally from a book. I don’t think education needs to be sanctioned by an institution to make it valuable.

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I would have to say just try things out, work hard if that’s what you want to do and be open both to meeting new people and to suggestions from other people.

careers in sewing if you could do anything else

Sometimes I think I’d love to be an academic researcher. I enjoy learning, and exploring ideas and human stories, and I’d like to weave pictures from multiple strands of information. My friend Lu is doing a Phd in beauty and women in cities (in a nutshell) and I definitely crash her academic life whenever she generously lets me, attending talks and lectures and exhibitions with her! However, when I was a kid I wanted to be an inventor – a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang style inventor – and I think I would enjoy working in mechanical design or engineering, problem solving physical objects like big machines or structures as part of a team. Is there a job that combines those two things? Maybe I could do that!

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My work at the moment is at RNIB, where I work on a project that has 2 years to help 300,000 blind and partially sighted people become confident using digital devices to explore the internet. Apart from that, I’m really enjoying my book having just come out and I’m just basking in that for a bit! I’m going to let some time pass and see what happens next. I have a few ideas and I also have the on-going urge to sew my own clothes, which I never have enough time for, so I may spend a few months just very selfishly sewing things for me to wear!

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This is a difficult question. Having written a book called ‘No Patterns Needed’ I feel compelled to say you don’t actually need a pattern to start sewing, you can just follow a simple tutorial on YouTube (or in my book!) and make something you like. It’s your choice though obviously! Everyone likes to learn in different ways. Whether you pick a pattern or not, just start on whatever you want to start on! If something takes your fancy, give it a go. What’s the worst that can happen? Hopefully you’ll make something you love and you will most definitely learn something very useful that you can apply to your future adventures in sewing. 

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