The Sew Reporter – 30th October

The Sew Reporter – 30th October

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This week we interview Rosie and Hannah from The New Craft House. We’ve loved seeing your entries coming from for the competition for you to design your own pattern with us. Hottest topic in the forum this week is a sewing meet up in Derby. There are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Meet Becca, she is based in Birmingham and blogs at Get Set Sew. Becca is relatively new to sewing and is blogging about her journey to creating a handmade wardrobe. One of her most recent make is the Colette Moneta dress. You can follow Becca on The Fold Line @getsetsew

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New Autumn/Winter 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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Sew Up North sewing meet up event

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

November 2016

Sew Up North, Leeds, 5th November.

Jazz Age costume design, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 11th November.

Winter SEWMANCE, Independent, community sewing festival in Brighton, UK, 12th November 11-5pm

West Country quilt and textile show, Bristol, 11th – 13th November.

Second Hand First Week, TRAID, 21st – 27th November.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, 24th – 27th November.

The Business of Sewing with Tilly Walnes (Tilly and the Buttons), Fashion and Textile Museum, 24th November.

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

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Careers in Sewing: The New Craft House

Careers in Sewing: The New Craft House

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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? In this blog series 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 and Hannah from The New Craft House. These talented ladies started a creative blog together in 2013 and later formed a business running craft workshops all over the country and producing a range of kits.

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1. What is your background and how have you ended up working where you are?

Myself and Hannah have been friends since school and have always loved to craft. We haven’t had any formal training but learned skills from our parents and Grandparents. After Uni we set up a blog about all of the craft projects we were making and it ended up winning the Cosmopolitan Best Craft Blog award. It kind of naturally grew into a business as we were approached by companies who wanted to work with us. This year we launched our first range of products and we now work full-time on the business.

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2. Can you tell us about your job and where you work?

We both take care of the day-to-day running of our business. We work from a studio on the canal just behind Kings Cross which is a beautiful spot!

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3. What do you do in a typical day?

Typical days vary a lot for us. Some weeks we’ll be away at a festival running workshops or at a craft fair and others we’ll spend a lot of time at the studio. We pack up and send out orders, work on developing new products, write projects for magazines like Mollie Makes and answer lots of emails! As there’s only the two of us we have to do a bit of everything.

4. What are the best and worst bits?

Being completely in control of where you want your business to go and having the flexibility to decide what you do every day is brilliant. It’s stressful sometimes because you don’t have a guaranteed salary and if something doesn’t work we only have ourselves to blame!

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5. Did you always want a creative career?

I don’t think either of us ever considered that we would have a creative career. I studied Psychology and Hannah studied German – not very crafty! We’ve both always loved to be creative though so now that it’s happened it does feel very natural.

6. What qualifications, skills or experience did you need to get your job? Have you continued to train since starting?

Zero! We carved out a job for ourselves and learned as we went along. We try to continue to learn and improve our craft skills in particular though so take classes in things like pattern cutting. We’ve also been on a few business courses which have been really handy!

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7. Do you have any tips for someone looking to get into the same area as you?

Start small and aim big! If you have an idea for a business, test it out. You don’t need to invest loads of money in it to start with, test it on a small scale and see what happens. You’ll learn so much and have a zillion things you want to change that will all help.

8. If you could do anything else what would it be?

My dream job is being the print archivist at Liberty and Hannah has always wanted to be a beekeeper.

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9. What are you working on at the moment?

We’ve got a couple of new kits coming out soon so we’re working hard on those ready for Christmas. Our recent bra making kits which use Madalynne’s patterns have also been super popular so we’ve been busy sourcing lots of new lace for those. We’ve found some beautiful pastels which will be on the shop soon!

10. What are you sewing right now/will be your next project?

Hannah’s just bought some wool to make a coat with and I’ve got a white and pink striped jersey to make a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes. I’ve also got some House of Hackney silk which has been lying around for too long – any dress pattern ideas?!

Follow Rosie and Hannah on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. See their full range of workshops and craft kits here.

The Sew Reporter – 23rd October

The Sew Reporter – 23rd October

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Well it has been the busiest week we’ve had since launching! If you’ve not heard our big news yet, we launched TRIBE PATTERNS last week, a sewing community pattern company. Our first offering is the Billie Collection designed with Rachel Pinheiro. Yesterday we also announced a competition for you to design your own pattern with us. Hottest topic in the forum this week is sewing with jersey for the first time. There are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Meet Sharadha, she is based in Toronto and blogs at Sweet Shard, her #sewcial style catalog. Sharadha has a fashion focused blog and comes from a family where her mum, dad and gran all sew. Her most recent make is a boyfriend jacket using Butterick B6328. You can follow Sharadha on The Fold Line @sweetshard

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New Autumn/Winter 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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Sew Up North sewing meet up event

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

November 2016

Sew Up North, Leeds, 5th November.

Jazz Age costume design, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 11th November.

Winter SEWMANCE, Independent, community sewing festival in Brighton, UK, 12th November 11-5pm

West Country quilt and textile show, Bristol, 11th – 13th November.

Second Hand First Week, TRAID, 21st – 27th November.

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate, 24th – 27th November.

The Business of Sewing with Tilly Walnes (Tilly and the Buttons), Fashion and Textile Museum, 24th November.

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

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Design your own sewing pattern!

Design your own sewing pattern!

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WHOOP WHOOP! Have you ever wanted to design your own sewing pattern? Well now is your chance!

Yesterday we launched TRIBE PATTERNS, a dressmaking pattern company designed by the sewing community. So what’s it all about? Well this is a sewing pattern company with a twist, all the patterns are designed by sewing or creative bloggers and you! Read all about the Billie Collection designed with Rachel Pinheiro on the blog here.

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We are so excited to launch the first competition to design your own sewing pattern! Get those Pinterest boards ready as anyone can submit their own design for a women’s dressmaking pattern. The winning design will be made into a real dressmaking pattern for the sewing community to buy and we will be running regular competitions throughout the year. This competition is aimed at home sewists (not designers) who perhaps would like to see an idea they have for a pattern come to life or aren’t familiar with pattern cutting and want to try their hand at coming up with a design for the sewing community. The competition is designed to be fun and an inclusive way for members of the sewing community to be involved.

You have from today until the 4th November to send us your fabulous creations, we will then make a shortlist before opening it up to the sewing community to vote for the winning design. Any designs you create need to be women’s dressmaking, for example a dress, skirt, top, jacket etc. You can either email us a link to a Pinterest board or illustration you’ve created but make sure that you also send a description of your pattern (with the fabric it should be made from). You can send up to 2 design ideas to patterns@thefoldline.com. We’ve put all the details of how to enter at the end of this blog post, so please do read these before you email us your designs.

The pattern design process

Have you ever wondered what is involved in making a pattern? Here we give you a quick run down of what we’ll be doing to bring the winning design to life!

With the winning design idea, we will spend a month drafting the pattern pieces (from unique blocks that we’ve created) and make around 3-5 toiles to test the fit and see how the style lines work. Next the pattern is professionally graded and when we get the digital files back we will lay out the pieces for all the sizes (UK 6-24) and add labels to A0 sized files and in PDF format. We’ll then print the pattern to test the different sizes and measure every seam (gah!) to make sure the grading works for the full size range. There will then be more testing and any adjustments will mean the digital pattern pieces will also need updating. When we are happy with the pattern we’ll make versions in different fabrics to photograph on a model and ‘real’ people (like us!). We’ll then do photoshoots and filming of the model and us. We’ll also write all the instructions and take photos to go with these. Plus we’ll create the line drawings, lay plans, a sizing chart and calculate fabric requirements for all the versions. All of this will then go into a booklet and both the instructions and pattern will be printed. Overall it takes around 3 months to develop a pattern and over £1000 of investment from us.

Well what are you waiting for, get pinning or sketching! We can’t wait to see what you create!

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The house rules

  1. Designs must be submitted by the Friday 4th November 4pm GMT. Up to two designs can be submitted per person.
  2. The design must be of your own work and original, it cannot be copied from graphics, images, books, magazines or other materials online or in hard copy. You cannot submit a hack of an existing pattern, design that belongs to another pattern company, a design which is very similar to an existing pattern.
  3. The design must be a women’s dressmaking garment. We cannot accept designs for menswear, quilts, accessories, toys, cross stitch, embroidery, tapestry, children, babies, teens or crafts.
  4. To submit a design you must either: 1) send us a link to a Pinterest board with images that have inspired your design AND send a written description detailing all the design details your pattern should have to patterns@thefoldline.com OR 2) email a hand drawn or digital illustration you have created yourself AND a written description detailing all the design details to patterns@thefoldline.com. All designs must be submitted with details of what fabrics the garment has been designed for.
  5. Designs will be shorted listed by The Fold Line team.
  6. The winning design will be chosen by a vote. Voting will take place between Friday 11th  – Thursday 17th November (closing 6pm GMT). Anyone will be able to vote although you are not allowed to vote for you own design if you have been shortlisted.
  7. The winning design will be announced on social media on Friday 18th and the winner will be contacted in person by The Fold Line.
  8. The winner will be asked to sign an Agreement to confirm that the design idea is original and their own. The Agreement outlines the commitments of The Fold Line to the winning designer and vice versa.
  9. We will aim to make the winning pattern as close to your design as possible but it may not be possible to include all the details.
  10. The Fold Line will draft the pattern, grade the pattern, print and publish it for purchase. The Fold Line has all copyright and publication rights for the drafted pattern, illustrations, photos and text. The Fold Line has all distribution, reproduction, sale and transmission rights of the pattern in electronic and hard copy formats.  Items produced from the pattern will not be allowed to be sold.
  11. The Fold Line retains all media rights for the release of the pattern.
  12. After the sale of 160 patterns in electronic format only (PDF format) of the winning design from the The Fold Line website platform (www.thefoldline.com), which covers the full cost of producing the pattern, The Fold Line will pay the winning designer 20% of the sale of each PDF pattern thereafter. This does not include the sale of any paper printed patterns or sewing kits because the sale of these items only covers the cost of their production.
Tribe Patterns – a sewing community pattern company

Tribe Patterns – a sewing community pattern company

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We are very excited to announce the launch of TRIBE PATTERNS, a dressmaking pattern company designed by the sewing community. So what’s it all about? Well this is a sewing pattern company with a twist, all the patterns are designed by sewing or creative bloggers and you (keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for more details on this!)

To kick us off we are thrilled to introduce The Billie Collection sewing pattern, designed by Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro sewing blog.

 

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The Collection

Rachel designed the first pattern for us “I wanted the experience of making the pattern to be interesting but also keep it approachable for all levels of makers. I designed the pattern to suit a lot of body shapes, to celebrate our differences. You don’t need to be 6 feet tall to look gorgeous and I really hope you enjoy making my pattern.”

The Collection is made up of two dresses variations, a top and a skirt – the perfect set to build your handmade wardrobe! Available in paper and PDF formats, sizes UK 6 – 24.

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The design details

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The two dresses have bust darts as well as open ended fish-eye darts at the front and back, so no waist seam needed. The open ended fish-eye darts make fitting easy as they can be adjusted to the contours of your body shape plus they create a fuller skirt shape. The neckline is angular in shape and the grown on sleeves are designed to sit just off the shoulder with the option of adding a contrasting fabric insert. There is also a full facing and of course pockets.

The top is the perfect partner for jeans or a pencil skirt. It has bust and waist darts with the same angular neckline shape and grown on sleeves as the dresses. In addition it has a soft ruffle at the waist. There is an open-ended exposed zip at the back that runs from the neckline past the waist and opens out (so it can be completely unzipped!)

The skirt has box pleats at the front and back with in seam pockets and a narrow waistband. At the back there is also an exposed zip.

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  • In seam pockets
  • Invisible and exposed zips
  • a ruffle and waistband

Pattern details

The pattern collection is available in both paper and PDF formats, sizes UK 6 – 24. The pattern has all the pieces needed to make the four versions in the collection. The instruction booklet has full colour photos to accompany the step-by-step instructions, style inspiration, a glossary of terms, suggested fabrics, lay plans, line drawings and a size chart in inches and cm with fabric requirements in metres and yards. Plus there is also space to make your own notes.

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The pattern has been professionally graded and all the pieces are labelled with lots of notes about how to sew them together. You can easily identify your size to cut out with the different dotted lines and seam allowances are included.

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The paper pattern comes with three A0 sized pattern sheets on quality white paper, a full colour 36 page instruction booklet with style inspiration and a sleeve to store everything.

The PDF pattern comes with two A4 sized PDF documents to print at home (40 pages and 21 pages, respectively), a 36 page PDF instruction booklet and three A0 sized copy shop sheets to print at home.

Fabrics

To enhance the structural details of both dress versions and the skirt, we recommend medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton, chambray, jacquard or brocade. The skirt can also be made in wool.

For the top we recommend cotton lawn, light weight cottons, chambray, rayon, crepe or georgette.

Whoop whoop, welcome to the tribe!

We hope you are inspired to sew The Billie Collection as there are so many fabric possibilities! The sewing community is full of lovely people and we all like to see what each other is making so if you’re tempted by The Billie Collection do share your makes with us on social media @thefoldline using hashtags #billiecollection #tribepatterns

 

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The Sew Reporter – 16th October

The Sew Reporter – 16th October

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This week we’ve got a new blog series for you.. sew the trends where we pair patterns with this season hottest looks.! Hottest topic in the forum this week is whether to make a toile for the new Sew Over It Erin Skirt. There are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Meet Grace, she is based in America and blogs as part of her online shop at Maker Mountain Fabrics. Grace makes lots of lovely things and recently been sewing lots of patterns for the little ones including the Geranium Dress from made by Rae. You can follow Grace on @makermountainfabrics

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  • We think you’ll all agree that Rachel from House of Pinheiro has nailed the Named Clothing Tyyni cigarette pants.
  • Fiona’s from Diary of a Chain Stitcher has made a gorgeous floaty Dove blouse from Megan Neilsen.. we’re adding it to our make list immediately.
  • We’re dotty of Handmade Jane’s latest post which is part of DIY couture’s initiative to raise money for RNIB.

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  • Scruffy Badger’s Rosa dress is hot off the machine and stuffed full of lovely details.
  • Elena’s from Randomly Happy has made the Erin Skirt from the Sew Over It City Break ebook she looks fab.

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  • Christine Hayne’s Rumi tank is now available from sprout patterns.. read the full scoop.
  • Heather from Closet Case files posts her fabric edit for her new Kelly anorak pattern.
  • Colette had some great posts this week but the highlight has to be tips on planning your makes.
  • Lauren at Lladybird has whipped up a Tilly and the Button coco dress
  • Megan Neilsen posts some ideas for hacking your Dove blouse.
  • Grainline Studio have posted the first of their Hemlock Tees hack and this one comes with a split hem.

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  • Lucille is extra lucky this week as she has some new threads for autumn..
  • Jennifer Lauren Vintage post about her wearable Ivy pinafore muslin.

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New Autumn/Winter 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.

October 2016

Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace, 5th – 9th October.

British Dress Design of the Jazz Age, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 13th October.

Camp Workroom Social, NY, USA, 14th – 17th October.

Knitting and Stitching show, Dublin, 20th – 23rd October.

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

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Sew the trends this autumn

Sew the trends this autumn

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Today we are bringing you a new blog series where we go onto the high street and discover the latest fashion trends. We then search all for dressmaking patterns to go with these styles so that you can sew the latest trends yourself this autumn!

Be inspired by the latest fashion trends to sew your own handmade wardrobe.

Patterns featured in the video:

Trench coats – they were everywhere in the shops and if you want to sew your own drapey version we LOVE this London trench from pattern company Orageuse.

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Parka Coats – the perfect cosy winter coat and this latest offering from Closet Case Files called the Kelly Anorak looks like a fun project to take on.

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Boyfriend/70s Coat – we saw loads of these in the shops. A loose fitting coat that will keep you warm this winter. This Burda Style 6736 is on our list to make!burda

70s – This trend is still everywhere on the high street and we have two offerings for your wardrobes, the first is the Sudley dress & blouse from Megan Nielsen and second is the 9198 from Vogue Patterns.

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Ruffles – They were on literally everything we saw in the shops and we decided to focus on something a little more structured, and chose the Moana Dress from Papercut Patterns.

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Pinafore dresses – There were still lots of these on the high street after being around all summer. We have chosen the Kwik Sew 4138 and Marilla Walker’s Roberts Collection to cover all your pinafore desires!

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My Signature Style with Isa

My Signature Style with Isa

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We have asked members of The Fold Line sewing community to share their pattern style with you all. It’s often hard to know whether a dressmaking pattern will suit you or not. We hope that in these posts you will find a fellow sewist with a similar body shape or style and discover new sewing patterns for your handmade wardrobe.

This week we have Isa (follow her on The Fold Line @iribeiro), who is a Portuguese biology graduate and recently rediscovered her love of crafting.  Isa posts at Uma Crafter Portuguese com Certeza. Let’s find out about her signature pattern style …

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1. How would you describe your style?

This is difficult, I think it is 99.99% casual, maybe a bit preppy, yet casual is a very broad category. On most days I wear dark jeans and a printed or vivid color button-up shirt or tunic.

2. How would you describe your body shape and how does that influence what patterns you pick?

I have a rather rectangular shape – large bust, hips the same width as my top portion, and I wish my waist was smaller, unfortunately it isn’t. I don’t think crew neck, or close to the neck, necklines suit me. Boat neck tops do not look as confining, but my favourite neckline shapes are V-neck or scoop neck tops.

I don’t like to wear garments that cut me visually at my waist, I think they just emphasize my bust and my waist will not look much smaller, so I don’t like to wear a belt to nip in a dress at the waist, or tuck in my shirts at the waist. Because of this I will prefer a dress that has some waist shaping built in, rather than needing me to use a belt to cinch it in.

I don’t have a favourite shape at the bottom, I’ve made both flared and straight skirts and I like the look of all of them, yet I usually reduce the curvature at the hip of the patterns. My preferred skirt length is knee length, I’m not tall and can’t walk in high heels so I avoid maxi length skirts, and I feel uncomfortable in minis. For trousers I also don’t have a favourite leg shape, and I’ll wear any shape.

3. What are the top three sewing patterns that suit your style/ shape and why? 

A simple button-up shirt is my favourite, and despite all the hassle with button bands, collars, collar stands and plackets, I really love how everything is neat and all the raw edges are enclosed at the end. Here I’m sharing my McCalls M6649, it’s a very versatile classic women’s shirt pattern, you can make three collar and two sleeve styles. If I where to change it I’d just shorten the width of the cuffs a bit, and maybe the collar stand as well. Other less classic options to substitute the button-up shirt are a v-neck pussybow blouse, like the pattern from Sew over it, or a pop-over style shirt like the Cheyenne tunic from Hey June Handmade.

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Another nice option for a top is a simple v-neck, I’m sharing my Sew over it Susie blouse. I think the collar adds a very cute detail in what would otherwise be a very simple top. For my next version I’m lengthening the hem a bit on the back, so I can make the split hem longer in the back than in the front.

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I haven’t sewn that many dresses yet, but I already found a favourite, the Anna dress from By Hand London. Granted it has a very close to the neck neckline, but as it is a wide neckline I do not look as confined. The waist shaping included in the pattern and the gently flared skirt ending at my knee tick all my style preference boxes.

4. What are you planning to make next…?

I have a ever growing list of patterns I want to try out, but for my next make I think I’ll try to add jeans making to my sewing repertoire and sew a pair of Ginger Jeans.

Read more about Isa’a style on her blog Uma Crafter Portuguese com Certeza and follow here on Instagram.

The Sew Reporter – 9th October

The Sew Reporter – 9th October

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This week we’ve posted a round up of all the new pattern releases in September, there are loads of goodies! Hottest topic in the forum this week is all of you snapping up the sewing offers at Lidl. There are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Meet Rhiannon, who lives in Birmingham and blogs at More Blue Fabric? She likes to sew her own clothes and especially loves to make anything in blue fabric! Her most recent make is this fab dinosaur print Mortmain dress by Gather.  You can follow Rhiannon on The Fold Line @rhiannonbrum

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New Autumn/Winter 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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Sew Up North sewing meet up event

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

October 2016

Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace, 5th – 9th October.

British Dress Design of the Jazz Age, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 13th October.

Camp Workroom Social, NY, USA, 14th – 17th October.

Knitting and Stitching show, Dublin, 20th – 23rd October.

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

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New sewing pattern releases – September

New sewing pattern releases – September

NEW SEWING PATTERN ROUNDUP

It’s been one of the biggest months for sewing pattern releases EVER! There have been over 30 and keeping track of all the new pattern releases can be tough so we’ve put together a bitesized round up for September 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 September and why she likes the patterns so much.

We have also made a video where Kate chats through some of our favourite new pattern releases from September.

We’ve also included some other new patterns with links to check out the full details.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for September

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Copenhague Jumpsuit – Orageuse

“The Copenhague Jumpsuit from new pattern company Orageuse really grabbed me this month. I’m a sucker for an interesting back and this alongside the tailored trouser shape complete with rear welt pockets and belt loops is a winner for me. Straight on the winter sewing wish list.”

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Elskan dress and top – Charlotte Kan

“Charlotte Kan’s new Elskan Dress & Top could be a staple in my winter wardrobe and the perfect match for some special merino knit I’ve been hoarding. I love the mix of fitted bottom half with the relaxed fit and batwing of the top. It looks chic but really comfortable which is my favourite combination!”

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Evolution Theory Collection – Named Clothing

“I feel like my wardrobe would benefit from having a least one version of every pattern in the new Evolution Theory collection from Named in it! Make sure to take a look at the line drawings so you can fully appreciate the clever designs. I bought the Pulmu Skirt straight away and the similar style lines on the Aava Blazer are simply delicious.”

Other pattern releases

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Colette – Rue dress

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Victory Patterns – Trina dress

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Cashmerette – Harrison Shirt

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Sew Over It – My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break – ebook

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Megan Nielsen – Dove Blouse

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Tilly and the Buttons – Rosa shirt and shirt dress

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Pauline Alice – Port Trousers

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Gather – Azaire Dress and top

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Sew Caroline – San Francisco swing top and dress

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Seamwork – Delavan jacket and Neenah dress

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Sew House 7 – Toaster sweaters

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Designer Stitch – Pippa wrap dress and Charlie dress

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Itch to Stitch – Bonn shirt and dress

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Patterns Fantastique – Genoa Tote

 

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Wear Lemonade – Maria Jacket

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Blank Slate Patterns – Auberley dress and tunic

 

The Sew Reporter – 2nd October

The Sew Reporter – 2nd October

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Yesterday was The Fold Line’s 1st birthday! To celebrate we’ve recorded a video about our highs and lows with a Q and A at the end. It was the last week of the Big Vintage Sewalong blogger tour on Friday, check out the Butterick B5209 dress I made here. There are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers..

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Meet Megan, who likes to sew, craft, paint and print at Meggipeg. She begin using patterns when sewing but now drafts many garments herself. Her most recent make is this lovely Colette Rue dress.  You can follow Megan on The Fold Line @meggipeg

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Calling out to our sewing community

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We received an email this week from Walker, who works at the 9th Grade Academy at Lawrence High School, Massachusetts. She is working hard to start a sewing class at the high school to try and keep her students engaged in education and foster a love of sewing, not to mention all the new skills they could learn. You can read more about the project here. With very limited resources, Walker is trying to raise $1545 to purchase basic sewing supplies for her class including scissors, irons and machines (through the platform Donorschoose.org). You can find a full list of items needed to get the class started here. If you are able to help, it would be lovely to spread some sewing love.

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New Autumn/Winter 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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Sew Up North sewing meet up event

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

October 2016

Introduction to Corsetry, V&A Museum, London. 1st – 2nd October.

Knitting and Stitching show, Alexandra Palace, 5th – 9th October.

British Dress Design of the Jazz Age, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 13th October.

Camp Workroom Social, NY, USA, 14th – 17th October.

Knitting and Stitching show, Dublin, 20th – 23rd October.

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

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The Fold Line is a year old!

The Fold Line is a year old!

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It’s all party hats and cake at The Fold Line as we are a year old today! It’s been an amazing year and thank you all for supporting us we couldn’t have done it without you all. We have done a little video chatting about our highs and lows of running an online business. We got some exciting news up our sleeves and if you want to a clue.. watch the video.

Right back to that cake…