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This week, love it or loathe it, it has been all about Black Friday. See our blog post with over 45 sewing, fabric and pattern sales from independent designers. We also did a video review of Wendy Ward’s new book ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts‘. Hottest topic in the forum this week is Overlocker recommendations. 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.
Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a green merino Seamwork Neenah dress.
Zoe from ‘So, Zo …‘ shares a pattern hack tutorial for an Oliver + S Hopscotch skirt.
Jane from Handmade Jane shares her inspiration for making a new red winter coat.
Winnie from Scruffy Badger makes a Colette Patterns Wren dress.
Portia from Makery shares overlocker tips for sewing a knit neckline.
Christine Haynes makes a Merchant and Mills factory dress in Britex fabrics rayon.
Heather at Closet Case Files shares 33 free downloadable back pocket top stitching templates.
Sew Caroline designs a new fabric range with Art Gallery called Here Comes The Fun.
Learn all about fabric nap with this tutorial from Jennifer Lauren Handmade as part of her Ivy Pinafore sew along.
NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: New Pattern, the Ultimate Pyjamas.
Clueless Seamstress: More Autumn sewing plans
NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabberdashery and Stitch My Style Joint Vlog – Fabric Shopping in London
NEW: Fancy Frugality: My sewing: October and November.
Stitch My Style: Autumn makes and my first attempt at pattern drafting
English Girl at Home: Yarnporium
Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Episode 3
NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 105: Emily Dennis
Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar
NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #85 Jennifer Judd-McGee
Craft-Ish Episode 28: Craft Designer, Jennifer Perkins
NEW: The Wild Stitch: Smashing fear and starting a small sewing business with Laura from Handmade Hub Ep//10
NEW: Elise gets Crafty: #116 Reflections on moving forward
Crafty Planner: Quilt box: November edition: Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis
NEW: Aldaia dress – Pauline Alice patterns
NEW: Ultimate Pyjamas – Sew Over It
Marshmallow dress – Cocowawa Crafts
Turner dress – Cashmerette
Gimlet dress – Capital Chic patterns
Cubra Libre shirt – Capital Chic patterns
Sangria dress – Capital Chic patterns
Grasshopper dress – Capital Chic patterns
Lots of businesses have offers for BLACK FRIDAY this weekend so do check them all out here.
Fabric HQ launch MAKE CLUB, their new loyalty scheme. When you sign up you can earn Stitch Points, which build up to Make Club rewards. You can earn stitch points doing lots of things including buying fabric and following them on social media.
At The Village Haberdashery you have a chance to ask Charlotte Newland, winner of the GBSB, your dressmaking questions.
Minerva Crafts have some Fabric Friday Christmas inspiration for you.
The Draper’s daughter shares homemade gifts for sewists, perfect for Christmas.
Cloth & Candy are mentioned along other great creatives in the Mollie Makes list of craft sellers to support this weekend.
Fabrics Galore are at the Knitting and Stitching show this weekend in Harrogate, visit them at stand C240.
Check out the Abakhan range of suiting, tweeds and tartans for your winter makes.
Beyond Measure are at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate this weekend, visit them at stand B160.
Dragonfly fabrics have 15% off from 25th – 28th November and free shipping with code BLACKFRI.
Girl Charlee have 20% off all fabrics and many sale items reduced by up to 60% until 28th November.
Lots of cosy jersey fabrics at Elephant in my Handbag for your winter wardrobe.
Celtic Fusion Fabrics have lots of festive fabrics in stock for Christmas accessories.
Just arrived at Crafty Mastermind are new Grainline Studio patterns, the Farrow Dress and Tamarack Jacket.
A whole new Enchanted Forest collection by Lewis & Irene in stock now at Fabric Punk.
Designer Stitch is looking for testers for a new PDF sewing pattern, the Bridget blouse.
New scuba and velvet fabrics now in stock at Fabric Godmother.
Sew Over It have released a new pattern, the Ultimate Pyjamas, perfect for Christmas.
Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions, jobs and craft fairs.
Vogue: the Shoe with Harriet Quick, talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 1st December
Selvedge Advent Festival, Highgate, London, 26th November – 3rd December.
English Embroidery course, V&A Museum, London. 3rd – 4th December.
Fashion shows in the Early 20th Century, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 8th December.
Upcycling: Bobble hat workshop, Southbank Centre, London, 10th December.
Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 10th December.
Norwich Sewcials, Norwich, 13th December.
Tag events or blogs you’ve discovered this week with #sewreporter
A beginners guide to making skirts by Wendy Ward. 25th October.
See Kate Sew: 24 projects you can make in an hour by Kate Blocker. 23rd December.
Sew This and That!: 13 Quick to make quilted projects by Sherri Falls. 28th December.
Sew Your Own Dolls: 25 stylish dolls to make and personalise by Louise Kelly. 4th April 2017.
Complete dressmaking: essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 6th April 2017.
The Gentleman’s wardrobe: vintage-style clothing to make for the the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 18th April 2017.
Sew Caroline weekend style: 15 easy sew patterns. 26th April 2017.
Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.