The Sew Reporter – 27th November

The Sew Reporter – 27th November

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We have been nominated for Sewing Blog of the Year as part of the British Craft Awards! If you’ve enjoyed reading our blog this year we’d be so grateful if you’d vote for us here.

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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.

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Rachel of House of Pinheiro makes a Roxy maxi dress from Ralph Pink and also shares party season pattern picks.

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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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NEW: It’s us! Book Review: A beginner’s guide to sewing skirts by Wendy Ward.

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over ItNew 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

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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

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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

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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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.

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

December 2016

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

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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.

Fix Your Clothes: the sustainable magic of mending, patching and darning by Raleigh Briggs. 11th 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.

 

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts: Wendy Ward

Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts: Wendy Ward

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img_1320This week we are reviewing Wendy Ward’s new book called ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Skirts’ which was launched a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky enough to get a copy from the publishers (Cico books) and we have done a video review so you can get a proper feel of the book. The book features eight patterns (that also come with the book) and these can be made in three variations totalling twenty four projects!

The Sew Reporter – 20th November

The Sew Reporter – 20th November

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We have been nominated for Sewing Blog of the Year as part of the British Craft Awards! If you’ve enjoyed reading our blog this year we’d be so grateful if you’d vote for us here.

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This week Sew the Trends is back with patterns for Christmas outfits inspired by high street trends. Hottest topic in the forum this week is sewing your first vintage pattern. 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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Katie from What Katie Sews makes this fabulous velvet Martha dress from Tilly and the Buttons.

A date for your diary is the Tilly and the Buttons Cleo sewing party plus some Cleo inspiration.

The ladies at By Hand London shared a round up of all your fabulous Alix dress makes.

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Janene at Ooobop makes this super self-drafted gold quilted mini skirt.

Elena at Randomly Happy shares how she plans a better me-made wardrobe.

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey announces the prizes for the end of year #VintagePledge.


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Colette blog shares their process diary of bodies and blocks.

Megan Nielsen makes a stripey mini Briar tee.

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Lauren at Lladybird makes a Denim Rosa dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Grainline Studio posts tips on how to cut your Tamarack jacket and supplies and choosing fabric for their newly released pattern, the Farrow dress.


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NEW: It’s us! Sew the Trends: Christmas Party outfits.

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over ItGrainline Studio Morris Blazer

Clueless Seamstress: More Autumn sewing plans

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Goodybag giveaway!

Fancy Frugality: Cleo Dress: my new favourite pattern

NEW: Stitch My Style: Autumn makes and my first attempt at pattern drafting

NEW: English Girl at Home: Yarnporium

NEW: Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Episode 3

 

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NEW: The Wild Stitch: How to start an indie pattern company with Helen from Helen’s Closet // EP09

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #84 Jennifer Perkins

NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 105: Modern Sewciety

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: #115 On chasing slow

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode 28: Craft Designer, Jennifer Perkins

NEW: Crafty Planner: Quilt box: November edition: Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis

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NEW: Marshmallow dress – Cocowawa Crafts

NEW: Turner dress – Cashmerette

NEW: Gimlet dress – Capital Chic patterns

NEW: Cubra Libre shirt – Capital Chic patterns

NEW: Sangria dress – Capital Chic patterns

NEW: Grasshopper dress – Capital Chic patterns

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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Minerva Crafts have 50% of all Burda patterns, get yours here.

The Draper’s daughter launches a new patching cushion cover sewing kit, perfect Christmas present (see photo above).

New in the shop this week is this 100% organic turquoise speckled fabric at Cloth & Candy.

Fabrics Galore is at the Stitching, Sewing and HobbyCraft Show this week at ExCel, London.

At The Village Haberdashery see what is new and get five tips on sewing s Stanley Christmas tree!

Don’t forget Abakhan have a 20% Winter Sale preview on 23rd and 24th November at all stores and online.

Fabric HQ have More Me + You Batiks from Hoffman new in stock plus plenty of Christmas gift ideas and 12 makes for Christmas.

Beyond Measure have the very popular Leather Wrist ruler back in stock, be quick if you want one!

Dragonfly fabrics are having an open afternoon on Friday 25th November  12-4pm, Mayfield.

Girl Charlee open their Christmas shop of festive fabrics, take a look here!

Get your Scandi Christmas fix at Elephant in my Handbag with their range of Christmas prints.

Check out the range of metallic fabrics at Celtic Fusion Fabrics for some sparkle this Christmas.

Pre-order the Cotton and Steel 2017 collection now from Crafty Mastermind swooooon!

Tackle pattern drafting with a class at Create Escape where you will learn how to draft your own vintage dress.

A whole new Enchanted Forest collection by Lewis & Irene in stock now at Fabric Punk.

Designer Stitch has set up a Facebook group for fans of her patterns, where you can get support and tips. When you join you will also get the Sasha Fur Wrap pattern for FREE!

There are still a few remnants left in the Fabric Godmother sale, get a bargain here.

Sew Over It are having a remnants sale this weekend in store and online, for the last remaining pieces head here.

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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

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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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.

Fix Your Clothes: the sustainable magic of mending, patching and darning by Raleigh Briggs. 11th 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.

Sew The Trends – Christmas Party Dresses

Sew The Trends – Christmas Party Dresses

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Today we are bringing the second in our blog series where we go onto the high street and discover the latest fashion trends. We then find the perfect patterns for you to sew the look. This time it’s all about the Christmas party dress, and what to wear for your Christmas parties. For those of you who want to dress down this festive season, fear not we’ve got you covered. If you missed the first one about autumn trends you can watch it here.

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

Patterns featured in the video:

Jade Dress – Louis Antoinette

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Martini Dress – Capital Chic Patterns

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7232 – Burda

Republic Du chiffon – Adele Dress

 

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Acton Dress – In the Folds

Martha Dress – Tilly and the Buttons

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Marilyn Dress – Style Arc

Helmi Tunic – Named Clothing

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Copenhague Jumpsuit – Orangeuse

M7099 – McCalls

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Fabrics Galore:

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Village Haberdashery:

Blue Florals

Greenish Florals

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Black Sequin

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Fabric Godmother:

Red Velvet Jersey

Teal Velvet Jersey

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BLACK FRIDAY sewing and fabric sales

BLACK FRIDAY sewing and fabric sales

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Love it or loathe it, Black Friday is here and we’ve searched high and low for all the sewing discounts, fabric offers and pattern sales by independent businesses across the world! Browse below over 35 sewing Black Friday deals we’ve discovered.

We’ve also included an offer for 30% off The Billie Collection PDF, so if you haven’t got your copy yet, now is your chance!

 

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The Fold Line: 30% off The Billie Collection PDF pattern with code BLACKFRIDAY. Valid until Midnight GMT on 28th November.


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Fabrics Galore: 20% off Christmas fabric only with code BLACKFRIDAY. Ends 27th November 12AM GMT.


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Girl Charlee UK: 20% off all fabrics plus many sale items reduced by up to 60%.


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The Village Haberdashery: save 25% on everything in the shop* with code BLACKFRIYAY25. There will also be offers on Janome sewing machines.


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Dragonfly fabrics: 15% off with code BLACKFRI plus free shipping from 25th – 28th November.


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Fabric Godmother: 10% off all fabrics with code BLACK FRIDAY. Also the first 20 orders placed on Friday 27th (today) will get a free gift!


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The Crafty Mastermind: 25% off Art Gallery and Cloud 9 and other selected fabrics on Black Friday with code FRIDAY. Percentage of sales will be donated to the Demelza Hospice.


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Sew Over It: 30% off all kits and patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY.


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Cloth & Candy: From Friday 25th – Monday 28th November get 30% off everything with code FRIDAY


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FabricHQ: 15% off all fabric all weekend with the code BF2016


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Fabric Punk: 20% off everything with code MAKE20, plus double Punk Points. Valid from 25th -27th November. Bekkie will also be donating fabric to Project Linus UK for every purchase made.


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Celtic Fusion Fabrics: 20% off everything with code blackfriday2016 on the 25th and 26th of November.


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Minerva Crafts: Huge dressmaking sale with loads of fabrics reduced (limited stocks). Plus 50% off all Kwiksew, Burda, New Look and Simplicity patterns!


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The Draper’s Daughter: free postage (2nd class) on all orders in the UK


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Colette Patterns: save 30% off all sewing patterns.


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Closet Case Files: 20% off all our PDF and print patterns using the discount code THANKSGIVER


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Cocowawa Crafts: Enjoy a 10% discount on ALL our products at check out using the code COCOWAWABLACKFRIDAY


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Atelier Brunette: 15% off across the site using code FRIDAY2016. Offer valid on-line only until November 25th 2016, midnight.


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Eternal Maker: 30% off everything over the Black Friday weekend. Plus on Friday there will be a destash on Instagram @eternalmaker_destash.


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Backstitch: clearance sale of over 250 products on Black Friday, discounted by up to 40% off.


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Tilly and the Buttons: 25% off all patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY


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By Hand London: Save 25% on all sewing patterns with code TURKEYLURKEY


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Thread Theory Designs: 50% off PDF patterns! No code needed.


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Papercut patterns: Use code BlackFriday at checkout for 30% off your order. Sale runs from today until Monday, 28th November at 11.59pm NZT.


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Schnittchen sewing patterns:  Enter Code sewblackfriday at schnittchen.com and get a 25% discount on all sewing patterns (ends Saturday November 26th at noon CET).


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Deer and Doe sewing pattern: Take 20% off all our patterns until Saturday at noon (GMT + 1 / 6:00 AM EST)!


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Opian patternsEnter SEWINGOPIAN at checkout and you’ll get a 30% discount on all the patterns. Offer ends on Monday.


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M is for Make: Until midnight Monday, 20% off everything, just use the code: blackfriday16


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Pauline Alice patterns: Enjoy 15% off on all patterns this weekend (from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th) with the code “BLACK”. And Happy Thanksgiving!


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République du Chiffon: -15% across the site until tonight midnight with code BLACKFRIDAY! (Pattern Pocket and / or PDF whenever available)


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Cashmerette patterns: 25% off all kits and fabric (with or without a pattern) using code GIVETHANKS at checkout (valid until 11.59pm EST Nov 28th)


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Les Fusettes sewing patterns: 20% on all patterns with BLACKFRIDAY code, enjoy in until Sunday!


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StyleARC: Discount on all patterns. Grab yourself a bargain with 30% off all PDF styles on the Style Arc Etsy store – just enter the code BLACKFRIDAY30 at the checkout and grab yourself a bargain. They’ve taken 20% off EVERYTHING on the Style Arc store, too. There’s no need to enter a code. For those of you in North America and Europe, all multi-size printed patterns on our Amazon stores are 20% off. Just enter the code BLFRSA30 at the checkout to get your discount. Sale ends Monday.


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Fehr Trade: For a limited time, get the Steeplechase Leggings pattern FREE when you buy a Print Club kit!


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True Bias sewing patterns: 25% off sewing patterns until Monday using code THANKYOU.


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Megan Nielsen: 30% off everything including sewing patterns with code BLACKFRIDAY2016


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Cloth House20% off all cut fabrics available in our Soho store and our Camden warehouse shop (London, UK) for one day only!


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Jaycotts: Half price sewing pattern sales and Brother sewing machine discounts


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Sew Pretty: Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY and get 20% off any adults sewing classes. Offer valid until end of 25/11


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Dressy Talk patterns: Enjoy 30% OFF on all sewing patterns. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY30 at the check out.


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Plush Addict: 8 days of 8 great offers plus free fabric and deals on Brother Sewing machines! All the details here.


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Printfab: 10% off orders on 25th November. No code needed.


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Sew Essential: Up to 40% off sewing machines and overlockers while stock lasts! Also half price on Simplicity, New Look, Burda and Kwik Sew patterns.


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Grainline Studio Give thanks sale: The sale begins Thursday, November 24th at 12:01 am CST and ends on November 28th at 11:59 pm CST. Enter code GIVETHANKS16


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The Fabric Fox: Get 20% off absolutely EVERYTHING + free UK shipping when you spend over £50! Ends Monday 28th at midnight, no code needed, discount is applied in the cart.


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Filles a Maman: 50% off patterns today only.


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How to do fashion sewing patterns: 25% off everything today with code BLACK


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Weaver Dee: Lots of sales offers including an extra 10% off with code TWENTY16


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Sew This Pattern30% off ALL patterns this weekend use the code:black2016 in the pattern shop.


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Sew Reporter  – 13th November

Sew Reporter – 13th November

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We’ve been nominated for the British Craft Awards, if you’ve enjoyed reading our blog this year we’d be so grateful if you’d vote for us here.

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This week we’ve posted our ultimate Christmas gift guide stuffed full of ideas for creative presents. In other news we have shortlisted three designs from our design you own sewing pattern competition, vote for your favourite! There are loads of great makes, news patterns and much more so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Meet Hannah, a trainee chef and an avid maker who blogs at Mousie Makes and is based in Ireland. Check out her most recent make a Sew Liberated Esme Tunic in a gorgeous tartan. You can follow Hannah @mousiemakes

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  • It’s ALL about the new pattern from Tilly and the Buttons this week, and Karen from did you make that has made a rather marvellous spotty version of the Cleo
  • If you are making the Cleo Dress from Tilly and the Buttons here is a handy post about fitting and sizing
  • Jane from Handmade Jane posts her festive gift guide
  • The By Hand London ladies give us the 411 on the new Alix dress

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  • We think you’ll all agree that Rachel from The House of Pinheiro is rocking it in her new Sew Over it Lola coat
  • We have another Cleo dungaree dress make from Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher, in demin
  • If you own an overlocker you need to read this post from Portia at Makery – so handy and something we will be testing out, thanks for the tips!
  • Winnie from Scruffy Badger has made a super snuggly coat for winter, the Style Arc Violet coat

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  • Closet Case Files is all about the Kelly anorak at the moment and there are two great posts about adding the pocket and also adding in a zipped packet.
  • Colette had a gorgeous new range of pins and a really great posts about top and under-stitching – as they say everyday is a school day.
  • Lauren from Lladybird has made the Grainline Studio Morris blazer in a ponte knit and it looks like its going to be a wardrobe staple – comfy and smart.

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  • Grainline studio have a new pattern out called the Farrow dress, check out their post stuffed full in inspiration
  • Jennifer Lauren vintage posts a video about her latest makes on the blog
  • Megan Nielsen posts about her spangly new pattern the Karri dress

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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 and craft fairs.

November 2016

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.

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The Ultimate Sewing Christmas Gift Guide

The Ultimate Sewing Christmas Gift Guide

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Ding, Dong! With only 6 weeks to go, it’s almost Christmas! What better way to get into the festive spirit than by making a sewing Christmas gift list for loved ones or yourself. We’ve put together The Ultimate Sewing Christmas Gift Guide with everything from haberdashery and jewellery to subscriptions and gift vouchers. We certainly wouldn’t be disappointed if Father Christmas put this bundle of presents under our tree.

 


Subscriptions

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1. Fabric clubs for baby quilts and Colour of the Month bundles by The Village Haberdashery. Options include Baby quilt selections for girls and boys with designer prints and you can also add matching solids. There is also a colour-of-the-month club to help build up your stash in 5 or 10 fat quarter packs. Ships worldwide. Prices range from £20.75 – £87.75 + P&P per month.

2. Monthly sewing boxes by Sew Hayley Jane. Options include Mini at £20 per month with 1 metres of fabric, fat quarters and haberdashery, Medium at £35 per month including 2.5 metres of dressmaking fabric, 4 fat quarters and haberdashery items or the Luxury box for £65 per month including 3.5m of dressmaking fabric, 5 fat quarters, independent dressmaking pattern and haberdashery. No minimum sign up.

3. Dream Wardrobe subscription by Fabric Godmother. Available for 3, 6 or 12 months at £39 per month. First receive a free style consultation with the Fabric Godmother and then for each month you sign up, receive a pattern from an indie pattern company with enough fabric to make it.


Homewares and storage

sewing-christmas-homewares-24. Jane Foster storage buckets from Elephant in My Handbag. Store all your sewing bits and pieces in these buckets, available in cat, fox or lion designs. £25 each.

5. Lampshade kit from Create Escape. Available in two sizes: 20cm (£11) or 30cm (£14). Kits contains all the components but you will need 0.5m of fabric.

6. English Paper Piecing Cushion Kit from The New Craft House. Available in three different colour ways at £24 each. The kit includes everything you need to make your own English Paper Pieced cushion cover.


Quilting and Crafts

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7. Little Stacks of Fun from FabricHQ. For just £7 receive 5 randomly selected pieces of fabric measuring approximately 25cm by 40cm in one of 8 different colour ways.

8. Robert Kaufman Jingle Panel from Fabric Punk. This fun panel makes a bright Christmas stocking, great project to do with children. Priced at £12 per stocking.

9. Crossroads quilt bundle by Purl Soho. The bundle includes all the fabric, batting and thread you need to make a beautiful grid design quilt measuring 51 x 60 inches. Priced at $93 (USA delivery only).

10. Neon-Pop fabric bundle by Cloth and Candy. Receive a curated bundle of four fat quarter neon and metallic prints, measuring approximately 55cm by 50cm. Priced at £13.50.

11. Liberty print Floral Square patches by Alice Caroline available from Liberty London. Perfect for patching and making accessories. £9.95 per pack.

12. Mini Cloth stack Lotta Jansdotter Hemma by Celtic Fusion Fabrics. You Choose which fabrics you would like for your mono cloth stack. Priced at £13.20 for 8 pieces, each measuring 55cm x 22cm (fat eight).


Sewing and dressmaking kits

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13. Railroad Denim Tote bag kit by The Draper’s Daughter. Make your very own tote bag with this compete kit including instructions, fabric and webbing tape. £25 per kit.

14. Cleo Dungaree dress kit by Tilly and the Buttons. Limited edition complete kits containing everything you need to make the new dungaree dress pattern. Available in 3 colour ways for both needlecord and denim! £39 per kit.

15. Bra making kit by The New Craft House. Available in five colour ways at £32 per kit, you’ve everything you need to make a Madalynne Simplicity 8228 soft cup bra.


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16. Named Clothing sewing patterns available at Dragonfly Fabrics. Have you been swooning over the new Evolution collection of patterns? Perfect gift for the more experienced sewist. Priced at £14.90 each (paper pattern).

17. Exclusive BOLT collection fabric range from Girl Charlee. Now featuring 28 signature new designs, these cotton spandex knit fabrics are available in coordinating colour stories. Priced per metre.

18 – Liberty Art Fabrics available from Abakhan. Priced from just £9.95 per metre, there are lawns, craft cottons, cords, twills and silks available.


Haberdashery

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19. Tula Hardware available from The Crafty Mastermind. The range includes shears, seam ripper, snips, straight scissors and micro tip scissors. Priced £14.99 – £40.99.

20. Starter Kit by Wear Lemonade. An irresistible celebratory kit containing scissors, tailor’s chalk, embroidery buckle, pins, ribbon, tape and more! Ships worldwide. €49 per kit.

21. Thread snips by Ernest Wright & Son. Hard-wearing professional quality thread snips with straight sprung blades. Priced at £27.50.


Social Enterprises

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22. Garments by Community Clothing. Community clothing is “a manufacturing co-operative with the aim to make excellent quality affordable clothes for men and women, to create jobs for skilled works and restore pride in Britain’s textile communities.” Garments include men’s and women’s jackets, jeans and knitwear. Prices range from £10 to £129 per item.

23. Yellow Prison Calendar Tea Cosy available at Fine Cell Work. Fortnum & Mason award winning tea cosy stitched by prisoners. Just one example of a range of products available through this charity, which trains prisoners in skilled creative needlework, undertaken in their cells. £49 per tea cosy.

24. Fabrics available at Offset Warehouse. This social enterprise offers a range of unique hand-picked eco-fabrics and haberdashery. Priced per metre.


Books

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25. How to Print Fabric by Zeena Shah. “In this beautiful and practical project book, Zeena shows you how to create contemporary textiles though 20 easy-to-master techniques, each accompanied by a simple sewing project to put your prints on display straight away.” Published by David and Charles, October 2015. £14.99 from author.

26. Pattern Magic 3 by Tomoko Nakamichi. “All the measurements and scaling information you need to start pattern making is included. As throughout the series, all the patterns are based on a basic block, supplied in the book. Thorough step-by-step instructions and diagrams will ensure that your own patterns translate beautifully to your choice of garment, while photographs of the finished garments will inspire you to create your own designs.” Published by Laurence King, February 2016. Price £16.56 Amazon UK.

27. No Patterns Needed by Rosie Martin. “If you want to sew your own clothes but are put off by the idea of cutting out pattern pieces covered with dotted lines and symbols, this is the book for you. Using Rosie Martin’s innovative method, you begin with nothing but a rectangle, circle or triangle of fabric and some basic body measurements. Next, follow the detailed step-by-step photographs and diagrams to complete your garment. You’ll need a sewing machine, but no special equipment or expensive fabrics. With plenty of variations suggested for each garment, there’s lots of room for your own creative touches, too.” Published by Laurence King, July 2016. Price £15.56 Amazon UK.


Jewellery

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28. Clare Hillerby Ruler Earstuds from Beyond Measure. “Created by Manchester based jewellery, Clare Hillerby, these unusual earstuds are created from old wooden school rulers. Each stud consists of a piece of ruler, mounted onto an oxidised silver with a tiny silver tube rivet.  The patina of the ruler and the hand made finish creates a piece of jewellry that is totally unique!  Pairs are not matching but have been cut from the same ruler. Each stud measures approx 12mm across.” Priced at £34 for the pair.

29. Sewing Machine necklace by Tatty Divine. “Get your craft on with the Sewing Machine Necklace. Laser cut in bright red and cream acrylic, this vintage sewing machine is detailed with hand-inking and strung with real wire thread!” Priced at £75.

30. Leather Wrist Ruler from Beyond Measure. “The Wrist Ruler is a useful and stylish leather wristband, beautifully etched with accurate measurements along its length, both in inches and cm.  It fastens simply with a metal stud. It makes an ideal gift for those practical and crafty people in your life. The Wrist Ruler measures 17″ or 43 cm and is designed to be wrapped twice around the wrist.” Available in two colour ways at £20 each.


Gift Vouchers

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31. Gift vouchers available from Sew Over It for classes or to spend in the online fabric, pattern and haberdashery shop. E-vouchers available from £25 to £205.

32. Gift vouchers available from Fabrics Galore for the online fabric shop. Available in £25, £50, £75 and £100 vouchers.

33. The Dressmaker’s Ball, Leicester on Friday 12th May 2017. Take your sewing buddy to an evening of drinks and dancing! Tickets available at £48 each.


Stationary

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34. Maker’s Workbook by Creative Industries. “Maker’s Workbook is a beautiful sewing journal thoughtfully designed for keeping safe the essential details of your makes.” £12.50 per planner.

35. Sewing Planner by Colette. “Organize and prioritize your sewing queue for a unique me-made wardrobe!” $28 per planner.

36. Ruler washi tape from The Village Haberdashery. Who doesn’t want to wrap everything in tape measure tape!? £2.75 per roll.


 

Please note: this is not a sponsored post.

Tribe Patterns: Design your own sewing pattern: VOTE NOW!

Tribe Patterns: Design your own sewing pattern: VOTE NOW!

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We had some amazing entries into the Tribe Patterns Design Your Own Pattern competition and we want to thank everyone who took the time to send us their designs. You are a talented bunch and guys and gals! We had the tough job this week of choosing just three designs and you can find out more about them below. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

 

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The Designs

We have created line drawings of each design so that you can compare the different styles and choose your favourite. We’ve also included full details about the design features of each garment below.

1. Classic Coat by Edina Löhr VOTE 1

Edina has designed a simple classic single-breasted coat with a tailored fit. The coat has angled welt pockets, single-breasted front closure, two-piece sleeve, notched lapel and fitted shoulders. It also has two bound button holes, inside pocket, is fully lined and has a vent at the back. It would be made with a wool or wool-blend fabric.

 

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2. Colour block dress by Ben Moore VOTE 2

Ben has designed a colour block dress with a classic silhouette. The dress features a boat neck bodice, angular bias cut side panels above and below the waist band. The lower side panels also form a pocket. There is a tie waist, which is covered by ruched channels at the side seams but remains visible at the centre back and front where it can be tied. The dress is closed with a centre back invisible zip. The dress would be made using light to medium weight woven fabrics with some drape such as a cotton blend, viscose or crepe.

 

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3. 70s style dress by Lynne Morrissey VOTE 3

Lynne has designed a 70s inspired dress with some classic design features of the decade. The dress has a sweetheart neckline, working button placket and the bodice has princess seams at the front and darts fitting the back. The dress is closed with a invisible zip in the side seam and the skirt is A-line in shape. The exaggerated sleeve is gathered at the sleeve head and has a keyhole opening with placket and close fitting cuff with buttons. The dress would be made using light to medium weight woven fabrics with some drape such as a viscose, rayon, crepe, silk or cotton blend.

 

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Please only use the form at the top of this post to vote. Entries are listed in the order we received them. Results of the vote will be announced in a week and the winning design will be created into a pattern for release in 2017.

The Sew Reporter – 6th November

The Sew Reporter – 6th November

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We had a surprise this week when we found out we have been nominated for Sewing Blog of the Year as part of the British Craft Awards. If you’ve enjoyed reading our blog this year we’d be so grateful if you’d vote for us here.

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This week we’ve posted our round up of new pattern releases in October. Hottest topic in the forum this week is pattern sizing and how sizing charts differ. 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 Erin, she is based in Canada and blogs at Emerald Erin. Erin loves sewing, especially making lingerie and swimwear. See the review of her most recent make, the True Bias Ogden Cami. You can follow Erin on The Fold Line @emeralderin.

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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.

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.

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The Sewing Pattern round up – October

The Sewing Pattern round up – October

NEW SEWING PATTERN ROUNDUP

It’s been another month with loads of new sewing patterns to keep us all inspired! We have bought you a bitesize roundup of all the new releases and we have got Fiona from  Diary of a Chainstitcher blog who’s given us her top three picks for the month. 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 October 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 October.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for October

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“One pattern which landed straight in my shopping basket this month is the new Kelly Anorak from Closet Case Patterns. It’s packed with all the classic, stylish yet practical features you want from this type of coat. I bought some fabric in NYC earlier this year with an anorak in mind and now the ideal pattern has fallen into my lap.”

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“I’m all about boho seventies style at the moment so of course the new Alix Dress from By Hand London knocked me sideways. With billowing sleeves its a woven dress without any fastenings thanks to those genius wide waist ties.”

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“Republique du Chiffon launches a beautiful new collection of six patterns in October the pick of which for me is definitely the Danielle Dungarees. I love the slim cut of the slightly cropped trouser and the shape of the bib at the back. The good news is an English translation is in the works too!”

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