January Sewing and Fabric sales

January Sewing and Fabric sales

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What better way to distract yourself from all the Christmas food and drink than with a bit of sewing sales shopping? We have complied a list of some of the best fabric and patterns sales starting today for your perusal. There are some amazing fabric discounts on offer out there so get stuck in!


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Girl Charlee UK – 20% off all fabrics and up to 60% off sale items! 1st – 8th January.


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FabricHQ – 15% off all fabric until midnight on the 2nd Jan.  Code: COOLYULE


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Fabric Godmother – Lots of fabrics and patterns reduced.


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Elephant in my Handbag – Massive sale across the site including fabrics, craft and haberdashery.


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Fabrics Galore – Huge range of fabrics at £2 – £6 per metre!


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Minerva Crafts – Big discounts with fabrics as low as £1.99 per metre!


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Designer Stitch – 40% off all patterns until 2nd January. No code needed.


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Abakhan Fabrics – Winter Sale now on on all stores and online. Up to 70% off products. Plus if you visit one of their stores and spend £5 you will receive a Button surprise!


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The Crafty Mastermind – Birthday sale including fabric, patterns and haberdashery.


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Cloth and Candy – Fabric sale and 20% off full price across the site. Use code HOLIDAYS until 2nd January.


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Dragonfly fabrics – seasonal fabric offers including 30% off these gorgeous paint-brushed cotton poplins.


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The Village Haberdashery – 20% off everything with code HAPPY2017 until end of day on 1st January.


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30% off online sewing workshops with Tilly and the Buttons. Enter the code JANUARYSALE at checkout.


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Liberty London – Up to 50% off archive Liberty fabrics online


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Eternal Maker – massive sale on hundreds of items.


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Backstitch – fabric and pattern sale.


 

The Sew Reporter – 18th December

The Sew Reporter – 18th December

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This is our last plea the voting closes tomorrow (20th December) we’d love if you’d vote for us here.

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This week we shared our favourite makers who are sharing their sewing via video.  This is the last sew reporter until 2017, and we shall look forward to coming back next year! Until then 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 at What Katie Sews shares her best makes of 2016.

Tilly and the Buttons shares Gingerthread Girls super chic sewing space… we are swooning!

Karen from Did You make That? has made a sewing pouch for her knitting 

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Charlotte from English Girl at home has made the Cuba Libre shirt from Capital Chic Patterns.

Rachel from House of Pinheiro talks to us about the age of dilema of how and why you plan your makes.textured-scuba-sangria-dress-main

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We are loving this make from Diary of a Chainstitcher it’s another Capital Chic Pattern made in textured scuba.. oh yes!

Portia at the Makery has done a fantastic Christmas gift guide


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Heather at Closet Case Files has done a fantastic post with some fab tips on sewing with leather.

Jennifer Lauren Handmade posts a handy video tutorial on making beeswax kitchen wraps.

Colette has posted a fantastic piece on setting up your sewing space and all the bits you need for it.

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Lauren from Lladybird has made a Freedom rucksack it’s her second of the year!

Sew Caroline shares a free pattern to make a Divided basket changing pad.

Megan Neilsen is chatting all things sizing and why and how we name them – over on the blog.

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We see Lucky Lucille best makes of 2016 including this rather fab Fen dress… add it to the make list team!

The Farrow dress sew-along continues over on the Grainline blog

Another fanstatic make from Idle Fancy – check out her Cashmerette Turner dress.


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It’s us! A round-up of the new sewing pattern releases for November

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Shares some big news

Clueless Seamstress: Christmas sewing plans and the #TheLittleRedDressProject

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas continues over at Gabberdashery HQ

NEW: Sewn: December Favourites

 Stitch My Style: Making a winter coat

NEW: English Girl at Home: The fox bear and bunny book review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 107: The Crafter’s Box, Sandra Clemons, SewEMG

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

While She Naps Podcast: #86: Annie Unrein

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Craft-ish Episode #30: Graphic Designer & Illustrator, Andrea Pippins

The Wild Stitch: Special Episode: Media relations 101 for Indie Sewing Designers with Rachel // EP12

Elise gets Crafty: #116 Reflections on moving forward

NEW: Crafty Planner: 95: MS episode 107:: The Crafter’s Box, Sandra Clemons, SewEMG

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NEW: Ritz Pleat Dress – Till the sun Goes Down

NEW: Amy Parker – Schnittchen

NEW: Raglan Dress & Top  – Avid seamstress

NEW: Knot-maste Yoga Set – Fehr Trade

NEW: Thelma Cape – Wear Lemonade

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Josie Hoodie – StyleARC

Bamboo coat – Waffle patterns

Haut Vol – Vanessa Pouzet

Aldaia dress – Pauline Alice patterns

Ultimate Pyjamas – Sew Over It

Marshmallow dress – Cocowawa Crafts

Turner dress – Cashmerette

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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Crafty Mastermind have got a sumptuous range of rayons  – perfect for planning the next dressmaking project

Girl Charlee have got festive gift vouchers if you wanted to treat a loved one.. or yourself!

If your looking for a relaxing festive project.. check out this amazing Dropcloth colour wheel from Beyond Measure

New in at Dragonfly fabrics is the Avid Seamtress raglan dress

7 days left to subscribe to receive the January sewing boxes from Sew Hayley Jane.

Fabric HQ have the new Paper Meadow fabric collection in stock.

Create Escape have a fantastic range of cottons in stock

At The Village Haberdashery shares Survey time! Lilla by Lotta Jansdotter & New gorgeous fabrics arrivals 

Vote for Minerva Crafts as Best Online Retailer in the British Craft Awards, you only have a day left!

The Draper’s daughter have some AMAZING hand printed cotton – guys trust me you need this!

Cloth & Candy have lots of curated fabric bundles that make perfect presents!

Fabrics Galore have a new range of corduroy fabrics in stock.

Italian wool fabrics new in stock at Abakan’s.

Loads of Christmas gift ideas at Elephant in my Handbag.

Flash sale on fabrics at Celtic Fusion Fabrics.

Fabric Punk have gift vouchers available – you can pick you amount too! Very handy.

Read a review of Designer Stitch’s Willow kimono here.

Fabric Godmother has got lots of the indie patterns back in stock! Yay!

Sew Over It have released some limited edition sewing kits 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.

January 2017

1920s Boudoir doll workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 7th January.

The London Textile Fair, London (trade only, not open to the public), 11-12th January.

Darning with Tom of Holland, Selvedge shop, London, 14th January.

The Quilters Fair – Farnham Maltings, 15th Jan 10am-4pm

Stitched pictures with Janet Bolton, Selvedge Shop, London, 21st January.

Spring Quilt Festival, Ardently, Sussex, 27th – 29th January.

Haberdashery brooch workshop with Hen’s Teeth Art, Selvedge shop, London, 28th January.

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

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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.

My Signature Style with Rebecca

My Signature Style with Rebecca

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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 Rebecca (follow her on The Fold Line @redwsews), who blogs at Red W Sews and has been sewing for about 2 years. Let’s find out about her signature pattern style …

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1. How would you describe your style?

Evolving?  Like lots of people with young families, my life style and body shape have gone through a lot of changes over the past few years and it can leave me feeling a little lost about what suits me and what doesn’t.  I’m trying to turn that into a motivation to try new things!  I favour strong colours and simple shapes; I’m not one for frills, flounces and bows and I may be marginally allergic to ruffles.

At work, I need to be reasonably suited and booted so go with tailored trousers and tops or dresses.  By Hand London’s Anna dress is a firm favourite and I’ve been loving the Sew Over It Tulip skirt and the Seamwork Brooklyn skirt.  I’m hoping to make another Tilly and the Buttons Orla top and I have a second Deer and Doe Melilot shirt in the pipeline which will hopefully work in and out of work.

At home, I have a young family, so comfort and practicality play a part.  I’m trying to get away from that always meaning jeans and a t-shirt; the Sew Over It Carrie trousers have been a godsend over summer and I have several versions of the Seamwork Astoria jumper and the Grainline Linden sweatshirt lined up; at least if it’s jeans and a top, they can be interesting fabrics!  The big learning curve for me is hopefully going to be making my own trousers and jeans this season: wish me luck!

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

Shape wise, after many changes thanks to two pregnancies and some weight gain followed by weight loss, I’m still a slight pear.  I no longer have the tiny waist I used to have, but there’s still at least 11″ between waist and hips so I often have to grade between sizes and I love me a fit and flare (they hide a multitude of sins!)  Whilst my bust measurement is usually a size lower, I’m actually a DD cup with a small back and a hollow chest, so I often have to make a number of adjustments to both front and back bodice pieces to get a good fit.

That tends to mean that there are certain pattern companies that I aim towards, knowing that their block is closer to my shape and won’t need too much alteration.  Deer and Doe appear to fit me almost out of the envelope (although I’ve only tried their tops so far).  By Hand London dresses are good for me; there are some alterations needed, particularly around the positioning and length of straps, but below the bust things tend to fit well.  Others fit me well on one half and not the other: Sew Over It for example has a trouser / skirt block that fits me pretty well but I have to make a lot of adjustments to their bodices to get a good result.  There are always patterns for which that’s worthwhile though and currently I’m working on making my own bodice block in the interest of being able to use that to make a lot of pattern alterations before I ever get to making my first toile.

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

I would say my top dress pattern is the Christine Haynes Emery dress.  It’s a style that can be easily dressed up for the office with heels and down for home with a pair of brogues; multi tasking clothes are always a win in my book!  I’m not a big fan of a gathered waist as I tend to like less bulk: I get around this by pleating the skirt instead of gathering it for a more tailored look.  After making bodice adjustments mainly around the neckline, it gives me a flatteringly fitted look around the top, is high necked (great when you spend a lot of time leaning down over small children or leaning over other people’s desks at work to provide training) and it has the all important fuller skirt which I love.

Over this summer, my go to top has been the Deer and Doe Datura.  I made three versions for my holidays, they’re perfect sun tops for pasty red heads like me as they provide good coverage over the chest whilst being nicely cool.  But I’ve actually also been wearing all three to the office with slim tailored trousers and received lots of compliments: another win for the multi tasking pattern!

I think my third pattern at the moment (just 3? so hard!) would be the Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top.  It’s a great casual top; being jersey, it’s fitted without the need for fastenings, the neckline is perfect for showing off a necklace without flashing the cleavage and it’s great for the days at home with kids.  I prefer the 3/4 length sleeves, although I have hacked it once into a t-shirt, and unsurprisingly, I’m not a fan of the version with gathered neckline and sleeve caps. But that’s the joy of sewing, isn’t it; if I don’t like it that way, I don’t have to make it that way!

4. What are you planning to make next…?

After my trip to Sew Brum, I’ve loads of lovely fabric lined up for some seasonal makes.  Vying for top place are some purple needlecord for a Grainline Moss mini skirt, some stretch denim for my first pair of skinny jeans (Deer and Doe Safran) and some bunny print voile for a Deer and Doe Melilot with long sleeves.  But I’m a fickle creature, so you never know!

The Sew Reporter – 11th December

The Sew Reporter – 11th December

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Voting closes in a week…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 wrote about how you can bring a little Hygge into your sewing life. The hottest topic in the forum this week is Japanese sewing patterns. 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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Charlotte at English Girl at Home makes her seventh Linden Sweatshirt!

Rachel at House of Pinherio makes a yellow StyleARC Elaine jumpsuit.

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Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes some fab silk Reef pyjamas.

Jane at Handmade Jane makes a cherry print Rusholme skirt from Wendy Ward’s A Beginner’s Guide to Dressmaking.

Winnie at Scruffy Badger makes a Seamwork Wembley cardigan.


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Heather at Closet Case Files makes a chic Named Clothing Talvikki sweater.

Jennifer Lauren Handmade posts a tutorial for how to sew Flat-felled seams.

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Colette shares 23 sewing terms every beginner should know.

Sew Caroline shares a free pattern to make a Divided basket changing pad.

 


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It’s us! A round-up of the new sewing pattern releases for November

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over ItFabric Haul December

NEW: Clueless Seamstress: Christmas sewing plans and the #TheLittleRedDressProject

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Vlogmas day 9 | The Germans know how to do Christmas

NEW: Fancy Frugality: Christmas present sewing plans and fabric haul

NEW: Stitch My Style: Making a winter coat

English Girl at Home: Yarnporium

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 107: The Crafter’s Box, Sandra Clemons, SewEMG

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #86: Annie Unrein

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode 29: Craft Industry Alliance’s Abby Glassenberg

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Special Episode: Media relations 101 for Indie Sewing Designers with Rachel // EP12

Elise gets Crafty: #116 Reflections on moving forward

NEW: Crafty Planner: 95: Sam Hunter of Hunters Design Studio

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NEW: Jane shirt – Ready to Sew

Josie Hoodie – StyleARC

Bamboo coat – Waffle patterns

Haut Vol – Vanessa Pouzet

Aldaia dress – Pauline Alice patterns

Ultimate Pyjamas – Sew Over It

Marshmallow dress – Cocowawa Crafts

Turner dress – Cashmerette

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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Crafty Mastermind are having a 12 days, 12 deals offer on a range of their online products. Check social media every day to find out the latest offer.

Girl Charlee have an interview with Tilly and the Buttons on their blog and get a special discount for Tilly’s online workshop sewing knits.

Last chance to get your Turned Wooden pincushions before Christmas from Beyond Measure.

New in at Dragonfly fabrics are some knit jerseys.

14 days left to subscribe to receive the January sewing boxes from Sew Hayley Jane.

Fabric HQ have the new Paper Meadow fabric collection in stock.

Create Escape is having a 2 week sale with 25% off cotton fabrics.

At The Village Haberdashery share a Felt Christmas bauble tutorial from Laura Howard and have new Japanese fabric in stock.

Vote for Minerva Crafts as Best Online Retailer in the British Craft Awards.

The Draper’s daughter have some lovely embroidery kits, which are proving really popular as Christmas presents.

Cloth & Candy have lots of curated fabric bundles that make perfect presents!

Fabrics Galore have a new range of corduroy fabrics in stock.

Italian wool fabrics new in stock at Abakan’s.

Loads of Christmas gift ideas at Elephant in my Handbag.

Flash sale on fabrics at Celtic Fusion Fabrics.

Fabric Punk have lots of Christmas fabrics on sale.

Read a review of Designer Stitch’s Willow kimono here.

Fabric Godmother has got new sequin fabrics in for just £8 a metre.

Sew Over It have released some limited edition sewing kits for Christmas, grab the last fe while you still can.

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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

Norwich Sewcials, Norwich, 13th December.

January 2017

1920s Boudoir doll workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 7th January.

The London Textile Fair, London (trade only, not open to the public), 11-12th January.

Darning with Tom of Holland, Selvedge shop, London, 14th January.

The Quilters Fair – Farnham Maltings, 15th Jan 10am-4pm

Stitched pictures with Janet Bolton, Selvedge Shop, London, 21st January.

Spring Quilt Festival, Ardently, Sussex, 27th – 29th January.

Haberdashery brooch workshop with Hen’s Teeth Art, Selvedge shop, London, 28th January.

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

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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.

10 Ways to Sew Hygge

10 Ways to Sew Hygge

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Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is a Danish concept that has been very popular this winter with lifestyle brands creating themes around the original Norwegian term for wellbeing. In English it is often referred to as ‘togetherness’ or ‘cosiness’ but it is more than this and a concept of happiness. Although you can practice Hygge throughout the year, it really comes into it’s own during the cold winter months. Hygge is joy in the things we love doing the most, from curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea to a cliff top walk breathing in the fresh sea air or sitting down for dinner with your best friends. It’s about appreciating the little moments we enjoy the most.

Sewing is a hobby that brings many of us happiness, whether it’s the time to be creative or the art form of making something beautiful for your wardrobe. Here we have 10 ways you can bring a little Hygge into your sewing life.

1. Enjoy the process

There often isn’t as much time to sew as we would like but when we can set aside a couple of hours at the weekend, we can often feel rushed to finish a project or achieve as much as we can in the time we have spare. I know I often try and speed through the cutting out stage to get to the actual sewing but maybe appreciating all the steps in the making process from sticking the PDF together to the final press would mean less mistakes and a greater sense of achievement? As they say, measure twice cut once …

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2. Hygge with friends

There is nothing better than meeting up with friends to go fabric shopping or to do some sewing. If you don’t have any sewing friends close by keep an eye out on social media for meet ups happening near you in our weekly Sew Reporter and in the sewing social calendar. It’s not just meet ups in person that are fun, you can also take part in online sewing community activities, check out our list of sewing challenges here. We also have a list of charities looking for sewists to come together and help out with projects.

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3. Finishing touches

The finishing touches for a garment can often take longer than we think and if you are on a deadline (usually for me I want to wear the outfit than night!) then you might feel rushed to skip steps like hand stitching the cuffs and hem or slip stitching the facing in place. Taking more time for these last steps would make the garment last longer and give a more tailored finished.

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4. Add texture

Textures can bring comfort and a feeling of warmth and cosiness so we would definitely recommend adding some textured fabrics to your stash to make garments such as jumpers, cardigans and coats. Here are some pattern suggestions for comfy tops which would look great using textured knit fabrics.

Left to right: Linden sweatshirt by Grainline Studio; Catrin sweater by Schnittchen and Zircon sweater and dress by Paprika patterns.

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5. Learn a new technique

We have a whole sewing resources section with lots of tips! There are also lots of online classes you can take to learn everything from making a skirt to tailoring, swimwear, lingerie and pattern drafting. Why not check out our Pattern Tutorial blog posts to learn all about using sewing patterns.

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6. Keep it simple

Although we can all be tempted by the latest sparkly sewing pattern it’s also good to take time to sew some wardrobe basics and build up a collection of garments we wear on a more regular basis. Simple cami’s or gathered skirts are quicker to sew up and ideal to wear for lots of different occasions. Here are some sewing pattern suggestions to build up your basics.

Left to right: Christine Haynes Anya skirt, Tilly and the Buttons Dominique skirt, Sew Over It Ultimate shift Dress, By Hand London Free Polly top.

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7. Practice an old skill

There is no better feeling than mastering a sewing technique but we all need a refresher every once in a while. You can find lots of blog posts online from talented sewing bloggers and designers with top tips for sewing techniques, here are some to get you started!

Nerdy sewing tips for using velvet from By Hand London

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Cutting and sewing slippery fabrics from Tilly and the Buttons

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5 ways to hand stitch a hem by Colette

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 8. Appreciate your space

Even if your sewing space is just the end of the dining room table, there are still things you can do to keep you sewing space tidy and organised. It also helps to keep your wardrobe up to date so you can sew garments to fill the gaps. We are here to help with lots of FREE downloads to organise your patterns and stash and 5 steps to Spring clean your wardrobe.

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9. Feel cosy

Central to the concept of Hygge is to feel warm, comfortable and cosy. What better way to achieve this than sewing with wools and knits. Here are some of our favourite cosy knit and wool patterns.

Left to right: Clare Coat by Closet Case Files, Elskan dress and top by Charlotte Kan, Wanda coat by Wear Lemonade, Turner dress by Cashmerette.

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10. Be creative

Being creative is so good for the mind and can really bring a sense of calm and contentment. There are lots of ways to be creative with your sewing from fabric choices to hacking patterns and making them your own. Check out our list of pattern hacks from your favourite independent designers for some inspiration. Colette also have an amazing Wardrobe architect blog feature to help you focus your creative style, well worth checking out.

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The Sew Reporter – 4th December

The Sew Reporter – 4th December

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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 we shared all the new sewing pattern releases for November, check them out here. Hottest topic in the forum this week is What’s on your sewing Christmas list? 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 at What Katie Sews shares how she’s been trying to get her sewing mojo back with winter inspiration.

Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons shares five tips for sewing the Cleo pinafore.

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Elena at Randomly Happy makes a modified turtleneck and shares how she’s learning to own her mistakes.

Karen at Did You Make that? share fabrics to keep you warm.


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Colette share Process diary: effective fittings

Lauren at Lladybird makes a Pauline Alice Rosari skirt.

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Lucky Lucille explores yarn dying.

Grainline Studio shares a tutorial on how to set snaps.

 


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NEW: It’s us! A round-up of the new sewing pattern releases for November

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: November / What Have I been sewing?

Clueless Seamstress: More Autumn sewing plans

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas day 2 / A Live stream and a Hot mess

Fancy Frugality: My sewing: October and November.

NEW: Stitch My Style: Fabric and pattern plans for November/December

English Girl at Home: Yarnporium

NEW: Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 106: Emily Dennis

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

While She Naps Podcast: #85 Jennifer Judd-McGee

Craft-Ish Episode 28: Craft Designer, Jennifer Perkins

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Handmade gift ideas for him with Morgan from Thread Theory // EP11

Elise gets Crafty: #116 Reflections on moving forward

NEW: Crafty Planner: Might Lucky: Carolyn Friedlander

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NEW: Josie Hoodie – StyleARC

NEW: Bamboo coat – Waffle patterns

NEW: Haut Vol – Vanessa Pouzet

Aldaia dress – Pauline Alice patterns

Ultimate Pyjamas – Sew Over It

Marshmallow dress – Cocowawa Crafts

Turner dress – Cashmerette

 

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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Beyond Measure have the most gorgeous leather goods in stock and this new drop cloth sampler (see picture above).

Dragonfly fabrics have some lovely stretch velvets in stock in festive colours (see picture above).

Sew Hayley Jane makes on her blog a festive apron and shares a gooey chocolate cake recipe and December’s boxes are live!

Fabric HQ have got an amazing range of blended linens in loads of different prints take a look here.

Create Escape have a fabric printing workshop on Tuesday 6th next week, perfect to get you in the festive spirit.

At The Village Haberdashery check out their Christmas department and on the daily stitch this week it’s Survey time for Floret and Lines & Shapes by Leah Duncan and a tutorial for Caroline’s Christmas Tree Quilt

Minerva Crafts have been adding loads of new dressmaking fabrics onto their site this week to tempt you all!

The Draper’s daughter are now stocking the new Colette planners, the perfect creative planner for a sewing pal.

Cloth & Candy have new fabrics on their way soon.

Fabrics Galore have a huge range of Christmas fabrics perfect for anyone making Christmas presents.

Check out Abakhan’s new range of fabrics in stock online this week.

Girl Charlee have an interview with Tilly and the Buttons on the blog.

Elephant in my Handbag have lots of fabric panels available in their online shop.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a beautiful a Dashwood stack perfect for your next quilt.

Just arrived at Crafty Mastermind are the lovely patterns from Sew Over It.

Fabric Punk needs your help – pick some new fabrics!

Designer Stitch is looking for testers for a new PDF sewing pattern, the Bridget blouse.

Fabric Godmother has got the most gorgeous selection of designer fabrics, and well worth a browse.

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

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.

The Sewing Pattern round up – November

The Sewing Pattern round up – November

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 November 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 November.

 

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for November:

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“There is so much that appeals to me about Megan Nielsen’s new Karri Dress including the challenge of sewing all those panels accurately and the deep v in the back. Her samples really show off the versatility of the design with piping, colour blocking and stash-busting patchwork showing just how much fun can be had with the pattern.”

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“Capital Chic Patterns released a stunning new collection of three dresses and a shirt/shirtdress. I really enjoy sewing Sally’sdesigns as they are really interesting and include some unusual challenges within the construction. It’s hard to pick a favourite of the bunch but the exposed darts creating detail across the neckline of the Gimlet Dress make it a real showstopper.”

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Haut Vol from Vanessa Pouzet is another pattern which I’ve found myself dying to sew mainly because its unique design makes me want to sew it to try out some new construction techniques! It features an open back with exposed centre back zip along with beautiful cuff details.”

Patterns featured in the video:

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Other pattern releases:

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Fashion focused sewing: Trend Patterns

Fashion focused sewing: Trend Patterns

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This month we were excited to discover a new pattern company that launched called Trend Patterns, which is owned by fashion-led designer Lucy Sinnott. Lucy has a background in in creative pattern cutting in the fashion industry and we wanted to share the designs of her first collection with you. We also have an exclusive discount offer to share will you, all the details are at the end of the post.

Lucy’s background is in creative pattern cutting in the fashion industry, having studied Fashion Design at university before going on to study pattern cutting at the infamous Saint Martin’s. Lucy says “I have worked in the Fashion industry for 11 years now, I started out at Christopher Kane and worked there for 6 years. I worked on some real masterpieces seen on the catwalk, and quite a few final show pieces by hand. We really pushed the boundaries there and had so much fun at the same time. After that I went on to freelance work and have moved around in order to gain a better knowledge of the industry by seeing how other designers work.”

Lucy’s wealth of experience started with an early love of sewing. Her dad is an artist, so she grew up in a house covered in paint and surrounded by creativity. She started sewing properly aged 13 and made everything from bags and clothes to Halloween costumes. As Lucy says she “was a bit of a Veruca Salt – I wanted the world, so I had to make it all!”

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Lucy was inspired to make her own pattern range because she wanted “to share something new and special with the sewing community, and try to take it to the next level.” Although it might seem surprising, not all fashion students can sew and Lucy worries “that we will run out of good machinists in the fashion industry and I’m hoping this will also encourage students studying Fashion or Textile degrees to get into sewing too.”

In the first collection, AW16 called Mainline, there are three patterns the Oversized Sleeve top, Asymmetric Hem dress and The Cape. The patterns come in sizes 6-16 with step-by-step instructions in pattern format.

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The Oversized Sleeve top has been inspired by the big, voluminous sleeve trends from the AW16 catwalks from New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks. It is best made using a lightweight fabric like cotton, which has some structure.
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Read about pattern hacks of the Oversized sleeve top on Trend Pattern’s blog here.

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The Asymmetric Hem dress is very versatile and different fabrics will completely change the look of the dress. Something with structure like satin to hold out the skirt for a more dramatic look but a softer fabric would give a more romantic feel.

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The Cape was inspired by the different hems from different AW16 catwalk designers. A nice quality wool will compliment the chic shape of this garment and with four pattern variations there are lots of ways to make this pattern your own.

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We asked Lucy was the inspiration is for her pattern collection and she loves fashion. “I love keeping up with fashion week and get excited to see what my favourite designers are going to be showing. I especially look for interesting silhouettes or finishings. And I like to see what Vogue picks as the trends to follow. The inspiration for the differing TPC collections of patterns is a take on the industry too.”

Lucy describes her style of patterns as: “I’d like to think they’re on trend with a professional high-end feel to them. I don’t want to produce simple shapes as I feel there are already established pattern brands that do that so well. These patterns are for customers to push themselves a bit further. However, I don’t want to alienate anyone! I think they will be enjoyed by anyone from students to the experience sewer.”

If you are wondering what patterns would suit you best, Lucy recommends “a beginner would get on well making The Cape (tpc3) as it’s a beautiful chic shape made long or short. I think the challenging piece would be the Asymmetric Hem Dress (tpc2) construction on this one is really easy but the cutting out is time and space consuming – 4 big skirt pieces. But it’s worth it I promise.”

We also wanted to know what Lucy has planned for the future and what new fashion-led collection she wants to design: “We have so many exciting plans!!!!! We will be producing a Red Carpet range in June focusing on gowns worn at the Met Gala recreating them as ready-to-wear pieces. Right now we’re putting together a few pieces for the Basics range. As well as a very special Wedding Collection, a couple of contemporary pieces for a modern Bride. This Collection is meant to be top secret and we weren’t going to produce anything for it until mid-late 2017, but I wanted to introduce the whole brand story now so customers know what to expect from us.”

We can also share with you Lucy’s new pattern, available from mid-December, the Bomber Jacket. Take your first peak below!

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We are really excited to see what Lucy has in store for 2017! You can find out more from her website here and follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.

Exclusive discount: Friday 2nd at 6am to Midnight on Sunday 4th December there is 15% off everything with discount code FOLD15, take a look here.