The Sew Reporter – 29th January

The Sew Reporter – 29th January

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This week we had an exciting sewing trip to Stoff and Stil in Denmark, read all about it here and get special discount! There are also 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 a knit version of the Billie Collection dress from Tribe Patterns.

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey makes a ghoulish Gable Top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade.

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Jane at Handmade Jane makes a super stylish Sangria dress by Capital Chic out of scuba!

Elena from Randomly Happy makes a black and white flannel Named Clothing Helmi shirt dress.

So, Zo makes a few pairs of baby Elemeno pocket joggers.

 


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Colette shares 27 topstitching inspiration ideas.

Marcy from Oonaballoona makes a striking Koos Jacket by Vogue® Patterns 1493.

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Megan Nielsen shares a tutorial on how to fully line a sleeveless dress.

Lauren at Lladybird makes a Static sweater.


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 NEW: It’s us! See our sewing adventures at Stoff and Stil in Denmark

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Introduces her new website, lisacomfort.com

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: My 10 favourite sewing books

Sewn: 2017 #makenine, sewing resolutions and new fabric!

NEW: Stitch My Style: Sewing progress log

NEW: English Girl at Home: British Fabric Haul

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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Modern Sewciety: Episode 108: Abby Glassenberg and Rachel Felix.

While She Naps Podcast: #89 Thomas Kniuer on the State of the Quilting Industry

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: #31 DIY Woven Art’s Rachel Denbow

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Bonus Episode: Tips for sewing your dream coat with Heather from Closet Case Files // EP18

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

Crafty Planner: 97: Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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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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New wool bindings in stock at Dragonfly Fabrics in lots of different colours, perfect for binding coats and collars.

Higgs and Higgs have some great Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric new in stock.

Some gorgeous new fabrics in stock at The Crafty Mastermind from the Cloud 9 Underwater collection.

The Draper’s daughter have a gorgeous new hot pink nani IRO double gauze fabric in stock called Lei Nani.

Loving this new Japanese screw hole punch new in stock at Beyond Measure.

At Sew Over It Lisa announced the launch of her new website lisacomfort.com

Girl Charlee UK has some new fresh spring knits in stock and Named Clothing paper patterns.

Sew Hayley Jane is going to start sending out a newsletter so if you don’t want to miss out on offers and sewing goodness sign up here.

Fabric HQ now stock the complete Bumblebee fabric collection by Tilda.

Create Escape have new sewing classes, including Introduction to dressmaking for all you newbies!

At The Village Haberdashery opens their new store this weekend, go check out what you can expect.

Check out the new fabric arrivals at Minerva Crafts this week.

Check out the gorgeous new prints at Cloth & Candy!

Fabrics Galore have some matching stars and stripes furnishing fabrics new in stock.

A few places left on Embroidered Landscapes workshop at Abakhan next month.

New metallics collection at Elephant in my Handbag called When Skies are Grey Collection by Simple Simon & Company for Riley Blake

Facebook remnants sale at Celtic Fusion Fabrics, go check it out.

New Oxford Cats fabric collection now available at Fabric Punk

New lightweight crepes in store at Fabric Godmother this week.

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

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February 2017

Introduction to Dye techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 1st February.

Tartan and Tweed lecture, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 2nd February.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester, 2nd – 4th February.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 4th February.

Norwich sewcials, Measuring Demo! Norwich, 7th February.

Finders Keepers – Tales in Textiles! Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney (Nr Northampton), 14th – 25th February.

CHSI Stitches (Trade only, not open to the public), Birmingham, 19th – 21st February.

Winter Residential 5 day creative textile course, Paignton, Devon, 20th – 24th February.

The Art of Corsetry with Jil Salen, Loving the Fabric, Richmond, 27th Feb. Call to book tickets: 020 8332 6031

Dutch Wax textiles talk, Fashion and Textiles Museum, London, 23rd February.

Spring Quilt Festival, Edinburgh, 24th – 26th February.

Tapestry weaving introduction workshop, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 25th – 26th February.

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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.

Sewing Adventures at Stoff and Stil

Sewing Adventures at Stoff and Stil

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We were really excited when we were invited to visit the headquarters of Danish fabric business Stoff and Stil a couple of months ago. We flew out on Monday with lots of other sewing pals to Billund and spent two days fabric shopping, eating yummy food and learning all about how Stoff and Stil produce their patterns and fabric. What can we say? It was so much fun! See more of our trip below … and a special discount treat!

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We were welcomed at the airport by Josephine who initially got in contact with us and organised the whole trip. She drove us to Herning where we checked into our hotel. We had a lovely bag of sewing gifts to welcome us to Denmark in these personalised handmade shoppers. There was also a handmade plush dressing gown, champagne and cake! It all felt very hygge! For those of us who arrived earlier, we then went for a traditional lunch before heading out to explore the local area and do some shopping. We enjoyed browsing all the lovely scandi-style shops and made a few purchases!

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In the evening we were treated to the most amazing meal at a local sushi restaurant. There was a lot of sewing chatter and it was great to catch up with these lovely ladies. We also got to meet other members of the Stoff and Stil team.

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If that wasn’t enough, on Tuesday we visited one of the 23 Stoff and Stil stores (they have shops in other parts of Denmark and also Sweden, Norway and Germany). It was FABRIC HEAVEN! Over 1000 square feet of fabric goodness. We only had an hour to choose fabric and patterns we would like, so the pressure was on! Take a look at this level of organisation …

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There was so much fabric to choose from and it was all really good quality (believe me, we stroked most of it!) It was particularly good for dressmakers with hundreds of knits and rayons, which can be more difficult to source in bricks and mortar shops in the UK.

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Stoff and Stil also have their own pattern range, releasing new designs each season. Check out the full range here – we’ll be adding all these to the database next week!

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We were then taken to Stoff and Stil HQ for lunch and a full tour of the building. Here we saw the design process for printing and choosing fabrics plus the awesome logistics of how they fulfil all their orders (over 600 people in the team!). The best machine by far was one that cuts the fabric from the roll automatically for multiple orders placed that day. Just scan the roll, place it on the machine and it takes care of the rest. Jaw dropping!

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In the afternoon we had an exciting craft session where we created mood boards using the latest fabric collections and dressmaking patterns. We also heard more about the history of the family business and how they put their designs together each season. It was great to hear about their organic range of fabrics (GOTS certified) and how this is a growing area of the business.

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It was a really great trip and the hospitality was amazing. We were also impressed by the quality of fabric and products. We are now looking forward to when all the fabrics we chose arrive in the UK and we can get sewing!

TO SAVE 15% on your entire order price at Stoff and Stil use code Thefoldlinexstoffstil at checkout. Enjoy!*

*Valid at the UK site www.stoffstil.co.uk only and for deliveries to the UK only. Until 15th February 2017.

The Sew Reporter – 22nd January

The Sew Reporter – 22nd January

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Hi team, we hope you’ve had a good week! This week we posted about new sewing challenges for 2017 to get involved in the sewing community as well as some stash busting patterns! There are also 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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Janene from Ooobop makes a By Hand London Alix dress in Black Watch.

Karen at Did You Make That? discusses Really Beautiful, or Really Useful .. a button obsession.

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Marie from A Stitching Odyssey shares 2016 #VintagePledge winners.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes Merino and Boiled wool Toaster sweaters.

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Portia from Makery refashions a vintage jersey dress into a tunic shirt dress.


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Heather from Closet Case Files announces the release of her latest online sewing workshop – sew your dream jeans!

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Grainline Studio have a super useful tutorial on sewing facings on narrow sleeves.

Sew Caroline posts a free baby bib pattern and tutorial.

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Rochelle at Lucky Lucille makes a Grainline Studio Lark Tee with curved hem.


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

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Say hello to our new pattern, the Nancy dress!

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabby and Megan make a Kommatia Pinafore

NEW: Sewn: 2017 #makenine, sewing resolutions and new fabric!

Stitch My Style: Pencil Skirt and Wiggle Dress – Pattern Drafting

NEW: English Girl at Home: British Fabric Haul

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: Episode 108: Abby Glassenberg and Rachel Felix.

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #89 Thomas Kniuer on the State of the Quilting Industry

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

The Wild Stitch: Bra Making Month: Handmade lingerie with Ohhh Lulu // EP15

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

NEW: Crafty Planner: 97: Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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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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Higgs and Higgs have a competition on their Facebook page to win a fabric bundle of Ditsy fabric.

Some gorgeous new fabrics in stock at The Crafty Mastermind from the Cloud 9 Underwater collection.

The Draper’s daughter now stock a range of Named Clothing patterns, check them out here.

Beyond Measure is having an open day and let me tell you it’s well worth a visit! Sat 1st April 10am-4pm!

Sew Over It released a new pattern this week, the Nancy dress.

Girl Charlee UK now stocks Named Clothing paper patterns from the last and most recent collections, see the range here.

The January sale continues at Dragonfly fabrics with up to 40% off. Plus check out their blog for 10% of winter fabrics.

Sew Hayley Jane makes a Fraser Sweatshirt from December’s luxury sewing box subscription.

Fabric HQ now stock the complete Bumblebee fabric collection by Tilda.

Create Escape have new sewing classes for January, including Introduction to dressmaking for all you newbies!

At The Village Haberdashery shares a rainbow felt wreath tutorial and lots of new fabrics in stock including Sleeping Porch by Heather Ross.

Get 10% off jersey fabrics at Minerva Crafts this week as part of #MonetaParty

It’s so cold at the moment why not treat yourself to an ice cream bundle from Cloth & Candy!

Gorgeous striped and plain chambrays new in at Fabrics Galore

FREE in-store demos at Abakhan shops this weekend.

Wait until you see this, Harry Potter fabrics have arrived at Elephant in my Handbag

New prints by Heather Ross in stock at Celtic Fusion Fabrics 

Glow in the dark constellations fabrics now back in stock at Fabric Punk

Lots of fabulous viscose jersey fabrics new in stock at Fabric Godmother, ideal for stocking up for the #MonetaParty!

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

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January 2017

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

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

Revolutionary Textiles 1910 – 1939, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, Until 23rd April 2017.

Undressed: A brief History of Underwear. V&A Museum, London, Until 12th March 2017.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Exhibition, V&A Museum, London Until 5th February 2017

Textiles: Ancient to Modern Course, V&A Museum, London, Until 13th July 2017.

Fabric and Dress at the V&A Clothworker’s centre, V&A Museum, 20th January – 10th March 2017.

Stories in Stitch, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Until March 2017.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Until 1st May 2017.

Peacocks & Pomegranates, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, London, Until 22nd July 2017.

Lace in Fashion, Fashion Museum, Bath, 4th February 2017 – 1st January 2018.

A History of Fashion in 100 objects, Fashion Museum, Bath, Until 1st January 2019.

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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.

Stash Busting Patterns

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After the New Year’s Sewing Resolution blog post we noticed a pattern emerging…a lot of people want to use up their stash this year. This isn’t new news, but we thought we could help you pick some sewing patterns to de-stash your stash! All the patterns included here use about a metre or less of fabric so go forth, pick some dressmaking patterns and accessories to start making.


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Using up your stash is a great way to fill gaps in your wardrobe and expand your collection of basics. Most of these patterns are also quick to make, so perfect projects to work on during the evening or when you are limited for time. Many of these tops and skirts can easily be mixed and matched too, creating more outfit combinations for work or going out. For the patterns with multiple panels, these are ideal for adding a pop or colour or print and using your favourite scraps.

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Although there are a lot more sewing patterns designed for women than men, there are still several options to stash bust for the guys including underwear basics and t-shirts. Special scraps including silks or cotton lawns can be used to make items such as ties, which are great gifts.

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Often smaller pieces of fabric are best suited to accessories and there are lots of bag patterns available to choose from. Don’t forget you can use up some lovely prints for the lining of these totes and shoppers too, which give them a really special finish.

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Other accessories to use up your left over fabric include gloves, snoods, scarfs and slippers. These also make perfect gifts and don’t need much fabric at all. You can de-stash your way through plenty of left over prints and knits with some selfless sewing!

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Children and baby clothes are perfect if you only have a small piece of fabric left over from making garments for yourself. There are lots of lovely outfits for little ones and these are ideal for using up colourful cotton prints. Any jersey scraps are ideal for making baby grows.

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Making toys need only the smallest bits of fabric and you can combine lots of prints and solids to create fun creatures for little ones to treasure.

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Not forgetting your furry friends, there are a few patterns which can be used to make coats and keep your pet dog dry and warm. These are especially suited to cosy fabrics such as left over wools or waterproofs.

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New Sewing Challenges for 2017

New Sewing Challenges for 2017

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Are you looking for creative challenges to kick start your sewing mojo in 2017? We’ve discovered a few exciting new sewing challenges for the start of the year to help plan your wardrobe, connect with other sewists and join in with the sewing community to make a positive change. It’s time to get sewing!


#MonetaParty

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Organised by The Triple Stitchers (a.k.a Elle from Sew Positivity, Rach from Rach Against the Sewing Machine and Abigail from Sew Abigail), this year there will be a #MonetaParty. So how does it work? Well it’s a party on Instagram and all you need to do is post a picture of your handmade Colette Patterns Moneta dress. There will be loads of prizes from lots of businesses and the chance to win a Sprout Patterns Moneta dress!

Here is a quick overview of some key bits of info but for all the rules and information head over to Elle’s post here. You need to post your Colette Moneta dress on Instagram between Friday 24th February and Sunday 26th February using the hashtag #Monetaparty. The Moneta dress is a great pattern for advanced beginners and perfect to try if you are new to sewing with knits as well. The pattern is available as PDF or paper so anyone around the world can take part (if you subscribe to Seamwork you can also use your credits to get the Moneta PDF pattern). If you are already a budding Moneta fan you can post one you have already made (although entries are limited to one per person). You can also enter a Moneta hack too.

And what you really want to know about is the prizes! There will be two prize-giving events and also lots of special discounts announced before the #MonetaParty starts! Keep your eyes peeled on Instagram to find out more! Trust us, the prize pot is amazing!

*Disclaimer: Having this much fun in your Moneta dress is not guaranteed but highly likely!*

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Erin from sewing blog Seamstress Erin launches a community sewing campaign today to bring the sewing community together and make a positive change in the world. The idea is to pledge to support a local charity or cause during this week (16th – 22nd January), either with your time or raising funds and in turn making the world a better place. Although Erin is based in America, anyone around the world can take part. Also in support of this great idea, over 25 independent designers (including us) have given PDF pattern prizes and 5 sewists can win a pattern bundle! Head over to Erin’s post to find out more and some suggestions of charities you can support.


#WardrobeBuilder

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The #WardrobeBuilder will be running throughout 2017 and is a way of creating a balanced and wearable collection that suits your personal style. It is organised by Laura from The Petite Passions blog and you can find out the full details here. You will plan to make one garment a month, over the course of one year, building up a handmade collection of wardrobe essentials. Here is a list of the pattern types for each month and January’s link up and inspiration post from Laura on making Jumpers and Sweaters.

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What are you waiting for? It’s time to get sewing!

Sew Reporter – 15th January

Sew Reporter – 15th January

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Hi team we hope you’ve had a good week! Yesterday we posted about indie pattern designer Emily who runs company In the folds and her career in sewing. There are also 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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Karen at did you make that has made a Cleolly.. (we love this hybrid name) check out her blog to find out more..

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Tilly and the buttons posts her top five tips for sewing with corduroy..

Winnie at Scruffy Badger has been using up her remnants and made this fantastic Wembly cardigan from Seamwork

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So Zo has been at the machine, making this lovely bird print dress


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I don’t know about you but all we are thinking about is coats at the moment and we are loving this corker from Christine Haynes.

Red-lace-spandex-Watson-Bra-by-Cloth-Habit_FrontHeather from Closet Case Files is off to a cracking start this year and already sewn up a Watson Bra

Grainline Studio have a round up of all the Farrow Dress makes and there is some serious inspiration in there

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Marcy from Oonaballona made this dramatic skirt for New Years!

Sew Caroline has got a free pattern for a floor cushion that would be a perfect way to use of some scrap fabric.

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Colette with The Triple Stitchers post about the Moneta party happening over on Instagram.. want to get involved? Go have a read or swing over to Elle’s post to get in detail info

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille shows us her latest make, some pretty snazzy Sloan leggings!


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

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Fabric Haul!

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: A Fabric Haul and 2017 sewing plans!

NEW: Sewn: Sewing review of 2016

NEW: Stitch My Style: Pencil Skirt and Wiggle Dress – Pattern Drafting

English Girl at Home: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #88 Mimi G

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

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Bra Making Month: Handmade lingerie with Ohhh Lulu // EP15

Elise gets Crafty: ON “ONE LITTLE WORD” FOR 2017 / EP 117

NEW: Crafty Planner: 97: Lisa Congdon

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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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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If you’re looking for a Uk stockist of the Colette Sewing planner The Crafty Mastermind has them!

Beyond Measure is having an open day and let me tell you it’s well worth a visit! Sat 1st April 10am-4pm!

Sew Over It are have launched a PDF club this week!

Girl Charlee UK has a new fabric range called BOLT.. go have a swoon here.

Dragonfly fabrics have added more fabrics to their January sale, up to 40% off.

Sew Hayley Jane has some January sewing inspiration over on the blog.

Check out what new at Fabric HQ right now.

Create Escape have new sewing classes for January, including Introduction to dressmaking for all you newbies!

At The Village Haberdashery check out what’s new… let us tell you it’s A LOT!

Minerva Crafts have got some gorgeous new jerseys in stock.. yes please!.

The Draper’s daughter have limited stock of nani IRO fabrics, once they are gone that’s it!

Some gorgeous prints in the Cloth & Candy sale.

Fabrics Galore have some gorgeous new sweatshirting.. with sparkly stars all over them!

Abakhan have some really interesting scuba fabric in loads of prints!

Elephant in my Handbag, have some really pretty nursery prints

Celtic Fusion Fabrics are having a remnant sale over on Facebook  – go grab a bargain.

Up to massive 60% off fabrics at Fabric Punk and further reductions added!

Lots of fabrics in the sale at Fabric Godmother, stock up while you can!

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

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January 2017

Revolutionary Textiles 1910 – 1939, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, Until 23rd April 2017.

Challenging the Fabric of Society, Peace Museum, Bradford, Until 20th January.

Undressed: A brief History of Underwear. V&A Museum, London, Until 12th March 2017.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Exhibition, V&A Museum, London Until 5th February 2017

Textiles: Ancient to Modern Course, V&A Museum, London, Until 13th July 2017.

Fabric and Dress at the V&A Clothworker’s centre, V&A Museum, 20th January – 10th March 2017.

Stories in Stitch, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Until March 2017.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Until 1st May 2017.

Peacocks & Pomegranates, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, London, Until 22nd July 2017.

Lace in Fashion, Fashion Museum, Bath, 4th February 2017 – 1st January 2018.

A History of Fashion in 100 objects, Fashion Museum, Bath, Until 1st January 2019.

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.

Careers in Sewing: Being an Indie Pattern Designer

Careers in Sewing: Being an Indie Pattern Designer

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Have you ever considered a Career in Sewing? Do you dream of ditching the 9-5 and pursuing your creative dreams? In this blog series we will be posting interviews for a range of different sewing jobs to give you a taste of what possibilities are out there. Today we interview Emily from pattern company In The Folds who is based in Australia. She is fairly new to the indie pattern world and has just released her second pattern, the Acton dress. Hear about her creative journey and the realities of owning your own small business!

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

I started sewing when I was about nine years old. My mum was trying to find something to occupy me during the school holidays one year, and jut happened to enrol me in a sewing class in a little sewing studio down the road. And I guess the rest is history. Within no time I had recruited a handful of my friends to join after school sewing classes with me, and was making sun dresses and scrunchies (yes, it was the nineties) in my spare time.

I can’t even remember making the decision to study fashion design. It just felt like the natural next step for me after high school. I started my bachelor of Design of Fashion and Textiles at Sydney’s UTS, with the dreams of becoming a costume designer, but within a year or two, I had realised my love was for pattern making and construction. I became totally enchanted by the notion that something two dimensional can be cut and sewn to become three dimensional and can then be worn on the body.

I graduated in 2011 and decided to head to London soon after, for a change of scenery and pace, and to get some experience in the industry. I quickly realised that the mainstream fashion industry was not for me. Through university I had realised that it was really important to me to create garments that were considered, from beginning to end, and would be loved and cared for for years to come – far away from the fast-fashion machine that churns out garments as quickly as possible and disposes of them soon after. While in London, I interned at The Good Wardrobe (an online sustainable fashion hub) and suddenly the whole online business thing became more appealing to me. I realised that with the skills I already had, and very little capital, I could start a business from my bedroom! At around the same time, I had returned to my roots of home sewing and was excited to find that there was a whole group of like-minded people celebrating sewing online. I felt much more comfortable in this space, with the knowledge that people were investing their time into making beautiful garments that fit well and were loved for years and years.

I moved back to Sydney in 2015 and decided it was the perfect time to start a business. And that’s when In the Folds was born.

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

I am the creator of indie sewing pattern company In the Folds. Which basically means that I do every little job that’s necessary to keep my business alive and growing! I had imagined a life in which I wold be sewing and pattern making every day, but alas that’s not really the reality of running a pattern business. On the plus side though, at least my business hasn’t killed my desire to sew as a hobby (although it has consumed the majority of my spare time)!

I work in a creative space, Buswick South, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which is really great. I share a space with one of my sewing gal pals, as well as seven other creatives (at this point we have five painters, one sculptor and a print maker). I love that I have somewhere outside of my home to come to every day and have people around me that are inspiring and can keep me accountable. We take tea breaks to chat about what we’re working on, what we are listening to or reading, as well as to provide each other with pep talks (which are are daily necessity when trying to survive the creative life!) I have a beautiful space, with a lovely big desk, nice big windows and everything I could possibly need to create the patterns I make.

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What do you do in a typical day?

A typical day (if there ever is one) involves an early morning walk along the beach front. I’m not really a morning person, but I find that forcing myself up and down to the beach really helps me get focussed and motivated for the day. I try hard not to check my phone before I head out, otherwise I risk starting my work day at 6.30am! I aim to get to the studio by 9am, and the first thing I do is check my Trello board (my number one organisational tool). I plan out my week on a Monday morning using Trello, and I love that once it’s done, I don’t have to think about it again. This works really well for me, as it means I don’t have to remember what to do next, it’s all there in front of me and it means far less procrastinating between tasks. I try to do my most important work first thing in the morning, while I’m feeling fresh, and leave the easy stuff (or the stuff that I love no matter the time of day or my state of mind – i.e. sewing and pattern making) until after lunch when my batteries are fading. I normally get another rush of energy around 3 or 4pm, so try to get a few more things checked off the list before heading home. I try to work normal working hours (as I have a workaholic tendencies that I need to keep in check), so generally head home around 6pm.

I’d love to say that a typical day includes sewing, but it generally doesn’t. I feel that most days are spent at the computer – whether I’m writing emails, digitising patterns, writing instructions or creating a tutorial for the blog.

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What are the best and worst bits?

The best bit is that I am my own boss. I don’t have to check in if I want to do something and can have full creative control over all that I do. I get to create patterns for a truly awesome group pf people and get to be part of a really inclusive, supportive and inspiring community. Due to the nature of creating sewing patterns, no week is ever the same. Every week or two my focus changes, as I progress through the process – from initial design, sampling, pattern creation, pattern testing etc. I think this is one of the best bits about my job. I am definitely never bored!

The worst bit is that I have to do everything! My to-do list seems to be ever expanding and I find that it’s really difficult to switch off, even when I leave the studio (the joys of running a business that never sleeps), but I’m really working on that – so watch this space!

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Did you always want a creative career?

Definitely! There was even a time (many many years ago) when I would have told you I wanted to be a dancer! Thankfully I realised that my talents were better suited to sewing and decided to hang up the dancing shoes. I have just always known that I am happiest when I am creating something. The small business tendencies also started early, during high school I started making bags, singlets and skirts to sell on the school yard, and even tried my hand at a few market days.

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

Well seeing as though I gave myself this job, I really didn’t have to show anyone my qualifications! But in terms of relevant qualifications, I would say that my fashion degree has come in handy, but nowhere near as much as I had hoped. It probably only accounts for about 10% of the skills I need for this job! It definitely gave me a head start and gave me a thorough understanding of pattern making and sewing, but the rest I have had to learn on the job. My degree did give me faith in my work ethic though, so I knew that if I put my mind to it, I would have a good shot at creating a viable business. From university life, I also knew I was good at wearing many hats and surviving with little money or sleep – two prerequisites if you’re thinking of starting a creative business!

As for training since getting started, I feel like I never stop training! This isn’t a bad thing though. I love learning new things and I think my enthusiasm for learning has been my greatest asset during this start-up phase. I did a small business course when I first got started and now I am constantly devouring information (reading, listening to podcasts, doing online courses, asking people for advice) and feel so lucky to live in a time when almost anything can be learned online. The business world changes so quickly due to the internet, so I think it’s really important to be nimble and ready to learn what you need when you need it.

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

Just do it! I think that if you really want to become a pattern designer, you just need to get started and be prepared to keep learning every single day. Go and do a pattern making course. Learn as much as you possibly can. Use indie patterns from all different designers – take note of the things you like and don’t like. Don’t just make patterns of things you’d like to wear – think hard about who will actually buy it and how long the pattern will be relevant (for this reason I really try and steer clear of trends when I’m designing). Patterns take a really long time to create and get out into the world, so you really want to make something that people are going to love and want to wear too. Consume as much information as you possibly can. You’re reading this, so I guess that’s a good start!

Don’t worry if you don’t have the skills to handle every step in the process. There are so many people out there offering the skills and experience you need, so take advantage of that.

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If you could do anything else what would it be?

I know it sounds incredibly cheesy, but I really can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than this. My business still has a very long way to go, but it makes me really happy. It’s pretty much all I think about at the moment, which I think is a sign that I’m on the right track!

What are you working on at the moment?

At the moment I’m working on a new pattern. I’m really excited about this one, as it’s more beginner friendly than my previous patterns. I just got the pattern back from the grader and I’m about to start writing the instructions. I still have a lot of work to do, but I’m planning on it being ready early in the new year!

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

Unfortunately I am not sewing anything at the moment, but I do have a long list of summer sewing plans. I really need some skirts and trousers, as I have so many tops and nothing to wear them with! Although I must say I am easily wooed by dresses and have a couple of Acton versions circulating my brain as we speak!

The Sew Reporter – 8th January

The Sew Reporter – 8th January

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We’re back! Happy New Year to you all, we hope you are well rested and looking forward to lots of making in 2017. This week we shared our favourite pattern releases in December. There are also 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 is all inspired for her makes in 2017 with this board of #2017makenine

Tilly and the Buttons looks back on 2016 at her favourite makes.

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Karen at Did You Make That? discussed the concept of a capsule wardrobe.

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Elena at Randomly Happy makes a turtleneck Kwik Sew 4069 and is learning to own her mistakes.

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Janene at Ooobop makes a stunning vintage birthday dress!

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey rounds up her makes and your #vintagepledge entries in 2016.


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Megan Nielsen shares a tour of her gorgeous work room.

Colette shares Process diary: tools that serve you.

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Mary from Idle Fancy shares her last make for 2016, Butterick 6244 and the Cashmerette Turner dress.

Lladybird makes a leopard silk Simplicity 6266 dress.

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Grainline Studio posts 2016 in review: sewing tutorials and free patterns.

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille shares her top 5 reflections of 2016.


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

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: What’s in store for 2017!

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas Day 24

Sewn: December sewing: Christmas presents

Stitch My Style: How to make a winter coat part 2

NEW: English Girl at Home: Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

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

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: #87 Community Episode

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

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Style in progress with Sophie from Ada Spragg // EP14

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON “ONE LITTLE WORD” FOR 2017 / EP 117

NEW: Crafty Planner: 95: QUILTY BOX DECEMBER EDITION: NATALIE BARNES OF BEYOND THE REEF

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New Autumn/Winter Collections from VogueMcCallsButterickKwik SewSimplicityNew Look and Burdastyle.

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

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Sew Over It are having a massive January sale!

The Crafty Mastermind Birthday Sale ends today!

Girl Charlee UK has a super helpful tutorial on how to use a twin needle.

Beyond Measure have updated their events page and will be at the Edinburgh Yarn festival in March.

Dragonfly fabrics have added more fabrics to their January sale, up to 40% off.

Sew Hayley Jane reflects on 2016 on her blog.

Massive fabric sale happening at Fabric HQ right now.

Create Escape have new sewing classes for January, including Introduction to dressmaking for all you newbies!

At The Village Haberdashery check out this great Macrame plant hanger tutorial,

Minerva Crafts are having a bargain online sale of lots of sewing products and fabrics.

The Draper’s daughter have limited stock of nani IRO fabrics, once they are gone that’s it!

Some gorgeous prints in the Cloth & Candy sale.

Fabrics Galore have super soft brushed cotton in stock for your secret pyjamas!

Ends today, 15% off almost everything at Abakhan.

Over 1000 items in the Elephant in my Handbag, shop now!

Check out the new in fabrics at Celtic Fusion Fabrics.

Up to massive 60% off fabrics at Fabric Punk!

Lots of fabrics in the sale at Fabric Godmother, stock up while you can!

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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

The Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs, Fashion and Textile Museum,  Until 15 January 2017

Hand in Glove: Knitted gloves by Angharad Thomas, Bankfield Museum, Halifax, Until 14th January 2017.

Revolutionary Textiles 1910 – 1939, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, Manchester, Until 23rd April 2017.

Challenging the Fabric of Society, Peace Museum, Bradford, Until 20th January.

Undressed: A brief History of Underwear. V&A Museum, London, Until 12th March 2017.

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Exhibition, V&A Museum, London Until 5th February 2017

Textiles: Ancient to Modern Course, V&A Museum, London, Until 13th July 2017.

Fabric and Dress at the V&A Clothworker’s centre, V&A Museum, 20th January – 10th March 2017.

Stories in Stitch, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Until March 2017.

Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, Imperial War Museum, Manchester, Until 1st May 2017.

Peacocks & Pomegranates, Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, London, Until 22nd July 2017.

Lace in Fashion, Fashion Museum, Bath, 4th February 2017 – 1st January 2018.

A History of Fashion in 100 objects, Fashion Museum, Bath, Until 1st January 2019.

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.

The Sewing Pattern Roundup – December

The Sewing Pattern Roundup – December

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It’s been a quieter month for sewing patterns releases with lots of festivities going on instead! 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 December 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 December.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for December:

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“The new Rosemary Blouse from Style Arc was the first pattern to grab my attention this month. The clever slit neckline which twists over the high collar is a gorgeous feature and looks so chic made up in a neutral silk.”

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“Schnittchen released a couple of new patterns this month and the Amy Parka caught my eye. I love the oversized shape, longer length and those deep folded pockets. I’d love to make one exactly like the rich rusty brown waxed sample.”

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“I love a good pattern puzzle and clever design and am keen to sew up the new Jane Shirt from Ready to Sew just to figure out the construction! It has a boyish fit and buttons right up to the neck with a lovely little round collar but the most interesting part is the twisted front and lack of side seams.”

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New Years Sewing Resolutions 2017

New Years Sewing Resolutions 2017

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We hope that you have all had lovely Christmases and are feeling ready to take on 2017. To give you all a little inspiration we have asked some of your favourite bloggers and designers to share with us their sewing resolutions for the year.

 

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Christine Haynes

2016 was all about healing and discovery for me: recovering from a big personal loss, figuring out where I’m headed, and asking myself how my life as a sewer and patternmaker fit into those plans. I embarked on a six month Wardrobe Architect project and took time to think thoughtfully about what I make, own, and wear. 2017 will be about taking those ideas further, as I continue to purge my stash, whittle down my possessions, and sew projects with a plan, so they will mean something to me in the future instead of just in the moment. For my company, Christine Haynes Patterns, as I begin to prepare to leave Los Angeles and the permanent sunshine, my designs will inevitably be effected by a different climate, and I’m excited to see how they will evolve and change with a change in location. I’m ready for 2016 to be over and look forward to seeing everyone in the new year!

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Rachel – House in Pinheiro

I’m not one for making yearly resolutions. My imagination and creativity tend to push me out of my sewing comfort zone and that’s something I will be definitely be doing next year.  But if I must have to write something on my list would be
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein

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Saara & Laura – Named Clothing

In 2017 I will pay extra attention to ethical and good quality materials. I started recently studying more about vegan materials, and therefore avoided for example silk and wool for the 2016. It has been surprisingly easy (partly because I’ve still used my existing garments and some fabrics from our stash), but also very fun and adventurous, and I think I’ll continue the same way in 2017! Saara & I have also both signed up for a bra-making workshop in April, so I guess it’s safe to promise that we will learn how to make bras! Saara still promises to finish all unfinished projects which I think she promised last year as well 😀

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Elle  – Sew Positivity

I plan on making 2017 the year of doing.  I’ve got my new sparkly year planner out already and I’ve bought all the scented pens so you better believe I’m going to be smelling pineapple plans to knit a jumper in July (and even maybe finish it before 2018)
I usually shy away from new years resolutions because I’d convinced myself over the years that it’s best not to try in case you fail, but thanks to the huge support of the sewing community I’ve realised that there is no failing only learning.  I hope you will join me on my learning curve which includes a brand new blog, moving into a dedicated studio space, teaming up with other sewists for a special event early in the year and maybe squeezing in making a couture finished dress for the Dress makers ball.

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Lisa – Sew Over it

This year is going to be all about thinking more cleverly about the clothes I sew. We’ve got a baby on the way so I’m going to need clothes that grow with me until then – and ones I can work with after the baby comes. I’m thinking loose shapes and of course a lot of jersey! I’ll be making things with extended front hems (to cover the bump!) which I can then level off when I no longer need the extra length. I plan to go wild with tie belts – because there’s no getting away from a nipped in waist with me, even if it is much higher!

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Hannah – I want to make a totally me made, wearable underwear drawer. With perfect fitting bras and amazing matching pants. I’ve got loads of French lace to use up, so I’ll also be stash busting!
Rosie – I’m on a huge fabric buying ban until I have used up ALL of my stash. Might sound ambitious, but I think I can do it if I avoid Goldhawk road! I’m especially keen to use up the Liberty I’ve been hoarding for years, so expect to see some quilts!

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Jen – Workroom Social

I can’t believe it’s already 2017! This year I am trying to actually sew a thing or two for myself. I don’t make a lot of things for me to wear, but I have so many things I WANT to make and wear. Self–>do it this year! I also want to spend time this year documenting my work (AKA blogging!). It’s so helpful to have a record of past makes. Happy new year everyone!!

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Heather Lou – Closet Case Files

2017 is going to be about building a super functional wardrobe that suits my lifestyle (workaholic dog mom) and evolving style (chic minimalism) a lot better. When I started sewing I made way many too frivolous party dresses, and while I’m grateful for them now as I ALWAYS have something to wear to a fancy event, it’s become more and more clear that I need to focus on sewing really well made and timeless pieces that I can wear over and over again, and that pair with everything else in my closet. I’m also planning on drafting a lot more of my own wardrobe; I love love love supporting other indie designers but I have too many ideas for my wardrobe that I can’t find in pattern form!

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Rachel – Rach Against The Sewing Machine

In 2017 I’m hopefully going to do a bit more sewing and blogging than I did this year!  I’m still planning on sticking to my goal of “wearable but me-made” so things such as t-shirts, jumpers and casual dresses.  I like to be able to incorporate my makes into my every day life.  I’d like to make a Grainline moss skirt, add a couple more Grainline hemlock tees to my collection, and maybe tackle trousers if I’m brave enough!

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Lauren – Lladybird

My sewing resolution for 2017? Sew some dang underwear. I’ve got the bra part nailed down, but I’m still wearing ratty panties because I abhor the the idea of wasting sewing time/precious elastic on something as basic as a pair of undies. I’m at a point now where I feel real good about my handmade wardrobe and I don’t have a lot of needs remaining – except the need to keep sewing. So I’m going to focus some of that creative energy on making my underwear drawer delightfully handmade 🙂

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Winnie – Scruffy Badger

I have a very clear view that I shall make my Harris Tweed jacket…finally!
I’m going to be learning more about fitting ( I’ve got a sewing holiday booked to make my custom fitting dress pattern)
I’ll also be venturing into something more creative and decorative, maybe giving patchwork a go? it’s about time I sprinkled some sewing magic around my house more….
Look forward to seeing what everyone else is up for!!
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Tilly – Tilly and the Buttons

My sewing resolution for 2017 is a classic. Stop buying fabric and sew from my stash!!! Whether I’ll actually do it is another matter, hehe…
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Amy – Almond Rock

My resolution is to learn the skills I need to sew my own wedding dress. This also involves picking a design which seems much harder! I want to learn about constructing a corselet, improve my hand stitching skills and get the perfect fit. I’ve signed myself up to a couture bridal class with Alison Smith MBE, investing in handbooks from Susan Khalje and built myself a schedule that allows for a lot of experimentation with different patterns. Plus I have a trusty mentor in my lovely friend and bridesmaid Charly who makes wedding dresses for a living.
Wish me luck?

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Haley Glenn – Seamwork

My 2017 resolution is to break up my sewing routine! In the past there were items that I would always buy versus make. This seems really creatively limiting and I want to resolve to reach beyond my tried and true patterns and make more separates—especially pants—and outerwear.

My plan of action is to keep the project intensity diverse, by mixing wardrobe staples from Seamwork in with vintage and some of my other favorite indie patterns. Secondly, I am committing to sewing for shorter periods of time, but more frequently. I used to sew this way, and I was always amazed at how much I could get done in just 30 minutes every day over the course of a week.

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Gabby – Gabberdashery

I definitely want to concentrate on filling the gaps in my wardrobe that I seem to be consistently distracted away from doing – like plain tops and trousers instead of making everything in bold prints that don’t go together! I also want to take things a bit slower and stop rushing through makes to wear that night! Oh and I have big plans to make a lot more stage clothes next year as I already have lots of gigs in the diary to wear them for – I’m thinking glitzy playsuits and full length dresses!

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Fiona  – Diary of a Chainstitcher

My resolutions have often revolved around improving the technical side of sewing but this year I’d like to push my skills to the next level by being more playful. I want to experiment with my fabric choices, try hacking patterns, using trims and including some of the interesting little constructions details I’ve been collecting for inspiration. Maybe I’ll even get on to a bit of drafting too! I feel 2016 has been successful in terms of sewing garments which I actually love to wear repeatedly so now I’ve found my handmade style I think its time to have some fun with it!

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Marie – I AM PATTERNS

In 2017, I would love to finish my personal minimal wardrobe. I have plan my perfect wardrobe, with few pieces that mix and matches together and I need to sew most of it. To do so, I will use organic or recycled fabrics.
Also, it’s been years since I wanted to learn how to make my own shoes and I purchased a kit last week. I am so looking forward to open it and start making the shoes. It sounds so much fun.
I hope all this will make me reach 0 waist, 0 km. I also wish to apply more daily consciousness in everything I do. Happy new year everyone :))
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Elena  – Randomly Happy

I started to sew smarter in the second half of the year – planning my makes a bit more carefully and taking my time enjoying the process (not frantically swearing at the machine trying to finish things in a rush). I’d like to continue that into the new year.
I’d also really love to throw myself into the sewing community a bit more – go to more events, like the brilliant Sewing Weekender. I also realise I don’t get to talk enough about sewing, so hopefully I can arrange a few more meet ups with lovely sewing peeps in the area and beyond. And finally, I’ve really gotten into pattern testing this year and would really like to continue. I really love giving back to the community when I can.
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Marcy – Oonaballoona

In 2016, I really started to notice the lack of “everyday” wear in my closet. So I started trying my hand at some casual items, some solid colors, some neutrals…and you know what? (this is not going where you think it is…) I HATED IT. In 2017, I’m going back to basics…which means ignoring basics! I’m not putting a mandate on myself to sew the things I “need.” I’m sewing the things I WANT
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Marilla Walker

This year I really really want to sew from my stash more, so no more new fabric….well maybe a little tiny piece if it’s really special 🙂
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Charlotte  – English Girl at Home

My first priority for 2017 is my brother’s wedding in February; I’m making myself a dress to wear (I’m planning to use McCalls 7154) and I’m also making my brother’s dog, Rupert, a jacket to wear – in a blue tweed to match my brother’s wedding suit. Other than that, I’m hoping to spend January finishing a cupboard full of sewing and knitting UFOs which have built up over the course of 2016!