The Sew Reporter – 26th February

The Sew Reporter – 26th February

This week we shared our guide to the best fabric shops in London with handy downloadable maps! 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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Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher has made this emerald beauty for her brother’s wedding, it’s the B5814 from Butterick.

The Tilly and the Buttons sewing Zadie sew-along continues this week and they are putting together the front of the dress.

Karen from Did you Make That? is having her 7th blog birthday… head over there for a fab giveaway.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home has made the TRIBE PATTERNS Billie collection.

Portia from Makery is talking about the perfect pins and has a rather marvellous giveaway.

Jen at Gingerella has made a rather marvellous Kelly Anorak from Closet Case Patterns with a super fun lining!

 

Christine Haynes has made this vintage dressing gown pattern using Rifle Paper Co. fabric… we are swooning!!

Heather Lou has a new mid rise Ginger jean pattern to add to the bag.. the devil’s in the detail!

Jen from Grainline Studio has made this gorgeous four winds quilt, read about her making journey here.

Colette are looking into a new deep dark floral trend emerging.

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille is planning her spring makes.

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It’s us! Sew The Trends – Spring fashion!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sewing Zadie and the Knitting and Stitching Show

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: What’s new at Sew Over It

Elisalex’s Studio: The Seamstress tag

English Girl at Home: Fabric shopping and sightseeing in Istanbul

Stitch My Style: How to mend a hole without a machine – Beginner sewing tutorial 5

NEW: Sewn: Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven: Pattern Review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day Podcast, Ep5 – Knitting Failures & Successes

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: Have a meet the maker week featuring The Fold Line, Melody Miller, & Elizabeth Hartman

NEW: While She Naps: Podcast Episode #91: Susan Fitzgerald of Red Gate Stitchery

Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 34: Pussycat Designer, Kate Coyle

NEW: The Wild Stitch: BEHIND THE SCENES OF INDIE PRINT MAGAZINES WITH DOMINIQUE AND ROSA FROM SUZY // EP22

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

NEW: Crafty Planner: SARAH BOND {PODCAST EPISODE # 101

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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Fabric HQ have a wonderful spring collection called tropical paradise and it has us dreaming of summer.

Dragonfly Fabrics are having an open day on Friday 3rd March 10-5pm.

Minerva Crafts are looking for product testers to try out fun new stuff – sounds dreamy!

If your thinking ahead to the Easter holidays and want something to do with the kids these classes from Abakahan look great!

Girl Charlee UK have had some fantastic new arrivals this week perfect for planning your spring wardrobe!


Today is the first day to sign up for next month’s subscription box from Sew Hayley Jane! Hurry Hurry!

If you’re looking for a fun DIY project check out these lampshade covers from Elephant in my Handbag.

Have a perusal of the Cotton Reel Studio’s new-in department… summer florals to make your heart sing!

Fabric Godmother is having an open day this weekend  – go and stroke some fabric.

Grey and yellow might be our fav colour combo… this bundle form Higgs and Higgs is dreamy!

Fabric Fox have FREE SHIPPING until midnight Sunday!

Beautiful Italian Crepes new at Fabrics Galore this week.

If you were tempted by the new Sew Over It Lizzie skirt, check out the perfect fabrics for this pattern!

The Crafty Mastermind is down to her last bold of this gorgeous fabric!

The Salisbury Spring collection by Lewis and Irene now in stock at Fabric Punk.

The Draper’s daughter have a chambray to die for… titled confetti chambray you might just need it in your life!

Beyond Measure have done it again with another fantastic product that we need in our lives.. these pins are wonderful.

Valentine’s inspiration at The Village Haberdashery plus the colour of the month for February is green and lots of new stock!

Cloth & Candy have curated fabric bundles in the MOST wonderful colours – if you need a little inspiration then this is the place to head.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have some great bargains in their sale’s department!

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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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March 2017

Spring Knitting and Stitching show, Olympia exhibition centre, London, 2nd – 5th March.

Norwich sewcials – Sew Day! Norwich, 4th March.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, SECC, Glasgow, 2nd – 5th March.

Spring Quilt Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 3rd – 5th March.

Paper Clothing with Jennifer Collier, Selvedge shop, London, 4th March.

Stitch and Craft, Malvern (near Worcester), 9th – 11th March.

Couture techniques workshop, Fashion and Textiles Museum, London, 11th March.

William Morris Textiles: Now and Then talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 16th March.

Sewing for Pleasure, NEC, Birmingham, 16th – 19th March.

Fascinating Footwear course, V&A Museum, London, 18th – 19th March 2017.

Jacqueline Groag textile design talk, Fashion and Textile Museum, London, 23rd March.

The Selvedge Fair, Bath, 25th March.

Spring Quilt Festival, Exeter, 31st March – 2nd April.

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

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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.


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The Ultimate Guide to Fabric Shops in London

The Ultimate Guide to Fabric Shops in London

Download our FREE sewing guides to find fabric shops in London.

We often get asked about where to find sewing shops in London so we thought we’d bring them all together in one place. We’ve even got maps and shop addresses to download, print off and take with you for fabric shopping travels!

There are lots of sewing and fabric shops in London, so we’ve divided them up into different regions – central, North, South, East and West.


Find fabric shops in central London

The great thing about the central London fabrics shops is that you can find most of them sandwiched pretty close together. If you are heading into central London when you are fabric shopping do go to Berwick Street, it’s one London’s most interesting haunts. It’s a long street with all manner of fabric and haberdashery shops there primarily to host London of College of Fashion’s students. One of our personal favourites is the Cloth House, stuffed full on interesting fabrics and vintage notions you are bound to leave with your bags stuffed full of goodies. Because of the location of these shops the prices of the fabrics are more expensive, but they are also beautifully merchandised. If you are looking for more niche products like long zips or bag hard wear then make sure you head to Kleins as you likely to find what you are looking for.  If you are looking for more elaborate haberdashery items such as feathers or beautiful ribbons then VV Rouleux would be right up your street. You can download our central London map with all the addresses of the fabric shops below.

Download our free guide to finding sewing shops in central London.


Find fabric shops in North London

North London hosts a really interesting and varied selection of fabric shops, you really must go and window shop at is Joel and Son. One of the most beautiful and interesting shops you’ll find with end of line designer fabrics that will have you drooling and wanting to remortgage your house to buy everything, prices start at about £30 per metre and rocket up from there. If your heading North and in London on a weekend then there is fantastic range in Walthamstow. Go to the addresses on the map at the weekend to find a bustling market with lots of bargain fabrics to be had. Insider knowledge is to head to the ‘Man outside Sainsbury’s’ supermarket who has a fabric stall selling really great and really cheap dressmaking fabrics, trust us you won’t be disappointed! You can download our north London map with all the addresses of the fabric shops below.

Download our free guide to finding sewing shops in North London.


Find fabric shops in South London

We both live in South London and we are really well served with fabric shops  – probably because we keep them going as we buy ALL the fabric! A few of our favourites are Sew Over It, you can expect to find a beautifully curated shop and if you love a floral fabric then this is the place to go! It’s got a pretty limited range of haberdashery but the shop is a really inspiring place to spend time – you will leave with fabric! Fabrics Galore is another house favourite, it has a vast range of fabric and spans dressmaking, quilting and home furnishing. If you like Liberty fabrics you can find them here at a much more reasonable prices. If you like to do lots of crafty type things alongside your sewing or dressmaking make sure you head to the Sewing and Craft Superstore – the name says it all.  You can download our south London map with all the addresses of the fabric shops below.

Download our free guide to finding sewing shops in South London.


Find fabric shops in East London

We’ve seen more and more fabric shops opening in East London which is always a pleasure! If you are looking for some specialist haberdashery then head on over to William Gee, they have a vast array of niche products and loads of zips in every length you can imagine. Another great place to head to is Ray-stitch who have just moved to a bigger location. They have a really big range of indie sewing patterns as well as a lot of designer fabrics, alongside a lot of really interesting trimmings and craft products you can’t find anywhere else. You can download our east London map with all the addresses of the fabric shops below.

Download our free guide to finding sewing shops in East London.


Find fabric shops in West London

West London hosts one of London’s most well known areas to go fabric shopping in – Goldhawk Road! We’d advise to go here knowing what you are looking for as it can be quite overwhelming. There are lots of fabrics shops all next to each other and all offering a vast range of fabrics, you can expect to find quilting cottons, wools and suiting, jerseys, viscose, denim, linen.. you name it and you can find it here! There are also shops that stock more specialist dress fabrics as well as a couple of stops stocking Liberty cotton lawn – which is always a delight to stroke! Another thing to note is you tend to get a little more hassle when shopping around here from the shop owners, stay strong and don’t forget you can haggle if you think the price is too much! In West London everything’s up for a bit of negotiation! One of our favourite destinations is the Village Haberdashery as you can find a vast fabric range alongside lots of indie sewing patterns that you can’t but in many places – definitely worth a visit.  You can download our west  London map with all the addresses of the fabric shops below.

Download our free guide to finding sewing shops in West London.


Have we missed off your favourite London fabric shop? Why not add it to our World Map of Fabric shops… it’s always good to know where to go fabric shopping when you are on holiday!


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My Signature Style with Emily from Self Assembly Required!

My Signature Style with Emily from Self Assembly Required!

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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 Emily (follow her on The Fold Line @emmyt88), who blogs at Self Assembly Required! and has been sewing for about 10 years. Let’s find out about her signature pattern style …

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1. How would you describe your style?

My style is quite modern and chic. I’d like to think I’m quite cool! (Though in reality I’m really not…) I try to keep an eye on the latest runway shows to see where my style and current trends can come together to make something awesome!

Tilly and the Buttons – Bettine dress

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

I’m a petite hourglass for sure! I’m only 5’2 so I nearly always have to shorten the bodice of patterns I use. It’s an easy enough adjustment to do and really helps to improve the fit! I tend to go for patterns that will nip in at my waist as that’s my narrowest part. I can’t pull off anything with a dropped waist – I’ve been lured in by those so many times and regretted each and every one!

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

I love the Bettine dress from Tilly and the Buttons. It’s a really simple dress but it can be so versatile – I’ve made a bunch of them with lots of different variations that go from super casual to quite smart. It’s a great pattern that’ll suit most figures but I particularly like that it’s very generous in the hip area. It’s good for us ladies with some curves!

The Mélilot shirt from Deer and Doe is another favourite. I love the relaxed silhouette – a perfect mix of casual and chic. I’ve hacked it into a dress twice and the results were great! This is definitely one I know I’ll use time and time again.

The Kielo maxi dress from Named Clothing is an absolute classic. It gives me a great figure without being complicated to make. I think the design is really clever with the ties that wrap around the waist. I  reckon it’s one that’ll make anyone look good!

Named Clothing – Kielo wrap dress

4. What are you planning to make next…?

Oh! My sewing list is so long at the moment – not that it ever gets any shorter since I’m constantly adding to it… At the top of the list will be a coat for winter! I’m currently deciding on which pattern to start on – either the Pauline Alice Quart coat or the Grainline Studio Cascade duffle coat since I’ve already got both. I think the decision will depend on what kind of fabric I can find!

Follow Emily on Instagram @selfassemblyrequired


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The Sew Reporter – 19th February

The Sew Reporter – 19th February

This week we shared our latest vlog Sew the Trends, Spring fashion. 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? shares a tutorial on How to Sew a Really Good Pleat and makes a Butterick 5455 dress.

Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons makes a teal and stripes Zadie dress.

Abi from The Crafty Pinup makes a vintage 1950s Simplicity 1459 shirt dress.

Katie from What Katie Sews makes the magical McCall’s 7445.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home makes a floral velvet dress McCall’s M7154 for a wedding.

By Hand London share Maternity sewing #1: Anna dress sewing pattern easy top hack for your bump.

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey shares behind the scenes at Stoff and Stil.

Portia at Makery shares a her stories from a trip to Denmark to visit Stoff and Stil.

Zoe from So, Zo shares her favourite free children’s sewing patterns.


Heather at Closet Case Patterns shares a tutorial on How to sew a 3D neck binding for knit fabrics.

Caroline from Sew Caroline releases the Primrose peplum top pattern and shares tester photos.


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NEW: It’s us! Sew The Trends – Spring fashion

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Fabric Haul & Sewing Plans February 2017 | Vlog 31

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Fabric Haul: February 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: The Seamstress tag

English Girl at Home: Fabric shopping and sightseeing in Istanbul

NEW: Stitch My Style: How to mend a hole without a machine – Beginner sewing tutorial 5

NEW: Sewn: February sewing favourites

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day Podcast, Ep5 – Knitting Failures & Successes

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 110:: Liesl Gibson from Oliver + S

While She Naps Podcast: EPISODE #90: CLAIRE ROBERTSON

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 34: Pussycat Designer, Kate Coyle

NEW: The Wild Stitch: All about newsletters with Stephanie from Modern Sewciety // EP21

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

NEW: Crafty Planner: Quilt Box February: Angela Pingel

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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Riga coat new pattern
Helsink blouse new pattern
Berline skirt new pattern

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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Fabric HQ have the new collection called Spectrum by V and Co. plus the Aubade collection from Janet Clare plus get more information on their next scheduled sewing machine service day.

Dragonfly Fabrics are having an open day on Friday 3rd March 10-5pm.

Half price Vogue® Patterns online and in store at Minerva Crafts.

50% off selected sewing patterns from Simplicity and Vogue® Patterns online and in store at Abakhan. 

Girl Charlee UK interview Karen Ball from Did You Make That? and have a giveaway plus announce more pattern arrivals from Named Clothing.

Check out all the Friday End Bolts and Off Cuts now online at Elephant in my Handbag.

Fabric Godmother now stocks Deer and Doe patterns.

Higgs and Higgs have some new chambray fabrics in stock, perfect for dressmaking.

Colette pins now in stock at The Crafty Mastermind.

The Salisbury Spring collection by Lewis and Irene now in stock at Fabric Punk.

New organic fabrics in stock at The Draper’s daughter, check them out here.

Very cute Maker badges now in stock at Beyond Measure.

If you were tempted by the new Sew Over It Lizzie skirt, check out the perfect fabrics for this pattern!

Valentine’s inspiration at The Village Haberdashery plus the colour of the month for February is green and lots of new stock!

Cloth & Candy have further reductions in their fabric sale!

Beautiful Italian Crepes new at Fabrics Galore this week.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Facebook remnant sale at Celtic Fusion Fabrics today.

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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

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.

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

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Sew Your Own Dolls: 25 stylish dolls to make and personalise by Louise Kelly. 4th April 2017.

Complete dressmaking: essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 6th April 2017.

Fix Your Clothes: the sustainable magic of mending, patching and darning by Raleigh Briggs. 11th April 2017.

The Gentleman’s wardrobe: vintage-style clothing to make for the the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 18th April 2017.

Sew Caroline weekend style: 15 easy sew patterns. 26th April 2017.

Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Sew the Trends – Spring!

Sew the Trends – Spring!

Today we are bringing you the third instalment of our blog series where we go onto the high street and discover the latest fashion trends. We then find the perfect patterns for you to sew the look. This time it’s all about the latest arrivals for spring and we have seven looks for you to sew this seasons hottest shapes.

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

 


The Culotte Dress: 


Vogue – 9075

Named Clothing – Mimosa Culottes


The Statement Sleeve:


McCalls – 7542

Megan Nielsen – Dove Blouse


The Blouse: 


The Oversized Shirt – The Maker’s Atelier

Shirt with three Collars – Louis Antoinette


The Anorak:


Kelly Anorak – Closet Case Patterns


Pencil Skirt: 


Ada Skirt – Wear Lemonade

Berlin Skirt – Orageuse


Cold Shoulder:


McCall’s – 7510

Lily Sage & Co – Chloe Dress and Top


Cami’s:


Ogden Cami – True Bias

Louise Top – Republique Du Chiffon


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The Sew Reporter – 12th February

The Sew Reporter – 12th February

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This week we shared our Top Ten sweater patterns on the blog. 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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Marie from A Stitching Odyssey makes a velour Tilly and the Buttons Martha dress.

Portia at Makery shares a tutorial on how to shorten a metal open ended zip.

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Karen at Did You Make That? interviews Mark from Girl Charlee UK about his change in career and starting a business in the sewing industry.

Tilly shares her top 5 tips for colour blocking success when planning your makes.

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Nina from Thumblenina makes a Sew It With Love Delia top.

Laura from The Petite Passions makes a Seamwork Astoria jumper.

Zoe from So, Zo shares a round up of your Dolores batwing makes.


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Colette share how to create decorative topstitched details.

Megan Nielsen shares a sleeveless scrappy Karri dress.

 


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Gaberdashery vlog

NEW: It’s us! New sewing pattern releases for January.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Fabric Haul & Sewing Plans February 2017 | Vlog 31

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Pattern Review: Pauline Alice Turia Dungarees with Maternity Hack

Elisalex’s Studio: The Seamstress tag

English Girl at Home: Fabric shopping and sightseeing in Istanbul

NEW: Stitch My Style: The Vanessa Pouzet Wanted Top and Pattern Matching Stripes

NEW: Sewn: Megan Nielsen Sudley dress pattern review

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day Podcast, Ep5 – Knitting Failures & Successes

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

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Wild Stitch bra making month podcast

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 109:: Carole Lyles Shaw & Sarah Case and Jen Fox’s new book Transfer Embellish Stitch

NEW: While She Naps Podcast: EPISODE #90: CLAIRE ROBERTSON

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 33: Poet, Shihan Van Clief

NEW: The Wild Stitch: BRA MAKING MONTH: TIPS FROM MY FAVOURITE TEACHER, A LITTLE BIT OF HARRIET, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF CRITICAL THINKING WITH AMY FROM CLOTH HABIT // EP20

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

Crafty Planner: 99: Aneela Hoey

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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Riga coat new pattern
Helsink blouse new pattern
Berline skirt new pattern

Zadie dress new pattern
Jimmy Jumper new pattern
Julia top Sew Me Something

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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Featured is a gorgeous Wanted top from Vanessa Pouzet made by @the.hero.of.this.story in jersey knit available at Minerva Crafts.

Also above Abakhan have a new range called Graphica by Clarke & Clarke, perfect for sprucing your interiors.

New knit fabrics and sewing patterns in stock this week at Girl Charlee UK.

Loads of workshops for dressmaking, pattern cutting and homewares at Fabric HQ check them out here.

It’s all heats At Elephant in my Handbag with lots of Valentine’s themed fabrics.

Lots of new floral viscose fabrics in stock at Fabric Godmother.

Some gorgeous printed cotton lawns at Dragonfly Fabrics all paired with patterns to get your Spring wardrobe ready!

New fabric bundle called Tall Tales Geometric in Mustards is now in at Higgs and Higgs.

Beautiful Spring prints now in stock at The Crafty Mastermind by designer Maureen Cracknell.

Lots of lovely new Dashwood Studio animal prints in stock at Fabric Punk

Did you spot the cushion tutorial in Love Sewing by Karen from The Draper’s daughter? You can get the kit here.

We have lots of love for these Beyond Measure Tulip Hiroshima Cellulose-head Yellow Pins.

Did you sign up to the new Sew Over It PDF club? Make sure you do to get a sneak peak at their new patterns before anyone else!

You still have time to sign up for the Sew Hayley Jane March sewing subscription box.

Create Escape have a knit and stitch club coming up, all levels welcome, 22nd February.

Lots of new supplies at The Village Haberdashery this week including some unicorns!

Cloth & Candy have a special treat this week, 20% off when you spend £25 or more, ends tonight!

Fabrics Galore have some new floral viscose and crepe prints in stock this week.

Lovely cotton designs in stock at Celtic Fusion Fabrics by April Rhodes.

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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

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.

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

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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.

Top 10 sweater sewing patterns

Top 10 sweater sewing patterns

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When it’s chilly outside we love nothing more than sewing a snuggly jumper sewing pattern. Over the last few months we’ve seen lots of sweater patterns popping up on social media and here is a list of our top ten jumper dressmaking patterns. Get inspired with our collection of jumper patterns, which are suitable for all sorts of knit type fabrics.


Jimmy Jumper – Ready to Sew


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The Jimmy jumper from French pattern company Ready to sew made our list because we thought it was a really diverse sewing pattern. It’s pretty new on the market but we loved some of details on this pattern including the pleats inserted into the raglan sleeves. Version one is more fitted and featured pleats on the the seams at the side. Version two is flared and falls slightly longer at the back.


Zircon Jumper – Paprika Patterns


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The Zircon jumper by Paprika patterns is great because it allows you to colour block and use textured knits. It’s bold geometric yokes extend to the sleeve and gives a cocoon shape. There are two version so you can also make a much longer dress. Read some reviews of the Zircon sweater here.


Astoria Jumper – Seamwork


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The Astoria jumper from Seamwork is a close fitting cropped sweater, which works for both modern and vintage styles. There are two versions, with different length sleeves and most sizes can be made in under 2m of fabric. Read lots of pattern reviews of the Astoria sweater here.

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Linden Sweatshirt – Grainline Studio


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The Linden sweatshirt by Grainline Studio is one of the most popular sweater patterns from an indie pattern company and there are lots of reviews you can read here. With a modern shape and raglan sleeves it’s got plenty of room to layer. There are two versions with different length bodices and sleeves and the cuffs, bodice hem and neckline are finished with ribbing.

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Toaster Sweater – Sew House Seven


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The Toaster sweater by Sew House Seven has been really popular this year with lots of makes popping up on social media. It had a lovely funnel neck making it extra cosy. There is also the option to make it without the funnel neck but with split sides, so fitting is really easy. It’s a great beginner sweater pattern and best suited to more structured knits.


Talvikki Sweater – Named Clothing


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The Talvikki sweater by Named Patterns is a more complex design and the choice if you want to make a style statement. It is oversized with a turtle neck and dropped shoulders with deep side vents. It also has these lovely neckline darts, giving it a great shape. Again a thicker knit or even fleece would be ideal for this pattern. Get inspired by all these reviews.

Talvikki sweater Named clothing sewing pattern reviews The Fold Line


Betty Top – Schnittchen


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The Betty top by Schnittchen is a simple, comfortable top with oversized shoulders and topstitched facing on the front. The pattern is available in German and English and can be made from neoprene or jersey.


Geodesic – Blue Prints for Sewing


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Inspired by the Geodesic dome, this sweater by Blank Slate Patterns has an amazing construction. It would be perfect for colour blocking and scrap busting. There are two options, a loose fitting cropped boxy sweater and a tunic length version with pockets.


Sirius Jumper – I AM PATTERNS


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The Sirius jumper by I Am Patterns has a classic front but pleated panel in the centre back. The bodice can be made from wool or jersey fabrics, whereas the pleated back can be organza, voile or lace and add a splash of colour or texture.


Relaxed Raglan – Patterns for Pirates


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The relaxed raglan is a beginner loose fitting raglan sleeve sweater with lots of customising options. The sleeves can be short, 3/4 length or long with or without cuffs. The hem can also be shirt length, curved or tunic length with or without a band. There are also extra details like triangle and elbow patches to add colour and texture. Make this jumper from cotton lycras or sweatshirts.

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The Sew Reporter – 5th February

The Sew Reporter – 5th February

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This week we shared the new pattern releases for January on the blog. 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 from What Katie Sews makes some high waisted Emerson culottes.

Karen from Did You Make That? makes an Agnes top to go underneath her Cleo dresses from … wait for it … Dogs in Space fabric!

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Georgia from Ginger Stitch makes this fantastic Kelly Anorak from Closet Case files.

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey styles up her black baby cord Cleo.

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Charlotte from English Girl at Home goes fabric shopping and sightseeing in Istanbul.

Fiona from Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a Liberty silk satin Almada robe.


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Heather from Closet Case Files makes a floral scuba Ebony tee dress.

Megan Nielsen posts a tutorial on how to make a ruffled sleeve for the Briar tee.

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Sonja at Ginger Makes sews up a fabulous Cascade Duffle coat by Grainline Studio.

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NEW: It’s us! New sewing pattern releases for January.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew and Tell (and Knit) winter makes 2016/7 | Vlog 30

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: January 2017: What Have I been sewing?

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NEW: Elisalex’s Studio: The Seamstress tag

NEW: English Girl at Home: Fabric shopping and sightseeing in Istanbul

NEW: Stitch My Style: Continuous bias binding tutorial and sewing fails

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

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: A Handmade Day, Tea and books

Clueless Seamstress: #TheLittleRedDressProject reveal

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 109:: Carole Lyles Shaw & Sarah Case and Jen Fox’s new book Transfer Embellish Stitch

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

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 32: Digital Quilt Designer, Libs Elliott

NEW: The Wild Stitch: BRA MAKING MONTH: WHAT I LEARNT FROM SEWING A BRA A WEEK WITH EMERALD ERIN // EP19

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

Crafty Planner: 99: Aneela Hoey

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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Riga coat new pattern
Helsink blouse new pattern
Berline skirt new pattern

Zadie dress new pattern
Jimmy Jumper new pattern
Mina Garter Suspenderbelt new pattern

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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12 new Named Clothing sewing patterns in stock at Girl Charlee UK.

Fabric HQ now stock the Creative Rockstar collection from Tara Nearents aka Rad & Happy for Riley Blake.

At Elephant in my Handbag it’s giveaway time with the chance to win donut fabric weights and a fabric bundle in association with Oh Sew Quaint.

New Atelier Brunette super soft French Terry sweatshirt fabrics now in stock at Fabric Godmother.

20% off cosy wool fabrics at Dragonfly Fabrics.

Higgs and Higgs have 10% off their new fabric bundles, offer ends midnight.

Lovely new Atelier Brunette fabrics now available at The Crafty Mastermind.

Metallic Essex linens now back in stock at The Draper’s daughter.

Beyond Measure will be exhibiting at the Crafts at Bovey Tracey later this year.

At Sew Over It they have a limited number of Susie Blouse and Tulip skirt dressmaking kits available.

Sew Hayley Jane rounds up January on her blog with pictures of her makes.

At Create Escape sew your own PJs or skirt class to learn new dressmaking skills.

The Village Haberdashery now stocks the new collection Friedlander by Carolyn Friedlander.

Lots of new fabric arrivals at Minerva Crafts this week.

To celebrate their second birthday, win a fabric bundle from Cloth & Candy!

Fabrics Galore have solid stripe and matching plain cotton chambray fabrics!

Abakhan have a huge range of plain cotton fabrics at just £4.69 per metre!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics now stock the organic Cloud 9 Underwater fabric range.

New Oxford Cats fabric collection now available at Fabric Punk

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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

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.

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 round up – January

The Sewing Pattern round up – January

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The New Year has start off 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 January 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 January.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for January:

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The new release from Orange Lingerie has got me wishing I had some lingerie sewing experience under my belt already. The Esplanade Bra is a longline style and I have a newfound motivation to work up to sewing something that beautiful!

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One of the last releases of the month was the Wanted T-Shirt from Vanessa Pouzet. To be honest I would have thought there was nothing more a t-shirt pattern could offer as there are such a plethora of knit top patterns available online but this is a stunner that has absolutely earned a place on my wish list. That deep square neckline is super sexy.

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Sew Over It’s first PDF release of the year is right up my alley. The Nancy Dress is a 1960s inspired swing dress with three quarter length sleeves and lovely single button fastening at the nape of the neck. I want to live in dresses like this and will admit to already having fabric bought and pre-washed and ready for my first one!

Patterns featured in the video:

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Other pattern releases:

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