The Sew Reporter – 26th March

The Sew Reporter – 26th March

This week we shared 8 of our favourite simple jacket sewing patterns for Spring and Rachel took part in the McCall’s Cocktail Hour blogger tour. 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 the new Ronja dungarees from Named Clothing.

Tilly and the Buttons share Abi’s gorgeous sewing space!

Karen from Did you Make That? makes a dreamy McCall’s M6885 shirt dress.

Elena at Randomly Happy posts tips on how to turn inspiration into the perfect handmade wardrobe!

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey announces #VintagePledge for 2017! Sign up here.

Portia at Makery shares her latest find, some magic fabric pens!

 


Heather at Closet Case Patterns makes a stunning sparkly Robert Kaufman metallic linen Grainline Studio Farrow dress.

Megan Nielsen shares her favourite summer Flint pants.

Jen from Grainline Studio shares handmade styling: cozy winter blues.

Colette post a tutorial on how to create a circular patch pocket.

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It’s us! BOOK REVIEW: The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection

NEW: Megan from Pigeon: Vintage QIPAO sewing pattern review – Simplicity 5010

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Epic fabric haul – fabrics, yarn, birthday goodies and sewing plans / vlog 35

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: My Sewing Pattern collection

NEW: Stitch My Style: Making Marilyn Monroe’s Dress – Part 3

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Sewing for Pleasure Show review and mini haul

Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing plans: March

NEW: Clueless Seamstress: My top 5 favourite sewing patterns of 2016

NEW: Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

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

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

English Girl at HomeFabric Printing with Contrado

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NEW: Blogtacular No. 22 Zeena Shah

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 115:: #Quiltcon2017 recap with Suzy Quilts

NEW: While She Naps: EPISODE #93: PENNY MCMORRIS AND DEAN NEUMANN, CO-FOUNDERS OF ELECTRIC QUILT

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 37: Textile Designer, Anna Maria Horner

The Wild Stitch: Sustainable business with Meghann from Half-moon Atelier // Ep23

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

NEW: Crafty Planner: No. 104 Tina Tarr

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.sew-reporter-business-2
Pre-order the amazing new floral Barkcloth collection called Outback Wife from Cotton Reel Studio (above).

This stretch dark floral jacquard would make the most amazing bomber jacket or dress, back in stock after popular demand at Fabrics Galore.

For cat and dog lovers – this collection available at Fabric Punk is the cat’s pyjamas.

A date for your diary, it’s the Beyond Measure open day on 1st April next week, not to be missed!

Some very cool Kokka Tayutou prints new in stock at Celtic Fusion Fabrics, make a statement with these!

Read two truths and a lie this week with Stacy Iest Hsu on The Village Haberdashery blog and win a 10 piece fat quarter bundle!

Get 20% off all patterns at The Draper’s Daughter with code SPRING-20, this weekend only (above)!

Sign up for alerts about the new May sewing subscription box to be released on the 3rd April at Sew Hayley Jane, treat yourself to some goodies each month.

Lots of new stretch cottons new in stock this week at Fabric Godmother, perfect for the Spring weather.

Our obsession continues… we LOVE the new Cherokee Village fabric collection at Higgs and Higgs with little cacti prints.

Oh hello… to the new geometric Take Shape fabric collection by Art Gallery Fabrics now available at The Fabric Fox, all the heart eyes for this.

Get your hands on Green Bee sewing patterns, new at Dragonfly Fabrics this week with some gorgeous fabric suggestions!

Cloth and Candy have these gorgeous Lucky Dip fabric packs new in stock this week at just £10.95 per pack (above).

Minerva crafts are chatting about Scuba and Jersey patterns over on their blog this week.

Rainbows and unicorn fabric, you’ve read that right! Head over to the magical treasure trove that is Elephant in My Handbag.

Visit one of Abakhan’s stores on May 6th for a yarntastic Yarn Shop Day with loads of events.

Mystery mix jersey packs up for grabs at Girl Charlee UK this week, minimum 1/4m per piece.

It’s chiffon paradise at Sew Over It this week with lots of new fabrics online and in stores.

We spotted Megan Nielsen patterns are new in stock this week at The Crafty Mastermind.

It really is a wonderland at Fabric HQ this week with the arrival of the Rifle Paper Co. Wonderland fabric collection.

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

April 2017

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

The Story of Silk Study Day, The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 1st April.

Fabric memory books with Becky Adams, Selvedge shop, London, 1st April.

Painting with your needle embroidery, Bramley, Surrey, 4th April.

British Quilt and Stitch Village, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, 7th – 9th April

Decoupage sewing boxes, Selvedge shop, London, 22nd April.

Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts, ExCel exhibition centre, London, 20th – 22nd April.

Knitting and Stitching show, Edinburgh, 27th – 30th April.

William Morris: In Pursuit of Beauty course, V&A Museum, London, 29th – 30th April 2017.

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

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The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin. 9th February.

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Vintage-Style projects to make for the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 7th March 2017.

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

Sewing for babies and children by Laura Strutt. 4th April 2017.

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

Designing clothes with the flat pattern method by Sara Alm. 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.

Singer: The complete photo guide to sewing by Nancy Langdon. 20th April 2017.

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

Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.


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8 Simple Jacket Sewing Patterns for Spring

8 Simple Jacket Sewing Patterns for Spring

It’s that time of year in the UK where the weather is starting to change, the days are getting longer and we are getting glimpses that winter is finally over. The move over from a winter coat to a jumper is a big one, so we have scoured the website to find our top jacket sewing patterns to wear in Spring. When compiling the list we kept in mind that a lot of you like to make things that don’t take weeks to do so we have carefully selected patterns that are simple in cut or construction so you can get cracking and sport your new makes in no time!


Berlin Jacket – Tessuti Patterns


We love the relaxed fit of this Berlin jacket, it’s great for throwing over a dress or jeans, the construction of this sewing pattern is pretty simple and features patch pockets and a turned up cuff. To make this you’ll need a fabric that won’t fray, so something like a boiled wool, ponte or neoprene would work well. We think you could get it all made in an afternoon!


Morris Blazer  – Grainline Studio


The Morris blazer is a house classic, made by many and loved by most! Great features of the jacket include the simple construction as it’s not lined and can be made in a host of fabrics including wools and jersey. Keep in mind that the fabric will really change the look and feel of this, so go for a jersey to get a more casual look or smarten it up with a suiting. Check out the reviews for some more inspiration..


Londres Trench – Orageuse


We love this trench coat from Orageuse, it’s a fantastic design that comes in two lengths. We chose this because it’s got the look of a classic trench but without a lot of the more complicated details making it a simpler sew. It’s not lined and it does up with the belt tie at the front so no fastenings to add either. Fabric-wise, you want something with drape so perhaps a heavyweight crepe of a fine suiting. The shorter version of the coat is a little simpler as there aren’t pockets.


Artemis Coat – I AM PATTERNS


The Artemis jacket from I AM PATTERNS is on the make list at Fold Line HQ.. we will make it one day! We really love it’s relaxed fit and it has some great features and pretty easy construction. The  jacket features in seam pockets at the front and the sleeve and bodice are all one piece, similar to a kimono sleeve. This could also be made up in a a jersey or french terry if you wanted to have it as more of a jumper.


The Sport Luxe Bomber Jacket – The Maker’s Atelier


This chic bomber jacket from The Maker’s Atelier is really on trend and perfect for slinging on when it’s a bit chilly. The pattern features a batwing sleeve so the bodice and sleeve are an all one pattern piece, meaning there is no sleeve to set in – hurrah! This jacket would suit something with a bit of drape like a linen or even a fine suiting, there are also two options for the neckline as well.


Tamarack Jacket – Grainline Studio


We love this jacket and it really is a transitional piece, it’s been made by many! The shape and fit on this jacket are fairly simple and it’s supposed to be a boxy look. The quilted part of the jacket is done before piecing it together and there is a bit of binding to be done as well. There are great tutorials over on the Grainline blog to hold your hand every step of the way. We loved this cropped version below made by Hannah..


Victoria Blazer – By Hand London


She’s an oldy but a goody, the Victoria blazer from By Hand London is a classic shape. The jacket comes in three options – there is a cropped version, normal length and also a sleeveless version. The pattern features in seam pockets and and is designed to be a relaxed fit, with three quarter length sleeves and turn ups. The jacket us fully lined making it slightly trickier but the ladies at By Hand London have a sew-along if you need a little help.


24022 – Stoff and Stil


This simple coat from Stoff and Stil lies somewhere between a cardigan and a coat. The coat is a relaxed fit with patch pockets and the edge of the coat is bound so there is no lining needed. We think this could be a quick and fun make. There are buttons used to finish the coat but you could easily add a tie at the waist. We’d recommend this in a wool or even a neoprene.


 

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The Cocktail Hour blogger tour – Rachel

The Cocktail Hour blogger tour – Rachel

We are delighted to be taking part in the The Cocktail Hour sew-along, organised by McCall’s. If you want to find out a bit more about it then check out our blog post to see who else is taking part. This is the second year of a campaign to help raise money for The Eve Appeal charity, which funds research for the detection, risk prediction and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers. Money from the sale of each pattern goes to the charity and last year they raised over £8k. This year hopefully we will raise more!

It is a tough job to follow on from Kate’s amazing Vogue® Patterns V8943 make from a couple of weeks ago… When I first saw the list of patterns I was immediately drawn to making V1471 because of the fitted waist, long sleeves and the fact that the pattern is suitable for stretch fabrics. After making my first stretch velvet dress last year for a Christmas party, I really wanted to make something else from a similar fabric.

It took me no time at all to choose a fabric because I have had my eye on this luxury Master velvet fabric from Fabric Godmother for absolutely ages. At £21 a metre though I knew it had to be a REALLY VERY special project!!! Looking at the pattern pieces I also decided I could probably squeeze it out of 2m as it was 150cm wide, so I took the risk and just bought 2m. The fabric is sooooo velvety and having not made anything floral for a while, I was looking forward to embracing the deep, dark floral trend that can be seen everywhere at the moment.

Luscious moody florals!

I should probably say at this point that, like me, you are probably looking at this dress and thinking, my goodness it does look like it might be a bit revealing in the bust area and after a few of the signature Eve Appeal cocktails, the risk will be even higher!!! To make the dress a bit less revealing I decided to draft my own neckline pattern piece, which also doubled up as a way to bind the edges without needing to line the bodice. I wanted to keep the v-neck shape so I made sure that the neckline pattern piece was in this shape.

I also did my usual FBA and eased in the fullness into the side seams, which is quite simple to do with a stretch fabric. The sleeves were a little bit long for me too, so I shortened those. I decided to leave off the skirt ruffle and just have a one-piece skirt so as not to obscure the pattern on the fabric. As the jersey fabric was a nice quality, gathering the skirt didn’t work quite as well because it was a bit bulky so I decided to put in some pleats at the front instead.

Here is the finished dress! I really enjoyed making this dress and it’s great for a night out sipping cocktails, I will definitely be making it again.

If you are inspired to join in with Cocktail Hour, check out the full collection of patterns here. To find out what everyone else is making as part of the blogger tour, check out the amazing list of makers below. Chat about what pattern you want to make in the forum.

1. Winnie Longhurst

Scruffy Badger

3rd March

http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk

2. Kate Underdown

The Fold Line

10th March

http://thefoldline.com

3. Portia Lawrie

Makery

17th March

http://www.makery.uk

4. Rachel Walker

The Fold Line9

24th March

http://thefoldline.com

5. Wendy Gardiner

Butterick

31st March

http://mccallpatternuk.sewdirect.com/

6. Abigail Dyson

The Crafty Pin Up

14th April

http://www.thecraftypinup.co.uk

7. Lucy Regan

Sew Essential

28th April

http://www.sewessential.co.uk/blog/

8. Fiona Parker

Diary of a Chainstitcher

12th May

http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk

9. Nina Chang

Thumblenina

26th May

http://thumblenina.wordpress.com

10. Jen Sanders

Gingerella

9th June

http://gingerella.wordpress.com

11. Charlotte Powell

English Girl at Home

23rd June

http://englishgirlathome.com

12. Elisalex de Castro Peake

By Hand London

7th July

http://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london

13. Kerry Patterson

Kestrel Makes

21st July

http://www.kestrelmakes.com

14. Gabby Young

Gabberdashery

4th August

http://www.gabberdashery.com

15. Abigail Norton

Sew Abigail

18th August

http://sewabigail.co.uk

16. Karen Ball

Did You Make That?

1st September

http://didyoumakethat.com

17. Rachel Wain

Rach Against The Sewing Machine

15th September

http://rachagainstthesewingmachine.co.uk

18. Elle Harris

Sew Positivity

29th September

http://www.sewpositivity.com

19. Rachel Pinheiro

House of Pinheiro

6th October

http://houseofpinheiro.com

20. Amy Thomas

Almond Rock

13th October

http://almondrock.co.uk

21. Jane Marland

Handmade Jane

20th October

http://www.handmadejane.co.uk

22. Jennifer Walker

Ginger Thread Girl

27th October

http://gingerthreadgirl.co.uk

23. Marie Koupparis

A Stitching Odyssey

3rd November

http://www.astitchingodyssey.com

24. Elena Rosa Brown

Randomly Happy

10th November

http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com

25. Laura Clarke

Sew for Victory

17th November

http://sewforvictory.co.uk

26. Janene Spencer

Ooobop

24th November

http://ooobop.com

The Sew Reporter – 19th March

The Sew Reporter – 19th March

This week we reviewed the new book by Frances Tobin of The Maker’s Atelier, called The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection. 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 from Did you Make That? shares her Top 5 tips: sewing, reading and motivation.

Rachel at House of Pinheiro shares her visit to see the Maker’s House: Burberry Exhibition 2017.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a charcoal boiled wool Cocoon coat for her mum.

 

Jen from The Gingerthread Girl makes a gorgeous Seamwork Astoria from Atelier Brunette Twinkle Rose French Terry.

Shauni from The Magnificant Thread makes the new Jane shirt from Ready to Sew.

Tilly and the Buttons shares your Zadie dress makes.

Rachel from Rach Against the Sewing Machine makes a McCall’s 7381 dress from this month’s Love Sewing magazine.

Daphne from SewNeedy and Daphne blog makes a fab Sew Over It Chloe Coat.


Colette share 26 inspirational patch pocket ideas!

Jen from Grainline Studio knits a Martine Pullover by Julie Hoover.

Heather from a Closet Case Patterns shares styling and colour palette in her wardrobe as part of Lessons from the curated closet.

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NEW: It’s us! BOOK REVIEW: The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew & Tell / February Sewing Makes / Vlog 34

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

NEW: Stitch My Style: Making Marilyn Monroe’s Dress – Part 1

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: DIY Rockabilly Pinup Bandana sewing tutorial!

NEW: Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing plans: March

NEW: Clueless Seamstress: Catch up and Christmas presents

NEW: Gingerella: My Makes February 2017

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

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

English Girl at HomeFabric Printing with Contrado

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NEW: Blogtacular No. 21: Allison Sadler

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 115:: #Quiltcon2017 recap with Suzy Quilts

While She Naps: Episode #92: Pokey Bolton

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 36: Brit & Co’s Anjelika Temple

The Wild Stitch: Sustainable business with Meghann from Half-moon Atelier // Ep23

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

NEW: Crafty Planner: Alison Glass and Chen Wu

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.sew-reporter-business-2

Minerva crafts now stock French pattern company I AM PATTERNS so you can easily get them over here!

Cloth & Candy have some fantastic fabric bundles perfect for Mother’s Day!

Always looking for a bargain and the bolt end department at Elephant in my Handbag is a treasure trove!

Check out ALL the new fabric from the Cotton Reel Studio – there are some crackers in there!

Stuffed full of inspiration the summer collection of fabrics from Abakhan is floating our boats big time!

Girl Charlee have got a great tutorial this week for sewing a jersey pencil skirt.

Crushing on this fabric (above) from the gals at Sew Over It.

The new collection of Rifle Paper Co. fabric on The Crafty Mastermind‘s site is soooo good  – honestly we are swooning!

Fabric HQ have 30% off all charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes this week! Use code PRECUT.

The Village Haberdashery has a great tutorial on making a DIY macrame plant hanger

Dragonfly Fabrics have got a fantastic new range of fine corduroy fabrics in stock – perfect if you’re thinking about making a Cleo!

The Draper’s Daughter have this beautiful KOKKA brush stroke fabric in stock.. now what to make?

Wondering what goes inside a Sew Hayley Jane subscription box and what to make with the spoils? Then look no further.

The new selection of cotton lawns from Fabric Godmother have our hearts a flutter.. .literally if you love a bird print then have a look at these.

Higgs and Higgs have wonderful X jerseys in loads of colours.

The Fabric Fox have the most fantastical range of Japanese fabrics, in ALL the colours!

Alice in Wonderland fabrics new in stock this week at Fabrics Galore.

For cat and dog lovers – this collection available at Fabric Punk is the cat’s pyjamas.

Beyond Measure have got their wrist rulers back in stock.. hurry they won’t last long!

Check out the April Rhodes Observer collection at Celtic Fusion Fabrics for some awesome colour blocking dressmaking prints.

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

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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The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin. 9th February.

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Vintage-Style projects to make for the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 7th March 2017.

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

Sewing for babies and children by Laura Strutt. 4th April 2017.

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

Designing clothes with the flat pattern method by Sara Alm. 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.

Singer: The complete photo guide to sewing by Nancy Langdon. 20th April 2017.

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

Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.


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Book Review – The Maker’s Atelier, Essential Collection

Book Review – The Maker’s Atelier, Essential Collection

This week we are reviewing The Maker’s Atelier new book called ‘The Essential Collection’ that launched last month.  The Maker’s Atelier is a UK based pattern company who have just launched their first book.  We decided to do a video to talk you through the book and show you some of our favourite projects.

The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection. Sewing With Style. Frances Tobin. Published by Quadrille Publishing Ltd., 9th February 2017. 144 pp.
See The Maker’s Atelier sewing patterns in the sewing pattern database!

A signed copy of the book costs £30 from their shop:
https://themakersatelier.com/book/book

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The Sew Reporter – 12th March

The Sew Reporter – 12th March

Our blog series about Careers in Sewing continues this week with Alex, the social media and Content Manager at Sew Over It. Kate was also next this week on the McCall’s Cocktail hour blogger tour. 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 has made this mega stamp print Zadie dress, we are loving the colour blocking on this bad boy.

If you’re thinking about getting some custom labels printed then Elena at Randomly Happy has a great discount code.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home has made the Sallie Jumpsuit from Closet Case Files in a lovely drapey knit – and the colour is perfection!

The Zadie dress sew-along continues at Tilly and the Buttons.

Kate was up this week for the McCall’s cocktail hour blogger tour to raise money for the Eve Appeal charity – any excuse for a cocktail hey!

This gorgeous make is from Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher who’s made the B3685 from Butterick. Having seen it in the flesh it’s immaculately made!

So Zo is back making stuff for herself after the arrival of baby number two, this Grainline Scout tee in the African wax print is totally amazing!

Check out this lovely lace skirt from Diane who blogs at Dream.Cut.Sew


All the heart eyes for this Tamarack Jacket made by Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns.

Grainline Studio have done a great post on sewing with silk.

Marcy from Oonaballoona has made this cropped top in the MOST amazing fabric… I need some!

If you’re looking for some patch pocket inspiration then you need to check out this post from Colette – totally incredible.sew reporter 3

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: What have I been sewing?

It’s us! New sewing pattern releases for February.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Meet ups at the Knitting and Stitching Show

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

NEW: Clueless Seamstress: A catch up

NEW VLOG: House of Pinheiro: Knitting and Stitching Show & Burberry Makers House

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

English Girl at HomeFabric Printing with Contrado

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

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Sew ‘n Tell

NEW: Sewn: Paola and Montea Hacks

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NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 115:: #Quiltcon2017 recap with Suzy Quilts

NEW: While She Naps: Episode 92 Pokey Bolton

NEW: Craft-Ish Episode: Episode 35: Designer, Author & TV Personality, Mark Montano

The Wild Stitch: Sustainable business with Meghann from Half-moon Atelier // Ep23

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

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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Dragonfly Fabrics have got the Sew House Seven pattern range in stock and have some fantastic fabrics recommendations to go with.

Check out the HUGE range of classes being held at The Village Haberdashery!

Spent far too much time perusing the Minerva Crafts new in section on their site…. good but dangerous!!

Check out this very cute best selling Dashing Dinos print at Fabric Punk by Dashwood Studios.

If prints are your thang then check out some of the mega arrivals at Abakhan this week.

Girl Charlee UK have their round up of the the makes from the month of February.. prep yourself for lots of sewing inspiration.

Cloth & Candy have got our favourite dancing bears back in stock – grab them now before they’re gone!

Beyond Measure have the most beautifully curated range of notebooks.. to plan all your sewing makes!

The Crafty Mastermind have this GORGEOUS new collection from Wee Gallery.. we want all of them.

Loads of new course dates have been added to the Sew Over It site….book now!

Fabric HQ have got the Tilly and the Buttons Zadie dress in stock as well as lots of other goodies.

The Fabric Fox have just had the cutest delivery of Alexander Henry racoon jerseys… trust us you won’t be disappointed

The Draper’s daughter have got the NEW pattern collection from Named Clothing in stock… yes you are welcome!

There are only a couple of weeks to sign up to Sew Hayley Jane’s next batch of sewing subscription boxes.

Elephant in my Handbag have lots of World Book Day themed fabrics including Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.

We loved this blog post for a pom pom scarf from Cotton Reel Studio – perfect for brightening up any look.

These monster jerseys from Fabrics Galore have stolen our hearts.. perfect for your little monster.

These Marabou print lawns from Fabric Godmother are the bees knees and perfect for a summer project.

The new selection of monochrome fabrics from Higgs and Higgs, has us all of a flutter.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a great remnant event happening on their Facebook page every Saturday and Sunday so go grab a bargain.

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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

 

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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The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin. 9th February.

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Vintage-Style projects to make for the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 7th March 2017.

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

Sewing for babies and children by Laura Strutt. 4th April 2017.

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

Designing clothes with the flat pattern method by Sara Alm. 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.

Singer: The complete photo guide to sewing by Nancy Langdon. 20th April 2017.

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

Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.


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Careers in Sewing: Content and Social media manager

Careers in Sewing: Content and Social media manager

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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 Alex who works as Content and Social Media manager at sewing business Sew Over It. Hear about Alex’s job in creating images of products for social media, writing magazine articles and launching new patterns into the wild!

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

Since I was a child I’ve always been crafty, but I don’t have a sewing background at all. In fact I was utterly hopeless at Textiles at school. Wary of the sewing machines, my teacher did all my work for me!

I studied for a degree in Film Production Technology, but I knew after I’d finished it that it wasn’t the career for me. After a little while working as an au pair in Italy, and then a nanny in London, I knew I wanted to get into something creative.

Recovered from my sewing machine fear, I’d been teaching myself how to make clothes for about a year before I applied for an internship at Sew Over It in 2013 – and I’ve been here ever since! Over the years my role has changed quite a bit. Following my internship, I worked on Saturdays alongside my nannying job, and when a full-time position as Shop Assistant became available a few months later I jumped at the opportunity.

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

Sew Over It is a one-stop-shop sewing business in London. We have two shops where we run loads of sewing classes, a very busy online fabric shop, as well our own range of sewing patterns.

I work in Sew Over It’s original shop in Clapham, south London, where my role is now Content Manager. I am responsible for all our social media channels, our blog, marketing, press and keeping the website up to date. I write all the content for our new pattern releases, and make sure they get featured in lots of lovely sewing magazines. I’m really lucky to have a job I love. I feel like I get to do the most fun parts of working in a small business, with none of the boring bits!

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3. What do you do in a typical day?

Sew Over It is such a fast moving business that I don’t really have a typical day. I could be doing anything, from planning blogs, taking photos for Instagram, writing email newsletters for something new we’re releasing, attending photoshoots, contacting magazine editors or working with developers to build new parts of the website. Like most roles in a small business, it’s very varied. My family and friends often can’t understand how working in such a “cute” sewing company could be stressful, but sometimes it can be. There’s never a dull moment though!

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4. What are the best and worst bits?

My favourite part of my job is seeing a whole project come together. When we release a shiny new product out into the wild, whether it’s a new pattern, online class, or something completely new, it’s always really nerve-racking. I have to send myself a million test emails before sending out a newsletter to our email subscribers. But when you start to get lovely comments coming in on social media and kind messages from customers in the inbox, you suddenly feel a gentle wave of relief. When you see people sewing up our new patterns and proudly wearing their finished makes on Instagram, that’s when it really feels amazing.

My least favourite bits usually involve technical problems with the website! Spending hours on the phone to our web host when I could be taking new photos for social media is definitely not my favourite way to spend my time.

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5. Did you always want a creative career?

I did, but I was never really sure in which particular area. I studied Film Production at uni because I wanted to make Michel Gondry style music videos for the rest of my life, but I quickly realised that world was too cut-throat for me. I fell into sewing almost by accident, but it’s been the best thing that’s ever happened. Not only did I learn to sew my own clothes, which is a reward in itself, but I get to spend my working days surrounded by creativity, and as part of the loveliest team. (I actually met Kate and Rachel at Sew Over It!)

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

None of my qualifications or training are at all related to sewing. I was armed with an excitable passion and an interest in social media and blogging, and that’s what got me started. I remember starting my internship and telling Lisa about all the amazing sewing blogs I read (Dolly Clackett, Did You Make That, A Stitching Odyssey to name a few), knowing that my knowledge of the (then quite small) online sewing community was a way in which I could contribute to the business.

Since working at Sew Over It I haven’t had any formal training, but I’m really committed to learning new skills on my own. If there’s something I don’t know how to do on Photoshop, I find a tutorial on YouTube, or if I really want to get to grips with a new feature on Mailchimp, I’ll research it until I know what I’m doing. I didn’t even know what a press release was before I started my job, and now I write them every month. I love learning, and in an ever-evolving industry, keeping up to date is something you have to be committed to.

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7. Do you have any tips for someone looking to get into the same thing as you? 

Social media especially is a huge industry at the moment, and it’s growing all the time. I would say the most important thing is to really have a passion for what you’re going into. It’s so draining to be excitable about something you’re not bothered about! Apply for internships and use that time to discover what you can offer the business. It might be something they hadn’t even realised they needed until you point it out!

8. If you could do anything else what would it be?

I do a lot of writing for my job, and if I wasn’t working at Sew Over It, I think I’d like to try my hand at copywriting for craft titles. Through my job I have written sewalongs for Simply Sewing magazine, and I’ve discovered it’s quite thrilling to see your name in print!

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9. What is your favourite sewing tool and why?

I’m not sure about favourite, but most-used is definitely my seam ripper. (I’m sure a lot of sewers say the same thing!) I have sewn so many garments completely incorrectly that if I didn’t have a seam ripper on hand to undo my work and start again, I wouldn’t have any handmade clothes in my wardrobe at all. You can’t beat a sharp pair of scissors too. My favourite are the orange-handled Fiskars.

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

There is a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Dress on my sewing table that I started months ago, and still have to finish. (I am a notoriously bad project finisher – I hate hemming!) After that I am desperate to make our new Nancy Dress pattern. It’s pretty much my dream dress, so I know I’d wear it loads. I’m not exactly known for my out-there fabric taste – I’ve got some black rayon that will be perfect!


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The Cocktail Hour blogger tour – Kate

The Cocktail Hour blogger tour – Kate

We are delighted to be taking part in the sewcial sew-along The Cocktail Hour, organised by McCall’s. If you want to find out a bit more about it then check out our blog post so see who’s taking part. This is the second year of a campaign to help raise money for The Eve Appeal charity that funds the research for better detection, risk prediction and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers. Money from the sale of each pattern goes to the charity and last year they raised over £8k. This year hopefully we will raise more!

So this dress… any of you who follow us on social media and/or have met me will know you can usually find me in jeans and trainers or as close as I’m allowed to get to that at ALL times. When I heard about the theme for this years sew-along, honestly it brought me out in a bit of cold sweat. I kept changing my mind on the pattern and couldn’t really envision what I’d make that felt like me. I ended up choosing the Vogue® Patterns V8943.

I decided the best thing to do was to head out and go fabric shopping, always a pleasure never a chore! I hit up The Cloth House for a dose of inspiration. If you haven’t been before it’s worth the visit, the prices are a little eye watering but you’ll find stuff in there that you can’t find anywhere else. I walked in and had a good old snoop around and then it happened… I saw the fabric, the rest of the shop went into soft focus, music started playing, my eyes became heart shaped, I ‘needed’ it. Once I touched it I realised it was totally inappropriate for the dress I’d planned to make, but I didn’t care, l’d make it work because that’s what you do when you’re in love. I could only afford two metres of the stuff, and before I knew it I was out on the street swag in bag, and the deal was done.

The fabric is 112cm wide and a woven heavyish weight cotton from India. It’s made in the same area as Ikat fabrics so the print is woven into the fabric rather than printed on afterwards. I’ve always loved an ikat and the process of weaving the print, for me, gives a much richer finish to the fabric.

Having got home and looked at the pattern I knew I was going to have to alter the skirt part of the dress. The bodice and sleeves could work though. I made a toile of the bodice section of the dress and tried it on. I decided to lower the neckline as it’s more flattering on me, but in terms of the fit it was actually pretty spot on. As usual with these patterns I have to cut a couple of sizes bigger but it only took a couple of tweaks to get the bodice fitting nicely. I spent a long time trying to get the pattern to match and found using a tape measure really helpful to double check everything before I cut it out.

I found a lovely spotty cotton in my stash to use for the lining. My game plan was to make up the bodice and then try it on to work out what to do with skirt. I had 1.25m of the fabric left for the skirt so I’d just have to make it work. I tested out lots of options, I tried gathering but the fabric was too structured, I then tried out small pleats instead but this created too much bulk around the waist. Each time I would pin the fabric and then try it on over the bodice to see what it looked like.  I then started playing with larger pleats and this was where I started to see progress. The structured fabric worked well having a couple of bigger pleats and I decided to line them up with the darts on the bodice. Once I’d got the scale of the pleats correct at the front I decided to mirror them on the back and matched them up to the darts at the back of the bodice. I then stitched down the pleats and attached the skirt to the bodice. Once I’d done this I was on the home stretch and here she is!

If you are inspired to join in with Cocktail Hour, check out the full collection of patterns here. To find out what everyone else is making as part of the blogger tour, check out the amazing list of makers below. Chat about what pattern you want to make in the forum.

1. Winnie Longhurst

Scruffy Badger

3rd March

http://scruffybadgertime.co.uk

 

2. Kate Underdown

The Fold Line

10th March

http://thefoldline.com

 

3. Portia Lawrie

Makery

17th March

http://www.makery.uk

 

4. Rachel Walker

The Fold Line9

24th March

http://thefoldline.com

 

5. Wendy Gardiner

Butterick

31st March

http://mccallpatternuk.sewdirect.com/

 

6. Abigail Dyson

The Crafty Pin Up

14th April

http://www.thecraftypinup.co.uk

 

7. Lucy Regan

Sew Essential

28th April

http://www.sewessential.co.uk/blog/

 

8. Fiona Parker

Diary of a Chainstitcher

12th May

http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk

 

9. Nina Chang

Thumblenina

26th May

http://thumblenina.wordpress.com

 

10. Jen Sanders

Gingerella

9th June

http://gingerella.wordpress.com

 

11. Charlotte Powell

English Girl at Home

23rd June

http://englishgirlathome.com

 

12. Elisalex de Castro Peake

By Hand London

7th July

http://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london

 

13. Kerry Patterson

Kestrel Makes

21st July

http://www.kestrelmakes.com

 

14. Gabby Young

Gabberdashery

4th August

http://www.gabberdashery.com

 

15. Abigail Norton

Sew Abigail

18th August

http://sewabigail.co.uk

 

16. Karen Ball

Did You Make That?

1st September

http://didyoumakethat.com

 

17. Rachel Wain

Rach Against The Sewing Machine

15th September

http://rachagainstthesewingmachine.co.uk

 

18. Elle Harris

Sew Positivity

29th September

http://www.sewpositivity.com

 

19. Rachel Pinheiro

House of Pinheiro

6th October

http://houseofpinheiro.com

 

20. Amy Thomas

Almond Rock

13th October

http://almondrock.co.uk

 

21. Jane Marland

Handmade Jane

20th October

http://www.handmadejane.co.uk

 

22. Jennifer Walker

Ginger Thread Girl

27th October

http://gingerthreadgirl.co.uk

 

23. Marie Koupparis

A Stitching Odyssey

3rd November

http://www.astitchingodyssey.com

 

24. Elena Rosa Brown

Randomly Happy

10th November

http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com

 

25. Laura Clarke

Sew for Victory

17th November

http://sewforvictory.co.uk

 

26. Janene Spencer

Ooobop

24th November

http://ooobop.com

The Sew Reporter – 5th March

The Sew Reporter – 5th March

This week we chatted through the new pattern releases for February and blogged about the new sew-along called Cocktail Hour by McCall’s to raise funds and awareness for The Eve Appeal. 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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Gabby from Gabberdashery makes a very stylish film noir Moneta dress for for the #monetaparty.

Jen from The Gingerthread Girl makes a Tilly and the Buttons Coco dress fit for a baby bump.

The Tilly and the Buttons sewing Zadie sew-along continues this week with putting the back dress together.

Karen from Did you Make That? discusses creativity and motivation.

Winnie from Scruffy Badger is the fist blogger on the McCalls Cocktail Hour blogger tour – loving the inclusion of a cocktail!

Charlotte from English Girl at Home prints her own fabric at Contrado and makes a comic art Megan Nielsen Sudley dress.

Laura at Sew For Victory makes a 1950s Simplicity 8250 skirt.

Kate makes the new Berlin Skirt by Orageuse in a black twill.

Colette share the latest trend in deep dark floral fabrics.

Jen from Grainline Studio shares a tutorial on how to line The Farrow Dress.

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille share her Spring sewing obsession with peg pants and cami tops.

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

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Moneta party, Gabby and Megan make a Moneta dress

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Intro to Sewing Coats: Chloe coat online class

NEW: Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

NEW: English Girl at HomeFabric Printing with Contrado

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

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Welcome!

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: Melody Miller from Cotton and Steel

NEW: While She Naps: Special Episode: QuiltCon 2017 Best in show winner Kat Jones

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

NEW: The Wild Stitch: Sustainable business with Meghann from Half-moon Atelier // Ep23

Elise gets Crafty: Quick Take: On Magic and work

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.sew-reporter-business-2

It’s the grand opening of the new The Village Haberdashery store this weekend! Go head over to West Hampstead to check it out, it’s full of soooo much crafty goodness.

Dragonfly Fabrics now have the in stock the Sew House Seven Toaster sweater pattern with lots of lovely snuggly fabric recommendations!

Minerva Crafts have some amazing new makes online this week as part of their Blogger Network, a Sewaholic Granville shirt by That’s Sew Amy and a super cosy Victory Patterns Lola dress by Gabberdashery.

Loads of new Spring/Summer fabrics in this week at Abakhan including demin, cottons, linens, spandex, scuba and chiffon!

Don’t forget to visit Girl Charlee UK at the Knitting and Stitching show today stand J16 for a lot of knit goodness.

Last chance to save £5 on the new Intro to Coats online class at Sew Over It today, use code YAYCHLOE before midnight.

Best selling Cotton and Steel Rifle Paper co. collection back in stock at The Crafty Mastermind plus new ranges coming soon!

Fabric HQ have 30% off all charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes this week! Use code PRECUT.

The Draper’s daughter new Atelier Brunette fabric collection is lush, go check it out, dressmaking heaven!

Sew Hayley Jane made a Sew Over It Alex shirt from the fabrics and goodies in the subscription box last month.

Elephant in my Handbag have lots of World Book Day themed fabrics including Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter.

Light weight dark blue dressmaking denim now in stock at Cotton Reel Studio, perfect for skirts.

Beautiful Italian viscose crepes now in stock at Fabric Godmother including on trend dark moody florals.

We love the new Marina collection from Makower now in stock at Higgs and Higgs, perfect for nautical themed accessories.

Huge delivery of the new Cotton and Steel fabrics this week at The Fabric Fox.

Alice in Wonderland fabrics new in stock this week at Fabrics Galore.

Check out this very cute best selling Dashing Dinos print at Fabric Punk by Dashwood Studios.

We spotted very cute Maker’s badges in stock at Beyond Measure made from Bamboo plywood with different crafty symbols!

Cloth & Candy have some gorgeous new prints in stock this week, our favourite is the cute faces Hello print by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton + Steel.

Check out the April Rhodes Observer collection at Celtic Fusion Fabrics for some awesome colour blocking dressmaking prints.

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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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The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin. 9th February.

The Gentleman’s Wardrobe: Vintage-Style projects to make for the modern man by Vanessa Mooncie. 7th March 2017.

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

Sewing for babies and children by Laura Strutt. 4th April 2017.

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

Designing clothes with the flat pattern method by Sara Alm. 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.

Singer: The complete photo guide to sewing by Nancy Langdon. 20th April 2017.

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

Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.


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New Sewing Pattern Roundup – February

New Sewing Pattern Roundup – February

NEW SEWING PATTERN ROUNDUP

February has had loads of new sewing patterns to keep us all inspired! We have brought you a bitesize roundup of all the new sewing pattern 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 February 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 February.

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for February:

“The new Zadie Dress from Tilly and the Buttons appears to be quite the stand out favourite on social media in February. It combines the comfort of a knit dress with interesting style lines and colour blocking opportunities aplenty. The pockets set in to the z shape seam lines are a lovely touch.”

“Orageuse released a collection of three new patterns (and free downloadable instructions to create a fourth!) this month. While the Berlin Skirt was my initial favourite on closer inspection the details of the Riga Coat have got me hooked. I particularly like the super wide belt loop at the rear.”

“For me Wear Lemonade have again nailed that balance between timeless femininity and a modern feel with their new Ada Skirt. I love those deep pockets set into the side panels while the shape and tie at the waist give a nod to classy mid century styles.”

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Other pattern releases:


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Cocktail Hour with McCall’s and The Eve Appeal

Cocktail Hour with McCall’s and The Eve Appeal

This week McCall’s launched a new year long sew-along called Cocktail Hour. You might remember the Big Vintage Sew-along last year. This year is set to be even bigger with 26 bloggers taking part and a collection of 20 Vogue® Patterns evening outfits to pick from. Cocktail Hour is being hosted by McCall’s to raise money for The Eve Appeal charity and will run until the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate in November. There will be lots of exciting things happening throughout the year including workshops, events in stores, a fantastic bloggers tour and cocktail parties.

How can you get involved?

You can join in with sewists from all over the country to help raise funds and awareness for The Eve Appeal charity by sewing one of the dressmaking patterns from the Cocktail Hour collection (all 20 patterns are listed below). Monies raised from the sale of each pattern will go towards helping The Eve Appeal achieve better detection and prevention of women’s cancers. You can find out more about the work of The Eve Appeal charity here.

As the year progresses you can see what everyone else is making by searching for #sipandsew (hehe!) on Instagram and Twitter and of course share your makes too. Post a photo with the hastag #sipandsew and copy in @McCallpatternUK on Twitter or @McCallpatternUK on Instagram.  Find out more details from McCall’s about Cocktail Hour here.

What are the Vogue® Patterns Cocktail Hour sewing patterns?

You are really spoilt for choice with twenty evening wear patterns including dresses, trousers, tops, and jackets. We’ve listed them all here so you can have a browse and add favourites to your wishlist.

 
 

 
 

 

 

Who is taking part in the blogger tour?

There is a whole host of talented sewing bloggers who have kindly agreed to make their favourite Cocktail Hour pattern from the collection to inspire your sewing projects and we’ll be taking part too! For the full schedule take a look here.

Winnie Longhurst Scruffy Badger Time  Winnie Longhurst Scruffy Badger Time blog

  

Portia Lawrie Makery  Portia Lawrie Makery blog

  

  

Fiona Parker Diary of a Chainstitcher blog  Fiona Parker Diary of a Chainstitcher

Nina Chang Thumblenina  Nina Chang Thumble Nina sewing blog

Charlotte Powell English Girl at Home blogCharlotte Powell English Girl at Home

By Hand London    By Hand London blog

Kerry Patternson Kestrel Makes  Kerry Patterson Kestrel Makes blog

Karen Ball Did you make that? blog  Karen Ball Did you make that?

  

Rachel Pinheiro House of Pinheiro  Rachel Pinheiro House of Pinheiro blog

Amy Almond RockAmy Almond Rock blog

Handmade JaneHandmade Jane blog

Jen Walker The Gingerthread girl  The Ginger Thread girl blog

Marie A Stitching Odyssey  Marie A Stitching Odyssey blog

Elena Rose Brown Randomly HappyElena Rose Brown Randomly Happy Blog

Laura Clarke Sew For Victory  Laura Clarke Sew for Victory blog

Janene Spencer Ooobop  Janene Spencer ooobop blog

And you will be seeing an appearance from us too! Wondering what everyone will be making? Well that’s a surprise so you’ll just have to wait and see 🙂

Find others who are taking part in Cocktail Hour and chat about your makes in the forum.