Sew the Trends – Summer Holidays

Sew the Trends – Summer Holidays

Today we are bringing you the fourth 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 planning your summer holiday and we have loads of looks for you to sew this seasons hottest shapes.

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


Gypsy Tops: 


Pattern recommendation: 

7545 – McCalls

The Parker Collection – Tribe Patterns


Off the shoulder ruffle dress:


Pattern recommendation: 

Hippie dress & top – Vanessa Pouzet


Oversize top & midi trousers:


Pattern recommendation: 

Top:

Collins Top – In the Folds

Trousers:

Ninni Culottes – Named Clothing

Botanical Pants – Pauline Alice


Shirt Dress:


Pattern recommendation: 

Reeta Dress – Named Clothing

8014 – Simplicity


Jersey Dress:


Pattern recommendation: 

Ebony Dress- Closet Case Patterns

Lodo Dress – True Bias


Swimsuit:


Pattern recommendation:

Soma – Papercut Patterns


Bikini:


Pattern recommendation: 

Sophie – Closet Case Patterns


Espadrilles:


 

Buy what you need from Guthrie & Ghani!

 

The Sew Reporter – 23rd April

The Sew Reporter – 23rd April

This week we are talking bullet journals 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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Tilly and the Buttons posts a roundup of all the Cleo’s and it’s MEGA!

Karen at Did You Make That? posts about the Bronte sisters and their love of sewing

Charlotte from By Hand London has done her second maternity hack.. with a 70s vibe.

CJ Made has sewn this wicked version of the By Hand London Victoria Blazer

Handmade Jane has made a nautical print Granville shirt

Zoe has made these super bright and rather fun kids PJs for Dolores

Messy Essy Makes has made a rather beautiful Watson Coat from Papercut patterns


Heather Lou is talking us through her new pattern, the rather wonderful Kalle shirt

Jennifer Lauren Vintage has started her sew-along for the Juniper cardigan on the blog

Oonaballona is embracing her inner Mimi G with this little number

Lladybird has made this zesty little Cabaret cardigan

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NEW: It’s us! The Sewing Bullet Journal

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: How to Measure Your Bust, Waist and Hips for Dressmaking

Stitch My Style: How to create a fabric picture with hand appliqué

Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: The Cocktail Hour Sewalong Dress Reveal + Cocktail Recipe!

NEW CHANNEL: The Seamstress Tag | A Stitching Odyssey

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Handmade Fair Giveaway Tickets WINNERS + Destash news!!

NEW: Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing Plans: April 2017

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: #EasterSpringDress2017 reveal!

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

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

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

English Girl at HomeJames and Keyla’s wedding

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Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

NEW: Maker Style: Behind the scenes of an indie business with Harts fabrics

Blogtacular No. 23 Amy Tangerine

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 117:: Page + Pixel

NEW: While She Naps: Podcast Episode #95: Nichole Vogelsinger

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

Elise gets Crafty: On Starting the 100 day project // Ep119

NEW: Crafty Planner: JENNIFER MOORE OF MONALUN

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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New Spring/Summer 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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The Drapers Daughter have got Atelier Brunette French terry's in stock and they are beautiful!

Cotton Reel Studio have got some gorgeous new arrivals online this week including some great Art Gallery cottons.

The new Dashwood collection at Fabric Punk is full of summer nostalgia.. beautiful colours!

The Village haberdashery is hosting a networking event this week called Make Like a Boss it’s free and we’ve been invited to do a Q&A – come join the fun!

The Crafty Mastermind have got a small but perfectly formed range of jerseys if you’re looking for unicorns then we’ve got you covered.

Girls Charlee’s new range of fox fabric is totally swoon worthy we want them in ALL the colours.

This is going to be very dangerous.. Dashwood studio now do jersey check out the range at Fabric HQ

If you like craft subscription boxes then  check out Sew Hayley Jane - there are two days left to sign up for next months box. Hurry!

If you’re looking for scuba fabrics then check out Fabric Godmother she really does have a good range - an new arrivals this week too!

Elephant in my Handbag have just has the most delightful range of cross stitch kits added to the site including Mr Fox (above)

We think everyone ‘needs’ one of these illustrated tape measures from Beyond Measure

Dragonfly Fabrics have this really unusual wool binding in loads of really lovely colours - another option for a finishing!

Higgs and Higgs have got the most gorgeous range of Swiss dot cotton in pale spring shades.

Abakhan are hosting Yarn Shop Day on the 6th May head over to their Facebook page and register to be part of the fun – they have lots of free events running all day at all their stores!

Fabrics Galore have got the most amazing and unusual cork fabric (yes to read that right) in stock this week

Fabric Fox have 10% off all patchwork bundles at the moment – really gorgeous combos too!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have some great bolt ends and 'scrap heaps' that would be perfect for a craft or quilting project.

Sew Over It have released some limited edition pyjama kits perfect for cosy nights in!

Cloth and Candy have got a great sale section of the site perfect for snapping up a bargain

Now this is cool check out this strawberry jersey from Minerva Crafts.

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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

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 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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Sewing Bullet Journal

Sewing Bullet Journal

Have you caught the Bullet Journal bug but want to include your sewing plans as well? Check out our video below on how to include sewing projects and makes in your Bullet Journal. Plus download our FREE templates to get super organised!

If you’ve never heard of a Bullet Journal do not fear, we’ve added links into the description of the video so you can find out all about it first. A Bullet Journal is a type of diary system which allows you to organise your whole life in one place. It is both structured and flexible with different elements you can include to document your yearly, monthly and daily tasks. Find out more about this analog system for the digital age here.

We’ve definitely been bitten by the Bullet Journal bug but wanted to work out how to also include our sewing plans and makes. After testing out various options we think we’ve come up with a great system for adding sewing plans, makes and keeping track of what supplies you need. We’ve even created some FREE downloadable templates so you can just print them out and stick them in your Bullet Journal ready to get planning!

Watch our YouTube sewing video to find out more about how we Bullet Journal to organise our sewing plans.

FREE downloadables:

Projects template

Sewing plans template


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The Sew Reporter – 16th April

The Sew Reporter – 16th April

It’s been a busy week with the release of The Parker Collection, designed with Fiona Parker of Diary of a Chainstitcher. We’ve also shared some fun crafty Easter projects and tutorials on how to hand embroidery and make 70s inspired tassels! 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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Tilly and the Buttons shares a tutorial about how to create four-step buttonholes.

Karen at Did You Make That? shares her ideas on what to do with fabric scraps.

Elena from Randomly Happy makes a Deer and Doe Hoya blouse and includes a tutorial on creating your own DIY bell sleeves.

Charlotte makes a blue velvet Colette Moneta dress for the #MonetaParty

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher shares her inspiration behind designing The Parker Collection.

Portia has been shortlisted for Dressmaker of the Year! Vote here.

Isa from Uma Crafter Portuguesa Com Certeza makes a Sew Over It Vintage shirt dress.

Abi from the Crafty Pin Up has made this gorgeous V8943 as part of the Cocktail hour Blogger Tour.


Megan Nielsen shares How to remove and release tucks ,and convert to a flat front // A Flint pants tutorial.

Lauren at Lladybird made a Lemon print Watson Bra.

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NEW: It’s us! Embroidery and tassel sewing tutorial.

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: Introduces Tokaree!

NEW: Stitch My Style: How to create a fabric picture with hand appliqué

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: #EasterSpringDress2017 Sewalong reveal!

Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Sew & Tell / March Makes

NEW: Sewn: My sewing March and April 2017

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: #EasterSpringDress2017 reveal!

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

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

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

NEW: English Girl at HomeJames and Keyla’s wedding

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Bruce Weber (American, born 1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M., 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

NEW: Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

NEW: The Wild Stitch: 7 Spring 2017 sewing trends and the patterns to make them with Sara from The Sara Project // EP26

Blogtacular No. 23 Amy Tangerine

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 116:: Greens and Blues Co & Hobby Lobby

While She Naps: PODCAST EPISODE #94: HEATHER GIVANS

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

Elise gets Crafty: On Starting the 100 day project // Ep119

NEW: Crafty Planner: No. 106 Ashley Nell Tipton

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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New Spring/Summer 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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SALES: 

There are SO many sales happening this weekend so we have put together a bitesized round up: 

Candy Coloured Linens from Fabric Godmother are perfect for summer makes.

Perfect for pimping your sewing room this beautiful print is from Beyond Measure and you can stitch into it too!

Sew Hayley Jane has done a round up of the April boxes on her blog so you can get a peek at whats inside.

If you’re on the hunt for some chambrays then check out this range from Higgs and Higgs there are plains, stripes and some beautiful printed options too.

Fabrics Galore have had a massive delivery of Liberty cotton lawns (above)

Fabric Fox have added loads of bolt ends up to the site go grab a bargain!

Dragonfly Fabrics  have loads of new Merchant and Mills patterns that are perfect for spring makes

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a huge selection of new fabrics just in

The Village haberdashery have 10% off their favourite wovens with the code 'WOVENS10' – ends Tuesday

Cloth and Candy has summer wrapped up with these gorgeous new cottons (above)

Have you seen the pattern of the week on Minerva Crafts? 50% off a pattern each week.

Have you seen the PDF Club from Sew Over It perfect for a sewing addict!

If you love a muted linen as much as us then head to The Drapers Daughter as they have the most beautiful selection!

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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

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 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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Parker Collection Embroidery & Tassel Tutorial

Parker Collection Embroidery & Tassel Tutorial

Embroidery and tassel tutorials plus colour templates!

Today we are going to share with you DIY tutorials on how to hand embroider your makes and add decorative tassels for a 70s inspired look. These sewing tutorials are perfect for making The Parker Collection your own but can also be used on lots of different garments.


Embroidery tutorial

First up we have a video DIY tutorial on how to do both stem and satin embroidery stitches to create the design on the Parker top below. Also don’t forget to download your FREE template here so you can recreate it for yourself.


Tassel tutorial

Add 70s inspired tassels to your Parker Collection top or dress with the photo DIY tutorial below.

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • 1 skein of embroidery thread
  • Piece of cardboard measuring 8cm by 3cm (to make your tassel longer, increase the length of the piece of cardboard)
  • Pencil
  • Large eye needle
  • Pair of craft scissors.

STEP 1: Fold the piece of cardboard in half so that is now measured 4cm by 3cm. Make sure you start with the end of the embroidery thread against the folded edge of the cardboard. Take your skein of embroidery thread and wrap it around the piece of cardboard four times (to make a thicker tassel, increase the number of wraps). Cut the thread.

STEP 2: Cut a short single length of thread and pull it through the non-folded edge of the cardboard to temporarily secure the wrapped threads.

STEP 3: Carefully slide the thread off the cardboard holder.

STEP 4: Place a pencil through the loops of thread close to the top.

STEP 5: Use another short piece of single thread to tie a knot below the pencil.

STEP 6: Remove the pencil and wrap the single thread around the tassel several times to secure it in place. Then tie a knot and tuck the thread ends into the main tassel to conceal them.

STEP 7: Next take a length of embroidery thread and loop it through the top of the tassel. Tie a knot and tuck the end of the thread into the main body of the tassel.

STEP 8: Cut through the loops and trim the ends to create the finished tassel.

STEP 9: Finally take the length of embroidery thread you are going to use to suspend the tassel and thread it through the top of the tassel head.

Ta-Da! Your tassel is finished and can now be attached to your garment! Make as many as you like. You can even make then in lots of different colours to create a tassel trim!


Colour Me In templates

Download these Colour Me In templates so that you can test out different fabric combinations for the Parker Collection dress and top.

Parker Collection Top Colour Me In template download

Parker Collection Dress Colour Me In template download


Find out more about the Parker Collection here.

Top DIY makes for Easter

Top DIY makes for Easter

Easter is a eggcellent (sorry couldn’t resist) time to get stuck into some craft projects, we all have a few days off and what better way to spend it than being creative. Whether you have children to do craft projects with or fancy trying something new, this blog post is stuffed full of inspiring projects to get your creative juices flowing. These DIY Easter projects are all about getting your hands dirty and having a bit of fun. The big question is what are you going to make?

Neon Dip Dyed Eggs – by Oh JoyEaster Bunny Bags – By Craftaholics Anonymous  Miffy Easter bag – By Emily LoeffelmanDIY Eggshell Tutorial – By Little InspirationSurprise bunny bags – By Craft with MomMarbled Indigo Eggs – By Alice and LoisEaster BunnyPom Bunting – By Clean & ScentsibleEggshell Succulents – By Le Robins NestEaster Cookies – By WaitroseBunny Basket – By CraftsyDownloadable Carrot Treat Box – By The House that Lars BuiltNaturally dyed Easter eggs – By Live Well Travel OftenPipe cleaner bunny headband – Kim ByersEaster Bath Bombs – Garden TherapyCrochet chick & bunny  – By Hello Yellow YarnsDIY Brownie Eggs By –La Receta de la Felicidad (just scroll down for the recipe in English)Origami Egg Holders – By How about Orange

Tribe Patterns: Launches the Parker Collection

Tribe Patterns: Launches the Parker Collection


THE PARKER COLLECTION  – PRINTED & PDF PATTERN  


PRINTED: £13.50       PDF: £8.50


Sizes UK 6-24


Delivery worldwide


The Parker Collection comes with two pattern options to pimp your handmade wardrobe.

This is the second pattern from Tribe Patterns, designed by Fiona Parker from Diary of the Chainsticher sewing blog. Fiona came up with this amazing design and worked with us to bring the pattern to life!  The Parker collection includes a 70s inspired dress and top with lots of different variations including three-quarter length, lantern and fluted sleeves. Both versions feature an optional v-neck opening with tassels and the panels are perfect for colour blocking or mixing prints.

The centre front and back panels of both versions are self faced and ideal for showcasing colourful embroidery which you can recreate using this FREE template.

The Parker Collection dress

The dress has a princess seam bodice with optional high v-neck opening. Include tassels or ribbon trims for a 70s inspired look. Mix and match sleeves opting for either three-quarter length, fluted or lantern shaped. Included in the instruction booklet, we also guide you through inserting lace into the sleeves. Lace would also make a lovely addition to the hem too. The skirt is panelled and includes the all important pockets. The dress closes with an invisible zip and has a relaxed fit at the waist. Perfect for those warm summer days.


The Parker Collection top

The top has a princess seam bodice with optional lower v-neck opening. You can also include tassels or ribbon trims for a 70s inspired look. Again mix and match the sleeves by choosing either three-quarter length, fluted or lantern shaped. The top has a relaxed fit and pairs perfectly with jeans or shorts. It has gathers below the bust at the front and across the back between the shoulders. This top couldn’t be more comfy to wear and will be your wardrobe staple this summer.


Step-by-step instructions

The pattern comes with a 28 page full colour booklet including step-by-step instructions to help you sew both versions. It also has style inspiration, a glossary of terms, suggested fabrics, lay plans, line drawings and a size chart in inches and cm with fabric requirements in metres and yards.


Free downloads:

Colour me in: Plan your makes with free downloadables for the Parker Top and the Parker Dress

Bonus fluted sleeve cuff pattern piece from Fiona Parker’s sewing blog

Embroidery design template


Supplies:

DRESS:

  • 22″ invisible zip
  • 1m of 40mm lace for the cuffs
  • 2.6m of 40mm lace for the hem
  • Max. 70cm of 10mm elastic for the cuffs

OPTIONAL (Dress and Top):

  • One skein of embroidery thread to create tassels or 50cm of ribbon for the ties.
  • If you want to embroider the garment you’ll need an additional 6 skeins of embroidery thread in your choice of colours.

Fabric Suggestions:

We’d recommend lightweight woven fabrics such as a cotton, cotton lawn, linen, rayon, crepe or georgette for both the dress and top.


Sewing skills

  • Princess seams
  • In seam pockets
  • V-neck opening
  • Tassels
  • Insert sleeves
  • Stitch a yoke
  • Insert an invisible zip

PDF Pattern:

This is the instant fix and comes straight into your inbox! You will get an email with several files to download including the instruction booklet and a separate PDF pattern for the dress (40 pages) and top (28 pages). You will also get three A0 copy shop files so that you can print out the pattern yourself at a local printing shop.

The pattern has been professionally graded and all the pieces are labelled with lots of notes about how to sew them together. You can easily identify your size to cut out the different dotted lines and seam allowances are included.


Printed Pattern:

Printed patterns will be sent out within two working days (hopefully sooner!) we charge a flat rate shipping £3.30 in the UK and ship internationally. The paper pattern includes a pattern envelope, three A0 pattern sheets on quality white paper and an instructions booklet.

The pattern has been professionally graded and all the pieces are labelled with lots of notes about how to sew them together. You can easily identify your size to cut out the different dotted lines and seam allowances are included.


We hope you are inspired to sew The Parker Collection as there are so many fabric and style possibilities! The sewing community is full of lovely people and we all like to see what each other is making so if you’re tempted by The Parker Collection do share your makes with us on social media @thefoldline using hashtags #parkercollection #tribepatterns



For delivery details and full T&Cs click here

The Sew Reporter – 9th April

The Sew Reporter – 9th April

This week Careers in Sewing is back, where we chat to Josephine, Marketing Manager at Stoff and Stil. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for an exciting release as part of Tribe Patterns. There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Katie from What Katie Sews makes a Mono Named Clothing Ansa dress.

Tilly and the Buttons are writing a new book, so excited about this!!!

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey makes a cute red Monet Messenger Bag.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a dotty viscose Sew Over It Nancy Dress.

Jane at Handmade Jane makes a a perfect denim skirt from Simplicity 2451.

Karen at Did You Make That? makes a Tessuti Yuki Dress from Prada self lined crepe!

Winnie makes a Sew Over It Nancy dress using a floral viscose print.

Carmen from Carmen Sews makes a gorgeous spring Colette Moneta dress.


Heather at Closet Case Patterns shares a tutorial on turning the Sophie Bikini into a foam cupped bra.

Marcy from Oonaballoona makes a fabulous pair of flared Birkin jeans.

Colette shares 23 appliqué ideas for your sewing projects.

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille makes an Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills to welcome Spring.

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It’s us! The round up of new sewing pattern releases in March.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Looking through the Vogue archives

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: What Have I been sewing: March

NEW: Stitch My Style: Making Marilyn Monroe’s Dress – time lapse

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Retro Sewing Pattern Haul & #VintagePledge Plans!

Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

NEW: Sewn: Sewing Favourites April 2017

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: A day out in London and sewing haul!

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

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

Elisalex’s StudioFebruary ’17 fabric haul and sewing plans

NEW: English Girl at HomeJames and Keyla’s wedding

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NEW: The Wild Stitch: The Growth of the Industry with Elisalex from By Hand London // EP25

NEW: Blogtacular No. 23 Amy Tangerine

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 116:: Greens and Blues Co & Hobby Lobby

NEW: While She Naps: PODCAST EPISODE #94: HEATHER GIVANS

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

Elise gets Crafty: On Starting the 100 day project // Ep119

Crafty Planner: No. 105 Jen Hewett

Seamwork Radio 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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New Spring/Summer 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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We have a serious crush on these gorgeous prints that will add a little tropical into your life at Fabric Punk

Fabrics Galore have got loads of   new jersey fabrics in stock

Cotton Reel studio have the new collection of patterns from Deer and Doe in so you can start planning your summer makes!

Need to wrap up those Easters eggs?  Abakhan have a fantastic range of ribbons and decorations perfect for a little DIY Easter project.

Beyond Measure have the most delightful silk herringbone fabric bundles and contain 10 different ones in each pack

Fabric Godmother is having an open day next month! Pop it in your diary for a day of fabric stroking with pals!

Sew Hayley Jane’s sewing subscription boxes are available to preorder for May  – the perfect present for a crafty pal!

The Crafty Mastermind have a fantastic collection of fabrics from Rifle Paper Co. perfect for the nostalgic maker.

If you’re looking for a cotton lycra   Seriously there’s loads!

The indigo Batik range from Higgs and Higgs is perfect for dressmaking or craft projects and they look so beautiful together!

Fabric Fox have the most beautiful summer cottons (above) and we want to make party dresses and blouses in ALL of the immediately!

We are swooning over the Art Gallery jerseys from Dragonfly Fabrics – they are called nightfall and they are beautiful.

If you are looking for a bargain then check out  Elephant in my Handbag's sale section there are loads of goodies to be found.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have an amazing selection dressmaking fabrics including flamingo & sausage dog interlocks

Feeling like you need a helping hand for a project? Charlotte Newman is running guided studio sessions at The Village Haberdashery!

If you’re on the hunt for a present for a crafty friend then this kit from The Drapers Daughter is a fantastic option!

Cloth and Candy has  lovely lucky dip packs in stock perfect for spring makes.

Looking for a little inspiration from your next make?  check out the latest makes from the Minerva blog team.

Have you seen the PDF Club from Sew Over It perfect for a sewing addict!

If you are a cat lover then you must head over to Fabric HQ as you won't be disappointed.

 

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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

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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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: Marketing Manager

Careers in Sewing: Marketing Manager

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 Josephine who works at Danish pattern and fabric company Stoff and Stil where she manages the marketing for their 20+ stores all over Europe. 

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

My educational background is in Marketing and branding. I’ve working within the fashion industry for +13 years. Then I had a minor detour and worked in the outdoor business for 1.5 years. I finally ended up at STOFF & STIL – which is the perfect combination of my personal hobbies/interests and professional competencies.

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

I work at STOFF & STIL as the Marketing & E-commerce Manager. Together with the rest of our Marketing & E-commerce department I oversee all of our marketing activities, both online and offline and our webshop.

3. What do you do in a typical day?

Wow – I never have a typical day 🙂 No two days are a like, and that’s exactly what I love about my job.

4. What are the best and worst bits?

Well…time! But on a positive note though – I never seem to have enough time for all the ideas and projects that pop into my mind.

5. Did you always want a creative career?

When I was 6 years old my mum helped me sew my first garment – a pair of pants.  Back then my biggest dream was to become a designer and I pursued that dream until my late teens. But eventually I was more interested in the strategic, but yet creative, side of the business and ventured into marketing, branding and e-commerce.

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

My background is within Marketing & Branding. I majored in e-commerce, so I took a pretty straightforward path. But my first job post education was actually within sales.

I believe that you can always be better and that continuous learning is key to development and taking steps forward in your career. Therefore I’m always looking for ways to get more knowledge.

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

Regardless of whether it’s within this area or any other area I believe passion for what you do, humility for your surroundings and challenges, dedication, persistence and hard work can take you very far. My own story has been quite a journey combined of all of these aspects…

  

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

…I have my dream job already 🙂

9. What are you working on at the moment?

We always have our eyes peeled and how we can give our customers an inspiring shopping experience, whether they meet us online or offline in our bricks and mortar shops.

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

In just a few days our Marketing & E-commerce team have arranged a DIY day.

This is a great way to get the creative juices flowing, and to inspire us all in different ways both using our products and getting new ideas. I have several projects going on, but Thursday I will be making 2 pair of pants. One pair in camel coloured twill with a side zipper and a tailored fit, and the other pair on a really nice woven camouflage quality fabric with a more loose and casual fit. But my next big project will be some kind of a wall hanger in fabric – fabric tapestry similar to these: https://www.pinterest.com/MissHagger/fabric-textile-decor/

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The Sew Reporter – 2nd April

The Sew Reporter – 2nd April

This week we have been chatting about all the new sewing pattern releases for March. 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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The best idea for a blog post, your pets on Tilly and the Buttons patterns!

Rachel of House of Pinheiro makes a raw denim Luzerne Trench coat by Deer and Doe patterns.

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey makes a Stoff and Stil 23127 top.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a striking Ombre jersey Batwing Top from Chinelo Bally’s Freehand Fashion.

Jane at Handmade Jane makes a lovely stripey Sew Over It Molly Top.

Laura from Petite Passions makes a fab pair of mid-rise skinny Ginger jeans by Closet Case Patterns.


Heather at Closet Case Patterns shares your favourite Ebony Tees and Dresses.

Lauren at Lladybird makes a pink Flamingo B5525 sleeveless shirt.

Rochelle at Lucky Lucille makes an Elise Tee by Fine Motor Skills to welcome Spring.

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NEW: It’s us! The round up of new sewing pattern releases in March.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Birthday Giveaway with tickets to win at the Handmade Fair at Ragley Hall.

Lisa of Sew Over It: My Sewing Pattern collection

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

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: My Biggest Fabric Haul Ever!

NEW: Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: What is the #thesewbackproject?

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

Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing plans: March

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: The Wild Stitch: 8 Spring fabric trends with Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics // Ep24

Blogtacular No. 22 Zeena Shah

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 116:: Greens and Blues Co & Hobby Lobby

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

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

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: On Starting the 100 day project // Ep119

NEW: Crafty Planner: No. 105 Jen Hewett

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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Fabrics Galore have some great new  printed linens in stock and we love this pineapple number (above)

If your looking for some lingeries supplies Cotton Reel Studio have some good basics in stock.

There are LOADS of new gorgeous fabrics that have just arrived at Fabric Punk HQ….

Looking to learn some new skills? check out Abakhan's range of dressmaking classes

If you’ve been hit by the embroidery bug as much as us check out these samplers from Beyond Measure.

The summer florals from Fabric Godmother are a viscose stretch sateen… perfecto spring outfits!

There are some at Girl Charlee this week… full of drapey goodness.

Looking for some fantastic jerseys got have a look at the range  from Higgs and Higgs – you won’t be be disappointed!

Looking for some fabric bargains the check out the remnants on the Fabric Fox!

If you’re on the hunt for some striped jersey Dragonfly Fabrics have got some fantastic options in stock.

Looking for spots in ALL the colours?  Elephant in my Handbag has them all!

Celtic Fushion Fabrics have an amazing selection of quilting packs well worth check out. We love the linen one above!

The collection of Wonderland fabrics from Rifle Paper Co! at the village Haberdashery has our hearts all a flutter.

The Drapers Daughter have the most amazing selection of metallic linens.. we want them in every colour.

Sew Hayley Jane has a fantastic competition running to win one of her boxes, go check it out to be in with a chance of winning!

The Crafty Mastermind has a great selection of pins for sewists.. the question is which one to pick!?

Cloth and Candy has  this gorgeous stork fabric in stock perfect for spring makes.

Looking for a little inspiration from your next make?  check out the latest makes from the Minerva blog team.

Check out Sew Over It's selcetion of limited edition kits.. when they’re gone, they.re gone!

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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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 Round Up – March

New Sewing Pattern Round Up – March

NEW SEWING PATTERN ROUNDUP

March 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 March 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 March.

 

Fiona’s top three dressmaking pattern releases for March:

“One of my favourite pattern releases of the month, purely because it’s such a unique idea, is the Leverett Hook and Eye Closure pattern from Orange Lingerie. Being able to make your own hook and eye sets for the backs of you bra eliminates one of the limitations you may encounter in making your perfect lingerie set. The pattern includes fully illustrated instructions for creating one, two, three or seven hook high sets…perfect for Norma’s recently released Esplanade Bra.”

“I spotted the new release from ‘Til the Sun Goes Down at the Knitting and Stitching Show a few weeks ago and am hoping I can find the time to make myself one for summer after seeing the samples made up in their beautiful viscose prints. The Beach Pyjama and Holiday Dress is inspired by designs from the 1930s and features a cross over front with curved bound edge which I fell in love with.”

“One pattern which secured an immediate place in my pattern collection this month was Flint from Megan Nielsen. This pattern for wide legged cropped trousers or shorts is just the shape I have been looking to add to my wardrobe. I can’t wait to figure out how the clever side tie or button fastening on the waistband works. She also launched the Rowan fitted tee or bodysuit which should cover every eventuality with three neckline options and sleeve lengths.”

Patterns featured in the video:

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