The Sew Reporter – 9th April

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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


 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.


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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