The Sew Reporter – 16th April

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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


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.



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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