The Sew Reporter – 14th May

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This weekend we have a new video to share with you, talking about all the interesting sewing stuff that has been going on this month. There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

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Karen at Did You Make That? shares five reasons to sew a shirt dress.

Rebecca from Red W Sews makes the Sew Over It Kimono jacket in a lovely drapey viscose.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a pair of stretch gaberdine Megan Nielsen cropped Flint trousers.

Emma from Crafty Clyde makes a stripey True Bias Lodo dress.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home talks about her wardrobe and identity growing up.

Jane from Handmade Jane makes a Tilly and the Buttons Etta dress.

Zoe from So, Zo refashions a Primark maxi dress into the striped Scout Tee.

Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns shares inspiration for the Kalle shirtdress and tips for choosing fabric.

Lauren from Lladybird makes a Linden Archer button up shirt.

Marcy from Oonaballoona talks makes an amazing Simplicity 8013 dress.

Megan Nielsen customises a tee with a lightning bolt motif.

Rochelle from Lucky Lucille talks about the benefits of pattern hacking.

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NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down – May

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: 10 highlights since launching the business

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Easy Retro and Vintage style sewing patterns for beginners!

NEW: Athina from Craftaholic: share her fabric haul from April and sewing plans for May

A Stitching Odyssey: An introduction to #vintagepledge

Gabby of Gabberdastery: Hunting for treasure – Inspiration for making stage dresses | 37

Megan from Pigeon Wishes: My Shirt Dress stash #sewtogetherforsummer

NEW: Sewn: How to sew a pleated skirt without a pattern: sew along tutorial

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

Stitch My Style: Silk, Wool and Liberty cotton – fabrics and sewing plans

Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling HandmadesMy top 5 sewing reference books

Jennifer Lauren Handmade: The Juniper Cardigan – pattern release and sew along introduction

Elisalex’s StudioGrowing your own jean’s garden – an embroidery tutorial

English Girl at HomeJames and Keyla’s wedding

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

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 119:: Cheryl Arkison

While She Naps: Podcast Episode #96: Jen Carlton Bailly

NEW: Craft-IshEpisode 40: Red Heart Spokesperson, Marly Bird

NEW: Crafty Planner: #110 Peter Lappin of Male Pattern Boldness

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

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

Blogtacular No. 23 Amy Tangerine

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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.


Higgs and Higgs have the most fantastically coordinated fabric bundles

There is still time to get Sew Hayley Jane sewing subscription boxes for June

Fabric Godmother has some gorgeous broderie anglais fabrics in stock - perfecto for summer!

All you yoga enthusiasts out there  this fabric from Elephant in my Handbag has got us feeling very zen!

These woven ribbons from Beyond Measure will add a personal touch to your make

Fabrics Galore have had a deluge of new quilting cottons in store this week

Fabric HQ have just got a load of new dressmaking fabrics in stock – it’s full of temptation

Dragonfly Fabrics have a sale on with up to 40% off end of bolt fabrics

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have stolen our hearts with this sloth print (above)

If you love bees as much as us then check out this rather beautiful fabric from The Fabric Fox

Looking for some summer sewing inspiration?  Then check out the Dashwood collection from Fabric Punk – it’s blooming gorgeous

If you’ve got as big of a crush on the Megan Nielsen Flint pants as us, then you’ll be delighted to know they are in stock at the Village Haberdashery.

Sew Over It have a job going for a fabric Coordinator  – basically the dream job!

Plant lovers this fabric from  Minerva Crafts will be right up your street.

Cloth and Candy have got our hearts a flutter with this balloon fabric

The Drapers Daughter have got a new delivery of Nani Iro fabric in this week

Cotton Reel Studio have the MOST amazing pineapple fabric in stock… darn it’s good! (above)

If you love a string print as much as we do head on over to The Crafty Mastermind for fabric and wonderful product descriptions

If you’re looking for a new job Abakhan has quite a few openings at the moment

Girl Charlee have a great tutorial with a free pattern for babies booties

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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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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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