The Sew Reporter – 21st May

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This week we’ve put together our top 20 hacks for making sewing that bit easier. 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.

Elena from Randomly Happy makes a gorgeous Closet Case Patterns Kalle shirt dress.

Laura from The Petite Passions makes a pencil skirt from The Great British Sewing Bee: Show Your Own Wardrobe as part of #wardrobebuilder

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher takes part in Cocktail Hour for The Eve Appeal and makes this impressive floral brocade V1537.

Karen at Did You Make That? talks about the Humility of Making and Cosplay.

Athina from Craftaholic makes three Tilly and the Buttons Cleo Pinafore dresses!

Tilly and the Buttons shares a tutorial on How to Sew a Mitred Corner.

Abigail from Sew Abigail shares a tutorial to make petal sleeves for the Colette Moneta dress.

Isa from UMA CRAFTER PORTUGUESA COM CERTEZA makes a Sew Over It Ultimate Wrap dress.

Zoe from So, Zo is organising The Great Dribble Bib swap! Join in here.


Colette share an inspiration post on Rouleau embellishments.

Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns shares a tutorial on how to sew a hidden button placket.

It’s us! The Sew Down – May

NEW: Megan from Pigeon Wishes: Sew Over It Eve dress and party!

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: New PDF pattern: Lulu dress

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

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

Stitch My Style: Making the Pretty Woman Opera dress – Part 1

Clueless Seamstress: Top 5 sewing goals for 2017

A Stitching Odyssey: An introduction to #vintagepledge

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

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

Gingerella: Fabric, patterns and sewing plans March 2017

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling HandmadesHow I inventory my fabrics

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

NEW: Maker Style: Chatty Q&A with Rachel from Maker Style // Ep 30

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 120:: Blueprints for Sewing

NEW: While She Naps: Podcast Episode #97: Nancy Zieman

Craft-IshEpisode 40: Red Heart Spokesperson, Marly Bird

NEW PODCAST: At Home with … Jo Elvin, Editor, Glamour UK

NEW: Crafty Planner: Quilt Box May Edition – Alex Anderson

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

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.

Just a few days left to get the Sew Hayley Jane sewing subscription boxes for June! (above)

Higgs and Higgs have these very cool new OXOX sweater jerseys

Fabric Godmother has some lovely new Spring floral and bird print fabrics in this week.

Meow! Check out all the new bolt ends added online by Elephant in My Handbag, bargains galore!

So much love for this new Garter Stitch printed panel from Beyond Measure (above)

Jersey BUNNIES! I repeat jersey BUNNIES!  Get yours at Fabrics Galore

Fabric HQ now stock the new Leah Duncan collection for Cloud 9 Fabrics

The popular mustard daschund print by Jilian Philips Mori is back in stock by popular demand at Celtic Fusion Fabrics

This Observer Indigo Window Crystal voile is such a striking print, Dragonfly Fabrics have a by April Rhodes for Art Gallery Fabrics (above)

Lets hear a big ROAR for fabric of the week at The Fabric Fox! It's the Cotton + Steel Sleep Tight print, 25% off until Sunday

Stock reduction sale! There is up to 50% off selected fabrics at Fabric Punk

If you are looking to meet other creatives and share business tips head over and register for free to the Make Like a Boss event at The Village Haberdashery this week.

How can you live without the cutest Bear Trio Bundle from Cloth and Candy? (above)

Sew Over It have released the 60s inspired wardrobe staple Lulu dress and top sewing pattern.

Get 20% off Camelot quilting fabrics at Minerva Crafts during May with code CAMELOT

Admiring the beautiful blue hues of these new Nani Iro fabrics at The Draper's Daughter this week

The new Homestead Life fabric range at Girl Charlee is selling out fast! See the full range here.

All the love for this new Red Hearts crepe fabric new in stock at Cotton Reel Studio

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. is back in stock by popular demand at The Crafty Mastermind

WOW! Warehouse clearance fabrics at Abakhan from just £1.75 pee metre!


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




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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