The Sew Reporter – 18th June

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This week we’ve released out second instalment of The Sew Down, our monthly roundup of intersting stuff we’ve seen in the world of sewing. 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.

We wanted to do a call out to the sewing community today.  Portia from the Makery has started a fantastic #makersforgrenfell fabric destash account over on Instagram to help makers like us raise funds for people affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire.  You can join in here or if you wanted to make a straight up donation you can do that here.


Katie from What Katie sews has made a beautiful Akinori dress from Wardrobe By Me – in a beautiful floral print. We love it!

Georgia who blogs at Gingerstitch has made this swoonworthy Named Clothing Reeta dress… anyone else got ‘lady in red’ playing in their head?

Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons has done a great post of making you own bias binding!

Jen who blogs at Ginerella has made a V1537 as part of the McCalls Cocktail Hour blogger tour.

Katja has made a lovely floral Vintage Shirt Dress from Sew Over It – perfect for this lovely weather we’ve been having!

Heather Lou from Closet Case Patterns has done a roundup of all the Kalle Shirt dresses – if you’re thinking about making this pattern then is post is a must read!

Jennifer Lauren Vintage posts the next instalment of the Juniper cardigan sew-along!

Megan Neilsen posts a tutorial on a full length knit dress based on the Rowan pattern.

Lauren from Lladybird is talking all things pin tucks and gathers for the By Hand London Kim dress.



NEW: It’s us!  The Sew Down – June

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

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: June Sewing Plans

NEW: Lisa of Sew Over It: New PDF Pattern: Meet the Penny Dress!

NEW: Sewn: My Sewing: April, May and June!

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: BEHIND THE SEAMS | Butterick B6453 + My Easy Full Bust Adjustment!

English Girl at Home#fmbham Sewing Meet-Up

NEW: Stitch My Style: Sleeve Experimentation! Drafting A Basic And Fluted Sleeve

NEW: Elisalex’s Studio#haulternative – remaking the first skirt I ever made, 13 years later!

A Stitching Odyssey: Inside the Pattern – Simplicity 1590 | #VintagePledge

Gingerella: #KBPatternSwap REVEAL: my first shirtdress!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Fabric Haul & Sewing Plans for June 2017

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



NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON GROWING YOUR BUSINESS / EP 121


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

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 123:: MY side – Stephanie Kendron chats with her IRL friends


Craft-IshEpisode 40: Red Heart Spokesperson, Marly Bird



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.

Fabrics Galore have just got in a gorgeous range of Orla Kiely fabrics in stock this week – we are in LOVE!

These beautiful pin cushions are handmade in the UK from Beyond Measure - perfect for your handmade makes!

Dragonfly Fabrics have got some fantastic summer fabrics in stock this week – if you’re looking for lawns then this is the place to head!

Loving all the Rifle Paper Co fabric at Celtic Fusion Fabrics they are beautiful!

The new barkcloth collection available at the Cotton Reel Studio is all kinds of gorgeous! (Above)

Flamingo fabric alert from Fabric Punk, in a gorgeous cotton poplin.

The Crafty Mastermind has the most amazing watermelon fabric – essential for this gorgeous weather!!

Girl Charlee have sausage dog jersey - yes you just read that correctly!!

Hands up who likes stroking fabric?! Fabric Godmother is having an open day bring a pal and have a lovely day out near the seaside!

Fabric crush of the week comes from Elephant in my Handbag  – if you love a cloud fabric then this is for you!

Higgs and Higgs have a mega range of unicorn prints in lots of colours and blenders.

The Drapers Daughter has got some gorgeous new Japanese cotton in stock this week.

Sew Hayley Jane only has has few more days to grab one of her subscription boxes (above) – go bag one now!

If you’re hunting for some banana fabric check out The Village Haberdashery – someone’s got to make pjs in this fabric!

The true blue collection at Fabric HQ are wonderful blenders.

Let’s all scream for ice cream!! This mega print is from Cloth & Candy.

Fabric fox have got 10% of fabric bundles at the moment – there are some really beautiful options in there.

Sew Over It have just released their latest pattern the Penny dress. Have you joined yet?

Abakhan have got a 20% off event happeing this week!

Wow loads of new lovely things have arrived this week at Minerva Crafts.


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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