The Sew Reporter – 9th July

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This week we’ve shared our top 15 Fashion and Sewing Museums. 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.


Some of you might have heard that Portia from Makery was organising an event to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell tower fire. She’s started a raffle with some fantastical prizes from the sewing community. Go forth and buy some tickets!

The Vintage Pledge with Marie from A Stitching Odyssey on Instagram starts on Monday, time to dust off those vintage inspired makes!

Katie from ‘what Katie makes’ has sewn up a Dolores skirt as part of the La Maison Victor blog tour!

Karen from Did You Make That? has whipped up another Close Case patterns Charlie caftan in some super soft viscose!

If you want a helping hand with the By Hand London Orsola dress then check out their blog as the sew-along has just started!

We’re crushing hard on Elsie’s Sew Over it Kimono, it’s been extended to make it longer and it looks great!

Elena from Randomly Happy has written a really interesting blog post on the slow fashion movement.


Megan Nielsen shares her pattern tester round up for the new dress, Matilda!

Jen from Grainline Studio shares her ‘summer of basics’ Getty top progress!

NEW: Sew Over It: June 2017: What Have I Been Sewing? | Vlog

It’s us!  New Sewing Pattern releases in June

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

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

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: June Makes 2017 – A Short One!

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Sew & Tell | June 2017

Gabby of Gabberdastery: Sew and Tell June 2017

English Girl at HomeSeoul Sightseeing and Fabric Shopping

Stitch My Style: Tips for working with silk: an electric blue dropped waist cocktail

NEW: Sewn: June Fabric and Pattern Haul and Sewing Plans

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!

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


NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON BUSINESS EXPANSION / EP 124

Crafty Planner: Jane Dunnewold (Podcast #116)

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

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 124:: Andrea Tsang Jackson of 3rd Story Workshop

NEW: While She Naps: Episode #100: Alissa Haight Carlton

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.

Fabric Godmother’s new stripe department has a fabulous selection of stripy goodness – you know us, we love a stripe! (above)

The Crafty Mastermind have got the new Atelier Brunette fabrics in stock and they're out of this world

Cotton Reel Studio has taken delivery of some beautiful Nani Iro Japanese cottons, these are a must have!

Fabric Punk has some great new arrivals this week this feather print fabric has our name on it.

Head over to Higgs and Higgs for these gorgeous bundles. (above).

Remnant Kings have a summer SALE on at the moment there are some great ones including Liberty lawns.

The Draper’s Daughter have some lovely double gauze fabrics perfect for using both sides so you can mix up your make.

Girl Charlee has done a great post on the Named Clothing Delphi dress and it looks fantastical.

With school summer holidays looming Elephant in my Handbag's summer cottons are all kinds of colourful and screaming out for a summer project.

It’s not often you see a product that you feel you can’t live without these bunny eared embroidery hoops from Minerva crafts are a must have. There is also a teddy and cat version too! (above)

Dragonfly Fabrics have a really great range of linen and it's well worth looking at if you're planning you next summer make.

If you’ve got young boys to sew for Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a fantastic section on their site tailored for this.

Quite literally the most beautiful crochet needles I've ever seen from Beyond Measure

These pineapple batiks from The Fabric Fox are all kinds of goooood! (above)

This ice cream fabric from from Cloth and Candy is perfect in the lovely weather.

Swooning over this beautiful quality crepe from Cloth Spot, in a vintage inspired print.

Grab yourself a sewing subscription box from Sew Hayley Jane stuffed full of sewing treats!

If you’re looking for some sewing book inspiration then The Village Haberdashery have a great range

The new daydream collection (above) from Fabric HQ is full of summer nostalgia. Such beautiful colours!

Til The Sun Goes Down have the most fantastic range of unusual drapey fabrics if you’re a vintage fan this website is a must see!

Sew Over It have the most colourful array of new fabrics in this week – you might need your sunglasses!

Lots of summer sewing and craft taster sessions at Abakhan, go check them out and learn a new craft!

A big congrats to Fabrics Galore who turned 25 this week! What an achievement.


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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