The Sew Reporter – 16th July

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This week we have got the next instalment of our blog series.. the sew down! 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!

Janene from Ooobop makes a fabulous self-drafted wax print dress.

Elisalex at By Hand London makes a Vogue 1537 dress for the McCall’s Eve Appeal Cocktail Hour.

Karen from Did You Make That? shares her favourite kaftan and kimono patterns.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home resurrects her Simple Sew Grace dress from a traumatic washing machine incident!

Athina from Craftaholic makes a lovely Sheath dress by The Avid Seamstress.

Alex from Sewrendipity makes a stunning Vogue 9186 dress.

Heather at Closet Case Patterns continues with the Charlie caftan sew-along.

Jen from Grainline Studio shares her tips for organising your PDF files for sewing and knitting.

Marcy from Oonaballoona makes a wonderful Vogue 9106 dress.

NEW: It’s us!  The Sew Down – July

NEW: Sew Over It: New PDF pattern: Meet the Juliette Blouse!

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: July Sewing Plans 2017

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Fabric Haul and Sewing Plans for July 2017

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: My Pattern Stash + How I organise my sewing patterns!

English Girl at HomeSeoul Sightseeing and Fabric Shopping

NEW: Stitch My Style: How to make a puffball skirt – the popcorn dress!

NEW: Athina from Craftaholic: My July fabric haul and sewing plans

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!

NEW: Jennifer Lauren Handmade: Felt Stitch Tutorial – The Hand Stitcher’s Guide

NEW: Maker Style: Blogger blueprint: Making a website you Love // EP40

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: On completing the 100 day project / EP 125

NEW: Crafty Planner: Ashley Nickels #117

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

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

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 has added lots of tropical florals to her online shop this week.

The Crafty Mastermind now stocks Nanoo sewing patterns (above)

Don’t forget Cotton Reel Studio is having a pop up shop on 22nd July in Stockton-on-Tees.

Fabric Punk has some new arrivals from Dashwood Studio this week.

Check out the new Magical Valley fabric collection from Higgs and Higgs.

Remnant Kings have extended their sale and you can get 20% off online and in store!

The Draper’s Daughter has Brush Paint fabrics back in stock, go check them out.

Girl Charlee is sending out free gifts with orders in July! (above)

Peter Rabbit fabrics have hopped online at Elephant in My Handbag.

Lush Atelier Brunette dressmaking fabrics have landed at Minerva Crafts.

Cotton lawn fabrics of your dreams new in stock at Dragonfly Fabrics (above).

Perfectly co-ordinating mini cloth stacks at Celtic Fusion Fabrics, lots of crafting and quilting options!

Exclusive leather scissor cases new in stock at Beyond Measure this week.

New Michael Miller Bakeshop collection are new online at Fabric Fox this week, the macaroons are a MUST!

Get this beautifully curated blooms bundle from Cloth and Candy, perfect for summer crafting!

Lovely lace fabrics at Cloth Spot for your summer dressmaking projects

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

The Village Haberdashery has all your denim needs, check out all these (above)!

Striking new Koi Garden fabric collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller at Fabric HQ, new in the week.

Did you know Til The Sun Goes Down have their own vintage inspired pattern collection? (above)

Sew Over It have released the new Juliette blouse perfect workwear addition to your wardrobe.

New sewing and craft classes have been announced at Abakhan, go learn something new!

Lots of new Cacti print fabrics in stock at Fabrics Galore.


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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