The Sew Reporter – 23rd July

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This week we are chatting about sewing trends for summer! 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.

Ana from CocoWawa Crafts has just started a new social hashtag on Instagram #sewinghourtalk so that we can all get together and chat every Wednesday evening. Each week will have a theme and next week will be “The war of the toiles. Are you in favor or against?”!

Elisalex at By Hand London shares a tutorial to make this glorious ultimate DIY beach cover-up kaftan!

Karen from Did You Make That? makes another great Closet Case Patterns Charlie Kaftan!

We absolutely LOVE this outfit combo of Megan Nielsen Flint pants and Workroom Social Tate top made by Yasmeen.

Katie from What Katie Sews makes a perfect summer tropical New Look 6493 jumpsuit.

Samantha from Sew The Seaside makes a stunning Shift dress from The Avid Seamstress.

Jen from Grainline Studio shares 5 essential Serger tips for a healthy happy machine!

Rochelle from Lucky Lucille shares her Summer of Basics Make-Along.

Mary shares clever maternity hacks for the Casmerette Concord Swing top and Concord maternity tee.

NEW: It’s us!  Sew the Trends Summer

NEW: Sew Over It: Jasmine’s first visit to Sew Over It

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

Megan from Pigeon Wishes: May Haul and sewing patterns

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: July Sewing Plans 2017

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdastery: Gabby and Megan do The Big Stitch Epicycle for the British Heart Foundation

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: Top 5 summer dress sewing patterns

English Girl at HomeSeoul Sightseeing and Fabric Shopping

NEW: Stitch My Style: Applique upcycle: The Big Stitch

Gingerella: #KBPatternSwap REVEAL: my first shirtdress!

Athina from Craftaholic: My July fabric haul and sewing plans

NEW: Sewn: Fabric and pattern giveaway sponsored by Fabrics Galore and Tilly and the Buttons

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

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

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


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

NEW: Crafty Planner: Rachel Clark #118

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 #101: Sue Bleiweiss

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.

Amazing jersey ex-designer Parrot print from Fabric Godmother! (above)

The Lost Atlantis fabric collection designed by Tokyo Milk and made by Freespirit is magical  – available at The Crafty Mastermind!

The new is having a pop up shop on 22nd July Atelier Brunette fabric collection at Cotton Reel Studio is stunning and perfect for dressmaking projects.

Yes you heard it hear first! The first of the Christmas fabrics have arrived at Fabric Punk!!!

Special fabric bundle giveaway at Higgs and Higgs this week on their Facebook page.

Lots of beautiful summery floral viscose fabrics new in stock this week at Remnant Kings.

Stunning new Ikat fabrics new in stock this week at The Draper’s Daughter.

Easy tutorial from Girl Charlee UK this week on how to create a beach cover up.

It’s all about chickens this week at Elephant in my Handbag with a range of craft prints called Garden Roost by Elizabeth Grubaugh for Blend Fabrics,

All your needlework supplies can be found at Minerva Crafts, check out all these goodies!.

Head over to Handmade Jane’s blog for a fab fabric giveaway at Dragonfly Fabrics.

Super cute racoon print new in stock at Celtic Fusion Fabrics! (above).

Beautiful beech crochet hooks by Anna & Juan new in stock this week at Beyond Measure.

New extra wide fabrics in these modern prints new in stock at The Fabric Fox, which are ideal for circle skirts and quilting backs!

Lots of beauties have landed at Cloth and Candy perfect for co-ordinating your summer craft projects! (above)

SALE ALERT: Clothspot has a sale on with up to 60% off fabrics.

Take a peak into the July subscription unboxing with this video from Sew Hayley Jane stuffed full of sewing treats!

The Village Haberdashery has new Cashmerette sewing patterns in stock arriving this week!

This Bwindi Forest collection by by Katy Tanis at Fabric HQ has us dreaming of far away lands (above).

Til The Sun Goes Down have a collection of unique vintage fabrics, it’s an Aladdin’s cave!

Book your first sewing class at Sew Over It and receive 10% off your next!

Oh yes! Liberty fabrics from £5 at Abakhan!

Hello double gauze cottons! Check out these beauties 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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