The Sew Reporter – 30th July

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This we interviewed the lovely Elisalex who is head designer at By Hand London about her career in 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.

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By Hand London share a DIY tutorial for an off the shoulder ruffle maxi dress with tiered gathered skirt – Charlotte looks fab!

We were featured on Tilly and the Buttons’s blog this week, sharing a tour of Kate’s sewing space!

Amazing hack by Pauline of the Papercut Patterns Bowline sweater!

Karen from Did You Make That? shares some tips for making the True Bias Ogden Cami.

Elena from Randomly happy shares her summer Capsule Wardrobe tour.

Charlotte from English Girl at Home makes some Grainline Studio Lakeside pyjamas.

Laura from The Petit Passions makes a Sew Over It Eve dress.

Heather from Closet Case Patterns makes a pair of Megan Nielsen Flint pants.


Rochelle from Lucky Lucille makes some lovely Octopus curtains!



It’s us!  Sew the Trends Summer

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul July 2017

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

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

NEW: The Crafty Pin Up: My DIY pegboard, styling, tools and organisation!

Athina from Craftaholic: My July fabric haul and sewing plans

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

NEW: Elisalex’s StudioDIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

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

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

English Girl at HomeSeoul Sightseeing and Fabric Shopping

NEW: Stitch My Style: I made a unicorn

Gingerella: #KBPatternSwap REVEAL: my first shirtdress!


NEW: Elise gets Crafty: On continuing to dream / EP 127

NEW: Crafty Planner: Amy Butler #119

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

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 125:: Victoria Findlay Wolfe

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.

Rachel whipped up the new Sew Over it Penny dress using this gorgeous rayon from Cotton Reel Studio! (above)

Jungle is massive! This cotton lawn from Fabric Godmother is all kinds of good.

The last chance section of The Crafty Mastermind is stuffed full of treasures.

Grab yourself a bargain in the Fabric Punk sale department. It’s a den of temptation!

This amazing Kokka from The Drapers Daughter is a rayon and linen blend so perfect for a dressmaking project with some drape!

This fabric has us dreaming of summer holidays it's one of the new arrivals this week at Higgs and Higgs

We love a bold print for summer and this floral bad boy from Remnant Kings has out hearts a flutter!

Girl Charlee have just added Sew to Grow sewing patterns to their shop – and well worth checking out!

If you’re looking for a new project of perhaps a gift for a friend then head over to Elephant in my Handbag as they have a really great range for all levels of sewing.

Loads of lovely new fabric arrivals this week  at Minerva Crafts!.

If you’re after a bit of drape in your life then head over to Dragonfly Fabrics for some lovely stuff.

Super cute racoon print new in stock at Celtic Fusion Fabrics!

Quite possible the most whimsical pin cushion and spool holder made by Elenor Bostromfrom at Beyond Measure. (above)

These Japanese fabrics from The fabric Fox are designed by Echino and they are totally beautiful. If you like a bold print this is for you!

Loving the new Dashwood fabrics at Cloth and Candy this one reminds us of a rainy August!

This beautiful georgette (above) from Clothspot has a dressmaking project stamped all over it.

Looking for a bit of sewing inspiration? check out Sew Hayley Jane's latest blog post.

The Village Haberdashery have amazing neon zips in stock, perfect for pimping your next project!


Fabric HQ have just launched new dates for for their dressmaking club. perfect for topping up your skills and meet other makers too!

Til The Sun Goes Down have a fantastic curated collection of vintage sewing patterns. (Above)

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.

Get £1.50 off advanced adult tickets to go to The Great British Sewing Bee Live show in September with code DFL.




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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