The Sew Reporter – 13th August

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This week Rachel’s over on the vlog reviewing the latest sewing book from Mollie Makes! 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.

Nominations are now open for the British Sewing Awards! If you enjoy reading our blog or following us on Instagram, we would be so grateful if you would nominate us. Thank you!

Any procrastinating small business owners or freelancers this was a really useful read from Tilly and the Buttons about achieving your goals!

Katie from What Katie Sews has made these mage Burda 7017 trousers from culpro silk.

Having seen this in the flesh last weekend we can confirm that Elena from Randomly Happy’s Joni jumpsuit is the bees knees!

Goody bag swoon! Check out Charlotte from English Girl at Home’s post about the Sewing Weekender Goody Bags!

We’re loving this Tilly and the Buttons coco hack from Sew You Think U Can – that arm detail is amazing!

We’re loving Janene’s self drafted skulls and roses dress… she’s nailed the fit!

Jane from Handmade Jane was whipped up her second version of the Simplicity 2176 in a lovely summer floral.

Loving this rope bag tutorial from Closet Case Patterns… it’s so god darn cute!

Lauren from Lladybird has made a super cute pair of Closet Case patterns Carolyn pyjamas.

Jen from Grainline Studio shares her Getty jumper with us all.

We’re loving this Simplicity top and self drafted skirt from Tabitha Sewer, in the most fun print for summer!

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Elisalex’s StudioDIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

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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.

Sew Hayley Jane has done a round up of the amazing makes, made using fabric from her boxes – we love a bit of sewing inspiration!

Swooning hard over this  super bright print from the Fabric Fox and it's 150cm wide too - yipee!

Loving these modern festive fabrics (above) from Cloth and Candy, they’ve got Christmas wrapped up!

If you’re looking for a stripe shirting then then head over to Clothspot. Seriously good!

The Village Haberdashery have a HUGE range of the swoonworthy Rifle Paper Co. fabrics – if you haven’t seen it all then so have a look. All the heart eyes!

Remnant kings are now stocking Orla Kiely fabric online. OH YES!

The Drapers Daughter have added more great bits to their sale department this week (above.) Go check it out!

Girl Charlee have the most fantastical pineapple fabric in stock this week!

If you’re looking for a gift for a crafty pal Elephant in my Handbag have a fantastic range of kits for all levels of makers.

Lots of new arrivals online this week at Minerva Crafts! Including the new McCalls range..

Cotton lace is really hard to find but SO lovely to sew with! Dragonfly Fabrics have just got a beautiful black floral lace in and we are in love

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have the most fantastic new arrivals online this week – it is a den of temptation!

Measuring has never been so fun!! Beyond Measure have a 300cm tape measure showing over 50 different animals lengths, who doesn’t need this!? (above)

Win a trip for two to Tallinn, Estonia with Abakhan to celebrate 25 years in Estonia! Enter here!

For those of you yet to discover the drapey goodness of viscose linen head over to Sew over it where they have a great selection. If you’ve not used it before, think linen with more drape, softer than usual, without as much creasing. What’s not to love!?!

Fabric HQ have just got the new Tilda Bumblebee in stock this week, perfect for quilting blenders or even summer dresses!

Till The Sun Goes Down have a fantastic beach romper pattern (above) perfect for piping your holiday wardrobe! (above)

We love an unusual fabric and Fabrics Galore have taken delivery of this amazing cork fabric. What would you make with it?

If you like unicorns then Higgs and Higgs have got you covered. They have a whole section of them on their site!

Hands up who want’s banana fabric.. yes us too! The Crafty Mastermind has us covered!

This leafy viscose from Cotton Reel Studio is BANG on trend for autumn. (above)

The new Colette Penny dress has arrived online at Fabric Godmother, if you want to get your hands on a paper version!

There are some great fabrics in the Fabric Punk sale department.Loads of goodies to pick from this week!


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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