The Sew Reporter – 7th January 2018

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Welcome to the first Sew Reporter of 2018! This week on the blog we’re sharing inspiring New Year’s resolutions from some of your favourite sewing stars. Then below there are 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.

Emily of Self Assembly Required made a slightly hacked Colette Moneta.

Fiona of Diary of A Chainstitcher made a jumpsuit combining the Sew Over It Rosie dress bodice and the Named Ailakki jumpsuit trousers.

Tasha of By Gum By Golly made a vintage swing jacket using Simplicity 3451.

Karen of Did You Make That? made a bomber jacket using V9275.

Lauren of Lladybird made a festive V8998.

Katie of What Katie Sews made a Named Sloane sweatshirt.

Marcy of Oonaballoona made a Vogue 9253 kimono.

Allie of Allie Jackson: Sewing & Style made a Vogue 9291 party dress.

Kelli of True Bias made a New Look 6493 silk jumpsuit.

Kristie has made a Southbank Sweater dress by Nina Lee.

Ruth made a Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt.

Shauni made a McCalls 7429 Twist-front Dress.

NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down / December

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: The #SMYLY2018 Challenge and My Own Sewing Story

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Starting a New (Sort Of) Business!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: 2018 Make Nine Sewing Plans!

NEW: Sew Over It: 2017 Round-up and What’s in Store for 2018

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: DIY Slip Dress: Beginner Sew-along Tutorial – New Look 6499

NEW: English Girl At Home: Favourite 2017 Sewing Patterns

NEW: Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Sewing Christmas Presents

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

Downloadable sewing planner from Sew DIY (via Love to Sew)



NEW: While She Naps: #112: Carol Soderlund

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2018 / EP. 138

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 149: Love to Sew Podcast with Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #15 – Friends Talk Sewing – and so should you!


Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

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

These Alexander Henry ‘Home Sewing is Easy’ prints from Fabrics Galore are bound to raise a smile in your sewing room! (pictured above)

If you’re into the ‘midnight tropics’ trend then you’ll love this high contrast tropical rayon from Cotton Reel Studio!

This cable knit jersey from Higgs & Higgs has got a great texture and would make fantastic jumpers with no knitting needed!

This graphic rose print cotton from The Crafty Mastermind would make a really stunning shirt.

The seventies are still on trend; this ‘Casablanca’ viscose from Til the Sun Goes Down would make an amazing jumpsuit!

Give a handmade coat some extra va-va-voom with this jacquard lining fabric from Remnant Kings.

The Draper’s Daughter not only stocks organic fabrics, but organic cotton thread too! (pictured above)

This sandwashed cupro from Fabric Godmother would make THE most elegant pair of drapey trousers (and be eminently stroke-able too).

Dragonfly Fabrics have a range of scissors in their January sale – perfect if someone accidentally used yours to cut all their wrapping paper…!

If you plan to squeeze in more sewing this year than ever before, you’ll need the tools to up your efficiency – such as these thread clippers from Beyond Measure!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics big sale selection includes this elegant black and white nature print cotton, perfect for quilting, soft furnishings, or a striking dress or skirt.

With the worst of winter possibly still ahead of us, stay warm and cosy with Abakhan’s range of wool fabrics! (pictured above)

If Christmas indulgences have left you wanting to wear nothing but snuggly stretch for the next couple of weeks, then head over to Girl Charlee to browse their amazing range of jerseys, sweatshirting, ribbing and more!

New year, new home? Check out Elephant in my Handbag’s range of home decor fabrics!

Minerva Crafts has an amazing selection of animal print fabrics – from giraffe to snakeskin and everything in-between!

The Fabric Fox has a really gorgeous range of organic cottons with lovely prints!

Plan your 2018 sewing with this Maker’s Workbook from Sew Me Sunshine! (pictured above)

If this is the year you plan to make a winter coat, check out
this fabulous orange and grey check wool from the Village Haberdashery!

Sew Hayley Jane’s blog provides regular inspiration for how to use her brilliant sewing subscription boxes!

Who knew cacti could be so cute as the colourful little guys featured on this cotton from Cloth Candy?!

Ultra violet is THE colour of 2018 according to Pantone, so embrace the trend with this wisteria bengaline from Cloth Spot.

Sew Over It are having a sale with up to 50% off some fabrics, including some lovely spring-like cotton lawns!

Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.