The Sew Reporter – 11th February

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This week on the blog we’ve rounded up all the sewing community challenges that are taking place this year! We’ve also started a new sewing Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects.

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.

Karen of Did You Make That? has made the boxy top from The Maker’s Atelier Magazine.

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made the Yoga Leggings from Fehr Trade’s new Sew Your Own Activewear book.

Amy of Amy Nicole Studio made a Republique du Chiffon Gerard Coat.


Dixie DIY made a Closet Case Files Charlie Caftan.

Charlotte aka English Girl At Home made a Megan Nielsen Karri skirt. 

Anna has made an I Am Patterns Mimosa Jacket.

Simona has made a Named Clothing Gemma Sweater.

Sarah has made a Closet Case Files Kalle Shirt.

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity: Apron 8232 Sew

It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases: January 2018

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Fabric Haul and February Sewing Plans

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul: February 2018

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Sewing Room Tour

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My Chloe coat and review of the Sew Over It Intro to Sewing Coats Online Class

Rosa from Sewn: Top Tips and Recent Makes: Sewing with Stretch Velvet

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Sewing Makes You Love Yourself

English Girl At Home: The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

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

NEW: While She Naps: #114: Melanie Ham

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 27: FABRIC 101

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 31: GDPR  Basics with Zoe Findon

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #17: Let’s Hear From You

Crafty Planner: EPISODE 131: KATHRYN CLARK

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

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

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

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

Fabrics Galore have Liberty print galore(!), including plenty of famous tana lawn, with its outstanding quality and distinctive prints (see above).

This soft check cotton from Cotton Reel Studio would be perfect for either a pinafore, or a pair of classic PJs!

Know any aspiring little ballerinas? Then you’ll want to check out this adorable ‘Isadora’ set of cotton prints from Higgs & Higgs.

If you like your jerseys floral, richly coloured and maybe with a touch of the seventies’ about them, then you’re going to LOVE this jersey from The Crafty Mastermind!

The Draper’s Daughter has the full selection of the incredibly popular Atelier Brunette twinkle French terries – so perfect for sweatshirts, sweater dresses and just generally snuggling up and in to!

Jumbo cord isn’t always the easiest to find but Til the Sun Goes Down has this particularly fantastic claret shade in stock!

Have you any special events coming up which might just require a new frock? If so, visit Remnant Kings’ bridal section - far from being all white it’s a riot of jewel shades and fabulous fabrics.

This absolutely stunner of a crepe from The Fabric Godmother has four-way stretch, making it ideal for a fitted yet forgiving dress – with a design to show off the print!

This rib knit from Cloth Spot (above) has such rich gorgeous colours and would make a really classic turtleneck or knit dress.

This ‘Marrakesh’ paisley spandex from Dragonfly Fabrics is just calling out to be made into a wrap dress!

Beyond Measure has these dreamy new Cohana pattern weights in stock – shaped like gorgeous buttons in a range of shades you’ll be more than happy to leave them lying around your cutting table all day!

Barkcloth is a gorgeous fabric to work with and wear, and this classy tropical print from Celtic Fusion Fabrics would make a dream of a summer dress!

Have you come across fantastic fabric and haberdashery shop Backstitch yet? They’ve got a gorgeous selection online (and a bricks and mortar shop near Cambridge), with patterns and yarn to boot! (pictured above)

There are some fab new leggings and sportswear patterns out at the moment and Girl Charlee has all the jersey you could wish for, whether you’re sewing for sport or sofa!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream (fabric)! A cute print from Minerva Crafts, perfect for children’s clothes.

Sometimes all you want to make is just a simple yet pretty tee. If that’s you, then this coral-coloured heathered jersey from The Fabric Fox could be up your street. Or perhaps its equally spring-ready aqua colourway?

Some animals come and go (unicorns, we’re looking at you) but zebras are always in fashion. As such, this zebra print cotton from the Village Haberdashery is waiting to be made into your next shirt, or skirt, or dress, or cushion… After all, stripes are always in fashion!

Sew Me Sunshine have these simply gorgeous scubas in stock (pictured above), in what is a really gorgeous selection of stretch fabrics.

Sew Hayley Jane’s boxes always include some fat quarters and for those of you non-quilters, these are the perfect opportunity to make useful lifestyle accessories… Hayley’s blog includes tutorials for this sort of quick and satisfying project, such as this pyramid doorstop.

We’re sure you don’t need us to tell you all the amazing things you could make with a geometric patterned denim like this one from Cloth Candy… Simple, cute, classy, versatile!

Seahorses, food, bottles of beer, butterflies, pineapples, risotto – oh, and polka dots – could this Abakhan sateen be the craziest print ever?! It’s completely batty and we love it!

There’s something a little Kate Middleton about this sweet sky-blue crepe from Sew Over It; in any case it would make a gorgeous blouse or tea dress!

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

Come and join our new sewing Facebook group where we are chatting about sewing plans, new patterns and helping each other out with projects.

With discount code FOLD18 get £2 off advance adult tickets and £1 off advance concessions at the Spring Knitting and Stitching show in London (1st–4th March 2018).


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