The Sew Reporter – 8th April

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This week on the blog we’re talking about the new sewing pattern releases for March and it’s been a bumper month! Come join our 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, details of exciting Easter sales and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.


Helen of Helen’s Closet has made a Hey June Cheyenne Shirt. 

Jane of Handmade Jane is rocking her loungewear and has reviewed the new sewing book Sewing with Knitted Fabrics.

Elena from Randomly Happy is rocking the new Gathered Dress from The Avid Seamstress.

Sonja has made the Republique du Chiffon Gerard Coat.

Hurrah Janene from Ooobop is leading us into spring in her beautiful French Gypsy Dress.

Sarah made a Cashmerette Appleton Dress.

Charlotte from English Girl at home has whipped up a Freya top from Tilly and the Buttons new book.

Annabelle made the Sway Dress by Papercut Patterns.

Jen from Gingerthread Girl has us harping back to the By Hand London Anna dress.. what a cracking pattern!

Zoe has posted about signing up for Me Made May.. it’s just around the corner! Go check out her post for the full scoop.


NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Making Stretch in a month – Tilly and the Buttons’ Bibi!

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: March 2018

NEW: Sew Over It: Introducing Selfless Sewing Month!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity 8447 1940s

NEW: It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases || March

Alex of Sew Happy: Designing my own fabric!

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Sewalong: Freya Dress

Athina of Craftaholic: My first e-book: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Vlog 14: Nina Lee Kew Dress Hack Tutorial

English Girl At Home: The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Karen from Did you make that?Happy Holidays 2017

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

Elisalex’s StudioDIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: While She Naps: #118: Lesley Ware

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 35: SUSTAINABILITY AND SEWING

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 5: Sewing on a Budget

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON MAKING ART AND TAKING UP SPACE: EPISODE 140

NEW: Crafty Planner: EPISODE 135: ELLEN BAKER OF THE LONG THREAD

Blogtacular: EPISODE 37: LAUREN MCMAHON

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #19: Fast Fashion Fasting

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

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



The bright pipings and sparkly bindings on offer at Cloth and Candy are the perfect way to jazz up any garment!

Looking for something out of this world? Then check out this stellar galaxy print cotton from Sew Me Sunshine!

This vibrant red and grey sweater knit from Backstitch would make a really striking sweatshirt!

If you’re drawn to the warm colours of seventies’ fashion then you’ll love this amazing chevron print poplin from Cotton Reel Studio, complete with sparkling metallic gold.

This sparkly fleece-back jersey from Higgs & Higgs features a few of our favourite things – Glitter! Pineapples! Snuggliness! And in this soft denim colourway it’s surprisingly wearable.

Spring has sprung in the drapey fabrics section at Fabrics Galore, where you’ll find these seasonal prints and many more!

The Crafty Mastermind has a small but perfectly curated selection of knits, especially good for those who like sophisticated prints.

What could be lovelier than sewing with a piece of treasured vintage fabric? Perfect for either sewing with vintage patterns or combining with a contemporary design, Til the Sun Goes Down has a selection to inspire you!

If you like your prints quirky, well they don’t come much quirkier than this bowler-hatted bow-tie-wearing panda cotton from Remnant Kings!

Dreaming of a tropical escape? This feather palm lawn from The Draper’s Daughter is perfect for a kaftan, sarong, flowing maxi dress – or even a gorgeous shirt.

The addition of cotton to these richly coloured linen blends from Fabric Godmother means they retain their luscious linen feel but crumple less – brilliant!

This stretch boucle from Dragonfly Fabrics would be fabulous for a fitted pencil skirt – the boucle makes it smart but the stretch gives it a little bit more comfort!

If you’re in the market for some cutting shears then you can’t do better than these Ernest Wright & Son scissors from Beyond Measure, in an exclusive teal shade.

New in at Celtic Fusion Fabrics is a range of super snuggly minky fabric with a textured, slightly shaggy surface. Would make the perfect lining or underside for a baby blanket, or in other products for little ones.

This large-scale greysale floral jersey from Girl Charlee would make a stunning wrap or maxi dress!

If you feel like warm weather is still some way off then make yourself a transitional coat or jacket using fabrics from Minerva Crafts’ vast selection of coatings!

If you’ve been thinking about sustainability and sewing then you’ll be pleased to see the selection of organic fabrics on offer at the Village Haberdashery!

Do you ever feel like you’re lacking some sewjo? Then having someone else handpick and curate a selection of sewing goodies for you could be just the thing to kickstart it back into action - enter Sew Hayley Jane!

This linen viscose blend from Cloth Spot has a wonderfully unusual print – not quite a floral, a combination of geometric and illustrative, it seems both inspired by both Art Deco and Asian textiles – at any rate, it’s an absolute beauty!

This Sew Over It cotton is a classic, almost Cath Kidston-esque, floral that would make the most charming pair of summer pyjamas!


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

Hosted by Rebecca (Red W Sews) and Sally (The Yorkshire Sewist) Sew Up North is a sewcial event where you can meet like minded sewists in Leeds city centre for chatting, shopping and a fabulous charity raffle of sewing goodies in support of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. 29th September, follow the Facebook page for updates.

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



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