The Sew Reporter – 22nd April

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This week on the blog it’s the Sew Down our monthly roundup of stuff we’ve seen and sewn in the world of sewing! 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.


Karen has whizzed up a scuba One-Hour Skirt from The Maker’s Atelier book.

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey has shared this on-trend Vogue 9075 jumpsuit.

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has made the trousers from the Named Ailakki Jumpsuit.

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made a dress using Simplicity 8292.

Lauren aka Lladybird has sewn up a pair of red True Bias Lander Pants.

Allie of eponymous blog Allie Jackson has whipped up a stylish spring outfit with this Grainline Linden and Closet Case Files Ginger shorts hack combo.

Nikki from The Stitch Sisters made the Tilly and the Buttons’ Mila Dungarees.

Pauline has made a stylish Vogue 9227 dress.

Monika made the By Hand London Orsola Dress.

Allison has made a fab Landgate jacket by Merchant and Mills.


NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Introducing SMYLY Patterns and New Magazine

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Fabric Haul! Trying new and indie shops

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Making Stretch in a month – Tilly and the Buttons Frankie Baseball Shirt with Girl Charlee UK

NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down | April

NEW: Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Sewing Goodies!

Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: March 2018

Sew Over It: New Fabrics in the Shop!

It’s us! Changing Body Shapes with Karen

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Sewalong: Freya Dress

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

Elisalex’s StudioDIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


The Great British Sewing Bee is coming back to our screens in 2018!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. We’ve got a full run down for all the Great British Sewing Bee episodes, sewing pattern suggestions, sewing bee contestants, GBSB book reviews and much more from previous series!


NEW: While She Naps: #119: Leslie Tucker Jenison

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 37: UP YOUR SEWING GAME

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 7: Capturing Creativity with Rachel Pinheiro and Rachel Sherlock 

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON CREATING A FABRIC LINE: EPISODE 142

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 39: CATHERINE PRICE

NEW: Crafty Planner: EPISODE 136: FREDDY MORAN

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

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 Draper’s Daughter has a gorgeous selection of new Lady McElroy cotton lawns, featuring the most divinely elegant prints (see above).

Fabrics Galore has a fantastic selection of strapping in a range of colours and stripes, perfect for making rucksacks or other sturdy bags!

A fabulous nautical viscose from Cotton Reel Studio – perfect for statement trousers, classic pyjamas or a swishy pleated skirt!

Kwik Sew have such cute patterns for babies and children, perfect for using up any remnants you might have in your stash.

This bow-print navy stretch cotton from Higgs and Higgs would make an adorable pair of capri pants!

Check out the new ‘No place like home’ cotton range from Leah Duncan at The Crafty Mastermind – the quirky nature-inspired prints have a lovely fresh quality with a soft and warm colour palette.

Cloth Spot has a beautiful range of knit fabrics, including these bang-on-trend ribbed jerseys pictured above.

If you like fabrics with interesting textures then take a look at this very sweet dandelion clock double layer cotton from Til the Sun Goes Down – it has a crinkly hand akin to cheesecloth but with more weight.

This printed ponte from Remnant Kings is joyfully vibrant with its mix of floral and patterned elements in vivid shades of coral, red, pink yellow and green.

Straight from an Italian designer, this jacquard suiting in crisp shades of green from Fabric Godmother would make an absolutely stunning, 60s’-inspired workwear set.

Dragonfly Fabrics has a carefully curated selection of chambrays, in different shades, prints and weights!

Sew Me Sunshine has a summer-ready selection of linens – including these adorable dotty viscose blends!

Give your sewing space a lift with some handy accessories or organising tools from Beyond Measure! 

This organic flannel from Celtic Fusion Fabrics features the cutest elephant print and would make something so sweet, soft and snuggly for a little one!

Stand out in the gym with activewear made from this ever-so-eye-catching green cheetah print spandex from Girl Charlee!

Bring nature into your home (without all the fuss of watering) with these stunning botanical prints from Backstitch! 

This jersey from Minerva Crafts is perfect for summer tops with its alternating opaque and sheer stripes, in a delicately pretty shade of pale blue… Bonus – it’s on sale!

The Village Haberdashery has a great function whereby you can view fabrics by print theme – e.g. check out all the prints featuring animals!

Dreaming of Parisian chic? Go one better with this utterly charming cotton from Cloth Candy and make yourself something featuring these chic little Parisiennes!

Feel the breeze on your skin with this sweet pink broderie anglaise from Sew Over It, guaranteed to keep you cool and chic in the heat!


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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