The Sew Reporter – 29th April

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This week the blog is all about spring cleaning your wardrobe! 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.

As always 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 has made an absolute stunner of a wedding outfit!

Jen, aka The Gingerthread Girl has made a Closet Case Files Kalle shirt dress using fabric she designed herself!

Fiona of the Diary of a Chainstitcher has made a stylish Berlin Skirt from Orageuse patterns.

Jen isn’t the only one who’s been designing her own fabric… Gabby of Gabberdashery’s at it too! She’s made a By Hand London Kim Dress with hers.

Congratulations to Martina of La Dulsatina who is showing off her baby bump with the Deer and Doe Givre maternity dress!

Jade has made the Sew Over It 1940s tea dress look bang up-to-date with her lovely yellow version.

Nikki has made a lovely Nina Lee Bloomsbury Blouse.

Linda has made a pretty version of the free Mandy Boat Tee from Tessuti Fabrics.

Hannah has made a cosy Grainline Studio Driftless Cardigan.

Kelly-Lou has sewn a super swishy Vogue 9265!

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Vlog 15: My latest sewing updates and back to work

NEW: Sew Over It: My Top Five Spring Sewing Patterns

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

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

Athina of Craftaholic: Introducing SMYLY Patterns and New Magazine

It’s us! The Sew Down | April

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Alex of Sew Happy: Sewing Goodies!

Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: March 2018

It’s us! Changing Body Shapes with Karen

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Sewalong: Freya Dress

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: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 8: Finding Your Colours with Vicki Wright and Giorgia Migliaresi



While She Naps: #119: Leslie Tucker Jenison

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


Til the Sun Goes Down has the prettiest range of prints, mostly designs you just won’t find anywhere else!

Fabrics Galore is a must-go destination for Liberty print lovers – they have a fantastic selection of designs old and new!

Don’t worry, bee happy with this pretty bee print poplin from Cotton Reel Studio!

Have you seen the new McCall’s issue of Spring patterns? There are some stunning off the shoulder designs which are really on trend this season.

Higgs & Higgs is a go-to place for trims – their range is absolutely amazing!

The super-stylish abstract print on this rayon from The Crafty Mastermind makes it highly versatile – perfect for relaxed summer trousers, a flowing dress, a soft blouse…

You can now order in half metre increments at Dragonfly Fabrics - which of these new-in beauties would you like to get your hands on?!

Unicorns are still everywhere, and you’ll be reminded just why with this super-cute print from Remnant Kings!

Take art teacher chic to a new level with this stunning brush stroke print cotton from The Draper’s Daughter.

Did you know that the wonderful selection chosen by The Fabric Godmother also includes a range of interior fabrics? There are some gorgeous cotton and linen blends in the mix.

Beautiful and ethical, these beech crochet hooks from Beyond Measure are the perfect gift for any crochet fanatic!

This adorable print from Celtic Fusion Fabrics is dotted with sweet and inspiring slogans – perfect for a little one’s room!

Make yourself something fabulously fun with this pineapple print cotton jersey from Girl Charlee!

Do you love the look of exposed zips? Minerva Crafts has lace versions for a more delicate look, in a wide range of colours – what’s more, you can buy them in lengths from a roll!

Use this faux black leather piping from Cloth and Candy to add an edgy accent to any garment!

If you’re a knits-lover looking to inject some seasonal colour into your wardrobe look no further than the selection at the Village Haberdashery, which includes these brights above and many others!

Cloth Spot has a virtual remnants box – and with quantities up to 2 metres included at great prices it’s well worth checking out!

If you’ve always wanted to sew a proper button-up shirt but didn’t know where to start then Sew Over It have got you covered with their new Intro to Sewing Shirts online class and the fabulous selection of fabrics to go with it!

Sew Me Sunshine is now stocking a selection of swimwear and activewear fabrics!

Backstitch has a great selection of hardware for making bags - those little things that can be tricky to source for newbies, such as cord ends, magnetic clips and swivel clips!


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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