The Sew Reporter – 6th May

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This week on the blog we’re doing a round-up of all of April’s new sewing pattern releases! 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.


Katie of What Katie Sews has made this super cool Named Inari midi dress.

Lauren of Lladybird is rocking this Stella hoodie dress from Tilly and the Buttons’ Stretch!

Jen aka Gingerella has made a gorgeous Simple Sew Sienna Dress.

Tilly is sharing her 3 maternity versions of the Joni Dress!

Allie Jackson is sharing her make for the McCalls Royal Wedding Sew-along – a fabulous version of M7684!

Riva of Riva La Diva has made an absolute stunner of a dress by combining McCalls 7160 with Burda 6848!

Saki looks so stylish in her gorgeous Named Kielo dress!

Emily has made an adorable version of the brand new Pippi Pinafore by Jennifer Lauren Vintage. 

Look at the colour on Manju’s version of The Avid Seamstress Coat!

Erin has made herself a snuggly Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen. 

NEW: It’s us! April Sewing Pattern Round-Up

NEW: Sew Over It: Learn to Sew Shirts with Our New Online Class!

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

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My huge fabric and pattern haul

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Q&A Catch-Up with Sew Me Sunshine!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: March and April Makes

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: Handmade Wardrobe Updates: Current Projects, Sewing Plans and Simplicity Pattern Haul!

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

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

It’s us! The Sew Down | April

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

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 9: Stitcher’s Brew Meets The Stitch Sisters


NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 40: MEERA SHAH


While She Naps: #119: Leslie Tucker Jenison

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


How fab are these new crepes at Sew Over It? Perfect for a drapey blouse or a pair of wide-legged trousers!

Can’t choose between prints? Embrace both stripes and florals with this gorgeous stretch cotton from Sew Me Sunshine, featuring traditional pink roses on a blue and white striped background.

Have you seen all the gorgeous new Vogue Patterns for summer 2018? We really like jumpsuit V1591 designed by Rebecca Vallance.

Make yourself the sweetest of shirts with this strawberry-patterned cotton poplin from Backstitch!

Check out this neon neppy fabric from Cloth and Candy, enlivened by its little flecks of neon – it’s so fun!

Colour-lovers will want to take a look at this wonderful multi-colour madras-style checked lawn from Cloth Spot – it’s such a joyous hit of warmth and brightness!

Finish your handmade garments to perfection with these ‘made by me’ labels from Cotton Reel Studio!

This week’s cutest print prize goes to this adorable jersey from Higgs & Higgs featuring raccoons wearing crowns and bow ties!

These gorgeous pastel seersuckers from Fabrics Galore epitomise summer dressing! The lilac shade conjures up long sunny afternoons in the lavender fields of Provence…

If you’re looking for elegant loungewear look no further than this vintage beach pyjama pattern from Til the Sun Goes Down – it has jumpsuit or dress options and would be fabulous for floating around the house, let alone the beach!

This bold floral scuba from Remnant Kings features a bang-on-trend organza overlay – perfect for making a statement skirt!

How wonderfully evocative are these stunning ‘Poolside’ prints at The Crafty Mastermind? The collection is inspired by Palm Springs and make us want to head there right this minute, complete with sunglasses and cocktail in hand!

This Nani Iro linen from The Draper’s Daughter, with its impressionistic seedhead print, would make an absolute dream of a shift dress.

If you love the sight of tulips popping up around town then you’ll love this beautiful linen blend from Fabric Godmother with its vibrant vintage print!

This vivid palm print jersey from Girl Charlee would make a fantastic beach-ready maxi dress!

The selection of ceramic buttons at Beyond Measure includes some real beauties – buttons that are practically accessories in their own rights, such as these amazing ceramic pieces!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics is having a spring sale! Lots of gorgeous fabrics are on special offer until Wednesday.

Dragonfly Fabrics are having a bank holiday sale with 10% off all orders using code ‘mayday’! Go go go!

Minerva Crafts is having a half price sale on all Simplicity patterns!

This cotton/spandex denim from the Village Haberdashery is a lovely shade of olive green, perfect for making some grown-up dungarees!

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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