The Sew Reporter – 13th May

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This week on the blog it’s time for Sew The Trends – Summer! 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.


Rachel of House of Pinheiro looks stunning in her Simplicity 8292 jumpsuit!

Katie of What Katie Sews has made herself a lovely Named Reeta Dress.

Karen of Did You Make That? is sharing her tips on whether to invest in an overlocker and how to choose the right one.

Zoe of So, Zo, What Do You Know? (and Me-Made-May founder!) has made this sweet Tilly and the Buttons’ Freya top!

Emily of Self Assembly Required is smashing it with this silver Pipedream Patterns’ Marion Jacket!

Abi, The Crafty Pinup, has made this sensationally lemony version of Butterick 6318!

Simona looks great in her Style Arc Jessica Dress!

Sarah has made TWO Deer and Doe Melilot shirts!

Jamie has made a fab maxi version of the French Navy Orla dress! 

Rebecca has made a lovely Colette Penny dress.

Stephanie looks so stylish and cosy in her Harriet Lumberjacket by Named Clothing!

NEW: It’s us! Sew The Trends Summer

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul May 2018

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Birthday Fabric and Pattern Haul!

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My favourite wrap dress patterns for #sewtogetherforsummer

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity – 8456 1950s petticoat

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: My Holiday Wardrobe!

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

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

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 10: From Sewing Bee to Sewing Boss with Lauren Guthrie and Tilly Walnes





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


Urbanstax is THE place to go online for African cotton prints – their selection (including those above) is totally stunning!

If you love the look of a soft and floaty hand-knitted garment but don’t have the time or skills to tackle it yourself then check out this dainty open knit fabric from Sew Over It, perfect for making a wrap or long cardigan! Bonus – it comes in 3 colourways!

How adorable is this Scrabble-tile ‘SEW’ brooch from Sew Me Sunshine?!

Backstitch have just added some wonderfully elegant Nani Iro prints to their great selection of linens!

New in at Fabrics Galore are these lovely broderie anglaise cottons – perfect for the sweetest and chic-est of summer blouses and dresses!

Cotton Reel Studio is organising a fun initiative – the Ogden Ida international swap! Designed for stash-busting with the Ogden cami and Ida clutch, check out all the details here!

This linen-look canvas from Higgs & Higgs, featuring an elegant monochrome leaf print, would make great home furnishing accessories! Or perhaps outdoor cushions for the warmer weather!

Lemurs’ stripy tails make such a fun and unexpected design element in this richly illustrated ‘Lemur Forest’ print from The Crafty Mastermind!

Make a statement with this achingly-on-trend shirtdress from McCalls!

Is it fish? Is it flowers? Either way, this sweet 1930s’ inspired print from Til the Sun Goes Down is on delicious silk crepe de chine – what would you make with it??

Remnant Kings has a brilliant range of ginghams, including some chic pastel shades on pure cotton.

Minerva Crafts has a huge selection of Art Gallery Jersey prints, including these cute takes on stripes!

Check out this carefully curated selection of the best Merchant and Mills sewing accessories from The Draper’s Daughter – a perfect gift for any discerning sewist!

This pretty blue French terry from Dragonfly Fabrics is just the thing for making a snuggly summer layer!

Add some stunning structure to your wardrobe with these gorgeous printed scubas from Fabric Godmother!

Calling all knitters - have you seen these adorable stitch markers from Beyond Measure?! Choose between tulips or hearts and never lose a place again!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics has a selection of super-cute little handmade buttons!

Cloth and Candy’s selection of cotton prints is full of varied, fresh and original designs such as these gorgeous quirky florals!

Did you know that Girl Charlee UK not only sell fantastic knit fabrics but also a carefully chosen range of sewing patterns designed to work with them?

Fabrics don’t get much more fun than this white cotton patterned with coloured metallic spots from the Village Haberdashery – what would you make with it?!

Cloth Spot’s selection of stretch fabrics goes beyond knits to include some sophisticated sateens and suitings!

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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