The Sew Reporter – 20th May

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This week on the blog we’re rounding up patterns to sew for a me-made holiday capsule 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.

Alex of Sewrendipity has made a gorgeous skirt from Butterick B6556!

Zoe of So, Zo What Do You Know? is sharing her TWO fabulous Republique du Chiffon Suzon blouses!

Jane of Handmade Jane has made 3 Sew Over It Molly Tops!

Allie of Allie Jackson has shared two me-made wedding looks – a Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress and a McCalls 7544 top with free embroidery design download!

Marcy aka Oonaballoona has shared shots of her amazing work-in-progress on Vogue 1806!

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has made both the True Bias Nikko Top AND Dress!

Helen at Helen’s Closet is sharing a hack for turning the Winslow Culottes into paperbag shorts!

Tilly and the Buttons are sharing 5 tips for making your own wedding dress!

Elena from Randomly Happy is sharing her tips for newbie sewists tackling clothes!

Lauren at Lladybird is introducing this year’s Outfit-Along sewing challenge!

Shauni looks super cool in her McCalls 7661 trousers! 

Mie’s looks stylish in her version of the Style Arc Eden Knit Dress.

Karen looks fab in her By Hand London Elisalex Dress!

Noni has made an adorable Pippi Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Vintage!


NEW: Sew Over It: The Team Sew Spoonflower!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell: Bumper Edition!

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Buying fabric online: my top tips!

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: May fabric and pattern haul

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: My Sewing Pattern Collection!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Making Stretch – Tilly and the Buttons ROUNDUP with Girl Charlee UK

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Alex of Sew Happy: My Holiday Wardrobe!

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 11: Q&A with Gabby and Megan!

NEW: While She Naps: #120: Florence Knapp




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


Pre-order the new colourful Imposter fabric range by Anna Maria Horner from The Crafty Mastermind (see above).

This summery plaid cotton from Til the Sun Goes Down has an original 1950s’ print that would make a sensational swishy skirt!

Bright colours are GO at Girl Charlee UK – they’ve just added new stock including the lovely pink French terry and lilac spandex pictured above!

This colourful butterfly-printed chambray new in at Fabrics Galore would make the sweetest of pinafore dresses for a little one!

If you’ve a sweet tooth when it comes to fabric then check out this patisserie print at Cotton Reel Studio, now on sale!


Chambray is always in season but the wonderful printed selection at Higgs & Higgs is super summery - perfect for sundresses!

This new cotton at The Draper’s Daughter is perfection for those who like their florals bold yet muted, with its luscious painterly roses.

Looking to make your own swimwear? Then check out this fantastic Aztec print swimwear fabric from Fabric Godmother!

To celebrate the royal wedding Dragonfly Fabrics are offering free UK delivery and a free gift for orders over £50! Use code ‘Royal’ at checkout.

If you find that your chalk fabric markings tend to rub off then check out these wax crayons from Beyond Measure – perfect for making more resilient marks that will still come off when needed!

Remnant Kings have a luscious stock of Liberty lawns – including these beauties!

How sweet is this whimsical origami cotton lawn from Celtic Fusion Fabrics?!

If you’ve any plans to make a wedding dress then you’ll be pleased to hear that Minerva Crafts not only stock bridal fabrics but also a fantastic selection of bridal crafting materials - from adhesive pearls to plain hair accessories and favour bags!

There’s something so unexpectedly sweet and pretty about this pink grid fabric from Cloth and Candy – perfect for a simple shirt!

This pale mauve jacquard from Cloth Spot would make such an elegant jacket lining.

This is such a super-sexy take on the jumpsuit from Vogue patterns!

This ‘Inca’-inspired rayon from Sew Over It would make a fantastic pair of relaxed bottoms, such as their Carrie trousers!

Sing a seventies rainbow with this brilliantly colourful striped jersey from Sew Me Sunshine!

Hey knitters, Backstitch has just opened a yarn section in their online shop!

How amazing is this blue cotton take on leopard print from Urbanstax?!

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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