The Sew Reporter – 27th May

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This week on the blog the Sew Down is back with all the favourite things we’ve seen, sewn and listened to this month. 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.

THE SEWING WEEKENDER – we will be releasing the tickets on Thursday 31st May at 7am (BST). The Sewing Weekender will be held on 25-26th August 2018 in Cambridge, UK. On Monday we will be updating the website with more details.

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.

Charlotte aka English Girl At Home wore her fabulous Closet Case Patterns Bombshell Swimsuit on holiday in Vietnam!

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has made this beautiful Deer and Doe Myostosis Dress!

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made two pairs of Closet Case Patterns Ginger Jeans – one of which has a super fun design on the back pockets!

Over on the Tilly and the Buttons blog Tilly is sharing her top five patterns for breastfeeding mums!

Annafranziska has made a gorgeous Deer and Doe Lupin jacket! 

Katja has made a pretty Sew Over It 1940s Tea Dress.

Hannah looks great in her Made by Rae Cleo skirt, paired with a matching top!

Ruth has sewn up an elegant Sew Over It Florence Dress.

NEW: It’s us! The Sew-Down: May

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My most worn autumn and winter makes

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: My first dress and why I almost gave up sewing

Sew Over It: The Team Sew Spoonflower!

Rosa from Sewn: May fabric and pattern haul

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: My Sewing Pattern Collection!

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

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: While She Naps: #121: Shannon Downey of Badass Cross Stitch

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 12: Crafting a Community with the Foldline


NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #20: Sew with the Flow




Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn


The Draper’s Daughter is now stocking Swedish pattern company The Assembly Line – clean lines with a stylist Scandi twist is their hallmark so go take a look!

Fabrics Galore are having a bank holiday weekend sale with 25% off all jersey and drapey fabrics - just use code SLEEPSEWREPEAT!

Cotton Reel Studio has just added Cashmerette to their great selection of indie patterns!

How pretty are these floral Fiskars from Higgs & Higgs?!

These bold printed stretch cottons from Sew Me Sunshine would make such stylish slimline trousers or fitted skirts!

The Crafty Mastermind has a wonderful selection of Rifle Paper Co rayons – the quality and feel of these is just so gorgeous, you need them in your life!

If you’re looking to add a vintage twist to your summer wardrobe then take a look at this Evelyn Blouse and Dress pattern from Til the Sun Goes Down – its loose fit is well suited to hot weather but its pretty fluttery sleeves will also shade you from too much sun!

Feeling inspired by Chelsea Flower Show? Then check out Remnant Kings’ wonderful range of floral fabrics!

To celebrate their 90th anniversary this year, Simplicity have released a range of fun pieces to decorate your sewing space - such as posters, magnets, wall decos and iron-on transfers!

Get your citrus fix with this fun poplin from Fabric Godmother, featuring coral-coloured lemons – perfect for a crisp summer dress!

Look foxy in this rather beautiful woodland cotton voile from Dragonfly Fabrics, populated by elegant foxes…

These individually handmade porcelain dishes from Beyond Measure are so sweet and perfect for keeping around when you just need somewhere to pop a spare needle or some pins!

Backstitch has a beautiful selection of Kokka Nani Iro fabrics – perfect for elegant summerwear!

This ditsy print floral denim from Celtic Fusion Fabrics would make an adorable little pinafore!

Go dotty for the spotty prints section of Girl Charlee UK!

Minerva Crafts has a fantastic range of lycra in over 20 different colours – ideal for sewing swimwear or other activewear!

This viscose crepe from Cloth Spot could hardly be any prettier – and its quality makes it perfect for everything from vintage-inspired dresses to wide-legged trousers or kimonos!

With its cute little coloured toadstools this printed cotton from Cloth Candy would make the sweetest children’s garments!

Sew yourself some elegant pyjamas in this heron print cotton from Sew Over It, with its subtle muted tones and oriental feel.

This ‘Cityscape’ printed cotton from Urbanstax has a fantastic optical illusion effect – you would have so much fun working with this fabric!

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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