The Sew Reporter – 1st July

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This week on the blog we chatting to Paula who runs an initiative to teach women how to sew in Iraq refugee camps. 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.

Amy of Almond Rock has made herself such an elegant honeymoon dress with Simplicity 1419!

Emily of Self Assembly Required sewed the Omer Jacket from La Maison Victor magazine for a very lucky friend!

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher has made a super-chic summer outfit by pairing the True Bias Ogden Cami with a Sew Over It Erin Skirt!

Zoe of So, Zo What Do You Know? looks fab in her Jennifer Lauren Handmade Bibi Pinafore!

Louise from team Tilly and the Buttons has added the cutest kitten-twist to her Frankie Tee (from Tilly’s book Stretch)!

Katie of What Katie Sews is keeping (and looking) cool in her self-drafted silk sun dress!

Erica of Erica Bunker DIY Style has made a fabulous version of new McCalls Patterns 7752!

Ruth has sewn a lovely Libby Shirt from Sew Over It.

Mary has also triumphed on the shirt front with the Women’s Shirts pattern from Jalie!

Jess has made a fantastic version of the new Anita Top from Republique du Chiffon! 

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Gabby of Gabberdashery: Introducing Gabberdashery Patterns! From a single thread…

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Elisalex’s StudioDIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch



The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

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 17: Stitcher’s Brew Meets Heather Lou!

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 13: The Disorganized Thinking Mindset Issue

While She Naps: #123: Jen Hewett

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #22: Kate Ng on What Is Sustainable Sewing


Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

Elise gets Crafty: ON HAVING A MISSION: EP 147

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

Cloth Spot has a selection of really beautiful and unusual viscose fabrics, such as these sophisticated prints.

Stretch your creativity by trying something new and unexpected with a Sew Hayley Jane subscription box – you won’t know the fabric and pattern choices until you open it up but then let the inspiration hit!

Isn’t it funny how anchors aren’t seasonal, nor are stripes, yet put them together and you get a super summery print, perfect for this chambray from Fabrics Galore!

This black broderie anglaise from Cotton Reel Studio would make a fabulous off-the-shoulder blouse or a tiered gypsy skirt!

The popular Rifle Paper Co floral rayon has never been so pretty as it is in this periwinkle colourway at The Crafty Mastermind...

A wrap dress with a difference, this new Vogue pattern is fun, easy, comfy and quirky!

Remnant Kings are having a summer sale and it’s a corker – with 10% off all basic fabric, 20% off all seasonal prints and textures, 20% off ready-made curtains and cushions AND 50% off selected interiors and dress fabrics!

This floaty viscose challis from Fabric Godmother is designed to look like vintage silk scarves – it makes for such a sweet design and print placement with this one could be a lot of fun!

Just look at the detail on this cotton jersey from Dragonfly Fabrics, with its elegant naturalist drawings of waterlilies!

Float away on a cloud of fabric with these (pretty-as-a-)peachskins from Sew Me Sunshine!

Add some bling to your sewing with this metallic gold bias binding from Cloth Candy! (It comes in silver too!)

If you’re a lover of linen then you need to check out the selection at Sew Over It – they have THE most summery shades and some lovely prints to boot!

This bold polka dot batik print from Urbanstax is such a fun and stylish take on a conventional print!

The Nani Iro fabrics at The Draper’s Daughter are so perfect for hot weather, and we think these night sky inspired designs are simply heavenly…(!)

It’s Girl Charlee UK’s 3rd birthday, and they’re celebrating with a sale! Until Wednesday 4th July you can get 50% off BOLT by Girl Charlee and Vegan Faux Leather, plus 25% off ALL other fabrics!

If you’ve ever been stabbed by a stray knitting needle in your bag, or found your half-finished garment unfortunately skewered, then you’ll love these cute knitting needle toppers from Beyond Measure!

We love the pairing of a tropical print with cool tones on this ‘aloha’ barkcloth at Celtic Fusion Fabrics – perfect for a tiki look with a twist!

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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