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The Sew Reporter – 8th July

This week on the blog we’re rounding up all the exciting June 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.


Marcy aka Oonaballoona is absolutely rocking this McCalls 7745 skirt!

Carrie over on the Cashmerette Blog is sharing her cool colour-blocked Ipswich swimsuit.

Emily of Self Assembly Required did a brilliant button-front hack of the new Dress 47 pattern from Cali Faye. 

Lauren at Guthrie and Ghani has made a stylish pair of True Bias Lander Shorts.

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey has made herself two fabulous Tilly and the Buttons Stevies!

Peter of Male Pattern Boldness has made himself a fantastic mermaid-print shirt using vintage Simplicity pattern 6955!

Maria looks chic in her Alex Shirtdress from the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe e-book.

Becca made a fabulously floaty pair of Nina Lee Portobello Trousers!

Takako has made a stunning Marilla Walker Isca Shirtdress.

Elsie has made a beautiful Sew Over It Eve Dress!


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

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Sewing for Jim: The Fabric Choices

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Mega Fabric Haul

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Orla Kiely Vlog: Life in Pattern Exhibit

NEW: Sew Over It: Meet the Lottie Dress!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew and Tell May & June 2018

Rosa from Sewn: Fabric Haul and DIY Baby Clothes: June 2018

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Summer Sewing Plans: Fabric Haul

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?Happy Holidays 2017

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 18: Sewing Their Trends with Dominique Major and Shauni Sanderson

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 15: Interview with Suzie Blackman

NEW: While She Naps: #124: Sue Spargo

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




Cotton Reel Studio is having a summer sale! There are plenty of beauties to be had (including those pictured above) and as an added bonus until the end of the 9th July you can get 15% off all full-priced items (including patterns) with code SUMMER!

Do you know someone who might like to get into sewing but isn’t sure where to start? Then be a fab friend and gift them a Sew Hayley Jane sewing subscription box!

This wildflower print viscose from Fabrics Galore is so pretty and soft; it would make a dreamy summer dress…

The Crafty Mastermind has a really gorgeous selection of rayons – such a perfect fabric to wear when all you want is clothes that float away from your body!

Having to go into work when all you want to do is lie on a picnic rug and be drip-fed Pimms is such a drag – so cheer yourself up by whipping yourself up some new workwear, starting with chic cotton tops using fabric from Sew Over It. The choice there is too wonderful!

Floral prints on gingham are everywhere right now – check out this colourful and fun take on the print from Remnant Kings!

Stripes don’t get much more gorgeous than the colourful painterly strokes adorning this double gauze new in at The Draper’s Daughter...

It’s chambray, it’s got stripes and it’s got FLAMINGOES! Could Fabric Godmother have found the most perfect summer fabric yet?!

These gorgeous double gauzes from Celtic Fusion Fabrics are so perfect for handling the heatwave!

This coral knit with a faux-lace effect from Girl Charlee would be really great for a wrap dress – and it comes in turquoise too!

Add the sweetest of details to your blouses or button-down dresses with these handmade seashore and botanical print buttons from Beyond Measure.

This elegant botanical print canvas from Cloth Candy would be wonderful used in crafts for the garden – deck chair seats, outdoor cushions, a picnic table runner…

Get 4 vintage looks for the (on sale!) price of one with this stylish Simplicity vintage pattern reissue!

The vermilion colour and batik print of this cotton poplin from Cloth Spot make such a fantastic combination – it’s just begging to be made into a voluminous skirt or stylishly structured sundress!

How fun is this organic chunky knit-effect jersey from Sew Me Sunshine?!

Sign up to Urbanstax’s newsletter and you’ll get 10% off your first order – the hard bit will then be choosing which of their fantastic fabrics to put in your basket!

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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