The Sew Reporter – 22nd July

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This week on the blog it’s this month’s Sew Down! We’re rounding up all the interesting sewing stuff we’ve come across in the past 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.

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.


Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has made a perfectly floaty Nina Lee Kew Dress.

Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine has made a chic Named Clothing Inari Tee!

Emily of Self Assembly Required has pattern hacked the Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress into this cute peplum top!

Kerry of Very Kerry Berry has made a great hack of the Avid Seamstress Gathered Dress!

Nikki of Hello Yellow Club has made an appropriately sunshiney Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress!

Whitney has made a gorgeous Deer and Doe Myosotis Dress!

Emilia has made a super stylish In The Folds Acton Dress!

Geo has made a summery Marilla Walker Isca Shirtdress!

Stephanie has made a gorgeous Simplicity 1197 coat!

NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down

NEW: Sew Over It: Meet the Marguerite Dress!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: How to get your sew-jo back!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Mini Summer Fabric Haul!

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Say Hello to the Lisa Dress!

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabberdashery Patterns: Update II – From a Single Thread – Finding Our Pattern Cutter!

Rosa from Sewn: Fabric and Pattern Giveaway Sponsored by Sewisfaction!

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Latest Make and Sewing Plans!

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

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

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: While She Naps: #125: Merchant and Mills

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 50: A Very Special Road Trip

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 20: Meet Megan’s Baby Brew

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #23: Our Sewing Community IRL


Clear The Decks: Episode 15: Interview with Suzie Blackman


Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

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

If you love to sew with knits then you’ll love new fabric shop Pin and Sew, who specialise in bringing you gorgeous knit fabrics (pictured above) and patterns! And what’s more, you can get 10% off all fabrics with the code FOLDLINE10!

Are you off to a festival this summer? Get inspired with Sew Hayley Jane’s blog post of festival makes using her July boxes – and if you get in quick you can sign up for the August box this week!

This lily-printed viscose from Cotton Reel Studio would make an absolute stunner of a maxi dress – perfect for glamorous summer nights!

There’s something wonderfully chic and just a little vintage about these crepes from Fabrics Galore – they make you want to swan around the riviera in wide-legged trousers and floaty blouses!

Check out this gorgeous printed linen from Remnant Kings, in a simple and chic black and white floral design perfect for its fabric base.

Ginghams don’t get much better than this one from The Draper’s Daughter – woven rather than printed, it’s handmade from organic cotton!

There are so many lovely prints to peruse in the collection of cotton lawns and poplins at Fabric Godmother – just imagine all the pretty dresses they would make!

If you always need somewhere to jot down ideas then you need one of these handmade smocked linen books from Beyond Measure – perfect little treasure houses for all your important thoughts!

Dog lovers should definitely check out this quirky canine print from Celtic Fusion Fabrics – it’s really too fun!

Channel a desert sunset with this gorgeous pink, orange and navy striped jersey from Girl Charlee UK...

How sweet are these ditsy florals new in at Cloth and Candy?!

These swallows against a golden sky make for a sensational canvas print at The Crafty Mastermind – perfect for big squishy summer cushions!

This bold but detailed heart print cotton from Urbanstax uses primary colours to eye-catching effect!

Showcase beautiful fabric with this romantic ‘boho’ blouse from Kwik Sew.

If you’re one of those extraordinarily organised people who’s already planning their autumn makes then have a look at this beautifully late-summer/early autumn floral lawn from Cloth Spot...

If, on the other hand, you’re the sort of person who likes to live in the moment with your sewing then you might just love his seasonally appropriate sunflower meadow print from Sew Me Sunshine! t

This bright pink stretch denim from Sew Over It is just the thing for a bold button-down skirt or pair of dungarees!


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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