The Sew Reporter – 29th July

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This week on the blog we’ve got a fascinating careers in sewing from Dolapo who sources African wax print! 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.


Tasha of By Gum, By Golly has sewn up a vintage beauty with Simplicity 2465!

Emily of Self Assembly Required is a ray of sunshine in her Papercut Patterns Adrift Dress!

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey found the perfect fabric for her Honeycomb Shirt!

Elisalex over on the By Hand London blog is sharing how to make this gorgeous DIY ruffled skirt. 

Heather of Handmade by Heather B is wowing once again with a lemon print version of Butterick 6556!

Julie looks just fab in her Helen’s Closet York Pinafore!

Karen’s sewn herself a super pretty Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress!

Lisa looks so cool, chic and comfy in her Sew House Seven Burnside Bibs.

Izzy looks so stylish in her McCalls 7789 Jumpsuit!

NEW: The Stitch Sisters: Battle of the Culottes

NEW: Sew Over It: Q&A: eBook Jumpsuit, New Outerwear and How much fabric to buy

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My Lottie Dress Pattern Review – Sew Over It

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: 2018 Make Nine: 6 month review

It’s us! The Sew Down

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

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: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 21: The Business of Books and Sewing Magazines with Karen Ball and Amy Thomas

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 51: Tessuti Fabrics with Colette Guanta

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 16: The Project Master List

While She Naps: #125: Merchant and Mills

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



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

Red alert! You can search the vast selection of fabrics at Remnant Kings by colour and we’re feeling the (red-hot) heat right now!

Jazz up your wardrobe with some jewels courtesy of this typically gorgeous Liberty tana lawn from Fabrics Galore!

This coral-coloured dobby cotton from Cotton Reel Studio has a breezy feel and would be just so sweet for summer dresses…

We love this mermaid print cotton from The Crafty Mastermind – the cute pink whales are the perfect finishing touch!

Too hot to go shopping? Or even make decisions? Hand it all over to Sew Hayley Jane and sign up for her next delivery of sewing subscription boxes!

If you’re a fan of Atelier Brunette fabrics then you’ll definitely want to check out these Atelier Brunette bias bindings at The Draper’s Daughter – perfect for a luxe, stylish and neat finish on your handmade garments!

Check out the selection of fabric-covered buttons at Urbanstax – they might have just the finishing touch for your next shirt or button-down dress!

This vibrant stretch viscose lawn from Fabric Godmother, named ‘Parrot Party’, might just be the most fun yet stylish tropical print we’ve seen!

There are some fabulous fabrics new in at Girl Charlee – not to mention lots of new patterns to inspire you!

Wendy Ward of MiY Workshops has designed this fantastic wooden sewing tool that’s now available through Beyond Measure – it’s one of those little things that will just speed up your sewing and increase your efficiency so you’ll wonder what you ever did without it!

We love the muted warm shades of this pineapple cotton from Sew Over It – it would make a wonderful swishy gathered skirt, paired with a cami and brown sandals…

There is definitely a California-cool vibe to this cracked stone printed cotton from Cloth and Candy – it makes for a stylish print just verging on the abstract…

Statement sleeves are one of the big trends this year – embrace them with the gorgeous fluttery options on Butterick 6594!

Cloth Spot are having their summer sale – you can pick yourself up some real beauties!

Make yourself a show-stopping maxi with this elegant floral viscose from Sew Me Sunshine – its colours mean it will look sensational now but could be carried well into the autumn…

Jerseys don’t come much prettier than this cherry blossom floral from Pin and Sew! It would make such a gorgeous tee – or knickers!

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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