The Sew Reporter – 12th August

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This week on the blog it’s this month’s Sew Down! 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.


Marie of A Stitching Odyssey looks utterly sensational in her Nina Lee Kew Dress!

Alex of Sewrendipity looks supremely elegant in her Seamwork Almada Robe. 

Emily of Self Assembly Required is really rocking the new By Hand London Eloise pattern!

Lucy looks the epitome of holiday chic in her New Look 6499 slip dress.

Charlotte, aka An English Girl At Home, has whipped up a lovely Shirt No. 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing.

Laura looks fabulous in her Moon Pocket Maxi Dress from Sew Different.

Elie has made a gorgeous I AM Patterns Artemis Coat.

How fab are Emma’s floral Closet Case Files Sasha Trousers?!

NEW: It’s us!  The Sew-Down: August

NEW: The Stitch Sisters: Battle of the Culottes Round 3

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Vintage Glowing Makeup for Fair Skin

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul August 2018

Athina of Craftaholic: Recent Fabric Haul and Introduction of Lamazi Fabrics

Rosa from Sewn: A (very late!) Round-up of Me Made May 2018!

Sew Hayley Jane: #Sewsouthampton and a catch-up!

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

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!

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

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 23: Stitcher’s Brew Meets Melissa Fehr

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 17: Interview with Melissa Fehr

While She Naps: #126: Kelly Stevens of Superbuzzy

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

These luxurious jewel-coloured crepes from Cotton Reel Studio are currently on sale – perfect for adding a dramatic pop of colour to your wardrobe!

Did you know there’s no ongoing commitment with Sew Hayley Jane’s sewing box subscriptions – you can stop and start at any time, making it flexible if you’re off on holiday one month or just not sure if you want to commit long-term!

If you’ve been inspired by the V&A’s Frida Kahlo exhibition, or are simply inspired by the amazing woman herself, then you’ll want to check out this Kahlo-patterned fabric from Fabrics Galore!

Get the kids crafting this holiday by tempting them with some of the fantastic children’s fabrics they could be trying out – such as this colourful unicorn jersey from Remnant Kings!

Sew yourself a stunner of a summer dress with these bold floral cottons from Sew Over It!

What could be more classic and chic in summer than black linen, particularly when it’s softened and distressed as is this gorgeous stuff from The Draper’s Daughter!

This floral stretch denim from Fabric Godmother, with its clean, bright colours, would make the sweetest denim shorts or dungarees!

Girl Charlee are now stocking a wide range of gorgeous Liesl and Co patterns, perfect for pairing with their great selection of knits!

How glorious are these knits from Pin and Sew?! These and many more in the shop are just perfect for transitional garments…

If you’ve been celebrating International Cat Day this week then you’ll want to check out this quirky ‘catitude’ print cotton from Cloth and Candy - it would make an adorable skirt or shirt!

This vivid turquoise shweshwe cotton from Urbanstax would be perfect for making a really simple top – just let the print and colour do the talking!  

If you need to rustle up a last-minute beach cover-up then this Vogue pattern has got you covered with its multiple chic options!

This gorgeous dark blue cotton twill from Cloth Spot would make a really smart pair of tailored shorts – go all Ralph Lauren and pair with a Breton top and matching blazer!

This ditsy floral viscose from Sew Me Sunshine would make the sweetest of tea dresses!

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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