The Sew Reporter – 2nd September

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This week on the blog we’ve rounded up the new pattern releases for August and Kate shares her favourites on the vlog! 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.

This week’s Sew Reporter is sponsored by Sew Over It and their NEW Capsule Wardrobe ebook: Work to Weekend.

The collection contains five patterns with a whopping twelve variations, so lots of possibilities to mix and match. Beginners can try out the castle edie knit top and those of you looking for more of a challenge could try the Anna Coat or Camille jumpsuit. Get 20% off until midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 4th September with code WORKTOWEEKEND.

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.

We’re thrilled to have been nominated for the best sewing blog as part of the British Sewing Awards 2018 and would love it if you could spare a few minutes to vote for us!! Thank you!

Emily from Self Assembly Required makes the Vogue Patterns 9253 dress using a linen look viscose for the last of the summer days.

Zoe from So, Zo … makes a cute pair of Avana Sailor dungarees from French children’s sewing pattern company Ikatee for her daughter.

Susan from Susan Young Sewing is getting ready ahead for Winter with the new Cocoon Jacket from Simple Sew.

Emillia has gone all out with a 90s vibe for her Just Patterns slip dress 2101.

Marcy of Oonaballoona has done it again with this glorious Vogue Patterns 9253.

Kelli at True Bias dives into Bra making this month, look at these lovely makes she has made for Braugust.

Helen from Helen’s Closet shares a hack to make her Winslow culottes into a dress, yes you read that right!

Karen from Did You Make That? makes the McCalls 7575 shirt pattern from this month’s Love Sewing Magazine.

Mary at Idle Fancy makes the Burdastyle no. 124 blouse from the July 2016 issue of the magazine. Such a great fit on this wrap blouse!

Jamie reviews the classic By Hand London Anna dress in a pink floral rayon.

This is one of our favourite Alder Shirtdresses we’ve seen, Ana has nailed it with this lemon print.

Heather at Closet Case Files shares a super useful list of 37 ethical shoe companies!


Special Sewing Weekender round-up!

There have been lots of lovely reviews of The Sewing Weekender this week, here are a few from some of the lovely ladies who attended above!

NEW: It’s us! New Sewing pattern releases for August

NEW VLOG: Pattern Pals: Ep. 2 Pattern and fabric reveal 

The Stitch Sisters: Doris Dress by Sew Over It – Pattern Review

Harriet from The Little Dressmaker: My Book and How I Package It

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Mini Fabric Haul! New Abakhan Store!

Athina of Craftaholic: The Sheona Dress and Top Sewalong

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: The Sewing Weekender

Sew Hayley Jane: August Unboxing: Birds of a Feather

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Nautical Summer makes

NEW: Sew Over It: New e-book: Work to Weekend

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

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

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe


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 26: Stitcher’s Brew meets Sew Hayley Jane 

NEW: Love to Sew: Episode 56: Hand Sewing with Brooks and Camper

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: On Reading! Ep 151

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #24 – Marcy Harriell has a Sewing Show!

While She Naps: #127: Matt Reese of Road to California

Clear The Decks: Episode 17: Interview with Melissa Fehr


Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough


Is it too early to talk about Christmas? These prints from Urbanstax would make lovely table runners and accessories for celebrating!

Girl Charlee UK have expanded their range of Ohhh Lulu lingerie patterns, there are patterns to suit all your underwear needs!

Cloth and Candy have the most colourful collection of piping and binding for all your dressmaking and craft projects.

Lamazi Fabrics have curated their fabric and patterns into capsule wardrobe collections to help you build your wardrobe by different complementary styles and colours.


Pin and Sew have some lovely new fabrics in this week for the colder weather, including these fleece sweatshirts above, which are perfect for sweaters.

Hear all about Hayley and her business Sew Hayley Jane on the Stitcher's Brew podcast this week

Dare I say Christmas again but Fabrics Galore have just stocked up on all the craft prints you could need this year.

Cotton Reel Studio have a growing collection of organic fabrics, including some cute narwhal, strawberry and floral prints.


Go wild at Fabric Godmother this week with these animal prints in wool and jersey fabrics.

Remnant Kings have lots of beautiful Liberty prints in stock, from the classic iconic patterns to modern prints.

Have you seen the new collection of Nani Iro fabrics at The Draper’s Daughter? They would make the most stunning culottes for Autumn.

It’s time to start planning Winter coat and jacket makes. Check out all the new Simplicity and New Look pattern options here.

It's all about stripes this week at Cloth Spot, with lots of black, white and grey options for your polo necks and tops.

If you've not seen it yet, Sew Over It have released their second e-book, from Work to Weekend with 5 patterns and a whopping 12 options.

Sew Me Sunshine has had lots of new tropical and floral fabrics in this week with crepe, jersey, swimwear and viscose options!

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.

An annual (free-to-attend) meet-up of people who love to sew in Birmingham, England, organised by Charlotte of English Girl at Home. Now in its fifth year! The 2018 meet-up will take place on Saturday 27th October. Sign-up here!

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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