The Sew Reporter – 16th September

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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.


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!


Mira’s contribution to The Refashioners over at The Makery is a complete work of art!

Elena of Randomly Happy has hacked the Named Helmi Tunic to have a gathered skirt and the result is super chic!

Kathy of Sew Dainty has made a fab version of Vogue 6446!

Tabitha’s self-drafted skirt is an absolute stunner – and you have to check out her blog to see what the back is like!

Susan of Susan Young Sewing has made this stylish denim Simple Sew Cocoon Jacket!

How fab is Sophie Bach’s Tilly and the Buttons Bibi Pinafore?!

Linda’s Marilla Walker Isca Shirtdress is so cool and stylish!

Roxanne’s made a fantastic Helen’s Closet York Pinafore!

Ruth is rocking her dotty Sew Over It Carrie Trousers!

Julie looks stylish and seasonal in her Nina Lee Southbank Sweater!


NEW: It’s us! The Sew-Down

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

NEW: The Stitch Sisters: Fabric Mystery Shopper!

NEW: Athina of CraftaholicFabric Haul and Introduction of Sew Me Sunshine

NEW: English Girl At HomeThe Sewing Weekender 2018

NEW: Sew Over ItThe Team Sews Work to Weekend

Abi from The Crafty Pin UpMy 1st Knitting Haul!

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabberdashery Patterns – Update III – From A Single Thread – Learning Curve

Harriet from The Little Dressmaker: The Sewing Weekender Haul

Jen from Ginger Thread GirlThe Sewing Weekender

Sew Hayley JaneAugust Unboxing: Birds of a Feather

Alex of Sew Happy: Nautical Summer makes

Rosa from SewnA (very late!) Round-up of Me Made May 2018!

Jen from GingerellaReview: 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: While She Naps: #128: Ebony Love

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 58: PLANNING PROJECTS

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON WORKING AND MOTHERHOOD

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 18: Interview with Judith Dahmen

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #25: Emily Hallman Designs in Color

Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 26: Stitcher’s Brew meets Sew Hayley Jane 

Blogtacular: EPISODE 43: JANET MURRAY

Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough



Sew Me Sunshine has a gorgeous selection of autumnal florals, perfect for tea dresses, bold trousers or pussy bow blouses!  

Take a peek at the beautiful contents of Sew Hayley Jane’s latest sewing boxes on her blog!

If you’re back into the Great British Bake-Off then you’ll want to check out this quirky cakey cotton from Fabrics Galore, perfect for an apron, oven mitts, or kitchen curtains!

If you want to carry jungle prints forward into the cooler weather then this warm and colourful forest jersey from Lamazi Fabrics is perfect for you!

How adorable are these organic printed jerseys from Cotton Reel Studio?! Soft and snuggly to boot!

Make yourself some fabulous jeans with this subtle animal print stretch denim from Remnant Kings!

This terracotta needlecord from The Draper’s Daughter is just perfect for an autumn pinafore or a pair of seventies-inspired trousers!

Cloth Spot has gorgeous jerseys and these striped versions are true classics that every wardrobe needs…

Planning an autumn coat? Then treat it to a special lining with this viscose cupro satin from Fabric Godmother, in a gorgeous rust shade!

The selection of hacci sweater knits at Girl Charlee UK would be perfect for making some soft and slouchy throwover cardigans…

This adorable piggy-patterned cotton from Cloth and Candy would make really cute PJs!

Sew yourself an elegant coat with this Kwik Sew pattern, featuring flattering princess seams and stylish pockets!

Love both spots AND stripes? Then this fab double-sided ponte roma from Sew Over It is the fabric for you!

The fantastic yellow shade and the intricate detailing on this cotton from Urbanstax would make it tempting enough, but it’s currently on sale to seal the deal!

Snuggle in style with this silver-sparkle dotted sweatshirt fabric from Pin and Sew!


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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