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The Sew Reporter – 16th December

Good morning, can you believe this is the last Sew Reporter of 2018! What an amazing year it has been of makes, vlogs, podcasts and new pattern releases. With the festive season nearly upon us, we have shared our Christmas gift guide on the blog this week with Kate chatting through her must haves. Thank you all for being part of this wonderful community this year and visiting our site to read blogs, buy patterns or chat in our Facebook group. So here’s to 2019 where we will get to watch the next series of The Great British Sewing Bee and Patrick will finally grace our TV screens again!




We’re so excited to have been nominated for the best sewing blog as part of the British Craft Awards 2018 again this year and would love it if you could spare a few minutes to vote for us!! Thank you so much!

Nina Lee is sharing her festive lookbook, including this Santa-inspired Southbank Sweater-dress!

Team Tilly are all sharing their amazing DIY Christmas jumpers over on the Tilly and the Buttons Blog!

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has sewn this fantastic high-street jumpsuit using McCalls 7330!

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey is the latest devotee of the Tilly and the Buttons Coco with her stylish dogtooth version!

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made these fab True Bias Lander Pants in needlecord! 

Susan Young of Susan Young Sewing looks stylish as ever in her Simple Sew Utility Dress!

Lauren of Lladybird is giving us serious coat envy in her Pauline Alice Quart Coat!

Tabitha of Tabitha Sewer has made a sensational sequinned McCalls 7332 and is sharing her tips for sewing with super-size sequins!

Sarah of Sew Sarah Smith made a fantastic Sewaholic Minoru Jacket! 

A reminder that it’s always warm and sunny somewhere in the world, Sarah’s made a gorgeous breezy Closet Case Patterns Amy Jumpsuit!

Simona is stylish in scarlet with this I AM Patterns Sirius Top!

Sarah looks a killer combination of smart AND comfy in her New Look 6301!

NEW: It’s us! Sewing Gift Guide

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas Day 13: Time for Another Tree!

NEW: The Stitch Sisters: Vlogmas Day 13: Reminiscing on Christmases Past Present and Future!

NEW: Sew Over ItMeet the Thea Dress!

NEW: English Girl At HomeNovember Sewing Zine

NEW: Athina of CraftaholicLet’s Make Cookies Together, Ft a Baking Disaster!

NEW: Sew Hayley JaneThe Hayley Ballet Top Dressmaking Kit

NEW: Pattern Pals: Ep.9: Our finished Christmas Party Dresses

Rosa from SewnSewing & Knitting Plans November & December 2018

Harriet from The Little DressmakerMy Makes August to October

Alex of Sew Happy: Halloween Craft Party!

Abi from The Crafty Pin UpKnit & Tell: Learning to knit and my first mistakes!

Jen from Ginger Thread GirlHoliday Sewing: My Makes Revealed!

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: Craft-IshEpisode 47: Yvette Garfield, Founder of Handstand Kitchen

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 180: Jessie Ziegler owner of Threaded Quilting Studio

While She Naps: #134: Erin Dollar

Clear The Decks: Episode 23: Season 1 recap

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #27: Advice to our younger sewing selves with Cennetta of The Mahogany Stylist

Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 33: Gabby and Megan have Big News! 


Blogtacular: Season Four Trailer and Catch-Up

Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON



These sewing-themed jewellery pieces from Beyond Measure make perfect stocking fillers!

You’ve got just over a week left to order the Sew Hayley Jane January subscription box and guarantee that some new year sewing inspiration will be heading your way!

This floral furnishing cotton from Fabrics Galore has a wonderfully elegant, slightly exotic feel, with its warm classic colours and stylised flowers and butterflies. It would be perfect for cushions, or better still full upholstery!

Keep some sparkle in your wardrobe to brighten up January days with these subtly sparkly fabrics from Cotton Reel Studio!

If you’re looking for sophisticated animal print then The Draper’s Daughter has you covered with this gorgeous Lady McElroy leopard boiled wool, in soft grey-brown shades. Just imagine swathing yourself in it in the form of a luxurious coat!

DIY yourself a cork board for pinning up your new year’s resolutions and inspiration using this fantastic cork fabric from Fabric Godmother!

This pink waffle knit fabric from Sew Me Sunshine is so cosy and pretty – it would make a sweet cardigan, jumper or snuggly dressing gown for anyone of any age!

The range of fabrics at Remnant Kings is extraordinary – there’s something for every type of dressmaking you could imagine, from chunky knits to cocktail-dress lace!

Do you love the look of fair isle knits but have no skill with the needles? Then this faux fair isle cotton knit from Girl Charlee UK is your new best friend - it’s even printed with an adorable festive pattern!

This retro starry sky cotton from Cloth and Candy combines sixties-esque graphics with bang-on-trend mint green to make one seriously super cute fabric!

Make PJs for all the family this Christmas using one of Butterick’s many fab patterns and be everyone’s favourite gift-giver as they lounge in style and comfort after one too many mince pies!

Cloth Spot have put together a fantastic coatigan dressmaking kit containing everything you need so you can get on with a fab new dressmaking project without having to go anywhere near the busy busy shops!

Drapey leopard print skirts are all over the high street this season and several sewing bloggers have produced sensational versions of their own – get in on the act with this ‘Bengal’ viscose from Sew Over It!

Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.

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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