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The Sew Reporter – 27th January


Can you believe it’s already time for this month’s Sew-Down?! Yep on the blog this week it’s our usual monthly round-up covering everything we’ve loved in January. And in case you need more inspiration (can you ever have too much?), read on below for the usual dose of amazing makes, blogs, vlogs, podcasts and products…





Janene of Ooobop sewed this awesome Dior-inspired tulle skirt – and we love how she’s styled it!

Zoe of So, Zo, What Do You Know has made a chic Breton take on the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater!

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has sewn a really fabulous holiday wardrobe, including this Tofo Jumpsuit from Half Moon Atelier!

Manju of Sew Manju has made this gorgeous animal print version of Simplicity 8014 and looks fab as ever!

Allie of Allie M. Jackson has lengthened the True Bias Ogden Cami into a slip and then dyed some silk with avocados to make it!

Abi, aka The Crafty Pinup, is sharing her top tips for sewing a coat, along with her newest version of Simplicity 8797!

Tabitha of Tabitha Sewer is sharing her top tips for sewing a faux fur coat, having made this incredible one!

Wendy looks great in her Ready to Sew Jazz Dress! Wish we were on that beach too!

Danica does it again with this fantastic jumpsuit take on Vogue 9075!

Shauni always makes the coolest things and these TPC12 trousers from Trend Patterns are no exception!

NEW: It’s us! The Sew-Down January 2019

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread GirlMy #MakeNine2019 revealed!

NEW: Sew Over It: Meet the Sara Dungarees and Trousers!

NEW: Athina of CraftaholicWhat I’ve Been Making: My Spoonflower Makes

NEW: Sew Hayley Jane: January Unboxing: New Years Resewlutions

NEW: Pattern Pals: Ep.12: Pyjama Party! Our finished Carolyn Pyjamas!

Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing & Knitting: December and January 2018/19

English Girl At HomeFavourite 2018 Sewing Pattern Releases

The Stitch Sisters: Coffee and Catch-Up: Jan 2019!

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas Day 24: Merry Christmas Everyone!

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 GingerellaReview: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

The Great British Sewing Bee is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens on the 12th of February. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? 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: Love to Sew: EPISODE 77: The Fold Line with Kate Underdown

NEW: While She Naps: #137: Katarina Roccella

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #29: What We Loved, Hated and Learned in 2018

Elise gets Crafty: ON PIVOTING YOUR BUSINESS: EP 155

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 190: C-side with Carolina Moore

Blogtacular: Episode 45: Nik Speller

Craft-IshEpisode 48: Anne Weil, Flax & Twine

Clear The Decks: Episode 23: Season 1 recap

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

Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON



Sew Over It have the most amazing range of block-coloured crepes – from neons and pastels to earthy and jewel tones!

Fabric Godmother has a great selection of chunky cable knit fabrics for sewing sweaters and sweater dresses, and this coral pink basket weave is our favourite!

Go bold or go home with this fuschia and black spotty jersey from Girl Charlee UK!

The Sew Hayley Jane Ballet Top Kit is now on sale! Grab this perfect gift (for yourself or someone else) while you can!

Cotton Reel Studio currently has a treasure trove of bargainacious bolt ends including beauties such as these from Lisa Comfort, Art Gallery Fabrics and Merchant and Mills!

Fabrics Galore aren’t just about dressmaking – they also have a brilliant patchwork fabrics selection, perfect for all you quilters and cushion-makers out there!

These ‘forever handmade’ embroidered patches from Sew Me Sunshine are the perfect way to make a statement on a jacket, bag or jeans back pocket!

These ‘seamstress’ badge key chains from Pink Coat Club are what every sewist needs in their life (and handbag)!  

Give your knit garments the perfect finishing touch with this stretch jersey binding from Beyond Measure! In a wide range of colours you can go for matching or contrasting, but either way it’ll elevate your necklines and armholes to the next level!

In the fabulous cotton prints section at Cloth and Candy you’re always guaranteed to find something fun and fresh and not quite like anything you’ve seen elsewhere!

If you’re looking for a cute fabric to sew something for a little one, then you can’t do better than this adorable elephants French terry from Lamazi Fabrics!

If you’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year on the 5th of February then check out this elegant qi-pao-inspired pattern from New Look!  

Cloth Spot’s fabric range is wonderfully sophisticated – from their viscose jerseys to smooth, weighty coatings, pure cotton shirtings to silky linings, everything here is guaranteed to bring elegance to your wardrobe.

Check out the beautifully curated selection of organic and designer knit fabrics from The Draper’s Daughter; the speckled grey Robert Kaufman cotton jersey is one of our faves…

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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