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Sew Reporter – 14th of June

Hello team! We are bang on in the middle of the Online Sewing Weekender! We are sharing videos from business owners and inspirational makers from the sewing industry, conversations with the community, tutorials and oh so much more. The event takes place online and all videos are available at any time so you can still join if you want to, head over to this post for more info.

100% of the profits from tickets sold will be donated equally between the following charities: NHS Charities Together, Black Lives Matter, mental health charity Mind and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.


Are you watching the Great British Sewing Bee series 6? We have searched high and low to bring you the best selection of sewing patterns from independent designers and commercial pattern houses that featured in this weeks episode, so you can re-create your favourite ‘Bee’ look at home! For the nr. 1 fans: check out our ultimate guide to the Sewing Bee page. We’ve got loads of exciting Sewing Bee goodness including a review of the book that accompanies the series!


Let’s start with Sylvia from The Ravel Out, who made this beautiful Hannah Dress from By Hand London in a stunning African wax print. She joined in with the Ankara Fabric Appreciation Week organised by Juliet @julietuzor_ and Lena @thatlenaking.

Juliet and Lena want to share some inspiration for people looking to infuse some African wax goodness into their wardrobe. And to add a bit of colour to your Instagram feed of course! We highly recommend browsing the #sewankarafabric ⁣for lots of STUNNING inspiration.

Mary aka Sablecraft stitched the Seamwork Dezi bias slip skirt in a spotty viscose twill and she looks amazinggg!

This navy silk linen McCall’s M7974 is basically our dream sun dress! Victoria at Victoria Lucille Anne has written an excellent blogpost about this dress which you should totally check out for more gorgeous photos.

For years Sarah aka Sew Sarah Smith has been looking for the perfect everyday easy-wear woven top pattern, and she thinks the Sew Over It Whitley Top might be the one! We LOVE all the versions she made, go check them out on her blog.

This stunning True Bias Shelby Dress is made by Emily aka Self Assembly Required and she has done a really fun sleeve hack inspired by the Jenna dress from By Hand London. Do you agree she totally nailed it?!?

YASSS we are loving the look of these comfy Anna Allen Clothing Pomona Pants made by Angie from The Mindful Sewist!

We had to pick up our jaws from the floor after we spotted Beck from I Sew, Therefore I Am in her white linen Bianca Flight Suit!!

We love everything about this, including the awesome bug patch! Emma @craftyclyde hacked the Mélilot Shirt from Deer & Doe into this beautiful dress and you can read more about it here!

This pattern – the Sienna Maker Jacket from Closet Case Patterns – and this fabric are a match made in heaven! And it looks SO good on Mel @stitch_make_bake. Head over to our website for Mel’s super detailed pattern review.

We would like to have this whole outfit please! Lucie @love_lucie made and reviewed the Closet Case Patterns Pietra Pants so go check it out here.


Here are the latest new sewing pattern releases from independent designers in the sewing community. We are passionate about championing indie designers in the sewing community and we are always looking for new sewing pattern designers we can feature. With over 200 designers from around the world creating patterns for us to sew with, there is a lot of choice. If you need some help finding your next sewing project search for more ideas using our sewing-specific search tool.


We love nothing more that sitting down at the end of the day and watching sewing blogs, it’s always fun to see what patterns other makers have been sewing up or what they’ve bought in their fabric hauls! Each week we share sewing videos from the sewing community where you can pick up tips, sewing advice and catch up on the latest high street and fashion trends. You’ll also be able to see what other makers in the community have been up to.

Lisa at And Sew On: Sewing Update and Plans

Tamlyn at Sewn On The Tyne: Daily Snippets E23 – Sewing catch up | Final week of Me Made May

Lizzie at Lizzie B: Reflecting on Me Made May 2020

Kealy at Voice Of A Creative: Sewing Pattern Review- The Reeta Shirt Dress by Named Clothing

Victoria Lucille Anne: Sagebrush Pattern 2 Ways

Jo at Joey Sewy: What Did I Sew in May | Tops, Trousers and Hand Embroidery

Lindsey at Inside the Hem: Simplicity 8604 in Sequin Boucle | Sewing Pattern Review


There is nothing better than listening to people talking about their favourite hobby while we sew. Grab yourself a cup of tea, get the sewing machine warmed up and sit down to listen to the conversations of sewing bloggers, indie designers and other makers on topics from how to design a new sewing pattern to sorting out your fabric stash. Here we have curated a list of sewing podcasts hot off the press this week. Have a listen this weekend for your weekly dose of making inspiration.

Love To Sew with Helen and Caroline: EPISODE 148: SEW QUEER WITH SHANNON FLAHERTY

The New Craft House Podcast with Hannah and Rosie: Episode Four – The Big Community Sew with Patrick Grant & Elisalex De Castro Peake

Sew and Tell with Meg, Amanda and Kate: Sheer Summer Style — Episode 41

Sewing For The Weekend with Beth and Nina: Making the Cut

Dressed: The history of fashion with April and Cassidy: FHM 46: Dressed to Protest

Bande a Part with Rebecca & Beatrice: The Invisible Man


Each week we also share all the new fabrics, haberdashery and kits from independent sewing businesses that we work with. You’ll find the latest fabric collections to hit the shelves, new haberdashery sales, offers and other exciting launches. Take a look at all the products that small businesses have curated from your perusal this week.

Are you – like us – tempted by every bright and beautiful print you see? We just can't stop looking at these pretties from Sew Me Sunshine, all these colours are amazing!

The combination of a charcoal background with a mustard, orange, pale pink and dusky brown print is making our hearts all happy. This cotton print with scattered leaves is from Fabrics Galore and we are totally into it!

This rose cotton knit from Lulou Designs stopped us in our tracks! The weight, colour, and look of this makes it SO PERFECT for a lovely summer cardigan..

You could stick them on your sewing machine, phone, notebook, haberdashery tin, sewing journal…. Anyone else trying to think of things that you can stick these awesome stickers from Pink Coat Club on?

Looking to make a breezy summery outfit? We have found the dreamiest stripey white and grey linen mix fabric over at Cloth Spot!

Have you seen the the content of the last box of Sew Hayley Jane's sewing goodies? We LOVED every. single. item! (Sign up now and save 10% by using the discount code FOLDLINE10)

ALL the hearteyes for these new floral prints from Cloth & Candy! Don’t you agree these are absolutely gorgeous? Just think of a maxi-dress in one of these fabrics… Swoon!

We love this stunning viscose palm print from The Draper's Daughter even more now that we know that it is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified and woven from Lenzing™️ EcoVero™️ certified fibres. This viscose is free of harmful substances and the manufacturing cycle has been optimized to drastically reduce the environmental impact compared to traditional viscose.

Right when you think you’ve seen all the leopard prints… (and loved them all) We found this one over at Lamazi Fabrics... We’re 100% digging it, those bright colours are fab!

The details of the brand new McCall's 8091 - Noemi dress are jaw droppingly gorgeous and we would totally wear this on a hot day.


We keep a handy list of sewing events, exhibitions and meet ups happening in the sewing community all over the world on our sewing social calendar here.


Come and join our sewing Facebook group where we are chatting about sewing plans, new patterns and helping each other out with projects.


 

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