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Sew Reporter – 23rd of April

Holy Moly! We have been busy bees this week! Firstly, we have added FIVE PAGES of new patterns to the shop this week. You can see a few below, but as you can imagine we couldn’t fit them all in so you can browse the rest of them here. Secondly, we have watched the Sewing Bee on Wednesday and we have hunted down the patterns that were used on the show. Have look and see what you think of them here. Thirdly, we went SHOPPING! We scoured the high street for this season’s core trends and paired patterns to go with them so your handmade wardrobe will be bang up-to-date.

Keep scrolling for all the good stuff and enjoy your weekend!

We’re really into this amazing colour-blocked dress that Ruby at Ruby Rose Sews drafted herself. She’s currently pregnant (congrats Ruby!) and this just looks like the comfiest maternity dress.

Did Brittany aka Brittany J. Jones secretly knew about the paperbag shorts pattern challenge on the Sewing Bee last Wednesday? She made her version in a red faux leather and paired it with a colourful True Bias Ogden Cami. This outfit is a winner in our book!

We’ve never seen a happier version of the StyleArc Hope Dress. Anna aka Blogless Anna paired this stylish dress pattern with the perfect fabric.

Mary at Sablecraft tested the brand spanking new Friday Pattern Company Davenport Dress pattern and we could not love this dress more, even if we tried!

Not one, but two True Bias Marlo sweaters were sewn up by Tori from The Doing Things Blog. Check out her blog for the super cozy shorter version of Marlo.

This speckled Hemlock Tee by Grainline Studio looks like a summer wardrobe staple! Meg at Megmade chose to make it in a tissue weight knit so it will be perfect for wearing on hot days.

A comfy work-from-home but still fabulous outfit? We are here for it! This is the Fibre Mood Joy sweatshirt dress stitched up by Cristy from Love You Sew.

Helen at Helen’s Closet made this amazing Friday Pattern Company Ilford Jacket from scraps! She used 6 different fabric scraps from her stash and we think it’s amazing how well they go together.

Bring on SUMMER! Raven Maureen is ready! This crispy white Helen’s Closet Gilbert Top is gorgeous.

We’ve never seen a McCall’s 7969 dress that we didn’t like, and this tropical number by Mel @stitch_make_bake is certainly no exception! Read Mel’s pattern review on the site here.

WOW! We have added a ton of new patterns to the shop this week and we could not be more excited about them! There are so many new gorgeous designs that we couldn’t fit them all in here, so you are going to have to hop over to the shop to see them all. There’s the new Simplicity collection, the new Liberty pattern collection, the new designer Pattern Cutting Deconstructed, the new I AM patterns collection, and EVEN MORE!! So, go have a look.

Do you already have a specific design in mind? Or do you need some help finding the perfect pattern for your fabric? You can search all the patterns in our database using our sewing-specific search tool.

Inspired by “THE Bee”? Check out our pattern picks from the Sewing Bee series 7 episode 2! See how we got on in finding which patterns the contestants used during ‘summer week’ on the blog and in the video on our YouTube channel.

We loved reading this thought provoking blog post by Kate from Time To Sew. She shares her thoughts about Fashion Revolution Week 2021 and sustainable sewing. Join the conversation on her Instagram post here.

Alice, Atia, and Juliet are back with the already 3rd season of the un:CUT podcast! Listen to episode 31: Favourite and Future Makes of the year. The ladies discuss their favourite makes from 2021 so far, and they talk about what they are hoping to sew up in the near future.

The maxi challenge is once again organised by Crystal @crystalsewsandstuff and Tea @crumpetsteaandsewing! In order to participate you must sew a maxi dress, skirt, pants or jumpsuit (calf-length or longer) between now and May 16, 2021. Go check out this post to read all the ins and outs.

Dreaming of making a swishy button-down sun dress for the upcoming summer season? The Shelby Dress and Romper by True Bias is one of the sewing community’s favourite! Shelby is a princess-seamed dress with a V-shaped neckline, a front button opening, and a back waist tie. The dress comes with 2 length options, and the romper also includes 2 length options. We love these beautiful summery versions and you can read all about them – and other Shelby dresses and rompers – on our site.

This is Francisco, find out more on Instagram at @ciscosews. Their Instagram does what is says on the tin (aka their bio): Slow-fashion sewing + Upcycling, conscious + ethical fashion, imperfect sustainability. The makes are really creative and super inspirational so we highly recommend checking the account out!

We are BEYOND EXCITED to welcome Moni from Pattern Cutting Deconstructed to the Fold Line family! Moni teaches the undervalued skill of pattern cutting in a fun and interactive way and know you are able to learn from her in the comfort of your own home. There are 3 cut and spread kits available for the gorgeous top. And for the dress you can choose a conventional ready-to-sew pattern, or a pattern + cut and spread kit (you receive the dress pattern and then you draft your own sleeve using the block provided). These patterns are amazing if you want to expand your sewing skills and start experimenting with pattern drafting. Check out all the designs and different kit options 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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