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Sew Reporter – 21st November

Happy Sunday gang! How’s November treating you? Are you beginning to feel a little festive? We are courtesy of our blog post where we scoured our shop for Handmade Gift Ideas… we really should get sewing some ourselves!

We’ve had an exciting week on the pattern front as the new Fibre Mood Magazine has dropped and we added all the PDF patterns from edition 16, do have a browse. Have a wonderful end to your weekend!

Images: Marks and Spencer / Next

If you’re anything like us, immersing yourself in a film at the cinema means absorbing the characters, the sets, the music… but most importantly, the costumes. I (Louise team Fold Line) went to see the new film Spencer (about Princess Diana) at the cinema, knowing that the costumes were going to be something special, but not necessarily things that I could translate into my own wardrobe. BUT, there was one piece that I can’t stop thinking about! This coat Kristin Stewart who plays Diana wore was the perfect balance of casual, chic and cosy, so I thought I’d look for a sewing pattern to recreate this look!

Have you spotted ALL the knitted vest/tank tops on the high street? Knitters are whipping up their own, but what about us sewists? There must be an option, right? We searched our site and found the perfect pattern for recreating this look – the Pierce vest by Ensemble! It comes with four different lengths: cropped (with two different hem options), tee, tunic/mini dress, and dress with side slits. The pattern has a deep V neckline, and you can add optional shoulder pads. If you use a chunky knitted fabric like the sample it will be spot on for this look.

Pierce Vest, Tee and Dress by Ensemble – Sizes UK 8-22

We’ve been lusting over the Traveller Coat by Bella Loves Patterns for a while now, so we were thrilled to see Self Assembly Required has made it up! The classic wool Emily opted for is just perfection! Emily has written a very thorough blog post about the process that is well worth a read.

We love a wardrobe staple pattern and the Cap Sleeve Shirt by The Assembly Line definitely ticks that box for us. We were excited to see that Oh Sew Fearless added a review to the site sharing this very cool take on the pattern and said “I love its laid back style and amazing shape that is so comfy to wear yet still smart. This is going to become a wardrobe staple for me for sure.” Read the full review here.

We’ve added all the PDF patterns from Fibre Mood Magazine edition 16 this week, so here are a few of our favourites! You can see them all HERE.

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 newly updated sewing-specific search tool.

We’ve also added the UK 16-34 size range in PDF format for the popular Indigo Top and Dress and Indigo Add-On pattern by Tilly and the Buttons.

Edition 17 of the Fibre Mood sewing pattern magazine hit the shop this week – yippee! It has a whopping twelve patterns and 32 style variations for elegant, trendy and comfortable items for winter. This edition has designs for dresses, trousers, a skirt, a blouse, a sweater, a pullover and a coat for women, as well as a skirt and jacket for children.

The patterns come on pull-out A1 sheets that are folded and stapled into the magazine. The patterns are overlaid and are colour coded which makes them easier to trace off. You can grab your copy from our shop. If you’re missing any of the previous issues, you can grab those HERE!

Sizes: Women’s UK 6-28/30 / Children’s 2 – 14 years

Are you planning on sewing handmade gifts this holiday season? We’ve scoured our shop for some patterns that are relatively easy to make. Some projects will be quicker than others and some will also work nicely if you are planning to batch Christmas gifts for people. These indie patterns are great if you actually fancy treating yourself (to me, from me)!

We watched a fabulous news story on the BBC online this week that just blew us away. The story covers The Red Dress Project which was conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod. The project provides an artistic platform for women around the world, many of whom are marginalized and live in poverty, to tell their personal stories through embroidery. The dress has taken an incredible twelve years to complete and has travelled the globe in the process.

Read more about The Red Dress on the project’s website, including videos, a map of the artisans and events.

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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