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Sew Reporter – 23rd January

Happy Sunday Foldliners! How are we all? We’re feeling settled back into our daily routines and feeling accomplished that good habits are slotting into place. And by good habits, we mean squeezing a few minutes of sewing here and there into our day! A little does go a long way in sewing 🙂

Have a lovely end to the weekend everyone!


The Toaster Sweater pattern by Sew House Seven is a firm favourite in the sewing community and it’s been so popular on the shop lately. We’ve been thinking about ways you can style it using one of the new trends we’ve seen emerging from the high street – bodywarmers! We think that we cosy knit Toaster sweater worn with a bodywarmer, 70s-style skirt and long boots would be a very chic (and warm) outfit! Our pick of the bodywarmer bunch is the Irma by Fibre Mood because we love the way you can choose to cinch it at the waist and the large patch pockets are so practical. The No-Zip Skirt by Blue Dot Patterns tell you exactly why we’ve picked it in the name – no zip required! The lovely A-line shape is a great silhouette to have in your everyday wardrobe rotation.

Woman wearing the No-Zip Skirt sewing pattern by Blue Dot Patterns. An A-line skirt pattern made in denim, twill, corduroy, suitings, sateen, poplin or linen fabrics, featuring a fitted waist, slash pockets, button and hook and eye closure.

Toaster Sweaters by Sew House Seven – Sizing: UK 6 – 22

Irma Bodywarmer by Fibre Mood – Sizing: UK 6 – 28/30

No-Zip Skirt by Blue Dot Patterns– Sizing: UK 8 – 22



Raph has done it AGAIN! If you watched the last series of the Great British Sewing Bee, you’ll remember Raph’s incredible sewing skills and the unique touches he put on every garment. Raph decided to have a go at making his own jeans using the Quadra Jean’s pattern by Thread Theory from our shop as a base. If you’ve been following Raph, you’ll know he is amazing at hacking a pattern to make it his own and puts special meaning into garments. The stunning topstitching has been inspired by the news this week of hundreds of fin whales being spotted in the southern ocean, back from the brink of extinction. We could happily stare at this topstitching for hours!

You can follow Raph on Instagram @raph_sew_and_so to keep up with his sewing pursuits!


This is a make that requires a closer look and appreciation. Natasha added an extra special detail to this gorgeous Cleo Pinafore Dress by Tilly and the Buttons, a hand-embroidered motif! Check out Natasha’s review for a closer look at this lovely needlework.


We’ve got some great new styles from the popular Russian pattern designer, Vikisews and we’ve been busy restocking some of your favourite paper patterns. They are here for you to peruse!

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.

FAITH COAT by VIKISEWS SIZING – UK 6 – 20 Format – PDF
CHARLIZE DRESS by VIKISEWS SIZING – UK 6 – 20 Format – PDF
FLORENCE DRESS by VIKISEWS SIZING – UK 6 – 20 Format – PDF
BERTHA BLOUSE by VIKISEWS SIZING – UK 6 – 20 Format – PDF
EMILY DRESS by VIKISEWS SIZING – UK 6 – 20 Format – PDF
Woman wearing the Averse Skirt sewing pattern from Camimade on The Fold Line. A skirt pattern made in viscose, tencel, linen, cotton lawn or chambray fabrics, featuring a side invisible zip, midi length finish, curved waistband and a full skirt giving the impression of a circle skirt.
AVERSE SKIRT by CAMIMADE SIZING – UK 8 – 20 Format – PDF


If you’re planning on trying to get your sewing pattern stash in order, our specially designed pattern storage envelopes might be just the thing you need to get that unruly pile under control! We sourced a special envelope for the job, oh this isn’t just any envelope… it’s a Fold Line envelope! The gusseted envelopes have plenty of room to store copy shop printed pattern sheets or cut out pattern pieces. You can buy them in packs of 5, 10 or 20 on the shop now!


Are you ready for some sewing inspiration from the long-awaited return of Sex and the City retitled “And Just Like That…”? We have been falling back in love the New York City and the signature fashion looks from the show. Kate has been on a ‘Find That Pattern’ quest and has found some pretty close pattern matches to her favourite looks from the show. It’s on the blog and YouTube now!


If you want to listen to something while you sew this weekend, we highly recommend this episode of A Smaller Life. The host, Saskia chats to Grace Whowell who owns Beyond Measure, a shop that’s all about beautiful, handmade tools and accessories for needle crafting. You’ll hear about how Grace set the business up and future dreams for Beyond Measure.

We also really enjoyed this episode from Standard Issue Podcast which features one of the fab designers on the shop, Make with Mandi, talking about her business. It’s a great listen!


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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