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Sew Reporter – 3rd April

Happy Sunday team! We are astonished to find ourselves in April with the first quarter of 2022 now complete. It’s a great point to share something pretty exciting with you all… the Sewing Weekender is back soon and we have a date for you to pop in the diary!

As we have said goodbye to March, we took a look at some of your favourite things in the shop for the month, there were some great patterns being snapped up! Have a wonderful Sunday, maybe indulging in a spot of sewing?

BIG news team! The Sewing Weekender is back for 2022 and we have some very exciting things planned for it! You can expect a weekend of online talks, tutorials and more to keep you entertained while you sew a project of your choice. You can find 2021’s line-up here to get an idea of what you can expect

SAVE THE DATE: 21st – 22nd May 2022

For now, pop that in your diary and we will be back with details of what’s on and how to grab your ticket. It’s going to be a virtual (online) affair again as it makes the event accessible to more sewists around the globe and you can enjoy the content at a later date if you can’t make the weekend. We are co-hosting with the lovely Charlotte Emma Patterns and are hoping to make this a weekend to remember!

We have fallen for Jen’s peachy me-made Closet Core Patterns set. Perfect for everyday on-the-go wear, Jen used the Closet Core Patterns Mile End Sweatshirt and Plateau Joggers and some seriously snuggle fleece-back sweatshirt fabric. Find this and loads more inspiring makes on Jen’s Instagram – @gingerthreadgrl!

We love clever uses of one fabric in different colourways and Sewing Like Mad’s Brigid Wrap Dress from Style Arc is an absolute triumph! The contrasting colours really show off those wonderful sleeves, we love it!

We took a peek at what’s been most popular in the shop in March so here are five of your favourite things…

We’ve added some lovely newness to the shop this week, including a range of Kylie & the Machine woven labels, a new design from Itch to Stitch and Tammy Handmade.

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.

Looking for the perfect finishing touch for your handmade clothes? We are thrilled to share that we are now stocking the popular Kylie and the Machine woven labels! These bold and fun designs complete the process of sewing your own garments and are great for adding to gifts.

Kylie & The Machine labels are super high-quality with finer and more threads to give the crispest designs. They are Oeko-Tex certified, washable, durable and non-scratchy! There are also a number of ways you can use these clever labels as the pictures show!

We are back with our monthly roundup of new sewing pattern releases from your favourite indie designers. If you are looking for a bit of inspiration for your next sewing adventure we are here to help. Kate will take you through some of her favourites that hit the shop during March in this video!

If you want to schedule a spot of sewing inspiration, you might like to check on the latest exhibition to open at the Fashion Textile Museum in London. It looks like it’s going to be a mind-blowing display of some incredibly fine needlework from The Royal School of Needleworks’ collection, spanning 150 years of work.

The Exhibition includes the inspiring Red Dress Project, which was conceived by British artist Kirstie Macleod. The Red Dress Project aims to give women around the world, many of whom are marginalised and living in poverty, an artistic platform to tell their personal stories through embroidery. It would be incredible to admire it up close!

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk is on from the 1st of April to the 4th of September 2022


We had our fingers and toes crossed that Jenny Beavan would win the “Best Costume” Oscar for Cruella and that award wish came true! If you haven’t seen the Disney remake of Cruella, you must… if only to drool over the costumes. I might rewatch again this weekend to get another shot of inspiration! If like us, you enjoy reading more about the costume designers’ process, this Vanity Fair interview with Jenny Beavan is a great read.

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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