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Sew Reporter – 10th April

BIG news team… The Sewing Weekender 2022 tickets are now on SALE! This virtual event is going to be unmissable and you can book your tickets today – whoop whoop! We are really excited by the lineup and all the creative people involved in delivering excellent content at this year’s event… it’s go us all inspired!

We hope you have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy browsing our pick of things we’ve watched, read and seen in the world of sewing this week!

Tickets for the online Sewing Weekender 2022 are now on SALE – hooray! We are co-hosting with the lovely Charlotte Emma Patterns and are hoping to make this a weekend to remember. Tickets are £18.50 and 10% of profits from the event will be evenly divided between the following charities: Missing People and The British Red Cross Crisis Appeal.

What is the Sewing Weekender?
The Weekender is an informal community sewing event where can you’ll gain access to inspiring video tutorials and messages from sewing businesses and makers, to keep you entertained while you sew, plus a digital goodie bag. You will also be able to chat with other attendees in informal Zoom rooms.

How do I take part?
To join in, simply work on a sewing project of your choice at home over the weekend of the 21st-22nd of May. Share your plans and progress with other attendees on Instagram using the hashtag #SewingWeekender and in a dedicated Facebook Group.

We will be sharing more about the content you can expect on the day very soon. Read more about the Sewing Weekender and previous years here.

The Sewing Weekender dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022
Don’t worry if you can’t take part on the day, you will have access to the content to enjoy at your leisure when it suits you.

We are so inspired by everything Georgie makes. The prints she chooses and the way she cleverly clashes them create THE coolest combinations. Georgie’s latest make, a fabulous Friday Pattern Company Patina blouse is absolutely no exception. Find this and loads more inspiring makes on Georgie’s Instagram – @heysewgeorgie.

We adore this stunning Helen’s Closet Gilbert Top Lynn made. It is a true staple that can be styled in so many ways and we think it will get lots of wear as soon as the sun starts to shine! We love it, Lynn!

The popular indie designer Liesel and Co have released a wonderful new summer collection! Comprising of three patterns that are perfect for a capsule holiday wardrobe for exploring and enjoying a coffee while people watching.

PDF and paper (coming soon)

The Tribeca Knit Cami includes two close-fitting cami styles with a built-in bra for support and shaping. This pattern is designed for knit fabrics with at least 25% stretch and the sizing is UK 6 – 20.

The Lisboa Walking Shorts are relaxed pull-on walking shorts that include an elastic paper-bag waist, belt loops, and front pockets. You can choose from three in-seam lengths and the pattern sizing is UK 8-20.

The Enmore Halter Dress and Top is hiding a wonderful feature… a built-in bra that comes in cups sizes A/B, C and D. This style can be cut on grain or on the bias if you want more drape to the fabric. The patterns sizing is UK 8-20.

Browse all the Liesel and Co patterns here!

We have added a lovely new Swedish pattern designer to the shop – Pattern by Malena! The patterns are primarily focused on designs for knit fabrics. – hurrah!

Expect instructions that don’t just tell you how to do it, but explain why so you have a better understanding of all the sewing steps and can feel more confident in your knowledge! With so much passion for sewing with jersey, you are in good hands with Pattern by Malena.

SIZING: Women’s: UK 6 – 26/28 / Children’s: 1½ – 10 years / Babies: 0 – 24 months

Browse Pattern by Malena designs 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 don’t need much of an excuse to sew, but feeling comfortable while exercising is a great one in our book. We have some wonderful activewear indie sewing patterns in the shop that would be perfect for feeling comfortable while exercising. These designs could be worn for physical activities, or for an off-duty sports-lux look. So we’ve rounded up our favourite designs on the blog for you to browse!

I am getting very excited about all the new exhibitions opening at the moment and this one is definitely on my list to go and see. Althea McNish: Colour is Mine is a landmark retrospective of one of the UK’s most innovative textile artists and the first designer of Caribbean descent to achieve international recognition. It looks like a perfect day out for us textile-obsessed sewers.

Althea McNish: Colour is Mine is on at the William Morris Gallery in London until 11 September 2022

If you want something lovely to read that is in equal parts a feast for the eyes, I highly recommend this BBC Article about London business, Jeanette Fashions.

“Maurice Dorfman ran Jeannette Fashions, a traditional haberdashery shop and the longest-surviving independent shop on Clapham High Street, south London. His death, in February last year, aged 87, brought to an end a remarkable 60 years of family trading in the heart of Clapham. And for the past 18 months, Clapham photographer Jim Grover has been piecing together Dorfman’s life.”

I think we all have a business like this that we’ve treasured and whose shop owners are absolutely remarkable and one in a million 🙂

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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