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Sew Reporter – 24th April

Happy Sunday gang! How are we all? The sewing season is revving up with a new series of the Sewing Bee just a few days away and indie designers are sharing their spring releases which have been great so far. The latest edition of Fibre Mood magazine hit down this week and we have added all the PDFs from edition 18, so there’s plenty to browse.

This week we also announced the Sewing Weekender line-up and there are some great things to enjoy. If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet, now’s the time to do so! Have a lovely Sunday everyone ūüôā

We’ve got an exciting (and practical) new designer to share with you that has just been added to The Fold Line shop! Introducing Lasenby who specialises in patterns for homewares and bags, including bags specifically designed for knitting/crochet – great for all those sewists who also dabble in yarn crafts. London-based Sam left the corporate city rat race in 2020 to focus on this wonderful sewing business and designing wares to organise home and crafts. From project bags to placemat settings, Lasenby patterns will have you organised in style and your home will enjoy an injection of me-made goodies! Find the Lasenby PDF sewing patterns in the shop now.

Photo showing the Borage Table Mats, Cup Mats and Napkins sewing pattern from Lasenby Patterns on The Fold Line. A table mat, cup mat and napkin pattern made in canvas, linen, lawn, cottons or twill fabrics, featuring two tone hexagonal mats and napkin, a set of mats forms a table runner.

It’s only a few days to go until Bee day and ahead of the big day The Great British Sewing Bee revealed the series 8 contestants earlier this week – eeee! We cannot wait to get to know this lovely bunch of bees and see what they get up to! You can find out a bit more about each one on Instagram @britishsewingbee.

Series 8 of the Great British SewingBee¬†will start on¬†27th April 2022 at 8 pm on BBC One! We’ll be updating you each week with a rundown of every episode and the patterns used so watch this space!

Photo: BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

Team Fold Line Mel used her bank holiday wisely and whipped up a Paper Theory Patterns Zadie Jumpsuit and we all have some major me-made envy! Mel shared her thoughts on the pattern in this fab review if you want to read a little more about it!

We have 39 Zadie Jumpsuit reviews on the site if you want to go down a rabbit hole and see what everyone has said about this lovely pattern!

It’s that time again –¬†an exciting new edition of¬†Fibre Mood Magazine¬†has landed! It’s packed with projects for making right now… who wants a peek at the patterns inside Edition 19?

We’ve also added the¬†PDF patterns from¬†Edition 18, so you can buy them individually if you had your eye on something.

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.

Fibre Mood Magazine Edition 19 has a whopping 12 patterns and 31 style variations included to sew elegant, trendy and comfortable items for spring! This edition has designs for dresses, tops, trousers, a skirt, jumper and jacket for women, as well as a jumper 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.

Sizes: Women’s UK 6-28/30 /¬†Children‚Äôs¬†2 ‚Äď 14 years

Are you a fan of Fibre Mood patterns? Well, you’re in for a treat because we¬†now have the¬†individual PDF patterns from Edition 18¬†in the shop.¬†We are particularly taken with the Zarah Top, the Moira Jumpsuit¬†and the Maude Dress!

All the PDF sewing patterns include¬†seam allowances and¬†projector files if you prefer.¬†You can buy the PDF pattern on its own, or select our copy shop printing and we will pop the pattern in the post to you… easy peasy!

Sizes: Women’s UK 6-28/30 /¬†Children‚Äôs¬†2 ‚Äď 14 years


Have you got your¬†ticket to the Sewing Weekender¬†yet? It’s the hottest ticket in (sewing) town you know! We can now share the¬†online Sewing Weekender line-up¬†with you, and WOW, there is some good stuff to get excited about.

It’s like a festival, but without the fear of time slot clashes or having to make it from one stage to another – the Sewing Weekender can be enjoyed at your own pace and you won’t have to miss a single thing.

If you want to see what’s on the bill and read up on all the content you will get as an attendee, head over to the Sewing Weekender page.

The Sewing Weekender dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May 2022

Tickets for the online Sewing Weekender 2022 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.

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.

Woman wearing the Orchidée Dress sewing pattern by Deer and Doe. A dress pattern made in batiste, cotton voile, swiss dots or eyelet fabrics, featuring a deep V-neck, bridal buttons, zipper closure, elbow length puff sleeves, full skirt and deep waistband.

If you’ve had an invite for a special do, I know the first thought that runs through your head… “What shall I sew?”. It is a popular topic in our lovely Facebook group and a list we’ve had requests for many times, so here we are! If you have had an invite to a wedding, garden party, baby shower or soir√©e of any kind, we have a few ideas for what you could sew. We’ve rounded up ten lovely occasionwear indie sewing patterns for you to peruse!

Secrets of the Museum is back on BBC Two for a third series and has some really super textiles content to feast your eyes on!
Episode 1 includes the conservation of a waistcoat from a Beatrix Potter illustration, Episode 2 features the toile suit Sandy Powell wore to the Oscars, and Episode 3 includes a chat with Lilia (from Alice & Co Patterns) about an ensemble she is working on for the Fashioning Masculinities exhibition.

We adore the Chandler Pants sewing pattern by Untitled Thoughts and if you are thinking of making them, you might find Brittani’s handy YouTube tutorial on tapering pant legs helpful. The Chandler Pants are easy to sew, wear and fit, but if you want to slightly taper the leg in, Brittani shows you just how easy it is. It will come in use for all manner of trouser/dungaree patterns where a small tweak can make all the difference to the fit! Look out for the furry sewing assistant too!

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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