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Sew Reporter – 19th June

Happy Sunday team! We enjoyed another fab episode of the Great British Sewing Bee (can you believe it’s the semi-finals next week?!) and have some sewing inspiration from the show to share with you, including our pattern picks for episode 8. We also spotted a couple of sewing events you might be interested in. Happy browsing!

This week the judges sent the quarter-finalists back to the golden era of the 1930s to sew a fiddly pair of women’s sailor-inspired trousers, turning men’s shirts into 1930s blouses, and creating a bias-cut evening gown fit for a Hollywood starlet.

For episode eight we have put our detective hats on to discover the sewing patterns from independent designers and commercial pattern houses used in the Sewing Bee TV show. The patterns we found are all matches or inspired by the designs they used. We also have a coordinating video to chat through the episode and the patterns for you to enjoy!

Images: (C) BBC/Love Productions

If you haven’t already seen our ultimate guide to the Sewing Bee do take a look.

Gosh! Wasn’t the pattern challenge tricky this week (and we thought the difficulty level had already hit the top!)?

If you enjoyed watching the Sewing Bees construct a pair of sailor-inspired trousers, we have some patterns that would be perfect for the job!

Did the made-to-measure challenge have you dreaming up a gown fit for a Hollywood starlet? If you love the idea of sewing something on the bias but want something you could get lots of wear out of, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite bias-cut dresses for your to browse…

If details in the back capture your heart, the Papercut Patterns Ravine Dress might find its way onto your sewing table! This dreamy bias cut dress features a plunging deep v back, waist tie, optional strap across the back for extra comfort, sleeveless option and beautiful cross seam detail at the bottom front.

We might be biased, but we love Sewing Patterns by Masin’s Sicily Slip Dress! It’s a romantic bias cut slip dress with the option of thin straps or wider straps and has two neckline levels for the stunning cowl neck.

Easy to make and even easier to wear, Trend Patterns Square Dress is cut on the bias giving a flowing drape in the body and a smooth flattering fit over the bust. Looks great dressed up or down, and it has pockets!

Tessuti Fabrics Sadie Slip Dress is a classic bias cut slip dress that looks great worn with a fitted t-shirt underneath or paired with a jacket or cardigan. You will get lots of daily wear out of this bias-cut piece!

The Fold Line team are all lusting over our Mel’s latest make! Did anyone else watch the Sewing Bees quilting their jackets and wonder if it could actually be achieved in that time? Well, our lovely customer service star, Mel, decided to take on the same challenge the contestants did and timed herself doing it. Mel has shared all the details of tackling this project, including how much time she clocked up making it in this fab blog post!

We’ve added some lovely newness to the shop this week, including a brand new Itch to Stitch design!

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.

Make a splash by sewing your own swimsuit or bikini with Tilly and the Buttons Coralie pattern, created in collaboration with designer Evie la Lùve. With multiple versions to choose from, you can either keep it simple or add pretty details while building your swimwear sewing skills.

Sizing: UK 6-34 in paper and PDF

Find Coralie and loads more lovely TATB patterns here!

When the weather is at its best, we tend to spend less time at our machines and more in the great outdoors. But we usually still have a sewing itch to scratch! We’ve shortlisted some of our favourite satisfyingly speedy sewing projects that can be cut out and made in an afternoon or so. It’s on the blog now to browse!

We spotted that the lovely Daisy Braid who shared a fab sewing tutorial at the Sewing Weekender last month is a guest on the Check Your Thread podcast! Daisy will be chatting with Zoe about her new book, DIY drafting and inclusive sewing. Pop it on while you sew!

The Sew Over 50 group has a meet-up date in the diary – hooray! The event is open to all (under or over 50) and takes place at the Sew Yarn Crafty & Studio in Dunfermline, Fife. It is sure to be a lovely evening FULL of sewing chat and passionate conversations over shirring, co-ords and all the sewing hot topics!

When: 5pm to 7pm Friday 22nd July
Tickets: £10 (includes Eventbrite fee, refreshments,  PLUS a £5 voucher to spend in the shop on the night)
The venue is fully accessible

If you fancy adding an inspiring talk to your evening, you might like this event from the Fashion Textile Museum. Caroline Young, the author of The Colour of Fashion,  will be delving into the significance of colour in dress, and exploring how the symbolism has shifted over time.

Book your ticket here!

When: 23 June 2022 @ 18.00 – 19.30

Tickets are £5

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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