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Sew Reporter – 26th June

Happy Sunday pals! Hope you’ve all had a good week and have managed to squeeze a spot of sewing in! We have some sewing inspiration from the Sewing Bee to share with you, including our pattern picks for episode 9 and have some lovely new Liberty Fabrics sewing patterns for you to take a peek at!


This week the Sewing Bee celebrated Japanese design and sewing, asking the semi-finalists to piece together a puzzling kimono-inspired dress that was designed by Esme in collaboration with a Japanese designer, add some visible mending worn-out denim, and sew a made-to-measure garment with elements of origami folds and pleats

For episode nine 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.


The pattern challenge was quite complicated, wasn’t it? I suppose it was the semi-finals so they had to put the final four to the test! If you were inspired and want to add a robe style to your project list, we have some pattern suggestions, including dresses and cover-ups/jackets.

Oh, those complicated folds and pleats for the Sewing Bee made-to-measure challenge were rather pleasing! If you’re inspired to sew something with interesting folds, pleats and tucks, we have a few pattern suggestions up our structural sleeves…

The Trend Patterns TPC7 Pleated Shoulder Dress design was inspired by the big, voluminous sleeves seen on the catwalks and is so striking! You can also make it up as a top.

If you liked what Debra made, you could also check out this pattern which we think is spot on: Trend Patterns Tuck Sleeve Top TPC15.

If you’d like to try some pretty pleating, the You Made My Day Patterns 8th of March Origami Blouse and Dress has beautiful origami detail on the shoulders.

If you were inspired by the more structured garments, we think the Falda Jacket by Pattern Fantastique would be a pleasing project. It was developed using a combination of draping and flat paper pattern making.

A little bit of pleating goes a long way! If you fancy bringing some folding detail into your daily wardrobe, the Iris Tee by Forget-Me-Not Patterns would be a great pick!


A special birthday deserves a dress that fits the occasion and Hannah used her 40th birthday as an excuse to sew something incredible! Hannah had the Victory Patterns Trina Dress saved in her Fold Line wish list and seized her opportunity to make it up for celebrating in me-made style. The fabric and pattern pair beautifully together! Check out Hannah’s pattern review to read about what she thought of making it up.


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’ve been (im)patiently waiting for our stock to arrive so we can share the dreamy new collection of Liberty patterns with you. The designs naturally lend themselves to beautiful Liberty lawn fabrics!

Sizing: UK 4/6 – 10 or UK 10 – 18/20 / Format: Paper

Browse all the Liberty patterns here!

Psst! We’ve added a bunch of commercial patterns to the sale section! We’ve added a selection of McCall’s and Butterick designs with 40% off so snap one up before they go!

(Butterick B6790 is pictured)


Sew the trends for summer is here and ready for you to dip your toes into. Grab yourself an iced drink, pop your sunnies on and let’s dive into some hot looks. Kate hit the high street and hunted out the core trends for you guys to sew this summer. Kate has covered co-ords, swimsuits, jackets and much more in this Vlog. Enjoy!


Image credits: And Just Like That… HBO Max / MEGA

Lots of people were looking for a skirt pattern to recreate this Carrie look from the Sex and the City spin-off and here you have it! We added the Vanessa Hansen Carrie Skirt to the shop and we are utterly smitten with this pattern! The design was inspired by the gingham super high-waisted gathered skirt with a panelled yoke worn by Sarah Jessica Parker for the recent series.

If you loved the look but don’t want to wear it quite so high, the pattern comes with a second option that sits on your natural waist.

You can find the Vanessa Hansen Carrie Skirt in sizes UK 6 – 32/34 in the Fold Line shop in PDF format!


There’s a fabulous challenge coming this July from the Sew Over 50 group

The guidelines:
– open to the ALL sewists;
– plain colours only (no patterned prints);
– the challenge runs from July 1 – July 31;
– garments only;
– showcase new or previously sewn makes;
– use either tag.

We might share some pattern ideas for colour blocking next week as this challenge has got this pattern nerd excited!


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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