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Sew Reporter – 10th July

Happy Sunday Fold Liners! How are we all? We’ve got plenty of sewing-related things to share with you, including a fabulous new sewing pattern from Jennifer Lauren Handmade and a New Look pattern sale you won’t want to miss! Hope you have a chilled end to the week 🙂

If your joining in with the latest Sew Over 50 challenge and are after a project that delivers the opportunity to colour block, we have a few pattern ideas that you might like. We’ve picked knit tops that are perfect for using up scraps of jersey, so hopefully, you can whip up something new, use up some remnants and be able to enter the #SewColourBlocking challenge!

Check out this Sew Over 50 Instagram post for all the details of the challenge…

Sew Me Something Olivia Origami Sweatshirt

If you caught the latest series of the Sewing Bee, you might have been intrigued by the origami-inspired challenge the contestant took on. Sew Me Something has released a very wearable top that combines interesting wraparound seam detailing and shaped cocoon cuffs. The Olivia Origami Sweatshirt is just perfect for colour blocking!

Sizing: UK 4 – 32 / Format: Paper

Buy the Lennox Sweatshirt sewing pattern from Tessuti Fabrics on The Fold Line.

Tessuti Fabrics Lennox Sweatshirt

This loose, boxy sweatshirt features drop shoulders and self-fabric neck and hem bands with twin needle detail stitching. View B has striking asymmetric colour-blocking. The sleeves can be tapered with a sleeve band or straight and gathered into wide elasticised cuffs.

Sizing: UK 6 – 22 / Format: Paper

Papercut Patterns Pinnacle Top

This is a versatile piece with comfort like no other! The Pinnacle’s cropped oversized fit features two front triangle panels – ideal for colour blocking! The great thing about this pattern is it offers variations for a sweatshirt or woven top.

Sizing: UK 6 – 18 or UK 18 – 36 / Format: Paper

Sewing Patterns by Masin Unisex Tulia Tee

The diagonal lines give the Tulia tee create a unique look, and with its comfortable oversized fit, you’ll never want to take it off. It’s also a great scrap buster. You can make each of the five panels of your Tulia Tee in a different jersey scrap from your fabric stash. The construction of the tee is very simple which makes it a fast sewing project.

Sizing: UK 8 – 20 / Format: PDF

Hands up if you watched the Great British Sewing Bee and felt the urge to sew your own patchwork jacket? We think it must have been one of the most talked-about pattern challenges of the series within the sewing community and when this review popped up we squealed with glee! Angela used the Megan Nielsen Hovea Jacket and some fabulous sewing skills to make this lovely jacket. In this review, Angela said “This is a great pattern. The instructions are very clear and come in a lovely firm booklet. There are many more in-depth instructions and suggestions on their website No two garments made with this pattern will be the same.

Read more about how Angela made this pretty patchwork Hovea 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’ve got a fab design from Jennifer Lauren Handmade to share with you (after popping it on my own project list!). Meet the Kinfolk Dress – with bohemian 40s style at its heart, this part kaftan, part wrap-style dress, will slip over your head while cinching in at the back with dreamy waist ties.

You can achieve a great fit with princess seam shaping from the shoulder down over the bust and construction is a breeze with no fastenings and casual grown-on sleeves. Jennifer Lauren’s patterns are great because they come with different cup sizes which may mean eliminating FBAs or SBAs if you usually make that adjustment!

We’ve added some really great Simplicity designs to the shop, including new Mimi G styles that come in a second size range…

We’ve taken a whopping 50% off New Look Patterns so you can snap up a project or two! New Look has plenty of lovely designs, so you can grab a bargain and sew something up to wear before summer is done.

The sale runs from the 4th – 17th July 2022 on New Look patterns in the Fold Line Shop while stocks last!

Gosh, it’s been an absolute bumper month of indie releases! You’ll definitely need a cup of tea to get through all of these new sewing patterns. As the nights get longer and the evenings get warmer it’s time to get on with your summer sewing. Sit back and enjoy, and get planning…

If you are visiting London this summer you might like this exhibition at Somerset House. Eternally Yours explores the unexpectedly hopeful and healing stories that repair reveals. In light of the recent global pandemic, the exhibition seeks to unpack how ‘repair’ can guide both our individual and collective healing.
The exhibition is on at Somerset House in the Terrance Rooms until the 25th of September 2022, admission is free.

This isn’t a sewing-related podcast but something you might enjoy listening to while you sew, especially if like me, you enjoy everything historian Lucy Worsley does! Lady Killers with Lucy Worsley is a series that investigates crimes of Victorian women from a contemporary, feminist perspective. It’s a great listen!

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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