The Sew Reporter – 14th January

The Sew Reporter – 14th January

This week on the blog we’re sharing ten reasons why sewing is good for you! Then below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.


Heather Lou of Closet Case Files has made a Wiksten kimono jacket, pattern from the Making zine.

Emily of Self Assembly Required hacked the Named Gemma Sweater into a sweater dress!

Zoe of So Zo, What Do You Know? has made a Bloomsbury Blouse by Nina Lee.

Charlotte, aka English Girl at Home, made a Grainline Studio Tamarack Jacket (and a matching one for her mum!).

Helen of Helen’s Closet made a Closet Case Files Nettie Dress for the #SMYLY challenge (Sewing Makes You Love Yourself!).

Katie of What Katie Sews has made two pairs of McCalls 7445 trousers.

Julie made a By Hand London Anna Dress.

Shirley made a Charlie Bomber Jacket by Jalie patterns.

Kelly-Lou made the Sew Over It Chic Cape.


NEW: Rosa from Sewn: Sewing Review of the Year 2017 with Alex from Sew Happy!

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My #Makenine2018 patterns revealed!

NEW: Sew Over It: The PDF club is back!!! Dressmaking and sewing fun to be had!

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My December Makes

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Sew and Tell December 2017

NEW: English Girl At Home: #2018makenine plans

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: 2018 and Christmas Sewing Presents!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity: 8454 Ruffle Blouse Sew-along

It’s us! The Sew Down / December

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 23: FACE YOUR SEWING FEARS WITH HEATHER LOU

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 028: LUCY NICHOLLS

NEW: Crafty Planner: EPISODE 130: MARITZA SOTO

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #16 – Barbara from Sewing on the Edge

While She Naps: #112: Carol Soderlund

Elise gets Crafty: ON ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2018 / EP. 138

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 149: Love to Sew Podcast with Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn



These wipe-clean printed laminates from Celtic Fusion Fabrics are perfect for aprons, bags, tablecloths, maybe even macs!

Dark January days call for cosy PJs – and these brushed cottons from Fabrics Galore are just the thing to make some!

If knitting is your new year resolution, check out the gorgeous new selection of wools and needles at Cotton Reel Studio!

These patterned chambrays from Higgs & Higgs are perfect for button-down shirts or shirt dresses – how sweet are the little sailboats?!

Chicken wire as a print?! It works so surprisingly well and in this mustard colourway from The Crafty Mastermind we think it would make a sensational skirt!

These jewel-coloured corduroys from Dragonfly Fabrics would be perfect for seventies’-inspired trousers, a pair of dungarees of a cute pinafore dress!

Give your work wardrobe an injection of vintage style with this 1950s dress pattern from Til the Sun Goes Down.

The Draper’s Daughter has a SALE! get up to 30% off loads of lovely fabrics and kits!

This camel cashmere coating from Fabric Godmother would make the most sensationally elegant coat.

Sophisticated and oh-so-strokeable, these handmade wooden pincushions are things of beauty, and exclusive to Beyond Measure.

Abakhan have 50% off all Simplicity sewing patterns until Tuesday 23rd January!

How jolly are these tartans from Remnant Kings?!

Who doesn’t love snuggling into a fleece-back fabric?! This purple-black sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee is smart on the outside, all snuggles on the inside.

With a wide range of colours, plus polka dots, gingham and other patterns, Elephant in my Handbag has all your bias binding needs covered!

This navy and silver stripe jersey from Minerva Crafts would be just lovely in a turtleneck.

Spot the dog among the spots! This spot print from The Fabric Fox is so adorable with its little peeking pups.

Sew Me Sunshine has a growing selection of lovely cotton lawns, including this ‘midnight butterfly’ print.

If you’re hooked on the craze for macrame, check out all the macrame rope choices at the Village Haberdashery!

Sew Hayley Jane’s latest blog post is full of genius tips for using up fabulous fat quarters.

This black and white print from Cloth Candy is just calling out to be coloured in! Grab some fabric pens and colour-customise to your heart’s content.

Look ahead to bluebell season with this beautiful bengaline from Cloth Spot.

Make a floaty blouse or a diaphanous kimono in this sweet elephant print georgette from Sew Over It.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.


The Sew Reporter – 7th January 2018

The Sew Reporter – 7th January 2018

Welcome to the first Sew Reporter of 2018! This week on the blog we’re sharing inspiring New Year’s resolutions from some of your favourite sewing stars. Then below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.


Emily of Self Assembly Required made a slightly hacked Colette Moneta.

Fiona of Diary of A Chainstitcher made a jumpsuit combining the Sew Over It Rosie dress bodice and the Named Ailakki jumpsuit trousers.

Tasha of By Gum By Golly made a vintage swing jacket using Simplicity 3451.

Karen of Did You Make That? made a bomber jacket using V9275.

Lauren of Lladybird made a festive V8998.

Katie of What Katie Sews made a Named Sloane sweatshirt.

Marcy of Oonaballoona made a Vogue 9253 kimono.

Allie of Allie Jackson: Sewing & Style made a Vogue 9291 party dress.

Kelli of True Bias made a New Look 6493 silk jumpsuit.

Kristie has made a Southbank Sweater dress by Nina Lee.

Ruth made a Tilly and the Buttons Arielle skirt.

Shauni made a McCalls 7429 Twist-front Dress.


NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down / December

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: The #SMYLY2018 Challenge and My Own Sewing Story

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas Day 24: Christmas Eve!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Starting a New (Sort Of) Business!

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: 2018 Make Nine Sewing Plans!

NEW: Sew Over It: 2017 Round-up and What’s in Store for 2018

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: DIY Slip Dress: Beginner Sew-along Tutorial – New Look 6499

NEW: English Girl At Home: Favourite 2017 Sewing Patterns

NEW: Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Sewing Christmas Presents

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


Downloadable sewing planner from Sew DIY (via Love to Sew)

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 22: NEW YEAR’S RE-SEWLUTIONS

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 027: ANTHONY BURRILL

NEW: While She Naps: #112: Carol Soderlund

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: ON ONE LITTLE WORD FOR 2018 / EP. 138

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 149: Love to Sew Podcast with Caroline Somos and Helen Wilkinson

NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #15 – Friends Talk Sewing – and so should you!

Crafty Planner: TARA FAUGHNAN {PODCAST EPISODE #129}

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn



These Alexander Henry ‘Home Sewing is Easy’ prints from Fabrics Galore are bound to raise a smile in your sewing room! (pictured above)

If you’re into the ‘midnight tropics’ trend then you’ll love this high contrast tropical rayon from Cotton Reel Studio!

This cable knit jersey from Higgs & Higgs has got a great texture and would make fantastic jumpers with no knitting needed!

This graphic rose print cotton from The Crafty Mastermind would make a really stunning shirt.

The seventies are still on trend; this ‘Casablanca’ viscose from Til the Sun Goes Down would make an amazing jumpsuit!

Give a handmade coat some extra va-va-voom with this jacquard lining fabric from Remnant Kings.

The Draper’s Daughter not only stocks organic fabrics, but organic cotton thread too! (pictured above)

This sandwashed cupro from Fabric Godmother would make THE most elegant pair of drapey trousers (and be eminently stroke-able too).

Dragonfly Fabrics have a range of scissors in their January sale – perfect if someone accidentally used yours to cut all their wrapping paper…!

If you plan to squeeze in more sewing this year than ever before, you’ll need the tools to up your efficiency – such as these thread clippers from Beyond Measure!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics big sale selection includes this elegant black and white nature print cotton, perfect for quilting, soft furnishings, or a striking dress or skirt.

With the worst of winter possibly still ahead of us, stay warm and cosy with Abakhan’s range of wool fabrics! (pictured above)

If Christmas indulgences have left you wanting to wear nothing but snuggly stretch for the next couple of weeks, then head over to Girl Charlee to browse their amazing range of jerseys, sweatshirting, ribbing and more!

New year, new home? Check out Elephant in my Handbag’s range of home decor fabrics!

Minerva Crafts has an amazing selection of animal print fabrics – from giraffe to snakeskin and everything in-between!

The Fabric Fox has a really gorgeous range of organic cottons with lovely prints!

Plan your 2018 sewing with this Maker’s Workbook from Sew Me Sunshine! (pictured above)

If this is the year you plan to make a winter coat, check out
this fabulous orange and grey check wool from the Village Haberdashery!

Sew Hayley Jane’s blog provides regular inspiration for how to use her brilliant sewing subscription boxes!

Who knew cacti could be so cute as the colourful little guys featured on this cotton from Cloth Candy?!

Ultra violet is THE colour of 2018 according to Pantone, so embrace the trend with this wisteria bengaline from Cloth Spot.

Sew Over It are having a sale with up to 50% off some fabrics, including some lovely spring-like cotton lawns!


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.


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The Sew Reporter – 17th December

The Sew Reporter – 17th December

This is going to be the last Sew Reporter for 2017, as we’re having a couple of weeks off over Christmas but service will resume at the start of January.

This week on the blog we are looking back over all of the pattern releases for November and December. Plus there are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.


Abi aka The Crafty Pinup made a Butterick by Gertie B6285.

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher made a pair of McCalls 7547 Dungarees.

Elena of Randomly Happy made a Helmi shirt by Named Patterns.

Emily of Self Assembly Required made the Hoya Blouse from Deer and Doe.

Katie from What Katie Sews made a Papercut Patterns Kyoto Sweater with iron-on space patches!

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey made a velvet Pauline Alice Aldaia dress.

Jessica made a Fancy Tiger Crafts Fen Dress.

Becs made an I AM PATTERNS Artemis Coat.

Alex from Sewrendipity made a Burda Vintage Special Sophia Dress.


NEW: It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases || November & December

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My November Makes and December Sewing Plans

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Day 4 – Nails and Christmas Dress Plans

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell / Autumn Makes and Home Sewing

NEW: Sew Over It: Q&A: Fitting and Overfitting, Work Life Balance and 50% Off…

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: October and November 2017

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

English Girl At Home: SewBrum Sewing Meet-Up 2017

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Birthday Sewing Presents and My Latest Make

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 19: CHERISHING THE PROCESS WITH EMILY HUNDT

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 026: OTEGHA UWAGBA

While She Naps: #110: The Community Episode

Crafty Planner: TARA FAUGHNAN {PODCAST EPISODE #129}

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 143: Curated Quilts Magazine with Amy Ellis

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #14 – Deepika from Pattern Review

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn


 



If you’re thinking of making a snuggly dressing gown or even a cosy pair of PJs then Higgs & Higgs’ selection of fur and fleece is the place to start your fabric search!

If you feel like your home might need a little refresh in 2018 then check out Fabrics Galore’s brilliant selection of home furnishing fabrics – perfect for everything from a quick cushion to ambitious curtains!

Did you know that (in addition to fantastic fabrics) Cotton Reel Studio also has a growing selection of knitting products, including gorgeous wool and accessories and a free sock pattern?!

Who would’ve thought that coat hangers could make such a fabulous print as this one from The Crafty Mastermind?!

This cappuccino-coloured silk satin from Til the Sun Goes Down is supremely elegant; it’s just begging to be used for a slinky camisole or luxury blouse…

Get ready for Hogmanay with Remnant Kings’ great selection of tartan fabrics!

This Rapid Repair Kit for mending clothes from The Draper’s Daughter would make a perfect last-minute stocking filler!


The ‘Down by the River’ fabric collection at Fabric Punk (pictured above) is simply beautiful; its muted colours play down the cuteness of the swimming otters (otter fabric!!!) and set off the whiteness of the elegant swans.

As we approach the darkest days of winter, bring some tropical colour into your life with this fantastic parrot print from Fabric Godmother!

This exquisite vintage floral double cloth from Dragonfly Fabrics is now on sale! The delicate print is available in two colourways: blue and ecru.

These beautiful notebooks from Beyond Measure are just the thing for writing down all your 2018 sewing plans!

This olive barkcloth from Celtic Fusion Fabrics is like Orla Kiely crossed with William Morris, and would make super stylish home furnishings or accessories – or garments for the bold!

Who said cutting mats had to be green?! Abakhan has a fantastic selection of mats in a whole range of colours, perfect for coordinating with your sewing room decor!


Check out Girl Charlee’s selection of Hacci sweater knits, perfect for a relaxed jumper or cardigan!

This striped denim from Elephant in my Handbag is both classic and fresh; it would be perfect for a button-down pencil skirt or perhaps even some cropped dungarees!

Sew yourself some classic straight-legged trousers in this stylish dogtooth stretch sateen from Minerva Crafts.

This watercolour floral jersey from The Fabric Fox would give any knit basic a wonderfully romantic vintage look!

Get kids crafting with these fun button and felt kits from the Village Haberdashery, including the kit to make these cute little penguins!


If your family are still scratching their heads over what to gift you for Christmas this year, just send them a link to Sew Hayley Jane’s subscription boxes!

This ‘periwinkle’ ditsy print from Cloth Candy is a perfect example of a classic floral – it would work all year-round made up into a beautiful shirt or dress.

This subtle charcoal striped ponte roma jersey from Cloth Spot would make such a gorgeous cosy cardigan.

A jersey that looks convincingly like tapestry?! The print on this lightweight knit from Sew Over It is just brilliant!

Fancy being a sewing prefect?! These new ‘Seamstress’ pins from Sew Me Sunshine are perfect for showing off your credentials!


Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

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The Sew Reporter – 10th December

The Sew Reporter – 10th December

This week on the blog we are reviewing new book Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe. Plus there are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Alex of Sewrendipity has launched a great new resource for sewists, which lists all the fabric shopping guides for cities around the world and encourages you to write one for your city! Our sewing cities guides to London are in the index too along with our world guide to fabric shops.

Rachel of Rach Against the Sewing Machine has made an impressive array of interchangeable basics, including the Sew Over It Erin and Tulip skirts, Tilly and the Buttons Cleo, and the Seamwork Neenah and Astoria tops.

Jane of Handmade Jane has made a Sew Over It Chloe Coat.

Danka of Stitches and Other Stories pattern tested the Ready to Sew Jasper jacket.

Helen at Helen’s Closet made a complete sweatsuit using the True Bias Hudson pants and the Grainline Linden sweatshirt.

Marcy, aka Oonaballoona, made Vogue 1493.

Jasika of Try Curious made a pair of Helen’s Closet Winslow Culottes.

Laura of The Petite Passions made a Named Sloane Sweatshirt.

Wendy made a Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges dress.

Alison of Curate and Create made a Papercut Patterns Sapporo coat.


NEW: It’s us! Book Review: Sewing Your Perfect Capsule Wardrobe

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul December 2017

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Sewing 7 Versions of the Ultimate Shift Dress for #owop17

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Vlogmas!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: A Disability Chat + Photo Session Day 3

 

Rosa from Sewn: Top Autumn Sewing Patterns: My Most Worn Pieces

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Five Questions One Take Tag

Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

English Girl At Home: SewBrum Sewing Meet-Up 2017

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Birthday Sewing Presents and My Latest Make

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 17: HOW BIG IS YOUR PATTERN STASH

NEW: While She Naps: #110: The Community Episode

NEW: Blogtacular: EPISODE 025: Dominique Davis

Crafty Planner: TARA FAUGHNAN {PODCAST EPISODE #129}

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 143: Curated Quilts Magazine with Amy Ellis

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #14 – Deepika from Pattern Review

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn



This gorgeous voile from Fabric Godmother features printed folk embroidery and is quite simply stunning. It would make a dreamily bohemian maxi dress!

This teal wool from Cotton Reel Studio is such a gorgeous colour and would be perfect for a stand-out coat or jacket!

If you’ve been hooked on Blue Planet then this graphic navy and white seahorse print from Higgs & Higgs might be right up your street! There are whale and dolphin options too!

This winter floral viscose from Fabrics Galore would make an elegant seasonal blouse, tea dress or maxi dress.

Embroider a good resolution onto a cushion with this colourful ‘Think Happy Thoughts’ Needlepoint kit from The Crafty Mastermind.

If winter inspires you to patchwork and quilting, you’ll want to check out the Kaffe Fassett fabric selection at Elephant in my Handbag.

This 1930s Liberty print from Til the Sun Goes Down is tartan with a twist!

This big knit coating fabric from Remnant Kings would make an amazing coatigan!

This organic cotton velour velvet from The Draper’s Daughter would be lovely for so many projects – and they’ve shared a Pinterest board of ideas to get you started!

Fabric Punk is offering a fantastic 25% off all Christmas fabrics with the code FESTIVE25!

This vivid mustard wool blend from Dragonfly Fabrics is perfect for carrying autumnal tones through into your winter wardrobe.

Now’s the season for wearing brocade – Minerva Crafts has a huge and diverse selection, perfect for all kinds of structured garments.

Could these handmade pins with unique glass millefiori heads from Beyond Measure be the prettiest pins ever made?!

this Darlene Zimmerman ‘Penny’s Dollhouse’ print from Celtic Fusion Fabrics.
If you’ve ever owned a much-loved dollshouse then you’ll adore

With all the new coat patterns that have recently come out, you’ll want to take a browse through the many suitings, tweeds and tartans at Abakhan!

Girl Charlee has all your cuff and collar needs sorted with their range of rib knits!

The Fabric Fox has used their super cute Cotton & Steel jumper print for a tutorial to make Christmas jumper bunting!

This colourful ‘Slumber of Sloths’ cotton from Cloth Candy would be perfect for lazy PJs!

Did you know you can get all the crafty supplies needed for making paper flowers at the Village Haberdashery? Perfect if you want to bring more blooms into your home!

Get inspired by the latest selection of makes using the Sew Hayley Jane subscription boxes in Hayley’s latest blog post.

If you like your party clothes cool but comfy, this sparkling striped jersey from Cloth Spot is perfect for a party-ready turtle neck!

Dream of your next exotic getaway with this fabulous tropical ‘Rio’ crepe from Sew Over It!

Another one for Blue Planet fans is this fantastic Cotton + Steel octopus ponte roma available now for pre-order from Sew Me Sunshine!



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

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The Sew Reporter – 3rd December

The Sew Reporter – 3rd December

This week on the blog we are taking part in Spoonflower’s Handmade Holiday blog hop, selecting our favourite Spoonflower fabrics and prints and matching them with patterns. Plus there are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Tasha of By Gum By Golly made a dressing gown using vintage pattern Butterick 7053.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher has made a stylish Tessuti Oslo coat.

Emily of Self Assembly Required made a Tilly and the Buttons Martha dress.

Allie Jackson has made herself a navy ponte blazer using Butterick 5926 to match the one she made for her husband!

Rumana, aka The Little Pomegranate, has made a self-drafted velvet dress.

Lauren of Lladybird has made a wool crepe Pauline Alice Mirambell skirt.

Sara of The Sara Project made a maternity hack of the Named Gemma dress.

Melanie made the Erin skirt from Sew Over It’s My Capsule Wardrobe e-book. 

June has made a Papercut Patterns Kyoto Sweater.

Katja made a brocade Burda Style 6650.


NEW: Rosa from Sewn: Top Autumn Sewing Patterns: My Most Worn Pieces

NEW: It’s us! Sewing for Christmas with Spoonflower

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: November Favourites

NEW: Jen from Gingerella: The #fivetakesonetake tag

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sewcation!!

NEW: Sew Over It: My November makes and BRAND NEW MAGAZINE!

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Five Questions One Take Tag

Athina of Craftaholic: My One Week One Pattern Plans

English Girl At Home: SewBrum Sewing Meet-Up 2017

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Birthday Sewing Presents and My Latest Make

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Crafty Planner: TARA FAUGHNAN {PODCAST EPISODE #129}

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 17: HOW BIG IS YOUR PATTERN STASH?

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 143: Curated Quilts Magazine with Amy Ellis

While She Naps: #109 SHEA HENDERSON

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #14 – Deepika from Pattern Review

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



The Crafty Mastermind is fast selling out of these brilliant patchwork quilt patterns by Elizabeth Hartman – and it’s no wonder as they just look so much fun!

This alphabet animals cotton from Fabrics Galore is just the thing for nursery soft furnishings!

Wouldn’t this floral crepe from Cotton Reel Studio make the most sophisticated evening dress?

We bet this quilted jersey from Higgs & Higgs feels super duper snuggly – it comes in six colours too.

These laurel embroidery kits from The Draper’s Daughter are so simple and would make beautiful little wall hangings.

Til the Sun Goes Down offers lengths of original vintage fabric dating back to the early twentieth century – make a stunning and unique evening outfit using one of their vintage silk velvets!

Be a green goddess in this amazing emerald sequin fabric from Remnant Kings!

This multi-coloured houndstooth print cotton from Fabric Punk is just so bright and fun!

This 'Skylark Moon Indigo' cotton from Sew Me Sunshine is exquisite; the exotic design and rich colours make it perfect for brightening these dark winter days.

Pleated velvet jersey – three words that go so well together! Check out this absolutely gorgeous wine colourway from Fabric Godmother’s range.

If you’re making jeans, or on-trend dungarees or a button-down skirt, Dragonfly Fabrics offer a range of denims, stretch and non-stretch, perfect for these projects.

Beyond Measure’s range of sewing-inspired jewellery is the perfect gift for your sewcialist friends. Or for that most deserving person – yourself!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics has a really wide range of organic fabrics to choose from.

Abakhan has a huge range of lace for all your different projects – lingerie-making, dress trimming or home crafts.

This galaxy print jersey from Girl Charlee UK is out of this world!!

This Hello Kitty flannel from Elephant in my Handbag would make the cutest pyjamas!

Minerva Crafts has a brilliant range of faux leathers for dressmaking and accessory-making projects.

If you want to make a stunning party dress that you could wear well beyond Christmas, check out this amazing brocade (pictured above) from Sew Over It!

The Fabric Fox’s selection of Christmas fabrics is really well curated – chic and colourful.

The Village Haberdashery has all the supplies you could need for making your own Christmas cards!

Sew Hayley Jane is now taking subscription orders for the next delivery of sewing goodie boxes!

This trapeze artist print from Cloth Candy is subtle and sweet and just the thing for a quirky skirt or shirt.

Cloth Spot has a wide selection of stylish shirting fabrics, ranging from classic stripes to fabulous florals.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

The Sew Reporter – 26th November

The Sew Reporter – 26th November

This week on the blog we share all the Black Friday sewing deals, many of which are lasting until the end of Monday! We also shared a fabric haul video about our mini sewing adventure to Paris! Plus there are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards this month, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Helen from Helen’s Closet has made a fantastic pair of True Bias Lander pants.

Emily of Self Assembly Required made a stunning By Hand London Anna dress for her friend.

Janene of Ooobop made a fabulous version of Vogue 9241 for the Cocktail Hour sewalong.

Lauren of Lladybird knitted a Martine sweater by Julie Hoover.

Sharadha of Sweet Shard made a Burdastyle Wrap Blouse using Sprout Patterns.

Beata made the Ohhh Lulu Scarlett Bra and Ivy Panties.

Athina Kakou reviewed the Sew Over It 1940s wrap dress.

Heather made a Tilly and the Buttons Cleo pinafore.


NEW: It’s us! The Fold Line in Paris

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Five Questions One Take Tag

NEW: English Girl At Home: SewBrum Sewing Meet-Up 2017

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: My One Week One Pattern Plans

NEW: Sew Over It: My makes for Jasmine!

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Q&A: A little bit of everything

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Birthday Sewing Presents and My Latest Make

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew Saturday at Abakhan

Rosa from Sewn: The Little Red Dress Project!

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 14: WORK/LIFE BALANCE WITH JEN BEEMAN

NEW: While She Naps: #109 SHEA HENDERSON

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #14 – Deepika from Pattern Review

Crafty Planner: MARK LIPINSKI (EPISODE #128)

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 139:: Giuseppe Ribaudo aka Giucy Giuce

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



Cotton Reel Studio have 15% off everything in their online shop until midnight GMT on Monday 27th. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY. ]

Show your love for amazing elephants with this unusual printed jersey from Fabrics Galore.

Check out this colourful cotton from The Crafty Mastermind, with its distinctive panels inspired by vintage beauty shop designs!

This rare 1940s rayon from Til the Sun Goes Down features a pretty pink and ivory graphic print and would make a gorgeous vintage-inspired dress.

After flamingoes and unicorns, could toucans be the next big thing in animal motifs? See what you think with this gorgeous toucan cotton in two colourways from Higgs & Higgs.

Get 20% off all in-store and online products (excluding made to measure and to order items) at Remnant Kings! Running through to Monday, this discount will automatically be applied at the checkout. Perfect if you’re looking for something special, such as these pure wool herringbones (pictured above).

This navy Essex linen from The Draper’s Daughter has gold threads woven through to create a stunning shimmer effect.

How sweet is this new autumn raincloud fabric from Fabric Punk??

This crane satin from Fabric Godmother would make a supremely luxurious kimono – perfect for appearing elegant whilst enjoying some Christmas-time lounging around!

This vintage-looking pony print canvas from Abakhan is just the cutest!

Girl Charlee UK has 20% off all fabrics and up to 70% off sale fabrics until midnight on Monday!

Dragonfly Fabrics are offering 20% off everything until the end of Monday 27th. Take advantage of the offer by checking out their wonderful range of boiled wools (pictured above).

These ‘Made by me for you’ gift tags from Beyond Measure are the perfect finishing touch to your handmade presents.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics are offering 15% off all products until Monday 27th November. Use the code ‘blackfriday2017’.

If you’re on the hunt for a dressform, check out the range available at Elephant in my Handbag.

This Minerva Crafts dogtooth-print denim would make a really fun pair of skinny jeans.

Until midnight on Monday, Sew Me Sunshine is offering 20% off all fabric, patterns, Merchant & Mills sewing tools, Creative Industry sewing journals, sewing themed pins & patches and sewing kits. Plus get free UK delivery when you spend over £30! Use the discount code SUNSHINEWEEKEND.

Get 20% off everything until Monday 27th of November at The Fabric Fox! They have some really gorgeous fabrics, such as these prints (pictured above).

Be quick and check out the huge range of discounted products in the Village Haberdashery’s Black Friday section – plus there’s 10% off everything storewide with the code BFW17!

Is a Sew Hayley Jane sewing box subscription on your Christmas list yet?!

Cloth and Candy have a whopping 35% off full price fabrics with code BLACKFRIDAY until midnight on Monday 27th!

If wintry colours aren’t your thing, you might like this bright boucle from Cloth Spot, perfect for a little Chanel-style jacket.

Sew Over It are offering 30% off sewing patterns, kits and online classes until midnight Monday, UK time. Use code BLACKFRIDAY2017.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

 

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The Sew Reporter – 19th November

The Sew Reporter – 19th November

This week on the blog it’s the Sew Down, where we share all the favourite things we’ve seen, sewn and bought. There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards this month, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Marcy of Oonaballoona blogged about her coat made from Simplicity 3449.

Emily from Self Assembly Required has made a Harriet Lumberjacket by Named Patterns.

Elena from Randomly Happy took her turn on the Cocktail Hour sewalong with this fabulous Vogue 1537/By Hand London Holly trouser mash-up!

Martina from La Dulsatina made a self-drafted trench coat.

Marie Fleurine from Sew Mariefleur sewed up an Itch to Stitch Paro Cardigan.

Athina Kakou made a Sew Over It chic cape!

Allie Jackson made her lucky husband a Simplicity 8528 jacket!

Megan Nielsen made a white Dove blouse (from her own pattern range). 

Noni Richards sewed a Style Arc Brooklyn Knit Top.

Karen Sew Fab made a McCalls 7313 dress from scuba.

Stephanie Powzun made a Papercut Patterns Kochi Kimono.


NEW: It’s us! The Sew Down || November

NEW: Stitch My Style: Rubber Duck Net Skirt

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Q&A: A little bit of everything

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Birthday Sewing Presents and My Latest Make

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Life, Blog and Sewing Updates

Sew Over It: Our secret pattern process / My fave Indie patterns / And 50% off offer!

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew Saturday at Abakhan

Rosa from Sewn: The Little Red Dress Project!

It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases: October

Athina of Craftaholic: September Makes

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

 


NEW: Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #14 – Deepika from Pattern Review

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 15: CAPSULE WARDROBE CHALLENGE

NEW: Crafty Planner: MARK LIPINSKI (EPISODE #128)

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 139:: Giuseppe Ribaudo aka Giucy Giuce

While She Naps: #108 THE STATE OF THE QUILTING INDUSTRY, QUILT MARKET FALL 2017

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



Sew Me Sunshine is offering readers 15% off their online shop with code 'FOLDLINE'; check out their gorgeous selection of fabrics, haberdashery and accessories, such as the beautiful viscoses pictured above.

This stylish floral rayon from Cotton Reel Studio would make a gorgeous swishy dress or a bold blouse.

Higgs and Higgs have a fantastic selection of festive ribbons and trims, including pom poms and pleated trims.

Get in quick to pre-order the new Rifle Paper Co fabrics from The Crafty Mastermind!

This autumnal paisley from Til the Sun Goes Down would make a fabulous seventies’-inspired blouse.

Fabrics Galore have some fantastic drapey fabrics! (pictured above)

This Remnant Kings ponte roma with a cable knit texture is perfect for the non-knitting sweater lovers among us!

Fabric Punk’s sew-your-own flamingo tote bag kit is the perfect young beginners project.

This embroidered tulle from the Fabric Godmother would make a fabulous addition to a little red dress.

The Draper’s Daughter has some amazing handwoven fabrics! (pictured above)

This 2 metre folding ruler from Beyond Measure is perfect if you’ve excess yardage to keep track of!

There’s a Matisse-inspired feel to the birds on this quirky print from The Fabric Fox – and it’s 20% off!

Check out the fabulously festive contents of this month’s Sew Hayley Jane boxes on the blog!

Cloth Spot has a range of ‘posh and patterned’ linings – perfect if you want your garment to make a surprise statement!

These Dutch jerseys from Celtic Fusion Fabrics come in stylish graphic prints, perfect for jazzing up a basic tee.

Abakhan is having a two-day event with 20% off in-store and online! Oh, and did we mention the free mince pies?!

Look like a china doll in this pretty blue and white floral jersey from Girl Charlee.

Minerva Crafts has a fantastic range of scuba prints, including
this gigantic floral featuring vintage yellow roses.

If you’ve children’s presents to make this Christmas, you might just need this adorable bunny print from Sew Over It – imagine some little bunny-patterned PJs!

The Village Haberdashery has a wonderful selection of Christmas fabrics, including these enchanting prints inspired by The Nutcracker ballet.

This amazing fabric from Elephant in my Handbag actually features cocktail recipes – it would make the perfect apron for a boozy chef!

Dragonfly Fabrics stock gorgeous lace zips in a wide range of colours, the perfect accent to a dressmaking project.

This beautifully understated floral from Cloth & Candy is such a stunning shade of blue.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

 

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The Sew Reporter – 12th November

The Sew Reporter – 12th November

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This week on the blog we’re sharing our ultimate Christmas gift guide! There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards this month, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Lauren of Guthrie and Ghani shared her finished Closet Case Files Kelly Anorak.

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher has been readying her wardrobe for winter with some lovely knit tops, including a Seamwork Neenah top and a Tilly and the Buttons Agnes.

Martina of La Dulsatina sewed this elegant Jolanda blouse from Italian indie pattern house Atelier Vicolo n.6.

Katie from What Katie Sews has stitched up another winter staple with this Style Arc Sunny jumper.

Birthday twins Jen aka The Gingerthread Girl and Sarah from Like Sew Amazing each made a True Bias Ogden Cami in matching fabric they gifted each other!

Karen of Did You Make That? also stitched up a stripey Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top.

Shauni of The Magnificent Thread has made a Named Isla Trench Coat. 

Roisin of But It Can’t be from Dolly Clackett, She Gave me an Easter Egg! has made a gorgeous green Christine Haynes’ Emery Dress.

Athina Kakou on her eponymous blog sewed up the Nina Lee Southbank Sweater.


NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Life, Blog and Sewing Updates

NEW: Sew Over It: Our secret pattern process / My fave Indie patterns / And 50% off offer!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew Saturday at Abakhan

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: The Little Red Dress Project!

It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases: October

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Autumn Sewing Plans: The Fabrics

Jen from Ginger Thread GirlSewing plans & unboxing Sew Hayley Jane subscription box

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 14: INSIDE CAMP WORKROOM SOCIAL 2017

NEW: While She Naps: #108 THE STATE OF THE QUILTING INDUSTRY, QUILT MARKET FALL 2017

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 8: AMY SMALL / EP 137

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

Crafty Planner: KATRINA RODABAUGH (EPISODE #127)

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 138:: Mia Whittemore

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #13 – Sharadha from SweetShard.com

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



Cotton Reel Studio has some lovely nature-inspired prints within its cotton selection.

This quilted jersey from Fabrics Galore is reversible; use the two sides to mix it up with the cuffs or collar on a sweatshirt.

Higgs and Higgs have all the Breton jerseys you could wish for!

Wide-legged trousers are very much on-trend; embrace the style with this vintage pattern from Til the Sun Goes Down.

This Nani Iro cotton sateen from The Draper’s Daughter is the epitome of understated elegance.

This unicorn border print from Fabric Punk is just begging to be made into a magical full skirt!

This pink faux fur from Fabric Godmother is both glamorous and a little crazy, in the best of ways!

Dragonfly Fabrics have new colours in stock for their gorgeous range of boiled wools.

Beyond Measure have gorgeous little tweed bundles containing a selection of British wool fabrics, perfect for smaller winter projects.

Give your culinary accessories a refresh with  Celtic Fusion Fabric’s selection of kitchen-inspired cotton prints!

Remnant Kings have an amazing selection of Liberty lawn!

If you’re planning a Christmas party dress then you might want to check out the coloured lace fabrics at Abakhan – they would make for stunning overlays!

If you’ve been looking for vegan leather then Girl Charlee has got you sorted.

Christmas doesn’t have to be all red and green; Elephant in my Handbag have some Scandi-inspired blue fat quarter bundles  for a cooler-hued take on Christmas craft.

This floral jersey from Minerva Crafts would make a stunning wrap dress!

This exquisite floral rayon from Sew Over it would be perfect for making their new Florence dress pattern!

If your cat seems to share your love of fabric then this pin from the Crafty Mastermind is for you!

The Fabric Fox has a tutorial for making a cute little Christmas stocking!

If you’re looking for gift ideas check out the Village Haberdashery’s range of craft books , perfect for new year skills resolutions!

Sew Hayley Jane shares 5 tips for making the most of the sewing gauges included in last month’s boxes.

This geometric canvas print from Cloth Candy would make really cute makeup bags – homemade Christmas presents, anyone?

Cloth Spot always have such vibrant shades in their beautiful quality fabrics, such as this vivid chartreuse.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

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The Sew Reporter – 5th November

The Sew Reporter – 5th November

 

This week on the blog we round up all the new pattern releases from October. There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards this month, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Karen of Did You Make That? has made a bang-on-trend pair of winter culottes.

Bianca of Vintage on Tap looks a total knock-out in her Colette Penny Dress.

Emily of Self Assembly Required has kicked off her autumn sewing with this gorgeous Deer and Doe Melilot Shirt Dress.

Katie of What Katie Sews has readied herself for winter with a whole batch of turtlenecks, including this Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater hack.

Marcy of Oonaballoona looks the epitome of chic in her Closet Case Files Kalle dress.

Allie Jackson sews another stunner with this pink knit Vogue 1558.

Riva of Riva La Diva looks super stylish in her McCalls 7445 trousers.

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey was this week’s Cocktail Hour seamstress and has made Vogue 8997 in a particularly appropriate fabric!

Rachel from Maker Style has made a Chalk and Notch Fringe Dress.


NEW: It’s us! New Sewing Pattern Releases: October

NEW: Helen from Stitch My Style: Halloween Vampire Brooch Mini Make

NEW: Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity 8019 1970s Skirt Sew Along

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Autumn Sewing Plans: The Fabrics

NEW: Sew Over It: Fabric Haul: November 2017

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabby and Megan with Cocowawa make the new pattern … The Chestnut Sweater

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Sewing plans & unboxing Sew Hayley Jane subscription box

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Rosa from Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing Plans: October and November 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

NEW: Crafty Planner: KATRINA RODABAUGH (EPISODE #127)

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 13: BP SEWVEMBER WITH AMANDA ADAMS

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 138:: Mia Whittemore

NEW: While She Naps: #108: Annual Community Podcast: It’s Your Turn to be on the Podcast

Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 6: DANI IVES / EP 135

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #13 – Sharadha from SweetShard.com

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



You might think of batik as a summer fabric, but the selection at Higgs and Higgs (above) could make a sophisticated winter quilt.

The fine metal thread in this boucle from Fabrics Galore gives it a subtle sparkle to bling up any outfit!

Relive memories of summer with this gorgeous floral brushed twill from Cotton Reel Studio; the blooms might be out of season but the soft colours are perfectly in.

The Crafty Mastermind has a brilliant sale section at the moment; it includes denim, ponte roma, and a wide range of cottons including some Rifle Paper Co. prints.

You may not be aware that Til the Sun Goes Down actually produce their own unique line of fabrics, based on original vintage prints and colours. Their posy print crepe de chine would make the loveliest vintage-inspired nightwear.

If you’re a fan of Orla Kiely, then you have to check out the range of Orla Kiely fabrics stocked by Remnant Kings – perfect for whipping up a few cushions that will look straight out of the designer’s shop!

Fabric Godmother has a fabulous selection of party-ready sparkly fabrics (above), including some surprisingly sophisticated ‘mermaid’ sequins!

The Draper’s Daughter has a carefully curated selection of buttons (including shell and coconut) to pair with their lovely fabrics.

This Scandi-inspired cotton from Fabric Punk is the perfect way to start some early Christmas crafts without going all out jolly just yet!

Pure wool can be a delight to sew and wear; Dragonfly Fabrics have this lovely deep red tartan tweed, perfect for all sorts of winter-wear.

Tell the world you’re a maker with these perfectly stylish little brooches from Beyond Measure!

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a more grown-up take on the Bambi jersey trend with this Dutch jersey.

Girl Charlee’s ponte roma fabrics include these stylish graphic prints (above).

Abakhan has a 50% sale on all Simplicity patterns until the 28th of November.

Spoil any pampered pups in your life with this doggy bow-tie kit from Elephant in my Handbag!

Minerva Crafts have fine 21-wale needlecord in 26 colours!

This quirky Kokka print of big berries and tiny birds from The Fabric Fox is sure to brighten your day!

Did you know Sew Hayley Jane offers three different ‘levels’ of Sewing Box (above)? There’s the Mini, Classic and Luxury, so something there for everyone.

This cotton print from Cloth Candy, showing sketched ladies holding colourful balloons, would make a lovely full skirt or ‘50s style dress.

Cloth Spot has some camel faux suede that’s just perfect for the seventies’ trend.

This black and white check from Sew Over It could be perfect for making a showstopping version of their new cape pattern!

The Christmas Shop at Village Haberdashery is now open online; check it out for festive fabrics, kits crafts and more.


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.

 



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.

 


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The Sew Reporter – 29th October

The Sew Reporter – 29th October

This week on the blog we return to our Sew The Trends series, bringing you the latest styles for winter and some pattern inspiration to match. There are also loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amazingly we’ve been nominated for three sewing awards this month, we really can’t believe it! If you’ve enjoyed our blog and Instagram then we’d be so grateful if you could vote for us in the British Sewing Awards and the British Craft Awards! Thank you so much!


Emily of Self Assembly Required shared her pair of Nina Lee Portobello Trousers.

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher did a mash-up of Sew Over It’s Rosie dress and Ultimate Pencil Skirt to make a stylish party dress.

Megan Nielsen shared a round-up of pattern testers for the newly revised Banksia top.

 

Lauren of Lladybird has made a pair of linen Closet Case Files Morgan jeans.

Allie of Allie Jackson shares a new version of her own Alston Dress design.

Helen of Helen’s Closet has made a gorgeous sleeveless Appleton Dress from Cashmerette.

Sasha of Secondo Piano stuns in this stylish Closet Case Files Kalle hack.

Katie of What Katie Sews has made an impressive Freemantle Coat from Marilla Walker.

Charlotte of An English Girl at Home looks lovely in her Victory Patterns Jackie dress.

It was the turn of Jen, aka the Gingerthread Girl, on the Cocktail Hour sew-along and she made this absolute stunner of a red dress using Vogue 1484.


NEW: It’s us! Sew the Trends: Winter

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Gabby and Megan with Cocowawa make the new pattern … The Chestnut Sweater

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Autumn Sewing Plans

NEW: Sew Over It: Our New Office Tour!

NEW: Helen from Stitch My Style: How to make an autumn leaf brooch

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Sewing plans & unboxing Sew Hayley Jane subscription box

Leigh from Clueless Seamstress: If I could only use 3 sewing patterns for a whole year

Karen from Did you make that?: Tips For Buying Sale Fabric At Liberty Of London

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Stitch by Stitch with Simplicity 1197 1960s coat sew-along!

Rosa from Sewn: Fabric Haul and Sewing Plans: October and November 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch


NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 12: YOU DON’T HAVE TO SEW EVERYTHING

NEW: Modern Sewciety: MS episode 137:: Hobbs Bonded Fibers & Quilty Cloud

NEW: Elise gets Crafty: MAKER CHAT 6: DANI IVES / EP 135

Crafty Planner: KAREN TEMPLER OF FRINGE SUPPLY CO AND FRINGE ASSOCIATION (PODCAST EPISODE #126)

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #13 – Sharadha from SweetShard.com

Maker Style: BLOGGER BLUEPRINT: CRAFTING CONTENT AND FINDING YOUR VOICE // EP42

Thread Cult: #42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn

While She Naps: #107: ELEANOR BURNS

Craft-IshEpisode 40: Red Heart Spokesperson, Marly Bird

Blogtacular: EPISODE 024: ROSIE WOLFENDEN MBE AND HARRIET VINE MBE



There are quite a few sales happening over this weekend as the clocks go back!

Take 15% off the price of all fabrics at Fabric Godmother until midnight on Sunday 29th October with the code DAYLIGHT15. There are some stunning pleated velvets perfect for a quick and easy party skirt.

Cotton Reel Studio is having a sale and you can get an additional 15% off with the code FALLBACK. Sale fabrics start from £3 per metre, with bolt ends and 40% off remaining Art Gallery Cottons.

The Draper’s Daughter is offering 15% off all patterns until midnight GMT on Sunday 29th October; use the code AUTUMN15. You can choose from a range of carefully selected indie designers.

Fabrics Galore have new stock of gorgeous Liberty quilting cottons in their online shop.

Turn bias binding into a feature in its own right with this pretty lace and picot-edged selection from Higgs & Higgs.

A new season means a wardrobe refresh! Brighten up some old denim with these cute patches from Cloth Candy.

Word on the (pattern) street is that lots of new coat designs are coming your way – be inspired by Cloth Spot’s selection of colourful wools, including this fabulously arresting hot pink!

These Tula Pink scissors at The Crafty Mastermind may be the most glamorous sewing accessories we’ve seen yet.

This vintage Vogue pattern from Til the Sun Goes Down would make a wonderfully elegant winter coat.

Remnant Kings has a huge range of Moon plain and checked wools that would work well for classic winter shift dresses.

These Sevenberry fabrics from Fabric Punk are just the ticket for cat-lovers!

Calling all film buffs! Disney, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Marvel and Peppa Pig are just a few of the characters and stories that feature in Elephant in my Handbag’s fun film and TV-themed fabrics.

The Fabric Fox has 10% off patchwork bundles.

Featuring peacocks, flora, palms and stars, the Rifle & Co. Menagerie range available at the Village Haberdashery is simply stunning. Fabrics range from canvas to lawn.

If you need any ideas on how to make the most of your Sew Hayley Jane boxes or you’re teetering on the verge of signing up and just need that final nudge, you should check out Hayley’s blog series on inspirational fabric and pattern combinations.

Sew Over It are embracing chic sparkle with metallic knits: silver printed onto antique pink and duck egg green. The latter would be perfect for your winter mermaid look!

Faux fur is never out of fashion and Minerva Crafts’ range would be fun for fancy dress or a fancy gilet!

These glass jars from Beyond Measure, with labels like ‘Pins’, ‘Needles’ and ‘All the right buttons’, are perfect for organising those little odds and ends in your sewing space.

This zigzag knit from Dragonfly Fabrics would make a great seventies-inspired dress.

Celtic Fusion Fabrics have a range of flannel and flannelette fabrics ideal for making winter PJs for all the family.

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off for some winter sun then a kaftan in this printed chiffon from Abakhan would be dreamy.

Girl Charlee have a sewing pattern for a simple skirt that in a cosy knit could be both smart and snuggly!


Check out our Social Calendar for the latest sewing meet-ups, textile and fashion exhibitions and craft fairs.

 



Superhero sewing by Lane Huerta. 1st June 2017.

Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners by Jules Fallon. 8th June 2017.

Girl with a sewing machine: the no-fuss guide to making and adapting your own clothes by Jenniffer Taylor. 30th June 2017.

Stylish wraps sewing book: ponchos, capes, coats and more by Yoshiko Tsukiori. 1st August 2017.

Stylish remakes by Violette Room. 8th August 2017.

A beginner’s guide to sewing with knitted fabrics by Wendy Ward. 14th November 2017.


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