The Sew Reporter – 24th February


Well I don’t know about you but I think week two of the Sewing Bee will be forever remembered as the episode that we saw (spoiler alert!) Patrick flossing! If it’s inspired you to give children’s sewing a go then do check out our pattern picks and Kate chatting through her favourites. Next week we will be getting ourselves organised for the Knitting and Stitching Show on 28th – 3rd March, we hope to see you there. And of course for more inspiration just carry on reading and get fired up by brilliant makes, blogs, vlogs, podcasts and products…



We are so excited to have a stand at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London on 28 Feb – 3rd March. We will be bringing lots of sewing patterns from indie designers to peruse. We’ll also be on hand to help you find that perfect next project! Save £2 off adult tickets and £1 off concessions with the code FOLDLINE19.

Looking forward to meeting you all soon!

Allie of Allie Jackson looks so cosy and chic in her Closet Case Patterns pyjama shirt dress!

Speaking of cosy, Heather Lou of Closet Case Patterns stitched the Lahja dressing gown by Named Patterns using the most stunning Robert Kaufman fabric.

Can you recognise the Bettine dress in this top? Juliet of Sewsonatural has done a very clever hack and turned it into this stunning Bettine blouse with voluminous sleeves.

Sue aka Susan Young Sewing is looking stunning in her version of the Megan Nielsen River dress.

Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher made a lovely silk kimono using a zero waste tutorial!

Manju of Sewmanju is looking very stylish! She used the Peppermint Magazine to make these high waisted and wide legged trousers.

What a beautiful shirtdress! Adelle of Button and Pip used the Bleuet dress by Deer & Doe.

A very dreamy Williamette Shirt, designed by Hey June and made by Patricia of Patsypoo Makes.

Watch the latest vlogs from makers in the sewing community this week:

Hayley at Sew Hayley Jane: February Unboxing; Galentine’s Day

Jen at Ginger Thread Girl: Sew And Tell Vlog!

Kealy at Voice of a Creative: Jersey Top Series- Plantain Tee by Deer and Doe Review

It’s us! Great British Sewing Bee Pattern Picks || Series 5 Episode 2

Nikki and Rachel of The Stitch Sisters: What We Love This Week

Athina at Craftaholic: My Box of Shame | Tackling my UFOs

Gabby at Gabberdashery: Gabblings on – 32 weeks pregnant and learning that a spoonful of sugar keeps the baby up all night!

Barbara, Louise and Lisa at Pattern Pals:  Our Finished Tara Basics from Pipe Dream Patterns

Caroline and Alexandra at Selkie Patterns: Catch up: Running a Sewing Pattern & Fabric Business

Picture Shows: Sheila, Jen, Mercedes, Alexei, Joe Lycett, Riccardo, Tom, Janet, Ben, Leah, Juliet, Esme Young, Patrick Grant – (C) Love Productions – Photographer: Mark Boudillion

The Great British Sewing Bee is back!

We are so excited that series 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee has returned to our TV screens! We have put together the ultimate guide to the show here. Each week we will also be sharing a video on the blog with our pattern picks and sewing tips from the episode. We’ve got a full run down for all the Great British Sewing Bee episodes, sewing pattern suggestions, sewing bee contestants, GBSB book reviews and much more from previous series too!

For everything – including our pattern picks – of the 2nd Sewing Bee episode click here. And if you want to watch Kate talk through her favourites on our YouTube channel click here!

Listen to a podcast this weekend for inspiration and sewing chatter while you make…

While She Naps with Abby: Episode 139: Pat and Walter Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics

Stitchers’ Brew with Gabby and Megan: Episode 34: Catch up & the return of the Great British Sewing Bee!

Love to Sew with Helen and Caroline: Episode 81: Bag making with Anna Graham.

Craft-Ish with Vickie: Episode 51: Gretchen Hirsh, Gertie Sews

Take a look at all the new fabrics, haberdashery and kits from sewing businesses this week…

Are you inspired by the Sewing Bee and stitching some cute kids clothes? Fabrics Gallore sell lovely animal print jerseys, nice and comfortable for the little ones!

These Jeans Hardware Kits from Cotton Reel Studio are perfect when you’re making your own pair of jeans!

Tencel is fabric made from wood pulp and it’s becoming more and more popular. You can find some stunning tencel twills at The Draper's Daughter!

It looks like the animal print trend isn’t going anywhere! Check out these beauties from Fabric Godmother!

These tiny little Cohana Mini Snips from Beyond Measure are perfect for anyone who does some crafting on the go!

The awesome embroidered seamstress patch by Pink Coat Club is now on sale!

These gorgeous stripey knits from Girl Charlee are new to the shop and they make us feel like spring has come early!

Do you want to receive a surprise box full with sewing goodies each month?Make sure to sign up to Sew Hayley Jane's subscription box now to receive your first one in March!

Attention pocket fans! Add these all important 'It has pockets' labels from Cloth & Candy to your hand sewn garments to show everyone you’re team pocket!

Get this coat, designed by Mimi G and every other Simplicity pattern with 50% off!

We love this stunning cotton lawn from Lamazi fabrics so much, it would definitely make a showstopper!

Add these cuffs from Sew Me Sunshine to your sleeves, waistband, t-shirt or trousers for a professional and pretty finish!

Have you started thinking about Spring sewing yet? The Cloth Spot have got the most gorgeous cottons in a the moment!

We constantly see trousers, skirts, pinafores and even coats made out of corduroy. If you want to join the trend, check out this navy jumbo cord from Sew Over It!

Check out this fabric from Lulou fabrics. It might be the sweetest little elephant fabric you ever did see!

We keep a handy list of sewing events, exhibitions and meet ups happening in the sewing community all over the world on our sewing social calendar here.

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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The Sew Reporter – 24th February