Saturday, 7 March 2015

New - Sew Reporter Weekly: March week 1 edition 1

So gals and guys, what's been happening this week in the world of sewing? I know how busy I get trying to fit everything in each week and I use my time at the weekend to catch up on what's been happening all-things-sewing-wise. This got me thinking that a quick summary of what's going on would be really useful to read with your brunch over the weekend. Save all that searching and scrolling through blog posts, cherry pick what you want to read in the time you have!

What have the bloggers been posting?

Jane from Handmade Jane has been making the Granville shirt from Sewaholic and has some Mother's Day gift ideas for you. Lots of Your Makes, an update on progress and Essential Sewing Toolkit from Tilly and the Buttons (including two new patterns coming soon!). SewCaroline has been chatting about her Downtown Tunic (offer code for pattern). 

The girls at By Hand London have been busy giving the Charlotte skirt a new outing with plenty of style inspiration (it can now be purchased as a PDF), a back split pattern hack plus fully lined faux-wrap Kim skirt pattern hack. 

Over at my home Sew Over It it's been all about fashioning the new Cowl dress PDF pattern and at Guthrie & Ghani Lauren has made a Francoise dress. At Grainline the Cascade Sew-along continues and Jennifer Lauren Vintage gives us an update on her business progress and rebranding, Me Made Maternity and Felicity Dress sew-along. Not to be missed is Fiona's Diary of a Chain Stitcher post on this months Indie Pattern Update!, see below. 

It's a McCall's 6696 shirt dress from Roisin at But it can't be from Dolly Clackett. At The Quirky Peach it's Deer & Doe plantain tunic sweater and Gertie's Vintage Tee sweater. SewBusyLizzy has posted about making the Eliana Dress from Pauline Alice. At Did You Make That? its thread stashes and blog writing tips. Over at A Stitching Odyssey it's the #vintagepledge and giveaway. At 'So, Zo...' a Ditsy floral Mimi Blouse an useful guide to independent Children's sewing patterns

At Closet Case Files its a reminder about the Carolyn Pajama Party and elastic waistband finishes. Randomly Happy loves the Hudson pants she made from True Bias. Like me, Emmie from My Oh Sew Vintage Life has been making baby gifts this week, using the Lua sleep sack pattern. More on mine what I decided to make soon, I don't want to spoil the surprise! 

English Girl at Home has been giving us more details about her interesting #naturallydyedwardrobe, i'm a big fan of using natural resources sustainably so can't wait to see how this turns out. A proud day this week when I harvested my last lot of purple sprouting broccoli from the veg patch ... I digress! From VeryPurplePatterns cropped top and culottes Burdastyle patterns plus an Ensis Tee from Papercut patterns. 

Rachel at House of Pinheiro discusses how to become a better sewist and Almond Rock challenged herself to make a lace dress ahead of the Sewing Bee episode (Butterick 5351).


This week has seen the book tour for the Great British Sewing Bee book 3, which accompanies the current series. 
Read the posts from those taking part: 
Monday 2nd - Did You Make That? 
Tuesday 3rd - House of Pinheiro
Wednesday 4th - Elena Cresci | Seamless
Thursday 5th - Cut Out + Keep
Friday 6th - A Stitching Odyssey
Saturday 7th - What Katie Sews today
Sunday 8th - Handmade Jane tomorrow

Claire-Louise Hardy was up to day 20 yesterday of her 30-day #BeeMine Sewing challenge - Fashion with Fabric, Great British Sew Bee book 3 makes.

The Shops

Backstitch have had a busy few weeks with new patterns, fabric and classes plus a new feature on their blog 'From Where I Sew'.

Guthrie and Ghani have plenty of inspiration in their Maker Gallery post. 

At The Village Haberdashery it's the February winners of #tvhhaul and the new Star Block of the Month #starbotm plus Ludlow fabrics by Dear Stella are now in stock

20% off Lace dress class at Sew Over It, London and don't forget about #SOIshowoff competition, see last month's winner here.


Paul and Deborah left the Great British Sewing Bee #GBSB this week, leaving just 3 for the final, Lorna, Matt and Neil. Who's having a #GBSG final party next Thursday? Check out Fiona's comprehensive summary of everything featured in last weeks episode from the Sewing Directory.

On this weekend is the Spring Knitting and Stitching show at Olympia, who's planning to go along and add yet more to their fabric stash!?

On Friday the Imperial War Museum opened it's door to a new exhibition, 
Fashion on the Ration. I can't wait to go and will tell you more about it when i've been.

Not long now until the very much anticipated Alexandra McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition opens at the V&A Museum on 14th March. Another exhibition I will definitely be going to see!

Out of London its the Spring Quilt festival at Duxford, near Cambridge, and i've seen Alice from Backstitch instagrammin' photos of her setting up there.


I couldn't do it better myself, so take a look at Fiona's comprehensive round up of all the new Indie pattern releases over at Diary of a Chain Stitcher.

Here are some Pins from this week.

Let me know if there is anything else you would like to see featured ... have a lovely weekend x


  1. Great idea! My veg patch is looking very sad and empty at the moment, but not for long. I can't quite face spending long in the garden at the moment though...

  2. Thanks Charlotte! Mine too, although it won't be long before my seedlings can be planted out : )