Saturday, 21 March 2015

Sew Reporter Weekly: March week 3 | Edition 3

So 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?

Claire at The Thrifty Stitcher talks How to Successfully choose Fabric and her five favourite summer dress patterns. At the Coletterie, there is an article on How to Prevent DIY Anxiety and How to Bind Knit Edges.

At my home Sew Over It, the Cowl Neck dress sew-along finishes and the shop reveals it's top 5 specialist sewing shops in London. You can find my Sewing City Guides for London, covering general sewing shops here.

Marie at A Stitching Odyssey tells us about what she likes to wear when sewing. Zoe at 'So, Zo ...' tells us about the Copy your own clothes classes she is running with Tilly and the Buttons, announces this years Me-Made-May'15 and makes a Breton top.

This week I posted about making fabric daffodil flowers for Mother's Day and made the Oliver + S lullaby layette set for a baby shower gift.

Amy at Almond Rock combines a Simplicity 2444 bodice with a Sureau skirt from Deer and Doe in Cath Kidston fabric, plus a second version of this dress with a cleverly designed triangles button closure.

Rachel at House of Pinheiro has had a busy week making a Yona coat from Named patterns, pair of Simplicity 1371 trousers and reviews of the Dior & I film and Field Guide to Fabric Design book. 

Over at Did You Make That? its about options for discussing sewing patterns online, progress in making Ginger jeans and fabric fondling. Heather at Closet Case Files, tells us about her week and upcoming sewing classes plus makes a cascade duffle coat.

At Jennifer Lauren Vintage it's Me Made Maternity week 29, using JLV patterns and the use of diamonds on PDF sewing patterns. The girls at By Hand London have all made Sophia dresses to inspire you!

Sally at The Quirky Peach makes a New Look 6262 dress. SewCaroline tells us that she is now an Art Gallery Fabric designer. Jane at Handmade Jane makes a Barkcloth Simplicity 3983 skirt and Sew Over It TieLladybird makes a Colette Myrtle dress

Charlotte at English Girl at Home makes a Thread Theory Goldstream Peacoat, while Elena at Randomly Happy makes a Grainline studio Hemlock tee. Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons makes a pattern hack Liberty print Pussy bow Mimi blouse

Over at Sewaholic it's the Davie Dress, which has just been released. What Katie Sews makes a beautiful Grellow living room quilt.

Books and Magazines

Claire-Louise Hardy completes her 30-day #BeeMine Sewing challenge - Fashion with Fabric, Great British Sewing Bee book 3 makes.

Lauren at Guthrie and Ghani, reviews Fashion with Fabric, the Great British Sewing bee book 3 and makes a Tweed Mini Skirt from the book.

New releases

Pretty, Organised: 30 Easy-to-Make Decorative Storage Ideas to Declutter your Home by Jane Hughes

Shops and businesses

At The Sewing Directory, Fiona announced the winners of the Cloud Craft sewing supplies and Fashion on the Ration books. Plus it's The Sewing Directory's five year anniversary this month with a competition to win a sewing machine and fabric. Fiona has also posted a guide to Embroidery stitches, written an article about running your own business for sewmamasew and interviews Deborah Simms, semi finalist of the Great British Sewing Bee #GBSB series 3 about 'Finding your own style'. You can find my Cross Stitch guide for The Sewing Directory, here.

Alice at Backstitch talks about the new Named pattern collection and expanded range of Aurifil thread she now stocks.

Annie at The Village Haberdashery shares customer makes #tvhhaul (there is very cute mouse and an amazing arctic penguin quilt), Easter project ideas and now in stock: Yoyogi Park by Heather Moore and Sun Print Mercury by Alison Glass.  

Fabric Godmother has some 1950s inspired fabric and pattern combinations for you and some beautiful nautical themed fabricslinens and floral stretch cottons.

At Sew Over It, the new summer Grace dress class has been announced and the first class is already fully booked!


Colette are hiring a Technical writer/illustrator and project manager.

Sewaholic are hiring Communications and Customer Services co-ordinator.


The Country Living Spring Fair continues in London, 18th - 22nd March.

#Paperfest2015, a day event for designers, printers and makers, have announced the Key Note speaker will be Cath Kidston! Tickets are now available with the event being held on Friday 24th July in London.

The Sew for Pleasure fair continues in the NEC, Birmingham, 19th - 22nd March.

The Exeter Spring Quilt festival, Exeter begins next week 27th - 29th March.

Fashion on the Ration continues at the Imperial War Museum, 5th March - 31st August.

Alexandra McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition continues at the V&A Museum, 14th March - 2nd August.


Davie Dress by Sewaholic.

Here are some Pins from this week. Tag events or blogs that you've discovered this week with #sewreporter

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


  1. Brillant posts Rachel, thank you for the mention. Must have taken you ages to get all this info together.

    1. Thanks Fiona! It takes a couple of hours but I enjoy seeing what everyone has been up to over the week : )