Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sew Reporter May week 3 | Edition 12

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?

Tilly at Tilly and the Buttons posts a tutorial on making an ironing board coverWhat Katie Sews makes a self drafted dressLauren at Guthrie and Ghani reviews transparent sewing thread and fray check plus the next tutorial in the simple sleeveless top blog series - adding in pin tucks.  Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher makes a denim McCalls 6696 shirtdressAt the Coletterie there is a post on how to make an elastic waisted Mabel Skirt, the Aster blouse is released plus Seamworks giveaway winner and photo round-up

This week I had my latest  #SewingCityGuide for Norwich posted on the Sewing Directory websiteMarie at A Stitching Odyssey makes a 1920s Kimono Robe for #vintagepledge, posts a tutorial on matching up your waistline either side of a zip and #FabricFridayRachel at House of Pinheiro posts about the Indiesew summer collection blog tourHeather at Closet Case Files posts What's Doing vol. 45 and off the shoulder Nettie dress tutorialKestrel Makes posts a stash interview with Carol Ferraro for #vintagepledge and announces the vintage pattern parcel winner. GingerMakes makes Fehr Trade Steeplechase leggings.

At By Hand London its the world of pleatsJane at Handmade Jane makes a Simplicity 4238 topRandomly Happy posts the second week of her handmade wardrobe for Me-Made-May'15 and a knit Morris blazerLladybird makes a B5526 shirt and ginger jeans plus Burdastyle Alison SwimsuitCharlotte at English Girl at Home posts the next update in the naturally dyed wardrobe series with turmeric.

Zoe at 'So, Zo ...' posts a round up of Me-Made-May'15 days 14 - 20, Me-Made-May'15 Tilly and the Buttons giveaway plus a Where's Wally? Dolores Batwing topRoisin at Dolly Clackett makes a modified By Hand London Flora dressLucky Lucille posts her beautiful block printed repeat pattern project and a Hollyburn Broken Arrows skirtAt Dixie DIY the Bonnell Dress is released. Scruffy Badger makes a scuba circle skirt and tropical reef running shortsAlmondRocks makes a vintage jacket from 1969. At Grainline Studios Jen knits three hats. SewCaroline posts a Memorial Day sale on patterns, with free shipping and 40% off.

Shops and businesses

20% off all sewing classes
 at Sew Over It throughout May. Plus
 there are fabric and pattern suggestions for summer sewing.

At The Sewing Directory, Fiona posts a tutorial on how to make a scatter cushion with button opening and really useful posts on sewing for charity and the top 10 sewing books. Enter and win precuts from Secret Garden Quilting.

Alice at Backstitch now stocks the Aster blouse from Colette patterns, the Camas Blouse from Thread Story Designs and three Megan Nielsen patterns. Plus a massive sale!

Annie at The Village Haberdashery now stocks Reel Time by Zen Chic and the Morris Blazer and Moss skirt by Grainline Studiosplus there are posts on getting to know Sew Liberated, the Quilt Market Spring 2015 and Kona matching with Fragments by Dear Stella.

Eternal Maker is having a Bank holiday weekend sale with 15% off.


Merchant and Mills Workbook of sewing patterns by Merchant Mills.

DIY wardrobe makeovers by Suzannah Stanley.

The encyclopaedia of Curtains by Catherine Merrick et al. 

Quiltmaking Essentials 2 by Donna Thomas.


Me-Made-May'15 #mmmay'15 running throughout May.

Springfields Quilt show, Spalding from 5th - 6th June.

Dressmaking competition at Simplicity. They are searching for a Star Sewist, with three categories being judged including beginners, vintage and best dress. If you email them your details they will send you a pattern of your choice. Submissions by 31st May. Lauren from Guthrie and Ghani is one of the judges!

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.

Riviera Style, Resort and Swimwear since 1900 at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London 22nd May - 30th August.

Nautical Chic by Amber Jane Butchart at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London 22nd May - 30th August.

Rayne Shoes for stars at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London 22nd May - 30th August.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain at the V&A Museum, London 13th June - 31st January.


Aster blouse by Colette patterns.

Bonnell Dress by Dixie DIY.

In paper patterns the Finlayson Sweater, Jutland Pants and Camas Blouse by Thread Theory Designs inc.

Print patterns now available for Brumby skirt, Darling ranges dress and Tania Culottes by Megan Nielsen.

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher has a new great round up of the latest pattern releases in April.

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

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