Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sew Reporter Weekly | April week 5 | Edition 9

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 about how to finish the Arielle skirt facing with bias binding and how to sew one step button holesOver at Sewaholic it's the most popular blog postsAt the Grainline Studio it's Me Made May pledgeWhat Katie Sews makes two self drafted dressesLauren at Guthrie and Ghani makes a Davie dress and talks through size and bust adjustments for the simple sleeveless top in her book.

At my home Sew Over It it's the #SOIshowoff April winnerAt the Coletterie win a 6 month subscription to Seamworks and the latest issue is now outMarie at A Stitching Odyssey makes a Louisa Dress by Compagnie M. and posts the #VintagePledge May schedule.

Rachel at House of Pinheiro posts about beginners crocheting, organising your needles and makes a Colette Seamwork Astoria cropped sweaterOver at Did You Make That? Karen makes Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, starts a knitting project and gives us some zip tipsHeather at Closet Case Files posts What's Doing Vol. 42 and makes a Asaka Kimono by Named.

At By Hand London its Where to print your own fabric in the UK and the Anna dress is now available in PDF format. Jennifer Lauren Vintage posts Me Made Maternity Week 35Jane at Handmade Jane makes a 1950's style shoulder tie dressRandomly Happy posts her Me Made May pledge. Lladybird makes Carolyn pyjamas and a cardigan, shirt and t-shirtCharlotte at English Girl at Home posts her favourite crafty podcasts and Me Made May pledgeScruffy Badger posts about the Marathon and Me Made May 2015.

At Almond Rock it's bits and bobbins plus a dark floral LonsdaleFiona at Diary of a Chain Stitcher posts April's Indie Pattern updateZoe at 'So, Zo ...' makes a Raglan sweatshirt, fawn pinafore dress and Me Made May pledge with a GiveawayRoisin at Dolly Clackett makes a By Hand London Kim bodice with a circle skirtAt SewCaroline it's posts on the New website look with weekend giveaway, 10 podcasts for makers and Skopeles maxi tank dressLucky Lucille posts her Spring for Cotton project. At Dixie DIY it's venturing into the 18th Century.


Love Sewing magazine is hiring an Editor.

Shops and businesses

At The Sewing Directory, Fiona posts tutorials on how to sew with knit fabrics, line curtains and deal with thread tension issues. There is also an upcycled shirt book cover plus striped tie sewing projects and 
reviews of Fishers new ruler and rotary cutter and Style and Swing bag making book with project make. Don't forget to enter and win vouchers from Elephant in my Handbag.  

Josie at Fabric Godmother now stocks wax print cottons and parrot and palm tree patterned fabrics.

Annie at The Village Haberdashery posted customer makes, upcoming classes in May, the new shop window and a zip top purse tutorial plus now stocks Black and White by Cotton and steel and French lessonsFragmentsFlirt and Carousel by Dear Stella.


Me-Made-May'15 #mmmay'15 begins!

Autumn Quilt festival at Malvern from 14th - 17th May.

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!

Last day to see Thea Porter 70s Bohemian chic at the Fashion and Textile Museum (running until 3rd May).

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.


Christina Haynes patterns are on sale.

Megan Longline cardigan by Tessuti fabrics.

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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