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This week on the blog we’ve put together our top 10 camisole patterns for you! Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects. As always below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Katie of What Katie Sews has made a very chic version of the new Seren Dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey has made a super-sweet Pauline Alice Aldaia Dress!

Abi, AKA The Crafty Pinup, has made the new SMYLY jumpsuit named after her!

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made a lovely version of the Cocowawa Honeycomb Dress!

Helen of Helen’s Closet has shared a spaghetti-strap hack of her York Pinafore!

Lauren over at Guthrie and Ghani has made a gorgeous Nenuphar jacket by Deer and Doe!

Over on the Tilly and the Buttons blog, gorgeous Zeena is sharing how she printed the fabric for the Stevie she modelled in this picture – with a parsnip!

Bianca looks sensational in her Seamwork Geneva Panties!

Laura has sewn a very stylish Estelle Jacket by Style Arc!

Another Seamwork Pattern – this time a stunning Ariel Dress made by Vicky!

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Latest Make and Sewing Plans!

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It’s us! Sewing Pattern Round-Up: June

Athina of Craftaholic: Sewing for Jim: The Fabric Choices

Alex of Sew Happy: Orla Kiely Vlog: Life in Pattern Exhibit

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Summer Sewing Plans: Fabric Haul

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. 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!

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 49: MAKING TIME TO SEW WITH LAUREN TAYLOR

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Clear The Decks: Episode 15: Interview with Suzie Blackman

While She Naps: #124: Sue Spargo

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #22: Kate Ng on..

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With the warmer weather in full swing we don’t know about you but sewing a simple cami top sewing pattern is about all we can muster before we need a ice cream. Cami tops are fantastic wardrobe staples and work really well for layering with some of your other handmade wardrobe. We’ve rounded up our favourite cami top sewing patterns to bring you the best of the bunch so there is no need to get hot and bothered searching for the patterns we’ve got this nailed!

Ogden Cami  – True Bias

Format: PDF  & Paper| Sizes: 0 UK / 00 US to 18 UK / 14 US

The Ogden cami…well we really had to start with this pattern, a firm favourite in the sewing community and one of the most reviewed patterns on our site! The cami sewing pattern features a soft V neck at both center front and center back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps. The finish of this pattern is really special, the neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining. If you’re pondering fabrics for this pattern something with drape is really going to bring it into it’s own.

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #OGDENCAMI The Hello Sailor Top – The Fold Line (FREE)

Format: PDF | Sizes: 6 UK / 2 US to 24 UK / 20 US

Who doesn’t love a free sewing pattern!! The hello sailor top is the free pattern you get when joining the Fold Line and perfect for the warmer weather. The pattern features armhole darts making it fitted around the bust and flows over your hip and tummy area. The top is finished with bias binding on the armholes and also has a keyhole detail on the back with ties. This works well in lots of fabrics, a cotton is great for hotter days and if you wanted to dress this up for the evening why not use something with drape. It’s simple make and great sewing pattern for stash busting!

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #HELLOSAILORTOP Bailén Top and Dress – Pauline Alice (FREE)

 

Format: PDF | Sizes: 6 UK / 2 US to 20 UK / 16 US

This classic cami from Pauline Alice is another free sewing pattern – hurrah! The pattern features bust darts, a gently curved neckline and straight back and finished with bias binding around the neckline and straps . This would be fantastic basic top but also work well lengthened to a nightie or even as a slip to wear under your handmade dresses. In terms of fabrics something with some drape would work best like a crepe or viscose, but if you’ve got nightwear in mind a cotton would work well too.

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #BAILENTOP The Silk Cami – Sew Over It

Format: PDF | Sizes: 8 UK / 4 US to 18 UK / 14 US

The silk cami top from Sew Over It is another really popular pattern, just check out some of the reviews below. The cami pattern is a simple construction with no bust darts an a facing on the neckline to give this a sleek finish. This pattern is great if you want to cover your bra straps and can really be dressed up or down. It’s likely to become a handmade favourite and is best suited to fabrics with drape.

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #SOISILKCAMI Willow Tank – Grainline Studios

Format: PDF & PAPER | Sizes: 0 UK / 00 US to 18 UK / 14 US

The Willow tank is a really great beginner sewing pattern and of all the cami patterns this one has the most coverage. Grainline studio is well known for it’s well cut, simple silhouettes, the A-line shape of the Willow tank makes it easy to fit on the body. The great thing about this pattern is once you’ve nailed the fit you can then whip up one as a dress. This shape works well in lots of fabrics from a mid weight cotton to a linen or crepe.

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #WILLOWTOP Gretta Top – Seamwork

Format: PDF | Sizes: 4 UK / 1 US to 24 UK / 20 US

The Gretta top from Seamwork is probably the pattern with the most bang for your buck in terms of variations. You can mix and match them to come up with your perfect cami sewing pattern! The pattern features adjustable tie straps on the shoulder and you can either make it with a button down option at the front, a plain fronted and an option patch pocket to add into the mix. We love the versatility of this pattern and for anyone who’s breastfeeding this would be a great option for nursing top in the hot weather. Fabric wise the world is your oyster for this pattern!

Check out Instagram for more inspiration.. #SEAMWORKGRETTA Camille Top – Republique Du Chiffon

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This week on the blog we’re rounding up all the exciting June pattern releases! Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects. As always below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Marcy aka Oonaballoona is absolutely rocking this McCalls 7745 skirt!

Carrie over on the Cashmerette Blog is sharing her cool colour-blocked Ipswich swimsuit.

Emily of Self Assembly Required did a brilliant button-front hack of the new Dress 47 pattern from Cali Faye. 

Lauren at Guthrie and Ghani has made a stylish pair of True Bias Lander Shorts.

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey has made herself two fabulous Tilly and the Buttons Stevies!

Peter of Male Pattern Boldness has made himself a fantastic mermaid-print shirt using vintage Simplicity pattern 6955!

Maria looks chic in her Alex Shirtdress from the Sew Over It My Capsule Wardrobe e-book.

Becca made a fabulously floaty pair of Nina Lee Portobello Trousers!

Takako has made a stunning Marilla Walker Isca Shirtdress.

Elsie has made a beautiful Sew Over It Eve Dress!

NEW: It’s us! Sewing Pattern Round-Up: June

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NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: My Mega Fabric Haul

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: Orla Kiely Vlog: Life in Pattern Exhibit

NEW: Sew Over It: Meet the Lottie Dress!

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Sew and Tell May & June 2018

Rosa from Sewn: Fabric Haul and DIY Baby Clothes: June 2018

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Summer Sewing Plans: Fabric Haul

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. 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!

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NEW: While She Naps: #124: Sue Spargo

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #22: Kate Ng on What Is Sustainable Sewing

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Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

Elise gets Crafty: ON HAVING A MISSION: EP 147

Modern Sewciety: MS episode 156: Dana Willard Made Everyday

Craft-IshEpisode 41: Embroidery Artist Danielle Clough

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June has been a busy month of new sewing patterns to keep us all inspired! Here we have brought you a bitesize roundup of all the new sewing pattern releases from the last month. We have also made a video where Kate chats through some of our favourites. Patterns featured in the video:

New Sewing Pattern Releases || June 2018 || The Fold Line - YouTube

Other pattern releases:

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This week on the blog we chatting to Paula who runs an initiative to teach women how to sew in Iraq refugee camps. Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects. As always below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Amy of Almond Rock has made herself such an elegant honeymoon dress with Simplicity 1419!

Emily of Self Assembly Required sewed the Omer Jacket from La Maison Victor magazine for a very lucky friend!

Fiona at Diary of a Chainstitcher has made a super-chic summer outfit by pairing the True Bias Ogden Cami with a Sew Over It Erin Skirt!

Zoe of So, Zo What Do You Know? looks fab in her Jennifer Lauren Handmade Bibi Pinafore!

Louise from team Tilly and the Buttons has added the cutest kitten-twist to her Frankie Tee (from Tilly’s book Stretch)!

Katie of What Katie Sews is keeping (and looking) cool in her self-drafted silk sun dress!

Erica of Erica Bunker DIY Style has made a fabulous version of new McCalls Patterns 7752!

Ruth has sewn a lovely Libby Shirt from Sew Over It.

Mary has also triumphed on the shirt front with the Women’s Shirts pattern from Jalie!

Jess has made a fantastic version of the new Anita Top from Republique du Chiffon! 

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Reviewing the Jenny Overalls by Closet Case Patterns

NEW: Rosa from Sewn: Fabric Haul and DIY Baby Clothes: June 2018

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Blogtacular 2018

Gabby of Gabberdashery: Introducing Gabberdashery Patterns! From a single thread…

Alex of Sew Happy: My Vintage Sewing Patterns

Sew Over It: My Top 5 Summer Sewing Patterns

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Summer Sewing Plans: Fabric Haul

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

It’s us! Sewing Pattern Round-Up: May

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. 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!

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 47: SEWING SWIMWEAR

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 17: Stitcher’s Brew Meets Heather Lou!

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While She Naps: #123: Jen Hewett

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #22: Kate Ng on What Is Sustainable Sewing

Blogtacular: EPISODE 43: JANET MURRAY

Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

Elise gets Crafty: ON HAVING A MISSION: EP 147

Modern Sewciety:

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This week we are interviewing Paula Horsfall who has set up a really fantastic initiative teaching women in refugee camps in Iraq to sew. The project is part of the Bring Hope charity and this new skill provides these women with an income so they can support their families. The cloth they sew is the native jajim and it is used to create bags. This is a project close to our hearts and there are lots of ways as a sewing community we can help. Find out more at the end of this post. What is your background and how did you first get into sewing?

Before we went to the Middle East in 2010 I worked for an investment bank in one of their property funds where I managed the learning and development department.  I loved my job, not only because I was a part of people developing and growing but because I knew everyone in the company.  I’m definitely a people person.

I first learned to sew as a child in primary school.  My mum was a seamstress and used to make clothes for me on her Singer treadle machine.  I loved the idea of making things out of fabric, putting pieces together and seeing something unique emerge.  Mum was so clever and I’m sure she would have been much more creative if she hadn’t had four fairly feral children to raise.  She did make sure we had lots of creative opportunities though and, looking back, most of our toys had a creative element to them. 

As a teenager I made my own clothes – my friend Miriam and I were the same size, so we would make things that we could each wear to extend our wardrobe. I have loved sewing all my life and remember being very sad when dad bought mum an electric machine because the treadle machine was considered old fashioned. 

Can you tell us about how this project started?

Life is a question of timing and opportunity and they collided for me late in 2016. My husband had dragged me kicking and screaming back to the UK because the company he worked for wanted him in head office and I was really struggling to make a connection with the town where we live.  I had been running a successful craft studio in Dubai with another creative expat – a dream really.  We were welcomed with open arms by the expat community in DXB as there really wasn’t anything else like us happening and before long, apart from teaching sewing ourselves, we were able to offer a platform for other creatives to teach their craft.  We had a column in Good Housekeeping magazine and appeared regularly on local radio.  Returning to a cold and gloomy house left in a bit of a state by tenants was not my idea of fun and I realised that I needed an occupation to save my sanity!

An artist friend in Dubai was waiting for an elusive taxi one busy Thursday night when she and the stranger she was standing next to decided to share the next one that appeared.  Nick, as he turned out to be, asked my friend if he knew anyone who sewed who might be interested in developing a humanitarian project in Iraq based around sewing.  That’s how it started – a chance encounter between strangers.  By January 2017 we were in Erbil piloting Sewing Hope in Baharka Camp.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I work Monday to Thursday for the local authority so Sewing Hope fits around that.  I took the job because I can do office work and I could walk to and from work so get those magic steps in four days a week but mainly for the social aspect of work.  Oh, and also to have some money of my own – it’s quite nice to be able to buy your husband a birthday present that he hasn’t paid for himself.  My earnings pay for my visits to Iraq too.

The rest of my time is spent on managing Sewing Hope. I think it was Bette Davis who said sleep is for sissies.

What are the best and worst bits of running a project like this?

The best bits far outweigh the worst bits – if there are any worst bits.  Let’s get them over with first.  Lack of sleep.  Not always because I spend so many hours working on Sewing Hope but sometimes because I get a genius idea in the middle of the night and have to write it down.

The best bits are without a doubt seeing the progress the sewing team in Baharka Camp have made, not only in the quality of their sewing but also in their lifestyle.  Being paid a monthly salary means that they are part of the local economy and not entirely dependent upon humanitarian aid. 

One of the ladies in the BBC film mentioned that her ‘psychology’ had improved since she started working for Sewing Hope.  Her family in Mosul was wiped out in an air strike as they were all sheltering in one building.  25 people.  Gone.  It was just by chance that she and her husband and children had decided at the last moment to shelter somewhere else.  Her husband cannot find work, so she is now the family breadwinner and is determined that her children will get an education, so they can achieve their potential.  This is what Sewing Hope is about – giving women hope for the future, giving them dignity, and giving them skills to create a sustainable income for themselves. 

Another worst bit is leaving them behind when I have to return to the UK.  We are family.  We are friends.  Religion has no place here.  We are women.  We are mothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and we love each other.  It’s as simple as that. The women don’t like to see me cry when I leave them because it makes them want to cry and they have already cried rivers of tears.  They focus on the fact that they are happy, I have been to see them and they know I will come back. They know they are part of the bigger picture and that there are people in the outside world advocating for them.

A fabulously great aspect of Sewing Hope is the team of volunteers I have around me.  Amazing women who feel the same way, who want to help, who have passion in their souls and who can sew.  This is my tribe.

How did the BBC get involved?

The local authority I work for has a PR department and they heard about my project on the grapevine and decided to publish information on Sewing Hope in the monthly newsletter.  Somehow the local press caught hold of the story and syndicated it across the regions newspapers and this is where the BBC heard the story.  I was contacted by Ben who came to do a short interview in my home and this went out the local news.  I was also interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Ben and I were chatting when he came to do that first interview and just mentioned casually that he would like to accompany me on my next trip to Iraq.  I took him seriously and was like a dog with a bone making regular contact to ensure he was still on board.  He was and he did accompany me and my team of volunteers in April and did a brilliant job of capturing what Sewing Hope is about and the humanity of the people who participate.  I hope he will come back again. 

What are your plans for the project this year?

2018 is a big year for Sewing Hope because as a result of the publicity from the BBC I have been inundated with offers of help.  Everything from brand new sewing machines to fabric to financial donations.  This means that I will be able to initiate the project in a further two camps in September. 

One of the camps is shelter to 13,000 Syrian refugees and is the first camp to be established in Kurdistan in Northern Iraq.  Initially this camp housed people in tents but these have now disappeared to be replaced by breeze block shelters and there is a tangible air of permanence to the camp.  We’ll be working with a team of 20 ladies to begin with.

The donations of sewing machines mean that I can also bring forward a long-held wish to work with Yezidi women who live in perilous conditions north west of Erbil. 

How do you see the project growing in the future?

There are 48 refugee camps in Northern Iraq and, where possible, the aim is to establish Sewing Hope in as many as practicable.

It’s a long-term project which aims to give each woman earning power, the ability to see themselves as entrepreneurs, and as part of an economy trying to emerge from the stasis of the past. 

The aim of Sewing Hope changes and adapts to what is needed at any given time.  Just this month a volunteer went to visit Erbil to help the sewing team but found out that they had no First Aid skills, so she just cracked on and developed a workshop to teach them basic skills.

During my last visit one of the ladies asked me whether they could take their sewing machines home to work on paid jobs the local community were asking for.  Absolutely they can take them home.  Let’s go one better though – we’ll get their current sewing machines serviced ($20 each) and replace them with new ones so that the ‘old’ ones can remain at home.  Now that is entrepreneurial thinking!

What this means though is that I have a continuing need for good quality sewing machines able to be used on a constant basis five days a week. I promised the ladies I would bring them each a new sewing machine in September and because of the wonderful donations from people all over the south of England I can fulfil that promise.

Some people have also donated vintage machines and, with their permission, they will be sold to raise funds for more new, modern machines.  By the way, when I say ‘new’, brand new is great, but if the machine is modern and only a couple of yeas old that is also fab.  I’m afraid that I am unable to accept broken machines because Sewing Hope just doesn’t have the funds to have them repaired.

What are you sewing right now/will be your next project?

What am I sewing right now?  Erm, can I just say that I have several WIPs on the go?  I’m still unable to refuse a piece of vintage Sanderson so my stash is embarrassingly large, but I love making bags (a girl can never have too many bags), and curtains for the Georgian cottage we are renovating.

How can the sewing community get involved?

Paula has sent us a list of things that she really needs in terms of supplies and we thought this might be where we can help her out. I’m sure most of the items listed below we have in our stashes and if you email Paula paula@bringhope.info she can send you an address to post out anything you can spare for the appeal. Her next trip to Iraq is in October and the last date to get materials or sewing machines to her for this trip is 29th August.

The other big thing she needs are sewing machines. If anyone has an old machine they’ve been thinking about getting rid of this could be a fantastic way of giving it a new home and helping a great cause. Unfortunately Paula can’t cover the postage costs but if you were up for donating the machine her email address is below. The machines need to be electric and in good working order.

Sewing supplies needed include:

  • 2 inch waistband elastic
  • Fleecy fabric
  • Knicker elastic
  • Good quality sewing thread
  • Sewing machine needles – size 14 and up
  • Tailors scissors
  • Stitch unpickers
  • Mini snip-it scissors
  • Needle threaders
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Universal machine bobbins
  • Tailors chalk
  • 6 and 8 inch zippers
  • 2 inch wide cotton webbing in neutral colours.  This is used for the jajim bag straps and we can’t get it in Iraq so we need tons and tons of it.
  • Post it notes
  • Pencils
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Tape measures (metric)
  • Steel rulers
  • Pins

Volunteers to accompany me to Iraq

Basic sewing skills needed as well as resilience.  Visiting a refugee camp can be emotional and we work full days for five days.  We do have a day off to go sightseeing – there is so much to see.  Google Erbil – it’s a beautiful, ancient city.  Volunteers pay their own air fare but good quality hotel and all meals are covered by the project.

More information on Sewing Hope is here

If you can help this project or have materials you can donate please email Paula on paula@bringhope.info

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This week on the blog we’ve revealed the speakers and workshop at the Sewing Weekender! Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects. As always below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Marcy, aka Oonballoona, has made a fantastic midi dress using the True Bias Ogden Cami!

Zoe of So, Zo What Do You Know? has made her husband Pat a Burdastyle Jakob Shirt and an adorable matching version for little Frankie using Burda 9851!

Megan Nielsen has made a great outfit using her River and Ash patterns!

Emily of Self Assembly Required looks sensational in her sexy I AM Patterns Cassiopee Dress!

Caroline Hulse made a super pretty romper using New Look 6489!

Charlotte, aka English Girl At Home, has made a fab In The Folds Jumpsuit – looks like she had a great time in it on holiday!

Allie Jackson has made his’n’hers PJs! She used the Closet Case Files Carolyn Pyjamas for hers, and Vogue 8964 for his.

Helen of Helen’s Closet has made her Suki Kimono pattern into a stylish jacket!

Kerry of Very Kerry Berry has made the Avid Seamstress Gathered Dress in some beautiful fabric!

Georgina has made a fantastic yellow version of the Seamwork Audrey Denim Jacket!

Nikki looks sensational in her Sew Over It Eve Dress!

Nikki of the Stitch Sisters has made a stunning Named Clothing Kielo Wrap dress!

NEW: Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Blogtacular 2018

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Introducing Gabberdashery Patterns! From a single thread…

NEW: Alex of Sew Happy: My Vintage Sewing Patterns

NEW: Sew Over It: My Top 5 Summer Sewing Patterns

NEW: Athina of Craftaholic: Say Hello to the Abi Jumpsuit!

NEW: Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Summer Sewing Plans: Fabric Haul

Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: April and May 2018

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

It’s us! Sewing Pattern Round-Up: May

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. We’ve got a full run down for all the Great British Sewing..

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It’s now only a couple of months until The Sewing Weekender! We are very excited to announce all the talented Sewing speakers and helpers who will be joining us over the weekend. We are also excited to announce the workshop available to attendees during the weekend.

To find out more about this weekend, check out The Sewing Weekender page for all the details. For attendees, we will be sending you the itinerary and all the details you need soon.

Sewing speakers and helpers

To help you with your sewing projects and/or give a talk about sewing, we have the following talented ladies on Saturday and Sunday!

Karen Ball, Did You Make That?

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Bagging A Sewing Book Deal”

Ever fancied turning your blog, vlog, feed or podcast into a book? Find out the mechanics of writing a non fiction book proposal, how to talk publisher, understand contracts and manage the writing process for a commercial non fiction book. With industry insights and expertise from Karen of Did You Make That – a veteran of publishing and blogging, and soon-to-be-author of a new sewing book.

Find out more about Karen: Blog, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Harriet Johnson, Hobbling Handmades

Sunday Speaker

Title of talk: “Loved Clothes Last

Harriet will be talking about caring for your handmade clothes so that they last longer. She will talk us through why it’s easier to make our clothes last longer when we’re making them ourselves, and steps that we can take during the making process to help preserve them such as making a ‘mending kit’ for everything we make and choosing the right quality fabrics. She will also go through the three key elements of clothing care – washing, mending and storage.
Find out more about Harriet: Blog, Instagram, YouTubeFacebookPinterest.
Frances Tobin, The Maker’s Atelier

Saturday Speaker

Title of Talk: “A brief history of sewing patterns and the evolution of fashion magazines.”

Mass produced sewing patterns began in the 1850’s. This talk will touch on their fascinating history and how they influenced the growth of fashion magazines from then to today.

Find out more about Frances: Website, InstagramFacebookPinterest.

Sheona McMahon, Sewisfaction

Saturday Speaker

Title of talk: “What it’s really like to set up and run a fabric shop”

Sheona from Sewisfaction, an online and bricks and mortar fabric shop and sewing studio, will be talking about what it’s like to set up and run your own fabric business and what really happens when your hobby turns into your career.

Find out more about Sheona: Website, Instagram, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest.

Gay Appleby, Loving The Fabric

Sewing Expert

Gay will be at The Sewing Weekender to help you with your projects. Sewing has been Gay’s life long passion.  She inherited her passion for textiles, fabrics and fashion from her artistic and fashionable mother. Gay studied Art History and French at university, travelling extensively in France, Britain and Italy.  She eventually settled in Britain and while raising three children, learned a “make do and mend” resourcefulness and indulged in her passion for vintage textiles and fashion.

Gay trained as a Design & Technology teacher in Britain in ’96, which led to teaching Art History and Textiles/Fashion. Teaching and studying fashion, fibres, garment construction, and textiles has provided her a unique and eclectic vision.  Gay ran a fashion fabric boutique loving the fabric, on Hill Rise in Richmond and is now working from her studio selling fabric and helping customers achieve their sewing and fashion goals.

Find out more about Gay: Website, Instagram, or on her mobile, 07936421985.

Workshops

We are really excited this year to have Spoonflower provide workshops for all attendees of The Sewing Weekender.

The first company of its kind, Spoonflower was launched in 2008 in Durham, N.C. with the dream of empowering individuals to create, print and sell their own artwork on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. Today, the Spoonflower community has grown to over 3.5 million creative individuals who use their own designs and the Spoonflower Marketplace to make curtains, quilts, clothing, bags, furniture, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much, much more. Located in Durham, N.C. & Berlin, Germany.

Spoonflower will be running workshops over the weekend for attendees to learn about fabric design.

The workshop will run for a couple of hours and attendees will be learning the basics of creating a seamless repeat by hand using all kinds of art supplies like markers, collage, watercolors, etc.

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This week on the blog we’ve got our ultimate list of podcasts and playlists to listen to while you sew! Come join our Facebook group where we are chatting about new patterns, what we are planning to make and helping each other out with our projects. As always below there are loads of lovely makes from your favourite bloggers, new sewing patterns and lots of other inspiring stuff so pick your beverage of choice, sit back and enjoy the sewing Sunday papers.

Emily of Self Assembly Required has made this fantastically fun Perth Dress from Carolyn and Cassie!

Katie of What Katie Sews has stitched up a very chic pair of True Bias Landers.

Marie of A Stitching Odyssey is back with a sweet version of the Cocowawacrafts Honeycomb Dress.

Heather Lou of Closet Case Patterns has made an utterly gorgeous Papercut Patterns Sapporo Coat.

Madalynne drafted and made herself a very cool vintage-inspired dress.

Allie M Jackson has made her husband Alex a completely handmade outfit using the Thread Theory Comox and Jedediah and Liesl & Co. All Day Shirt patterns!

Lauren of Lladybird has made a chic cropped Kalle Shirt by Closet Case Patterns.

Athina has made a sensational pair of Closet Case Patterns Jenny Overalls!

Ana has made a lovely version of the Alex Shirt from Sew Over It’s e-book, My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break.

Janet has whipped up an elegant Sew Over It Ella Blouse.

NEW: Gabby of Gabberdashery: Me Made May ’18: Overview

NEW: Sew Hayley Jane: June Unboxing

Rosa from Sewn: My Sewing: April and May 2018

Sew Over It: Fabric Haul: June 2018

Athina of Craftaholic: 10 Reasons Why You Need a Sewing Planner

Abi from The Crafty Pin Up: Sew and Tell May 2018

Harriet from Hobbling Handmades: Me Made May Review: The Gaps in my Wardrobe

English Girl At Home: The Sewing Weekender

Alex of Sew Happy: My Holiday Wardrobe!

It’s us! Sewing Pattern Round-Up: May

Jen from Ginger Thread Girl: Vlog 15: My latest sewing updates and back to work

Jen from Gingerella: Review: Sewing Your Dream Wardrobe

Karen from Did you make that?: Happy Holidays 2017

Elisalex’s Studio: DIY t-shirt refashion for #TheBigStitch

The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is coming back to our screens!

We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. Get all the latest sewing bee news here and why not catch up on what you missed? We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. 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!

NEW: Love to Sew: EPISODE 45: MY BODYMODEL WITH ERICA SCHMITZ

NEW: Crafty Planner: EPISODE 140: SARAH WATSON

NEW: Stitchers’ Brew: Episode 15: Living and Loving Your Business with The New Craft House

NEW: Clear The Decks: Episode 11: The Identity Mindset

Blogtacular: EPISODE 43: JANET MURRAY

While She Naps: #122: Hailey Hoffman Chisholm and Aaron Hoffman of Hoffman California Fabrics

Clothes Making Mavens: Episode #21: Passing the..

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Our new sewing resource is all about sewing podcasts and creative playlists to listen to while you sew. Sewing can be quite a solitary craft and while it’s nice to sit in silence and enjoy the birds singing outside sometimes you need some in-ear entertainment. For those of you that love podcasts we have put together the ultimate list of sewing podcasts giving you hours of entertainment for your favourite hobby. Alongside this we have some of our other favourites from the online world. So whether you like to listen to a crime drama while you sew or get tips to help grow your creative business, we’ve got some great suggestions for you.

Current Sewing Podcasts :

Who doesn’t love to hear about the world of sewing while you’re sewing! Sewing podcasts have been springing up all over the place in the past couple of years and they are a great way to feel connected with the sewing community. Covering topics such as keeping your sewing patterns organised to interviews from your favourite sewing pattern designers, there is bound to be something you’ll love to listen to here.

  • Love to Sew Podcast – Helen and Caroline have created something truly fantastic with this podcast. Beautifully produced, thoughtful topics and inspiring interviews with your favourite sewing people, this is a must listen for sewing fanatics.
  • Stitchers Brew Podcast – Gabby and Megan sit down with a cup of tea (obvs) and chat with makers from all areas of the world of sewing. It’s like having you pals over for a cuppa..
  • Clothes Making Mavens – A discussion between three sewing pals about all things sewing. Expect topics from sewing with the flow alongside interview based podcasts.
Sewing Podcast Archives:

These are a few podcasts that don’t produce regular episodes but if you haven’t listened to them yet they are well worth going back and binging on!

  • Thread Cult – Interviews with interesting sewing pattern designers such as Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns, very informal and chatty.
  • Seamwork Radio –  Beautifully produced telling the story of how sewing transformed peoples lives in fascinating ways.
  • Maker Style – Rachel has a real mix of of interviews and focuses on small business, blogging and creative adventures within the sewing community.
Creative Podcasts:

Many of us have or dream of running our own creative business and there’s nothing more inspiring than hearing someone else’s story of transforming an idea into reality. For those of us that run our own company, it’s often a little bit lonely and there isn’t anyone we can ask for advice. If this resonates with you then why now check out these podcasts:

  • How I built this – one of our personal favourites, hear stories of how companies such as Airbnb, Amazon, Kate Spade and Spanx were created. Hearing how giant cooperations got started is a fascinating story.
  • Blogtacular – This is a podcast that runs alongside a creative blogging conference in the UK. These episodes deal with everything from imposter syndrome to scaling your creative business and are stuffed full of ideas.
  • Elise Gets Crafty – Brimming with advice for small one-person business owners, Elise gives advice that’s insightful, achievable and spot on.
  • Start Up – This podcast follows a small business as they launch and all the troubles that ensues. Series 1,2 & 4 are the best!
  • While She Naps – interviews with designer makers about building a creative business , with more of a quilting focus.
Feel Good Podcasts:

These are some fantastic podcasts to listen to whilst sewing; stories of people’s lives always make good listening. There are often tough topics covered in some of these podcasts but you’ll always end up feeling uplifted after you’ve finished listening.

  • Modern Love – a cult New York Times column made into a podcast with actors reading the story and a short interview with the writer. They are wonderful stories, don’t be fooled by the title.
  • Happy Place – presenter Fern Cotton interviews famous people about life, love and how they find happiness.
  • The Untold – fascinating stories of peoples lives, recorded at the point a huge change is happening in their lives and following them on their journey.
  • Love Stories – journalist Dolly Alderton interviews people about love in all it’s formats.
  • Table Manners – singer Jessie Ware and her mother invite famous people over for dinner, they sit down around a table and talk about life.
  • Desert Island Discs – I mean we couldn’t not include this! Iconic BBC4 radio show, with over 50 years of archive material to get through, music and conversation.. wonderful.
Crime Podcasts:

Rachel and I love a crime podcast… the only thing we can’t do is listen to them when it gets dark! These podcast follow stories of true crime and have all the gore you could hope for. The episodes are quite long which is great if you’ve got an afternoon of sewing planned.

  • Casefile – Each episode is a new case of a murder from the last fifty years. The guy’s voice isn’t very animated but the stories are so good you’ll forget all about it!
  • Court Junkie – We get taken through a case each episode and often they include the original recordings from the courtroom.
  • Serial – The original cult podcast, if you haven’t heard it yet listen to the first series, you’ll be blown away by this murder trial.
  • S-Town – a reporter investigates the son of a wealthy family who has allegedly been bragging that he got away with murder. But then someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and the unearthing of the mysteries of one man’s life.
  • Canadian True Crime – Canadian based crime with a new murder each episode.
Playlists:

While the spoken word is a calming way to sew, sometimes you need some beat to push you through the tougher makes and get that project done. We’ve created some playlists on Spotify to keep you inspired.. we got a little over excited naming these…

  • Sew Like it’s 1999  – For those of us ‘lucky’ enough to be teenagers at the end of the 90’s, this is going to fill you with Spice Girl nostalgia.
  • Rock and Sew –  Chuck Berry has your back.. you’re going to get this sewn up in no time.
  • Calm Stitching – For the tough times.. button holes, trouser fitting and when you just need to take a deep breath.
  • Sew Dance Sew – Perfect for the finishing touches, you’re on the home straight. Put your finished garment on and dance around the room.
  • Happy Stitchers – For when it’s all going good, you inserted the sleeves with ease, your waistline matches on your zip and you think you might just be able to finish it to wear it out that evening..
  • Sew Soul Music – Big voices and a whole lot of Aretha… prep yourself to sing along while you sew.
  • Disco Spools – 70s disco…because who doesn’t need some of that in their life? For the good sewing times and the bad.. this is going to make you wiggle.

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