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A Guide to the Best Sewing Blogs to Follow

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The results are in - William GeeWilliam Gee are proud to present to you A Guide to the Best Sewing Blogs to Follow in 2018! We’ve been on a mission to find the top sewing bloggers in the UK (as well as a few international bloggers) and now, after months of speculation, we’re ready to reveal the winners of William Gee’s Sewing Blog Awards 2018…
We received thousands of nominations from an incredible collection of sewing blogs, patternmaking websites, dressmaking Youtube channels and creative Instagram profiles, so it took a little longer than expected to narrow it down! Keep an eye out for new categories this year, including William Gee’s Best Sewing Instagrammer, Best Sewing Blogs for Plus Sizes and Best Retro & Vintage Sewing Blogs.
Please note this is not an endorsed list – this is based on hours and hours of research from the William Gee team! For the 2016 list, head to Best Sewing Blogs to Follow in 2016.
Let us know who we’ve missed out by tagging us on Instagram @williamgee_UK with #williamgeebestblogs.
And the 2018 winners are…

» Best Sewing Blogs to Follow in 2018

Male Devon Sewing - William Gee UK
 Male Devon Sewing
Home tailoring and fantastic sewing resource by Great British Sewing Bee contestant Jamie Kemp.
maledevonsewing.co.uk
Rachel Pinheiro - William Gee UK
 House of Pinheiro
Rachel Pinheiro’s insights of her creative journey, seasoned with a few glimpses of her personal life. Self confessed “Brazilian, maker, tall & opinionated”…welcome to her slow fashion sartorial edit.
houseofpinheiro.com
Sew Me Something -William Gee
 Sew Me Something
With over 25 years experience in the fashion industry, Jules is the perfect candidate to guide you through her fantastic range of step-by-step tutorials.
sewmesomething.co.uk
Self Assembly Required - William Gee UK
 Self Assembly Required
Emily, a self-confessed sewing addict, loves constructing clothes, pattern hacking and “rambling on about fabric”. The SAR blog is all about sharing her love for sewing whilst showcasing her range of trendy garments – and it does not disappoint!
selfassemblyrequired.co.uk
MIY Workshop - William Gee UK
 Wendy Ward
Wendy Ward has been teaching dressmaking, pattern cutting and textiles at various colleges and adult education centres throughout Brighton since 2007 and is a regular contributor in some of the leading sewing magazines in the UK.
wendyward.co.uk
The Thrifty Stitcher - William Gee UK
 The Thrifty Stitcher
Claire-Louise Hardie, the mastermind behind The Great British Sewing Bee is a professional stitcher with a passion for teaching beginners to sew. As well as a fantastic blog, she offers bespoke, friendly sewing classes for aspiring DIY dressmakers in North London.
thethriftystitcher.co.uk
DIY Couture - William Gee UK
 DIY Couture
A creative approach to sewing, exploring the ‘fashion commons’ for self-sufficiency, self-worth, adventure and sustainability. “Fashion freedom for all”.
diy-couture.blogspot.co.uk
A Stitching Odyssey - William Gee UK
 A Stitching Odyssey
Marie has been obsessed with stitching since 2009. Passionate about vintage styles, mainly using contemporary patterns. If you’re into vintage, make sure you check her out!
astitchingodyssey.com
What Katie Sews - William Gee UK
 What Katie Sews
This blog chronicles Katie’s attempts to build a wearable everyday wardrobe by sewing her own basics, with a few special makes thrown in too. Her hope is to “help people see that making a simple, unfussy wardrobe of everyday handmade clothes is achievable & fun”.
whatkatiesews.net

 

» Best Sewing Instagram Accounts to follow in 2018

Portia Lawrie - William Gee UK
 Portia Lawrie
Portia runs Makery, a clean Instagram account full of sewing tips, refashion tutorials, creative inspiration and much more!
instagram.com/portialawrie
Elisalex - William Gee UK
 Elisalex
Elisalex is the co-founder of By Hand London Patterns, who create up-to-date takes on classic clothing styles and show you how to make completely new versions of their designs! (By Hand also feature in our Best Sewing Pattern Companies here).
instagram.com/elisalex
Suzy Magazine - William Gee UK
 Suzy Magazine
“For the fashion forward sewist”. Suzy magazine is an independent sewing magazine for women who sew their own wardrobes. Though they are relatively new, why not treat yourself to the perfect sewing table companion for women who make their own trends.
instagram.com/suzymagazine
Anuschka Rees - William Gee UK Anuschka Rees
Packed with stylish pastel shades, Anuschka writes about how to curate the perfect wardrobe, a wardrobe that reflects your personal style (instead of the latest trends), consists of high-quality pieces and one that makes you feel confident and inspired every day.
instagram.com/anuschkarees
Ada Spragg - William Gee UK
 Ada Spragg
One for the fashionistas aiming to build the ultimate hand-made wardrobe. “Seeker of Sewing Highs”. Follow Sophie as she whoop-whoop zipper flies in her incredible collection of clothing!
instagram.com/adaspragg
Saturday Night Stitch - William Gee UK
 Saturday Night Stitch
Each month, Hila posts a digest where you can get amazing sewing inspiration and ideas! And while you’re there, check out Hila’s fantastic Youtube channel too!
instagram.com/saturdaynightstitch
Sewing and Design School - William Gee Sewing & Design School
Ryliss Bod, Kenneth D. King, Thomas von Nordheim & Lynda Maynard teach sewing, pattern drafting and fitting in Washington and workshops in cities throughout the US.
instagram.com/sewing_and_design_school

 

» Best Youtube Sewing Channels to subscribe to

Made to Sew - William Gee UK
 Made to Sew 
Learn to sew, have fun in a craft workshop or take your sewing to the next level with dressmaking, tailoring, pattern cutting, bag making or home furnishing classes.
madetosew.com
The Fold Line - William Gee UK
 The Fold Line
The Fold Line is an online sewing community where you can search a database of thousands of sewing patterns, read sewing pattern reviews, chat in a social forum and get inspiration for your next dressmaking project.
Visit The Fold Line
Stitchless TV - William Gee UK
 Stitchless TV
Sew your own style DIY videos with Tree from Stitchless TV sewing vlog. Learn to sew with her fantastic sewing tutorials, with easy step-by-step instructions to make clothes and accessories. “Keep the great British tradition of sewing alive!”
Visit Stitchless TV
Gabberdashery - William Gee UK
 Gabberdashery
Gabby Young – aka Gabberdashery – is a singer/songwriter living in London. She confesses sewing has “taken over her life” and she loves to share, inspire and connect with sewists from around the world!
Visit Gabberdashery
Sewn - William Gee UK
 Sewn
Packed with great features, reviews, hacks and tutorials, Rosabella Angelic shares lovely videos about her handmade style!
Visit Sewn
Fashion Blog TV - William Gee UK
 Fashion Sewing Business TV
A channel for all levels of sewing who want to transform old clothes. Her step by step instructions allows you to complete many sewing techniques within 5 minutes!
Visit Fashion Sewing Business TV
Angela Kane - William Gee UK
 Angela Kane Sewing TV
Angela Kane is your one-stop shop for sewing tutorials. Her video series are a great way to master sewing techniques as well as pattern drafting, construction and working with linings.
Visit Angela Kane Sewing TV
Debbie Shore - William Gee UK
 Debbie Shore
Debbie has been sewing for as long as she can remember, and with a wealth of sewing knowledge, she thought she’d share some of her simple to follow tutorials! You may also find her on the shopping channel Create and Craft in the UK.
Visit Debbie Shore

 

» Best Sewing and Dressmaking Pattern Sites

The Makers Atelier - William Gee UK
 The Maker’s Atelier
Frances creates patterns for The Maker’s Atelier which are influenced by current fashion trends. Stylish sewing patterns meets beautiful making-kits, for the discerning dressmaker!
themakersatelier.com
Gather Kits - William Gee
 Gather Kits
Gather are two friends, Sandra and Caroline. They’ve created patterns which, through the use of simple instructions and clear diagrams, demystified the sewing process for novice sewers and also appealed to more experienced home sewists.
gatherkits.com
Sew Different - William Gee UK
 Sew Different
Laura founded Sew Different when her passion for sewing, fabric and clothes was starting to consume every moment of her life. She has always drafted her own patterns and decided it was time to share them with you…all you need is a sewing machine!
sewdifferent.co.uk
Trend Patterns - William Gee UK
 Trend Patterns
Run by Lucy Sinnott, Trend Patterns is for the trend-conscious! All products are based around and inspired by luxury, high-end fashion pieces and seasonal trends that are seen on the catwalks of New York, London, Milan & Paris twice a year during biannual Fashion week.
trendpatterns.co.uk
DP Studio - William Gee UK DP Studio
Discover DP Studio’s collection of ready-to-use patterns and creative vision will allow you to put together your very own high-end wardrobe. They have a wide range of highly-professional patterns, put together with meticulous care and clarity.
dpstudio-fashion.com/en
Closet Case - William Gee UK
 Closet Case Patterns
Closet Case Patterns is a “sewing pattern design and education company” aimed at giving modern makers the tools and techniques to create the wardrobe of their dreams. Their mission? To change the way people build – not buy – comfort, joy, and ease into their closets.
closetcasepatterns.com
In the Folds - William Gee UK
 In The Folds
Emily’s love for sewing began when she was 9 years old, when her mum shipped her off to a school holiday sewing camp. She now runs In the Folds, patterns that are designed for home sewers who are looking for a project that is a little out of the ordinary.
inthefolds.com
True Bias - William Gee
 True Bias
Kelli creates modern, urban patterns for women, though she has also added age appropriate children’s versions of the same patterns, from her own studio in New York.
truebias.com

 

» Best Sewing for Beginners Blogs

Crafty Sew and So - William Gee UK
 Crafty Sew and So
Fantastic craft centre run by a number of dedicated tutors in the heart of Leicester. Keep an eye out for their Sewing Clubs!
craftysewandso.com
Miss Libby Rose - William Gee UK
 Miss Libby Rose
Fantastic all-round sewing hacks, sewing techniques, dressmaking stories and more! Keep an eye out for her Pink Sewing Bus!
misslibbyrose.com
coco wawa crafts - William Gee UK
 CocoWawa Crafts
A lovely craft shop, tutorial site and sewing pattern database – all at fair prices!
cocowawacrafts.com

 

» Best “Plus Size” and Curvy Sewing Blogs

Curvy Sewing Collective - William Gee
 Curvy Sewing Collective
Jenny and Mary started The Curvy Sewing Collective in 2014 as a way to bring together the plus-sized sewing community and address issues common to curvy sewists. They are a group of sewing bloggers intent on “demystifying all things plus-sized and home sewing”.
curvysewingcollective.com
Cashmerette - William Gee UK
 Cashmerette
Cashmerette Patterns creates beautiful, easy-to-follow sewing patterns exclusively for sizes 12 – 28 and cup sizes C – H. Every detail, cut, and shape is designed to celebrate your body with a fantastic fit that was made for and inspired by you.
cashmerette.com
Idle Fancy- William Gee
 Idle Fancy
After learning to sew from her grandmother, Mary picked up sewing again in graduate school. If you’re looking for fitting tutorials, snazzy dresses, or chatter about the larger implications of sewing, Mary’s the one for you.
idlefancy.com

 

» Best Retro and Vintage Sewing Blogs

Crafty Pin Up - William Gee UK
 The Crafty Pin Up
Abi started Crafty Pinup in April 2016 and has since blogged about dressmaking, pattern hacks & sewing inspiration, as well as reviews a wide range of patterns from vintage to retro reproduction & the odd modern one too!
thecraftypinup.co.uk
Vintage Gal - William Gee
 Vintage Gal
Cate trained as a fashion designer and seamstress at university during the 1990s and uses her knowledge to create authentic vintage clothing from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. A perfect resource for all things Vintage!
vintagegal.co.uk
RedThreaded - William Gee UK
 RedThreaded
RedThreaded is a costume business specialising in historically inspired corsets and costumes for the historical enthusiast. They are known for their corsets, as well as work which spans from individual clients through to Broadway and film.
redthreaded.com

 

» William Gee’s “Ones to Watch” in 2018

Blog By Gertie - William Gee UK
 Blog by Gertie
The new blog for better sewing. After 10 years of sewing secrets, stories and good times – there’s a new blog in town. Author, Pattern & Fabric Designer, Teacher Gretchen Hirsch is a passionate sewist who’s here to share her love of vintage frocks!
blog.bygertie.com
And She Made - William Gee UK
 And She Made
Aneira is a freelance journalist, though she loves to sew and you’ll often find her on Pinterest, planning her next make. She documents her adventures in sewing, crafting, vintage fashion and life in general through her blog.
andshemade.co.uk
Tizz Tazz - William Gee UK
 Tizz Tazz
Tihara started this blog to share her love of fashion and fashion illustration. Tizz Tazz is on a mission to inspire and help other young people who want to get into fashion, by way of tips and advice for getting into the industry.
tizztazz.com

 

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    11:54 03 Jun 19
    Excellent customer Service. Had an issue with an order and it was sorted in minutes. Also got items in for me that I need on a regular basis. Good prices too.
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    16:12 23 May 19
    My first experience of buying from this company. Good price, smooth transaction and super fast delivery. Would definitely recommend them for all your haberdashery needs.
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    Christine Muttock
    15:41 19 Apr 19
    Great products, I received my order (overlocker thread and dot & cross pattern paper) within 24 hours of ordering. Would definitely order again.
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    08:15 04 Apr 19
    Managed to find exactly what I wanted at a fantastic price. Quick delivery. Very happy.
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    Wonderful old shop complete with original layout and fittings. Long may it last. Helpful service too.
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    Thank you very much for my order. I was able to choose the right products at a good price from an extensive range all in one place. Quick delivery too.
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    Quick delivery, quality products I struggled to find a shop that provided all the products I needed and found this! Will order again.
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    A great little shop with a good selection of quality haberdashery from notions to lining fabrics. I bought a beautiful pair of William Whiteley Wilkinson fabric shears and they are excellent.
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    Laura Haines
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    Ordered two pairs of shears. Got an immediate telephone call advising that one item was not in stock but would be delivered as soon as available. Both items arrived within 8 days.
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    15:08 29 Nov 18
    Brilliantly helpful staff, quick to respond to emails and to ship. Helped me find specific items not on the website and very easy to deal with and process. Will continue to use for future business purchases!
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    derek richardson
    20:33 29 Oct 18
    Excellent service - William Gee supplied thread for curtain making that I had struggled to find elsewhere and for a fraction of the price of the few suppliers I had managed to find elsewhere. Delivery was fast and reasonably priced. Would recommend and will be shopping there again. Thank you.
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    I ordered binding and was very pleased with it..Communication went smoothly very nice people Thank you so the sale .Annette from Nottingham. Will definitely buy again
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    Crabbycheetah
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    Was more than pleased with the things that I ordered arrived very promptly and were packed well would certainly recommend and look forward to ordering again in the future.
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    07:37 13 Sep 18
    I ordered a 150m. roll of Dot and Cross pattern and received the parcel the following morning, excellent customer service, thank you.
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    14:31 29 Aug 18
    I placed an order for some haberdashery items. They arrived well packed and secure so there was no damage; and, earlier than I expected to receive them. Good quality products, will definitely be ordering again. Thank you very much!
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    12:32 06 Aug 18
    Placed an order online to collect, was ready quickly and they called to tell me so. Through browsing online store it is probably the best stocked haberdashery in the uk, stocking harder to find and a lot of items for designers. Will definatly be using again.
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    Thewilsonsdidwhat
    08:25 02 Aug 18
    Amazing service. Next day delivery. Good value.
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    Janette Hall
    14:15 30 Jul 18
    Online ordering is simple; efficiency in recieving goods in a timely manner is superb. Will continue to use William Gee.
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    Lara Kelly
    12:26 28 Jul 18
    Have used them for a number of years both professionally and personally. Great prices, fast and efficient service and amazing staff who go out of their way to help.
    Catherine McEvoy
    Catherine McEvoy
    16:34 03 Jul 18
    Excellent service and quick delivery. The only place on the Web I could find Acetate Satin at the correct weight. Very pleased with the product and I will certainly come to you again when we need.
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    Sifu K
    20:39 30 Jun 18
    Everything I needed in one place and speedy efficient delivery, can't ask for much more :)
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    Shirley Mather
    15:55 22 Jun 18
    Lovely habedashery with very friendly and helpful staff. Easily accessible by public transport. Will definitely go again.
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    Fatima Mirza
    14:35 17 May 18
    I placed my first order recently and I was very pleased with my purchases. Everything was as described, the quality was outstanding and it was all affordable. Their wide range of haberdashery is the best I've come across. I'll definitely be back for another haul.
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    twenty.seven zero.three
    07:53 27 Mar 18
    Excellent quality goods and speedy delivery, can't ask for more! I'll definitely shop here again.
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    22:34 02 Mar 18
    Excellent. I made a silly mistake when ordering. Phoned immediately and it was all sorted straightaway. Couldn’t have wished for better service. Thank you.
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    Joan Clark
    09:57 25 Jan 18
    I visited WilliamGee store today. I am a new starter in sewing, so I had just a paper with a list of unknown words to me. Effie, the sales assistant, was very helpful, indeed. She explained to me what I needed for and replied friendly to my queries. So, I easily found all I needed and I am happy! I will definitely recommend this place.
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    Natalia Kokla
    12:17 10 Jan 18
    Excellent service provided by this family run business. Not only are the prices superb but the delivery time is swift too. I shall be definitely using William Gee again and have recommended them to all of my 'stitchy' friends!
    Zoe Goodwin
    Zoe Goodwin
    15:54 03 Jan 18
    Great price and found exactly what I need, speedy delivery too. Will definitely be returning for more zips!
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    09:44 20 Nov 17
    Amazing selection on their website - lots of unusual and hard to find items. Great prices and quick delivery. I will definitely be shopping there again just because of the extensive range of products.
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    rosalind povey
    09:40 02 Nov 17
    Brilliant service. Really helpful when I telephoned them. My order was processed very quickly. Will definitely use them again.
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    Jane
    18:14 31 Oct 17
    A fantastic place for all haverdashery needs. I've been buying from this company for years. Excellent customer service, responds promptly to any issues. Shopping online is easy, but the shop is always worth visiting.
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    Sonia Auyeung
    18:56 06 Sep 17
    Placed my first online order with William Gee for my small sewing business. Web site very easy to navigate and use, good quality products and very speedy delivery. Very happy customer, I will be ordering again. Thank you.
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    20:03 13 Aug 17
    Incredible sewing and craft shop, reminds me of long established sewing shops in Manchester growing up in the 80s. It's not a massive shop but they have everything you could ever want at very competitive prices. I also love their bargain bundles and bags.Staff are incredibly friendly and helpful too. I have done both click and collect online and bought from the shop in person, both great experiences but if you're easily tempted I advise the former option.
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