William Gee are proud to present to you A Guide to the Best Sewing Blogs to Follow! 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…
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 winners are…
» Best Sewing Blogs to Follow
Male Devon Sewing
Home tailoring and fantastic sewing resource by Great British Sewing Bee contestant Jamie Kemp.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A creative approach to sewing, exploring the ‘fashion commons’ for self-sufficiency, self-worth, adventure and sustainability. “Fashion freedom for all”.
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!
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”.
» Best Sewing Instagram Accounts to follow in 2018
Portia runs Makery, a clean Instagram account full of sewing tips, refashion tutorials, creative inspiration and much more!
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).
“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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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.
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
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
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!
Packed with great features, reviews, hacks and tutorials, Rosabella Angelic shares lovely videos about her handmade style!
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 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 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
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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
» Best Sewing for Beginners Blogs
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!
Miss Libby Rose
Fantastic all-round sewing hacks, sewing techniques, dressmaking stories and more! Keep an eye out for her Pink Sewing Bus!
A lovely craft shop, tutorial site and sewing pattern database – all at fair prices!
» Best “Plus Size” and Curvy Sewing Blogs
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”.
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.
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.
» Best Retro and Vintage Sewing Blogs
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!
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!
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.
» William Gee’s “Ones to Watch” in 2018
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!
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.
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.