With The Great British Sewing Bee rumoured not to be returning to our screens until 2018, sewing vloggers are stepping in to provide us with our much-needed on-screen stitching fix, sharing their tips and pattern hacks, giving us stash envy with their fabric haul videos and showing off their beautiful finished projects.
Whether you’re new to the vlogging world or a seasoned sewing vlog binge-watcher (we’re guilty of the latter!) you’ll find plenty to inspire your makes in our list of sewing vloggers to watch.
Sew Over It
You’ve probably already spent countless hours compiling a fabric and pattern wish list as long as your arm while browsing the Sew Over It online shop or its London shops (we certainly have!).
Its founder Lisa Comfort vlogs regularly about her latest makes, sewing tips and what’s been happening behind the scenes at Sew Over It, along with the occasional peek inside her impressive handmade wardrobe (oh, how we wish we had so many gorgeous frocks to choose from!). Plus, her adorable pooch Poppy often tries to steal the show. Dogs and sewing – what’s not to love? Here, Lisa gives us a peek at her sewing pattern collection.
As much as we love sewing with fabrics from our stash, the feeling of satisfaction that comes from creating a shiny new garment from an old and unloved one is unbeatable – and it seems Sarah Tyau is as much of an upcycling addict as we are. Every week, she posts a video of her latest refashion – and every week, we are in awe of her skills and creativity! Here she gives a faded and oversized vintage dress a new lease of life.
Toronto-based WithWendy’s on-trend DIYs, sewing hacks and upcycling ideas had us hitting the subscribe button straight away. She uploads new videos every Wednesday and Saturday – previous vids have included tutorials for a party dress, off-the-shoulder top and fringed jacket, as well as vlogs covering beauty and travel. We’ve bookmarked this so-on-trend one-shoulder ruffle top DIY.
If this vlogger looks familiar to you, it may be because she’s modelled two Tilly and the Buttons pattern designs – and you’ve probably already admired her makes on Instagram. From tailored coats to party frocks, this talented sewist has sewn it all – and we’d like to steal her wardrobe! We love her tutorial for making the perfect pleated summer skirt without a pattern.
The Fold Line
Not content with founding an online sewing community and launching their own pattern brand, Tribe, The Fold Line’s Kate and Rachel also find time to vlog about their sewing adventures, too – is there nothing these talented ladies can’t do? Here they take us through DIY-ing the high street trends for summer.
Singer, songwriter and super-talented seamstress Gabby Young brings her rock ‘n’ roll style to sewing, taking us through her pattern picks, fabric buys and latest finished projects (not to mention her ever-changing hairstyles). We love this peek at her enviable handmade holiday wardrobe from her trip to Amsterdam.
This handy vlog covers pretty much everything you needed to know about sewing (and a few things you never knew you needed to know), from top tips for sewing with jersey fabrics and creating pleats to how to make a Viking costume for your pet (yes, really!). We’ll be making this pretty detachable collar ready for jumper season.
Crafty Pinup, aka Abi Dyson, is a relative newcomer having started her channel just a few months ago, but is already building a loyal following thanks to her inspiring tutorials and super-chic vintage style. Here she shows off her stunning red cocktail dress made for The McCall’s Pattern Company’s Cocktail Hour sew along in aid of The Eve Appeal (and she’s even thrown in a bonus cocktail recipe, too!).
With guest designers including Simply Sewing’s very own Technical Editor Rebecca Reid and regular contributors Portia Lawrie, Jo Carter and Samantha Claridge, our sister channel Sewing Quarter (on Freeview 78) is a treasure-trove of on-screen sewing inspiration – and if you don’t have Freeview or miss a show, you can catch up and live stream the current program on Sewing Quarter’s YouTube channel. Here’s our Rebecca demonstrating how to make the fish-shaped laundry bags from Simply Sewing issue 28.