Simply Sewing

Simply Sewing 57

Simply Sewing is a practical magazine for makers who sew, or would like to start sewing. Its contemporary look and feel, fresh attitude and ideas, beautiful photography and inspiring projects will have you behind the sewing machine from the get-go! Digital editions do not include paper gifts

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited


simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

Summer is on the horizon and our appetite to sew with bold colours and playful prints feels like it’s the strongest it’s been in months. We’re feeling energized and we’re looking to our fellow sewists for encouragement to try out new things. Whether that’s tackling buttonholes (don’t worry, they’re not that bad), adding an eclectic cherry dress to your wardrobe, or having the courage to share your makes online... now’s the time to take that leap. As sewist Danica Lapid (@danicadoesit) quite rightly exclaims: “There is no substitute for your own individuality!” Share yours using #simplysewingmag WWW.SIMPLYSEWINGMAG.COM #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG instagram.com/simplysewingmag twitter.com/simplysewing_ facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine pinterest.com/simplysewingmag…

a bit about me . . .

I'm a really big fan of prints and colour (my favourite is yellow!) and this issue really feels like a homage to that. Of course all of the patterns and projects we feature can be made from whatever fabrics you prefer, but since summer has officially arrived (phew!) I couldn't resist making this issue as bright as possible! From Karoline's fun cherry-print dress (p52), to Juliet's bold wax-print bench cushion (p61) and Jess's playful picnic wares (p18) – it's time to get your colour on, too! facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…


KAROLINE DAHRLING Karoline Dahrling is a crafter, designer, teacher and author of a Danish sewing book. She lives in the Northern part of Denmark and loves to upcycle clothes and furniture. Find out how to make her jersey cherry-print dress on page 52. KATRINA RODABAUGH American fibre artist Katrina Rodabaugh is encouraging us all to see the beauty in imperfections so we can change the way we think about fast fashion. Find her on Instagram @katrinarodabaugh and read more on page 70. ABOLAJI OGUNDELE For maker, sewcialist and knitter Abolaji Ogundele, posting her me-mades online is as much of a creative outlet as the sewing itself. Read her tips for showcasing your sewing (and personality) online in our feature on page 56. SELKIE PATTERNS Co-founded in 2018 by Alexandra Bruce and Caroline Akselson (who met at university),…


BEACH PLEASE What’s in our suitcase? We'll be packing dresses to keep us cool and swimwear we feel amazing in – all me-made, of course! Megan Nielsen's simple Eucalypt dress (which can also be made as a lightweight top) is the perfect beach cover-up, and her athletic-inspired Cottesloe swimsuit has four variations to show off by the pool. See more at www.megannielsen.com FLYING COLOURS Sew a summer rainbow with the At The Beach fabric collection by Hamburger Liebe, with zingy prints on six different substrates, including stretchy fabrics for swimwear, cotton sateen for dresses, and towelling for robes and towels. That’s our holiday sewing sorted! For stockists visit www.hantex.co.uk A FINE ART W Looking at Fine Cell Work’s embellished cushions, purses and table linens, you’d probably never guess where they were made. Working in 32…

sew to grow

If you’re wondering about the inspiration and ethos behind the indie pattern brand Sew to Grow, the clue is in its name; its founder, Lindsey Marsh, is passionate about helping sewists to grow their confidence and skills with her accessible sewing patterns. “I always have a set of criteria when I begin designing,” she explains. “The design should be timeless, but with modern flair. It should appeal to a woman in her 30s and be adaptable and comfortable for a women in her 60s. And there has to be a learning technique that helps grow the skill set of the person sewing (hence the name Sew to Grow), yet be easy enough for them to make by themselves.” Lindsey's patterns are simple, achievable and wearable, but always have an unexpected twist;…

the pattern edit

Production Editor Michelle picks four swimwear patterns to dive into this summer. CLOSET CASE FILES SOPHIE SWIMSUIT Described on the Closet Case Files website as “va-vavoom flattering and reassuringly supportive”, the Sophie Swimsuit has curvy seam lines for an hourglass silhouette, and optional underwires and foam cups for shaping and comfort.store.closetcasepatterns.com CASHMERETTE IPSWICH Try a bit of clever colour-blocking and make the Ipswich with a contrast belt and side panel, or add piping to the bikini. Either way, you’ll feel comfy in supportive straps and an underwired foam swim bra and boning. See www. cashmerette.com JALIE'S DIANE The Diane one-piece is an ideal first swimwear project. A scoop- neck style with a keyhole back, this athletic design has a chic optional waist tie – perfect for posing on the beach! And the pattern includes children’s sizes…