Simply Sewing

Simply Sewing 62

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

Say hello to the most joyous season of the year! It’s almost the holidays and we can’t think of a better time of year to show off your sewing skills. From handmade advent calendars and decorations, to glamorous vintage-inspired party dresses and glitzy skirts (perfect for dancing the night away on New Year’s Eve) – your friends will be so impressed when you say “I made it!” Get your whole family in the festive spirit with embellished jumpers, personalised stockings, a totally irresistible pudding doorstop and giant fabric holly leaves. Because bigger is always better at Christmas, right? #simplysewingmag WWW.SIMPLYSEWINGMAG.COM #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…


ATHINA KAKOU Athina started sewing on her grandmother’s machine as a way to de-stress. She now hopes to help sewists create the handmade wardrobe of their dreams with her simple patterns. Make her staple trousers and jumpsuit pattern on page 40. JENNIFER CARDENAS RIGGS Jennifer is a graphic designer and textile artist known on Instagram as @threadhoney. Her new book, Embroidery Now, includes 30 modern stitching projects for your home and wardrobe. Try her French knot sweater project on page 63. JULIET UZOR Winner of The Great British Sewing Bee 2019, Juliet has been sewing since 2013. She now hopes to inspire and educate with her blog posts, YouTube channel and tips and tricks on Instagram. See her statement sleeve pattern hack on page 98. KAROLINE HUGHES Karoline, aka Skandimama, is an assistant professor in culture and…

bring daylight indoors

It was during the 1980s that Daylight founder Patrick Jacquelin first realised how important light could be. Many of his friends were artists, painters and sculptors and struggled to work freely and creatively with poor light conditions. Rediscovering a forgotten technology, a blue tinted daylight bulb, Patrick set to work to help his friends, designing a light that could be positioned in many different ways, with different settings, to suit their specific needs. Realising that anyone who was passionate about their work would benefit from his product, he started to introduce it to crafters, quilters and sewists, who reacted even more enthusiastically to his lights. The Daylight Company was born. SEWING MACHINE LAMP This sewing machine lamp may be small, but it’s certainly mighty. Pop it onto your machine and direct the…


STATE OF PLAY Papercut Patterns’ Rubix collection is all about getting playful with patterns: designed to be mixed, matched and customised – and some even worn back-to-front – they’re versatile wardrobe-building pieces that can be styled together, with different construction details for a different look every time. Find them at www.papercutpatterns.com DREAMY DAHLIA Sewn a few tricky projects and feeling ready to stretch your skills? Sew Over It’s Dahlia Coat is a chic wrap style for intermediate makers looking to boost their dressmaking repertoire. You’ll learn how to handle wool fabrics, sew a lining and add welt pockets for a pro finish. Visit www.sewoverit.co.uk QUIRKY CHRISTMAS Nothing gets us feeling festive quite like a visit to Liberty’s beautiful London store, and they’ve captured the magic of Liberty at Christmas in a new fabric collection launching…

the pattern edit

Shirts Sew a classic button-up with Production Editor Michelle’s shirt pattern picks. ROSA BY TILLY AND THE BUTTONS Optional piping or topstitching, gently curved princess seams, a pointed back yoke, button-tab sleeves, a cute curved hem…if you’re looking for a classic shirt with cute details, Tilly’s Rosa is packed with them! Find the pattern at shop.tillyandthebuttons.com CLOSET CASE FILES’ KALLE Kalle’s flattering loose fit is one of my favourite shapes to wear, and with lots of mix-and-match options this is a great-value pattern for your stash: included are three looks to make, with different collar, pleat and placket options. Visit store. closetcasepatterns.com HARRISON SHIRT BY CASHMERETTE This staple shirt has clever double princess seams for a perfect fit, and you’ll boost your skills with techniques such as sewing a two-piece collar, yoke, and placket, separate button bands,…

inspiring books

50 FAT QUARTER TOYS Ame Verso (£16.99, David & Charles) This celebration of handmade toys features adorable animals, handmade baby gifts and more, all sewn up using fat quarter cuts of fabric. Included are inspiring styled photographs, diagrams and templates for over 50 toys designed by the likes of Ayda Algin of Café Nohut, Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive, author Emma Hardy and founder of #GreatBritishQuilter, Sarah Ashford. www.davidandcharles.com COSTUME AT THE NATIONAL THEATRE Aoife Monks (£24.99, National Theatre) Take a peek behind the scenes at what goes into designing and creating the unique costumes seen in National Theatre productions. Over 10,000 costumes are produced every year by the in-house team, and this beautiful book takes you through the creative process, from crafting costumes to how they are used once they're ready for the stage.…