Simply Sewing

Simply Sewing Issue 28


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



As I write this letter we’re still riding high from hosting The British Craft Awards, an event which saw 21,500 readers cast their votes for their favourite designers, sewists, bloggers, shops, and more! This year a brand new sewing category was added (yay!) so thank you to everyone who voted, and congratulations to our winners. It was a fabulous evening and really inspiring to meet so many talented people. See for yourself on page 70. Enjoy! Charlie Moorby, Editor PS: GET BONUS LIBERTY FABRICS when you subscribe (see p36)…


JESSICA ENTWISTLE Regular Simply Sewing contributor Jessica makes everything from hair slides to badges for her craft sideline ‘jellybgood’. She shows you how to sew an infinity scarf and patchwork cushion with this month’s subscriber Liberty fabric on page 38. LAURA STRUTT Laura Strutt is an author and textile designer who enjoys all aspects of sewing, from dressmaking to quilting, embroidery to customising and everything in between. She shares a simple girl’s dress project from her latest book on page 75. PAULINE GUILLET French designer Pauline Guillet, aka Pauline Alice, started sewing her own clothes when she needed a hobby after moving to Spain, and set up her own pattern brand in 2013. Admire her stunning handmade wedding dress on page 98. JO CARTER Jo worked for 10 years as a soft toy designer and is now…


TIME TO PLAY Ever since Finnish pattern label Named launched in 2013, we’ve excitedly anticipated each inspiring new collection – and now the wait for its spring/summer 2017 designs is finally over! Titled Playground, the collection has eight styles for sewists to play with, inspired by the simplicity of childrenswear. Featuring interesting cuts and unique design details, the patterns offer the perfect balance of comfort and cool. From www.namedclothing.com HOLIDAY VIBES Simplicity has your holiday dressmaking all sewn up with its new pattern collection, which ticks all the trend boxes with ruffles, co-ord sets and off-the-shoulder styles, plus mini-me versions for little ones. We’re all going on a handmade summer holiday! From www.simplicitynewlook.co.uk BACK TO BLACK When we just can’t decide what to wear, we always turn to failsafe, never-lets-us-down black. Be it the classic…

inspiring books

SEW CAROLINE WEEKEND STYLE Caroline Hulse (£18.99, Fons and Porter) Caroline Hulse, aka Sew Caroline, shares 15 stylish simple-sew patterns for your handmade weekend wardrobe, from easy-to-wear separates to go-to accessories, with plenty of tips for beginners. Psst! Turn to page 58for a peek at Caroline’s enviable sewing space. www.fonsandporter.com EASY STUFF TO MAKE WITH FLUFF Gillian Harris (£9.99, Pavilion) Try a new craft and give your home a colour boost with 25 weaving, spinning, knitting and crochet projects to make with fluff, or wooltops – fluffy pieces of unspun wool. Inspiring ideas include cushions, bags, brooches, rugs and more. www.pavilionbooks.com THE SKIRT EMPORIUM Madame Zsazsa (£12.99, Search Press) Sew up a wardrobe of skirt styles with this book’s full-size patterns, with A-line, circle, straight, gathered, bell, wraparound and elasticated styles, as well as underskirts…

bee mine

1. Dress up a plain blouse or tee on breezy spring days with this skinny bee-print scarf in on-trend monochrome. £12.50, www.marksandspencer.com 2. Keep your coins, cosmetics or crafting bits and bobs tidy in this handy embroidered zip-up pouch by freelance textile designer Emma Warren. £10, www.emmawarrendesign.co.uk 3. Layer up mixed metal jewellery for an eclectic look, starting with this sterling silver honeycomb locket with a delicate 8 carat gold vermeil bee charm by Lily Blanche. £100, www.in-spaces.com…

skills, shows & events

25 MARCH-22 OCTOBER House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth. Derbyshire. A sumptuous display of clothing from 15 generations of Chatsworth residents and contemporary designers. www.chatsworth.org 31 MARCH-2 APRIL Spring Quilt Festival. Westpoint, Exeter. Admire creations made by some of your favourite quilters, attend workshops and shop supplies. www.grosvenorshows.co.uk 3-9 APRIL World Craft Week. Join us for a week of celebrating all things crafty on social media – every craft is welcome! Search #worldcraftweek for how to get involved. 24-30 APRIL Fashion Revolution Week. An online movement celebrating the people around the world who make clothes for the high street. www.fashionrevolution.org…