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Simply Sewing 73

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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

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

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1 min.
simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

Welcome to issue 73! This month we’ve jam-packed three patterns in just for you. We have the classic and comfortable Tunic Dress; the super-useful Oversize Tote; and the oh-so-adorable Girl’s Party Dress. We also have our first Christmas projects of the year – it’s beginning, folks! Find our advent calendar and bunting makes on page 68. It’s never too early to start, right? John Scott is here too with his first reader-focused column. This issue he’s sharing his favourite three top designs, sewn by you – it was a tough decision to make. Enjoy! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

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staying connected

This lockdown has taught me to really appreciate the company of others – whether that be virtually, or in real-life. It's been months since I've embraced my friends, but we haven't lost touch – if anything it's brought us closer! I've been penning letters and cards (which later inspired the letter-writing set on page 28) and making new pals through social media. From seeing GabeJade's African wax print accessories on Instagram (see page 50) to perusing John Scott's round-up of me-mades (page 17) from his Facebook page, taking inspiration from creatives across the globe keeps me connected. How about you?…

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KIRSTY HARTLEY The designer of the Girl’s Party Dress in this issue is no stranger to making gorgeous twirly pieces for little princesses! This sweet design comes from Kirsty Hartley of Wild Things Dresses. Find the dress on page 42 and Kirsty’s column on page 46. DEBBIE VON GRABLER-CROZIER Debbie is the bag, quilt, and homeware designer behind this issue’s Oversize Tote. This year, she’s also published a brand-new book, Learn to Sew in 30 Minutes, filled with 25 quick and easy projects for beginners. You can find her bag on page 49. ADE OGBOMO Ade is the woman behind the extraordinary makes you’ll find at GabeJade Accessories. Ade makes ties, bow ties, and head wraps in African fabric, and the results – and her photography – are stunning! Read more about her influences on…

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BOLD & BEAUTIFUL This embroidered tulle duster immediately caught our attention on Instagram, and a visit to Terrance Williams Designs quickly proved that the other creations are no less captivating! Terrance Williams is a self-taught sewist whose designs are focused on inclusivity, individuality, and sustainability. Check out the gorgeous kaftans and dusters at terrancewilliamsdesigns.com EASY-BREEZY BLOUSE Friday Pattern Company describe their latest pattern as 'an elegant and easy-to-sew blouse that is a joy to make and wear' – we're sold! The Sagebrush Top features puff sleeves, gathers at the front, and a pretty tie at the back neckline. fridaypatterncompany.com TINS OF THE 20S Gütermann creativ has released three new nostalgic thread tins featuring the wonderful original designs from 1925, 1927, and 1929. Each tin contains eight reels of Sew All thread available in three colour…

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michael gardner

"I cannot remember a time where creativity was not present in my life. As a kid, I used my imagination and creativity to express the emotions and experiences that I was not capable of putting into words. Throughout the years, I have tried so many crafts and DIY projects to continue in my greatest form of expression. In 2014, on a journey to challenge myself and establish a bonding experience with my daughter, I began my sewing journey. Daddy Dressed Me began as an apparatus to teach Ava self-love, confidence, and to establish her self-esteem. "I am a self-taught sewist. The idea of sewing sparked my interest after seeing my sister create clothing and suddenly I believed I could do it too. I began watching sewing tutorials on YouTube, picture tutorials…

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the pattern edit vintage glam

LONDON DRESS, SELKIE PATTERNS The London Dress is inspired by a love of the city and of British 1950s fashion. The dress features an elegant keyhole neckline, raglan sleeves, and a flattering fit around the waist. The London can also be made as a blouse or skirt. Available in 6–20, selkiepatterns.co.uk BELVEDERE WAISTCOAT, THREAD THEORY The Belvedere is such a classic piece and one that will completely transform an outfit. There are two variations available, so you can decide to make a quick and easy waistcoat or go all out with welt pockets, a canvased front, and side seam vents. Available in size XS–4XL, threadtheory.ca SMOOTH SAILING 1930S SPORTS TOGS, WEARING HISTORY This pattern comes as a trouser/shorts and blouse ensemble. Inspired by mid-1930s and early 1940s fashion, this is an elegant and chic getup…