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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
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

We’ve all spent more time at home this year than possibly ever before, so we think it’s particularly important in these colder months to make sure we’re cosy. In this issue you’ll find makes for your home that will help you achieve just that. We also have two clever refashion projects to make a colourblock sweatshirt and a gorgeous coatigan that we’ll be wrapping ourselves up in for most of the season. Ahead of Christmas we show you how to naturally dye silk wraps for your presents and there’s an embroidered pouch that’s perfect for gifting. We can’t wait to see your Juliet Dresses and Kimmy Tops, too! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

1 min.
glitz and glam!

We may be stuck at home (again!), but I'm not letting them dampen my spirits. I'm using the build up to Christmas to get excited about me-made party frocks (see page 20), dressing-up for drinks with my gals over video call and the return of Strictly Come Dancing. Take a peek behind the scenes as we catchup with the costumiers behind some of TV's most gorgeous outfits. Talking of showbiz glam – we're thrilled to see our pal John Scott is back on our screens! See what his fans have been making on page 18 and find out about his new show at johnscottssewingworld.com. Until next time... keep sewing!…

1 min.

FIONA HESFORD Fiona is the indie designer behind our romantic Juliet Dress on page 20, designed for occasions when you need something a bit special to wear. See what she’s sewing at the moment by following @fionahesford_sewgirl on Instagram. PORTIA LAWRIE We can’t wait to get making the cosy coatigan that Portia designed for us this issue. It’s just what we need to get us through these chillier months. Find the instructions for this patternless (even better!) project on page 54. JENNY HALL The high-low Kimmy Top included with your magazine comes from Jenny Hall of Seamingly Smitten. See our styling recommendations for this on page 44 and find out more about Jenny and her business on page 48. HAZEL ELBA This issue Sewing Bee’s Hazel tells us about her favourite make, you can find it on…

4 min.

PETS AND NEEDLES We all know that our pets are the ones who really run our homes, and now you can make it official by embroidering their portrait on cushions, towels, bags, jumpers, scarves – the list goes on! What better way to show off your love for your perfect pooch! Learn how in the new book from Carol Tai of Hoop n Loop, How to Embroider Your Dog's Portrait. hoopnloop.co.uk LITTLE LADIES By Hand London has launched three new patterns for kids – and oh my, they're cute! The Little Hannah dress is modelled here, and they've also released the Little Anna and Little Flora dresses. See the range for tiny toddlers through to early teens at byhandlondon.com CLIPANDSEW W The latest thread pack from Gütermann creativ includes ten vibrant 100m reels as well…

2 min.
poppy treffry

Growing up in rural Cornwall in the 1980s sewing was always in the background. Poppy's mum worked on an old treadle sewing machine to make clothes from Clothkits patterns and she even did a bit of clothes making herself as a teenager, cutting up one of her mum’s original Laura Ashley dresses to make herself a skirt! But her passion was always for drawing and painting. It wasn’t until she was on an art foundation course that she discovered textiles as a subject and realised that she really enjoyed playing with texture and colour and combining this with illustration. She then went on to study textile design at art school and graduated in 1999. Poppy didn’t actually start sewing until after she finished her degree. She had seen freehand machine embroidery and…

1 min.
the pattern edit

Cosy capes There's something so glamorous about a cape! Production Editor Emily chooses some faves. CHIC CAPE, SEW OVER IT This is such an elegant and cosy cape. It's got a lovely rounded collar and a press-stud front that's disguised with self-covered buttons. It's fully lined, too, to keep you nice and toasty. It looks extra stylish in tweed, but can also be made in boiled wool, boucle, and other wool blends. Available in sizes 8–20 from sewoverit.co.uk KEA CAPE, THE SEWING REVIVAL The Kea Cape is proof that wearing a cape doesn't have to mean you lose any shape! The Kea features a tie-belt waist for a flattering silhouette. The panelled cape also features an asymmetrical hem that lowers at the back. We love the full coverage for extra winter warmth. Available in NZ…