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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

in this issue

1 min.
simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

Happy New Year! And a big welcome to any new readers who got a Simply Sewing subscription for Christmas! We’re kicking off 2021 with some very special patterns. We’re delighted to be bringing you Nina Lee’s gorgeous Carnaby Dress as well as another exclusive pattern from our Technical Editor, Roisin, who designed the Verna Top for this issue – read all about the namesake behind this top on page 90. If you’re looking to learn a new skill this year then our Beginner’s Guide to Toy Making booklet could be just the thing. You’ll find ten fun projects in there to get you started. Enjoy! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

1 min.
a fond fare well

As I type this letter, I'm sitting in my Christmas jumper at my makeshift living room desk, hurriedly finishing up emails and exciting new dressmaking commissions for 2021. Why the hurry, you ask? Well, today is my last day on Simply Sewing before I embark on maternity leave. I'm looking forward to seeing the magazine evolve over the coming year – and hope that the team and you, our lovely readers, are able to regain some normality in the coming months. In true magazine-style I am really going out on a high with this glorious bumper issue! Hope you enjoy it and do stay in touch @simplysewingmag.…

1 min.

NINA CHANG Our cover pattern this month comes from the lovely Nina of indie pattern label, Nina Lee. You can read all about Nina’s creative process, how she left publishing for patterns, and her big plans for the future in her profile piece – find it on page 24. ROISIN MCKENNA Simply Sewing’s Technical Editor, Roisin, designed our second cover pattern, the Verna Top. This one has a special story behind it – find out all about the lady who inspired the top on page 90. Roisin’s written a handy workshop on darts for this, too (page 62). DEBBIE WAINHOUSE Debbie is a regular maker behind some of our lovely projects, and this issue not only will you find her fab refashion project on page 50, you can also read her column on page 54…

3 min.

PERFECT MATCH Head to Melanated Fabrics for a collection of modern materials curated by DIY content creators Mimi G and Brittany Jones. As women of colour, they are on a mission to show that sewing is all about inclusivity and with their eye for matching fabric to patterns they know just what modern sewists want! Take a peek at what's on offer at melanatedfabrics.com FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL Presenting the Sycamore Lane Dress from Sew to Grow! This elegant show-stopper can be made in maxi or above the knee length and you can choose from sleeveless or slightly belled raglan sleeves. Available in XS–4XL. Check out the pattern at sewtogrow.com.au LOOK SHARP! The sharper the better when it comes to needles, and the new PONY Black range promises to take things to the next level. These…

2 min.
gowri paary

From super-bold print boy's shirts to pretty pinafore dresses, Gowri Paary of Bypaary has certainly made her mark in the world of designer kids' clothing. Based in Aotearoa, New Zealand, Gowri decribes herself as "a wife, mum, teacher, sewist, small business owner and children’s book author, amongst other things". Her sewing journey began when she was looking for bunting to decorate her son’s nursery before he was born, "I was surprised by the prices of them and thought to myself, 'Maybe I could make this!'. That soon became my mantra," she recalls. Gowri started off with the help of her aunt and her trusted Bernina, "Safe to say, I was hooked! I then enrolled in some weekly night sewing classes run by a lovely lady, Robyn, in Hamilton, NZ. She got…

1 min.
the pattern edit

SPRUCE, CASHMERETTE The Spruce is a workout tank with princess seams. Rock a V-neck or crew neck and choose from a scooped back with on-trend straps or opt for a high back and cap sleeves. You can also choose to buy the activewear bundle to pair the Spruce with the Belmont yoga pants and make your own yoga bag. Available in 12–32, cashmerette.com HUDSON PANT, TRUE BIAS Comfort is king when it comes to the Hudson pant, with a generous fit that keeps things loose around the hips before tapering to a skinny leg. Go for full length or mid-calf and then decide on your stretch fabric – medium weight knits such as cotton Lycra, French terry, ponte, and sweatshirt knit would all fit the bill. 0–18, truebias.com MISSES' TOP & PANTS, KWIK SEW Oh-sew-versatile,…