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Simply Sewing 81

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
13 Issues

in this issue

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simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

Swap your sewing machine for your TV screen... The Great British Sewing Bee is back! We step behind the scenes with Joe, Patrick and Esme to get the lowdown on the latest series – turn to page 20 for all the gossip. If all that talk of sewing has you feeling inspired, head to page 34 for our gorgeous sewing room makes, or get to know your sewing machine a little better with our 44-page guide, free with this issue. If it’s your wardrobe rather than your sewing space in need of an refresh, get started on this month’s versatile Amelia dress and top set – it’s just the thing for a new season style update! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

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the bee is back!

If you need to kickstart your sewing inspiration this month, turn on your TV and tune in to The Great British Sewing Bee – we can’t wait to get stuck in! Turn to page 20 to find out all the behind-the-scenes gossip from Joe and the judges. Discover your dressmaking mojo with our gorgeous Amelia dress and top set, or if you fancy a sewing space upgrade, try our practical projects on page 34. Plus, subscribe today to get a bonus Janome sewing machine worth an incredible £119! Don’t forget to share all your latest projects with us on Instagram @simplysewingmag.…

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FIONA HESFORD This month we’re excited to be bringing you an exclusive design from Fiona Hesford of Sewgirl – The Amelia Set. This dress and top combo comes just in time for a spring/summer wardrobe refresh. Find our styling and fabric ideas on page 26. MARTYNA PIETRZAK-SIEPIETOWSKA Martyna is the founder of MadeByMePatterns and the creator of the Kids’ Dungarees included with this issue. We love her designs – they’re so easy to follow and super comfy and cute for little ones. See our fabric suggestions for these on page 48. FAITH ST JULES Our columnist this issue is Faith St Jules, and she’s talking about working through her pattern stash and the joy of using your imagination to make your own mark on a design. Find out where Faith finds her sewing inspiration on…

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THE BEE IS BACK! It’s the most wonderful time of the year – we’re welcoming The Great British Sewing Bee back to our screens! We’ve been anxiously awaiting a return to the sewing room since the Christmas celebrity specials, and now it’s only a matter of days away. Head to page 20 to get all the behind-the-scenes goss from Joe and the judges, and meet this year’s new contestants! DESIGN DEBUT Sewing Bee's Mark Francis is launching his first pattern soon! The Turlough Shirt is a unisex oversized shirt that can easily be lengthened into a dress, making it a spring/ summer wardrobe must-have. Stay tuned for the launch at sewmarkfrancis.com. PEN TO PRINT As well as being a total embroidery addict, Lisa Dolson is also a hugely talented textile designer. Her beautiful illustrations are…

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wide-leg trousers

PORTOBELLO TROUSERS, NINA LEE For a loose-fit trouser that's still flattering, it has to be the high-rise Portobellos! With front pleats, back darts and a concealed zip, these relaxed looking trousers are anything but basic. Wear them year round with a tucked-in tee, jumper or blouse. Available in UK sizes 6–20, ninalee.co.uk. DAWN JEANS, MEGAN NIELSEN PATTERNS If you’re unsure about a wide leg, play it safe with the Dawn Jeans. You can make these with a tapered, straight or wide leg so you can gradually leave a skinny fit behind. Available in US sizes 0–20 and in Curve 14–30, megannielsen.com. WINSLOW CULOTTES, HELEN’S CLOSET PATTERNS Commit to wide legs all year round with the Winslow pattern. You can make shorts, culottes or full-length palazzos. The inverted box pleats add movement and dimension, and of…

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rainbow crafts

1. If you prefer something more subtle, why not make this rainbow cushion from Anna Alicia for your home? Find the free pattern at Gathered.how by searching ‘Rainbow cushion’. 2. Weaving is such a relaxing, mindful craft and this pastel kit is the perfect place to start if you’re new to it. You can also opt for bright or boho colour palettes. £35, mooandbooshop.com 3. MakeBox (makebox.co) has just launched a wonderful new range of rainbow weaving kits for spring. We want to make them all! For your chance to win a kit, head to gathered.how/sew_comps…