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Simply Sewing 84

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

With the warmer weather here to stay, it’s the ideal time to start sewing the Mayfair Dress from Nina Lee Patterns. This design will become a regular in your wardrobe, as will the Lauren Blouse from DG Patterns – your stylish new go-to for drinks with friends. You can finish off both of those me-made outfits with the Margot Bag from Lisa Lam – we went bold and sparkly for ours! You’ll also find six makes for days at the seaside inside, as well as a guide to sewing swimwear. We even have a Sewing Bee top-up if you’re missing the show; read John Scott’s series round-up on page 18. Happy sewing! WWW.GATHERED.HOW/SIMPLYSEWING #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag…

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hit the beach

If, like us, you’re getting major withdrawal symptoms from this year’s Great British Sewing Bee, turn to page 18 for John Scott’s series round-up, plus an interview with this year’s fantastic winner, Serena. Now that we’re no longer glued to the TV, the glorious weather has got us in the mood for a day trip – whip up the seaside-worthy makes on page 28 before hitting the nearest beach! Plus, make the ultimate gingham dress on page 54 – all you need is an old T-shirt to create this patternless project. Share your sewing makes with us on Insta @simplysewingmag.…

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NINA CHANG We’re so excited about our cover star from Nina Lee Patterns this issue – the Mayfair Dress – which comes with options galore! This flattering, feminine, comfortable design will be a summer wardrobe fave. Find our styling suggestions on page 20. LISA LAM Our third pattern this issue comes from bag-maker extraordinaire, Lisa Lam. Lisa lives by the sea in Brighton where she runs her online shop, U-Handbag. You’ll find all your bag-making supplies there, plus some inspiring patterns! DANIELA GUTIERREZ-DIAZ Daniela is the founder of DG Patterns and the designer of this issue’s lovely Lauren Blouse. Before launching her own pattern label, Daniela worked as an English teacher and firefighter; she now enjoys creating modern and casual clothes for women. LINDA MAFUBA Linda is the talented designer behind bespoke tailored brand, MYDEI, and we’re…

6 min

DRESS TO BE SEEN Romantic, feminine and elegant are just a few words that come to mind for these two stunning new designs from Deer and Doe. The Orchidée and Coquelicot were both designed as antidotes to the last year and a breakaway from the less glamorous attire we spent our time in lockdown wearing. So, let’s make something special – and actually wear it out! deer-and-doe.com FRENCH FANCY Lamazi Fabrics caught our attention recently with the news that they’re now stocking these beautiful fabrics from indie French brand Cousette. There’s 19 lightweight wovens to choose from, and we want to make a summer dress in each one! lamazifabrics.com ACCESS ALL AREAS W Leave no garment unstitched with the new Stitch Dome from Clover. This latest design has been made with decorative appliqué and embroidery…

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MCCALL’S M7901 Once you discover how easy shirring is, and how comfortable it makes your clothes, you might want to replace all your tops with this pattern! There are four sleeve and length variations for this top so you can have one for every season. Available in UK sizes 6–22, patternsandplains.com. FLOREAT HACK, MEGAN NIELSEN PATTERNS The asymmetric Floreat Dress was already a must-have pattern in our books, and the urgency to sew one only went up went when we found this gorgeous version hacked with shirring from Holly! Available in sizes 0–30. Find out how to make a shirred Floreat at blog.megannielsen.com. RASPBERRY JUMPSUIT, COCOWAWA CRAFTS If there was a ’cutest pattern’ award, we have no doubt it’d go to the Raspberry Jumpsuit. Whether you choose to make it as a jumpsuit, playsuit or…

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machine gadgets

1. Good lighting is crucial when you’re sewing, and an overcast day or late-night urge to sew are no longer obstacles with the small, flexible machine lamp from Daylight! £24.99, daylightcompany.com. 2. You’ll always need pins nearby when you’re sewing, and where better to keep them than on your machine itself! Make use of the spare spool holder by sitting a handy pincushion on it. £9, j-shop.co.uk. 3. If you’re away from your machine but itching to start your new project, you can get going by pre-winding your bobbins with this portable bobbin winding machine! £21.99, sewdirect.com.…