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Simply Sewing


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
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13 Issues


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simply sewing fresh ideas with fabric

“It’s time all of us to start making, upcycling and treasuring our clothes,” says fashion designer, lecturer and Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young. We couldn’t agree more. This month marks our 4th birthday and we couldn’t be prouder to be providing a platform for you to be inspired, engaged and educated by your hobby. Whether you’re fine-tuning your dressmaking skills, learning to mend your clothes, or upcycling them into new ones - everyone’s welcome. And if you’re brand new to sewing, come on in - you’re going to love it. WWW.SIMPLYSEWINGMAG.COM #SIMPLYSEWINGMAG facebook.com/simplysewingmagazine twitter.com/simplysewing_ pinterest.com/simplysewingmag instagram.com/simplysewingmag ■…

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wardrobe makeover

With the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee in full swing (how fab is their new host Joe Lycett, by the way?), there's never been a better time to start sewing. Whether you're new to dressmaking, or you're looking to expand your handmade wardrobe, check out our shop at www.simplysewingmag.com/pattern. We've given it a makeover and added your favourite patterns from our archives (see page p42). Until next time, tag your photos on Instagram # simplysewingmag - we love seeing your makes! * GIFTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. PAPER GIFTS ONLY AVAILABLE ON UK NEWSSTAND. ■…

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CHLOË OWENS Textile artist Chloë salvages vintage fabrics, combining them with contemporary prints, and stitched designs over the top using her trusty sewing machine. Find out how to make her adorable set of baby gifts on page 69. “See more of my colourful work at www.chloeowens.com” ESME YOUNG Central Saint Martins lecturer, fashion designer and celebrated Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young talks to us about why it’s time all of us started making, upcycling and treasuring our clothes. Read more on page 64. “I started sewing because I wanted to make something personal.” (Photo: BBC/Love Productions/Charlotte Medlicott) RACHEL PINHEIRO Brazilian-born, Rachel has a distinctive sense of style which she mixes her heritage flair with classic tailoring. Explore her ever-expanding wardrobe at www.houseofpinheiro.com…

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MAKING MATTERS The founder of Melilot patterns, Norway-based Mari Melilot, is a designer on a mission: to change how people relate to their clothes through sewing. Her collection is all about discovering the joys of making by hand, honing your personal style, and embracing a slow, thoughtful approach to fashion. Find the patterns at www.melilot.no COLOURFUL LIVING Does your home ‘spark joy’, Marie Kondostyle? Penelope Hope’s jubilantly colourful designs certainly will! Founder and designer Nadia Newton creates prints inspired by her travels – think palm tree, pineapple and marble motifs, on homewares and by-the-metre fabrics. See www.penelopehope.com SKILLS BOOST W Do you know your quilting from your quilt sandwich, your blocks from your binding? Discover a new craft or refresh your knowledge with Beginner’s…

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linen and stripes

We’ve all gone a bit overboard with piling up cushions on our sofas, beds and chairs, right? For Anna and her husband Istvan, though, it was the beginning of a new, exciting venture – their handmade homewares brand, Linen and Stripes. “Our flat was full of my cushions and we had no more space for new designs, but I still had so many ideas,” she explains. “So Istvan suggested selling them online on Etsy. We launched the shop together in 2015.”What started out as a side project soon took off. “After a few months, sales were picking up and we started to sell more and more covers. So I quit my job 10 months after we opened our shop. We saw great potential in the shop and wanted to…

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inspiring books

CHRISTIAN DIOR Oriole Cullen (£40, V&A Publishing) Relive the V&A exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, with this souvenir book that celebrates Christian Dior’s work, from the brand's inception in 1947 to the present day. Haute-couture gowns by Dior, and the designers that followed him, are showcased alongside Oriole Cullen’s expert commentary. It’s a must-have souvenir for any fashion devotee. www.vam.ac.uk FEMINIST CROSS-STITCH: 40 BOLD AND FIERCE PATTERNS Stephanie Rohr (£14.99, Lark Books) Add a little sass to your stitching projects with this book of 40 vintage-inspired cross stitch patterns for crafty activists, with subversive slogans, clever one-liners and affirmations to stitch for your wall or sew into handmade gifts. To get you started, there’s also a basics section with clear illustrations. www.larkcrafts.com THREADS…