Simply Sewing

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

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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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sparking joy

If this issue's sparkly mix of Christmas makes and luxury fabrics don't get you in the festive spirit... well, then I don't know what will! There's no doubt it's been a challenging year for us all, so we're going all-out to enjoy some selfish sewing – starting with The Jewel Dress (p20) and gold-based tote bag (p63). Both gorgeous designs to cheer up your wardrobe. To treat the kids we have a play mat (p75), penguin plushie toy (p79) and cosy winter sweatshirt (p44) to choose from. And for your home – possibly our most playful Christmas makes to date (p28)! Who could possibly resist that kitsch apron. I mean, seriously?…

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john scott’s sewing world

Picture the scene. We are in a world-famous film studio to the west of London and today we are filming the seduction scene between a man, let’s call him Bond, James Bond, and his ex-lover, Paris Carver. That evening (in the film) they had attended a huge party with the rich and famous glitterati in attendance at some swanky venue (which, truth be told, was in a warehouse in Bedfont Lakes!). Teri Hatcher was cast as Paris and the day before (in real life this time) she had flown in from LA and was then chauffeured straight to her costume fitting at Angels, the costumiers in London. There, waiting in the star fitting room, was Lindy Hemming (Oscar-winning costume designer) and me with rail upon rail of designer evening gowns and…

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jacquard of all trades

STRUCTURE AND STYLE A wide waistband with three buttons at the back adds extra detail. PERFECT FLARE This skirt is perfect for thicker woven fabrics that hold shape. ZIP CLOSURE A discreet back zip closure keeps this design secure and sleek. PATTERN INSPIRATION Some patterns are ideal for the delicate weave and bold patterns of jacquard fabrics – here's a few of our favourites. 1 ETTA DRESS The Etta dress from Tilly and the Buttons is an elegant fitted design shaped with darts at the bust, waist, and shoulders. It has a choice of lined cap sleeves or darted three-quarter length sleeves, high-back or stunning V-back neckline, with an optional collar and faux pockets. tillyandthebuttons.com 2 ANTONINA SKIRT This unique design from Lenaline Patterns features a flared silhouette with an asymmetrical crossover front secured with a button. The structured style of…

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tips & tricks

1 IN THE BEGINNING Jacquard fabric can be classed as any material that has a design or pattern woven in, as opposed to printed on. The first jacquard loom was invented by Joseph Marie Jacquard in 1804 and was controlled by a series of punch cards laced together into a continuous sequence. Each card had multiple rows of holes, with one complete card corresponding to one row of the design. This simplified the process, meaning that beautiful woven fabrics became accessible to all. 2 WHICH WOVEN? Because 'jacquard' refers to a type of technique rather than a specific fabric, there are many types of material that fall under the term. These can be thick, crisp fabrics such as tapestry and silk brocade, or softer materials with stretch, such as jersey. 3 MATCH IT UP Being…

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Issue 75's third pattern gift* is the Plushie Deer from one of our favourite toy designers, Jo Carter (twoowlsdesign.co. uk). This smiley character is sure to add cheer to any room. You could use festive fabrics to make it a seasonal feature, or like us you could use fun prints so it can stay up all year round. If it's joining you for Christmas why not decorate the embroidery hoop with tinsel and wrap fairy lights around the antlers? We'd love to see what you make! Share your finished deers with us using #simplysewingmag.…

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bin in ip

The foot can also be used with decorative stitches on your machine as long as the stitches are ones that can be used with the standard presser foot. Sew slowly to prevent roping along the binding. Once you get the hang of the foot you can speed up a little but at first keep things nice and slow to ensure you get the best finish. The bias binding foot isn't the tool for sharp corners but can be used to bind a slight curve. To bind a corner you would need to sew the binding in two parts along each straight edge. For best results, sew the binding in the regular way without using a binding foot. You can also use the foot to make ties for an apron, bunting or pennants. Lightweight waddings…