December 2019
December 2019

Sewing

Dressmaker of the Year 2020: 8 Reasons to Enter

Dressmaker of the Year 2020: 8 Reasons to Enter

It’s that time again: Sew magazine’s annual Dressmaker of the Year competition is back for 2020! Whether you’ve just started out on your sewing journey and want to show-off your new…

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What happened on Sewing Week UK 2019?

What happened on Sewing Week UK 2019?

After four successful years of Sew Saturday, 2019 saw the launch of Sewing Week – six whole days dedicated to the wonderful art of stitching! Between 30th September and 5th October,…

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Easy sewing projects for absolute beginners

Easy sewing projects for absolute beginners

Sewing the first garment is a huge step for a newbie stitcher, so we’ve mustered up seven easy-stitch projects to make the process a little less daunting! Each outfit is designed…

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 Projects to use up scrap fabric

Projects to use up scrap fabric

However economically we cut out our fabric, there are always a few scraps that get left behind! Too pretty to throw away, we put them safely in our stash box…

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An interview with The Great British Sewing Bee host Joe Lycett

An interview with The Great British Sewing Bee host Joe Lycett

We weren’t sure what to expect when the comedian stepped into the shoes of Claudia Winkleman to host the Sewing Bee, but it’s safe to say we’ve fallen in love with Joe…

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An interview with Liz Trenow, author of The Dressmaker of Draper’s Lane

An interview with Liz Trenow, author of The Dressmaker of Draper’s Lane

Former BBC journalist-turned-author Liz Trenow is soaking up the success of her sixth book, The Dressmaker of Draper’s Lane, a novel which has been inspired by her own silk weaving heritage.…

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 Join us for Sewing Week UK 2019!

Join us for Sewing Week UK 2019!

Sewing Week takes place each year in October. And while we can think of hundreds of reasons why you’d be bonkers to miss out on this craft-tacular week, we’ve managed to…

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Sewing projects for the home

Sewing projects for the home

Sometimes the wait from lunch to tea is far too long, and you’d love nothing more than to tuck into some finger sandwiches and sponge cakes, and have a well-deserved cuppa!

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Sew Magazine Sewing Week UK 2019

Sew Magazine Sewing Week UK 2019

After four successful years of Sew Saturday, Sew HQ is delighted to announce that this weekend event is expanding into a six-day celebration, from 30th September to 5th October! Sewing…

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Hand stitch embroidery pattern problems and how to solve them

Hand stitch embroidery pattern problems and how to solve them

From free-motion embellishments to hand-sewn pet portraits, our four experts are on board to solve your embroidery woes!

“I’m working on a free-hand embroidery piece, but my thread keeps fraying and…

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Lori Top

Lori Top

Featuring sweet cap sleeves that are incorporated into the main front and back pattern pieces, plus a simple button closure on the back, this flattering top promises to be an…

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Gina Jacket

Gina Jacket

This pretty waterfall jacket by Julia Claridge is made from a faux suede that is light enough for warm days whilst still keeping out any unexpected chills! With no buttonholes…

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Isabella Tunic

Isabella Tunic

This flowing top by Amanda Walker is exactly what you need to create a statement outfit this summer! The sheer fabric makes it a fabulous staple that can be worn…

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Delia Pullover

Delia Pullover

Stitching for the cooler months can be tricky because we’re so excited for blue skies and sunshine, but we still need to be prepared for the typical British weather. Amanda Walker’s…

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Maternity sewing patterns and how to make them

Maternity sewing patterns and how to make them

Whether Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are on royal tours, official visits or presenting awards, they always manage to look ever-so glam when they’re carrying a little one. But as we…

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Dressmaker of the Year 2019 the winners revealed!

Dressmaker of the Year 2019 the winners revealed!

Over 2,400 Sew readers entered our annual Dressmaker of the Year competition, so it was no surprise that our judges had a difficult time crowning the winners! But after hours…

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Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

When you hear the word ‘Dior’ what image jumps to mind first? Do you remember the showstopping New Look collection? Or the classic bar suit that pioneered the hourglass shape of…

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Me Made May 2019 – What is it?

Me Made May 2019 – What is it?

Never heard of Me Made May before? Read on to find out everything you need to know! It was originally created by avid sewing blogger Zoe, founder of So Zo,…

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7 Projects to make you happy

7 Projects to make you happy

In celebration of World Laughter Day, we’ve collated seven projects that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Each make is ideal for newbie stitchers as they can be…

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How can I help the environment through crafts?

How can I help the environment through crafts?

Question: How can I save the environment? Answer: Waste less! In these David Attenborough years, more and more of us have realised the negative effects we’re having on the planet, and…

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Egg warmers

Egg warmers

Stitchy makes for your morning meal are an egg-cellent addition to your sewing repertoire – and it’s the perfect excuse to invite your friends over and show off your latest creations.…

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Quick & easy Easter makes 2019

Quick & easy Easter makes 2019

Are you looking for inspiring activities to do with your little ones this bank holiday? Then search no further than these simple and straightforward Easter makes! Sew‘s fun crafts for kids…

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Sandwich Wraps

Sandwich Wraps

It's time to ditch the clingfilm for an eco-friendly alternative, the sandwich wrapper. Coated with a thin layer of beeswax, you can rest assured that this project will keep your…

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Elsa Sweater

Elsa Sweater

This fabulous sleeveless top can be sewn using just one metre of fabric, and there’s no pattern needed. Amanda Walker’s cable knit vest helps you hone in on essential dressmaking skills…

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Amelia Trousers

Amelia Trousers

As the season transitions from summer to autumn, it’s time to start thinking about switching up the items in your wardrobe. This lovely design by Julia Claridge uses a medium-weight fabric,…

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No-pattern dressing gown

No-pattern dressing gown

Make getting out of bed something to look forward to, by stitching Amanda Walker’s lovely wrap for yourself. Sewn from cotton lawn in a delicate floral print, the edges and sleeve…

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Say It Ain’t Sew - How Free Classes Are Doing Good

Say It Ain’t Sew - How Free Classes Are Doing Good

We all know that sewing is good for us – not only is it satisfying to create something from scratch, it’s also a great way to relax and unwind. Since 2010,…

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Issue 108 Sneak Peek

Issue 108 Sneak Peek

Issue 108 of Sew is here and is packed with fabulous garments, home décor and gifts to make for spring! In your free New Look pattern, there are four beautiful tops…

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Denim and leather bag

Denim and leather bag

Transform worn-out pairs of jeans into this fabulous patchwork bag by Corinne Bradd, with a leather strap and base for extra durability. We’ve used the Accuquilt GO! Fabric Cutter and Value…

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Sew January 2018 (all non-garment templates)

Sew January 2018 (all non-garment templates)

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Isobel Cap and Scarf

Isobel Cap and Scarf

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Delia Pullover

Delia Pullover

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Kissable Clutch

Kissable Clutch

It’s a little known fact that there’s a legal requirement to have at least one kooky purse in your life, and these bold lips by Ruth Oliver will make you happy to…

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Peplum pleat top

Peplum pleat top

A figure flattering choice for all, this peplum top by Amanda Walker is sure to get heads turning. Featuring a secret pleated detail within the design – which we sent off…

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November 2017 (contains all non-garment templates)

November 2017 (contains all non-garment templates)

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Christmas Stitch Book supplement

Christmas Stitch Book supplement

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Christmas 2017 template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

Christmas 2017 template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

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Stencil cushions

Stencil cushions

These gorgeous pillows are not only quick and easy to make, but also really fun. Involving fabric dyeing, stencilling, appliqué and sewing, this is a great opportunity to try new techniques…

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Leather Makeup Bag

Leather Makeup Bag

We’re sure a lady in your life would appreciate a bag to store her daily essentials in, and this stunning chartreuse leather pouch by Amanda Walker will go down a treat.…

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Origami Fabric Boxes

Origami Fabric Boxes

Origami techniques are traditionally used to fold paper into various shapes - but we've decided to use fabric instead! These pretty, yet practical boxes can be made in three sizes…

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Stitch It! supplement template pack (contains all non-garment projects)

Contains all of the non-garment project templates featured in the Stitch It! supplement

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Nail File Holders

Nail File Holders

These pretty pouches are the perfect lunchtime make – both pretty and practical, nail file holders make an ideal gift for friends and female family members alike. We stitched ours in…

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Sheer summer skirt

Sheer summer skirt

This no-pattern skirt by Torie Jayne has been made in a gorgeous crêpe de chine to create a light and floaty garment that’s perfect for the warmer weather. Simply use your…

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Cutwork Jewellery Envelope

Cutwork Jewellery Envelope

Cutwork gives stunning, intricate results but the concept is very simple – details of motifs are outlined in buttonhole stitch, then the enclosed areas of fabric are cut away. It is…

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Boy’s Jersey Top

Boy’s Jersey Top

We’re riding the waves with this fun screen-printed T-shirt by Sarah Gledson. Your little dude will love sporting this cool attire, wherever the tide may take him. Use our templates or…

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Winter Wrap

Winter Wrap

Made from a length of fashionable checked wool, minimal stitching is needed to make Cheryl Owen’s shawl wrap. With a hint of vintage, it’s just the thing to take a roll…

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Raglan sleeved coat

Raglan sleeved coat

Thanks to talented Sew designer Amanda Walker, coat-making just got even easier. If you’ve steered clear of stitching jackets for your wardrobe in the past, this garment is sure to twist…

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Wendy Skirt & Audrey Skirt - Sew Your Style supplement

Wendy Skirt & Audrey Skirt - Sew Your Style supplement

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Elizabeth Dress

Elizabeth Dress

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August 2017 Templates

August 2017 Templates

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July 2017 Templates

July 2017 Templates

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Pleated Skirts

Pleated Skirts

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Little Girl’s Summer Dress

Little Girl's Summer Dress

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Bella Trousers

Bella Trousers

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Bette Dress

Bette Dress

Long-time readers of Sew may fondly remember our Bette dress from our earliest issue, a gorgeous 50s style frock with a nipped in waist and five panel skirt, sewn in…

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Sabrina Dress

Sabrina Dress

Audrey Hepburn and the little black dress go hand in hand. This design, created by Dolin Bliss O’Shea, was inspired by the frock Audrey wore in the classic movie Sabrina and…

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Sewing Bee Betty Dress

Sewing Bee Betty Dress

This elegant tea dress, featured in The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh features a floaty bias cut skirt and flirty little sleeves. Use your…

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Customised Cover-Up

Customised Cover-Up

This glamorous cardigan by Chinelo Bally is perfect for keeping warm on a night out - hard to believe it began life as a plain cowl neck jumper! Use velvet…

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Breton Tops

Breton Tops

These two nautical-style casual tunics, designed by Amanda Walker, are a wardrobe staple that's guaranteed to stay on-trend. The first top features short sleeves and a bold red stripe with…

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Everyday Tee

Everyday Tee

This slouchy T-shirt is quick and easy to make and requires minimal fitting. It combines a jazzy print with a contrasting yoke and is a loose, comfortable style with no…

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Anna Tunic

Anna Tunic

This loose-fitting tunic top is perfect for summer, made in your favourite quilting cotton. If you’d prefer a cami top, simply use the shorter cutting lines on the pattern to find…

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Bardot top

Bardot top

This bright and breezy top by Amanda Walker is perfect for making the most of the remaining sunny days before autumn. It’s so quick to sew and would look great in…

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Gabrielle Jacket

Gabrielle Jacket

Remember Coco Chanel's advice, ‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman,’ while stitching this jacket by Amanda Walker. The construction is straightforward, thanks to…

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June 2017 Templates

June 2017 Templates

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Gabrielle Skirt

Gabrielle Skirt

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No-pattern regatta skirt

No-pattern regatta skirt

Turn heads in Amanda Walker’s beautiful nautical print skirt. Gorgeously full with an optional sash belt it could just be our new wardrobe favourite! Pair with a Breton top and wedges…

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Gabrielle Jacket

Gabrielle Jacket

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The Great British Sewing Bee Palazzo Pants

The Great British Sewing Bee Palazzo Pants

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May 2017 Templates

May 2017 Templates

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Flossie Flamingo

Flossie Flamingo

With her movable legs, variety of fun prints and pleasing shape, this plush flamingo is an ideal gift for a little one (or a grown up!)

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Sewing Bee: The Final!

Sewing Bee: The Final!

Series one contestant Stuart Hillard was on tenterhooks with the rest of us for the GBSB final – who would come top for Evening Wear Week and be the ultimate winner!

“So…

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