December 2019
December 2019

clothing

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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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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Children’s Smock Dress

Children’s Smock Dress

This pretty smock dress is ideal for energetic tots and allows you to work on your shirring and embroidery skills. As a bonus, it’s a no-pattern garment, with just one template…

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Top 8 royal baby projects!

Top 8 royal baby projects!

On the 15th October, after arriving in Sydney for their first international tour, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced the exciting news that they’re expecting a baby! Soon after, Kensington Palace…

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Stefani Blouse

Stefani Blouse

This loose-fitting top pattern works well in virtually any fabric, but when stitched in the elegant triple crepe used by Amanda Walker, it makes for a great party piece. It…

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Sheena Pants

Sheena Pants

Stylish and versatile, harem pants can easily be dressed up or down and this flattering design by Amanda Walker allows you to create your own personalised pattern. The soft jersey…

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Millie Throw

Millie Throw

Do you ever look around at accessories and other items, and see potential in them as a garment? Here at Sew HQ, we picked up this blanket scarf at a…

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Saskia Top

Saskia Top

This Parisienne-inspired top by Amanda Walker is ideal for beginners, with only two simple pattern pieces. The combination of beautiful drape, a cowl neck, and tie-to-fit belt creates an effortless…

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Lizzie Tunic

Lizzie Tunic

The simple silhouette of this outfit by Julia Claridge is ideal for spring and summer wardrobes. Sewn in a beautifully bold cotton print with a flattering curved hem, it is…

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Pyjama bottoms

Pyjama bottoms

Patterned trousers are no longer restricted to nightwear, as fun and funky designs brighten the high street teamed with simple tops and leg-elongating wedges. Our striking pair from Amanda Walker…

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Flora Pyjama Set

Flora Pyjama Set

Making PJs should be just as easy as wearing them, like this cute floral combo by Corinne Bradd – which even novices will love. Cotton is a really manageable fabric and will…

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Sew 111 Sneak Peek

Sew 111 Sneak Peek

The June issue of Sew is all set for summer with not one but TWO FREE patterns – a Simplicity design featuring four stylish dresses, plus a New Look pattern offering…

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No-Pattern Button Skirt

No-Pattern Button Skirt

This sweet skirt by Amanda Walker is easy to stitch and will flatter any figure. Make to fit your measurements and whip it up in your favourite print, adding pretty…

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Updated - How To Enter the Sewing Bee

Updated - How To Enter the Sewing Bee

It’s been nearly two years since the fourth season of The Great British Sewing Bee last graced our screens – although for many of us, it feels like a lot longer! After…

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Stitching the Past

Stitching the Past

Here at Sew HQ, we’re still mourning the end of BBC 4’s brilliant six-part series A Stitch In Time. Every week, we tuned in to see fashion historian Amber Butchart select a classic…

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Sew 110 Sneak Peek

Sew 110 Sneak Peek

May day, may day! Issue 110 of Sew has hit the news stands, packed with inspiring projects that you’ll want to make right NOW. It comes with a FREE Simplicity pattern to…

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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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Loungewear

Loungewear

Stay comfy and cosy in customisable clothing that you can chill out and daydream in all day, while still staying stylish! Created by Cheryl Owen, we’ve even got a cute little…

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Call The Midwife! Your Wardrobe Is More 50s Than You Realise

Call The Midwife! Your Wardrobe Is More 50s Than You Realise

The 1950s is one of the most memorable periods in fashion history. Ask anyone about the women of this period, and two visions spring to mind: the 50s housewife and…

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Sew a Simple Baby Apron

Sew a Simple Baby Apron

We all know how messy mealtimes can get when feeding a little one - which is where Corinne Bradd’s apron bib comes into its own! Not only does it provide full…

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Kid’s Superhero Cape

Kid’s Superhero Cape

If you enjoyed making Lane Huerta's dog cape featured in the April '18 issue of Sew, why not whip up a matching child's version for your little hero as well?…

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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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Behind the Fold Lines - What Shaped the 40s Wardrobe

Behind the Fold Lines - What Shaped the 40s Wardrobe

Sewing today is a starkly contrasting experience to that of the 1940s, where mending and tailoring skills were necessary skills. Whilst WWI called upon women to volunteer for the war…

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The Freya Collection

The Freya Collection

These dress and tunic designs are easy to wear and versatile pieces for a summer wardrobe. The pattern could easily be extended to make a full-length maxi dress, ideally in…

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Meet Two Itinerant Quilters

Meet Two Itinerant Quilters

What would you say if a complete stranger came up to you in the street and asked to cut a patch from your clothes? Artists Joanna Wright and Lenka Clayton…

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Embroidered denim shirt

Embroidered denim shirt

Long and short stitch creates a rich surface embroidery, used to fill areas of a motif; it’s like ‘painting’ with thread. It is a variety of satin stitch and is great for…

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Anna pencil skirt

Anna pencil skirt

This versatile skirt by Amanda Walker is a wardrobe must-have this season, with its midi length and striking print. It’s simple to sew, with just three pattern pieces, and features a subtle…

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Isobel Cap and Scarf

Isobel Cap and Scarf

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Delia Pullover

Delia Pullover

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STOP THE PRESS! NEW SIXTH CATEGORY ADDED TO DRESSMAKER OF THE YEAR 2018

STOP THE PRESS! NEW SIXTH CATEGORY ADDED TO DRESSMAKER OF THE YEAR 2018

Following the launch of the second Dressmaker of the Year competition for 2018, held by Sew magazine and our sister title Make It Today Dressmaker, we now have even better…

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5 ways to increase your chances of winning

5 ways to increase your chances of winning

Hurrah, you’ve decided to enter Dressmaker of the Year – our annual dressmaking competition aimed at stitchers from all walks of life! With six categories to enter, there is sure to be a…

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Our Interview With Dressmaker of the Year Winner Portia Lawrie

Our Interview With Dressmaker of the Year Winner Portia Lawrie

Earlier this year, Sew and our sister title Make It Today Dressmaker, launched the very first Dressmaker of the Year competition. As the second event gets away, we chat to…

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Draped top

Draped top

This top by Amanda Walker is an all occasion style solution. Choose a drapey, semi-sheer fabric such as georgette or crêpe to make it move beautifully. This shorter length style is…

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Shirt dress

Shirt dress

Featuring a useful waist tie and button-up front, this lightweight shirt will soon become a favourite on your clothes rail. Designed by Julia Claridge of Leicester-based haberdashery shop Bobbins and…

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Jersey maternity tunic

Jersey maternity tunic

Finding clothes that both fit and flatter during pregnancy can be a laborious task but here, Amanda Walker’s tunic has taken out all of the stress. Designed to accommodate a growing…

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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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Flora top

Flora top

The majority of this back detail top by Amanda Walker is made with a four thread overlocker. A sewing machine will also be needed to make buttonholes and gathering stitches;…

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