october 2020
october 2020

dress

Nautical Rope-Belt Dress

Nautical Rope-Belt Dress

If not being able to find a casual and practical dress for the sunny weather is making you feel like walking the plank, then fear not, this fabulous frock is…

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Classic Tea Dress

Classic Tea Dress

We can’t offer you a cuppa but we can deliver your new go-to frock – Amanda Walker’s tea dress! This ultra-feminine make is guaranteed to stretch your skills as it requires…

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Classic Tie-Belt Dress

Classic Tie-Belt Dress

If you’re looking to take the next step and delve into a more advanced pattern, then this classic frock by Amanda Walker is just the ticket! The Amy dress will see…

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Frilled Halterneck Dress

Frilled Halterneck Dress

Perfect for sauntering through sun-soaked back streets and Parisian-style flea markets, the Nova dress by Amanda Walker will keep you cool while looking effortlessly glamorous. The pattern offers a classic…

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Sheath Dress

Sheath Dress

Harnessing the charms of post-war efficiency and English garden idylls, Cath Kidston designs continue to captivate the imagination. With Amanda Walker’s sheath project, you can quickly turn a favourite print into…

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Vintage-Style Flair Dress

Vintage-Style Flair Dress

Throw it back to the 50s with this fit and flair frock designed by mother and daughter duo, Posner and Posner. Not only will you be channelling vintage vibes with…

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Cross-Back Pinafore

Cross-Back Pinafore

Introducing the pretty and practical Molly pinny designed by mother and daughter duo Susan Posner and Naomi Posner-Coxon! Slip on for baking or transform this multi-purpose pinny into an everyday…

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Classic Wrap Dress

Classic Wrap Dress

If you’re hankering for that definitive classic wrap dress to enhance your natural assets, this pattern is the perfect opportunity! Just like pioneer Diane von Furstenberg blazed a figure-flattering trail with…

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Dolman Sleeve Dress

Dolman Sleeve Dress

Step this way to uncover a wonderfully simple garment that will have you looking and feeling amazing! Not only does Amanda Walker’s frock include beautiful elbow-length dolman sleeves and an optional…

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Classic Linen Shift Dress

Classic Linen Shift Dress

Sewn in a soft blush pink linen, this six-step dress oozes femininity with delicate bust darts, a bold notch neckline and flattering three-quarter sleeves. You could also switch it up…

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Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress

Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress

Whatever your day has in store, this frock is designed to deliver! Combining flattering short sleeves with a trapeze style body, this dress has been cut from a relaxed and…

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Easy Knee-Length Dress

Easy Knee-Length Dress

This berry frock is the new wardrobe superhero for those ‘I have nothing to wear’ days! With this project, you’ll master the art of sewing with knits using a ball point…

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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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Easy Tie Dress

Easy Tie Dress

This stunning dress, designed by the talented Amanda Walker, is a must-have for your wardrobe. Easy to assemble with no fussy fixtures, the tie feature allows you to bring it…

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Long-Line Dress

Long-Line Dress

Sometimes deciding what fabric to use for a particular project can be tough, so the beauty of this make is that you can pick two! Use contrasting prints to create…

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Tent Tunic Dress

Tent Tunic Dress

Ladies, this dress just proves that you can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Made from a beautifully light crepe fabric, this tent tunic is ideal for a…

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Classic Polka Dot Dress

Classic Polka Dot Dress

The pretty polka dot has timeless appeal, that's why we've created this dreamy dress to give you a slice of fifties flair. Consisting of a fitted bodice and multiple skirt…

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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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Belted Shirt Dress

Belted Shirt Dress

This light and lovely shirt dress is great for layering now, then staying cool all summer long – especially if you opt for chambray, like Amanda Walker has here (don’t forget to…

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Retro Shift Dress

Retro Shift Dress

Made up in a bold retro-inspired print, this smart shift dress by Amanda Walker features the holy grail of any garment... built-in pockets! These edges, along with those of the…

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Cowl Neck Tunic

Cowl Neck Tunic

The perfect go-to for Sunday walks, this cosy tunic by Amanda Walker features contrast pockets and neck lining plus a dropped waistline that is slightly curved for interest. Ponte Roma…

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Classic Shift Dress

Classic Shift Dress

The classic shift dress has been reinvented over and over, flattering boyish frames and curvy figures alike. Here, Amanda Walker creates structured lines with her simple design, which includes shapely…

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Simple Velvet Shift Dress

Simple Velvet Shift Dress

The real wow-factor of this garment, designed by Julia Claridge, lies in the texture and slight sheen of the stretch velvet. It isn’t too tricky to work with, either. Simply finish…

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Cap-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Cap-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Combining comfort and style, this lovely design by Amanda Walker features a flattering bodice with sweet cap sleeves and a sewn-in waist tie. The project is a great choice for…

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Tie-Belt Party Dress

Tie-Belt Party Dress

This beauty by Amanda Walker is simply comprised of two nearly identical pieces that are finished with an easy neckband, and you don't need to shape the body as this…

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Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress

Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress

Adding panels of an interesting fabric like lace gives even the most simply constructed dresses extra oomph. Here, Julia Claridge has doubled up jersey to give this sleeveless shift dress…

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Easy Cotton Tunic

Easy Cotton 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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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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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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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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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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No-Pattern Tunic Dress

No-Pattern Tunic Dress

This easy belted tunic dress is the perfect project if you’ve ever wanted to try drafting your own pattern. Simply follow the diagrams to measure and cut the pieces from rectangles…

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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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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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Elizabeth Dress

Elizabeth Dress

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Get Involved With The Big Stitch!

Get Involved With The Big Stitch!

We all like a bit of retail therapy now and then – and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) is on a mission to help us be more creative with our garment…

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