Feb 2021
Feb 2021

sewing

FREE Face Covering and Matching Pouch

FREE Face Covering and Matching Pouch

Our designer Corinne Bradd has found easy ways for you to transform your lockdown essentials into aesthetically-pleasing accessories, designed to help keep you safe in these unprecedented times. Just the…

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Valentine’s Day Projects To Stitch With Love

Valentine’s Day Projects To Stitch With Love

Are you in the mood for love? The past few months have been tough for everyone, so it’s more important than ever to show your loved ones just how much you…

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Floral Sewing Machine Cover

Floral Sewing Machine Cover

Just like a turtle has its shell, your sewing machine needs a cover! Not only does Carolyn Letten’s sleeve protect your machine from scratches, it’ll cheer up your deskspace, too, especially if…

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THE DENIM DEBRIEF: A Brief History of Denim

THE DENIM DEBRIEF: A Brief History of Denim

Jeans, jeggings, jackets… we can’t get enough of these closet classics, but when it comes to making our own, it’s easy to see why dressmakers can find denim a little daunting. From the…

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Let’s Get Digital! Online Sewing Workshops

Let’s Get Digital! Online Sewing Workshops

Given what a year 2020 has been, a pop of positivity in the form of an online masterclass could be just the elixir you need to reinvigorate your sewing for…

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Your Dressmaking Toolkit: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Me-Made Wardrobe

Your Dressmaking Toolkit: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Me-Made Wardrobe

If you’re anything like us, you’ll be constantly on the lookout for more handy tips and tricks to add to your sewing arsenal. The sheer volume of different things to learn…

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Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated Midi Skirt

The onset of summer means it's time to kit out your wardrobe with skirts like this gorgeous Rosalie number! The chic design by Amanda Walker combines big and bold inverted…

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Countdown To Christmas: Your Preparation Checklist

Countdown To Christmas: Your Preparation Checklist

There are two types of crafters when it comes to Christmas: the ones who start in the height of summer and won’t let a heatwave stop them, and those who leave…

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Reese Classic Wrap Dress

Reese 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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Sewing Week 2020: To Our Retailers

Sewing Week 2020: To Our Retailers

Dear retailers,

The Sew HQ team fully appreciates the challenging trading conditions created by this year’s COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for independent stores. It’s great that shops have finally reopened, and…

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How To Promote Your Craft Business On Social Media

How To Promote Your Craft Business On Social Media

Social media has changed the way customers communicate with craft brands – whether you are sewing focussed or otherwise. It’s no longer just about being on the other end of the…

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Chantelle Cropped Jacket

Chantelle Cropped Jacket

Set yourself a challenge with this beautifully-tailored jacket by Posner and Posner! The project requires you to insert a lining, create pockets and attach piping, too.

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Easy Dog Coat

Easy Dog Coat

Is your pooch in need of an extra layer of warmth when out for daily walks? This simple quilted design from Corinne Bradd will be a winner for canines and…

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Belted Blouse

Belted Blouse

Worn loose or fitted, this project by Amanda Walker gives you the perfect chance to practise belt-making skills, giving a flattering cinch that will accentuate the waistline and elongate your…

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Calling All Stitchers! Help Support The NHS By Sewing Scrubs

Calling All Stitchers! Help Support The NHS By Sewing Scrubs

With NHS staff in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the Coronavirus pandemic, an army of sewers across the UK are pulling together to devote their time and…

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V-Neck Jumpsuit

V-Neck Jumpsuit

Whether it’s the height of summer or the depths of winter, this garment is about to become a year-round staple for your wardrobe! Posner and Posner’s one-piece offers a deep V-neckline, a…

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Striped Breton Top

Striped Breton Top

Every wardrobe needs a comfy Breton top or two (or ten!) and this simple design by Amanda Walker works with the stripes to chic effect. Not only do the shoulder…

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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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Ruffle Sleeve Top

Ruffle Sleeve Top

If structured ruffles are what your me-made wardrobe is missing, then you’ll love this pattern from our designer Amanda Walker. Made from a cotton muslin – but equally stylish in linens,…

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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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Rainbow Embroidery Hoop

Rainbow Embroidery Hoop

This stunning rainbow hoop by designer Sophia Palmer is the perfect sewing project for upcoming days cosied at home. Plus, it's great for those of us who want a simple…

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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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Quick and Simple Needle Case

Quick and Simple Needle Case

If you're forever losing needles, then you'll need to whip up one of these easy cases from Corinne Bradd! Offering up a soft felt lining and adorable button closure, this…

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Button-Up Cami

Button-Up Cami

Renowned illustrator, Monika Forsberg has transformed her magical designs into dressmaking material, and our designer Amanda Walker has made it into this wonderful cami! This make is the perfect way…

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Peplum Tie-Waist Blouse

Peplum Tie-Waist Blouse

Cascading frills, a soft peplum shape and waist-cinching tie make this ultra-feminine style a must for your to-make list. Created by designer Amanda Walker, this versatile pattern will give you…

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Purple Anemone Felt Bouquet

Purple Anemone Felt Bouquet

If you've decided to make Carolyn Letten's fabulous felt bouquet from our February 2020 issue, then don't forget to finish it off with our bonus purple anemone tutorial. It's just…

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Juliet Uzor’s Upcycled Clutch Bag Project

Juliet Uzor’s Upcycled Clutch Bag Project

After the Christmas and New Year festivities were well out of the way, the only thing on my mind was the idea of a frugal meetup! So it was either…

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Great British Sewing Bee Series Six Dates Announced

Great British Sewing Bee Series Six Dates Announced

After a two-year hiatus, The Great British Sewing Bee was back with a bang at the start of 2019! With the show’s brand-new presenter Joe Lycett in tow, Patrick Grant and…

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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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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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Upcycled Denim Tote

Upcycled Denim Tote

Upcycling is more than just a trend, it’s a way to make the most of your garments and do your bit for the environment, too. Making use of the larger sections…

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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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V-Neck Drawstring Blouse

V-Neck Drawstring Blouse

If one garment has the power to shake up your wardrobe, this is it! The versatile top gives you cropped sleeves, along with the option to add a polo-neck jumper…

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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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