Aug 2020
Aug 2020

sewing

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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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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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 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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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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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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 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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Cross-Stitch Snowflake Napkins

Cross-Stitch Snowflake Napkins

Add a sprinkle of snowflakes to your kitchen decor this month with these embroidered napkins from designer Chloe Hailwood.

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Patchwork Christmas Stocking

Patchwork Christmas Stocking

Stuff Christmas treats into this easy-to-make patchwork stocking - it's perfect for using up your fabric scrap stash!

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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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Sequinned Jacket

Sequinned Jacket

Stitching sequinned fabric can be challenging, but with a bit of patience and a sprinkle of determination, it is easily achievable! This jacket is certainly a one-of-a-kind make – the fabric…

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Three-Quarter Length Sleeve Wrap Blouse

Three-Quarter Length Sleeve Wrap Blouse

Fasten your seatbelts, sewists, because we have the perfect make for testing your technical skills! This gorgeous wrap top requires working with darts, attaching a zip and preparing wrap ties.…

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A Quick Cuppa With Quilter Sarah Payne

A Quick Cuppa With Quilter Sarah Payne

Hi Sarah! First things first, what kickstarted your love of quilting?

I have been sewing forever! I used to watch my mum make clothes when I was a child and I…

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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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