December 2019
December 2019

sewing

Arabella Blouse

Arabella Blouse

Wide, flared and ruffled sleeves have been one of 2018's hottest trends, especially elbow-length versions like this – which are super flattering, easy to move in and fun to wear! You…

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Nadia Dress

Nadia 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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Denim Tote

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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Eden Dress

Eden 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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Donna Blouse

Donna 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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Belinda Dress

Belinda 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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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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Sasha Jacket

Sasha 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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Naomi Blouse

Naomi 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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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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Sienna Top

Sienna Top

This pretty floral design is ideal for both work and play, as it can be smartened up with a pair of straight-leg trousers, or made casual with comfy denim jeans.…

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Becky Blouse

Becky Blouse

This easy button-back blouse is made up of only five pattern pieces, including interfaced facings that are used to neatly finish the neckline and accommodate the back closure. This creates…

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Patchwork Pouffe

Patchwork Pouffe

If your stash is overflowing with offcuts in all kinds of colours and prints, this is the project for you! Corinne Bradd’s vibrant pouffe has an unusual pumpkin shape that is…

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Isobel Hat & Scarf

Isobel Hat & Scarf

This coordinating hat and scarf set will keep you wrapped up warm and looking chic, plus it's much easier to stitch than you’d think. You’ll learn how to create the perfect peak,…

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Guide to Grading

Guide to Grading

For most of us, there’s usually a few occasions where we know a style just won’t sit quite right and needs to be taken up or down a size or two –…

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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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Lindsey Dress

Lindsey 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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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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Vienna Skirt

Vienna Skirt

A cute skirt is a wardrobe must-have and this simple design is perfect for sunny, summer days or stylish nights out. Made in barkcloth fabric, this durable knee-length garment is…

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Tanya Skirt

Tanya Skirt

Turn heads in this 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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Millie Raincoat

Millie Raincoat

At this time of year we can never be too sure what the British weather will throw our way, so it's the perfect chance to get familiar with laminated fabric. Otherwise known…

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Daisy Dress

Daisy 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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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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