october 2020
october 2020

stitching

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Coordinating Hat and Scarf

Coordinating Hat and 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…

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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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Cap Sleeve Top

Cap Sleeve 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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Simple Waterfall Jacket

Simple Waterfall 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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Sheer Cowl Neck Tunic

Sheer Cowl Neck 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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Lightweight Pullover

Lightweight 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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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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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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Simple Knee-Length Skirt

Simple Knee-Length 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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Full Skirt with Sash Belt

Full Skirt with Sash Belt

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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Raincoat with Detachable Hood

Raincoat with Detachable Hood

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.…

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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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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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Belted A-Line Skirt

Belted A-Line Skirt

This latest design will shake up your wardrobe this season! The A-line skirt is oh-so flattering and the pocket flaps are a sweet touch. Not only that, but this make…

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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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Simple Midi Skirt

Simple Midi Skirt

If you’re looking to make an entrance, then be sure to stitch this pleat-perfect number in a glitzy grey velour! Based around a simple half-circle diagram, this skirt can easily be…

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Asymmetrical Jacket

Asymmetrical Jacket

A gorgeous asymmetrical jacket like this one is a staple for every woman’s wardrobe. It can be combined with so many different outfits – pair it with jeans for a casual…

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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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Gathered Skirt

Gathered Skirt

There’s nothing quite like donning a flared skirt to bring out your inner diva, and best of all, there’s no pattern needed to make this one! Be the centre of attention…

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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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Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated Midi Skirt

There’s something so comforting about a skirt with pockets – but being practical doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the glam factor! With its feminine pleats, this skirt is ideal as…

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A-Line Panel Skirt

A-Line Panel Skirt

An A-line skirt is a wardrobe essential! This version is made up of stylish panels that add subtle interest to the classic design. The project is a great choice for…

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