Refashion: How to sew a lace overlay midi skirt

Add an on-trend lace overlay to a plain skirt with this simple skirt upcycle tutorial from The New Craft House. This quick and easy refashion is perfect for beginners as there’s no need for a sewing pattern – just follow our step-by-step instructions using a plain skirt that fits you, some lace fabric and your… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Tom Holmes

“He was robbed!” We were crying out at our TV, on learning that the Bee’s first evictee this year was Tom (aka the smiley one with a flair for flamboyant fabrics).

Your Guide to The Great British Sewing Bee 2019: Episode Guide

The Great British Sewing Bee Joe Lycett

Ah the Sewing Bee, welcome back old friend! We’ve put together this handy episode guide to talk you through the highlights from each week of the Show, and show you how to sew the looks you’ve seen on TV.

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 news: Who’s who?

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 contestants

Get ready to meet the sewists who’ll we be rooting for week in, week out when the new series of the Great British Sewing Bee hits our TV screens this month.

Sewing Quarter TV celebrates 2nd birthday

John & Natasha Sewing Quarter TV

Did we mention, we have a sister TV channel? Well we do and it’s pretty cool! Sewing Quarter is the only TV channel dedicated to all things sewing, and they’re about to turn 2 in style! This week will see 6 days of celebrations to mark two years since they first launched.

The Staple Tee

SS52 staple tee website

Say hello to the simplest project you’ll ever sew! This beginner-friendly Staple Tee sewing pattern can be made as a tee or dress for everyday wear.

The Kitty Pinafore

SS52 kitty pattern shop

Make a new favourite for your little one’s everyday wardrobe with this sweet girls pinafore sewing pattern in sizes six months to seven years.

The Adele Dress

Hello, new fave frock! Make a versatile dress for your autumn wardrobe with The Adele Dress sewing pattern in UK sizes 6–20, featuring simple-style sleeves and a midi or knee length. This dress sewing pattern has an easy-to-sew kimono sleeves (make them with no fiddly setting-in, yay!), plus pockets, a pleated waist and V-neckline. As… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets the Great British Sewing Bee’s Esme Young

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With judge May Martin making a surprise departure from The Great British Sewing Bee, it was announced in February that Esme Young was to join Patrick Grant in casting an eye over the sewists’ creations in GBSB series 4. Co-founder of cutting-edge clothing label Swanky Modes in the 1980s and creator of some of the… Continue reading

12 beginner sewing patterns to start making today

Victoria skirt beginner sewing patterns

Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to begin your dressmaking journey with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics.