Sewalong with Charlie

The Charlie Dress sewing pattern

Good news! We’ve found the perfect dressmaking project for you to have fun with over the bank holiday weekend. Our friends at By Hand London are planning an online sewalong to walk you through how to make the Charlie Dress! The team will be posting to their blog and social media every step of the way, starting this… Continue reading

5 things to see at this year’s The Handmade Fair

Tapestry Party Bunting

With only a few weeks to go until one of our highlights of the annual sewists’ calendar. The Handmade Fair will return to The Green at at Hampton Court Palace from 16th to 18th September, and we’ll be there to browse the shopping villages, meet some of our sewing heroes and be learn a few new things at the… Continue reading

The Refashioners 2016: How to make a denim skirt

How to refashion a denim skirt

Transform old jeans into a new wardrobe staple with our step-by-step tutorial for how to make a denim skirt by Jessica Entwistle. Each week for a month, we’re sharing a bonus denim upcycling project here on the blog as part of The Refashioners 2016. Whip up this panelled skirt for summer from a pair of unloved jeans – we’ll show you… Continue reading

The Olivia Dress

Sewing pattern the Olivia Dress

The Olivia dress is the second sewing pattern in our Cotton + Chalk collection. This summer dress pattern with a relaxed, boho vibe has a round neck with elastic casing at the waist and sleeves. It comes in two varieties. Dress A has a round neckline with an elastic casing at the waist and is knee length with… Continue reading

The Betty Blouse

The Betty Blouse sewing pattern

Meet Betty, a simple-sew blouse sewing pattern with a flattering fit, by Rosee Woodland. Its Liberty print, flutter sleeves and pretty pin tucks are a match made in sewing heaven! Whether you’re completely new to sewing garments or are a seasoned dressmaker, a staple, wear-with-anything blouse like the Betty, in UK sizes 6-20, is a must… Continue reading

The Lizzy Dress

Dress sewing pattern The Lizzy Dress

This shift dress sewing pattern’s simple construction, easy-to-wear shape and versatile style make it an all-year-round wardrobe staple. It’s easy to sew with a comfortable fit and comes in sizes 6 to 20. You’ll want to wear yours all year round. Stylish chambray shift dresses are one of the most sought-after styles on the high street… Continue reading

The Walkley Dress

The Walkley dress sewing pattern

The Walkley Dress and top sewing pattern is the perfect project if you’re new to sewing with knits. Make yours as a dress or a tee, and try a stash-busting pattern hack too! MIY Collection‘s Walkley Dress and Top are easy to sew, with sizes small to large. Designer Wendy Ward says: “The Walkley is your new favourite… Continue reading

How do you show off your stash?

Haberdashery House set

We’re seriously smitten with this month’s new subscriber offer… this beautiful haberdashery house. It’s got the whole team rethinking how we organise our own stash supplies for best effect at home! From peg board inspiration boards to jam jars-full of notions, we want to know how you’ve set up your own sewing room – share a photo… Continue reading

How to turn jeans into baby bibs

How to turn jeans into baby bibs finish

We’ve been inspired by The Refashioners 2016 challenge this summer to snip, rip and refashion our beloved old pairs of jeans into new sewing projects. To mark this year’s challenge of #jeanius, we’re going to share our best of Simply Sewing’s denim upcycling projects here on the blog over the coming weeks. To get us started, turn… Continue reading

Upcycle jeans with The Refashioners 2016 challenge

The Refashioners 2016

Ah jeans – they’re one of our everyday go-to wardrobe essentials and yet we all have the odd old pair lying around, neglected, in the back of a drawer somewhere. But not any more! We’re so excited about this year’s The Refashioners 2016 challenge. Hosted by Portia Lawrie over at www.makery.co.uk, the challenge is seeing bloggers, sewists and… Continue reading