Easy-wear looks to sew in issue 54

Issue 54 is out now and we’ve filled it with simple-to-make garments that are as fun to sew as they are to wear, plus on-trend home accessories and cute toys for kids, too. Here’s a look at what’s inside…

Issue 54’s pattern downloads

Issue 54 has hit the shops – grab your copy today! You can download the free templates and sewing patterns from issue 54 to print out at home below. Just print out the PDFs at 100% and then get your cutting scissors at the ready! Note: these pattern sheets don’t include The Wrap Dress, The Cora Top… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: Sewing Bee series 5’s Janet

Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Janet

A whizz with jersey and GBSB‘s unofficial sewing guru, Janet left the Sewing Bee sewing room this week – sob! Janet lives in North Yorkshire with her husband of 48 years, David and their dog. As a little girl, Janet was taught to sew by her Italian mother and at 16 was making her own… Continue reading

How to sew a circle cape: inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee

In series 4 of the Bee, the sewists made a wool cape in their Made to Measure challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. We were inspired to share this tweed cape tutorial by Portia Lawrie at the time and we’re reshaping it today in anticipation of tonight’s Sewing Bee being themed on… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: GBSB’s Mercedes

With her good nature and creative dressmaking skills, Mercedes will be very missed in the GBSB sewing room after her departure in episode 5 – and there must be something in our eyes as she gets tearful remembering her nan and sharing the philosophy of “sleep well and sew”. Words to live by, Mercedes.

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.

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Alexei

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Alexei

Oh, Alexei. We all wanted his stunning maxi dress from 1970s week, didn’t we? It’s always sad to see a sewist leave the GBSB sewing room, but we’re not ashamed to admit that Alexei’s inspiring goodbye speech had us welling up – it was a heartfelt reminder of the soothing power of sewing. This multi-talented… Continue reading

Download issue 53’s patterns

Issue 53 has hit the shops – grab your copy today! You can download the free templates and sewing patterns from issue 53 to print out at home below. Just print out the PDFs at 100% and then get your cutting scissors at the ready! Note: these pattern sheets don’t include The Amélie Dress and The Sarah… Continue reading

Sew spring style with issue 53

We don’t know what we’re more excited about: The Great British Sewing Bee being back on our screens, or the arrival of spring (who are we kidding – it’s obviously GBSB, right?). When you’re not watching your favourite sewing TV show, though, we’ve got plenty of projects and patterns for you to make in issue… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Sheila

Another week, another too-soon exit from the Sewing Bee! In episode two, we said a fond farewell to the super-talented Sheila. Sheila is the youngest of 9 children born to Jamaican parents, who arrived in England as part of the Windrush generation and settled in Stoke-on-Trent. She now lives in Ilford, Essex with her daughter… Continue reading