Download issue 55’s patterns

Issue 55 has hit the shops – grab your copy today! You can download the free templates and sewing patterns from issue 55 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 Leila Dress, The Kelham Skirt… Continue reading

Get summer ready with issue 55!

Whatever adventures your summer brings, make sure you fit in some quality sewing time! We’ve filled issue 55 with easy-sew wardrobe and home updates with a summery vibe (including 3 paper patterns!), from a jersey wrap dress and staple A-line skirt to a fold-up tote (perfect for picnics!) and boho bedroom makeover.

Simply Sewing meets: GBSB’s Jen

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Jen Hogg

Jen lives in Glasgow with her husband Neil, children Cameron and Kirsty and the family dog, Archie. A former litigation solicitor and then small business owner, she put work on hold in 2016 to spend more time with her family. With an empty nest looming she has recently agreed to lead a local knitting class… Continue reading

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