Diary dates: Sitges Patchwork Festival

Sitges Patchwork Festival

We’ve been fans of designer, author and patchwork-pro Mandy Shaw for some time now. So we’re excited to hear she’s leading a group patchwork and quilting holiday to Sitges and Barcelona next Spring. Even better… there are tickets left! Sign us up please…

Florence sewalong: loving your work!

Craftysewandsewindorset Sewalong winner

Back in May we revealed our Florence Dress Sewalong – and you didn’t disappoint us in sharing some brilliant photos of your dresses in progress. Congratulations to Jenny Smith (also known as Crafty sew and sew in Dorset) whose photo we picked to win the prize of £50 to splurge on fabric for her next creation. Apparently her… Continue reading

In The Moment: have you seen our new sister magazine?

In the Moment magazine

We’ve known for a while about the benefits of slow sewing and making for mindfulness. Now our brand new sister magazine is here to celebrate just that. The first issue of In The Moment in shops now. We’re lucky enough to get sneak peeks of issue 1 as we work alongside the team who make it (they also helped us to… Continue reading

9 sewing vloggers to watch

With The Great British Sewing Bee rumoured not to be returning to our screens until 2018, sewing vloggers are stepping in to provide us with our much-needed on-screen stitching fix, sharing their tips and pattern hacks, giving us stash envy with their fabric haul videos and showing off their beautiful finished projects.

Liberate your fabric stash with our Fat Quarter Collection!

Fat Quarter collection cover

If, like us, your fabric collection is growing faster than you can sew it, we’re here to help! We’ve gathered together our favourite fat quarter projects from the Simply Sewing archives and packaged them all up in a brand new magazine. We’re proud to reveal that our brand new Fat Quarter Collection is on sale today!

What’s it like to start your own sewing brand? Alice Caroline spill the beans

Alice Caroline

She founded the place to shop for Liberty prints, has a Tana Lawn collection to die for, and before she turned her passion for fabric into a business, she completed a PhD in genetics. Phew! Alice Caroline founder Alice Garrett is one busy lady. We got to meet her (and delve into her fabric stash!) as she prepares for the Alice Caroline, TV… Continue reading

Trend alert: Statement sleeves

Statement Sleeves: Pieione Clothing

Sleeve size this summer is bigger than ever and we can’t wait to get on our sewing machines and whip up our own arm apparel with attitude. Bell sleeves, tie sleeves, split sleeves, ruffled sleeves… with a modernised nod to the 60’s, we’re loving these bold statements in every way imaginable. Sew the trend and your… Continue reading

5 of the best sewing patterns for men

5 of the best mens sewing patterns

Following the success of our 5 beginner sewing patterns post, and with Father’s Day almost upon on us, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best mens sewing patterns out there for Summer 2017 and beyond.

Have you travelled with your sewing?

South Africa sewing holiday

These sewists did and they’re hooked! We chat to five makers who combined sight seeing and sewing to go on a crafty minibreak. How it was for them?

Colour stories: back to black

Versatile, timeless and oh-so-flattering, it’s no wonder we love to wear black. Not strictly a colour (scientists say black is simply the absence of light), wearing black didn’t come into fashion until the 20th Century. Our Colour Stories series continues…