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…

Join our #handmadewardrobe challenge!

Michelle My Handmade Wardrobe

We’re so happy to be joining in with sewists all around the world to celebrate World Craft Week this week! We couldn’t resist giving the week’s festivities a home-sewn twist… we’re launching a special challenge this week, and you’re invited to join in. It’s called My Handmade Wardrobe (can you guess what it might involve?)……. Continue reading

We’re all dreaming of a… sewing holiday!

Sewing supplies at the ready

Ever since we discovered craft-loving holiday pros Stitchtopia, we’ve been itching to take a trip of our own. Just think of it… a blissful few days away with nothing to think about but sewing, exploring and meeting fellow-sewists! So we’ve put together this round-up of the  best sewing minibreaks (and fully-fledged holidays) from Stitchtopia this year. Check out this lovely… Continue reading

Colour stories: purple reigns

Shrinking violets need not apply – our sixth colour blog is focused on pretty purple. Beloved of pop stars Prince and Katy Perry, purple can be bold, bolshy and bright, and this summer’s catwalks were filled with Cadbury-style shades of violet.

We’re throwing a party!

Simply Sewing party

It doesn’t take much for  us to find an excuse to crack open the bubbly and celebrate our love of sewing… so that’s exactly what we’re doing today. With issue 27 we’re celebrating two years’ of Simply Sewing magazine, and we’re having a (virtual) party today. Come along and join us! If you get our newsletter, you’ll… Continue reading

Harriet Riddell: Free motion stitching as you’ve never seen it before!

Harriet Riddle Stitched portraits

We’ve just discovered the work of free-motion embroidery artist Harriet Riddell – the textile artist with an eye for machine-stitched portraits has travelled the world with her machine, sewing her subjects as she interacts with them. Harriet will be exhibiting her work at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show and we’re looking forward to seeing her unique portraits… Continue reading

Colour stories: blue crush

After our race through the rainbow, we’re feeling blue this month – and no wonder, as apparently it’s the world’s favourite colour. With its infinite variety of shades, from palest sky (like this beautiful vintage coat by blogger Ami of The Little Tailoress) to deepest navy, it’s wearable, practical and always on-trend.

Hooray! Sewing Quarter TV is here

Jennifer Taylor blog

The Simply Sewing offices are all a flutter today –  we’ve been excitedly huddling around our laptops to see the UK debut of  our new sister TV channel, Sewing Quarter. The UK’s first shopping channel dedicated to sewing and quilting launched this morning on Freeview channel 78 (from 8am – 12pm). You can also catch it all day everyday over at www.sewingquarter.com. We’ve been… Continue reading