Top 7 moments from the Great British Sewing Bee

As we count down the months (weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds…) until the Great British Sewing Bee series 4 hits our screens in May (and with a new judge, no less!), we look back at a few of our favourite moments from previous series, from Lynda’s not-so-secret crush to getting to grips with vintage machinery.

Simply Sewing meets Sprout Patterns

Making a garment isn’t just about being handy with a sewing machine – there’s so much to be done before even a single stitch is sewn. Measuring, tracing, cutting out, pinning… and that’s not to mention sticking the pattern pieces together if you’ve chosen to work with a print-at-home PDF pattern. Phew! It can be… Continue reading

The Great British Sewing Bee 2016

Anticipation is well and truly in the air as we not-so-patiently await the arrival of The Great British Sewing Bee 2016 on the BBC on 5th May. Will there be sobs over snapped needles, hysterics about hemlines, blow-ups over buttonholes? And, most importantly of all, will Patrick still have a moustache?

Meet the designer: Sew Crafty

We chat about all things sewing with Samantha Claridge from Sew Crafty, and find out about the inspiration behind her wear-with-anything shift dress pattern free with Simply Sewing issue 13…

History of fashion series: the 1970s

Before the big shoulder pads and even bigger hair of the 1980s, there was the eclectic 1970s. As author Tom Wolfe said: “If the hippies had one irrevocable effect on culture, including fashion, it was to destroy every rule except the injunction to please oneself.”

History of fashion series: the 1980s

Welcome to the second installment of Simply Sewing’s vintage fashion blog – our time-travelling trip through style. We began in the 1990s, and this time it’s the turn of the much-maligned 80s.

History of fashion series: the 1990s

Welcome to our new history of fashion blog series, in which we’ll be rummaging through more than a century of styles to inspire today’s stitchers.

Meet our cover star!

Chinelo and Charlie

We’re loving having Chinelo Bally as our cover star for issue 9, and featuring a one-off exclusive pattern from the GBSB star in the magazine. Chinelo’s stunning batwing top is a fabulous introduction to freehand cutting and takes just a couple of hours to make.

The Handmade Christmas Fair

Simply Sewing readers get £7.50 off tickets to The Handmade Christmas Fair 20-22 November with our discount code. Get crafting in time for Christmas at The Handmade Christmas Fair, full to the brim with opportunities to buy, make, and learn from some of the finest crafters around.

Meet the designer: Kirsty Hartley

Kirsty Hartley is best known for her charming children’s clothing line, Wild Things, which is as much adored by parents as it is the lucky little ones who get to wear her clothes (jealous, us?).