We all come in different shapes and sizes, so there will naturally be times when we set out on a new dressmaking project, and spread out the paper pattern lovingly in front of us, only to wonder how to alter sewing patterns for the perfect fit. We’re so happy to welcome Claire Tyler to the Simply Sewing blog today, as she’s… Continue reading →
We’ve been thrilled to work with Cassandra Macindoe of The Stitchery recently. The talented sewist is launching her new pattern label, Storybook Patterns, with her debut pattern The Overture Set, and we’re thrilled to reveal you can get the free sewing pattern with issue 20 of Simply Sewing magazine. This design won us over instantly with… Continue reading →
It’s that time of year when we start dreaming of booking a getaway. Just imagine sailing away on a luxury yacht, a glass of fizz in hand and not a care in the world… Even if a sailing holiday isn’t on the cards, though, you can still stitch yourself a yacht-worthy wardrobe with Papercut’s Skipper… Continue reading →
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. We’ve all got to start somewhere, so fire up that sewing machine, give one of these… Continue reading →
On our journey through the history of style, we’ve stopped by the minimal 1990s, garish 80s and hippy-chic 70s – and now it’s time for us to take a look at one of the most iconic decades for fashion, the 1960s, when Beatlemania was at its peak, skirts were the shortest they’d ever been and… Continue reading →
Have you added the Sew Crafty shift dress pattern (free with issue 13) to your to-sew list? Read on for our top tips on getting started, including taking accurate measurements and cutting out your pattern.
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.”
At this time of year, our minds turn to sewing the ultimate Christmas frock – one that’s flattering and comfortable even after we’ve scoffed a festive feast, all the mince pies and a few rounds of cheese and biscuits (not to mention several glasses of celebratory fizz).