How to alter sewing patterns for fuller busts

Dressmaking how to adjust bust size

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

Know your fabric types

Know your fabric

While fabric shopping is one of life’s greatest pleasures (FACT), the sheer variety of dressmaking fabric available can sometimes be a tad daunting when you’re trying to figure out the right type for your next project. Start foraging for different fabrics and a world of discovery awaits you, and we’re here to help. We’ve put together a handy Know Your… Continue reading

How to sew a yoga mat bag: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Simply Sewing how to make a yoga mat bag

In case you missed, this week was quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers battled it out (in the most polite, British way possible) over activewear. They grappled with lycra, turned ski suits into children’s jackets and got technical with yoga outfits. If you’re keen to have a go, but… Continue reading

Free tutorial: kimono cover-up

Taking you from beach to bar, this kimono cover-up by Coats Crafts is a holiday essential and is so easy to sew up – no pattern required! Wear yours as a beach cover-up on your next summer holiday, or with jeans and a tee at the weekend. Here’s how to make it…

Free sewing pattern: quick kimono top

This simple kimono top from Simply Sewing issue 3 is made using just two pattern pieces and can be sewn up in an afternoon.

Free shift dress pattern: tips for getting started

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.

Know-how: what to look for when buying a sewing machine

With so many makes and models on the market, buying a sewing machine can be a daunting process. That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you on your way…

Clover Wonder Clips

Whiz through sewing projects with Clover’s Wonder Clips. These handy gadgets are the ideal alternative to pins, especially for securing heavyweight or difficult fabrics such as vinyl. Wonder Clips will help you hold garment seams, multi-layers of fabric and other bits in place prior to stitching so can make light of bulky and tricky work…. Continue reading

Free sewing patterns: How to make a flower brooch

New to sewing? Try this super simple brooch project to get the hang of gathering, back stitches and ruffles..

Free sewing patterns: How to make a chic headband

Free sewing pattern: How the make a fabric headband

Make a Parisian-inspired headband in just six steps