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
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
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
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…
This simple kimono top from Simply Sewing issue 3 is made using just two pattern pieces and can be sewn up in an afternoon.
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.
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…
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
New to sewing? Try this super simple brooch project to get the hang of gathering, back stitches and ruffles..
Make a Parisian-inspired headband in just six steps