Celebrate with us in issue 27

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Yay, it’s our birthday! We’re celebrating with handmade treats galore in issue 27, from pretty frocks to party accessories and home updates – and you’re invited! Here’s a peek at what’s inside the issue…We’ve got a new Cotton + Chalk pattern to add to your stash this month: The Nina Dress. This classic shirt dress is our new favourite wear-with-anything frock!

The Nina Dress can be made in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-48) and features flattering princess seams, a V-shaped neckline, button fastening and neat collar. Dress A (on the left) has a collar, contrast sleeve, hem ruffle and belt, and Dress B has a collar stand, armhold facings and a plain hem.

We’d love to see your finished Nina Dress, so share it with us using #simplysewingmagThere’s no party like a handmade party! It’s Simply Sewing‘s second birthday this month, so of course we’re celebrating with a set of sewn party accessories, including a jumbo cake slice and doughnut cushion (with not a calorie in sight!) and birthday bunting. Plus, we’ve got a bumper birthday giveaway with £1200 sewing goodies to be won! (UK only, Ts&Cs apply).Also on this month’s sewing list are clever ways you can update your wardrobe favourites, including a zip-back pencil skirt and colour-block dress made from a blouse and tee. We also show you how to add a scalloped collar to an existing blouse or sewing pattern and sew perfect buttonholes by hand or machine.

There’s plenty to make for the kids, too, including a sweet set of Easter projects, a circus-inspired bed canopy they’ll love to sleep and play in, and a bunny soft toy that’s sure to become a favourite in their collection.

And we’re refreshing our homes with roller blinds in a bright print for spring and an inspiring appliqué banner made from an old pair of jeans.

Plus, relax with a cup of coffee and read our interviews with wedding dress designer Louise O’Mahoney of Oh My Honey Dresses and fabric entrepreneur Dolapo James of Urbanstax, and find out how Portia Lawrie has created a sewing space that works for her.

Also in issue 17:

  • Make a wrist pin cushion with a fat quarter.
  • Sew a pair of heart pillowcases.
  • Learn to sew buttonholes by hand and machine.
  • Stitch a novelty ice cream cushion.
  • Make an everyday bag in wax print fabrics.