Have fun with fabrics with issue 31

The sun is shining, we’ve swapped boots for sandals, and we’re ready to sew for summer! There are so many tempting fabrics to choose from at this time of year, from floaty chiffon and breezy cotton, to oh-so-wearable jersey – and we’ve got plans for them all! It’s time to delve into our stash and get started on issue 31’s projects. Here’s a peek inside the issue…

This issue’s cover star, Cotton + Chalk’s Zara Dress, is the perfect holiday frock – it’s designed for lightweight jersey fabrics, so it can be easily rolled up in your suitcase and won’t need ironing when you get to your destination. Win! Its throw-on-and-go style makes it the ideal everyday dress for staycations, too. Basically, we’re going to be living in our Zara dresses this summer!

If you’re as much of a fan of this dress as we are, let us know by sharing a snap using #simplysewingmag – we love to see your versions of our patterns!

We’re also getting beach ready with a boho accessories set sewn up in breezy shibori-print voile and bright trimmings – we just can’t get enough of the tassels and pom poms trend!

Our beach-day essentials include a jumbo duffle bag (for carrying the all-important snacks and games for the kids), a splash-proof wallet for keeping our phone easily to hand for beach selfies, and a stylish cover-up to throw on when we’re feeling the heat. Beach, please!

And we’re updating our holiday wardrobes with a speedy shirt-to-summer-top update, a roomy shopper bag (complete with a tassel trim, of course!) and a maxi dress with a feminine flounce (with no sewing pattern required!), as well as stitching up fun makes to keep the kids entertained this summer break, including a travel game made from denim scraps. Game on!

Also in issue 31:

  • Sew an iPad stand from a fat quarter.
  • Make a garment bag for storing your me-made frocks.
  • Meet the crafters who are sewing themselves happy.
  • Stitch a child’s tool belt for budding makers.
  • Sew a butterfly plushie.
  • Learn scallop stitch and embroider a notebook cover.
  • Master steaming and pressing.
  • Finish your Sew Over It Florence Dress with part two of our sew along.