New skills and new ideas in issue 51!

Simply sewing issue 51 cover on wood

There’s nothing like the start of a new year to boost our sew-jo – that’s 365 days to fill with creative projects! And we’ve got oodles of ideas, techniques and how-tos to kick-start your year of making in issue 51, with home updates, skills-boosting makes and stylish wardrobe essentials to try. Take a look inside…

First on our list of 2019 goals? To fill our wardrobe with clothes we’ll love to wear every day – and we’re off to a stylish start with issue 51’s Lauren Set! This staple polo neck can be made as a top or slinky midi dress, and we’ll be making one in every colour…

Right, that’s sewing with jersey ticked off – next stop, bag-making! With this issue’s Sicily Bag pattern you’ll learn how to add faux leather and webbing straps, a lining and interfacing, and a handy zip pocket. And, voila! A new everyday bag you can show off to your sewing pals.

New to dressmaking, or simply want a little refresher? Issue 51’s Essential Guide to Dressmaking mini book has you covered! It’s the kind of book we wish we’d had when we started sewing – from getting to know your machine and picking the right fabric, to inserting invisible zips and sleeves, it’s packed with techniques and tips. Have a peek inside here.

Also in issue 51:

  • Sew a dining set in Oriental-inspired prints.
  • Transform a quilted throw into a stylish jacket.
  • Revamp your sewing room with our interiors feature.
  • Make a tie-waist skirt – no pattern needed!
  • Sew a fringed infinity scarf.
  • Learn how to replace a zip in a lined dress.
  • Find out what Lisa Comfort has in store for 2019.
  • Add colourful embroidery to a jumper.
  • Refashion a T-shirt in two ways.
  • Meet Liberty homewares brand Coco & Wolf.
  • Sew a quilted shopper bag.
  • Make a simple cafe curtain.
  • Stitch cute critter purses for the kids.
  • Try circle stitch and embroider a baby bib.