We’re all about practical and stylish sewing this month, creating beautiful things for ourselves, our homes and our family that are made to last.
From an exclusive easy-wear denim pinafore dress with a Scandi-cool vibe, to school accessories sewn up in colourful laminates, issue 26 has plenty for your to-sew list! Here’s a peek at what’s inside…We’re taking inspiration from simple Scandi style with this issue’s pattern, The Freja Dress, designed by Kirsty Hartley. This versatile dress in UK sizes 6-20 features a fitted bodice, wide waistband, cross-back straps, A-line skirt and curved pockets, and is perfect for layering with a cosy knit in winter or your favourite tee in the summer. The Freja can even be made as a skirt, too!
If you’re making a Freja dress or skirt, share it with us using #simplysewingmag – we’d love to see! Also on our sewing table this month are cool-for-school accessories made in practical, wipe-clean laminate fabrics, from a durable swim bag and roomy rucksack to scrap-busting badges and keyrings. They’ll love the fun prints, you’ll love how easy they are to clean!
Speaking of practical makes, we’re making everyday essentials for ourselves too, including a comfy sweatshirt and saddle bag sewn up in on-trend chambray fabrics. Plus, we’re prettying up our accessories collection with a simple-sew floral peter pan collar and bow clutch bag made from two fat quarters.
And we’ve got your tea break covered with a feature on toy-making with top tips from designers (including GBSB’s Matt Chapple!), an insight into Cassandra Macindoe‘s sewing journey so far, and an interview with sewing tutor and pattern designer Alison Smith MBE.
Also in issue 26:
- Learn how to add in-seam pockets.
- Make a 3D heart cushion.
- Sew a hand-quilted throw.
- Stitch a lion play mat.
- Upcycle a jumper into cosy socks.
- Give a boxy tweed jacket a new look.
- Make a pretty pleated skirt.