We don’t know what we’re more excited about: The Great British Sewing Bee being back on our screens, or the arrival of spring (who are we kidding – it’s obviously GBSB, right?). When you’re not watching your favourite sewing TV show, though, we’ve got plenty of projects and patterns for you to make in issue 53 – including a pattern from By Hand London, worth £9.50! Here’s a look inside the issue…Oh, hello spring – and hello new spring dresses! We’re swapping cosy knits for drapey fabrics to make this issue’s Amelie Dress, featuring an elegant square neckline, swishy skirt and plain or fluted sleeve options. Share your spring me-mades tagged #simplysewingmag Also with issue 53 is By Hand London’s Sarah Shirt, worth £9.50! The classic work shirt has been given an upgrade with two collar styles and sleeve options – a rounded Peter pan collar and pointed collar, and long wide sleeves or short cuffed ones – for a satisfying sew. Its loose, swing fit means it’ll be a breeze to wear, too! So, you’ve got the patterns – now to make them fit like a dream with issue 53’s fold-out fitting guide! With a size chart, measuring guide and sewing glossary, plus step-by-steps for common pattern adjustments, it has everything you need to create perfectly tailored garments. And it folds up to neatly fit in your handbag!
Also in issue 53:
- Sew a made-to-measure slinky cocoon dress.
- Make a set of accessories for your sewing room.
- Add a scalloped hem to a skirt.
- Meet the designers behind new fabric brand Ruby Star Society.
- Sew a bucket bag in gold faux leather.
- Learn basic sewing machine troubleshooting skills.
- Update a cardi with cute embroidered cats.
- Find the right needle for your sewing project.
- Read our interview with Great British Sewing Bee judge Esme Young.
- Make an easy-sew zip storage pouch.
- Craft more mindfully with blogger Rachel Pinheiro’s tips.
- Sew a colourful baby bib and skirt set.
- Stitch a car playmat with a patchwork road design.
- Embroider a sweet spring floral hoop.
- Make a tooth fairy pillow in needle weaving stitch.
- Sew a cosy reverse appliqué blanket.
- Stitch an adorable lamb plushie toy.