Sew for summer with issue 29

Simply Sewing magazine issue 29 cover large

Hello, sunshine! This month, we’ve been filling our fabric stash with pastels and prints to kick-start our summer of sewing. From fresh blooms and ruffled blouses, to maxi frocks and layered skirts with serious twirl-power, we’re indulging our feminine side in issue 29. Take a look inside the issue, with 24 spring sewing ideas to try…

First, meet this issue’s cover star: Cotton + Chalk’s The Lily Dress. We’ve been dreaming up a new me-made holiday wardrobe, and Lily is top of the list! The Lily is designed for jersey fabric and features a flattering wrap front, two back bodice styles, maxi and midi lengths and an optional waist tie. Summer, we’re ready for you!

Share your Lily Dress with us using #simplysewingmag – we’d love to see!As much as we love sewing beautiful things for our summer holidays, we’re all for adding a little handmade loveliness to our everyday lives too, so have stitched up a matching set of accessories for work and travel in pretty pastel prints, including key straps printed with motivational slogans to keep us going on busy days – let’s do this!

We’ve also been working our stitchy magic on old and unloved garments with a ruffle shirt update and off-the-shoulder blouse refashion, plus a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired tulle skirt made from a pair of voile curtains (yes, really!).

And we’re treating the kids to a cute new frog soft toy and a simple-sew pom pom-adorned skater dress perfect for summer birthday parties.

Also in issue 29:

  • Sew this season’s trends with The Fold Line.
  • Learn machine embroidery and stitch a house motif.
  • Stitch up a pair of baby shoes from a fat quarter.
  • Make a no-sew pair of scallop summer shorts.
  • Sew a duffle bag from denim offcuts.
  • Make a hanging tidy for your bathroom.
  • Master specialist seam finishes.
  • Find out how to get involved in Me-Made-May.
  • Discover Siobhan Molloy’s unique sculptural designs.