Simply Sewing issue 17

With series 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee returning to our screens this month, more people are learning to sew than ever – and Simply Sewing issue 17 is a great place to start!

It’s bursting at the seams with quick wardrobe refashions, home makes, stylish new garments to sew and tips and inspiration galore, so you’ll be itching to get at that sewing machine! Here’s a peek at what’s inside…The Rosie Dress patternThis month we’re proud to introduce our brand-new pattern collection, Cotton + Chalk, with its debut pattern The Rosie Dress. We’re harking back to stylish times gone by with this lovely vintage-style little number!

With its flattering gathered detailing at the waist, bust and shoulders, and the option for sweet short sleeves and a knee or midi-length skirt, this tea dress will take you from weekday to weekend, brunch to tea dance. Find out more about The Rosie Dress and the Cotton + Chalk pattern collection here, and get styling inspiration and sneak peeks at the latest patterns on the Cotton + Chalk instagram.Simply Sewing issue 17

If watching the Sewing Bee has got you feeling inspired, why not try the classic Breton top pattern from The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style, free with issue 17? It’ll have you sewing with knits like a pro in no time, and it includes a short-sleeved tee pattern hack too!

We’re also bringing the outside in by filling our homes with coastal-cool makes (including an adorable beach-hut doorstop!) – and, for those blissful beach days with the family, we’ve got a super-sweet boat-motif sun dress and hat project for your little one by Kirsty Hartley (plus a duffel bag to pack all the essentials in), and a T-shirt maxi dress refashion for you.

You’ll want to settle down with a cup of tea to enjoy our feature this month, as we find out what it takes to win The Great British Sewing Bee from the people in the know: the winners themselves!

Plus, we catch up with Frances Tobin from The Maker’s Atelier for a fascinating insight into how her patterns are designed, and the ladies from Fancy Tiger Crafts share their future plans for their delightful craft emporium.

Also in Simply Sewing issue 17:

  • Sew a whale soft toy.
  • Stitch a baby kimono top and bloomers set.
  • Make a bleach cross-body bag from old jeans.
  • Learn the need-to-know sewing pattern markings.
  • Use 1 fat quarter to make a child’s apron.
  • Mend a lined jacket.
  • Master chain stitch and split stitch.

Happy sewing! x

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Cotton and Chalk Rosie Dress pattern