With the summer holidays on the horizon, we’re stitching up projects for enjoying the sunshine!
Sew picnic accessories, add summery new garments to your wardrobe (including a knit top and dress, shift dress and an irresistible wax-print skirt inspired by GBSB), embroider pretty blooms and master essential sewing skills, all in Simply Sewing issue 18, on sale now.
Here’s a look at what’s inside…
This issue, we’ve got three stylish free patterns to add to your stash! The Lizzy Dress is a shift dress with a unique neckline detail, relaxed shape and optional patch pockets. Its versatile style makes it an all-year-round staple.
The Walkley, designed by Wendy Ward of MIY Collection, is your new favourite wear-with-anything tee, with the option for a longer length to wear as a dress too, as well as a stash-busting pattern hack. It’s a great first project if you’ve never worked with knit fabrics before, or a speedy make for more experienced sewists.
Share your finished Walkley or Lizzy Dress with us using #simplysewingmag – we’d love to see!
If you fell in head over heels for all the gorgeous wax-print creations on episode four of The Great British Sewing Bee (we certainly did!), you’ll love issue 18’s wax print circle skirt project inspired by the show – it’s made to your measurements, so no pattern required! Speaking of which, Portia Lawrie‘s simple-sew wrap skirt is a great introduction to drafting a wrap skirt pattern to suit your style and shape.
We’ve also got creative ways to use the offcuts and fat quarters in your fabric stash, including a festival-ready tee refashion with a star lace insert, a sunglasses case made using 1 fat quarter, and a frilled cardigan update.
There’s plenty to please the little people in your life too, with a pair of loveable seahorse softies and a sweet bunny baby blanket to sew, plus a matching bed and blanket for our four-legged friends by Redhound for Dogs.
Also in issue 18 of Simply Sewing:
- Make picnic accessories in colourful boho prints.
- Read Named‘s top tips for buying fabric ethically.
- Master blanket stitch and embroider a floral motif.
- Get a quick sewing fix with Liberty-print bunting.
- Learn how to use rotary cutters to cut your fabric accurately.
- Discover what inspires Cotton + Steel fabric designer Kimberly Kight.
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