Simply Sewing issue 18

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…

Lizzy Dress Walkley top and dressThis 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!Simply Sewing issue 18

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.

Issue 18 cover smallSimply Sewing 18, on sale now. Available from all good newsagents, supermarkets and our  online store. Sold out? Download the digital edition from Google Play and Apple Newsstand.

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Handmade picnic