When we’re not stitching in our sewing room, we can often be found baking something yummy in the kitchen! So we’re celebrating our second favourite hobby with retro kitchen accessories in Simply Sewing issue 20, along with a delicious batch of new sewing skills to master, makes for the kids and summery garments to sew today. Here’s a peek at what’s inside…We love discovering new pattern designers, so can’t wait to introduce you to the talented sewist behind issue 20’s pattern, Cassandra Macindoe of The Stitchery, who launches her new pattern label, Storybook Patterns, with her debut design in issue 20 of Simply Sewing.
She says: “The term overture is defined as ‘an introduction to something more substantial’, and as this is the first pattern to be published by Storybook Patterns we thought it to be an apt name for the design. The Overture Set dress and blouse pattern is based on a trapeze silhouette, with a light and flowing shape.”
Along with being a super-talented stitcher and pattern designer, Cassandra is also an advocate for sustainable sewing and will be writing a monthly column for Simply Sewing about the issues associated with sustainable making practices for home sewists – read her introduction to zero-waste pattern design in issue 20.
Will you be making an Overture dress or top? Be sure to share yours using #simplysewingmag!Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or are enjoying a relaxing staycation, you’ll find plenty of summer-wardrobe sewing inspiration in issue 20.
Discover how to refashion a men’s shirt into a cross-back top, make a 1970s-inspired boho maxi dress, sew three stylish skirts (no pattern needed!), transform a tee into a beach-ready bandeau dress, and cross-stitch a geometric bracelet to complete the look.
Issue 20 has lots of fun ideas for sprucing up your home, too, from a simple box-corner zip case and colourful pom pom garland, to a 1950s-style apron and reversible patchwork duvet cover perfect for showing off your favourite prints.
Also in Simply Sewing issue 20:
- Give wide trousers a tapered fit.
- Sew a denim flower garland.
- Stitch a mermaid softie.
- Take a behind-the-scenes peek at Tilly and the Buttons’ latest pattern.
- Make on-trend tie-up sandals.
Happy stitching! x
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