Simply Sewing issue 21

Weekends are for relaxing, so, naturally, we take a relaxed approach to our weekend wardrobes! That’s why we’ve packed issue 21 with great ideas for updating your off-duty style, including two patterns for your collection: a tote bag perfect for short breaks, and the latest Cotton + Chalk pattern, The Sunday Set. Grab your copy today!

Here’s a peek inside the issue…

cotton-chalk-sunday-setThe third pattern in the Cotton + Chalk collection with issue 21 is The Sunday Set, featuring on-trend dungarees and a pinafore dress – both perfect for layering with your favourite striped tee, a pretty blouse or snuggly jumper.

Both options have a self-faced bib, shoulder straps, waistband, side seam pockets and back zip closure, and the pinafore dress has a patch pocket and gathered skirt.

Have you sewn up a Cotton + Chalk pattern? Share your makes with us using #simplysewingmag!The Weekend ToteAlso with issue 21 is The Weekend Tote pattern, a lined and quilted bag with a sturdy strap, secure zip fastening and four handy pockets for all the essentials.

Get creative with different fabrics for the pockets and raid your yarn stash to add a colour-pop tassel. Now all we need is to be whisked off for a weekend away…issue-21We’re also making the most of the last days of summer with a floaty handkerchief-hem dress and a multi-way frock that can be completely transformed with just a few clever twists, wraps and drapes, as well as celebrating back-to-school season with grown-up accessories in luxe faux leather that’ll take you from workday to weekend.

Issue 21 has plenty of things to make for kids of all ages too, from a roarsome lion toy and artist-palette pencil case, to a sweet flower baby romper and girl’s skirt made from a T-shirt.

Also in issue 21:

  • Make a sewing pattern storage box using a fat quarter.
  • Stitch an infinity scarf.
  • Sew a kimono-style jacket.
  • Master machine patchwork.
  • Find out what The Fold Line will be sewing next season.

SSM21 print cover tinySimply Sewing 21, 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.

Take a look at our latest subscription offer and see more of this issue’s projects below…

sewing projects shot in the studio

Everyday Luxe: we’ve got 6 easy tutorials for how to make accessories with faux leather and a delicious mustard colour palette!

handkerchief hem dress sewing pattern

Catch a dream: the handkerchief-hem dress by Art Gallery Fabrics is the ultimate boho style for carefree late summer days.

Kimono jacket sewing pattern

New-look linen: Portia Laurie brings the classic kimono shape bang up to date with this indigo linen cover-up in a contemporary boxy silhouette.

How to sew French knots

Master French Knots with our easy step-by-step guide

DIY lion softie toys

Sew up Jo Carter‘s super sweet King and Queen of the Jungle and make these lion softie toys.

Multiway dress sewing pattern

Sew the ultimate infinity dress with Rosee Woodland’s origami multi-way dress tutorial.

Paint Palette artists pencil case

Treat budding artists in the family to Jessica Entwistle’s super-simple paint palette pencil case!

machine patchwork workshop

Get to grips with machine patchwork and sew-up this strip-pieced cushion.

Fast Fat Quarter: how to make a simple lined box

Fast Fat Quarter: show off those lovely fabrics that you can’t bear to part with and turn them into clever storage!

You’ll find all this and more inside issue 21, happy sewing!