Simply Sewing issue 9

Seasonal treats, ahoy! Make kitchen brights for autumn living, refashion a jumper into a skirt, learn how to sew with elastic and learn Great British Sewing Bee star Chinelo Bally’s freehand cutting method this month. Don’t forget your free gift this issue: a pair of polka dot knickers.

Simply Sewing knickers kit free inside issue 9

sewing projects shot on location

Whether you’re cooking up a storm in the kitchen, invigorating indoor playtime with the kids or styling up your wardrobe with cosy day-to-night staples, we’ve got it covered. This month we’re turning the practical, into pretty. Refashion a jumper into a pencil skirt, sew a hot water bottle cosy and upcycle your old denim into leafy placemats. Winter, we’re ready for you.

How’d you get on with part 1 of our new four-part sew along with designer Kirsty Hartley? Last month, Simply Sewing issue 8 featured the first of four garments in Kirsty Hartley’s sew along – a jersey dress with pockets. This issue, we’ll be using the same pattern to make a simple tunic dress with a cuffed sleeve detail and neat topstitching. So exciting! We love to see your makes, so join the sew along and show us how you’re getting on using #simplysewingmag.

Other great patterns in Simply Sewing magazine this month includes our Kitchen Brights sewing pattern collection. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so treat yours to a fresh look with colourful accessories. Make potholders, oven gloves, aprons, carrier bag tidy (you’ll need to keep them), a tea cosy, and a tea towel.

We also have none other than Great British Sewing Bee star Chinelo Bally’s batwing top tutorial you can whip up in just 2 hours. Learn the freehand cutting method to sew a made-to-measure top with a flattering fit.

Simply Sewing magazine issue 9 sewing patterns

And that’s not all – also in this issue:

  • Floral fast fat quarter hot water bottle cover with polka dot piping.
  • Everyday play cat cape outfit for tiny tikes. Hello, best-dressed at Halloween award!
  • Refashion knitwear into office pencil skirt.
  • Liberty print cat toy.
  • Upcycle denim into dining table accessories
  • Learn: how to sew with elastic, perfect the stem stitch, and everything you need to know about sewing machine threads.

Plus, costume maker and craft author Claire-Louise Hardie shows us the dress that makes her heart sing, we find out from Gerry at Swoon, Stephanie Woolven from StephieAnn and the vast empire that is Ultimo how they take their undies from design stage to store, and we chat to designer, tailor and Sewing Bee finalist Chinelo Bally about her exciting new book and her mission to get us all using her freehand cutting technique.

Happy sewing! x

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