Totally tropical summer makes in Simply Sewing issue 44

Summer is all about making the most of the great outdoors – and our sewing machines! Garden parties, beach days, park picnics, exotic holidays: we’ve got them all covered with issue 44’s summery projects with a tropical twist, from statement maxi frocks to outdoor party makes. Grab your copy today or take a peek inside the issue…Her name was Lola…and she’s 44’s cover star!

Maxi dresses are as much a summer essential as sunnies and sunscreen, and The Lola Dress, available in UK sizes 6-20, is our ultimate full-length style, with a swishy skirt and two versions to sew: a square neckline with spaghetti straps, or elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves.Also with issue 44 is The Beach Bag – the perfect beginner’s bag project with an oversized fit for all your beach essentials and on-trend tassel and quilted details.

Share your Lola Dress and Beach Bag tagged #simplysewingmag – we’d love to see your me-made summer style!

Also in issue 44:

  • Sew a pineapple doorstop.
  • Meet the French pattern houses inspiring our me-mades.
  • Stitch a set of garden-party accessories in botanical prints.
  • Embroider a sun hat.
  • Sew a child’s sleeping bag.
  • Refashion jeans into shorts and add Liberty details.
  • Make a retro picnic basket liner.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at Claire-Louise Hardie’s career in sewing.
  • Sew a set of mesh laundry bags.
  • Make a boho lace top, with no sewing pattern needed.
  • Stitch a patchwork chevron banner.
  • Try seed stitch and embroider a jam jar cover.
  • Learn how to work with seed beeds and make an ice cream patch.
  • Discover the work of top embroiderers Hand & Lock.
  • Dye and make a shibori blind.
  • Sew a scrap-busting fishing game.
  • Stitch a cute giraffe toy.

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