Dream Wardrobe with Fabric Godmother

Imagine getting a parcel every month, exclusively selected for you. It contains a pattern, fabric and all the required notions to make your own clothes, in your own style. Sounds like the stuff sewing dreams are made of, right? Cue Fabric Godmother’s new aptly titled venture, Dream Wardrobe, which sends you everything you need to… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1970s

Before the big shoulder pads and even bigger hair of the 1980s, there was the eclectic 1970s. As author Tom Wolfe said: “If the hippies had one irrevocable effect on culture, including fashion, it was to destroy every rule except the injunction to please oneself.”

Simply Sewing issue 13 templates

Download the sewing patterns for Simply Sewing now! Get the full instructions for the sewing patterns in issue 13, out now.

Simply Sewing issue 13

We’re on a mission to make 2016 a can-do (or can-sew!) year. We’ve filled Simply Sewing issue 13 with work-to-weekend garments, projects for the little ones and stylish workspace accessories to keep you feeling inspired (and your desk tidy!).

The Shift Dress

We all need a shift dress in our wardrobe! This easy-to-wear dress by Sew Crafty can be made in sizes 6-28, and has an optional waist belt and pockets. With no fiddly fastenings and clear step-by-step instructions, this pattern is perfect for beginners. Designer Sammy Claridge says: “This easy-to-wear shift dress can be made in… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1980s

Welcome to the second installment of Simply Sewing’s vintage fashion blog – our time-travelling trip through style. We began in the 1990s, and this time it’s the turn of the much-maligned 80s.

Simply Sewing issue 12

As the new year commences, we’re looking for new ways to spend more quality time with the family and with our sewing machines. You might even call it our new year’s resolution! That’s why we’ve packed Simply Sewing issue 12 with quick makes for the kids, your home and you. Here’s a peek at what’s… Continue reading

Simply Sewing issue 12 templates

Download the sewing patterns for Simply Sewing now! Get the full instructions for the sewing patterns in issue 12, out now. Here are the downloads: • Use pattern sheet to sew playroom makes, a raccoon toy and the By Hand London sew along dress. • Full-sized templates from inside this issue. Simply Sewing 12, on sale now. Available from all good… Continue reading

The Charlie Dress

We big fans of By Hand London‘s stylish sewing patterns, so we were super excited to collaborate with the talented ladies behind the label to bring you an exclusive circle-skirt dress sew along in Simply Sewing issues 12 and 13. “Aloha! What we love most about sewing at By Hand London HQ is the power… Continue reading

Friday Frock: Named’s Olivia dress

At this time of year, our minds turn to sewing the ultimate Christmas frock – one that’s flattering and comfortable even after we’ve scoffed a festive feast, all the mince pies and a few rounds of cheese and biscuits (not to mention several glasses of celebratory fizz).