12 beginner sewing patterns to start making today

Victoria skirt beginner sewing patterns

Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to begin your dressmaking journey with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics.

Sew retro with issue 45

We’re going oh-sew retro this month! We’ve filled issue 45 with timeless styles for your summer wardrobe, from a 1940s tea dress to a super-comfy striped maxi, as well as a stylish craft room makeover and an Ikea hack with a difference. Take a look inside the issue…

The Evelyn Dress

Go retro with the 1940s-inspired Evelyn Dress, a tea-party frock with two feminine collar styles, two lengths and a swishy fit-and-flare silhouette.

Download issue 45’s patterns

Issue 45 has hit the shops – grab your copy today! You can download the free templates from issue 45 to print out at home below. Just print out the PDFs at 100% and then get your cutting scissors at the ready!

The Boxy Top

The Boxy Top sewing pattern

Sew a staple boxy top for your everyday wardrobe (and even print the fabric, too!) with Jen Hewett’s block-printed design. This is a great beginner’s sewing pattern.

10 of the best summer sewing patterns

Charlie Caftan Pattern_Kaftan Pattern-4

Reach for the lightweight fabrics and get cracking with these beach-ready me-mades. We’ve rounded up our pick of the best summer sewing patterns for you, from culottes to caftans.

Sew a Softie: How to sew a guitar plushie

How to sew a guitar softie web image

We’re joining in with Sew a Softie 2018 by sharing this free toy sewing project. Make playtimes rock with Kajsa Kinsella’s soft toy guitar decorated with scraps from your stash..

The Beach Bag

The Beach Bag pattern shop

Pack your holiday essentials in The Beach Bag sewing pattern. This jumbo tote has quilted details and on-trend tassels. Here’s to golden sands, sunny skies and colourful me-mades!

The Lola Dress

Lola Dress sewing pattern

Update your summer wardrobe with The Lola Dress sewing pattern in UK sizes 6 to 20. Sew your Lola dress as a maxi frock with simple spaghetti straps or elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves. The summer months are all about chilled-out picnics in the park, days on the beach, and get-togethers in the garden – and we’ll be wearing… Continue reading

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… Continue reading