History of fashion series: the 1960s

On our journey through the history of style, we’ve stopped by the minimal 1990s, garish 80s and hippy-chic 70s – and now it’s time for us to take a look at one of the most iconic decades for fashion, the 1960s, when Beatlemania was at its peak, skirts were the shortest they’d ever been and… Continue reading

Simply Sewing issue 14

Sewing is a celebration of individuality, and that’s why we love it – whatever you’re making, it’ll be the only one like it. And, as our skills grow and our finished projects fill our homes and wardrobes, we can’t resist sharing our sewing successes with the rest of the stitching community, too. Inspiring others, and… Continue reading

Simply Sewing issue 14 templates

Download the sewing patterns for Simply Sewing now! Get the full instructions for the sewing patterns in issue 14, out now. Here are the downloads: • Use pattern sheet 1 and pattern sheet 2 to sew the Tilly and the Buttons sew along bow blouse, bedroom accessories, unicorn toy, machine applique telephone, floral accessories, pouffe and blanket stitch birds,… Continue reading

The Bow Blouse

The Bow-Blouse-pattern sold out

Make your own bow blouse with this exclusive pattern by Tilly and the Buttons, and join the sew along in Simply Sewing issues 14 and 15. Designer Tilly says: “This loose-fitting blouse has a scoop neckline with a bow collar, gentle pleats at the yoke, cropped sleeves and dropped hem with side splits. Wear with… Continue reading

Top 7 moments from the Great British Sewing Bee

As we count down the months (weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds…) until the Great British Sewing Bee series 4 hits our screens in May (and with a new judge, no less!), we look back at a few of our favourite moments from previous series, from Lynda’s not-so-secret crush to getting to grips with vintage machinery.

Simply Sewing meets Sprout Patterns

Making a garment isn’t just about being handy with a sewing machine – there’s so much to be done before even a single stitch is sewn. Measuring, tracing, cutting out, pinning… and that’s not to mention sticking the pattern pieces together if you’ve chosen to work with a print-at-home PDF pattern. Phew! It can be… Continue reading

7 top sewing tips from inspiring stitchers

Whether you’re new to sewing or a seasoned crafter, there are always new skills and techniques to learn – that’s why we love it! Here a few of our favourite stitchers share their top sewing tips and words of wisdom to inspire your future projects. Let’s get sewing!

Have you made By Hand London’s #CharlieDress?

By Hand London‘s ability to dream up super-stylish sewing patterns knows no bounds, so we were over the moon about collaborating with them on our recent sew along pattern, named the Charlie Dress after Simply Sewing’s editor (yes, the rest of the team is super jealous!).

Tips for getting started with the Sew Crafty shift dress pattern

Have you added the Sew Crafty shift dress pattern (free with issue 13) to your to-sew list? Read on for our top tips on getting started, including taking accurate measurements and cutting out your pattern.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2016

Anticipation is well and truly in the air as we not-so-patiently await the arrival of The Great British Sewing Bee 2016 on the BBC on 5th May. Will there be sobs over snapped needles, hysterics about hemlines, blow-ups over buttonholes? And, most importantly of all, will Patrick still have a moustache?