Sew a new spring staple with Cotton + Chalk’s The Nina Dress sewing pattern, a classic shirt dress in sizes 6-20 with optional design details for you to mix and match. With spring on its way, this dress will see you through to summer and beyond, from work to weekend – just add a smart jacket,… Continue reading
Episode two of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the sewists tackle tricky childrenswear (and get in a right mess over gussets in the process!). The highlight of the episode was the final wool cape challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. There’s no pattern needed for this project,… Continue reading
The Granville Skirt sewing pattern by Wendy Ward is a collaboration between Simply Sewing magazine, MIY Collection and Cico books. It’s the latest in our series of easy sewing patterns and has a simple-sew wrap style with an A-line shape and button fastening. If you’ve ever wondered how to sew a skirt, this is a… Continue reading
Transform old jeans into a new wardrobe staple with our step-by-step tutorial for how to make a denim skirt by Jessica Entwistle. Each week for a month, we’re sharing a bonus denim upcycling project here on the blog as part of The Refashioners 2016. Whip up this panelled skirt for summer from a pair of unloved jeans – we’ll show you… Continue reading
We’re taking style tips from screen icon Audrey Hepburn with her namesake dress sewing pattern: The Audrey Dress. This vintage-style pattern is a classic frock with a cinched-in waist, swishy pleated skirt and hem band detail. We think Audrey would approve! At this time of year, we love spending cosy evenings in curled up in… Continue reading
Sew a sophisticated party look with The Katie Dress by Cotton + Chalk in sizes 6-20, with a feminine sweetheart neckline and two sleeve options. We do love a good party dress sewing pattern! Not only do we get to show off our sewing skills with a fabulous handmade dress, but we get to have… Continue reading
We’ve filled issue 23 with simple ways you can use fabric to add a little home-sewn sparkle to your home and wardrobe, from the ultimate party dress to quick-stitch decorations. Here’s a peek at what’s inside… grab your copy today and join us in some seasonal sewing.
Welcome to our new blog series all about one of our favourite things: colour. We’re going take a look at the histories and mysteries of every colour of the rainbow — plus one or two more – and reveal what to stitch right now.
This summery debut design by Storybook Patterns can be made as either a floaty dress or blouse. Based on a trapeze silhouette, it features a fitted bodice, back pleat, dropped hem and classic collar. It’s the perfect summer wardrobe addition. This easy top & dress sewing pattern comes with step-by-step instructions and came free with issue 20 of Simply Sewing magazine). Designer… Continue reading
Good news! We’ve found the perfect dressmaking project for you to have fun with over the bank holiday weekend. Our friends at By Hand London are planning an online sewalong to walk you through how to make the Charlie Dress! The team will be posting to their blog and social media every step of the way, starting this… Continue reading