The Olivia Dress

The Olivia Dress sewing pattern

The Olivia dress is the second sewing pattern in our Cotton + Chalk collection. This summer dress pattern with a relaxed, boho vibe has a round neck with elastic casing at the waist and sleeves. It comes in two varieties. Dress A has a round neckline with an elastic casing at the waist and is knee length with… Continue reading

Learn to sew The Overture Set

The Overture Set

We’ve been thrilled to work with Cassandra Macindoe of The Stitchery recently. The talented sewist is launching her new pattern label, Storybook Patterns, with her debut pattern The Overture Set, and we’re thrilled to reveal you can get the free sewing pattern with issue 20 of Simply Sewing magazine. This design won us over instantly with… Continue reading

Cotton + Chalk new pattern out now!

We’re thrilled to reveal the second design in the Cotton + Chalk range – currently making it’s debut as a free dressmaking pattern with issue 19 of Simply Sewing. Pack a breezy boho dress for your summer break with The Olivia Dress, in sizes 6-20 and featuring two flattering length options. Pattern no. 02 in the collection is this summer dress… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1910s

The 1910s was a dynamic era for fashion, with plenty to inspire the modern-day maker. Things were changing rapidly, with women’s fight for the vote, the early days of modernism in art – and, of course, the looming First World War, which was to change society forever.

Top 10 moments of The Great British Sewing Bee final

The Great British Sewing Bee final

It’s over! After lashings of haberdashery high drama, tonight’s final of The Great British Sewing Bee saw one contestant be crowned Queen Bee. Ooh how we do love a good sew-off. We don’t want to spoil it, so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read the rest of this article – it contains spoilers! But if… Continue reading

How to sew vintage patterns: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Vintage sewing patterns with floral prints from Plum and Pigeon

We’re feeling pretty groovy about sixties-style dress making after last night’s Great British Sewing Bee. If you’re keen to get the look, never fear – you don’t have to jump straight in with PVC! Start by sewing up a pattern from yesteryear with our essential guide to sewing vintage patterns. We asked several sewists to… Continue reading

History of fashion series: the 1930s

The 1930s have sometimes been a bit overlooked in terms of fashion, following the razzle-dazzle of the 1920s and overshadowed by the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the following Depression. With another war on the horizon too, it’s not hard to think that this decade was all doom and gloom.

Free tutorial: kimono cover-up

Taking you from beach to bar, this kimono cover-up by Coats Crafts is a holiday essential and is so easy to sew up – no pattern required! Wear yours as a beach cover-up on your next summer holiday, or with jeans and a tee at the weekend. Here’s how to make it…

Free download: GBSB cami top + jumpsuit pattern

To celebrate the return of the Great British Sewing Bee, we’ve got one of our favourite projects from the last series’ book, The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, to download for free!

Your makes: The Daisy Dress

We just love seeing your creations! Here are a few of the delightful Daisy dresses we’ve spotted on social media recently. Fancy making your own Daisy Dress? Head over to our Pattern Shop to get your copy of issue 15. Don’t forget to share your makes using #simplysewingmag – we might even share your snap… Continue reading