The Katie Dress

The Katie Dress

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

Simply Sewing issue 23

Simply Sewing magazine issue 23 cover large

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.

Colour Stories: Red

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.

The Overture Set

The Overture Set sewing pattern

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

Sewalong with Charlie

The Charlie Dress sewing pattern

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

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