Colour stories: white hot

White is the perfect sunshine shade to take you from spring to summer. The ideal backdrop to make other colours pop, it’s only fitting that we end our Colour Stories blog series with a long, cool look at icy white.

Colour stories: back to black

Versatile, timeless and oh-so-flattering, it’s no wonder we love to wear black. Not strictly a colour (scientists say black is simply the absence of light), wearing black didn’t come into fashion until the 20th Century. Our Colour Stories series continues…

Colour stories: purple reigns

Shrinking violets need not apply – our sixth colour blog is focused on pretty purple. Beloved of pop stars Prince and Katy Perry, purple can be bold, bolshy and bright, and this summer’s catwalks were filled with Cadbury-style shades of violet.

Colour stories: blue crush

After our race through the rainbow, we’re feeling blue this month – and no wonder, as apparently it’s the world’s favourite colour. With its infinite variety of shades, from palest sky (like this beautiful vintage coat by blogger Ami of The Little Tailoress) to deepest navy, it’s wearable, practical and always on-trend.

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.

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

Friday Frock: Papercut’s Skipper Tunic

It’s that time of year when we start dreaming of booking a getaway. Just imagine sailing away on a luxury yacht, a glass of fizz in hand and not a care in the world… Even if a sailing holiday isn’t on the cards, though, you can still stitch yourself a yacht-worthy wardrobe with Papercut’s Skipper… Continue reading

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!).

History of fashion series: the 1970s

Before the big shoulder pads and even bigger hair of the 1980s, there was the eclectic 1970s. As author Tom Wolfe said: “If the hippies had one irrevocable effect on culture, including fashion, it was to destroy every rule except the injunction to please oneself.”