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Editor, Jennifer Ward 01206 505420 Deputy Editor, Melissa Hyland 01206 505423 Editorial Assistant, Sian Whitehead 01206 505917 Contributors Emma Thompson, Kayleigh Rattle Publishing Director, Helen Tudor Advertisement Sales Hannah Suttling 01206 505495 Anna Spilsbury 01206 505932 Sarah Collins 01206 506255 Jackie Weddell 01206 506221 Jo Bluck 01206 506253 Art Director Phil Dunham Designers Gemma Eales, Hannah Kemp, David Haddington, Cat Morton, Richard Allen, Fiona Palmer and Alice Halfpenny Ad Production Angela Scrivener Photography CliQQ Photography Models Jessica Munro, MOT Models, Laura Coleman and Daisy Pettinger, Nevs Olivia Coe, Ruben Coe, Jack Gledson Accounts Denise Bubb 01206 505958 Subscription Enquiries/ Back Issues 01795 592967 Website Enquiries Newstrade Sales Marketforce 0203 148 3300 Marketing Manager Andrea Turner Subscriptions Executive Jo Gould Published By Aceville Publications Ltd 2016 21-23 Phoenix Court, Hawkins Road, Colchester, Essex CO2 8JY © Aceville Publications Ltd All projects from this issue and the FREE online patterns are for personal home use only and cannot be sold or used for commercial purposes. All patterns that are featured in Sew are reproduced in good faith that they do not infringe any copyright. The publishers are not responsible for any safety issues arising from any items created from projects contained within Sew magazine. While all possible care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of all projects, we are not responsible for printing errors or the way in which individual work varies. Please read instructions carefully before starting construction.

Have you made any stitchy goals for 2017? I’m well overdue some quality time with my sewing machine, and am itching to sew so many garments! I’m a firm believer in always wearing exactly what you want to, and sewing allows you to do just that. Comfort is always a priority for me but in recent years, I’ve tried to avoid wearing baggy clothes. Whatever your shape, the garments in this issue will help you get the right fit for you. Your FREE Simplicity 1653 pattern is from the Amazing Fit range and will soon become a wardrobe favourite. Fiona Hesford of Sew Girl has designed a chic top and skirt combo (p26) and no-pattern skirt (p22) that are so easy to sew, while resident designer Amanda Walker has created a stunning peplum top (p38). It features a lovely pleated detail, which we sent to the folk at Ciment Pleating to incorporate into the design. It was fascinating to learn about the process; read Ed Assistant Sian’s piece on p36 to discover more about this technique. Sewing your own undies has been on our stitchy radar, so we’re thrilled to give you 50% off two fabulous Simplicity patterns from the Madalynne collection. We caught up with blogger Maddie and two Sew readers who have stitched their own bras on p40. Or, if you’re dreaming about loungewear, Fiona Hesford’s lovely nightie (p46) ticks all of the right boxes. Regardless of how you feel about February 14th, it feels good to spoil our loved ones – which is why at Sew HQ we love the idea of Palentine’s day too! Our tea strainer embroidery (p74), heart wall hanging (p70) or heart cushions (p54) would make lovely gifts. Whatever your stitching goals for 2017, we aim to cover all bases. Get into quilting with our beginner’s project on p68, give bag-making a go (p72) or start sewing toys with an easy owls (p84). Find details of our Dressmaker of the Competition on p34 and view some of the fabulous entries so far. There are four categories to enter if you haven’t yet, so whatever you enjoy stitching, it’s easy to share your creativity!



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In Every Issue 03 W  elcome Say hello to the Sew team. 06 W  ant it now! The best news, products, shows and more. 08



 hat you’re saying... W We take a look at what you’ve been making and sharing.  achine shopping M Sewing machine models you’ll love.  iveaways! G Enter for your chance to win prizes worth over £1,185!

91  Workshops & courses Our top picks to help develop your sewing skills. 92

 arch preview M Next month we have TWO FREE patterns for you to enjoy.

94 Need to know All the practical advice you need.


97 R  eading room Add these stitchy titles to your bookshelf.

70 H  eart wall hanging Add a romantic touch to your home décor.



32 H  appy palentine’s day Discover how you can spoil your nearest and dearest.


36 P  leats, please! Part two of our heritage series looks at the art of pleating. 40 B  are necessities Be inspired to stitch you own lingerie.

 addle bag S Accessorise in style with this zingy tote!  ea strainer embroidery T Upcycle unwanted kitchen items into an embroidered masterpiece.


 y sewing room 98 M Meet stitchy guru and TV personality, Debbie Shore.


82 C  osy cowl top A soft sweatshirt is an ideal make this spring.  oot & toot owl pals 84 H Our adorable twosome is the perfect stitch for little ones.


 tuart Hillard S The Sew columnist tells us why we shouldn’t be afraid of colour.


 oveheart cushion L Make a quirky headrest for your one true love.


 ome trends H Bring the outside, inside!


 uilter’s corner Q Get the latest from our regular columnist, Corinne Bradd.



61 Block of the month Turn our dragonfly block into a sewing caddy cover. 64 Love that fabric... You’ll be sure to love these patchwork collections. 66

 usie’s stitch school S Get some shut eye in style with our sleeping mask project.


 lamingo quilt F Use squares and rectangles to create your very first quilt.


 rickly situation P Our fave FREE cactus projects!

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February 2017 FREEBIES & OFFERS 14

 0% off New Look 6301 5 Grab your discount on this stylish wrap number.


 0% off Simplicity 8228 5 and 8229 Stitching your own lingerie is easy with these great offers.


 ubscribe today S Take out a subscription with this fantasic offer!


 REE* sewing book F Make sure you claim your copy of Start to Sew.


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pages of fashion, garments & more! FREE THIS MONTH... Your FREE Simplicity 1653 pattern has three fantastic Amazing Fit dresses you can get stitching right away! With a great range of cup sizes available, all figures are catered for!


 tylish wrap dresses S Use your FREE pattern to create three figureflattering styles.


 ersey top & skirt J Add this simple two-piece to your wardrobe today.


 attern picks P May Martin’s top choices this month.


 auren Guthrie L Our columnist on stitching your way through winter.


Indie pattern news All the latest patterns from independent designers.


 ressmaker of the D Year competition Just some of your entries so far!


 eplum top P Sew a flattering top with hidden pleated detail.


 implicity style S school Stitch the lingerie you want to wear today.

18  Learn with... Sew a stylish kimono top for babies with Sanae Ishida. 20

Love that fabric... Make it monochrome this month.


 o-pattern N Japanese skirt Create a statement garment today.


Fashion forecast Start sewing with denim fabrics.





 ace-trimmed L nightie Join our masterclass to stitch your own unique nightwear!


 &A Q Our experts answer all of your stitching questions and queries.


Workable wardrobe pieces and pretty spring dresses!

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Want it now! Things we’re coveting in the world of stitching this month

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Buy a kit to make this stylish dress! ALL KITTED OUT

Sew Wardrobe, a collection of dressmaking patterns by Alison Smith MBE, has a fantastic new range of kits to make many of her popular garment patterns – including her Bella dress, Mia Top, Paris midi skirt, Elsa trousers and Zara corset. As well as offering a choice of two or three fabrics to make your chosen item in, each kit contains everything else required – such as lining, interfacing and haberdashery, or corset supplies, plus the option to add the pattern if you haven't already bought it separately. Prices start from £22! Visit



Caroline Beacon, owner of fabric shop and craft school Stitched By You situated on Alton High Street in Hampshire, has announced that her business is up for sale. “This decision has been forced on me due to ill health but on a positive note, I will be looking for a buyer who shares my passion and wishes to continue to build Stitched By You,” she says. “The shop, spring retreat and classes will run as normal to the end of the summer timetable. I thank you for your continued support and will still be here, so do pop in and say Hi!” For details about the business, call Caroline's agent Keith Green of Anderson Moore on 01256 770907, email or visit

This gorgeous new fabric collection from Tilda has got us in the mood for spring, featuring wild flowers and bumblebees in fresh shades of pink, blue, green and orange. There are 20 cotton floral prints sold by the metre for £16.80, plus charm packs, fat eighth and fat quarter bundles to create beautiful projects with. The collection also includes cover buttons, quilt and soft toy patterns, plus a cute bumblebee kit. For stockist information, email 06

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Spring is a great excuse to smarten up your wardrobe, and this bright pink blazer and matching cropped trousers are a snappy choice! Best of all, it can be dressed up with a blouse, or worn with a T-shirt for a more relaxed style. Burda 6985 allows you to make your own pants suit, with a choice of two jacket lengths to suit your style. Priced £6.85, visit





We love getting goodies in the post at Sew HQ, so the Gift of the Month Club organised by Australian sewing business Faeries In My Garden sounds like a fab idea! The club starts in February each year and those who sign up between now and the end of April will receive six new mystery gift projects over a 12 month period. The bi-monthly price of £23 includes the pattern and fabric for each project, with postage at £10 per project for overseas. You can opt for inclusion of threads and embellishments, which is an extra £9 per project (bi-monthly). To find out more, visit 07

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What you’re saying...

“It’s so good to hear from you” Sian Whitehead Editorial Assistant

Share your crafty makes and stories with us to be in with the chance of winning a fantastic prize!

Star Letter “I completed this outfit for a friend’s wedding” My mum was an amazing dressmaker and gave me a sewing machine for Christmas, but she sadly passed away last year. After the machine gathered dust for a while, I decided it was time to teach myself how to sew. Once I stitched a few small projects, I completed this outfit for my friend’s wedding, including a jacket from issue 87’s pattern, a dress from the book Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time and a tie for my husband. I’m now a bit obsessed and look forward to my issue of Sew each month!

“I was inspired to sew after becoming a mum!”

After having my daughter in 2015, I was inspired by Lauren Guthrie’s column when she talked about making time to stitch after becoming a mum. So off I went, and here is a picture of my completed monkey from issue 86 of Sew, which I made to give to my daughter for her first birthday. I love Sew and all the projects, so hopefully this will be the first of many!

Rachel Mellish It can sometimes be hard to find the time, Rachel, but we’re so pleased you’ve dusted off your sewing machine and found your love of stitching again!

“I’ve been stitching to help save dogs’ lives!” Amongst other projects I have been making bone-shaped dog toys to sell for Operation Waggy Tails, which helps get dogs out of shelters in Spain. It’s a great charity, which has been able to rescue many dogs from a certain death. I made the bones using Michael Miller’s Pooh Pooh Polka Dot fabric.

Katharine Creasy Your story is truly inspiring, Katharine. Your mum would be very proud of you for teaching yourself how to sew!

Cheryl Bell

“I’ve been experimenting with fascinators”

What an amazing cause, Cheryl! It’s lovely to see that stitching can help save the lives of these animals. Keep up the great work!

I loved the witch’s hat in issue 89, so I’ve since been experimenting and have made lots of spooky fascinators with matching trick or treat bags to accompany them. I also adapted the pattern and made Christmas versions too. I am hoping to sell them for Parkinson’s UK as I suffer from Parkinson’s myself and find sewing and craft activities are great therapy! Pat Lewis It’s great to see you were inspired to experiment with the pattern, Pat. We hope you manage to raise lots of money for charity. 08 What You're Saying 94.indd 2

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This month, our Star Letter winner will receive a bumper selection of fabrics from Minerva Crafts, worth £50. We also have £10 worth for each runner-up. For more stitching goodies, visit


Share your latest stitchy triumphs with sew! Robyn Nicoll

“I made the cover dress from issue 91!”

I stitched one of Jess Brown’s rag dolls from her pattern book.

This is my latest make from issue 91, which I have loved sewing! I have to admit, I was very surprised by how quickly the dress was finished – it took less than a day to make and I’m really pleased with the end result! It’s quickly become one of my favourite patterns and I probably would have never attempted it before, so thank you Sew.

Lesley Langlard Made these for a friend’s little girls from issue 79 of @SewHQ. Baby-friendly felt eyes on the blue one.

Sharon James-Watkins We knew this would be a favourite, Sharon - your fabric choice is fabulous!

Janice Judge My reindeer toys from issue 91 of Sew. I had great fun making them!

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Laura Dickson Halfway through making this 1960s dress for my wardrobe!

“I loved making the reindeers from issue 91!” These are my lovely reindeer stuffed toys from issue 91! I intended to make two, but they were so easy to stitch, I decided to make a third. Each one took only a fat quarter of fabric. I am a fairly new subscriber to Sew and this was the first thing I have ever tried to make. I am now inspired to try something a little more challenging!

@SewingAngela @SewHQ I have been sewing toys as part of my Christmas blog post @sewsimplicity

Christina Burton These reindeers are adorable, Christina! We can’t wait to see what you get stitching next.

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The Amazing Fit range by Simplicity is a relief for those who struggle finding patterns to suit their frame and shape. More often than not, women are not a standard size and therefore welcome the option to alter patterns to fit properly – that's why you'll love stitching this figure-flattering dress, which has a mock wrap front. Test your skills by using a stretch knit fabric, to give you added appeal in all of the right places!

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SIMPLICITY 811 Amazing Fit

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The key to any successful garment is the fit and how it suits your figure, which is why Simplicity's Amazing Fit range is such an exciting line of sewing patterns. Included within Simplicity 1653 are extra pattern pieces that have been designed to fit your body – whether you're curvy, average or slim fit. It also includes bust cup sizes from B to DD. A 1" seam allowance in prime areas allows you to finetune the fit as you sew.


What’s your Simplicity size? Remember to use your body measurements to find your pattern size, NOT your ready-to-wear size that you’d buy in the high street shops. Visit to find out more about taking accurate measurements and getting the right fit for your shape.


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Selecting the fabric

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When buying knit fabrics, always feel the quality of the material. Some knits can be rough on the skin, and usually the softer the feel, the better the drape. Knit fabrics can suffer from piling otherwise known as bobbling when worn and washed regularly - before buying, test the fabric by rubbing a swatch together to see the effect of friction on it. FRONT

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20% of at Girl Charlee Knit fabrics generally have varying degrees of built-in stretch, which is often down to the spandex content. Online store Girl Charlee stock a great range of soft, high-quality versions that you can choose from in a host of fresh designs. Turn to p77 to claim your exclusive discount!

Work it right Choose a stitch that's designed for working with knit fabrics. A zigzag is much easier to use as it allows the stitch to stretch with the fabric. Use a 15mm width stitch on any stitching where the garment will need to be stretched, such as necklines, hems and horizontal seams. Make sure not to overstretch the fabric while sewing, which can be made easier by keeping the fabric flat on an extension table. 13


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Slim, average and curvy fit options

How I made it Dressmaker Vie Millard’s top tips for working with Simplicity 1653 pattern


Why not try?

l The personalised sizing works well. Once the adjustments are made the paper pattern can be adjusted permanently. Future garments will be guaranteed to fit perfectly every time.



l Stretch fabrics require careful handling. Ensure you don't overstretch the fabric as you cut out as it will regain its original shape, altering the size of the garment.






l Use a jersey or ballpoint needle when sewing to avoid laddering the material. Choose a stretch stitch on your machine to retain the stretch of the fabric. l Read the instructions carefully before starting, as the varied seam allowances marked on the pattern will be explained.

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Just for you! If you've fallen for our Amazing Fit wrap dress but require a different size bracket, we're offering New Look 6301 for the special price of £3.48 (RRP £6.95), plus 85p postage. Just quote SEW6301 at the checkout when you visit www.simplicitynewlook. com. Offer available from 12th January to 9th February.





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For everyday style, pair with classic ballet pumps. Shoes from Next.

Necklace, £38, Oasis Shoes, £35, River Island


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Desert sky mint gingham A cotton spandex knit fabric is perfect for this wrap style. ÂŁ17.95 per metre, www.

Paper flowers aurora This feminine floral pattern is an ideal choice for such a flattering shaped dress. For stockists, visit www.hantex.


Next issue you can enjoy not one, but two amazing patterns completely FREE. With both New Look 6447 and New Look 6163 on offer, that's a total of eight garments you can get stitching today! Whatever your style, you can choose between pretty spring dresses or smart trousers and coats to keep the chills at bay. On sale 9th February!


Pattern Exclusive style advice


Palazzo pants have lots of ease, providing a comfortable, relaxed fit that’s great for holidays and travelling.

McCalls 7328 Sizes XS-XXL


Cigarette trousers

These trousers create a slimming shape for shorter figures. The fitted legs elongate and flatter, providing a longer silhouette.

Most patterns feature international sizes which differ from ready-towear sizing. It is essential that you take your exact body measurements and compare with the sizing charts on each pattern.

Named Clothing Tyyni Cigarette Trousers Sizes 4-18 16

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PAIR OF TROUSERS Cargo-style pants This is a great pattern to start your trouser making adventure with. They have a relaxed feel about them, with a simple drawstring waist and plenty of pockets to practise on!

Exclusive Sew columnist May Martin discusses how to make your trousers look and feel great


rousers come in many shapes and styles, and you can achieve a good fit by having the right amount of ease for the shape you wish to create.

All about ease

There are various types of ease, including fitting ease, which allows you to move – while style ease creates the shape and style of a garment. Ease of movement is key to a comfortable pair of trousers and the overall wearability. New Look 6055 Sizes 6-16


Different styles

Jeggings or leggings have minimum ease as they fit closely and usually have some stretch fibre incorporated into the fabric. Jeans are more fitted and have at least 2.5cm ease at the waist so that you can bend over, while most trousers have 5cm-7cm ease. If in doubt, allow more ease initially. This is a rough guide but as the style becomes looser, the styling ease increases.

Choosing your fabric

Your fabric can affect the way trousers sit on the body. If you are short, avoid overly thick or shiny types as these will add bulk. Instead, choose fabrics that drape well. Wool crepe is divine to work with but can be pricey, so why not try a synthetic alternative within your price range? Take time altering a trouser pattern to fit well and change the look every time by making it up in different fabrics.

Until next month, STOCKIST INFORMATION For Simplicity patterns, visit www.simplicity, 0161 480 8734. For Named Clothing pattern stockists, visit For McCall’s patterns, visit, 0844 880 1263.

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For more dressmaking advice, be sure to pick up May Martin’s Sewing Bible: 40 Years of Tips and Tricks (£25, HarperCollins).


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BABY’S KIMONO TOP This cute kimono-style is perfect for any newborn baby (up to three months) and to make it extra-easy to put on, features a hidden snap closure and front-tie style. You can also find the instructions to make a pair of matching bloomers at Seek out a soft and breathable fabric like cotton, double-gauze or linen, and prep it by washing, drying and pressing first.

Essentials • Fabric, 1.11m wide x 1.2m • 70cm fabric, for contrasting bias tape or shop-bought bias binding (optional) • Coordinating thread • Elastic, 9mm x 40.6cm, 3mm x 40.6cm elastic • Snaps, size 2/0 (9mm), one • Drafting kit


Sleeve to sleeve: 36.8cm Chest: 40.6cm Length: 26.7cm

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For the top back, measure out a 20.3cm x 30.4cm rectangle. On the right vertical line, measure 11.4cm from the top. Draw a perpendicular 7.6cm line extending to the left. This is the underarm portion of the sleeve. For the back neckline, from the upper left corner measure 3.8cm to the right and make a mark. From the same corner, measure 1.9cm down and make a mark. Draw a 1.9cm x 3.8cm rectangle within the upper left corner. Create the back neckline by sketching a curve between the two marks, making sure the line at the base of the neck is initially perpendicular. Cut out and label ‘Kimono Top Back, cut one on fold.’ For the kimono top front, place the kimono top back onto pattern paper. This piece will be a bit bigger, so give yourself a few extra inches to the left of the top back. Trace the pattern piece, extending the bottom to the left by 7.6cm.



Draw a 17.7cm perpendicular vertical line from the bottom of this line. From the neckline point to the top of the 17.7cm line, draw a smooth curve, forming a right angle where the curve meets at the top of the 17.7cm line (aka the front flap corner). To indicate where the ties and elastic will be attached, mark 1.9cm down from the armpit. Cut out the pattern piece and label ‘Kimono Top Front, cut two.’ Fold the fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge with the wrong side facing out, and trace the pattern pieces. If using a patterned fabric, fold it with the right side facing out. Arrange the pieces to fit, leaving some diagonal space if using the same fabric for the bias tape. Otherwise, make bias binding from contrasting fabric or use shop-bought. Referring to the cutting layout, trace the pattern pieces, making sure to mark the tie placement on the front and cut out. To make the bias tape, press the fabric in half towards the wrong side, then press the upper and lower edges toward the centre crease (also towards the wrong side). The binding should measure 3.8cm wide – cut it into two strips, one measuring 83.8cm and the other 41.9cm. If using shop-bought binding, cut it into three strips measuring 83.8cm, 33cm and 8.8cm. Sew the 41.9cm long tie. Open the bias binding, fold one end towards the wrong side by 6mm, fold back up and edge stitch the tie. When finished, measure 8.8cm from the raw edge and cut. Zigzag stitch one end of the shortest 8.8cm tie.




Pin the non-zigzag stitched raw edge to the wrong side of the left front piece at the tie mark. Tack 6mm from the edge. Pin the 33cm tie at the tie mark on the right side of the right front piece with the raw edges lined up, and tack 6mm from the edge. With the right sides facing, pin the front pieces to the back piece at the shoulders, and sew a 9mm seam from the edge. Finish the raw edges with a zigzag or overlock stitch. Press the seam allowance towards the back piece. With the right sides still facing, pin and sew the sides 9mm from the edge, sandwiching the longer tie that is tacked onto the right side of the right front piece. Make sure the tie isn’t sewn into other parts of the side seam – backstitch several times to secure the ties well. Clip the underarm curves, then finish the raw edges with a zigzag or overlock stitch. Press the seam allowances towards the back piece. Fold the edge of one sleeve towards the wrong side by 9mm and press. Repeat, and edge stitch. Repeat for the other sleeve. Fold the flap edge of the front piece towards the wrong side by 6mm and press. Repeat and edge stitch. Repeat for the other flap. Fold the hem towards the wrong side by 9mm and press. Repeat and edge stitch. Open up the long bias binding, fold one short end towards the wrong side by 9mm and press. Starting at the corner of the right flap of the front piece, pin the bias binding to the wrong side of the kimono top all along the top, leaving a tail of the




tie hanging off the corner of the left flap. Turn the garment right side out and check the lengths of the ties by tying them into a bow, then trim any excess from the pinned tie to even it out with the shorter tie. Fold the hanging raw edge of the tie towards the wrong side by 6mm and press. Sew bias binding onto the top, 6mm from the edge, following the crease line formed when creating the bias tape. Trim the seam allowance to 3mm up to the corner of the left flap. Fold over the bias binding towards the right side of the top so the raw edges are neatly enclosed, remembering to press the short edge of the hanging tie to the wrong side to hide the raw edge. Edge stitch. To sew on the snaps, make sure the short tie reaches the corner of the right flap. Fold the zigzag edge of the short tie about 1.2cm, or the appropriate amount to just overlap with that corner and hand stitch. Add snaps by attaching the stud section on the bodice and the socket section on the tie.


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Monochrome madness Work opposite ends of the spectrum for stylish stitching If monochrome is good enough for Coco Chanel, we’re certainly not about to question its place in our dressmaking ventures. Pair classic black together with white hues for sophisticated chic appeal all round.






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Essentials • Linen and cotton mix • Lightweight interfacing, 10cm • Zip, 18cm

Dimensions Custom sized Finished length: 60cm from top of the waistband 1cm seam allowance used throughout unless otherwise stated.

Easy-sew make!

no - pattern Japanese skirt Use bold printed fabric to create a simple and stylish garment

Cutting guide: Skirt: cut one 90cm (small), 95cm (medium), 100cm (large) piece x width of the fabric Waistband: cut one 10cm x 72cm (small), 10cm x 82cm (medium), 10cm x 92cm (large) piece Pocket: cut two pieces Tie: cut two 5cm x 50cm pieces

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Go online to to download and print the pocket template. Cut out all the required pieces, referring to the cutting guide above. Take one front skirt piece with the selvedge at the lower end, mark the centre front at the top edge with a pin, then place a pin at 3.5cm.

Linen can be beautiful to work with – it’s not only easy to sew, but the fabric drapes well and is comfortable to wear. Made from two simple rectangles, this skirt by Fiona Hesford is both simple to make and a stylish addition to your wardrobe. There’s a cheeky pocket in one side seam and a tie belt detail on the other, so you’re sure to turn heads in this dynamic number.

skirt and topstitch 4mm from the seam on the pocket side [2].


Insert the zip into the right side. Pin the skirt together at the side seams. Try on for size and make adjustments if required. Sew a 1.5cm seam allowance and press the seam open [3].


Fold the tie pieces in half lengthways with right sides together. Sew a 1cm seam along two long sides and one short side. Turn the tie inside out through the opening at one end and press. Pin the tie at the far side of the unfolded waistband with right sides facing and raw edges aligned. Tack in place.










Using the pins as a guide, fold two inverted pleats either side of the centre front [1]. Pin to hold the pleats in position. Tack along the top edge to secure the pleats and repeat for the back piece. Finish the outer raw curved edges of the pocket pieces, pin to the left side, 10cm down from the top edge on the front and back. Sew a 1cm seam at the pocket edge and finish the raw edges along the side edge of the skirt and pocket. Press the pocket and seam allowance outwards away from the

Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the waistband piece. Fold in half lengthways with right sides together, then fold over 1cm on one long edge. Pin the unfolded long side to the skirt at the upper raw edge, matching the centre point to the side seam, and leave 1cm overhang at each far end. Tack in position and sew 1cm all around [4]. Press the waistband and seam allowance upwards. Topstitch on the right side, 4mm away from the seamline. [5]

With right sides together, fold over the waistband and stitch 1cm at the short side. Trim the seam allowance and turn the waistband to the right side, pushing out the corners [6]. Pin the folded edge of the waistband all around on the inside, aligning with the stitch line. Slipstitch all around. Remove all of the tacking stitches and press. Hem the lower edge to the desired length or if you prefer, leave the raw edges for a small fringe effect.

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When turning the ties right side out, leave a long thread end after sewing, approximately the same length as the tie, and secure with a knot to the eye of a rounded tip chunky hand sewing needle. Pass the needle through the tie and out the other end. Pull the threads tightly and ease the tie out.

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Many of us avoid working with denim and with a reputation of being tricky to sew, it’s no wonder. When armed with the right tools for the job however, stitching this fabric is much easier than you may think. If making jeans for example, there are respective needles for this, and if working a flat felled seam, heavier duty topstitching threads will help strengthen it. Thinking of giving denim a try? Pop along to your local sewing shop for some jeanius advice.

“The Denim Studio offers a variety of textures, weights and colours! Our textured denim is ideal for more structured garments like jackets, pants and tailored dresses, while our other denims have a soft, buttery feel that is perfect for more flowy dresses, button up shirts and loose-fitting pants. All of our denims are easy to stitch and soft enough for sewing on a regular home machine.”






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1 Painterly Wash, denim print. 2 Infused Hydrangea, solid smooth denim. 3 Bluebottle Field, solid textured denim. 4 Frosted Sage, solid smooth denim. 5 Casted Loops, denim print. For details of Art Gallery Fabrics stockists, visit

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Essentials • Stretch jersey, 1.2m x 1.5m (top), 1m x 1.5m (skirt) • Coordinating thread

jersey top and skirt

Dimensions Skirt finished length: 76cm from top of waistband Top finished length: 50cm (Small), 52.5cm (Medium), 55cm (Large)

Cutting guide Top front & back: cut one each with template lined up to fold Sleeves: cut one on folded fabric (to make two) Front & back facing: cut one on fold Skirt & waistband: cut two with template lined up to fold

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Download and print the pattern and fabric layout guides at templates. Fold 1.2m x 1.5m of jersey fabric with the selvedges at the centre and cut out a front and back with each template lined up to the fold. Fold the fabric widthways, matching the selvedges, and snip the sleeve piece on the folded fabric so you are cutting two at once. Cut a front and back facing with each template lined up to the fold.

Coordinate your look with this fantastic matching set! This stripy top and skirt by Fiona Hesford are both simple to make and so comfortable to lounge about in. The crop top is made using just three pattern pieces and has a flattering lower curved hem and short raglan sleeves – you can also wear this with jeans or jeggings for an alternative look. The skirt is a pull-on figure hugging style that can be adapted to a shorter length, if preferred.








Pin the sleeves to the front piece at the curved edges and sew a 1.5cm seam allowance. Repeat for the back piece. Finish the raw edges and press. Mark the front side with pieces of masking tape.


Join the facing pieces together at the short sides, right sides together. Press the seam open then pin to the neck edge. Tack, then sew a 1cm seam all around. Remove the tacking. Turn the facing to the wrong side, press, tack in position, then topstitch 3cm from the edge on the right side on your machine.


Join the front to the back at the side seam, right sides together [1]. Fold over and press a 3cm hem at the sleeve edge. Pin, then sew close to the edge [2]. Fold over and press a 3cm hem at the lower curved edge, pin and sew close to the edge. Take care not to stretch the fabric too much when sewing [3].

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Fold 1m x 1.5m of jersey fabric with the selvedges together at the centre. Cut two each of the front, back and waistband pieces with the templates lined up to the fold. Pin the skirt together at the sides, right sides together. Sew a 1.5cm seam, leaving an opening on one side as indicated on the template, then press [4].


Sew the waistband together at the short sides, right sides together, to make a ‘ring’. Fold the waistband in half, wrong sides together, matching the raw edges. Pin and tack the waistband to the skirt at the top edge. Sew a 1cm seam allowance and finish the raw edges [5]. Fold over a 1cm hem at the side opening, press and sew close to the edge. Fold up, pin and stitch a 2cm hem at the lower edge of the skirt [6]. 26

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TIPS FOR SEWING JERSEY Jersey fabric requires a ballpoint or stretch needle. Adjusting the stitch length slightly to 2.6mm helps ease the flow through the machine. Take care not to stretch the fabric as you sew except where specified (i.e. at the waistband). If you don’t own an overlocker, you can leave the raw edges unfinished as they won’t fray – or use an overlocking stitch on your machine.

This gorgeous lilac cotton stretch jersey with purple stripes is both stylish and soft to wear. £13.95 per metre,


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“Even if it’s just pinning a seam, try to do something every day. It really helps you keep up momentum!”


ne of the things I look forward to most in the shop at the start of a new year is getting in lots of new fabric deliveries – it’s always so exciting! The new Atelier Brunette French terry cotton sweatshirt fabric and plain viscose crepe collection are due to arrive any day now, and I cannot wait to start sewing with them. The quality of these fabrics is always incredibly high and they really are a joy to sew with. I think the colours are beautiful as well – especially the metallic finish on the sweatshirt! Discovering new ranges and brands to bring into the shop is one of the things I enjoy most about having my own business. We have some gorgeous new cotton lawn prints coming in that are perfect for blouses and tops. I’m also eagerly awaiting a delivery of some beautiful lightweight cotton jacquard fabric, which is all designed and manufactured in Spain. The continuous supply of fabrics is an endless source of inspiration! Even though the days are short at the moment and it feels a little cold and dark - with Christmas been and gone - it’s nice to start looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store. The g&g team and I have been busy planning lots of special events and workshops, and have decided to change things on our workshop calendar this year. We are offering shorter one-day workshops that focus on techniques such as fitting, bust adjustments and shirtmaking techniques, to name just a few! If you are looking to transition into more dressmaking, we have added a simple shift dress workshop to run alongside our Simple Top and Simple Skirt workshops, which are great for beginners. Dates for our classes can be found at This year, we are also attending more external events and craft fairs, especially in the Midlands area. I love getting out and meeting customers – and I’m looking forward to taking the g&g shop out on the road.

Lauren reveals just some of her stitchy plans for 2017…

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Next up on my to-sew list is the Reina shirt by Pauline Alice Patterns, using a new viscose crepe from Atelier Brunette. I love the classic feminine style of this pattern and the fabric will drape really will with all the gathers at the yoke section. Working with lighter weight, slippery fabrics like this one always requires a bit more patience. You get better results if you take the time to use lots of pins or hand tack the seams in place – especially the sleeves! Usually, I just use regular dressmaking shears to cut out my fabric, but on finer fabrics I tend to use pattern weights, a rotary cutter and my self healing mat to get more accurate results. This year, I am trying to use up more of my fabric stash, so for every brand new project I make, my aim is to also make something from my stash. Now that I have baby Sophia to make clothes for – as well as myself I’m hoping this will be easier than it sounds! I’ve found that as she gets older I’m getting through even more clothes, as they get so messy at meal times. Nowadays I am frequently asked how I manage to fit in time for sewing with a baby - so find out some of my top tips below!

Sewing when you're short on time Try to do something every day, even if its just pinning a seam for a few minutes. Keep your sewing machine set up so it’s ready to go when you have a spare mo. REINA SHIRT BY PAULINE ALICE PATTERNS, £14.50, WWW.GUTHIE-GHANI.CO.UK

Every so often, work on a smaller or quicker project that you can finish in a day!

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This cross-over style dress is a stylish hybrid, combining a classic wrap and a kimono. Its V-shaped neckline will flatter all shapes and by gathering above the bust line, it creates a gorgeous drape. The sleeve has been designed with traditional kimono traits in mind, combined with raglan styling. With the bodice front overlapping the back, the wrap tie falls at the natural waistline. Create a go-to dress or tunic with this all-in-one pattern. Trina by Victory Patterns, £9.75,

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Heather Dress

Comfortable, stylish and super versatile; we love a good knit garment in our wardrobes here at Sew HQ – and the Heather dress will quickly become a staple in yours! Stitch your very own chic jersey dress, which can be dressed up or down with ease. Paired with thick tights and a chunky wool scarf, we’re sure you’ll agree it’s ideal for cosying up in during the chilly months. Heather dress, £7,

Why sew loves... ✓ Sizes 8-20. ✓ In-seam pockets. ✓ Sleeve variations.


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This super sweet trapeze dress fits comfortably with its flattering, loosestyle. With an added ruffle, Peter Pan collar and optional cute bow, there are design elements for everyone to enjoy. Choose from three different sleeve styles: three-quarter length sleeves with cuffs, short sleeves or sleeveless. Whatever the occasion, the Marshmallow dress is a style that’s versatile enough to be dressed up or down with ease – so have fun creating!

Sizes 6-18!

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Turner dress

An outfit that leaves you instantly feeling amazing is something we all desire – right? The oversized shirt dress from The Maker’s Atelier is precisely that. Wear as a dress or pair with jeans or leggings as an over-shirt. It’s perfect for most shirting fabrics, from cool cottons and linens through to warmer materials such as babycord or brushed fabrics.

Say hello to your new everyday favourite, which features a flared skirt and a feminine V-shaped neckline. With three sleeve options to choose from, you can decide between short, three-quarter or long versions. Whatever season you have in mind, this versatile pattern will be sure to see you through the whole year ahead.

Oversized Shirt Dress, £22.50,

Why sew loves... ✓ Two variations. ✓ Long or short sleeves. ✓ Versatile style.

Turner dress, from £11.20,

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MADALYNNE BY SIMPLICITY Sewing your underwear has never been easier, thanks to this great pattern and kit combo – courtesy of our friends at The New Craft House. The kit contains everything you need to get sewing one full cup bra. Choose from three different colours and start stitching wearable lingerie that’s a perfect fit. This kit makes view A of Madalynne 8229, and does not include the underwire. The bra can be worn without an underwire but you can add one in if you’d prefer. Simplicity Madalynne 8229 Bra Making Kit, £32.50, 31

Why sew loves... ✓ Sizes 32A-42DD. ✓ All-in-one kit. ✓ Three colour options.

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For the avid stitcher...

We all know what it's like to get so caught up with a project that we forget about less important things such as... hoovering, ahem. Treat your fellow stitching addict to this fun print, £14.50,

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alentine’s Day is generally a time for couples to celebrate their love – but have you heard of Palentine’s Day? This recently-created holiday falls on February 13th and encourages people to celebrate the other, equally important relationship with their best friends. Why not organise a fun get-together where you can present your BFFs with a gift to show just how much they mean to you? Here are just a few ideas to get you started.


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If you know someone who is captivated by on-screen costumes, she'll love a copy of Fashion in Film by Christopher Laverty (£30, Laurence King). It's packed with gorgeous photos and design sketches of the most iconic looks in movie history, such as Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy dress in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Visit www. laurenceking. com


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Help to keep her sewing room organised with an adorable haberdashery house! This wooden shelving unit is perfect for holding spools of ribbon and thread, and can be displayed on a table or hung on the wall. £24.99, www.


“I have made many of these beautiful needle cases for friends over the years. The case is the shape of an eight-petal flower when opened out – fold it up and it becomes a heart with a tab and a button or popper to fasten. It is great to give something you have made to someone special and I cherish all of my friends.”

For the office worker...

This lovable Brown Office Bear kit is simple enough for complete beginners, featuring a screen-printed front and back, stuffing and instructions – just add scissors, a needle and thread. Once completed, he makes a fun desk buddy. £14.95,

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Want more ideas? Why not sew our stylish saddle bag on p72 for your best bud!

Whip up this cute pair of slippers and sleep mask for a pamper session at home – in fact, why not make several sets and hand them out to all your friends for a girlie night of Netflix and chill? You'll find all the instructions at

These co-ordinating bags are great for organising her holiday wardrobe – one for favourite outfits and the other to hold any laundry! All instructions at

“My best friend is always losing her glasses, so I would sew her a luxurious pouch from an upcycled cashmere jumper with an appliqué flower on the front” Ellen Kharade, Sew designer


Those who enjoy indulging in some retail therapy will love this reversible tote bag, sewn in bold, bright prints! The design is a handy fold away style, so can easily be slipped into a handbag, ready for an impromptu purchase. Find how to make this at


For those who love surprises...

Sign a keen stitcher up to the Owl and the Sewing Cat's new surprise sewing kit service. Each month, they will receive a mystery parcel containing a pattern, instructions, fabric and trims to make a lovely project. Prices start from £18.95 per month, with beginner and advanced kits available. Visit www.owland or call 01323 325342.

“I would stitch a pretty travel pouch for my best pal and make a pair of tassel earrings to slip inside. If you’re not confident in your beading skills, it’s so easy to make tassels from brightly coloured embroidery thread and tie them onto earring findings.” Cheryl Owen, Sew designer

For the serious shopaholic...

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“Most of my good friends enjoy a gift that’s personal to them. Rather than a traditional monogram, I like to embroider meaningful messages, quirky quotes or motifs relating to a hobby onto cushions, cosmetic bags and pouches. If the words can reflect an ‘in joke’ or a recent experience, even better!” Corinne Bradd, Sew designer

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Sunray pleats

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Box pleats, straight


ccordion, box, sunray or flat – whatever springs to mind when you think of pleating, there are many ways to work the style into your wardrobe. So, we decided to take a look back at its fashion roots and explore the process that helps create such statement garments, with just a piece of fabric. To catch a glimpse into the industry, we spoke to Matt Weinert, Managing Director of Ciment Pleating, the oldest pleating firm in the UK.

A step back in time

Although pleated garments have taken to the catwalks in fairly recent years, it would seem the technique is one that has been adopted through the centuries. Some of the earliest pleated clothing was worn by the Egyptians, who would pour eggs over linen and dry it under the heat of the sun to set the creases. Archaeologists have discovered ancient wooden instruments with narrow grooves,

which suggest that the Egyptians used these to aid in the pleating process. The Greeks were also known to pleat the linen they used to fashion their tunics. The fabric was fixed on the shoulders by two brooches and wrapped around the waist with a belt. This method of creating pleats took time as it was completed by hand – the garment was washed before the pleats were varnished, which was repeated multiple times to achieve the perfect look. Another distinctive pleated look were the ruffs worn by both men and women towards the end of the 16th century, where they would adorn these spectacular pieces to frame their faces. Ruffs were created by pleating a fabric inside warm metallic cylinders, which were used each time the fabric was washed, as they would otherwise lose their shape and volume.

An artful process

In essence, pleating is the art of folding fabric to create volume and texture. To pleat fabric, you first need a pattern or a mould,


which is made up of two pieces of card that are folded identically so that they can fit together. Most of the moulds used have a wrapper on the outside to protect the pattern while it is heated. In order to pleat fabric, the two pieces of card need to be separated with one laid flat on a table. The fabric is placed on top of the card before the remaining card is placed on top to secure it. Once the fabric is sandwiched between the two pieces of card, the pattern needs to be folded into shape and rolled up tightly. It is then placed in a steam cabinet to heat set the fabric into the required shape. After the pattern has been left to cool, the fabric can be removed and will now maintain the shape of the pattern used to pleat it. Polyester fabrics work particularly well for pleating as they are made from plastic, which means that when they come in contact with a heat source, they become permanently altered. That's why most ready-to-wear pleated garments you'll see are made from polyester. They can easily be washed and don't require any ironing – bonus!


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Head over to our blog www.sewmag. to see how Ciment Pleating created our sunray pleat for the peplum top overleaf!

Behind the pleats

Opening its doors back in 1925, Ciment Pleating is the oldest pleating firm in the UK. It has developed a reputation with customers as the number one for pleating in the country, regularly exporting its services to Europe and the rest of the world. As a family-run business, spanning three generations of the Weinert name, they pride themselves on the utmost quality. The company supplies specially pleated fabrics for fashion and interior designers, home dressmakers, fashion colleges, film companies and advertising firms – as well as theatrical costumiers and milliners. “There's not a massive market for pleating here in the UK, so we mainly work with high-end clientele,” Matt Weinert tells Sew.

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Behind the scenes at Ciment Pleating...

We're used to seeing pleating pop up in fashion from year to year, but how does a company like this hope to maintain its status within the industry and continue to shine past its competitors? “I think it's mainly down to the variety of pleating techniques we offer. We're always talking to designers about ways we can create new and exciting designs,” says Matt. “When my dad took over from my granddad back in the 1980s, he prided himself on visiting fashion colleges and universities to give talks on the pleating process. I think this has helped to keep pleating at the forefront of fashion.”

Inspiring read... See fashion transform through the ages. The History of Modern Fashion by Daniel James Cole and Nancy Deihl, (£50, Laurence King), www.laurence

Dressing the stars

Ciment Pleating has some pretty big names under its belt, including Torvel and Dean, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and even The Queen. “My favourite client has to be Lady Gaga,” Matt reveals. “The piece was created using 330 pieces of sunray pleating made from shower curtains!”

Photography by Ryan Yassin

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Hidden pleating

peplum top

Essentials • Fabric, 1.5m x 1.8m • Contrast pleated fabric, 40cm • Lightweight fusible interfacing, 20cm • Coordinating thread • Concealed zip, 56cm

Dimensions Custom sized 1.5cm seam allowance used throughout except the lower edge of the peplum, where a 1cm seam allowance is used.

Cutting guide

Sew a stylish top with a pretty pleated detail A figure flattering choice for all, this peplum top by Amanda Walker is sure to get heads turning. Featuring a secret pleated detail within the design – which we sent off to the talented folk at Ciment Pleating, this stylish number is the perfect choice for all. Pair with lightweight trousers or a fitted pencil skirt to take this top from day to night with ease.

Front bodice: cut one on the fold Back bodice: cut one pair Sleeve: cut one pair Front facing: cut one on the fold each in fabric and interfacing Back facing: cut one pair each in fabric and interfacing Right front peplum: cut one pair Left front peplum: cut one pair Back peplum: cut two pairs Sunray pleated section: cut one (this section should be hemmed before it is pleated)


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Go online to templates to download and print the templates, then cut out referring to the cutting guide. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the front and back facings. Position and pin the back facings to the front with right sides together. Sew the seam and neaten the outer edge.


Stitch the darts on the front bodice piece, from the base to the points marked on the pattern. Repeat for the back bodice pieces. Press the darts towards the centre front and back. Neaten the edges of the front darts, side seams and shoulder seams.


Position the front and back bodice pieces right sides together, match the edges and pin in position. Stitch the shoulder seams together and press the seam allowances open.


Lay the bodice out flat, with right sides facing upwards, lay the joined facing on top with the right side facing down, matching the necklines together and pin. Stitch around the neckline, clipping the seam allowances around the curve. Under-stitch the neckline, stopping roughly 4cm from each centre back edge.


Match the side seams together and pin. Stitch from the base of the bodice up to the underarms. Press the seam open. Adjust the stitch length on your machine to size 5, then stitch a row of gathering stitches around the head of the sleeve, starting from the front notch and finishing at the back notches. Match, pin and stitch the underarm sleeve together with right sides facing. Turn the sleeves to the right side.


Pull the gathering threads up slightly, then place the sleeves into the armholes of the top, matching the notches. Match the side seams and underarm seam of the

sleeves together, pin and stitch in place. Neaten the seam allowances of the armhole and the base of the sleeves. Fold and press the 3cm sleeve hems, then hand hem in place.

pleated section needs to be completed and the other after turning one section to the right side. The edges of the pleated section will be sandwiched between the peplum and the lining. Turn the lining inside out, carefully tease out the seams and press flat.


Divide the peplum pieces into two sets – one set will become the lining. Join the centre back seams as far as the zip notch, then clip the seam allowance at these points. Lay the front peplum pieces over the back pieces with right sides of the fabric facing. Pin the side seams together on both sets and stitch in place. Press all the seams open.



To stitch the sunray pleated section between the front peplum pieces, position the hem of the pleated section 1cm up from the base of the peplum. Pin one side of the pleated section to the left and one side to the right peplum pieces, then stitch in place. Lay the remaining peplum set on top of the other with the right sides facing. Pin the lower base edges either side of the pleated section, then stitch the base of the peplum together with a 1cm seam allowance and either side of the pleated section with a 1.5cm seam allowance. One side of the


Neaten the edges of the centre back opening. Stitch the concealed zip into the back opening using a zipper foot. Fold and press the seam allowance along the two sides of the back opening. Open out the seam allowance, and with the right side of the fabric facing, place the opened zip face down, matching the teeth to the crease line in the seam allowance. Pin in place.

Position and pin the peplum to the bodice, matching the side seams and centre fronts together – the pleat section should run in line with the left front dart, (you may need to clip the waistline curve of the peplum to match the seams). Stitch in place, then neaten the seam allowance.


To finish, slip stitch the facing in place. Fold in the seam allowance along the edge of the zip, stitch and secure the facing to the ends of the shoulder seams.


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Start stitching your lingerie – you won’t look back! Lovely lace

Simplicity 8228 offers two feminine soft-cup bralette choices, in a plunge halter or racerback with a sweetheart neckline, plus high-waisted underwear with scalloped lace trimmings. Bra sizes range from 32A to 42DD, and the underwear can be made up in sizes XS-XL. The channelling at the cup seam gives you a little more support, and with no underwiring this pattern is a great introduction for first-time bra makers. It’s designed for 30%-40% stretch lace, while you can try your hand at sewing the knickers in spandex for the perfect shaping underwear.



Chances are, the bra you’re wearing right now doesn’t fit – but you don’t have to put up with it. Shopping for a new one can be more painful than a rogue underwire, so forgo the hassle (not to mention expense) and make your own. Stitching delicates may seem daunting, but there are plenty of quick and easy patterns, and your chest is sure to thank you. Since we get that each woman’s preference is different, we’ve got not one, but two discounted patterns (try both if you’d like). Get a move on, your new breast friend is waiting for you!

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Double discount for the new year! Get Simplicity 8228 and 8229 by Madalynne Flanigan for the special price of £3.48 each plus 85p P&P (RRP £6.95) from www.simplicitynewlook. com and quote code SEW8228 or SEW8229. Offer valid 12th January to 9th February.

1950s brassiere

Rock the retro-chic look with Simplicity 1426, available in sizes 4-22. It’s difficult to choose between the faux-wrap halter style, ruched cross-back, retro balconette, button-back strapless bra and bandeau – why not make them all? They’re made to be seen, so wear one under a sheer top, or alone with a pair of high-waisted shorts to make a holiday statement. Keep it vintage with a sweet gingham, or more confident sewists can stitch one up in a fabric with a little elastane (remember to adjust for stretch when cutting) for a stylish bikini top.

“Made to be seen”

If you’re looking for a beautiful, supportive bra with underwiring, look no further than the Simplicity 8229. It’s available in sizes 32A to 42DD, and has a full-band design for extra stability. It also has a hook-and-eye closure at the back, adjustable straps and the scalloped lace edging on the upper cups – adding a pretty touch. It also includes the pattern to make a simple pair of underwear with a flattering high-waisted silhouette in sizes XS-XL.

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This month we have two sets of fat quarter packs (colours picked at random) totalling five metres of fabric. Both sets complement each other and can be used in a variety of ways, so you’ll have enough fabric to sew projects to your heart’s content.

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Materials • Printed jersey • 20mm stretch lace trim, 5m • Shirring elastic

Size 8-10 (Small) 12-14 (Med) 16-18 (Large) BUST (in)








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Cutting guide Upper front, lower front, upper back and lower back: cut one piece on the fold Mark gathering position as indicated on bust line for upper and flower front 1cm seam allowance used throughout unless otherwise specified.

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Print the pattern at templates. Cut the pieces. Gather the upper front piece at the bustline between the notches.



Take your length of stretch lace trim and press the piece into a curve to match the front seam.



Pin the lace trim to the right side of the neck and armhole edge, tack and sew in place. Fold the lace to the reverse side. Press.

lace-trimmed nightie Stitch your own piece of loungewear

It’s just one of life’s truths that you can never have too much nightwear – and why settle for anything less than gorgeous? This sophisticated nightie is designed by Fiona Hesford, owner of crafty company Sew Girl, and features a sweet empire line that is both flattering and comfortable to wear. Add a feminine flourish with lace detail and stitch your own unique version to lounge in today!





Pin to the lower front piece, ease gathers up to match notches, and tack. Sew a 1cm seam. Clip the curved seam allowance.


With right sides together, sew the upper and lower back pieces together. Press the seams upwards.



Take the lace trimming and sew it below the seamline on the front and back of the nightie.


Sew the front and back of the nightie together at the shoulder seam. Press the seams open.




Topstitch on right sides, close to edge. Sew a dart at the V points of lace. Sew the back to the front at side seams, right sides together. 46


Attach lace to right of lower edge, fold to back; topstitch. Gather shoulder seams with shirring elastic. Sew with a long stitch length.

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MASTER JERSEY When cutting out your pieces, fold the fabric in half right sides together, with the selvedges aligned at the centre. Lay your fabric on a sheet or blanket to stop it moving when cutting out. You can leave edges raw or finish with an overlocker if the fabric requires it.




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was making a tote bag, but the bottom layer of fabric stretched out when I tried to sew the straps on. How do I stop this happening?

Tania Flynn

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Underdown Kate Underdown is the co-founder of online sewing community, The Fold Line. Visitors can search and review sewing patterns and get top tips from the blog at www.

Unfortunately, there are always going to be machine difficulties when you are sewing multiple layers of fabric together. This is especially true for something like a tote bag, because it’s generally made from a heavier weight fabric so that it can hold all your shopping without tearing or falling apart! However, there are a couple of things that you can do next time to help prevent the fabric stretching out. One option is to tack down the straps before you sew them properly. You can do this by hand, or on your machine by changing the stitch length so it is longer. This should help hold the strapping in place and reduce the stretching.

Sew a box and cross shape at the end of the straps to attach them more securely

Another option is to add a strip of lining. Once you have attached this to the outside of the bag, sew some staystitching around the edge to add more structure to the bag. When attaching the straps, instead of sewing straight across, try stitching an X box – this is literally a rectangular outline with a cross sewn diagonally from corner to corner. This will add strength to the straps and put less pressure on the fabric. 48 Q&A FEB.indd 48

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an you offer any tips on lining a dress? Jackie Fraser

Lisa Comfort Lisa Comfort set up the Sew Over It sewing café in Clapham, London in 2011 and has a second store in Islington. She has also penned several books, including Sew Over It Vintage (£15, Ebury Press). Find out more at www.

Lisa says Lining a dress is typically very simple. When I’m short on time I tend to stick with facings, but there’s something about a full lining that makes me feel super special. I just make a copy of the dress in my lining fabric, and attach it at the neckline. Once the zip is sewn in, I like to hand stitch the lining in place at the centre back and waist seam to anchor it to the inside of the dress. There’s nothing worse than an unruly lining!

Adding a lining to a garment makes it lovely to wear and gives that extra professional finish

My favourite method of lining a dress with a centre back seam is to sew up the bodice twice, one in the outer fabric and one in the lining fabric, attaching the front and back pieces at the shoulders only. Leave the side seams and centre back open, then with right sides together, stitch the front and back pieces at the neckline and around the armholes. Trim the seam allowances, clip the curves and under stitch as much as you can to anchor the lining to the inside. Pull the back pieces through the shoulders so that the bodice is the right way out. Then open the bodice fully out, and with right sides together, match the outer fabric to the outer fabric and the lining to the lining at the side seams. Stitch this long seam all in one go, and voila! You have a lined bodice, ready to attach to your skirt. Insert the zip as normal, before hand stitching the lining to the zip tape.


hat is a French seam and how would I sew one? Lizzie Silver

Guest expert Caroline Boardwell Reid

Caroline says French seams work best on garments made from lightweight to medium-weight fabrics, especially those that fray. It is not really suitable for bulky and stretchy fabrics but you can test on a scrap piece first to check. Use the normal straight stitch on your machine and make sure the size of the needle and type of thread is correct for the fabric. The seam allowance needs to be split in two parts because you will be making two seams. The first is made with the wrong sides together and the second seam with the right sides together. If this is the first time you’ve

sewn a French seam, add extra to the seam allowance so that you are not working with small allowances. Always make sure you press at every stage. Sew the seams 4mm from the raw edge. Trim the seam as near as possible to the stitches without damaging the seam so that when you turn the fabric back around, you cannot see the raw edges on the right side. Press both edges into the same side, then fold the fabric so that the right sides are together. The seam is now the new edge of the fabric. Sew 6mm from the edge so the raw edges are enclosed and press this seam to one side. 49 Q&A FEB.indd 49

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MACHINEshopping Create beautiful patchwork quilts with a top sewing machine

Patchwork and quilting can be benefitted by a more specialist machine but it is well worth the investment, especially if you find a model that is a good all-rounder. Features to look out for include an extra large sewing space and longer arm for bigger projects, while an advanced feed system will help tackle heavy duty or multiple Try a layers of fabric. A knee lift lever is also quilting useful for keeping both hands free as model you sew. Here are a few of our favourite models to consider trying and buying...


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The 570 QE is the first machine in the Bernina range to offer the BSR stitch regulator, guaranteeing even stitches as you guide the fabric. Whether altering the stitch length, needle position, or creating custom combinations, it will remember the stitch details for you. The free hand system is ideal for quilters, using a knee-lifter to raise the presser foot and lower the feed. Accessories include a walking foot for handling bulky or difficult fabrics, a ¼” patchwork foot and a large extension table.

This spacious and feature-packed sewing and quilting machine offers a generous 210mm (8.3”) work space to the right of the needle, allowing you to sew bigger projects. The square feed drive system provides optimum stitch quality, plus you can choose from 140 built-in stitches (excluding lettering), five uppercase lettering styles and 10 automatic one-step buttonholes. The NV 1100 can also combine and memorise stitches, and offers a drop feed, knee lift, slide speed control, and an automatic needle threader and thread cutter.

This computerised machine is extra-efficient with plenty of built-in assistance. For example, the unique exclusive sensor system automatically and continuously senses and adjusts as you sew any thickness of fabric, for perfect even feeding. The electronic self-adjusting thread tension sets the best one automatically for all sewing techniques and fabrics. A generous 200mm (8”) sewing surface and long arm makes it easy to work on large projects, while the advisor feature optimises your sewing with automatic settings.




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My machine and I... Sew designer Lucy Hopping sings the praises of her Janome SMD3000

“My sewing machine is a Janome SMD3000. It was given to me by my parents last year for my birthday as I had just handed my notice in to my job as a product developer for a toy company, to become a full time mum, craft writer and maker! It was a complete surprise when it turned up on my doorstep – what an amazing gift. It replaced my second-hand Janome machine, which was about 20 years old and, although still running, had seen better days after years of hammering through various layers of fabric/paper etc... especially during my years at the University of Huddersfield studying textile crafts. Although I am not the biggest machine stitcher, when I do get it out to use it’s a joy to work with. It’s simple, but with enough functions to play and experiment with. My old machine had a little compartment for storing bobbins, spare needles and so on, which this model doesn’t – but that’s my only complaint! I mostly use my machine to sew the main parts of my memory bears that I make from old baby clothes, which I sell online. I also use it to create projects for my various books and magazine articles. I’m a simple machine sewer and this model suits me perfectly – thanks Mum and Dad!”


The Memory Craft 9400 QCP is the biggest long-arm model Janome has ever produced, boasting an impressive arm space of 280mm (11”), which makes it ideal not just for larger quilts, but also bridal dresses and bigger craft and home furnishing projects. As well as being big and powerful, stitch quality is also a priority with a built-in AcuFeed system for precise fabric handling, and an easy change needle plate. The machine also offers a speed of up to 1,060 stitches per minute, 91 needle positions, a 9mm stitch width, plus a stitch composer that allows you to design your own stitches, allowing your creativity to reach further heights! Other great features include an electronic knee lifter, an auto thread cutter and remote thread cutter port, plus an auto needle threader, easy set bobbin and bobbin winder, saving you even more valuable sewing time.


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KEY FEATURES: 3 350 built in stitches 3 Four styles of alphabets and numbers 3 Memorise stitch and alphabet combinations

3 Easy pivot feature 3 USB port Price: £2,199, 0161 666 6011

“This long arm model provides speed and precision for perfect stitching results”

SHOP of the MONTH Sewing & Craft Superstore, on Balham High Road in South West London, has been run by four generations of the Rushton family since it was established in 1946 and celebrated 70 years of successful trading last year. Sewing machines are its speciality, with models such as Janome, Brother, Elna, Bernina and Wimsew in stock plus Horn Cabinets. You’ll also find two floors packed with dress, quilting and soft furnishing fabrics, a full collection of dress patterns, plus an extensive range of haberdashery, cake decorating and knitting supplies. The shop also has a sewing machine service and repairs department, and runs a monthly How to Use Your Sewing Machine class. The super-friendly staff offer

an excellent and wide-ranging sewing and crafting knowledge – or you can shop via the revamped website for sewing machines and accessories, patterns, haberdashery and more.

WHAT’S ON OFFER? 3 Wide range of sewing machines 3 Huge selection of fabrics, patterns and haberdashery 3 Friendly and knowledgable customer service 3 Sewing machine classes

FIND OUT MORE… Visit Sewing & Craft Superstore, 292-312 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7AA. Alternatively, log on to or call 0208 767 0036.

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“Don’t feel constrained by the rules – live a life of colour!”

give a great deal of talks and workshops throughout the year, and receive many emails and questions on Create and Craft TV – but the number one question? It’s always on the subject of colour. Whether that’s choosing them, combining several together, or generally making colour work! So many creative people struggle with colour choices and I’ve certainly had my own struggles over the last thirty years as a crafter. The funny thing is that none of us are born with this fear of colour! During the years that I spent as a primary school teacher, I noticed that the younger the child, the greater their ability to experiment. We don’t start out fearing colour; we are instinctive, emotional and spontaneous, using whatever is in the palette. And if we don’t find what we are looking for, we mix them up.

“Try to hold onto your innate sense of colour and don’t be swayed by convention” Unfortunately, it isn’t long before we become afraid. We learn that colours have a value and discover that certain ones are classy, some are garish, others are quiet, and a few shout and scream! As a nation, we don’t scream, we don’t shout… perish the thought of drawing attention to ourselves. We learn to be afraid and unlearning is hard – really hard! If you feel constrained by ‘the rules’ as such, cast them out and try something new. Look to Far Eastern or South American designs for examples of textiles that are way beyond your expectations of what should work. Use the colours of the moment but be bold and adventurous in how you use them. Harmonise, clash, blend and experiment. Be quiet, be loud and be bold, but above all, be beautiful!

Stuart x


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February is the time of year where I dust myself down, throw open the windows and get truly excited about decorating, seeking out fabulous colours for spring and summer. All the key trend predictors reveal their colour picks, while the world of fashion and interiors show off new collections. Pantone, the global name in colour trends, has predicted a gorgeous palette for this year – and I’m loving it! This season’s key colours connect with our inherent need to be at one with nature; the palette is earthy but fresh, bringing a sense of calm, confidence and energy. Soft but warm pastels abound with delicious colours like ‘Island Paradise’, a dazzling azure blue, ‘Greenery’ and ‘Pale Dogwood’, through to brighter shades like ‘Pink Yarrow’ and ‘Flame’. My favourite though is ‘Hazelnut’, a gorgeous neutral that blends warm grey and lilac pink in a shade so flattering, calm and cocooning, it makes me want to paint the world – and knowing Pantone’s ability to spot the best colours, I probably will!

If you want to be totally on trend and perfectly coordinated, you’ll be as excited as I was to try out the Nix Pro Color Sensor. It’s a handheld device that can measure the colour of absolutely any surface and provides the user with near-perfect colour information, direct to their smartphone or tablet. Every scrap of ambient light is blocked out whilst the sensor uses its own calibrated light source to detect the exact colour and help find a perfect match. It’s so easy! With this gamechanging piece of kit in hand, never again will we need to drag out a dress, cushion or lampshade into the daylight to check whether the shades match. It’s perfect for colour-lovers and a fantastic tool for the fashionista, crafter, home sewer, quilter or artist. Get yours at

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The Sew Easy Colour and Tone Guide is a must-have for any creative person, helping you to choose colours, find coordinates and accent colours with ease – all for just £6! It’s available in all good fabric shops or on eBay.

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Fab fat quarters!

loveheart cushion

Essentials • Patterned cotton, two fat quarters • Plain cotton, two fat quarters • Polka dot fabric, 15cm x 20cm • Adhesive webbing, 15cm x 20cm • Lightweight iron-on interfacing, 2.2m • Red pom-pom trim, 2m • Cushion stuffing, 500g

Cutting guide Printed cotton: cut two large hearts Pink cotton: cut two medium hearts Polka dot: cut one small heart Red cotton: cut four 9cm x 45cm strips

Dimensions 40cm x 43cm

Stitch a quirky headrest with a pocket today Valentine’s Day gifts that are romantic, good looking and practical can be hard to come by, so take notice of what we have for you here. Chloe Hailwood’s statement softie features on-trend pom-pom trimming as well as a handy pouch, which you can easily stash a good book in. It’s so simple to make up, with stunning results. Now is the time to use some of those fat quarters you’ve been saving!

1cm seam allowance used throughout.

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Visit to download and print the templates. Press interfacing onto the reverse of all fabrics, then cut as indicated in the cutting guide. Line up two red cotton strips at the short sides, right sides facing, then stitch across the width. Repeat with the other strips to create one long piece, then press the seams open.


Pin the two medium hearts right sides together, then sew around, leaving a 4cm gap. Snip the seam allowance (see Sew Advice panel) before turning out. Press seams flat. Press adhesive webbing onto the reverse of the polka dot heart. Peel away the backing paper, then adhere to the centre of the pink heart.


Cut 14 pom-poms from trimming and sew each one around the edge of the polka dot centre, spacing them evenly. Lay one printed cotton heart flat, with the right side facing up. Pin the trim to the seam allowance, so the pom-poms face the centre. Tack in place, then remove the pins.

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Position one long edge of the red fabric strip on top of the trim, tack in place and clip the material, removing the excess. Machine stitch around, leaving a 1cm seam allowance, then remove the tacking stitches. Snip the seam allowance, taking care at the groove at the top of the heart.


Fill the pink panel with a thin, even layer of stuffing then sew the gap closed. Whip stitch in the centre of the patterned piece with a trim, leaving the top third open to use as a pocket. Pin the second patterned heart onto the remaining long edge of the red fabric, and tack.


Remove the pins and stitch around, leaving a 12cm gap. Turn the cushion cover out, gently pushing out any curved pieces. Finish stuffing, using less for a softer cushion and more for a firmer one. Slip stitch the gap closed. 54

SEAMS ABOUT RIGHT Snipping at intervals along a seam allowance is vital for a smooth curved edge. Clipping concave curves allows the material to stretch further, while removing V-shaped notches from convex curves prevents material bulking. Cut diagonally beside corners to remove excess fabric. Snip closely, but ensure you don’t cut through your stitching.

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Tapestry rose

Kona cotton in red

This hot pink fabric is perfect for the heart pouch! £2.30 per fat quarter.

This vibrant print has a fabulous, folky feel. £3.65 per fat quarter.

Create a beautiful clash with a bold red. £2.30 per fat quarter.

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At one with nature

Liberty Tana Lawn Cotton Fabric, Yoshie Small in A, £22.50 per metre,

Forest in turquoise, First Light collection by Elouise Renouf for Art Gallery Fabrics, £15 per metre,

If you or your family are lovers of the great outdoors, you don’t have to rummage through foliage or bring logs into your home to prove that you do! Those who prefer a minimalist approach can still keep their furnishings simple, whilst opting for wildlife and outdoors motifs along with pops of colour. This contemporary take on outside living includes a coated bird fabric hanging and cushions in bold graphic prints – which even acknowledge the beauty of buildings amongst the leaves and trees.



Heartwood collection by Makower, £11.80 per metre,

“I love using this quilting cotton for various projects around the house, especially cushions and placemats – which is an easy and affordable way of mixing up your décor and the feel of your home!”

Feathers in 7874 S40, Feathers & Stripes collection by Jane Makower. To find your nearest stockist, visit

“I love this classic Liberty print for all the little details that are in it. Every time you look you can spot another animal or flower. Watch out for the unicorn and stag – I love them!”



“I love this fabric as it captures the full spectrum of what’s trending at the moment – foxes, owls and hares! The versatile 100% cotton is ideal for cushions, tablemats and napkins... the list goes on!”

“Our feather design is an abstract print that is designed to go with my range of other bird prints, similar to this one. Bird feathers are so beautiful, either in intricate detail or as a silhouette!” 56 HomeTrends94.indd 1

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Pair busy prints with minimalist pieces

Stitch a host of cushions in graphic scene prints

Use feather and bird motifs for a natural style

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Corinne discusses the pros and cons of building an ever-growing fabric stash

’ve now got to the stage where along with the pair of cotton sheets I physically cannot find any more and vintage suitcase. storage for my fabric – or indeed To put it bluntly, I have turned into space for all the things I’ve sewn my grandmother – a woman who once and can’t bear to part with. My home is discovered 23 tins of peaches in syrup what people would politely call ‘cosy’, though tucked away in her kitchen cupboards, I suspect they’re secretly thinking ‘How can and kept new nightdresses ‘for best’. She you live like this?!’ I have haberdashery in every brought my mum up during the war, so all available container and subsequently it takes her frugal tips have been passed down me three hours to find the right length zip the generations to the extent that my or colour of ric rac. daughter, after recently seeing a news report My daughter’s about increasing friend walked into the inflation, remarked, house the other day, “We’ll just have to took one look at her tighten our belts, bedroom and squawked won’t we?” in surprise. Amy’s reply? Rescue therapy “I come from a long isn’t so bad. There’s line of hoarders. What a great deal of do you expect?” satisfaction to be It would appear I’ve gained when you taught her well. find something I’m lucky in as much that you know as I never feel the need you’ll need a couple for retail therapy, of years down the because if I were to line and an even buy new things on a greater sense of regular basis, there achievement when would be even less three years later, room to swing my cat. you can finally find Unfortunately, it amongst all the I indulge in rescue other stuff. ‘Making Whip up Corinne’s stylish leopard therapy instead, so good use of the print clutch bag featured in issue 20 whenever I see a bag things that we find’ of our sister magazine Make It Today of embroidery thread has become my Dressmaker, on sale 23rd December. mantra – thank you, in the charity shop for Visit just £3, I have to buy it... Uncle Bulgaria!

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Dragonflies are a lovely motif that remind us of the warmer months ahead, so Corinne Bradd has incorporated them into a pretty sewing machine cover complete with handy pockets! The cover can also be used as a padded mat to sit the machine on, allowing you to keep your scissors and tape measure easily within reach. We’ve used the Playground fabric collection by Art Gallery Fabrics, which features lovely floral prints in blue, pink and gold. 61

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sew a dragonfly block


Download and print the templates at www. Choose two pale and two darker fabrics for each dragonfly. Cut a body piece and a 3.5cm square from the darkest colour, then trim the square in half diagonally to make a triangle. Snip an 8.5cm square of lighter background fabric. Fold under 5mm on the long edge of the small triangle and finger press. Place the triangle on the corner of the background square and flip over on the folded edge so it sits face down on the square. Pin and stitch in place along the crease line to form the dragonfly’s head.



Essentials • Assorted cotton prints, fat quarters • White cotton • Thin fusible interfacing • Lightweight felt wadding


Cut one wing A and one wing A reversed, plus one wing B and one wing B reversed from the background fabric. Trim one wing A and one wing A reversed from the second darker fabric. From the remaining lighter fabric, cut one wing B and one wing B reversed. Keep the reversed pieces separate from the right side up pieces. Pair a

wing A with a wing B from background fabric and stitch right sides together on the dashed line to make a half square triangle (HST). Repeat with the other pieces to make pairs of top and bottom wings [1].

aligning the centre of the head with the middle of the body. Open out and press before squaring up the sides to make a 16cm block.

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Cut two 9cm HSTs from background fabric. Place a bottom wing HST on top, right sides together and sew along the wing edge. Open out to make a larger triangle. Repeat for the other bottom wing piece and HST in reverse to make a pair. Place the body fabric face down onto the background half of a larger triangle, lining up the bottom point but moving the top of the piece in by 1cm at the top. Sew along the dashed line [2]. Crease the body piece in half, pin and stitch the other larger bottom wing triangle to it in the same way, using the existing placement as a guide. Open out and press to make a larger HST. Take the pair of top wing HSTs and sew to the 8.5cm square on the edges either side of the triangular head to make a larger HST [3]. Pin and stitch the two large HSTs right sides together,

“For a flatter finish, press each seam as you go and avoid folding them all the same way”

Make three dragonfly blocks from different fabrics. Sew together in a row and lightly stiffen with thin fusible interfacing. Place face down onto a 16cm x 46cm rectangle of white cotton and sew around the edges, leaving a 10cm gap in the centre of the bottom edge. Clip the corners, turn out and press. Topstitch the top edge of the panel, fold in the raw edges of the gap and pin. Cut 30 11cm squares of different fabrics and sew together in two panels of 3 x 5. Press and pin onto felt wadding and white cotton. Topstitch along the seam lines before topstitching diagonally from corner to corner of each square. Trim the backing fabric and wadding to the edges of the patchwork.


Cut several 2.5cm wide fabric strips to make straight binding. Bring the patchwork panel up to the back and front of your sewing machine and mark where the carrying handle is along the top edge of both pieces. Bind the edge between these marks with 2.5cm fabric strips.


Dragonfly block: 15cm square Sewing caddy: 49cm x 59.5cm

Place the patchwork pieces wrong sides facing and stitch together on the top unbound edges. Trim the seam allowance. Cut binding strips 1cm longer than these seams, fold under 5mm on the long edges plus one short edge of each and press. Pin the strips over the raw seams and topstitch in place. Bind the outer edges of the cover with 2.5cm strips joined end to end as necessary.



Lay the cover flat and pin the dragonfly pocket panel to the bottom centre of one side. Pin and topstitch the pocket to the cover around three edges, closing the pinned gap as you do so. Topstitch down the seam lines between each block to divide the pocket into three.


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He Loves Me Blue Daisy petals fall against navy blue.

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STITCH SCHOOL “Use 2mm, 4mm and 7mm wide ribbons to create different sized roses on this sleep mask”

Essentials • Pink linen fabric fabric, 25cm square • Offray polyester embroidery ribbon, 570 Moss, 640 Lemon, 2mm wide; 168 Colonial Rose, 178 Rose, 183 Garden Rose, 095 Carnation, 824 Buttermilk, 4mm wide; 260 Scarlet, 7mm wide • Embroidery thread, pink, green • Lace-edge bias binding, 15mm wide, 60cm • Cotton tape or ribbon, 12mm wide, 60cm • Needles, crewel, sewing • Thread to match fabric and binding • Embroidery hoop • Erasable marker

Here is a lovely embroidery technique that uses ribbon instead of thread! You can buy narrow ribbon especially manufactured for stitching to add a lovely texture and sheen to an embroidered piece. If you are new to ribbon embroidery, the floral motif decorating this sleep mask uses four stitches that are easy to master – the woven rose, plus chain stitch for the leaves and French knots and couching for the stems.

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Place the fabric in an embroidery hoop with the flower motif in the centre. Following the step-by-step instructions and using the picture of the finished mask as a guide, create stems with 2mm green ribbon, holding

Thread your needle with embroidery thread the same colour as the ribbon you are using. Begin by making a fly stitch – bring the needle up at A, down at B and up again at C, making sure the point is above the thread. Take it back down through the fabric just below, to create the Y-shaped stitch.




Now add two straight stitches radiating out from the centre. You have now created five ‘spokes’, which form the foundation for weaving the rose.

Thread your needle with a length of embroidery ribbon. Knot the end, then bring the needle up through the fabric close to the centre, where the five spokes meet. Take the needle under the nearest spoke then, working in an anticlockwise direction, take it over the next spoke, under the next and so on.

11cm x 13cm

Download and print the template at www.sewmag. Fold a 25cm square of pink linen fabric in half. Place the template on one half and draw around it, then repeat for the other half. On one of the mask shapes, transfer the design for the rose motif and lettering with an erasable marker.







each one in place with green embroidery thread. Embroider a ribbon rose inside each circle, using different colours and widths of ribbon.


Thread the needle with 2mm green ribbon and embroider a few leaves in chain stitch. The position of each leaf is shown on the template as a short line. Thread the needle with 2mm yellow ribbon and embroider a French knot in the positions indicated by a dot. Re-position the fabric in the hoop if necessary, and embroider the lettering in satin stitch, using three strands of embroidery thread.

Remove the fabric from the hoop, place face down on a folded towel and press lightly with a steam iron to remove any creases. Cut out the two mask shapes plus a third one from felt, and sandwich it between the two linen pieces with the embroidered one on top. Stitch the pieces together through all thicknesses, close to the edge.


Turn the work over. Cut 60cm of tape or ribbon in half and stitch one to each side edge. Bind the edges of the mask with bias binding, covering the cut ends of the tape at each side as you do so.


Keep working in an anti-clockwise direction, taking the needle over and under each thread in turn, until you have reached the ends of the foundation stitches, by which time you will have created a rose. Take the needle down through the fabric and fasten off at the back.


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Stitching for beginners

Essentials • Five patterned cottons, 0.5m • Contrasting cotton, 2m • 4oz wadding, 1.5m


flamingo quilt Learn a new technique and stitch up a patchwork dream

95cm x 1.25m

Our simple starter quilt by Corinne Bradd is the perfect way to begin your quilting journey. Made up of squares and rectangles, this beautifully bold design will capture the hearts of many. If you’d prefer to use plain fabrics to make yours, choose colours that complement each other and create your very own masterpiece!

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From three lighter flamingo printed cottons, cut 16 11cm squares from each fabric using a rotary cutter, quilter’s rule and cutting mat. Using two plain fabrics, cut 55 6cm x 11cm pieces of each colour. Cut 63 6cm squares of the darkest cotton fabric.


Take an 11cm square and place a pink rectangle along the top edge with right sides together. Sew together using a 5mm seam allowance. Open out and finger press. Place a 6cm square on one end of a blue rectangle with right sides together, and sew down the short edge. Open out and finger press.


Place the blue strip on the left side of an 11cm square with right sides facing, matching up the seams of the previous step. Sew together, then open out to make a 15cm block. Make up the remaining 11cm squares in this way.


Arrange the blocks in a 6 x 9 grid, alternating the patterns as you do so. Make a note of the block that lies on the right-hand side and bottom edge. Stitch corresponding plain rectangles and 6cm squares to the right and bottom edges to form a continuous border around the layout.


Begin joining the blocks in pairs, then sets of four, eight and so on to sew the quilt top together. Take care to match up existing seams for a neat, geometric finish. Press the quilt top with a hot steam iron to flatten all seams.

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Press the remaining piece of dark cotton and lay face down on a flat surface. Lay the wadding centrally over the top and finally the quilt top face up. Adjust the layers to ensure there is at least 4cm excess of backing fabric on each side.


Pin the layers together at regular intervals and trim the wadding to the same size as the quilt top. Topstitch the layers together with pink thread, sewing along the seam lines, starting at the centre and working out to the edges each time to prevent the layers bunching up.


Trim the excess backing fabric to leave a 3cm border. Fold over 1cm on the raw edges of the backing fabric, before folding over the edges of the quilt and pinning. Mitre the corners as you go, along. Topstitch the hem close to the interior edge.

Flamingos in paradise

Flamingo flock

Flock to the oasis

Bold and beautiful tropical design.

Simple feathered friends against white.

Classic flamingos on a lime backdrop.

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Use the same basic technique but on a smaller scale to create a fun cushion cover front.

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Essentials • Assorted floral fabrics, three different prints • Plain cotton fabric, three colours • White nylon cord • Bamboo garden cane, 47cm • Toy filling • Pinking shears • Tapestry needle

Cutting guide Heart: cut four from each of three floral fabrics, four each from plain light grey and dark grey fabric, and six from plain dark pink fabric

Dimensions 47cm x 1.1m

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Add a romantic touch to your home decor We’re getting in the mood for lurve here at Sew HQ, as our love affair with fabric grows stronger by the day. This delightful project by Becky Clarke will help you use up scraps in your stash and is ideal for a speedy sewing fix! It makes a lovely nursery gift for expecting parents, or could even be made into a nostalgic keepsake – using fabric from treasured garments that baby has outgrown.

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Download and print the heart template at and use it to cut out 30 pieces (to make 15 hearts) with pinking shears, from a mixture of plain and patterned fabrics.


Pin a pair of hearts wrong sides together. Hand sew a running stitch around the outside of the heart, 5mm from the edge, leaving a 3cm-4cm gap. Gently stuff each heart then sew the opening closed. Repeat to make 15 hearts.


Thread white cord onto a tapestry needle, push the needle in between the stitching at the bottom point of the heart, then bring the needle out at the centre of the heart at the top. Repeat with four more stuffed hearts, spacing them out 9cm apart. Sew a few hand stitches to secure the cord and stop the hearts moving.


Drill a hole in the centre of a bamboo cane, then 12cm either side. Thread the centre cord through and knot to secure, with 18cm cord below the bamboo. Trim the excess.


Tie knots in the remaining cords, 9cm above the top heart. Thread through the bamboo and knot again before tying the two loose ends together to make a hanger. Trim the excess cord.

The right stuff Gently fill each heart with toy stuffing. £3.50 per 250g bag,


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Practise pattern matching!

saddle bag

Essentials • Chevron print cotton fabric, grey and yellow, 28cm x 50cm, grey and white, 28cm square • Yellow/white stripe cotton fabric, 50cm x 1.1m • Iron-on interfacing, 1m x 1.1m • Lightweight wadding, 50cm x 1.1m • Flat metal bag clasp, 18cm • Black plastic or metal rings, two 2.5cm • Vintage button, 2cm • Jumbo black ric rac, 60cm

Dimensions 24cm x 26cm, excluding handles

Accessorise your spring wardrobe with this zingy bag Ellen Kharade’s chevron print saddle bag will make a great fashion statement this season, in bold shades of grey, black, white and lemon. The jumbo ric rac mirrors the fun zigzag pattern while the vintage button conceals the magnetic clasp beneath, keeping your belongings safe and sound.

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Download and print the templates at Iron interfacing onto the reverse of grey/yellow chevron, grey/white chevron and yellow stripe fabrics. Cut out one flap, four side pieces and two linings from yellow stripe fabric, one flap and one back from grey/ yellow chevron fabric, and one front from grey/white chevron fabric.


Pin wadding to the wrong sides of the bag flap, front, back and sides, then cut the shapes out. Tack all around to hold the pieces together. Machine stitch the bag flap, front and back, following the chevron pattern as you go. Machine stitch across the sides, using the horizontal lines as a guide. Remove the tacking stitches.


Lay the yellow striped flap on top of the grey chevron front, wrong sides together, and mark the position of the clasp, using the pattern as a guide. Place the washer in position where the clasp is to be fitted and mark with a pencil. Carefully make a slit in the pencil marks with a scalpel, piercing through both pieces of fabric. From the right side, push the clasp through the slits in the front piece and fold the prongs down to the outside. Attach the other part of the clasp to the flap in the same way.


Pin 60cm of ric rac to the inside curve of the grey-yellow chevron quilted flap and tack into place. With right sides facing, pin the quilted flap and the yellow striped flap pieces together, then machine stitch around the curve only. Turn the piece right side out and press. Topstitch around the curve, keeping the stitches neat and even.


Sew the darts into the side sections as indicated on the pattern and press to one side. With right sides facing, pin the lining pieces together and machine stitch, leaving a 14cm gap at the base for turning. Trim the seams to reduce bulk and press with an iron.


Sew the darts into the side sections as indicated on the pattern and make up the main body of the bag as for the lining, trimming away the bulk from the seams. Pin the finished flap to the back of the bag, with the right outside of the flap against the right outside of the bag back. Tack to hold all the

layers together, keeping the raw edges even.


Turn the lining and the bag inside out and insert the bag into the lining, making sure that the flap sits inside the bag. Pin all the layers together then machine stitch into place. Remove the tacking stitches, turn the bag through the opening in the lining, then push the lining into the bag and re-shape. Sew up the gap with neat slipstitches and press under a warm iron. Topstitch around the top of the bag, keeping the stitches neat and even.


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together. Pin and machine stitch into place. Topstitch along the pressed edge. Trim a 7.5cm length from the strip and thread through a bag ring, tacking the folded edge behind it.


Pin the loop to the side of the bag, coming down 6cm from the top of the bag edge, and machine stitch into place. Work the other side of the bag loop in the same way. Thread the remaining length of fabric through the bag loop, folding over the raw edge, and machine stitch into place. Work the other end of the bag handle in the same way. Hand sew a button onto the front of the bag, so that it corresponds with the bag clasp.

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• Kitchen strainer (metal mesh) • Embroidery thread, three shades of pink, two shades of green • Crewel needle • Ribbon for hanging

Dimensions Small strainer 8.5cm diameter

Large strainer 10.5cm diameter

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Go online to www.sewmag. to download and print the chart provided. Measure the mesh you will be working on by placing a tape measure across a section of the strainer and count how many holes there are to 2.5cm. The size of the mesh will determine how many strands of thread to use in your needle. For a mesh around 10-12 holes, use three strands; for 14-16 holes use two strands.

Transform a tired kitchen item into a kitsch piece of home décor

For anyone who thought that a perfect cross-stitch design could only be achieved on fabric, say hello to our amazing upcyle! Rummage through your kitchen drawers or make a visit to a local charity shop to find a suitable strainer, then gather a few skeins of embroidery thread and you’ll have all you need to create Susie Johns’ pretty rose design. Hang on your walls for a simple update with added vintage charm.


Thread your needle with the palest of the three flower shades. Referring to the chart and starting at the centre of the motif, make one cross stitch for each of the coloured squares. You may find it easier to keep changing colours, filling in the centre of the motif and working towards the edges of the flower. Embroider the leaves using two shades of green.


It can be quite difficult to weave the needle through the backs of the stitches on the curved surface of the strainer, so it may be easier to leave a loose end and tie these ends together in a firm knot before trimming off any excess. To finish, tie a loop of ribbon to the handle to hang on the wall.


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Dimensions Custom sized

Cutting guide Front: cut one on fold

Your littl’un will love this soft and cosy sweatshirt!

Back: cut one on fold Cowl neck: cut two on fold Back neck facing: cut one on fold Sleeve: cut two on fold

Young Jack looks very smart and snug in this cowl necked top, made by his mum Sarah Gledson. The fun puffin print in light blue and yellow will appeal to many kids, but any kind of cotton/bamboo French terry, light sweatshirting, velour or jersey fabric with at least 50% stretch would work well for this garment.

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3 yrs: 90cm

4 yrs: 90cm

5 yrs: 100cm

6 yrs: 100cm

7 yrs: 100cm

8 yrs: 140cm

9 yrs: 160cm

10 yrs: 170cm

Ribbing Measurements

Download and print the pattern at and cut out out all the top pieces from fabric, and the waist cuffs, arm cuffs and pocket strips from ribbing. Fold one pocket strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together to form a double layer strip. Place the strip on the right side of the top front, along the edge of one pocket opening. All the raw edges should point the same way. Stretch the ribbing a little, let it hang off the edge at the beginning and end by a few millimetres, and pin. Repeat with the second strip on the opposite side [1].


Waist Cuff (cut one)

Arm Cuff (cut two)

Edges of Semi-Circle Through Pocket (cut two)

2 yrs

8.5cm x 57cm

7cm x 14cm

3cm x 15cm

3 yrs

8.5cm x 60cm

7cm x 16cm

3cm x 16cm

4 yrs

8.5cm x 64cm

8cm x 17.5cm

3cm x 17cm

5 yrs

9cm x 68cm

8cm x 19cm

3cm x 18.5cm

6 yrs

9cm x 71cm

8cm x 19.5cm

3cm x 18.5cm

7 yrs

9cm x 75cm

8.5cm x 20cm

3cm x 19cm

8 yrs

9cm x 78cm

8.5cm x 21cm

3cm x 19.5cm

9 yrs

10cm x 80cm

8.5cm x 22cm

3cm x 20cm

10 yrs

10cm x 83cm

9cm x 23cm

3cm x 20.5cm


Place the through-pocket lining piece so that it’s right sides together with the top. If using a directional fabric, your pattern will appear upside down. The main fabric and pocket fabric will be right sides together, with the pocket trim sandwiched in the middle [2]. Sew along the semi-circle curves with an overlocker on a stretch setting or a sewing machine with a stretch or zigzag stitch, using a 6mm seam allowance.


Turn the fabric right side out and press the curves. Topstitch the seams just sewn, ideally using a twin needle, and sew with one needle either side of the seam. Alternatively use a zigzag, stretch or long straight stitch [3]. Turn the fabric so you are looking at the pocket lining. Fold the lining down so the top straight edge meets the bottom straight edge. Pin or tack this long edge so all three layers remain together [4-6].


Place the front and back pieces right sides together. Pin and sew at the shoulders with a 6mm seam allowance. The front piece will appear shorter than the back. Press the seam towards the back and topstitch with a stretch or long straight stitch. This seam will now sit towards the front of the body rather than on the top of the shoulder.








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Place one arm piece, right sides facing, against the top. Start by pinning each end and work your way towards the middle, ensuring it is secured evenly. Sew using a 6mm seam allowance. Repeat for the second sleeve. Place the front and back cowl pieces, right sides together, then pin and sew along the top longer curved edge. Turn the cowl right side out and press. Topstitch 25mm from the edge just sewn using a stretch stitch.


Fold the cowl in half and mark the centre of the raw edge of the back. Fold the top in half and mark the centre of the back neckline. Match the mark on the back of the cowl to the back neckline mark and pin in place. Pin around the neckline until you reach one end of the cowl, then pin the other way around the neckline. The two ends of the cowl will overlap across the whole front.


Turn to the back of the top. Pin the neck facing to the back of the neckline with the right side of the facing against the fabric of the cowl. The facing should reach almost shoulder to shoulder. Sew the cowl and facing to the top, stitching around the entire neckline using an overlocker or long, narrow zigzag stitch – taking care to catch all the layers as you sew. Begin and end the stitching in the middle of the back as it will eventually be hidden by the facing.


Fold the neck facing down, so it is inside the top with the right side of the fabric facing you. Pin in place. Sew the facing down using a medium straight stitch, 2mm-3mm from the edge of the facing. Pin the top along the arms and down each side, right sides together. Sew from the end of the arm to the bottom of the garment in one go, using a 6mm seam allowance.


Fold each arm cuff in half, matching the two short ends, to form a ring of fabric. Sew using a 6mm seam allowance. Fold the bottom half of each cuff up to make a double layered ring. Place one cuff over the end of a sleeve so that all the raw ends face the same way. Stretch the cuff gently, pin evenly around the end of the sleeve and sew in place with an overlocker on a stretch setting, or a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine, using a 6mm seam allowance. Repeat for the second arm cuff, plus the waist cuff at the bottom of the garment.

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Hoot & Toot owl pals

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Dimensions Owl: 19cm x 26cm 0.5cm seam allowance used throughout.

Stitch a huggable friend that a little girl or boy will treasure forever

Cutting guide Head: cut two from patterned fabrics Body: cut two from plain fabric Wings: cut two from fusible webbing Eye outer: cut two from fusible webbing Eye inner: cut two from fusible webbing Eye centres: cut two from brown felt Beak: cut one from brown felt Scalloped sections: cut three from fusible webbing

If you’re new to toymaking or just looking for a quick-sew project, these lovely owls by Louise Nichols are sure to satisfy. The pair are made up using a soft flannel fabric, which is ideal for sewing toys that little ones are likely to cuddle up to – Olivia and Ruben certainly enjoyed their owl hugs! The durable cotton also retains its charm after doing the rounds in the wash, so youngsters can play with their new friend to their heart’s content.

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Visit to download and print the templates. Use them to cut two head sections from patterned fabric and two body sections from plain fabric. Stitch the head and body sections together and press open the seam.


Draw two wings, two outer eyes and two inner eye sections onto fusible webbing. Cut out and iron the wings onto different patterned fabric, the outer eyes onto beige felt and the inner eyes onto white fabric.


section, iron on and machine stitch in place. Repeat for the top scalloped section.

Cut out and position the wings and outer eyes. Iron on and with your machine set to a wide zigzag stitch, sew along the inner edges of the wings and around the edges of the eyes.


Draw three scalloped sections onto fusible webbing. Iron two onto the same patterned fabric as the head and the third onto the same white as the inner eyes.


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Position the bottom scalloped section and eye inners in place, iron on and zigzag stitch around the outside edges as before. Position the middle scalloped

Use the template to cut two eye middles and one beak from brown felt. Oversew the edges in place by hand, using cream thread.

Place the front and back body sections wrong sides together and machine around the edge, leaving an 11cm gap along the bottom edge. Snip and trim the seams, turn through and press. Stuff until it’s nice and soft, not filling too firmly. Using matching thread, hand sew the gap closed.

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Cactus hoop

Embroidery is a hot trend right now and it’s possible to create all kinds of stylish wall hangings, framed within their very own hoop! This quirky design by Sarah Bracken features a variety of different cacti, rendered with back and satin stitch. It would really brighten up a plain corner in a room – plus you can whip it up in no time at all! Visit

Pincushion and planters

What could make a more apt pincushion design than a cactus? Sewn from felt, Carolyn Letten’s little beauty looks far too good to hide away in your sewing box. While you’re at it, why not sew a pretty fabric planter for a real cactus or succulent? Visit

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If you like our cactus pincushion and want to sew even more, you’ll find three equally cute designs from our sister title, Crafts Beautiful! Choose from a round pumpkin cactus, a finned variety, or the classic desert style – or make all three of these easy-to-sew stashbusters today! Visit

Bright hanging

Our sister title, Homemaker, has also been getting in on this trend, with this striking wall hanging by Chloe Hailwood! Featuring a cactus appliquéd onto a yellow felt background, it will add a fantastic pop of colour to a lacklustre room. Visit

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WORKSHOPS & COURSES Brush up your sewing skills and learn something new

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Traditionally, garments embroidered with goldwork and Irish lace were reserved for royalty and envied around the world. Take part in Sew and So’s exclusive needlecraft retreat at an Elizabethan manor on 3rd-5th February, where you will be taught these beautiful and historic skills. Over the weekend, in the luxurious setting of Cranage Hall in Cheshire, you will learn the intricacies of these techniques – which have been passed down through three generations to tutor Maire Curtis, who has been trained by Hand and Lock and the Royal School of Needlework. In addition, you will get to stitch a lovely sparkly butterfly design on gold flecked evenweave under the instruction of designer Lucie Heaton, adding a cross stitch element to the experience. With all kits, food and accommodation included in the price – £475 for single accommodation and £425 for shared, take this opportunity to meet life-long friends, learn a new skill and most importantly, stitch! To find out more and book, visit or call Sheena Culley on 0870 220 0200.


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Try a great free machine embroidery class with a difference that’s ideal for both beginners and sewers with experience. During this one-day workshop, you will learn a new technique using layers of fabrics that are sandwiched and stitched, before using a soldering tool to reverse appliqué on top. The book wrap will then be embellished with cords and beads. The class is priced £45 and includes a kit with everything you’ll need. Visit or call 01473 722888.

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On this intensive one-day workshop, priced £70, you will learn all the skills to make a beautiful camisole top and French knickers in soft satin. Both pieces in the set are cut on the bias to create a flattering fit. All materials are included in the cost and you’ll have a selection of satin fabrics and lace trims to choose from. Email Julie Collins for satin samples – once you have chosen your desired fabric, she will cut the garments out in your required size prior to the course. Visit or email

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opening to the wrong side of the front seam. This is particularly useful on fabrics that may stretch, to keep the opening from bagging [3].

Side slit pocket

enough to fit the whole hand inside. The pocket is sewn to the garment before the side seam is stitched.

Even if the pattern you're working with doesn't include a pocket, it's easy to add one into the side seam. A pocket needs to be functional, so try on your garment first and mark the position where it can be used most efficiently by placing your hand where the pocket will feel comfortable and making a mark with tailor's chalk. The opening must be large enough for the hand to easily slip into, while the pocket bag must be large

Sew the pockets right sides together to the side seam, then press the seam towards the pocket bag. Under stitch to hold in place. Use a slightly smaller seam allowance so the pocket won't show from the right side [4].



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To make a pocket bag shape, simply draw around your hand, facing downwards onto a piece of paper. Draw a straight vertical line across the wrist, then use this outline as your template [1].

Mark the top and bottom of the mouth of the pocket onto the side seam; the mouth should be 1.5cm smaller on each side than the pocket bag [2]. To strengthen the mouth of the pocket, sew a strip of stay tape slightly longer than the pocket

Pin the garment pieces right sides together and sew, backstitching at both the top and bottom of the pocket. Use a small stitch to strengthen the seam, remove the pins and either use a zigzag stitch or overlocker [5]. Press, then you're ready to construct the rest of the garment [6].

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Essential stitches FEATHER STITCH




Secure the thread on the wrong side of the fabric and work from the top of the stitching line to the bottom. Bring the needle to the surface and take it to the right before pushing it back through the fabric. Bring it back up below and halfway between the first two needle positions. Pass the thread under the needle and pull through, catching the thread. The next stitch is made by taking the needle down to the left and bringing the needle up through the fabric, halfway between the two needle positions. Pass the thread under the needle and pull through, catching the thread. Continue in this manner; alternating the sides until the feathering is worked for the desired length.




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Secure the thread and working along the edge, bring the needle to the surface of the fabric. Take the needle through from the back of the fabric to the surface on the stitching line. Loop the end of the thread under the needle and pull through to adjust so that the stitch lies along the edge of the fabric. Repeat to create evenly spaced stitches along the fabric edge. Maintain an even tension to avoid distorting the fabric.

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Secure the thread on the wrong side of the fabric, then bring the needle through to the surface to start the first stitch. Moving forward, take the needle back down through the fabric then bring it up again. Keep the distance between the gaps and the stitches equal in size and continue along the stitching line.

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1 Bust

The key to successful fitting is taking accurate body measurements and comparing them to those on the pattern envelope in order to make appropriate alterations.

l Measure yourself in your underwear,

l Be honest with your

preferably in the bra you will be wearing with your garment. l Use a new tape measure as they can distort out of shape over time. l Ask a friend to help you, especially with tricky measurements such as your back-neck to waist and height.

measurements and remember pattern sizes are totally different to ready-to-wear high street sizes. l Use your measurements to help you adjust the pattern to fit your shape, not forgetting to take the required ease into account.

Waist ............................ Hip ................................ Back-neck to waist length ..........................


2 High bust

Around the chest, above the bust and under the arms.


3 Waist

Around the smallest part of your waist.

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Around the fullest part of your hips.

From the base of the neck to the natural waistline.

Back stitch A continuous single line of stitching

4 Hip

5 Back-neck to waist length


Bust ..............................




My measurements

Around the fullest part of the bust.

6 Height

Measure standing against a wall.

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These basic markings are important to get your head around when using commercial sewing patterns. Often, these will need to be transferred to your fabric in order to finish the project you are working on.


Bust/hip indicators

Miscellaneous markings

Align this mark with the grain of the fabric as you position your pieces.

You will find these located at the bust and hip points on the pattern.

These small shapes come in a range of sizes and can be placed as points of reference on a pattern.

Fold line

Lengthen/shorten here

This mark indicates that the pattern piece should These lines indicate different be positioned along the dress sizes. Cut accordingly. fold of the fabric. Multiple size cutting lines

This is an opportunity to customise the pattern to your preferences.

Tucks and gathers Match the lines together when stitching.

Button and buttonhole placements These indicate the position for placement on a garment.

Notches Match two pieces of fabric together at these points.

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Modern Cross Stitch

5 minutes with… Lizzie King

This handy guide to contemporary crossstitching encourages you to embellish anything and everything that isn’t plain white aida. It offers over 30 designs, including bunny baby-grows, a pop art phone case that packs a punch, and a glow-in-the-dark skull design. Each project in Modern Cross Stitch is displayed in a large stitching chart with step-by-step instructions, making it the go-to for crossstitchers of all skill levels.

Lizzie King is a tie-dye enthusiast who offers ‘Get Rich or Tie Dyeing’ workshops all over London. She loves anything jazzy and everything 90s, which is reflected in her bright and playful makes. Her brand new book, Tie & Dye, covers the basic techniques of hand dyeing with helpful advice based on her own experiences, plus step-by-step instructions for 12 projects to brighten up your home and wardrobe, from statement T-shirts and dip-dyed shoelaces to shibori pillowcases and Fresh Prince-inspired caps.

Modern Cross Stitch by Hannah Sturrock, (£12.99, Cico Books)

Why should people tie-dye their own fabric?

It’s so much more exciting to dye your own! You have control over the colours and patterns, and get to experiment with new techniques. Every time you open out something you have dyed, you get a buzz from revealing what you have created, which trumps shop-bought every time.

Half Yard Gifts

What fabrics do you enjoy working with?

Giving a handmade present is a really sweet way of showing you care, but it can be a real challenge to come up with a practical, goodlooking gift that will stand the test of time. This book offers the ideal solution with 22 stunning projects – you’re sure to find something for everyone! Even better, you can use up the leftover fabric you have in your stash thanks to Debbie Shore’s tips for making little scraps go a long way.

I love cotton, silk, linen – anything natural works really well, whereas synthetic fabrics don’t absorb the pigments very easily. I have dyed wool in the past, which was tricky as it absorbed so much water and got a bit heavy to work with. I also hate the smell of wet wool!

What is your favourite project in Tie & Dye?

I think it has to be the Totally Tropical Watermelon Bunting, because I love tropical parties! It’s the perfect decoration for a barbecue, and when the weather turns you can hang it in your living room to bring the summer inside!

Half Yard Gifts by Debbie Shore, (£9.99, Search Press)

Share your biggest dye-related disaster with us.

I honestly don’t think that any tie-dye experiment is a disaster, as you always learn something. Saying that, the first time I tie-dyed I didn’t practise at all and went straight on to tie-dyeing an expensive shirt. I used every colour as I was too excited and made a horrible sludgy brown mess… Then I accidentally shrank the shirt in the wash!

Sewing Dress-Up We all know how much kids love putting on fancy dress and letting their imagination run wild as whichever character they want. The beauty of stitching costumes for your children is that you can make them up in the perfect size and colours for your little one. Sewing Dress-Up offers 35 adorable outfits suitable for Halloween, Christmas and all year round. The projects are suitable for sewists of any experience, so you can create more advanced garments as your skills grow. Sewing Dress-Up by Emma Hardy, (£12.99, Cico Books)

Tie & Dye by Lizzie King, photography by Lizzie Mayson (12.99, Pavilion), 97

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DEBBIE SHORE Stitchy guru Debbie Shore on creativity, TV and igniting a love for dressmaking


Apart from my machine and a good pair of scissors, I couldn't live without Stick and Spray, an adhesive spray that is re-positionable. I refer to it as 'pins in a can!' I use it to hold appliqué and trims in place, and wadding to the back of fabric before sewing – practically every project involves a spray at some point! I started my career in TV back in 1979, so in terms of work it's all I've ever known. I've been both a presenter and actor, on stage as well as TV, so I'm really comfortable in front of the camera. I like to think I've brought a bit of inspiration to the shows on Hochanda! I try and make projects that are simple enough for everyone to try, and my products are designed to make sewing easier.

y mum was a talented seamstress and taught me to sew so long ago that I can't even remember when it was. My sister and I used to dress in identical outfits for special occasions, which we loved because they were so unique, and there was never a shortage of dressing up outfits to play in! I've always loved creating anything with fabric, from curtains in a shoe box caravan I made myself and disco outfits for my teenage dolls, through to homewares and crafty items. My family are all very creative – my mum could paint, my dad was an engineer and my sister can both sew and knit. It's always been a part of my life! Having studied at the London College of Fashion, dressmaking is my background. But over the last few years I've lapsed and enjoyed making bags, home décor and crafty items. After revisiting fashion recently, I have to admit I'm enjoying it more than ever! My sewing room looks out over the village green and houses a large cutting table, cupboards full of fabric, threads within easy reach on the wall and a dog bed under the table. Each morning the room starts off tidy, but by the end of the day it's chaos! I have to be very organised – my fabrics filed in colour groups (as are my threads), the scissors boxed together and my cutting mat clean. Initially, my inspiration comes from the fabric in front of me. Pretty pastel shades make me think of feminine projects such as toiletry bags and make up rolls, whereas bright colours are always a fun choice for children and anything sparkly screams Christmas! I visit sewing and home shows to pick up on trends and spend a lot of my time in antique and vintage shops, where I take inspiration from the past.

“Creativity has always been a part of my life!”

Something you didn't know about Debbie... • I adore lentils and eat them every day! • I have a growing collection of Victorian cow creamers (little cow-shaped jugs). • I can do a really good impression of a hen...

Discover more of Debbie's work at, catch her regular shows live on Hochanda (Freeview 85, Sky 663, Freesat 817) and shop online at 98

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Sew: February 2017, Issue 94  

Sew: February 2017, Issue 94