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Love Sewing by Amy Thomas - 2w ago

This issue comes with a gorgeous free McCall’s pattern gift, for a princess seam dress with v or round neckline, pleated or pencil skirt and oprional sleeves. Buy your copy from www.moremags.com or find it on newstands from today!

McCall’s7714 4-in-1 princess seam dress in sizes 6-22, plus template sheets for projects inside.

Love Sewing Issue 55 – What’s inside?

Our dressmaking projects including a flowy button down skirt, essential cotton top, and the ultimate holiday set with a pair of floral shorts and clever pin tuck camisole.

There’s a eye-catching embroidery project with two templates for tote bags and you’ll have a ball sewing an adorable baby rattle, tie dye picnic blanket and cactus pincushions.

Read all about Lauren Guthrie’s amazing career since Sewing Bee and learn about the Fashion and Textile Museum’s couture garment archive.

Don’t forget to enter our amazing giveaways and enjoy our fabric and pattern discounts for independent and big name brands!

Every issue includes tutorials and advice from our industry experts – Sewing Bee’s Jade Earley, Wendy Gardiner, Alison Smith MBE, Wendy Ward, Elisalex de Castro Peake, Kerry Green and Claire-Louise Hardie. And our guest reviewer for this issue was Christina of Gussets and Godets!

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Every now and then it’s great to spruce up your makes with an extra touch, whether that’s a bit of applique, a fancy button or some eye-catching trim. We’ve rounded up 5 excellent embellishments for your next sewing project and couldn’t wait to share them with you!

1. Free as a bird

Finish your makes with this large swallow patch. It would make a great addition to the back of a jacket, a bag, or even a hat. The bird measures 17cm wide (beak to tip of wing)
and 11cm high (wingspan). Simply sew on by hand or machine for an eye-catching statement piece.

£5.50, www.brightonbabe.etsy.com

2. Button it!

This botanical and seashore porcelain button set was designed by Caroline Barnes in the UK. Each handmade porcelain clay button is 38mm wide and decorated using platinum and coloured decals with a glazed finish. The images are created from Caroline’s illustrations and photographs, inspired by vintage prints, botanical drawings and the stunning seashore of Dorset.

£10 for four, www.shopbeyondmeasure.co.uk

3. Look sharp

Wear your craftiness with pride by adding a bronze metal brooch to your outfit. Our top pick is this pair of scissors decorated with delicate leaves and flowers. The brooch measures 60x20mm and is wonderfully detailed; there’s even a tiny screw on the hinge! It would look great on a handmade jacket.

£15.25, www.textilegarden.com

4. Fringe benefits

Tassels are the trim of the summer and we love these earthy shades of 50mm Italian woollen tassel fringe. We suggest placing them on the hem of a dress, skirt or kaftan for added boho vibes. They’ve also been seen on beach totes and scarves, so the possibilities are endless!

£8.42 per metre, www.macculloch-wallis.co.uk

5. Give us a hand

These ‘HANDMADE’ woven labels are 2.5cm square with extra seam allowance at the top ready to install in the neckline or side seam of your latest make. They’d add a special touch to handmade presents such as quilts, bags or children’s clothes as well as full-size garments.

$6 for five, www.kylieandthemachine.shop

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Love Sewing by Hilary Pullen - 1M ago

This issue comes with a gorgeous McCall’s pattern gift, where you can try the cold shoulder trend on two styles of top, a tunic and a dress. There are different sleeve styles to try and optional pockets! Plus this issue includes a template sheet with two more garments plus plenty of quick makes to try. Buy your copy from www.moremags.com or find it on newstands from May 31st!

McCall’s 7543 dress, tunic and tops pattern in sizes 6-22, plus template sheets for projects inside.

Love Sewing Issue 54 – What’s inside?

An exclusive dress project from Alison Smith MBE, essential frill tee and tutorial for drafting your own wrap skirt!

There’s lots of scrap busting projects with a fun tent applique cushion and zzzzz sleep mask.

For the patchwork lovers we also have a fun plus symbol quilt and there’s a great travel sewing kit to make ready for your next retreat.

Join our jeans sew-along and learn the history of the pussy-bow blouse.

Become a bag-making hero with two projects to try and a leather sewing masterclass.

Don’t forget to enter our amazing giveaways and enjoy our fabric and pattern discounts for independent and big-name brands! We have 20% off Liberty tana lawn and 20% off all independent patterns at Dragonfly Fabrics!

Every issue includes tutorials and advice from our industry experts –Sewing Bee’s Jade Earley, Wendy Gardiner, Alison Smith MBE, Wendy Ward, Elisalex de Castro Peake, Kerry Green and Claire-Louise Hardie.

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Lovely new website! We thought you’d all be keen to find out a little more about –  www.lamazifabrics.com

The team at Lamazi Fabrics sent us some info all about their new online boutique and how it came about.

“Liana and I are very excited to have been able to launch an online sewing boutique together.  It has been a passion of ours to start a new exciting venture to spread the love of fabrics, beautiful prints and rewarding creative experience. Liana has always been passionate about sewing and creating in general and most importantly connecting with the amazing sewing community which we hope will continue to growth as it is such a rewarding and fun experience.  Our aim is to provide the finest quality handpicked fabrics, sewing patterns and some haberdashery for the most exciting sewing experience.

We have been running since 3rd March 2018 and already built up small but growing strong fan base and valued loyal customers. We stock some of the well-known designer products such as Art Gallery, Atelier Brunette, Cloud9, Lisa Comfort, and Lady McElroy and more, suitable for adult as well as childrens clothing and crafts.  We are over the moon as we have recently been offered to attend the Knitting and Stitching show in October in Ally Pally as well as few other shows during summer. It will be such a pleasure to meet our existing and new customers face to face and share the love of the amazing fabrics we continuously source from around the world physically not just through the digital platforms.”

Always great to find another fabric shop – we wish them all the best in this exiting new adventure!

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Love Sewing by Hilary Pullen - 2M ago

Take part in our brand new survey!

We want to make Love Sewing even better, so we’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see every month in your issue.

It’s easy to complete the survey and as a thank you for entering we will put your name into a draw to win a subscription to Love Sewing!  Don’t worry if you’re already a subscriber, we’ll just add an extra year of love Sewing to your account!

COMPLETE SURVEY NOW

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Love Sewing by Hilary Pullen - 2M ago

Issue 53 is in shops and available to buy at www.moremags.com from Thursday 10th May! This bumper issue comes with TWO free cover patterns!

A gorgeous free Butterick pattern gift, for a raglan sleeve dress with a panelled skirt – isn’t it gorgeous!

Plus an on-trend McCall’s design for dungarees and trousers.

The issue also includes:

  • Three dressmaking projects including a printed tunic dress, petal sleeve top and a pattern hack to turn your dungaree pattern into a dress!

  • There’s a eye-catching jacket embroidery too that you can put onto any garment

  • Sew an adorable dress with fun pocket detail for the little lady in your life

  • We have plenty of spring ideas with bags, homeware and accessories to make over your home plus Father’s day sewing ideas.

  • Read all about Patrick Grant’s amazing passion project and learn about the Northern Ireland sewing scene with Angeline Murphy.

  • Don’t forget to enter our amazing giveaways and enjoy our fabric and pattern discounts for independent and big name brands!

Every issue includes tutorials and advice from our industry experts – Sewing Bee’s Jade Earley, Wendy Gardiner, Alison Smith MBE, Wendy Ward, Elisalex de Castro Peake, Kerry Green and Claire-Louise Hardie.

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Love Productions are on the hunt for talented dressmakers to take part in series 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee.

The application website will be live from 25th April 2018!

APPLY HERE – www.applyforsewingbee.co.uk

Applications close 28th May 2018!

The countdown to applications being open is on! So we recommend getting prepared today:
  • You’ll need to submit a written application about your sewing journey and all those wonderful makes. Ensure you have nice photos of your finished projects to include as well.
  • If you’re lucky enough to be chosen you’ll probably need to prove you know your notches from your notions when the team contact you. Time to break out the sewing encyclopaedia and get studying!
  • Then if all goes to plan, you’re likely to have to do a sewing test to see how you perform under pressure, so it might be worth practicing your speed sewing in advance of your inevitable moment of fame.
We wish you all the best luck and hope you make it through the application process with ease.

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The world has gone Stretch-crazy! And we’re no different. We decided to share another pattern hack for the Frankie T-shirt taken from Tilly and The Buttons‘ new book Stretch. Do you fancy turning your Frankie tee into a sporty v-neck version with rolled up cuffs? Follow this bonus tutorial alongside your magazine instructions and you’ll create the perfect casual top.

Frankie T-Shirt Pattern Hack

For this project you’ll need:
The pattern templates downloaded from here.
A copy of issue 50 of Love Sewing which is still available here.

V NECKLINE DETAIL
Use the appliqué technique shown in the magazine to add a sportswear-style V detail to the front neckline of your Frankie T-shirt.
This project works best on good quality medium-weight cotton jersey – anything too lightweight can get chewed up under the stitching. Experiment with contrast colours or textures – or if you’re making the T-shirt in horizontal stripes, cut the triangle so the stripes run vertically.
You’ll also need some double-sided iron-on transfer adhesive, such as Bondaweb, to stabilize the triangle and hold it in place before stitching it.
Remember! It’s easiest to attach the V before sewing any of the T-shirt pieces together.

1. Cut out a small square of fabric about 15x15cm (6×6″), and cut the adhesive to the same shape. Follow the appliqué instructions to fuse the adhesive to the fabric. Use the Frankie V pattern piece (included on the pattern sheets) to cut the fused fabric into a small triangle, and snip the notch.
2. Fold the front bodice in half lengthways and snip a small notch at the neckline on the centre fold, before unfolding it. Peel the backing paper off the triangle, then carefully position the adhesive side of the triangle against the right side of the bodice, aligning the necklines and notches. Hold a hot, dry iron on top for a few seconds to fuse it in place.
3. Set your sewing machine to a short and wide zigzag stitch – 1mm long by 4–5mm wide. Stitch down one side of the triangle, from the neckline to the bottom point – position the project so most of the zigzag is falling on the triangle, with one side of the zigzag overlapping the edge just a teeny bit to catch the garment fabric. It’s worth practising this on a scrap of fabric first!
4. Repeat on the other side of the triangle, leaving the neckline unstitched.
5. Continue sewing the rest of the T-shirt following the instructions in the magazine.

SHORT TURN-UP SLEEVES
Turn the baseball T-shirt into a cute short-sleeve summer top with turn-up cuffs. When choosing the fabric, bear in mind that the wrong side will show on the turn-up hems. You’ll need 0.35m (3⁄8yd) of fabric for these sleeves, as well as the bodice and neckband fabric.

6. Cut the sleeves using the cap sleeve hemline, marked on the sleeve pattern. Cut the rest of the pieces as normal. Sew the top following the instructions but don’t hem the sleeves yet.
7. Turn the raw edge of each sleeve hem up 1.5cm (5⁄8”) to the outside of the top. Press. Turn the folds up another 1.5cm (5⁄8″), press again and pin them in place. Secure the turn-ups in place with hand or machine stitches at four points around the sleeve.
8. Your cute new T-shirt is done!


Tilly and the Buttons: Stretch! By Tilly Walnes (Quadrille, £22.50)

Photography – Fashion Photography © Ellie Smith, Step Photography © Fanni Williams

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The rumours are true!  Love Productions has been in talks with the BBC and The Great British Sewing Bee will be back.  We don’t have any dates yet, so not sure if we’ll be seeing a new crop of star dressmakers this year or next!

Claudia Winkleman is out and we’ve been hearing that Joe Lycett is set to take on the presenter role, no word yet on the judges! Now if you haven’t heard of Joe Lycett and you’re easily offended by swearing, whatever you do don’t visit his social media pages! It will be interesting to see what he’s able to add to the show, lots of laughs we are guessing.  There’s something great about having someone completely alien to dressmaking looking goggle-eyed at the talents of the contestants, so should be good (even if they need a few words bleeping out here and there!)

We will keep you updated on how to apply to The Great British Sewing Bee as we know how many amazing talented dressmakers there are – just looking at some of the gorgeous creations you all share in the new closed Love Sewing Facebook group is testament to that!

To apply to join the sewing group just click below! The group is a closed group, so only approved members will see your posts.  Be sure to answer the questions when you request to join or your request won’t be approved – we’re trying to avoid any people who just want to share spam and only include people with a genuine interest in sewing and dressmaking.

>>>Love Sewing Facebook Group<<<
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Love Sewing by Hilary Pullen - 3M ago

Love Sewing Issue 52

The brand new issue of Love sewing is in shops on Thursday 19th April and available to buy online at www.moremags.com

This issue comes with a gorgeous free McCall’s pattern gift, with four styles of blouses to try. Choose between different sleeve styles and add an asymmetric hem. Why not take a look at the versions inside the issue where we play with stripes and border prints for an eye-catching design.

The issue also includes:

  • Three dressmaking projects including an exclusive design from columnist Claire-Louise Hardie for your essential Breton tee, a gorgeous pair of linen cropped trousers and a chic chambray dress with fun topstitching details.
  • There’s a stunning terrarium embroidery with lush succulent and Katy Jones shows us how to make a brick patchwork pillowcase in bold colours.
  • Sew a cheeky octopus toy for the little person in your life using an exclusive project from the team at Tilda
  • We have plenty of fun ideas in the issue with bag and purse projects to make and a gardeners apron complete with secateurs pouch.
  • Get to know paper piecing expert Jodi Godfrey from Tales of Cloth, and indulge in some mindfulness as we step into the world of Thread Therapy artist Marna Lunt.
  • Don’t forget to enter our amazing giveaways and enjoy our fabric and pattern discounts for independent and big name brands!

Every issue includes tutorials and advice from our industry experts – Sewing Bee’s Jade Earley, Wendy Gardiner, Alison Smith MBE, Wendy Ward, Elisalex de Castro Peake, Kerry Green and Claire-Louise Hardie.

Sew Now Editor Sam Sterken is modelling her me-made McCall’s M7390. Sam found this pattern “a breeze to sew” read her review of this pattern on page 21.

Gorgeous linen trouser sewing pattern – perfect for summer hols!

Show off your green fingers with this charming gardener’s apron and secateurs pouch made with fabric inspired by plants. This would make a lovely gift for a friend.

Perfect for storing loose change – this little pattern is ideal for whipping up a quick gift.

This super-size quilted octopus would look fabulous in a nursery or child’s bedroom.

ideal project for using up scraps or jelly roll strips – make a pillow case or a smaller square cushion.

We think this nautical inspired anchor print dress is going to be a popular make – ideal for sunny days, and it has pockets!

Claire-Louise Hardie aka The Thrifty Stitcher is back with her regular column, this month she’s giving you top tips on sewing up a pyjama top.

This boxy pouch has endless options for how to use it – we think it would be perfect for cosmetics, or perhaps use a fabric more suited to a man’s wash bag?

Be sure to share your latest makes on our facebook wall or tag us #lovesewingmag on Instagram and your pic will appear below!


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