What's it about?
Hold on to your bobbins and measuring tapes fashionistias and seamstresses! It's arrived a craft magazine focused purely on fashion sewing to feed your need for expanding your wardrobe. This magazine is full of modern patterns to ohh and ahhh over. I came across this magazine at the last Knitting and Stitching craft show at London Olympia on the 7th March, Over by the centre of the main room there was a stall dedicated to magazine subscriptions. This magazine had an offer on for 3 issues at £3.00 with the first issue free, and a free tote bag. You're free to cancel after you have received the offer, but I am sticking with this one. The offer is still on I believe, if you head to the website using the link above.
Who is it aimed at?
This is purely a personal view,I'd say any seamstress who has a high interest in fashion sewing over home decor sewing (which many of the major craft sewing magazines tend to focus on). If you're after pure fashion this is the one for you. If you're after learning about tricks of the trade related to clothing construction and fabric know how this is the one for you. I would say that this magazine is ageless too as anyone could adapt patterns to personal choice. I would say that the magazine (based on issue one) has projects that are mainly intermediate level (dresses for example) and a few starter projects that are simple like a fabric handbag and a head scarf.
What's exciting to reading in issue 1?
- Interview with fashion blogger and avid fashion sewer Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons
- An upcycle project on how to revamp a baggy T-shirt into a nice fitted Peplum shaped top- very chic
- Lauren Guthie's '' dress to impress'' pretty Peter Pan or standard collar dress with a free download of the pattern! link here: www.simplysewingmag.com/downloads/simply-sewing-issue-1-templates/
- A great article '' know your fabrics'' this was a great read to refresh your memory on how different fabrics drape and a good buying guide. Top tips on darts and invisible seams
- An article by Portia Lawie, who in every issue takes an item from a charity shop and refashions it. This issue it was a pashmina scarf refashioned into a top.
- A guide on how to buy a sewing machine. With an up close look at the new limited addition range sewing machines from John Lewis for just £100.00 bargain! link and pictures below. I've got my eye on the this beauty in the colour Egg Duck but it's out of stock.... May be it's a sign my husband bought me a new machine for Christmas around 3 years ago I don't actually need a new one. Can you have too many sewing machines?
When is issue 2 out?
It landed on my door mat this morning :) This is a monthly magazine.
Bottom line, I really enjoyed reading issue one from cover to cover.I feel I made a great choice in subscription to feed my cravings for fashion sewing, learning and continuing to grow as a seamstress in my sewing ability and techniques. I would highly recommend it to all fashion sewers.