Here we are in the depths of winter (genuine snow fall this morning – eek!) and it seems like a million weeks until springtime, but we have something heading to the shop next week that will fill your crafty hearts with joy. With still no official start date for the next series of Great British Sewing Bee in February, what better way is there to fill your time than to get started on some new and exciting sewing projects created by some of its stars. That’s right – due to sit on the shelves of Emporia any day next week is the very lovely, very crafty Sewing Made Simple bookzine, featuring inspiration from two previous Sewing Bee contestants.
Featuring two full dressmaking patterns, plus a whole load of templates to follow for making projects for lovely things for your house or as gifts, this one off bookzine is designed for those who haven’t ventured too far into the world of sewing. Giving you the chance to make simple items, learn new skills and enjoy some creativity, this is spot on for anyone in need of a little sewing based pick me up this winter.
The bookzine has been edited and compiled by Sam Sterken from the Ministry of Crafts in Manchester, and the contributors, who give advice on techniques and sewing patterns, include Alison Smith MBA, Debbie Shore and Lisa Lam. Also sharing their expertise and giving us the lowdown on all kinds of sewing related stuff are Sewing Bee stars Tilly Walnes and Stuart Hillard. Having shown the world what they could do with a sewing machine back in spring 2013, the pair have gone from strength to strength in creating patterns, writing books and generally sharing their love of sewing. So if you fancy having them teach you all the tricks of the trade, you can find all their invaluable knowledge gathered together in one gorgeous bookzine.
Not only will you gain the knowhow for taking measurements, inserting a zip and creating the perfect darts, there’s also the chance to create an entire spring/summer wardrobe with patterns and instructions for a cotton shirt, knitted dress, trousers, wrap skirt and easy blouse. And for those that like to go a little off piste with their makes, there’s fantastic advice on upcycling and refashioning to really mark your sewing out from the crowd.
Sewing Made Simple is a 132 page bookzine priced at £9.99, due for publication on Thursday 29th January 2015. We only have a limited supply coming our way, so if you need to reserve one let us know – or rush down to the shop and grab one from us as soon as you can. Keep your eyes glued to our Facebook page so you know as soon as it’s come in!