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Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • GBSB Masterclass: Snappy Dresser

    This week’s Great British Sewing Bee was all out understanding patterns and cutting them to achieve the perfect fit.... Continue reading

  • One Pattern, Three Great Evening Looks

    A wedding, birthday party or even a BBQ, we love dressing up for different occasions. But what to wear? Fear not stitchers, we've got the perfect pattern that's so versatile it'll soon become your wardrobe staple. Step forward New Look 6342. This easy pattern comes complete with four dress variations to suit a host of functions. What are you waiting for? Raid your fabric stash and get pattern cutting. Ready, steady, sew!

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  • 13 Funniest GBSB Moments of 2016

    Our Monday nights soon won't be the same. With the end of GBSB in sight, we're already pining for our weekly stitching advice and Claudia's hilarious anecdotes. As well as the inspirational projects and dressmakers we grow to adore, our favourite pro...
  • 7 Stitchy Instagrammers You Should Be Following


    The Instagram sewing community is packed to the brim with inspiring makers, gorgeous fabrics and pattern projects - it's a stitcher's dream! Here, we've picked out seven profiles that'll brighten up your newsfeed and have you rushing to the sewing machine...

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  • GBSB stretchy fabric masterclass: Active wear

    Last night saw the remaining five contestants work up a sweat, as they took on the tricky challenge of active wear.  In this week's GBSB Tuesday Tutorial, Simplicity's sewing expert - Julie Bonnar- shares her top tips for sewing with stretchy fabric...
  • Five Quick And Easy Father's Day Makes

    There's nothing more special than receiving a homemade present, so why not treat your dad to a gift that's been stitched with love this year? If you're looking to whip up something quick in time for Sunday, you're bound to find a project that'll put a smile on your father's face.

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  • GBSB Vintage Tutorial: Be bold with ’60s vibe and colour blocking

    Last night saw the contestants take on the swinging 60s, with some fabulous makes in the mix. In this week's GBSB Tuesday Tutorial, Simplicity's sewing expert - Julie Bonnar- shares her top tips for sewing vintage ... The colour blocking trend and ...
  • Our pick of right royal sewing patterns

    As the Queen celebrates her official 90th birthday, we pick out some of our most regal sewing patterns, which would look great in red, white and blue - or any other colour or pattern you might prefer. Burda dress pattern B7468 is a great fancy dress c...
  • How To Style A Sixties Shift Dress

    Sixties fashion has made a comeback and we are overjoyed! From cute coords that wouldn't look out of place on Jackie O, to mini skirts inspired by fashion icon Mary Quant, the high street is awash with sixties style. Embrace the trend and the culture of the decade by stitching your own shift dress from an original pattern. Not sure how to wear your new wardrobe fave? This versatile dress can be simply styled for everyday fashion but just as easily dressed up for drinks after dark. Step forward vintage Misses' Jiffy Simplicity 1101 - one great pattern, three different looks!

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  • The Simplicity Sewing Challenge. Are you our winner?

    Hello fellow sewists! It's Rachel, from House of Pinheiro taking over Simplicity's blog today. I'm really excited to be one the judges this year. Did you know my first ever sewing project was Simplicity 2451... Each category's pattern has a lot of p...

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