Happy New Year! We wish you all a prosperous and joyful year ahead – full of lots of sewing opportunities and fabric frolics!

The start of a new year often brings new aspirations, hobbies and plans. In this January issue of Sewing World we start our Capsule Wardrobe, dressmaking series. Over the coming months, we will be sharing a selection of patterns, all designed to co-ordinate and help you create a practical and stylish capsule wardrobe. January starts off with the Boat Neck Top. A simple, yet stylish garment that can be worn as an everyday, casual item – make in smart fabric for workwear or dress up for evening attire. It is the attention to detail and finishes around the arms and neckline that provide a professional finish and make this garment extra special. You can see some of the other garments to look forward to in the coming months on page 19.

To add some cheer to your winter wardrobe we have the Riverboat Skirt. A bright and sassy, A-line skirt with embroidered patch pockets and contrast facings that make this a must-have skirt that will take you from winter through to spring. To co-ordinate with your me-made outfits, we have two contemporary and versatile bag projects. The Reflected Handbag is designed by Art Gallery Fabrics founder, Pat Bravo and celebrates her stunning Artisan fabric range and regular Sewing World contributor Minki Kim shows us how to make a sturdy quilted Tote Bag.

For those who fancy a little patchwork, why not try the Heritage Harvest Quilt. Using pretty Tilda fabrics along with super-soft, cuddle fleece, this is an easy-to-make, snuggly, raggy-seamed quilt. The Candy Shop Sewing Accessories celebrate Oakshott’s new fabric collections Longshott and Herringbone and use a basic two-tone triangle block, to make five beautiful accessories for your sewing box.

Plus, we continue our sewing journey with Elizabeth Healey, this month looking at reverse appliqué. Mr X Stitch is blown away by the work of machine embroidery artist Carol Shinn and Kerry Green looks at indie designer maternity patterns. All this, plus our regulars and more! 

Do get in touch and share pictures of your makes, we’d love to hear from you!


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