Friday, 14 June 2013

Review: Sew - Issue 49 (July 2013)

Soooo,  as it is Friday, you can rest assured that this is the last review of the week.  I promise that normal service will resume shortly.

Anyway, this issue comes with a free New Look dress pattern, with a few neckline options.  I already have enough fabric to make up a dress in this pattern, so I may make this dress up in that pretty fabric, or it may require some new fabric.  In fact, it id definitely going to require some new fabric, as I want to try every variation.

Little stitchers has some great ideas for getting the kids into sewing.  And perfect timing - the summer holidays will soon be upon us and we need to keep them entertained somehow.  There is a little elephant lucky charm for the beginners and an owl face mask for those a little more advanced.  This one would also be great for boys.  Finally, for the older kids, there are some rug mugs.  

I really want to (i.e. going to have to) make the fish-shaped oilcloth swimming bag.  I would have to make two though, because if I made it for one of the nieces, the other is sure to want one too.  It doesn't actually look that difficult to make.  I know oilcloth could be a daunting prospect for someone to sew, but take it from someone who uses it on a regular basis - it really is quite simple to use.  It's just a bit expensive, so the age old edict of measure twice, cut once, is never as important as when you are using oilcloth.  Now, I just need to go buy some oilcloth.

I also like the Cath Kidston gardening set, which is am amazing tote for storing all your gardening bits and bobs.  Now, I'm thinking some more manly colours and fabrics, rather than the floral Cath Kidston, and this would make a perfect present for my Gramps for his birthday.  I have until October,  but he is always the most difficult to buy for, so I started thinking about his present shortly after Christmas.    There is also a matching knee rest

Other projects include:
  • A little girl's nautical dress
  • A boy's checked shirt
  • Dressmaking SOS! has advice on making children's clothes
  • Business Bite has guidance on creating a successful business with children in mind
  • Cath Kidston party bags
  • A peacock bag from Corinne Bradd
  • A car playmat, with cars
  • A patchwork tea cosy
  • Patchwork fruit
  • Girl's wall storage
  • Embroidered nursery rhymes
  • A vintage ironing board cover
  • Farmyard kitchen set, including oven gloves, pot holder and string dispenser
  • An applique picture
  • A rocket cushion

There are a few tutorials in this issue, including:
  • How To Make Fabric Roses
  • How To Add An Elasticated Wasitband

Giveaways this issue include:
  • Amy Butler stationary set
  • V&A fabric bundle
  • Gem Master Hot Fix Embellishing Kit
  • Janome Memory Craft 350E

The next issue is out on 12th July, with a free maxi dress pattern.  I can't wait!

Happy Crafting!


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