With a renewed interest in sewing in the past year, it’s nice to see that there are more magazine options available to the home sewer. Yesterday, I got a copy of the premier issue of Sew Stylish. For those who haven’t seen this issue yet, the publisher of Threads has produced a quarterly magazine geared toward the beginningnovice sewer or someone who’s interested in increasing their skills but is not ready to dive into some of the advanced or couture techniches typically found in Threads.
For those who already subscribe to Threads, you will recogonize some of the articles that have previously appeared in their magazine (for example Ann‘s recent pressing techniques piece is featured in Sew Stylish). However, all of the articles that are included are great information – pressing, choosing the best seam for your project, and key techniques such as zipper insertion, buttonholes and hems just to name a few. Also included in this magazine are tips on how to modify some of the new Simplicity Sew Stylish patterns just by changing the fabrics. And no magazine would be complete without a few simple, quick to sew projects – this issue has as a cute purse, an easy to sew shrug, a tiered skirt and wide belt. The thing I like best about this magazine is it’s youthfulness – it’s got trendy designs and articles, projects that are quick and easy to sew, and great information that anyone can use. I can’t wait to see what the next issue will bring. In the meantime, be sure to check out the SewStylish blog.
Speaking of magazines, I neglected to mention that my Burda Easy Fashion arrived. I probably forgot to say anything about it because I’m sort of feeling ‘meh’ over the whole issue. At some point I will probably make this top because it’s cute, summery, and has lots of possiblities and maybe this dress (I love all the topstitching and details). However, I don’t see me sewing much else – for example, this series of dresestunic tops looks like it would pose a number of fitting nightmares for me. Just look at the gapeyness (is that even a word?) at the neckline on the model, I think that it would be a “Flashdance” design on me – and personally I don’t want to re-live that look! I may sit on this issue for awhile and change my mind – which is a good thing, I have projects backed up as it is and really don’t need to add more to it!
So, what has everyone else been reading lately?