Guest Post: Love Sewing Magazine Editor – Helen Mclaughlin
When two of my favourite things come together, I know it is going to be a happy day! And, when those two things are sewing and reading – well, that’s definitely a very happy day!
I am chuffed to bits to be one of the contributors to the exciting new stitching magazine Love Sewing – on sale right now – because this is a real beaut that I just know you’re going to love!
Putting together a national sewing magazine, packed with patterns, project, how-to guides, collecting together fresh inspiration and ideas to try is no mean feat – and I speak from experience on this one friends! It blows my mind to be able to bring you this guest post from none other than the Editor of Love Sewing magazine Helen Mclaughlin to share with you some insights in to this rad new magazine! (…and, because I just can’t help myself, there are a couple of peeks at some of the designs I worked on!)
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The idea for the magazine was inspired by that famous (and famously well-used!) quotation by William Morris: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” I wanted to make a magazine for the novice or busy stitcher, with projects that show you how to use your sewing skills and time wisely – making beautiful, practical things. There just seems to be lots of magazines showing me how to make stuff I don’t need, so I wanted to create a magazine full of stuff people would be interested in making, largely because they’re practical, or really stylish. In terms of dressmaking, I was also keen to use patterns by independent designers, rather than the major brand names. There’s so many talented designers producing patterns for really great clothes, but they don’t seem to get the exposure they deserve.
Working with all the talented women who have helped to put the issue together has been one of the highlights of working on this launch issue. There’s so many brilliant makers and designers out there, quietly creating and sewing wonderful things – it was a pleasure to be able to share their handiwork with a wider audience.
The fabrics are something that I hope that readers will love. Even though it’s essentially a practical craft magazine, we’ve tried to make it as aesthetically pleasing as possible, so we’ve spent a long time sourcing the working on the design and photography, to create the right kind of look and palette to inspire you to make the stuff we’ve featured. I think that even if you’ve been sewing a long time, the fabrics will inspire you to make the projects, or try something similar. I really hope they appreciate the really detailed illustrated instructions. We’ve tried hard to make each project easy-to-follow, with as many practical tips as possible.
We’re really excited about the dressmaking patterns we have coming up. They’re really stylish and flattering without being too trendy/high street. People also tend to equate sewing patterns with really fuddy duddy designs, but these are anything but! If you’ve not seen Love Sewing yet, you can expect a broad varied range of projects, from clothes and accessories to bags, toys and quilts, and lovely stuff for your home, along with projects that will help develop your skills!
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The first issue of Love Sewing is on sale now! This very special launch issue comes with a Kirstie Allsopp fabric fat quarter and 52 page Liberty sewing project book! Plus (yup! There’s more!) Subscribers also get a copy of Tilly Walnes‘ gorgeous new book Love At First Stitch – for FREE!
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If you have a sewing, quilting or dressmaking question why not send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my very best to help you out!