Issue 18 hits the shops today - it's a gorgeous new issue packed with great patterns to sew.

Your free Simple Sew sewing pattern this month is a modern zip-up gilet which works in jersey and wovens, perfect for layering as the temperature drops (although we didn't see the temperature rise much over summer!)

Inside Issue 18! - all this and more...

Free pattern for a pocket detail skirt
Free pattern for a side button easy-to-sew top
Free pattern download for a pair of pair of classic trousers with fly front zip tutorial from Alison Smith MBE
Pattern step-by-step tutorial for hacking the Lottie blouse
Free pattern download for magical Loch Ness Monster sit-on cushion for children
Free pattern for 3D Elephant Wall Hanging Messenger cross-body bag step-by-step tutorial
Free pattern for nurse dressing-up apron (shirt refashion)
Welt buttonhole tutorial from Alison Smith MBE
Interview with Gertie Hirsch, pattern and fabric designer, author and blogger
Full and small bust adjustment tutorials in Thrifty Stitcher column
Win a Janome Overlocker and a Lutterloh pattern drafting system

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Button side top

Love Sewing is a magazine for all levels of sewing expertise, even absolute beginners can pick up a copy and find a few projects to make a start on. Included in every issue is a guide to reading dressmaking patterns and a guide to the basics of a sewing machine.  This month beginners who want to dip their toe into dressmaking can try Marilla Walker's lovely side button top which uses only one main pattern piece.

In this issue, for more experienced dressmakers looking to improve the fit of garments, producer of The Great British Sewing Bee, Claire Louise Hardy, shares a really useful tutorial for full and small bust adjustments.  This is invaluable for many women wanting to acheive a perfect fit.


Alison Smith MBE has a classic tailored trouser pattern for you and she also shares a foolproof method for creating welt buttonholes.

Skirt 2

Fiona Hesford's deep pocketed skirt has a striking design but is not difficult to construct and can be lengthened or shortened to suit.

Elephant wallhanging

We also have some great fun projects, an abstract fabric 'Elephant Head' wallhanging from Amie Scott (which is a favourite in the office!) and the magical Nessie sit on cushion from Hannah Hathaway will be a big hit with your little people!

Lottie Hack

Plus why not try this month's Lottie blouse hack, add a button placket to make it even more versatile - the Lottie pattern is available to buy on moremags if you fancy a go and don't already have one - Lottie Blouse Pattern

Nurse outfit

This Nurse's Dressing Up Apron from Victoria Peat will help little ones look the part as they tend to poorly teddy bears!

Flower pillow

Sew up a Pretty Petal Cushion Pattern with Torie Jayne to brighten up any room.


Dress up your sewing storage with this smart cover tutorial from Stephanie Stanesby


Scrap busting and stylish - make a wired headband from a pattern by R&B Consultants Amanda and Juliet

Messenger bag

This cool messenger bag pattern from Jenna Excel will make a great gift!


All good Tooth Fairies know that rustling under pillows and risking waking sleepy children is a thing of the past - make a Tooth Fairy Pillow instead!  This easy to follow tutorial is by Jane Marland

Just a few of the highlights this month, there are even more great patterns! Plus we have all the usual features including three interviews.  Gertie Hirsch talks to us about body positivity and her new fashion sketchbook, the Lutterloh family explain their unique approach to DIY pattern drafting and Sarah Burford takes us behind the scenes at her custom doll making business Curious Pip.