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Recently I have been reading Love Sewing magazine. Each issue comes with a free printed pattern plus lots of projects which range from bags to soft toys and children’s projects.
The magazine has inspired me to sew a top for myself – I chose the Threadcounts pattern 1502 which came with issue 22. The crossover design of the top is great for concealing my wobbly mummy’s tummy! With lots of options I chose to sew a winter top with long sleeves.
I found deep red jersey fabric at my local market, it is a heavyish weight so great for a winter wear (I started sewing it in January!). The pattern is described as easy, but it’s a not a pattern I would recommend as your first. The front is made with three pieces of fabric to create the wrap gathered look. The pivot on the neck took some thought, I appreciated the clear illustrations on the pattern instructions.
Sadly my overlocker fell out with me when I asked it to sew the side seams. These are three layers of fabric, which includes a gathering of fabric.
The overlocker was sent away for a repair and my sewing stalled. Several weeks later I discovered my regular sewing machine was perfectly happy with the thickness of fabric. I am sure this is a reflection of the quality of the two machines, my overlocker is a budget model – the repair shop did advise me that the cost of the repair could easily be put towards a higher quality machine!
Being long in the torso I appreciate the long length of the top. I plan to sew the pattern again for summer, sleeveless in a light weight jersey. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a picture pre fitting the sleeves (as it was taken on my phone the picture quality is too poor to transfer).
Love Sewing magazine is priced at the cost of one sewing pattern. With lots of projects to inspire plus hints and tips for improving your sewing this magazine is a pleasure to read. I think its a bit of a bargain, especially if you sign up for a subscription making it less than £4 an issue!
Disclaimer – I have been provided with a years subscription to Love Sewing Magazine in return for a review, all opinions are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.