|Mollie Makes Sewing on left and Sew Home and Style Feb 2015 issue|
My other gripe is simply that the content in general has become really samey across brands. Now I know there are only so many sewing patterns in the world – especially ones from independent companies – but surely you want to make your magazine stand out a bit and find other innovative designers and other voices of experience. A good example is that a shirt pattern from the last Sewing Bee book has made its way into two magazines with only a couple of months apart from each other in publication – a free jacket pattern has also been offered in 'Love Sewing' and 'Mollie Makes Sewing' as well as pattern for floral knickers. I also noticed a dress in 'Mollie Makes Sewing' is in the February issue 'Sew Home and Style'. I don’t want to buy the same content again and again – surely this is lazy journalism or is it acceptable to charge for the same stuff being repeated again and again?! I suspect its hard to prise away free patterns from top designers and so I guess the pool of freebies is small but I don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. Surely there are great designers and pattern cutters out there who would chomp their right arm off to work up fresh, edgy and stylish designs for a sewing magazine?
|Sew Home and Style Dec 2014 on left and Love Sewing issue 10 on right|
|Mollie Makes Sewing top and Love Sewing issue 9 on bottom|
|Mollie Makes Sewing above and Love Sewing issue 10 below|
|Love Sewing issue 11 - yawn...!|
|Love Sewing issue 11 - a particularly yawn making issue in my opinion!|
|Mollie Makes Sewing - Victory Patterns Roxanne top, right hand page bottom left.|
The most inspiring magazine I have read recently (and it is worth every cent) is Colette patterns Seamwork magazine. What an inspiration! Fresh ideas, fresh patterns and thoughtful articles. It's an online magazine so it's cheaper as well. Take a look here. I think you will be impressed! It may be aimed at those with a little more knowledge than some of the magazines mentioned above but it seems to come from a more thought out perspective, and they have definitely filled a niche in the market. I wonder how long it will be before other Indy companies jump up and produce similar titles. This is what we need more of!
At the end of the day it's great that the sewing world has become so popular that there is an appetite for all these sewing magazines and long may it live! All I want is that one magazine be a little different to the next just as the independent patterns are different to the big four. This is really where Seamwork shines as it is the only one that is filling that hole in the market for the more experienced sewer, the person that wants to understand about garment construction, choosing the right fabrics for specific jobs, talking to experts in the field and getting some interesting and relevant patterns to boot. In the last issue we read about the construction of lingerie, detailed information about making bras, dying elastic and fabrics, choosing sustainable fabrics for your makes and of course how best to choose your fabrics for lingerie. In the world of sewing magazines this is something slightly different, more intellectual and basically a magazine that appeals greatly to people like you and me. I mean let's face it variety is the spice of life and we need more of it don't we? I don't think that's asking too much is it?
|Doesn't she look like Tilly?!|