Simply Sewing Issue 10: My Circle cape (and oops I may have accidentally bought a new book and some more fabric!)

Regular readers will know that I have been on board with Simply Sewing  since issue 1. My remit back then was firmly in the refashioning camp. Which I was more than chuffed about as you all know my desire to “promote the cause” of refashioning and I was delighted that a mainstream print magazine was getting on board with that. They still are of course but…SIMPLY SEWING MAGAZINE - CIRCLE CAPE - ISSUE 10

This issue saw the editorial reigns pass to a new editor. You may know her as The Savvy Crafter 😉 Charlie and I had a little chat when she took over and the general feeling was there was more that I could contribute and that we needn’t restrict my remit soley to refashioning. So going forward I’ll be contributing a mix of refashioning and “from scratch” sewing tutorials. This is the first of those. A tweed circle cape. I LOVE how it turned out and I LOVE how the team at SS have styled it too. Even better it’s patternless and super simple to make. Boom! (Great scrap busting freebie from Sew Crafty in this months issue too btw)


I think the fabric really makes this cape. It’s this beautiful Edinburgh Check Wool from I’ve just ordered some for myself to make a coat. Ooops! The leather buckle for this piece I purchased on ebay here.Materials

Apart from that there’s oodles of sewing projects and some familiar faces too. Including a classic fascinator tute from Lisa Comfort and an interesting Q&A with Sarai MitnickSIMPLY SEWING MAGAZINE - CIRCLE CAPE - ISSUE 10

Also some interesting reading and projects involving the Japanese art of Sashiko embroidery.  I’ve had a dabble with Sashiko and I love it, although I’ve yet to incorporate it in a finished project. I recently bought the Tamarack pattern from Grainline Studio….and it occured to me that substituting the machine quilting element with some Sashiko would be an interesting take don’t you think?? Time consuming, but cool!SIMPLY SEWING MAGAZINE - CIRCLE CAPE - ISSUE 10

Sometimes it’s the little news snippets in a magazine that catch my eye. This little piece about Lotta Jansdotter and her new book prompted me to investigate further. I’d never heard of her but the simplicity of silhouette and line in these pieces appealed to me…(plus as soon as I read the word “Scandanavian” it’s pretty much a done deal that I will like what I see!) turns out she’s quite a prolific authorSIMPLY SEWING MAGAZINE - CIRCLE CAPE - ISSUE 10

This is the book in question…Everyday Style by Lotta Jansdotter…and I erm…..ordered it right there and then! Ooops again! LOTTA JANSDOTTER - EVERYDAY STYLE

Why? Because this lady’s style looks right up my strata…LOTTA JANSDOTTER - EVERYDAY STYLE

And the patterns in the book are simple, unfussy, and versatile shapes ripe for personalisation and look like they would work in a vast array of fabrics. So again…right up my street!LOTTA JANSDOTTER - EVERYDAY STYLE


Quite excited for this one to arrive. Will let you know if it’s as yummy as it looks!

Am I the only one with an itchy online trigger finger recently?

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  1. sew2pro November 13, 2015

    Love the blog (sub) title: I may have to quote you from time to time!

    The cape’s a nice way to showcase a special fabric (and risk-free). I just love the addition of leather and a buckle.

    • portia November 13, 2015

      Ah thanks Marianna! I think you’re right. The leather buckle really elevates it and adds a pop of colour 🙂

  2. Daisy November 13, 2015

    Must say have never taken to simply sewing mag….always found it very basic (apart from your bits obvs!)
    Have always loved a bit of Lotta though!

    • portia November 13, 2015

      I think it is aimed more at beginners Daisy. Inspiring people to learn with achievable projects you know? Apart from my bits if course , lol 😉 Excited to get my hands on that book though!

  3. Kara November 13, 2015

    I’ve been itching to hear more about Lottas book – I would love to see a full review when you receive it!

    • portia November 13, 2015

      For sure Kara!

  4. lisa San Francisco Bay Area November 13, 2015

    I am having the trigger finger problem too–I was wondering what was causing it–certainly not any extra space in my sewing room!!!
    I didn’t know I needed this new book until you so kindly pointed that out, either:)

    • portia November 13, 2015

      Ha ha! Sorry ’bout that Lisa! 😉

  5. Autumn November 13, 2015

    I love Simply Sewing magazine! Sometimes it’s difficult for me to find here in my area of states. I can only find it at Barnes and Noble, and sometimes they only have a few copies, or they don’t have the latest edition. It’s a real bummer ’cause I have to drive 20 minutes each way to get there. But, it’s worth it! I keep telling myself I just need to buy a subscription. Maybe I’ll put it on my Christmas wish list. ☺

    • portia November 13, 2015

      Bung it on the Christmas list definitely! 😉

  6. EmSewCrazy November 13, 2015

    Ooh I just saw her book too and I’m waffling on it. My birthday is coming up so I’m waiting to see what happens with that. I’ll be excited to hear what you think of it and see how you use it.
    I don’t know what it is about November but I usually end up buying lots of fabric and sewing stuff…

  7. Margo November 14, 2015

    Great cape! Now if I could just find a copy of the mag…. as far as purchasing more fabric and sewing books…as my husband says…there could be worse things you could be doing! Looks like a great purchase!

  8. Victoria Maus November 14, 2015

    Really loved this issue of Simply Sewing, especially your cape. I bought some lovely fabric online last night to make it! Can’t wait! The book you’ve bought looks good, let me know if it’s worth buying 🙂 x

    • portia November 14, 2015

      Yay!!! Will do and can’t wait to see your cape!!


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