Friday, 16 May 2014

Love Sewing Magazine - mini giveaway!

Since I started sewing I've more or less given up reading magazines like I used to. I still make a beeline for Vogue at the hairdressers, but I never buy it any more and I always end up flicking through it rather than devouring it like I did in the olden days. I think it's because I make most of my own clothes now, so feel even more disconnected from high fashion magazines. I will admit to a weakness for interior mags from time to time, (I LOVE nosing around people's houses), but the main thing I really enjoy reading about is sewing. There have been a couple of sewing magazines that have come and gone in the past few years, but since the demise of Cloth and then Crafty, there hasn't been much out there to float my boat. I subscribed to Mollie Makes for a while and although the photography and interiors were beautiful, the constant crocheted vegetables and lack of anything to actually read started to get a bit tiresome. So I have high hopes for Love Sewing magazine, who published their first issue this month (no pressure then!)



It doesn't disappoint so far. There are lots of projects to try out, with a good balance between dressmaking, accessories and quilting.  On the dressmaking side, there's a free downloadable Brigitte shift dress pattern from Simple Sew patterns (dress shown on the front cover). Basic instructions are included in the magazine, but if you want detailed step-by-step instructions, hop over to the Thread Carefully blog where they're holding a sewalong. In the magazine there's also a tutorial on how to hem a pair of jeans (which sounds basic but is actually really useful!) a girl's skirt project and how-to articles on underlining and zip insertion. On the accessories side there are at least five projects, including the cute bow clutch bag on the front cover, a scarf, napkins and baby accessories.


I was pleased to see so many indie patterns reviewed in the magazine - on the double page above they feature Gather, Sew Over It and Oliver + S. There's also an interview with sewing blogger of the moment Tilly Walnes


...a sneaky peak behind the scenes at Backstitch….


and a Q and A with May Martin. Oh yes, and a certain lace trimmed Peter Pan collar tutorial was mentioned, which was a lovely surprise!


They have some great contributors on board, and above all there was plenty to read, which really pleased me. I do like to actually read magazines that I'm interested in, so if there was one thing I'd change it would be to have one or two fewer projects and more feature articles to pore over. But that's just me. Overall, I think it's a great first issue and I'm looking forward to the next one.

Talking of which, it's been a popular launch and the first issue has sold out in a lot of places. But never fear… I have a spare copy! The original issue I ordered got lost in the post, a replacement was sent and then the original copy turned up. As it's in high demand, I'm going to offer the spare copy as a giveaway on my blog. The giveaway is for Issue One of Love Sewing magazine which comes with a free Kirstie Allsop FQ and a booklet of Liberty sewing patterns and ideas. To enter, just leave a comment on this post by midnight GMT on Monday 19th May. The winner will be chosen at random after this date and notified by email. On this occasion, the giveaway is open to UK readers only I'm afraid. But don't worry, worldwide readers, I have a few giveaways planned soon that are open to everybody.

Have a great weekend! x






81 comments:

  1. Oh gosh, I would love a copy of this - would really like to make the bow clutch bag and that girls' skirt is amazing. <3
    dinoprincesschar@gmail.com

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  2. I would very much love your spare copy!

    Faye
    freckles-and-all.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I share your view about Mollie Makes which I bought this month and wish I hadn't! I hasn't realised that Cloth had finished - I bought it a couple of times - projects weren't what i was looking for. I looked for Love Sewing but couldn't find it, so it would be great to win your giveaway! I'm in UK - sewanneuk.blogspot.co.uk. Thanks for chance to win

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  4. Oh, I'd love a copy of this, thanks for hosting!
    rachelmjaques@gmail.com

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  5. I'd love to win a copy of this magazine too... deborah(dot)manser(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  6. I've been everywhere to try and get it. The few copies people had have all sold out so I would love the opportunity to get a copy. Thanks for running this.

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  7. Oooh - how did I miss this? Please add me to your giveaway list.

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  8. I'm the same with Mollie makes too. I flick through but nothing particularly grabs my attention. I'm always looking for a good sewing read so would love to win a copy! Thanks Jane for the giveaway.

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  9. Can't wait to see a copy

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  10. Glad to hear another sewing magazine is making its debut - thanks for the great review. I'm not in the UK, but good luck to everyone else! : )

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  11. I would love you spare copy - always happy to while away some time looking at pretty things and thinking about what to make next.

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  12. Have been looking for this magazine, would love a copy

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  13. Ooooh! me, me, me! Looks really good.

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  14. Forgot to add pretty please. So me, me, me pretty please!

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  15. Looks interesting, definately worth an afternoon browsing.

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  16. It looks like a wonderful magazine!

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  17. I'd love to win this. I've been hunting for a copy but not been able to track one down. I agree about Mollie Makes - lovely photography, but too twee for my liking. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

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  18. Ooh would love a copy of this! Thanks for offering it :-)

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  19. what a lovely giveaway! I'd love a copy of this magazine! thank you for the giveaway!
    Frankie
    http://www.knitwits-owls.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Would love to win this giveaway.

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  21. Hi thanks for hosting this giveaway. I have found that since reading sewing blogs I read magazines less because it's like a new magazine every day, but I would love to win this to try it out. Have a great day :)

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  22. How lovely, thank you, Jane! If I win, I'll make that striped girl's skirt for myself :)

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  23. I agree with you about buying (or rather, NOT buying) magazines as much now that I sew. Thanks for the magazine review and the giveaway! I would love a copy of this magazine - I have been looking for it but, like many, have been unsuccessful. :)

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  24. Oh I would love issue 1! I have subscribed from issue 2 but I can't get my hands on issue 1 at all - please enter me in your giveaway. Many thanks
    Sarah

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  25. Yes please - I forgot to buy it and now it's gone! :-)

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  26. I would love your spare copy please! I totally agree about Mollie Makes too!

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  27. I'd love this! I've looked everywhere but it's just sold out! I'm another person who agrees about Mollie Makes - it's too expensive for what little (if beautiful) content it holds.

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  28. Jane, I am not eligible for the give away.. But, just wanted to say... The magazine looks fantastic.. Know you are enjoying it.

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  29. Lovely lovely! I haven't been able to find a copy, so thanks for the chance to win x

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  30. How strange is that? I was just looking at the Magazine's web page (saying that the first issue was sold out) when your post came through. Hoping that it is a lucky omen.
    Hugs

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  31. Ooh, I've been looking for that since I read your review of Tilly's book. The clutch bag looks gorgeous. Fingers crossed!

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  32. I think we grow out of women's mags. I haven't found one worth reading for years. I am considering trying a sewing one. Would be nice to win one.

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  33. I'm always on the lookout for new sewing mags and this sounds pretty amazing. I would love to win this issue!

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  34. Ooh, sounds like a promising mag! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. Well I feel cheeky entering another of your giveaways, but it's sold out online and i haven't found it in the shops yet so count me in!

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  36. I bought this probably just as it came out, I'm not normally on the ball I just happened to be in the mood for a crafty mag. I'm a novice sewer and really enjoyed this magazine and thought it actually worth the price.

    I agree re:Mollie Makes and hope you didn't hear my unbecoming snorty laugh at your crochet veggies comment. I think it sees itself as more of a lifestyle statement than a real crafter's companion. I only buy it if the make on the front is something I fancy.

    As I already have a copy of sewing, if I win I'd just like the warm fuzzy glow of being a 'winner' then it to be redrawn for someone who doesn't have a copy. Or just feel free to opt me out, esp if you are doing the draw on paper scraps!

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  37. I haven't found a copy of this so I'd love to win one - thanks!

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  38. Oh yes please, it seems to be sold out around here! Thanks for the giveaway :-)

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  39. I couldn't find this magazine anywhere so please enter me into the draw too.

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  40. Can't find this mag in my local shops so must have sold out already! Looks really interesting so thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  41. I've been thinking about trying this magazine, I'd love to win!

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  42. I am in Aussie but I bought the digital version and of course you don't get the free gift of fabric. You do get the Liberty book and pattern though. My Mum is in the UK so if I won I would sent it to her, she would love it.

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  43. Please count me in! I've been searching all over for this mag

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  44. Don't put me in the draw Jane as I'm in Brisbane, Australia but just wanted to say how WONDERFUL they included your excellent tute on the lace trimmed Peter Pan! Congratulations! (Well deserved, by the way.)

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  45. I've never bought a sewing magazine but this one sounds great. Please count me in for the giveaway, thanks!

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  46. I loved loved loved Cloth, so hope this is like it. Please consider me for the free copy.

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  47. This looks great. I love the clutch. I stopped buying sewing magazines as they were mostly full of adverts but this looks like there is a lot to actually read.

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  48. A lovely review, thank you. I have flitted around a few sewing magazines and not found one I like, but I'll give this one a go. Thanks.

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  49. What a nice magazine!! i would be so happy to have one copy of this because in my country i will never find one of those magazines!!! have a great weekend!!!

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  50. Snap!
    I have forsaken other magazines too and really want to see and read all about sewing. I usually get my fix from lovely blogs like yours. However there is nothing like sitting down with a cup of tea, curling up and reading a mag. Thanks for offering the giveaway x

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  51. Ooow I'd love the first issue,I subscribed last week for this mag,and noticed that the subscription started with issue 2!!

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  52. I agree, it's one of the best sewing titles I've seen in a while. Please don't enter me as I've already got a copy but I'm just bobbing by to say it's available to download if you can't get your mitts on a copy! Kellie x

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  53. Hi - I must admit to being a magazine junkie, so would love to see what this one is like. Thanks for the opportunity. x

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  54. I'd love it, thanks. Looked for it in the mag racks, but managed to spot it yet.

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  55. Oh how lovely, I haven't been able to get hold of this. Please put me in! Thank you for holding the giveaway x

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  56. Sounds great, I didn't know what I was missing!

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  57. Oh wow!! I would love to win this mag! I love your blog and can't get enough sewing reading!!

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  58. Looks brilliant! Need this is my life!xx

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  59. Sounds good Jane, I'm with you on Mollie Makes - I loved the format,and the paper and the pretty pictures, but the projects were a bit daft and very basic so I stopped buying it too. Have just bought a copy of 'Daphne's Diary' which looks like another pretty picture and styling mag but I thought I'd give it a try (and I'm on holiday, so what other excuse do I need)

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  60. I'd love to nab your spare copy. Fingers crossed

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  61. I'd read about this mag but haven't seen it anywhere, so I'd love a chance to win please!

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  62. your review got me interested in the magazine! Would love to win it.

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  63. Add me to the give away - I'm always looking for sewing related reading matter. Corinne.

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  64. This sounds like a great magazine - would love to win a copy and will definitely look out for future issues!
    Hayley
    http://www.curlsandcreations.blogspot.co.uk

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  65. Hi Jane, I love the idea of this magazine and looked to order it, but as I live in Switzerland, the shipping was ridiculous!!! I would love to win a copy in your give-away!
    Thanks for the chance!
    Stacey

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  66. A well deserved mention for your fab blog! Our local Sainsbury's sold out, so please add me to your giveaway x

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  67. Looks a lovely magazine. I'd love to win!!

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  68. Looks great! Living in small town with only one small newsagent we don't get to see new magazines very often.

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  69. This looks great - as a new sewer I'm looking forward to learning lots. Love your blog.

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  70. It looks like a lovely magazine, must look out for the next one.

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  71. I just tried to buy a copy of this but it looks like it's all sold out in Oxford :(
    Would love to win a copy!
    Hannah x

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  72. This looks fab, I would love to win a copy! Jenna

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  73. I was so impressed by Love Sewing that I've taken out a subscription. I reviewed it on my blog too.

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  74. Oh what a lovely giveaway! I'd love to win :)

    Jane x

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