Sewing World has recently been revamped and I was sent a copy of July's issue to review. I used to subscribe to the magazine, but my subscription lapsed over a year ago and so this was the first time I had seen one of the new look issues. My first impression from the cover was of a much brighter and more modern magazine.
I received the printed version of the magazine for this review, but the magazine also thinks of those who prefer
digital issues and the pattern sheet is available to download from the magazine website.
Each side of the pattern sheet is available as a separate file, with
each file having about 10 pages to print and stick together. However, I
couldn't spot a size reference square in the PDF, making it difficult to
check if your pages have printed at the correct scale. A single digital issue is approximately £1 cheaper than a
single printed issue.
Looking at the contents page, I was pleased to see articles relating
to dressmaking still featured strongly in both the technique and
projects sections as other magazines have dropped these in favour of
"home" projects. This issue had 10 projects to make - two items of clothing (plus one from the techniques section), a doll, a bag, a sunglasses case, a machine cover, a quilt, cushions, coasters and a machine embroidery project.
The project instructions are presented in a variety of styles with some authors using photos to illustrate their instructions and others using line drawings. Some of the projects assume prior knowledge, for example, the quilt project just said "baste and quilt" and "bind as desired", but with information being readily available on the internet, this shouldn't be too much of a problem. I liked the mix of projects - some were quick and easy projects that could be made from your stash and others would take a little more time and planning.
The magazine also features many giveaways each month - in this issue there were nearly 40 prizes to be won, as well as a subscriber only competition. Again, the magazine has thought of its digital readers and the competitions can be entered via email. Unlike some women's glossy magazines, the number of advertisements are not over whelming and you don't end up flicking thorough pages and pages of adverts looking for something to read.
In conclusion, I was impressed by the mix of projects and articles which seemed to cater for various abilities and interests. I do hope that the magazine will continue to feature dress making as I think the UK magazine market is lacking in this area. After seeing the new look magazine, I would certainly consider buying future issues, though probably as the digital not the printed version.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of July's Sewing World for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.