Having rediscovered my love for sewing last year, I was thrilled when one of our TWR readers tipped me off about The Maker’s Atelier, a new magazine for sewers that promised to be stylish.
I don’t know what it is about sewing magazines, but it seems to bring out the worst in people when it comes to style. They are either full of bizarre craft projects and fabric toys or supremely practical guides to creating a summer ‘outfit’ from apricot polyester. I’m being a bit mean I know, but there is a real need for sewing to get a style-revamp. We now have some fabulously stylish magazines for food and gardening, but sewing is still stuck somewhere in 1983.
The Maker’s Atelier is a good start, with lovely photography, particularly the ones by Bethany Hobbs above, and some bright ideas on how to use modern fabrics. It features many of its patterns (available to buy on the website) made in different fabrics, so you can see how they look. And you get a free pattern with each issue, for this first issue it’s a useful boxy T shirt.
It’s quite pricey at £15 for such a slender magazine and it could do with a few more articles, perhaps on where to buy decent fabric for a start. But bravo for starting the ball rolling and I’m looking forward to future issues.