If you follow me on social media or are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you already know that last week Hattie and I released a new online sewing magazine, called SMYLY magazine. We have been working on it for months and months and it is, without a doubt, a project of the heart for the both of us. Hitting that ‘Publish’ button was more than nerve-racking. I still get goosebumps when I think about last Friday and how excited and scared we were. But as with everything else in the sewing community, the response has been completely overwhelming! We have been on an emotional roller coaster since then and we’ve already started working on the next things that are about to come.
But let me tell you a few things about it. SMYLY magazine (named after theSewing Makes You Love Yourself challenge that we hosted in January) is an online sewing magazine for the modern dressmaker, who wants to be inspired but also informed.
Issue 1 includes interviews from seamstresses who turned their hobby into a career, a peak behind the pattern maker Ana, founder of Cocowawa crafts and a reportage on making fabric out of bananas. We are also giving you pattern recommendations for spring and exclusive interviews of the ladies who designed them, as long as suggestions for our favorite fabrics and haberdashery. We are looking into the features of Ponte di Roma and answering your questions about it and also going back in time to read about the history of crocheting doillies in Greece. And if you’ve never made an accessory before, we will be showing you how to sew your own clutch bag!
But the most exciting thing of all, is that SMYLY magazine comes with a FREE sewing pattern, the Samantha dress. Inspired and named after the sewing blogger Samantha of @sewbytheseaside, it is a gorgeous faux wrap jersey dress that any adventurous beginner can make. It includes two versions with different features and comes in sizes 4-28. So, petite or curvy, we got you covered!
I LOVE this dress! And not just because it is our own design, but because it is so versatile and pretty. You can style it up or down depending on which version you make or what fabric you choose, it’s easy to sew and fit and very comfortable to wear.
I thought you’d be interested in seeing the versions I made during the toiling stage but also for the photoshoots I had. The first one is this royal blue Samantha, which is a combination of the two versions. I made the bodice without the collar and without the bow-ties at the sleeves, but opted for the longer skirt and the tie belt. The fabric is a ponte di Roma from Tsagrinos.gr
The next one is Version 1, which I adore. I like wearing it with sneakers as well, to style it down a little bit. This is the dress we are sewing together in the Video Sewalong we have for you in the SMYLY Youtube channel. Click here to watch it.
The next Samantha I made was for the blog sewalong series we prepared for you for our website. As you can tell, we wanted to offer lots of assistance in making this pattern. Click here to find the blog sewalong.
My last version was actually a hack. I lengthened the skirt to turn in into a maxi dress and made the bodice with a different fabric in a plain color. I love this Samantha and I can’t wait to wear her with sandals in the summer.
All of the fabrics we used to make our samples were from Minerva Crafts. I’ve included the links to each one under the photos. I hope you liked the Samantha dress and that you will make it, as I’m dying to see more versions of her popping up online. If you’ve already bought the magazine, I want to say a huge thank you, you made two girls really happy!
Until the next time,