Issue 128 September 2021



As Shakespeare put so well, “summer’s lease hath all too short a date…” and as I would say – so, just like that, summer is (very nearly) over. I do love September though, those lovely golden mellow days, lots of produce from the garden to squirrel away for the winter months and the chance to take my sewing inside once again to enjoy many happy hours snuggled on the sofa, with the log burner ready for when the true colder weather arrives. September is a beautiful month, and often warm – and we are certainly hoping for a warm Saturday later this month when our wedding blessing is taking place. The Engineer and I were married last year in a tiny Covid-compliant ceremony and so this year we are inviting all our family and friends to celebrate with us.

In this month’s edition you’ll find patterns that celebrate the change in seasons, as well as the final pattern of summer “Bathing Pool.”  We chat to two very talented makers, Eleanor and Holly of Wee Bothy Art, learn about the traditional art of smocking and much more besides.

The Bustle & Sew Magazine is the work of just the two of us – Helen Grimes, the founder of and creative force behind the Bustle & Sew bunny and her daughter Rosie who’s a bit of a whiz in the kitchen! So if you’re expecting a glossy high-street, high-budget publication, stuffed with adverts and promotions, then this probably isn’t the magazine for you. But if you’re looking for quirky, unusual and fun sewing projects, all with Helen’s unique style, and enjoy filling your home with beautiful ideas, then you’re sure to love the Bustle & Sew Magazine.

Don’t forget, you are free to sell items you personally have made from Bustle & Sew patterns. All the templates are included at full size, so there’s no awkward re-sizing – no fiddling around with photocopiers or hanging around at printing shops – you can start creating straight away! I don’t mind if you personally want to make items to sell from my patterns, but you are not licensed to go into mass production.

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