I did know there would only be 10 issues in a year, but nonetheless was pretty sad to think next month, there will be no Sew Hip to read and enjoy.
In compensation I bought the first issue of Sew magazine today.
Actually, to buy this magazine, I had to break my own rule: Never buy magazines encased in a plastic bag. Reason 1. the environmental impact. Reason 2. there might be nothing you want to make and it will turn out to be a waste of money.
I didn't try and identify all 172 ideas (according to the cover) but I counted 15 to-sew projects, of which two were reprints from previously published books. Good range of patterns, and no throws or quilts, which seems to be a bit of an obsession of Sew Hip's! However, both kids' clothes patterns were for girls. Which is not untypical, but is still annoying.
Also, I didn't spot any difficulty ratings on any of the patterns, which I think is an omission, along with step-by-step photos / illustrations. The photos are all of the finished item. This makes Sew magazine rather less accessible to beginners, I think.
On the plus side, I liked the symbols at the top of each pattern, that indicated which sewing techniques were used. I also liked the quirky references to other, non-sewing stuff. For example, next to the tea- and egg-cosy pattern was a column with shopping suggestions for teapots and egg-cups.
The photography was very arty, but sometimes this meant the pictures were not very helpful. E.g in the recycled jeans skirt, all photos focused close-up on the embellishments - no picture of the complete finished item. It would therefore prove rather difficult to make that skirt. And why on earth suggest buying new jeans to make that project - surely the point of adaptation projects is to re-use and recycle?
Finally, I was really quite irritated to note that magazine professionals in an established publishing house have trouble differentiating between "it's" and "its".
Out of the 15 projects, I only added one to my to-sew list. This was the picnic set, which I did think very pretty, and it would make a good present:
I'm on the lookout for some suitably retro fabrics now.
On the whole, I thought the patterns were aimed at a younger audience. I will show the magazine to my 14 y.o, as I think the clothes and accessories might appeal more to her.
I will look at Sew magazine again, as I was not impressed with Sew Hip's first issue either, but next time, I shall get it out of the plastic bag and take a look inside before buying (there were several copies in WHSmith with open bags today, so obviously other people do this).