26 February 2013

In Which I Rediscover Magazines


My friends, I've fallen back in love with magazines! Now, fear not, this doesn't mean I love blogs any less. Believe me, I love the blogosphere more with the dawning of each new day :) But after years of thinking that the authenticity of blogs was the only thing worth reading (apart from books and newspapers, you understand... oh and street signs etc), my faith has recently been restored and I'm WELL back into mags! Here are a few publications I've been enjoying recently which I thought you might like too...



First up is Peppermint, which does a fantastic job of balancing design and substance. The mag is beautifully produced and covers all sorts of things from fashion to food, but what's really interesting is that every article has an environmental and/or ethical slant. What's more, they include refashions, such as this shirt to top tutorial above, and their website has free sewing patterns to download.




I've mentioned Frankie before and I'm not ashamed to mention it again. I'm in love, y'all. Just LOOK at that embroidered cover! It's actually textured. And the back of the cover looks like the back of a piece of embroidery. I just can't express how much joy this brings me.



Behold Betty. It looks amazing. It feels amazing. It even smells amazing. A Moonrise Kingdom-inspired fashion shoot on one page, how to make mackerel pate on the next. Bliss.




And finally, Cloth. I always liked Cloth, and their recent rebrand is really interesting, as they seem to be repositioning themselves towards the mainstream. Doesn't that "top trends" spread, for example, remind you of fashion mags? For a sewing magazine, I reckon this can only be a good thing. Wouldn't it be awesome if young women accidentally picked it up in the newsagent thinking it was a fast fashion mag? And became inspired to get out the scissors and thread and make some stuff themselves? Are we about to see sewing taking off big time?

Oh, wait, there's one more thing...



For it is I, included in their cover mount about bloggers! Eep! Thank you so much to Jane and all the other lovely sewing peeps who gave me the heads up about the piece :)

[Soundtrack: 'Soft as Chalk' by Joanna Newsom]

26 comments:

  1. Love Frankie:) congrats to you Tilly!! :)

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  2. Oh wow - congratulations! All of those magazines look fab! x

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  3. I've always been a magazine addict, but in recent times I've found I'm less interested in the "fashion" magazines and their obsession with celebrity. These ones you've highlighted look very interesting though.

    Love that Frankie cover and I've already downloaded one of the patterns from Peppermint (the cape).

    The only one of these I've ever seen before is Cloth - I shall be looking out for the others, although I suspect they can only be found in London.

    Congratulations on your inclusion in Cloth.

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  4. Congratulations! What a spread :)

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  5. Those all look lovely! And congrats on your magazine appearance :)

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  6. I LOVE magazines too, especially Frankie. It's so clean but super inspiring

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  7. so many good ones! and congrats! that awesome :)

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  8. I love reading magazines so I may have to check some of these out! Congratulations on your magazine appearance!

    Lauren x

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  9. Congratulations on your feature! How exciting. I'll have to look into these titles. Getting a good magazine in the mail is such a joy!

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  10. Congratulation Tilly! This is such an exciting news! I wish we had these magazines in Spain but apart from Burda and patrones which are strictly patterns mags, the independant ones like Frankie, Betty or Peppermint are nowhere to be found. Fortunately, there are so many great blogs out there to keep me reading... Bye.

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  11. Oh man! All those mags looks simply amazing!!

    -Charlotte
    boyerfamilysingers.blogspot.com

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  12. I recently got back into magazines too. I have a couple of Nylon Mags next to by bed to read. I have actually never heard of any of those magazines and I would love to check them out. Thanks for the heads up!

    xoxo Lorelai
    Seams Unbiased

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  13. I am addicted to magazines. But have stopped myself buying them. Love Peppermint and Frankie but have never heard of the other two. Do you know if they are available everywhere?
    Oh, and congratulations on being included in what looks like an amazing mag.

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  14. Congrats on the feature! I "gave up" magazinesa long time ago too, but I do sometimes miss their papery goodness... I'll have to check out one or two!

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  15. Congrats!! How awesome! These magazines all look great ~

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  16. wah HOAH, congratulations girl!!!

    and now you've got me wanting magazines..

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  17. That's great Tilly, congrats on being included!

    And, I cannot believe they printed the back of the embroidery on the back, that is so . . . awesome! I may have to see which of these have made it to the USA, if any!

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  18. Yay! I just bought Cloth, solely for the little booklet, but I didn't know you were in it! Congrats! I can't wait to try some of the patterns.

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  19. What an honor to be featured!!! =)

    I really am lacking a great place to find craft magazines and art magazines. I swear the craft stores by me call people when the newest issues come out of things so they are are never in store!

    I have heard of Frankie but never Betty before! It looks like one I'd be interested in!

    If your looking for a new magazine, "The Simple Things". It's really a beautiful magazine that has everything from sewing to cooking to collectors to just beautiful things!!

    Ergo - Blog

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  20. That's so amazing, Tilly! Congratulations on the feature!!! You deserve it!

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  21. Excellent, Tilly; you go.

    I feel pretty strongly that Project Runway is driving the sewing resurgence here in the US (I've been in at least 2 classes where students brought in their Project Runway bags complete with PRW limited edition sewing machines; find them here: http://www.brother-usa.com/Homesewing/ModelDetail.aspx?ProductID=NS40&WT.ad=HAD_ProjectRunway_NS40_View&WT.ac=HAD_ProjectRunway_NS40_Click#.US6oI47ZfzI).

    But what is the reason for that resurgence on that side of the pond? Any ideas?

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  22. I love, love, love, Cloth magazine. I haven't heard of the others, but they look wonderful..wonder if I can get ahold of them in the US.

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  23. Nice spread! I lurve peppermint, it's fab.

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  24. The rebrand of Cloth was because they were bought by a mainstream publisher, before it had been quite independently written/published. I went to a Apron making workshop with one of the ladies behind it, she still works on it now under the new management.

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  25. Great blog! Fabulous! Nice, sipmle, stylish :) You are a great inspiration to me

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  26. It seems like there is a much better selection of fashionable craft and sewing magazines in the UK. I just broke down and subscribed to "Mollie Makes" at $94 for a year it was a bit pricey for me! I wish there were better sewing mags in the US :(

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