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Joan Dress is the latest Sew Over It pattern

Joan Dress is the latest pattern to be added to Sew Over It's vintage-inspired collection

Joan sewing pattern from Sew Over It

This stylish dress pattern features a fitted bodice with darts and skirt that gives this dress its feminine feel. There's darts at the waist and back shoulder, subtle scooped neckline and kick pleat at the back hemline. With 3/4 length sleeves and a '60's inspired tie collar, this below-knee length dress is elegant. 

The dress is fully lined and comes in UK sizes 8-20 and is aimed at intermediate dressmakers who have made a few garments previously. This dress sewing pattern will work well in a variety of woven medium-weight drape fabrics such as lightweight wool and suiting.  The pattern comes with a booklet containing full instructions with illustrated diagrams.

Joan Dress is priced at £14 for printed pattern, £8.50 for PDF version and available from Sew Over it.

Miss Ruby Tuesday Dress from 1 Puddle Lane

Just released this stretch knit dress pattern from 1 Puddle Lane
has options galore and will become staple in your wardrobe whatever the season!

Miss Ruby Tuesday knit dress pattern comes in a PDF format and  includes some fantastic options that you'll want to make it over and over again!

Pattern testers loved this pattern and we can see why as it features a wide selection of skirt styles - half-circle (with 2 cutting options), a gathered skirt and a peplum option. Choose from a V neckline, scoop or boat neck for back and front. Then there's the sleeve options - sleeveless, cap, short, elbow, 3/4 and long. The pattern also includes options to make as a top too - what more could you want from a knit pattern! Available for sizes xs-3xl. This pattern is priced at $15 AUS dollars which equates to around £7.

Buy Miss Ruby Tuesday dress pattern from 1 Puddle Lane

To see what how the pattern testers got on - click here.



Orla top from Tilly and the Buttons

Orla is the latest sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons with lots of cute detailing!

The Orla sewing pattern is a printed pattern that comes with full-size pattern pieces and instruction booklet from Tilly and the Buttons. It features a classic semi-fitted shift top but with some contemporary detailing like an exposed zip and snowdrop collar.

Other flattering features include French darts on the bodice front, contour and shoulder darts at the back for the best fit plus a faced dipped-hem plus the options to make with full or cropped length sleeves.

This blouse is really quite versatile and can be dressed up or down for casual, smart and work wear. Tilly also suggest that the collared version looks great showing on knitwear.

Orla is available from Tilly and the Buttons and is priced at £12.50



New athleisure-wear from Sewaholic

Sewaholic has just released 5 new sporty PDF sewing patterns in the Vancouver Collection.
The range boasts home-made professional garments as good as ready-made sportswear

The Vancouver collection features sewing patterns that have been made with serious sport in mind with gussets, zip pockets, shelf bras and padding pockets.

Cypress Cape from Sewaholic

1. The Cypress Cape has been designed as a rain cape for cycling, but it would be just as useful for walking the dog or any other wet-weather activity. It has wide semi circle sleeves that allow for ease of movement. The cape is unlined so its light and pack-able and features a hood with optional reflective piping plus a front zip closure, wind flap, and front pockets.

Cypress Cape, priced at £9.87 from Sewaholic

Seymour Jacket from Sewaholic

2. We love the loose-fit Seymour Jacket, its perfect for biking, dog walking, hiking, or going to and from the gym. It's a casual and features a practical drawstring hood and hem, flap pockets, and is fully lined with extended cap sleeves.

Seymour Jacket, priced at £9.87 from Sewaholic

Pacific Leggings from Sewaholic

3. The Pacific leggings feature curved seams that will flatter just about every shape and are extremely comfortable for exercising The wide waistband sits below the natural waist with narrow elastic along the top edge for a smooth, flat finish. Gusset crotch ensures a comfortable fit and wide range of movement. Options include colour blocking panels and a cropped length version and the back zipped pocket is handy for keeping a key, cash or your mobile. You don't need an overlocker to sew these leggings either! 

Pacific leggings, priced at £9.87 from Sewaholic

4. The Fraser Sweatshirt is a great layering garment. It features a contrast yoke, sleeve panels, and long sleeves or make with a plain front, crew neck, and three quarter length sleeves. Other features include a set-in collar detail that won't get in the way and will flat, The sleeve and body hems are finished with fabric bands, which are easy to sew.

Fraser Sweatshirt, priced at £9.87 from Sewaholic

5. The Dunbar Top is a sports bra or tank top that looks as professional as ready-to-wear. This top is fully lined, with a powernet shelf bra that includes pockets for additional padding or removable bra cups. It feaures a racer-back and has contrasting seams with bounded edges.

Dunbar Top, priced at £9.87 from Sewaholic

Yuzu Raglan Coat from Waffle Patterns

Exciting news the Raglan coat from waffle patterns has
just been released!

Yuzu Raglan Coat from Waffle Patterns

Just got the news that Waffle Patterns has just released the Raglan Coat. I was asked to be a pattern tester for this pattern back in the spring and have had to wait ten months to share it with you.

This is a loose-fit raglan sleeve, double-breasted coat with a slightly shaped waist and rounded hemline. When I made it, there was just the option for a welt pocket but now there's also a patch pocket which will work better on thicker fabrics.  It can be made in sizes 34-48 so there's a good ranges of sizes. I really enjoyed making this coat and realised that I hadn't actually made a winter coat before. I didn't make it easy for myself either, as I picked a plaid wool fabric albeit it in a lightweight.

Yuzu raglan coat sewing pattern

Waffle Patterns are so well-written with excellent illustrations that take you through each stage of the make. With the thickness of my fabric choice, I did have trouble with automatic buttonholes on my sewing machine and had to do the buttonholes with narrow zigzag stitch by hand but they turned out surprisingly neat.

I love this coat pattern and think the collar looks as nice folded down and can't wait to wear it now the weather is changing. The Yuzu PDF sewing pattern costs €10.80 until 30th September from Waffle Patterns.

Indigo Junction - large print option now for PDF's

All Indigo Junction's new pattern releases for 2015 are now available in digital PDF format
come with a large print format option

Modern medley from indigo junction

Digital clothing PDF's traditionally come with the clothing pattern tissue broken into pieces. They're  made to print on your home computer and then taped together to form the large tissue.

For those of us who don't like to tape the pieces together,  Indigo Junction's new PDF clothing patterns now come with an added PDF of the entire tissue in one piece that sewers can be taken to the local print shop. It's currently only available on the new releases so look out for it in the pattern descriptions.

Patterns included are Sophia Swing Coat, Contemporary Kimono, Sidekick Wrap skirt, Modern Medley Tunic & Top, Gathered Back Top & Tunic. Buy these sewing patterns from Indigo Junction here.

New Look and autumn sewing

The New Look autumn catalogue has a new look!

The New Look catalogue no longer has a hardback cover! Its new soft cover makes it more like a magazine and much easier to browse through over a coffee.

New sewing patterns for the autumn include an array of beautiful blouses, chic coats, evening separates, dresses for all occasions and comfy athleisure (fashionable sportswear).

New Look 6934 (sizes 8-18)
This sewing pattern features easy to make button front tops with a variety of stylish sleeve lengths, hem lengths, and both classic and stand collars. We love this one that shows gingham isn't just for school wear and summer!

New Look 6935 (sizes 10-22)
This pattern includes four lovely tops to make with front yoke, round neckline or standing collar that can be made with a short or long sleeve and elastic at wrists.

New Look 6937 (sizes xs-xl)

With four cosy 'throw on' jackets to choose from, there's bound to be a style to suit. Choose patch pockets, straight or handkerchief hemlines, short or long sleeves and comfy gilets with a high low hemline.

New Look 6396 (sizes xs-xl)
Capes are still going to be popular for this autumn and this sewing pattern features four military style capes, classic capes and capelets that will add a stylish statement piece to your wardrobe.  For the chillier weather, options include a stylish faux fur collar.

New Look 6400 (sizes 8-18)
A brilliant sewing pattern that has lots of options for easy skirts including a knee-length slim skirt with lace overlay, midi-skirt with flounce, midi-flared skirt, as well as a midi-straight skirt.

New Look 6400

New Look 6402 (sizes xs-xl)
Easy sportswear pattern that includes pull-on trousers in full or cropped length, plus a boat neck knit top with three quarter sleeve or sleeveless, and v-neck knit top with long sleeves.

New Look 6403 (sizes 8-18)
Sporty separates to lounge around in or exercise in. This pattern includes knit long and cropped length trousers, knit tops with long sleeve or short sleeves, and sleeveless top with contrast shoulder yoke.

New Look 6403 sportswear

New Look 6393 (sizes 8-18)
Another easy sewing pattern but this time with a great selection of dresses with scoop, square, sweetheart or notched scoop necklines and also most importantly the flattering princess seamed bodice and full shirt with tie belt and clutch style handbag to make in a matching fabric.

New Look 6392 (sizes 10-22)
With this dress pattern you'velots of options! Make a pleated full skirt dress with lace overlay and three quarter sleeves or a dress with contrasting sheer yoke.

New Look 6391 (sizes 8-18)
Red is supposed to be the new black this season and this dress pattern certainly looks gorgeous. It features a full skirt features bodice with optional asymmetric draping, and sleeve options of capped, 3/4 and sleeveless making it perfect for special occasions or for wearing everyday.

Imogen blouse from Sew Me Something

The Imogen Top is the latest addition to the Sew Me Something pattern collection

Released just in time to take advantage of the season's changes – this stylish blouse has a flattering yoke neckline and raglan sleeves. Make it with long or short sleeved, you can make this in a whole host of fabrics from light weight cotton, poplin, soft linen, viscose mix and crepe de chine. Wear to work with a pencil skirt or make in a sheer fabric to wear out.

This printed sewing pattern comes in sizes 8-22 and is priced at £12.99 from Sew Me Something.

Pattern Antholgoly's latest collection

Pattern Anthology is a collaboration of sewing patterns with four designers – Kate Blocher from See Kate Sew, Melissa Mora from Blank Slate patterns, Shauna Wightman of Shwin Designs, and and Andrea Pannell from Notebook Pattern Co.

Unbiased collection from pattern Anthology

Twice a year, these designers team up to release fresh pattern collections. Each collection has four (or eight) patterns in a PDF format that's designed to coordinate with each other.

Pattern Anthology has just launched its 8th collection which features a range of knitwear called Unbiased. These four sewing patterns for knits will fit and flatter women of all shapes and sizes, and comes in a great range of sizes and now goes up to XXXL.

This sewing pattern bundle features:

1. Gwen Dress/Top features colour blocking options for the bodice plus two sleeve lengths and placket. 
2. Adora features a woven yoke and knit draping plus a sculpted neckline and optional cap sleeves.
3. Denver features options for tunic, fitted dress and flared dress with cowl or flat neckline plus two sleeve lengths and princess seams. 
4. Diamond features a pieced bodice with two sleeve lengths, three skirt/puplum styles. 

Comfort and function has been forefront in putting this collection together. This shows as all of the sewing patterns in the bundle have lots of options and can also be sewn as a top. With these four patterns, you'll be able to fill your wardrobe with garments for the whole season.

The Unbiased bundle is only available until 2nd October for $29.95.
Click here to go to Pattern Anthology site.

Hantex help sewers to match projects and products

Hantex has just launched a new website that's for everyone who loves sewing. The site's main aim is to provide project inspiration and showcase with simple mood board style projects, ways to combine fabrics, patterns and associated accessories

Hnatex Europe website

And most importantly, to be able to obtain product items quickly and with the minimum of fuss. One common complaint is that when a sewer clicks on a stockist link, they invariably end up on the manufacturer's website or see a general list of stockists. This means that we can spend hours trying each stockist to see if the product is available.

The website will alleviate this problem, and ensures that we can now click on a link next to a fabric, pattern or notion and see an accurate stockist list of those retailers who've stocked the item from Hantex in the last year.

Hnatex Europe projects

As well as current stock lines, we'll be able to see a selection of stockists who've pre-ordered fabrics ahead of the delivery date. The emphasis to start with is on matching sewing patterns with fabrics - couldn't be better!

To visit the new Hantex website, click here.


The Maker's Atelier autumn & winter collection

The Maker's Atelier has a new collection of sewing patterns for autumn/winter

The Origami Dress and Top

This sewing pattern has already been released and includes a soft draping dress and top with an asymmetrical twist at the centre front that looks like it could be quite tricky to make but this clever drape is flattering to wear style and deceptively simple to do! 

We love the drop-shoulder styling and stylish batwing effect that seems to be so popular at the moment. Make this sewing pattern into a dress or a top with options for long, short sleeves and a sleeveless capped sleeved.

This sewing pattern has been designed to be used with light and medium weight jersey fabrics but the sleeveless version can also be made in some woven fabrics that have stretch. Our favourite and a must-have for this season is the sleeveless top option!

Priced at £22.50, the Origami Dress is available from The Maker's Atelier online shop.

The Wide-legged Trouser
This trouser pattern feature a stylish flat front and wide legs - all are key shapes for the forthcoming season. Made in a fluid fabric, these will become a staple in your wardrobe. Sewing patterns includes instructions for working with woven as well as jersey fabrics.

Priced at £22.50, wide legged trousers is available from The Maker's Atelier

The Atelier Coat
A gorgeous edge to edge fully lined coat with sophisticated looks. It can be made in most medium weight coating fabrics including Melton wool, tweeds and for an extra touch of glamour made in faux furs. It has two sleeve lengths - bracelet and long.

Priced at £22.50, the Atelier Coat is available from The Maker's Atelier

Autumn/Winter collection 'New Black' from Named

This new collection from Finnish sewing pattern brand Named, goes back to basics
with a great combo of sewing patterns
that are perfect for this season's wardrobe staples!

This is a big collection and features 10 brand new sewing patterns that will become firm favourites in no time at all. The company's Inspiration for this range came from Street style, and as such has an urban edgy look but at the same time are modern classic pieces. Most of the garments are loose-fitting and straight-cut and will suit most body shapes.

Very Simple patterns
Delia Beanie

This quick-to-make knit beanie can be customised by stitching a simple motif to the front.
Delia Beanie, PDF €4.

Delia Beanie from Named

Simple sewing skill patterns
Esme Maxi Cardigan
We love this long-line and over-sized cardigan. It's straight-cut and loose-fitting cardigan with dropped shoulders, inseam pockets and attractive band on the neckline and edges. It has a rolled up cuff sleeve and is great to make with the latest bouclé knits. Available in UK sizes: 4-6, 8-10, 12-14, 16-18 and 20-22.
Esme Maxi Cardigan, PDF €10 and printed pattern €16.

Lexi Top
This sewing pattern includes two options for an A-line low-waist dress and a half-sleeve top. Both are loose-fit and feature a boat neck. The dress is lined, has ¾-length sleeves and an invisible zip. Whilst the top is cropped and has wide half-sleeves. Both can be made with slight-stretch and woven fabrics. Available in UK sizes: 4-22.
Lexi Dress and top, PDF €13 and printed pattern €19.

Sloane Sweatshirt
Practical and stylish sweatshirt with long bust darts with full-length sleeves. It sits at high hip and has ribbed cuffs, neckline and hem. It would look great in the latest neoprene fabrics. Available in UK sizes: 4-22.
Sloane Sweatshirt, PDF €7 and printed pattern €13.

Average sewing skill patterns
Lexi Dress
This sewing pattern includes two options for an A-line low-waist dress and a half-sleeve top. Both are loose-fit and feature a boat neck. The dress is lined, has ¾-length sleeves and an invisible zip. Whilst the top is cropped and has wide half-sleeves. Both can be made with slight-stretch and woven fabrics. Available in UK sizes: 4-22.
Lexi Dress and top, PDF €13 and printed pattern €19.

Quinn Shirt
This is a straight-cut and loose-fitting, high hip length shirt with some great features includingoverlapping collar, bust darts, angular breast pockets, rounded button stands, centre vent, shoulder yoke, pleated back and long sleeves and French cuffs.
Quinn Shirt, PDF €10 and printed pattern €16.

Polly Straight Skirt
This has been designed for fabrics with 5-10% stretch and is perfect for faux leather and suede fabrics. This mid-length lined skirt is straight-cut, has diagonal die pockets, and front zip fly with belt hoops. Available in UK sizes: 4 – 18.
Polly Straight Skirt, PDF €13 and printed pattern €19.

Mimosa Culottes
These mid-length culottes have an extra wide-leg and a neat and narrow waistband. They're perfect for making in autumnal fabrics like polyester and wool crepes, and available inUK sizes: 4 – 18.
Mimosa Culottes, PDF €13 and printed pattern €19.

Olivia Jersey wrap dress
This knee-length knit wrap dress is a must-have. It has a slight tulip-shaped skirt and 4 front waist pleats, elegant inseam pockets and elasticated waist for comfort. Available in UK sizes: 4 - 22.
Olivia Jersey Dress, PDF €10 and printed pattern €16.

Olivia Wrap Dress from Named

Advanced level sewing pattern
Isla Trench Coat

A classic calf-length trench coat to take you through the seasons. It's lined and double-breasted and has the cute lined caped shoulders. It also has a belt, rounded lapels, collar with stand, welt pockets and a deep vent in the back. Available in UK sizes:  4 – 18.
Isla Trenchcoat, PDF €16 and printed pattern €22.

Isla Trench Coat from Named

Challenging level sewing pattern
Harriet Lumberjacket
Another favourite of ours is this relaxed straight-cut interlined wool jacket with asymmetrical front zip fastening, cute faux fur collar, belted hemline and elbow patches. This sewing pattern is available in UK sizes 4 – 18.
Harriet Lumberjacket, PDF €16 and printed pattern €22.

Harriet Lumberjacket from Named

Tilly and the Buttons - Bettine and Fifi sewing patterns

We must have been sleeping (or more likely on holiday) but
missed the launch of Tilly and the Buttons latest sewing patterns

Bettine is the latest knit pull-on dress sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. It features a loose-fit bodice with scoop neck and kimono sleeves with turn up cuffs. It has a lovely elasticated waist and a plain skirt. For more advanced sewers, there's the option to make with a flattering tulip skirt, pockets optional cuff tabs. Great for layering up for the new season.

Make this sweet camisole and shorts setfor lounging around or wearing to bed. The camisole is cut on the bias and has soft pleated cups, princess seam back and bias binding straps whiel the shorts have a narrow stitched-in elastic waistband for extra comfort and a cute curved hems.

This sewing pattern features for more advanced techniques for sewing bias cut fabric, making your own binding and French seams.

Available as a printed pattern or PDF version, both sewing patterns are priced at £12.50 and available from Tilly and the Buttons shop online here. Like all Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns, these sewing patterns include jargon-busting instructions, helpful sewing tips, and colour photos showing you each step.

Deer & Doe autumn sewing patterns

Deer & Doe has released 3 new sewing patterns and all three are winners!
Eleonore Klein has certainly got it right with her autumn collection
and are all great makes in their own right!

Aurum Knit Dress
This woven dress sewing pattern is suitable for absolute beginners and features this season's fashionable sleeve - the kimono. It has a cinched waist courtesy of princess seams at the back of the dress plus a handy bust pocket. Wear on its own or with leggings and boots.


Caradamome Dress
This detailing on this shirt-dress dress is adorable. It features a sweet bib, collar and gathered waist and can be made either with 3/4 length sleeves or sleeveless. Its perfect to wear by itself, with tights and also could be worn with leggings.

Fumeterre Skirt
This is a lovely high waisted maxi skirt with options to make as a buttoned front with belt hoops of with a fly zip and patch pockets.

All three of these sewing patterns are available in sizes 34 to 46 and come from Deer & Doe's Botany collection, and designed for fabrics like batiste, light chambray, cotton satin, viscose, wool or lightweight velvet. The patterns includes a full size pattern and a detailed instruction booklet and is in French and English. Priced at 14.00€ from Deer & Doe.

To buy click on Aurum Dress, Caradomome Dress and Fumeterre Skirt.

New top patterns from Shwin Designs

Shwin Designs is usually known for its sewing patterns for children but have recently designed patterns for women including these two top patterns for the forthcoming season

The Lane Top is a relaxed fit top with slouchy sleeves with a button tab, and contrasting back yoke. This pattern also features a scoop neck and semi-fitted bust which creates a flattering drape from bust and over the waist and hip. It can be worn casually with jeans and also dressed up. We can also see it as a great blouse for the office. The pattern has been designed to be used with rayon, challis, silk or other light- and mid-weight fabrics. As a PDF pattern it comes with full printable pieces, step-by-step illustrations, and a guide to help you get a perfect fit.

The Dakota Top is another relax fit top that features dolman style short sleeves with a folded cuff, with front and hidden fasteners for a uncluttered style. Mix up your fabrics with this one, the back is for knit fabric and the front is designed for rayon or other soft drape fabrics.

Both sewing patterns include a really good range of sizes from xxs-xxxl and priced at $12. Patterns can be bought here on the Shwin Designs website - The Dakota Top and The Lane Top.

Sew in LUV is the new platform for Amy Butler's downloadable patterns

Amy Butler has just given her PDF sewing patterns a bit of a makeover
with new styling and several new patterns to inspire you to sew

Sew in LUV! is the name for a collection of Amy Butler's sewing patterns that now come as PDF's. Thesecome on printable pages that measure 8 1/2in by 11 in, and include tabbed pattern pieces that can be easily put together. The PDF sewing patterns still have the same writing style, illustrations and wonderful photography that you expect from Amy Butler sewing patterns but now you can get them straightaway. New designs are being added all the time so make sure you bookmark the page.

New sewing patterns that we love include:

Meadow Bloom Pillow which is a gorgeous cushion with 3-dimensional flower made from voile and cotton fabrics, and can be arranged on the cushion as you want. The pattern includes 3 different styles and sizes to sew and is a simple project that every sewing level can try. Priced at $7 and available from Amy Butler's website here.

Bright Hearts Tote & Pillow contains two more great 3-dimensional projects, this time for a cushion and tote with stuffed appliqué and suffolk puff for decoration. Both projects have great detailing like the cute flange on the cushion and the ribbon strap on the tote. Priced at $10 and available from Amy Butler's website here.

To check out all of the other PDF sewing patterns from Amy Butler, click here.

Anderson Blouse from Sew Over It

The Anderson Blouse is now available as a digital sewing pattern from Sew Over It

The Anderson Blouse is drapey wrap blouse is based on the iconic silk blouses worn by Gillian Anderson in hit series The Fall.  The shoulders are gathered to create its gorgeous shaping and features full length sleeves and a pleated, button-fastening cuff that's just right for going into the autumn season. The blouse has a drawstring hem and is finished on the inside with a facing and bias binding at the neckline. 

This sewing pattern is for intermediate sewers where the construction itself is not too tricky but working with the slippery lightweight fabric is more difficult.  Sew Over It recommend lightweight woven fabrics like rayon challis, viscose, charmeuse, sandwashed silk and crepe de chine.

Available for UK sizes 8-20 and available from Sew Over It shop here.

Hero Vest (Gilet) - Make It Pefect

The latest sewing pattern from Make It Perfect
is the Hero Vest

Here in the UK, we call it a gilet or bodywarmer but nevertheless I need a hero! (sorry I grew up in 80's and couldn't resist the pun!). This couldn't have come at a better time. My old gilet (not made by me) is looking more shabby than chic.

Really like this flattering shape that's easy to wear whatever your body shape. It features a zipped up front that will keep your body warm without sacrificing style. It can be made in all sorts of fabrics from woven to knits and has the option to make a lining (shown here with made with fleece for extra warmth). It also features all the practical things like a hood and side pockets for stuffing your hands in when cold.

It comes in sizes 2x-small to 2x-large and is a PDF sewing pattern. Make It Perfect has an introductory offer on the pattern at the moment for $9.60 (AUS) instead of $12. Click here to buy.




Salme releases new sewing pattern – Cut Out Halter Top

Salme Sewing Patterns has just released a new sewing pattern
– Cut Out Halter Top

This is a fully-lined halter top features a cut out at the front and back of the neckline to add a little extra detailing. It fastens with a tie closure so is ideal for beginners or intermediate sewers.

The pattern is available as a digital download for £4.49 here or also as a printed pattern for £6.35 here.  Both come with beautifully illustrated step-by-step instructions and the pattern is ideal for beginners and intermediate sewers.

It’s perfect for mid weight woven fabrics like cotton and poly cotton or lightweight fabrics like chiffon. It has the option to make with a contrasting or matching bias binding trim.