Kimberly Payne is the designer/maker behind Straight Stitch Designs

Kimberly Payne is the designer/maker behind Straight Stitch Designs. She now has six sewing patterns under her belt which are proving very popular within the sewing fraternity

Ballard is a comfy and casual top with 3/4 sleeves, banded hemline, simple scoop neck. It also features an open slit back so can be worn with a contrasting camisole or if you’re feeling brave by itself! The pattern includes instructions for creating 4 more looks with the same pattern.

Ravenna is a contemporary easy- to-wear top with scoop neck and features a high-low straight hem. We really like the longer length on this top as not all of us like to wear the shorter tops and this length is practical for going out everyday business. The back of the garment is surprising  – with a low-cut back, ruffle detailing, exposed zipper and two sleeve options. This is a pretty top to wear with jeans at the weekend but equally be can be 'glammed' up for evening.

Bellevue has a wide scoop neckline, shirt-tail hem and raglan sleeves that you can make in 4 sleeve lengths - short, elbow, 3/4 and long.  The shirt-tail gives the maker the chance  to mix up the fabrics so it's a great make for wearing any time of the day or evening. Pattern comes in sizes 0-24 and it's apparently very easy to grade between sizes to get the perfect fit.

Greenwood is their latest pattern for an everyday tank style T-shirt and a must-make for holiday essentials. Kimberley suggests mirroring the front neckline for a fun detail in the back or keeping it traditional with a higher back neckline.

Patterns come in sizes 0-18 or 0-24 and have been put together by Kimberly at Straight Stitch Designs in a way that it’s easy to grade between sizes to get the best fit.


Capitol Hill is the first dress in Straight Stitches collection and features a easy wear scoop neck, double pleat detail at the front and 3 skirt options. It can also be made as a tunic with elbow or long sleeves. There are plenty of variations on this pattern too. You can go for the classic gathered skirt for knit and woven fabrics or make as a half or full circle skirt. Also you can band the sleeves or just finish with a simple hem.

Laurelhurst is a draped front cardigan with 3 sleeve lengths. This pattern can be made with a wide range of knit fabrics. It's a pattern that can be made in a matter of hours and is available in sizes 0-24.