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Fiona sundresss from Closet Case Patterns

Fiona is the latest dress pattern from Closet Case Patterns and can be worn all year round!

Fiona_Sundress_Pattern from Closet Case Patterns

The lovely Fiona dress sewing pattern from Closet Case Patterns is a fitted button-up sundress which features shoulder straps, princess seams, a straight cut skirt and fetching topstitched details. Wear it on its own during warm weather months, or layer it over tees and turtlenecks as the weather cools.

View A features a bra-friendly bodice and midi length skirt with side slits. View B features crossed straps and a low back, with a mini or below knee length skirt. All skirts and bodices are completely interchangeable so you can mix and match the Fiona of your dreams.

This pattern is named after Fiona Parker from the blog A Diary of a Chainstitcher who inspired the indie pattern company with her modern, feminine style and generous contributions to the sewing community with her sewing and pattern round-ups.

Fiona is available as an instant  PDF (with copyshop and print at home files) for $14

Instant Summer Style with Simplicity's latest patterns

Just received our copy of Simplicity’s summer catalogue, it’s full of new patterns with the latest fashion and styles to sew!

The latest summer styles begin with silky wrap dresses, extra detailing, assymetrical styling and gorgeous fabrics. Just click on the images to buy or read more about the patterns!

Effortless chic ruffle dress (and top) from one of our favourite designers, Cynthia Rowley – this oversized design features a ruffle tier and shirred neckline.
Available in sizes xs-xl

Easy to sew off-the-shoulder ruffle or one shoulder dress is available in two lengths. Make with flared skirted dress with flounce variations or one sleeve or shoulder strap with high-low skirt.
Available in sizes 6-24

Elaine Heigl has designed this dress for plus sizes too. It's lovely and loose and features a handkerchief design with length variations. Available in sizes 10-18 and 20W-28W.

Looking for a beach cover up, kimono or dress, this multi-tasking duster is great for any occasion. It feature length and sleeve variations, and is ideal for lace, sheer and or silky type fabrics.
Available in sizes 6-22

Indie pattern company, Sew House Seven has been designing for Simplicity. This Jumper dress features bib jumper with braces and back drawstring to achieve a perfect fit.
Available in sizes 6-24

Figure flattering knit dress from Mimi G, which features peek-a-boo front slit with elastic ruching and invisible centre back zipper.
Available in sizes 6-24

From vacation to casual day, this is score the perfect wrap dress and features romantic ruffle options and sleeve variations to create a dress that’s perfect for you.
Available in sizes 6-24

Just starting to sew? Then these edgy simple to sew patterns are ideal for you with pretty tirm options. Just click on the images to buy or read more about the patterns!

Learn to sew with these trendy knit tops for miss. With this pattern, you’ll learn to: sew elastic casings, apply bias tape to finish an armhole, sew a double stitched hem and use grommet trim as a shoulder strap.
Available in sizes xxs-xxl

These paper bag waist shorts have drawstring variations. In this pattern pack, you’ll learn to make a tassel, sew a buttonhole, make an elastic casing with heading, sew a side seam pocket and topstitch a hem.
Available in sizes 6-18

These pull-on skirts come in length variations and a belt bag. Learn how to sew an applied elastic casing, cut a scalloped edge fabric, work with non-ravelling fabrics, use webbing and D-ring to make a belt and work with novelty sheer fabrics.
Available in sizes 6-18

This Cut & Sew super easy knit skirt and top has only main pattern piece for both top and skirt, and is great for beginners. The skirt features asymmetrical design and the top is loose-fitting with dolman sleeves. Can be worn together or as individual pieces.
Available in sizes xxs-xxl

Simplicity's pattern hack collection has been designed to put the creativity in your hands. Starting from basic shapes uses the patterns and instructions to create unique pieces and build your perfect wardrobe. Just click on the images to buy or read more about the patterns!

This caftan includes options to create a kimono, top and dress that you can customise to make your own.
Available in sizes xxs-xxl

This raglan sleeve top includes options to add flounce or ruffles to your top or add back interest so you can make in a way that defines your style.
Available in sizes xxs-xxl

Other patterns in Simplicity’s Pattern Hack collection include:
8375 knit dress/top,8376 knit top,8377 knit cardigan,8378 knit trousers,8473 cape

It's all about the style this summer with beautifual assymmetrical designs, extra detailing and volume! Just click on the images to buy or read more about the patterns!

Pack of simple tops to sew with beautiful sleeve detail and featuring a shell top and bust darts.
Available in sizes 6-22

Create the ultimate wrap top with this fun and festive tops pattern. Includes length and sleeve variations and features flatter V-neck collar.
Available in sizes 6-24

This pattern includes knit tops featuring asymmetrical hem with optional cold-shoulder, contrast sleeve, 3/4 sleeve or sleeveless view.
Available in sizes xxs-xxl

1940s style short-sleeved top and shorts set features a top, which ties in a knot in front leaving a bit of a bare midriff, and shorts that are smartly pleated in front and back and finished with a waistband. A shaped yoke, gathered at the sides, releases the soft fullness of the skirt ,which is also included.
Available in sizes 4-20

Great pack of patterns for easy to sew tops with sleeve interest such as one shoulder look, flounce or ruffle sleeves.
Available in sizes 10-18 and 20W-28W

Adaptable separates to go with those designer tops. Just click on the images to buy or read more about the patterns!

This Gertrude Made vintage-inspired pencil skirt by Cathi Bessel Browne is great made in prints or solids suitable in bouclé, chino, chintz, damask, denim and gaberdine.
Available in sizes 6-24

Get your complete summer wardrobe in one pattern with this sportswear pattern including plus sizes. Trousers are pull-on design with wide leg or swing short view, and top has optional tie front with button-front placket.
Available in sizes 10-18 and 20W-28W.

Mimi G’s high waisted trouser pattern comes with optional slim or bell bottom plus a summer-ready tie front blouse.
Available in sizes 6-24

Versatile easy to make pattern includes asymmetrical skirt, swing shorts, and trousers with optional side ruffles or front seams.
Available in sizes 4-22

Nathaly Pants from DG Patterns

New PDF trouser sewing pattern from DG Pattern that's perfect for this time of the year!

Nathaly is a loose-fit, dropped crotch style trouser pattern with an elastic waistband, and sharp diagonal front pockets. The trousers also featured a tapered leg style and round back pockets. It's a great pattern for light to medium weight woven fabrics such us linen, denim, tencel denim, chambray, and cotton sateen. The pattern has a generous 4in ease at the hip point making them extra comfortable.

Nathaly is a fully graded PDF Patterns available in sizes from 4 to 22 for $10 from DG Patterns

What's new for McCalls

It's so exciting when a new season's catalogue hits the shelves! Here's our favourites from the latest sewing patterns for McCalls

Simply click on the image to buy and find out more about the sewing patterns.

Rock the Roksi Trio from Amy Nicole Studio

Amy Nicole has just launched the Roksi Trio - a pattern which features a crop, tank and dress pattern that can be worn in 26 different ways! We love it and it's the perfect make to have all holiday all-sewn up!

The Roksi Trio is a 26-in-one pattern that includes a crop top, tank, and dress, which are all reversible. The silhouette has an extra swing and is perfect for hot summer days.

Each view can be layered over the other for a tiered look, and with the reversible factor, you'll never be able to say you've got nothing to wear as the outfit possibilities are endless.

This pattern is best suited for lightweight fabrics with great drape. Although lightweight fabrics with more body would add a lovely shape to the silhouette.

The Roksi Trio is the second PDF pattern released by Amy at Amy Nicole Studio. She continues her love for comfortable, playful, and one-of-a-kind silhouettes with this new pattern design.

All Amy Nicole Patterns are drafted with petite sewists in mind, including guidelines for taller ladies to easily make adjustments. The patterns are quickly becoming known in the sewing community for their clear and efficient 'assembly line' construction style along side concise and easy-to-follow instructions.

The Roksi Trio includes three views, fully reversible, a hack for a non reversible, bias finished version and for an all-in-one, tiered version. The PDF patterns have been layered for printing  your size, interactive instructions for easy navigation, assembly line instruction style plus a printable pattern envelope cover sheet and instruction cheat sheet for advanced sewists.

Head on over to Amy Nicole Studio and buy for $13.50

Felicia Pinafore from Tessuti

Felicia Pinafore Dress is the latest pattern from Tessuti

Felicia is a pull-on dress, which features a sleeveless bodice with stitched down neck and armhole facings, bust darts and a soft gathered skirt with side pockets. Fabrics recommended include light to medium weight linen, linen blend, cotton, viscose, lightweight wool crepe or wool gauze.The Felicia Pinafore Dress comes in sizes XXS through to XXL and all sizes are included in the pattern. 

You can download the PDF print-at-home/print copy shop version for $12 (AUD) from Tessuti

Ulysses Trench from Victory Patterns

Victory Patterns has just released its new modern trench - The Ulysses

ULYSSES mixes trench coat styling with a relaxed, modern look. The relaxed, straight-cut coat features draped elements such as a shawl collar and a clean-lined, curved back 'rain guard' overlay. Notched-out holes along the sides seam of the overlay allow the coat's belt to exit through from the back to the front. Other beautiful design elements include shoulder epaulettes, clean-lined, angled patch pockets with an upper flap, centre-back vent, and gently angled hemline at the front.

The body of the coat is unlined, making it the ideal choice for the warmer months. Instructions are given for finishing seams with binding, which creates a beautiful interior for the garment.

The Ulysses Trench is available in PDF format for $17 and print for $19 from Victory Patterns.

Libby shirt from Sew Over It

Boxy and beautiful is the latest sewing pattern
from Sew Over It - Libby shirt

With its boxy shape, cropped hem and pretty collar, Libby is a contemporary but timeless little shirt with lots of potential. It features a loose fit, button-up front, notched collar, partial collar stand, unlined yoke with gently gathered back, and short grown-on cuffed sleeves.

Libby looks perfect for wearing with a high-waisted skirt or jeans, and as it has a cropped hem with two options: you can keep it straight across the front, or gently curve it to add a little extra length. Both versions feature a slightly curved back hem. The shirt makes the perfect canvas for fun prints although it looks just as gorgeous in a solid colour fabric too.

The unusual collar stand and notched collar gives sewers the chance to build your sewing skills. It's easier to sew than a traditional collared shirt, manageable, fun-to-make and a stylish introduction to shirtmaking.

The Libby Shirt is available as an immediate PDF download for £7.50 from Sew Over It

Stylish Clare knit dress from DG Patterns

Clare Dress is the newest addition to DG Patterns


This classic knit wrap dress from DG patterns looks so comfortable to wear with its gathered skirt and flared opened sleeves that add sophistication to a simple knit dress. It's semi-fitted dress with a wrap style front and features flutter sleeve style with an unusual cut out opening for comfort. The skirt has a simple gather style with a falttering knee-length.

Clare Dress is a fully graded PDF patterns, which is available in sizes from 4-22  from DG Patterns

Cocowawa Craft's beginner-friendly new dress pattern - Honeycomb

The lovely beginner-friendly Honeycomb Shirt and Dress sewing pattern from the talented Ana Valls from Cocowawa Crafts

This beautiful and feminine design includes a mandarin or stand-up collar, front button placket, two different versions and lots of options to choose from. You can opt for the shirt that comes with a nice gathered peplum or the dress, with a midi length that you can alter to suit your
style the best.

There are also several sleeve options – regular long sleeves and long sleeves with bows for the colder months, and then short sleeves and a sleeveless alternative, perfect for spring and summer. The sewing pattern also comes with side panels and straps that make the fitting part much easier. The design is naturally loose but with the straps you can adjust it to get a closer fit.

With lots of detailed instructions, technical drawings and tips to get the best results, the pattern will become a staple in your  handmade wardrobe. You can also learn how to make the pattern on our YouTube Channel.

Buy the PDF version for £10 or if you prefer printed, it's £14 from Cocowawa Crafts

Gwen is the latest dress seiwng pattern from Colette

Looking for a maxi dress sewing pattern that's simple
to make then Gwen is for you!

Add a touch of understated elegance to your wardrobe with the Gwen dress from Colette Patterns. The simple, body-skimming fit and elegant styling makes for a timeless garment that can easily be taken from day to night. We love the little ruffle on the strap and the side slit.

This sewing pattern is perfect for beginners and can be made into a camisole if you prefer. It's available in US sizes 0-26 and looks stunning in solid coloured fabrics or go bold with a bright floral print.

Jenny Overalls - Closet Case Patterns

Jenny is the stylish new overall sewing pattern from
Closet Case Patterns

Inspired by vintage workwear, Jenny is a modern take on the classic overalls and wide leg trousers. The pattern features an ultra-high rise, sleek, functional details and a comfortable all-day-long fit.

Make a more sophisticated version of the dungarees with a well-proportioned bib and optional utility pocket, or make without the bib entirely for a pair of wide-legged cropped pants, full-length pants or shorts. 

Make this sewing pattern your own by mixing and matching the curved slash front pockets, faux fly front, single or double zipper waistband and rounded back patch pockets. To personalise even further, sew some high contrast topstitching!

To find your local UK stockist of Closet Case Patterns - click here

The Pippa Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Handmade

With a fitted bib, deep patch pockets and fun side button fastening, Pippi is a blend of casual meets practical, combining comfort with a sleek and stylish silhouette

The Pippi Pinafore from Jennifer Lauren Handmade is perfect for wearing at the weekend. Darts and gently curved sides shape the bib to create a flattering silhouette for multiple bust sizes. The pleated front skirt and side button placket create a relaxed look while also stepping your sewing repertoire up a few notches.

Straps cross over the back and fasten to the bib using your choice of hardware or buttons. Deep curved patch pockets make sure you have room for everything you might need throughout the day.

Jennifer has thought of everything, pinafore dresses can lack a bit of feminine shaping but with cup sizes A to D included, you'll no longer need to make additional bust adjustment for the perfect fit. Also included in the instructions is a full set of Finished Garment Measurements, as well as detailed instructions on choosing the right size for your shape.

The gorgeous Giverny dress from Itch to Stitch

The Giverny dress is Itch to Stitch's latest sewing pattern and is so pretty!

This vintage inspired figure-flattering fit-and-flare dress has pintucks on the front and pleated sleeves with a slightly higher waist to give the impression of a smaller waist and longer legs. It's not only about how it looks, it's pretty functional too with the all-important in-seam pockets,  options for A, B, C, D and DD bust cups, easy-fitting back bodice princess seams, jewel neckline with a centre front slit and button closure, invisible back zipper and short and 3/4 length pleated cuffed sleeves.

Holly Jacket from Schnittchen

The Holly jacket is the latest sewing pattern from Schnittchen
and has all the designs of a classic bomber

The jacket sits on the waist and has a ribbed waistband and cuffs. Sew with a large tapered collar or a ribbed college jacket style collar, and fasten with buttons. You choose which ones – normal buttons, jeans buttons or snaps. There's also a detailed Video Sewing Tutorial On YouTube to help you succeed.

PDF pattern is available for €8 (printed version €13 from Scnittchen

Introducing the Ariana Leggings from DG Patterns

The Ariana Leggings is the latest pattern release from DG Patterns

This leggings PDF pattern will become staple pattern to add to your collection. It features six different styles including the in-style below knee length with a wide leg, long leg with a traditional cut and a tight calf style.

This PDF pattern is available to download in UK sizes 8-26 for $16 from DG Patterns

Ready for Festival - George + Ginger

The George + Ginger Bonnaroo bundle is perfect to make if you're a festival
goer or love the boho look!

The Bonnaroo Tank is a loose, basic style, which has a flattering silhouette.  It's perfect for the warmer seasons, quick to sew with stunning results, and features adorable shoulder ties. Suggested fabric is a two-way lightweight jersey for rayon spandex knit for better drape but any knit fabric, including cotton lycra or sweater knit, with at least 50% stretch will work just as well.

The Bonnaroo Skirt set includes a hi-lo version with or without ruffles, a gored version and two interchangeable waistband options. Choose a simple yoga band or a corset-style waistband.  Suggested fabric for this skirt pattern is woven fabrics that have a flowy drape such as rayon, gauze or georgette, and for the woven waistband, a heavy woven such as duck cloth, brocade or heavy denim is recommended. Knit fabric with at least 50% stretch and good recovery is recommended for the yoga waistband.

These PDF patterns come in sizes for tween sizes 12 an 14, and women's sizes 0-26.

Both patterns can be bought separately of as a bundle for $16 from George + Ginger


Burda, stylish patterns for spring/summer

Better late than never, we take a look at what Burda Style
has to offer dressmakers this spring/summer!

We’ve probably mentioned it before, but we are real fans of Burda sewing patterns! Sometimes the pattern instructions can be a little difficult to interpret and they haven’t always had a seam allowance, but there’s something about European style that we love!

The delights of denim

You don’t have to make in denim fabrics but these patterns looked fab
made in denim or chambray.

This is a great loose-fit everyday dress with extra swing and is comfortable to wear. Make with a traditional sleeve with bands or frills. Available in sizes 8-18.

Frilly and fun, this dress pattern includes all the eye-catching designs you see on the high street including gathered sleeves, frills at the arms and hem and shoulder cutouts.
Available in sizes 8-18.

This dress is cut with figure flattering lines, and features panel seams and in-seam pockets to finish the sleek look. The chic elbow length sleeves will make this dress a year round favourite.
Available in sizes 10-20.

Easy to sew skirts in long or short version. These skirts are perfect for novice sewers, and comfortable and versatile so sew yourself several in different fabrics and prints.
Available in sizes 8-18.


This edge-to-edge sleeveless waistcoat or vest is crying out for a trim, and has an Ethnic feel. It's perfect for wearing to festivals. 

Or if you prefer something a bit more classic, go for the jacket options and add a frill at the hem or make in an evening fabric to wear to a special occasion .
Available in sizes 8-18.

A long shot!

Maxi-length is back (we're not sure it ever went away).
It's definitely a must-have for this season’s wardrobe.

This dress will become one for everyday during the warmer weather. It features lovely gathers coming from the neckline and its figure-skimming style is finished with an elasticated waist. Make as a  sleeveless long dress with overcut shoulders or choose loose-fitting sleeves in a knee length version which is edged with an elastic casing and fabric tie belt.
Available in sizes 8-20.

This dress pattern has a real bohemian feel. The short style can be trimmed with narrow lace on the straps and at the neckline and the longer version sewn with wing sleeves and '70s look gathered skirt tiers. The elasticated waist creates a lovely loose fit and is extra comfy for those hot days (here's hoping anyway)!
Available in sizes 6-16.

This figure-skimming, loose-fitting dresses is wonderfully comfortable even on a very hot summer day. Make in a sleeveless or slit half-length sleeve version. The shallow waterfall neckline is an attractive feature of both styles.
Available in sizes 20-30.

These swingy, lightweight summer dresses is so pretty. Sew with fashionable cut-out or small wing sleeves. Both styles have an elasticated waist and a flared paneled skirt with in-seam pockets.
Available in sizes 18-28

Don’t cramp you style

We round up the dress patterns with extra style to sew this season:

This patterns contains two very separate styles. The sleeveless dress features a exposed zip fastener while view B is made up in a striking print and charms with a small notched collar and a tie belt to accent your waist.
Available in sizes 10-20.

A closer look will reveal the clever design of these dresses with a simple front, overcut shoulders and narrow skirt. Make with a stylish stitched batwing sleeves and a back button fastening or show off a V-shaped décolleté at the back.
Available in sizes 10-20.

This city chic jersey dress with wrap look and shaped neckline band gives the impression of a shawl collar. The bell-shaped, knee length skirt adds to the feminine style. If you prefer you can make as a top with short-sleeves and hem peplum.
Available in sizes 10-20.

This pack of easy-to-sew and quick-to-sew dresses are gathered at the left shoulder, has a side vent, and comes in a knee and maxi-length versions. The short dress with slit sleeves features
an elastic waist and is shown here in a sheer fabric, which would make a great cover-up
for the beach.
Available in sizes 8-18.

Show off your shoulders with a shirred neckline in these tops. Choose from wide sleeves and strap or pretty frilled sleeves which drape nicely from the elbow.
Available in sizes 20-34.

Jump on the bandwagon!

If you like easy-to-wear items then a jumpsuit is your garment. It looks good dressed up or down for day or night and is an easy wardrobe decision!

Stylish from head to toe, this jumpsuit has elastic at the waist for added comfort and pleats to give it a lovely loose fit. Sporty details include roll-up sleeves and patch pockets. To pack a punch this summer make in a wonderful bright print.
Available in size 18-28.

This summery jumpsuit will show off a suntan or can be worn over a T-shirt. Choose from slightly fitted with darts in back or with a drawstring casing at the waist. The length can be varied to suit you.
Available in sizes 6-16

This jumpsuit is super stylish and includes some lovely fine detailing such as contrasting bands, overcut shoulders and a tie belt. There is a shorter version if you fancy a playsuit.
Available in sizes 8-18.

Top trumps

Simple tops don't have to be plain and boring – take an easy top and turned it into something special with the right fabric!

A pack of stylish tie and knot tops with a feel from the ‘80s and ‘90s.
Available in sizes 8-18.

Plain or print fabrics are both great options for the casual look of tops and hoodies with rib knit bands and stylish frills.
Available in sizes 8-18.



Kate Vintage Tea Dress from Designer Stitch

Kate Vintage Tea Dress from Designer Stitch is the perfect pattern for spring/summer and
gives sewers the chance to pick up on the big floral trends we're seeing for this season

Designer Stitch has just released a fab new pattern, the Kate Vintage Tea Dress combo which has been designed for the lsightly more advanced beginner and intermediate sewer.
Evoking the vintage vibe this sewing pattern offers a great choice of styles, and is flattering  for all figure types.
Make the dress with its 3/4 circle or box gathered skirt and choose from the two skirt lenght option. If you are not a fan of dresses then Designer Stitch has also included a waist box top and separate 3/4 circle or box gathered skirt. This pattern also offers cups sizes for fine-tuning the fit of your garment including cup sizes B, C, D, DD. UK sizes include 6 -26 (2-22 US) and (34-54 EU).

Buy this pattern for ¢12 (limited offer ¢8 if you're quick) from Designer Stitch here


The Alexis Knit Top from DG Patterns

DG patterns has just brought out a lovely knit pattern with some stylish features that's perfect for wearing at the weekend and you won't want to take it off!

Alexis is a fitted knit top pattern with a curved, crossover front waistband and scoop neckline.
The top features two sleeve length including a cap sleeve and long sleeve version with the optional button placket on the side.

This PDF sewing pattern comes in sizes 6-22 (UK) and is available for $10 from DG Patterns