Posts in new sewing patterns
Amalfi Dress from Hey June Handmade

A must-have dress for allsorts of summer occasions

The Amalfi dress is the perfect make for any occasion from a day out with the girls to a wedding invitation and summer dress for the office. It's easy-to-sew, easy-to-wear and can be styled in so many ways by using a different option (view) or changing the fabric.

The dress sits just above-the-knee or make as a feminine tea length skirt, both of which can be made with the optional in-seam pockets. Sleeve styles include a gorgeous flutter sleeve that looks beautiful with drapey fabric or a gathered short sleeve for more structured fabrics. Both views have a flattering V-neck line finished with an easy facing to add to the ultra feminine lines of the Amalfi.  Bust darts provide shaping and ease for a great fit. The waist is finished with a clean french-seamed elastic casing that is only visible on the inside of the dress. The elastic waist is comfy and can be shifted to the wearer’s narrowest waist point so it creates a flattering shape on straight figures or accentuates a small waist on hourglass figures too.

Pattern instructions include a section with tutorials to increase the dart uptake with a full bust adjustment and to add or subtract length from the bodice and skirt.  There's also a section that outlines how to raise or lower the V-neckline so it hits exactly where you prefer.  All this makes it a pattern that any sewer will be able to make.

PDf pattern available for $10 from Hey June Handmade

Pleated-sleeve belted coat by Beauté J'Adore

Beauté J'Adore has just released its first women's pattern

The Pattern Pages has followed Nikki Brooks-Revis, a McCall pattern designer and Mood Fabrics blogger for a long time and she always looks amazing!

This PDF coat pattern in sizes sm-xl  and has beautiful pleated oversized sleeves, high waist belt, and side seam pockets. The coat is fully lined and perfect for a beginner to tackle.

The coat PDF sewing pattern costs $15 from Beauté J'Adore 

Ariana dress from StyleArc

This is the ultimate little summer dress
and perfect for fun in the sun!

The Ariana dress pattern features a gorgeous button through sundress with a fitted bodice. The shaped bust seams and shirred back allows this dress to fit perfectly and be comfortable to wear in the sun. The skirt has gathers falling from the waist and two large patch pockets. You can make this sewing pattern into a midriff top too!

Available up to size 30 for $16 (AUD) from Style Arc here

The Pant Pattern from Ann Normandy

Ann Normandy has just launched a new stylish trouser pattern,
which is all about taking your time to make!

The Pant sewing pattern is a beautifully fitted trouser with lovely details and a slow-sewing level of finishing, so you can appreciate the details of the flat-felled seams and godets as well as the true, authentic denim topstitching.

The sewing pattern features a flat front, with side zipper and deep welt pockets. The fit is snug around the hips, with straight leg and flared gussets on the inseam and side seam to give a wide-legged appearance without any of the bulkiness!

This PDF pattern is designed to work with medium to heavy weight linen, denim, cotton twill, and raw silk and available from the Ann Normandy website for $17.95 (USD).

Introducing the Marla Jumpsuit from DG Patterns

Jumpsuits continue to be feature in the next few seasons as a favourite garment on the catwalk. The Marla jumpsuit is the latest sewing pattern for DG Patterns and is a great  version to wear everyday!

This V-neckline jumpsuit, dress and top includes dolman sleeves, which is great for those of us who like to keep the top of our arm covered as well as some flattering front pleats.
The waistband has an elastic, which creates a beautiful, semi fitted style. Pattern is aimed at those with intermediate sewing skills and is for light to medium-weight woven fabrics such as challis, linen, chambray, cotton sateen, denim, cotton shirting.

The PDF pattern is available for $10 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking one of the images

2 new flirty skirts from I AM Patterns

Don't you just love these two new skirts patterns from I Am Patterns!

Have you noticed that there's a distinct lack of skirts to choose from on the High Street at the moment, we have? So it's just as well that we can sew our own! The latest two patterns from I AM Patterns are Victoria and Félicite and both pattern designs would look fabulous in the fun floral fabrics that we've all spied on a the High Street!

A bit about Victoria...
It features a large waistband and gathers and you can make it with a zipper or a button at the back. It's knee-length, which we love but you can change the length to suit you. Available in european bust sizes 36-46. You can also choose 3 different pocket patterns to create different looks and the add-on pocket pattern can be downloaded for free - click here.

The PDF option for Victoria is available for €12 from I Am Patterns

A bit about Félicite.....
Félicite is a cute skater style skirt with similar waistband, zipper and a button at the back as Victoria but has more volume and features a sweet belt, which crosses at the front forming a beautiful bow - you can also make without if you choose. Available in european bust sizes 36-46.

Félicite PDF pattern is available from I AM Patterns for €12

 

Pattern Releases - Feb/March

It's been another great month for new pattern releases.
Here's some of our favourites to top up your spring wardrobe
and where to find them.........

Jordy Bralette and Tuesday boyshort – Emerald Erin

The Jordy bralette is an ultimate classic triangle-style bralette and has a wide band offering support and comfort for everyday, and comes in three options –   all-fabric, lassic lace overlay option as well a foam-lined choice for a little extra coverage. Sizes range from 26D-38E. The Tuesday Boyshort is the perfect staple for  your
everyday drawer, and the answer to a no-VPL.  Sizes: 0-18 (US), Hip: 35in – 47in.

Download both patterns for $25 (USD) from Emerald Erin by clicking on the image

Maureen Top/Dress - DG Patterns

This is a loose-fit top with a crew neckline and two sleeve lengths. The pattern can also be made into a dress with a trendy tapered hemline. You can choose to add a few details such as sleeve patches, ruffles and patch pockets for the dress.

Download this pattern for $10 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking on the image

Mountain view pull-on jeans - Itch to stitch

Want the look of classic jeans but without the fuss when sewing? The Mountain View Pull-on Jeans can be made with stretch denim or twill fabric. They’re straight-cut to give you the everyday ease and comfort you need, and have a slightly high mid-rise, wide waistband for tummy control, four pockets, a seam along back legs for greater shaping, faux fly with topstitching. it's a great jean pattern for beginners and you only print the layers you need for your size making it simpler to cut the pattern out.

Download this pattern for $10 (USD) from Itch to Stitch by clicking on the image

Ultimate Culottes – Sew Over It

The Ultimate Culottes are a simple pair of flattering, really easy to sew wide-legged cropped trousers. They've been designed to sit on the natural waist, and come with two finishing options. Version 1 has a waistband with wide belt loops, while Version 2 is finished invisibly with a neat facing. Both options feature single darts at the front and double darts at the back for shaping, with an invisible zip in the side seam. Why not lengthened into palazzo pants to suit your style.

Download this pattern for £7.50 from Sew Over It
by clicking on the image

Joy Jacket – Chalk + Notch

The Joy Jacket is a fully lined, relaxed fit, mid-weight jacket. The centre front zipper is exposed, and both views offer optional drawstrings at the neck and hem. View A has a wide collar and View B has a hood. The square patch pockets and angled patch pockets are interchangeable for both views.

Download this pattern for $14 (USD) from Chalk + Notch by clicking on the image

CARAFA skirt with suspenders – Kommatia Patterns

We like this pattern as it's really on trend. This pencil skirt featuring suspenders crossed at the back and a zipper closure at the front. Just choose one of the three proposed lengths and, for a comfort without compromise, pick a medium-weight stretch material. Wear it with a basic jersey top to complete the look with no-fuss.

Download this pattern for $9 (CAD) from Kommatia Patterns by clicking on the image

Avery leggings – Helen’s Closet

The Avery leggings are simple to sew while still featuring great details that make them special. The pattern has outer leg seam, so you have a nice smooth leg for layering as well as a crotch gusset for improved range of motion that also reduces bulky seams. Each view features a waistband and waistband facing with fully enclosed and stabilised elastic, ensuring your leggings won’t fall down!

Download this pattern for $14 from Helen’s Closet
by clicking on the image

Katherine Dress - Rochad Studio

Classically elegant, and the ultimate day to night Katherine jersey dress, which flatters the silhouette without being too clingy.
Horizontal dart detailed on the bodice, drape front skirt with twist tie belt, boat neckline with flattering scoop neck at the back, finishing just below the knee make for a very stylish shape. View A comes with short fluted sleeves and view B comes with long sleeves.

Download this pattern from Rochad Studio's Etsy shop by clicking on the image

The Coat – The Avid Seamstress

Inspired by classic tailoring, The Coat is an easy, enjoyable make without the time-consuming tailoring. It’s super light with just a buggy lining, and is a versatile make. Make with heavyweight boiled wools, or this pattern can also be transformed into a spring-ready casual overcoat or sumptuous evening coat using brocades or rich, luxury jacquards. The flattering princess seams feature a clever in-seam pocket, while the modern drop sleeves make for a relaxed yet stylish look.

Download the pattern for £17 from The Avid Seamstress by clicking the image

The Perfect Tunic - Wardrobe by Me

The Perfect Tunic is a feminine blouse/tunic PDF sewing pattern. Depending on the fabric choice, the pattern can take you from casual to occasion. It has been designed for woven fabric, but jersey can be used for the body as well. Features include front placket, collar and yoke, longer tunic straight hem, and sleeves have been designed to be roll up with a tab.  

Download this pattern for £8.55 from Wardrobe by Me by clicking on the image

The kiera fogden dress - The Maker’s Atelier (Design Studio)

This dress is first pattern to be launched from The Maker’s Ateiler Design Studio project. The idea of the Design Studio project is to promote the craft of dressmaking to fashion students and graduates. Design Studio is a series of designs commissioned from fashion students and graduates to encourage the craft of dressmaking. This dress has been designed by Keira Fogden, a graduate from Northbrook Metropolitan College, and features a button-back shift dress with exaggerated cuff and shirt placket details with feature pockets.

Buy this pattern for £22.50 from The Maker’s Ateiler by clicking on the image

Margareth shirt – DG Patterns

This semi-fitted shirt has a cross-over, curved back hemline, and has a classic women's style cut with extra detailing of dropped sleeves and shirred bottom design. There’s also a video tutorial with this pattern.

Download this pattern for $15 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking on the image 

Moto leggings – DG Patterns

Leggings are a handy wardrobe staple whatever shape and age you are. This sharp leggings pattern has a one-of-a-kind modern design and includes four different styles – a basic legging, one with knee and side pleats, and two length versions; calf and ankle length.

Download this pattern for $10 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking on the image

Teddy top – Style Arc

This uniquely crafted top comes in two lengths and has a gorgeous collar, which sits high on the neck. The stitched facings and swing back with a high-low hemline give this style a luxurious look. Make the top to give your look an instant update or make the tunic for a more effortless silhouette.

Download this pattern for $14 (AUD) from Style Arc by clicking on the image 

Calyer Pants – French Navy

The Calyer trouser pattern is certain to become a trusty wardrobe workhorse. The pattern features flat and pleated front options and is designed to sit just below the natural waistl. The waistband is partially elasticated for extra comfort and in-seam pockets finish these stylish trousers.

Download this pattern for £10.10 from French Navy’s Etsy shop by clicking on the image

The Revere Blouse – Now & Then Patterns from Til the Sun Goes Down

Choose from cropped and boxy with little side splits, buttoned up to the neck, with a straight sleeve (long or short) and worn over jeans or skirt - for a hint of the '50s and '60s, depending on your fabric choices.
Make the longer version with an open revere collar and gathered sleeve (long or short) to get the look of the '40s. The collar can
have pointed or curved corners and there’s an optional pocket too. Most importantly, all pattern pieces are interchangeable between
each version.

Buy this pattern for £16 from Til the Sun Goes Down by clicking on the image

 

Clara Blouse - Sew Over It

Pretty and practical, the Clara Blouse is another everyday top that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe. Tucked into your favourite pencil skirt for a smart look for work or more casually paired with jeans for an off-duty vibe, Clara is an ever-versatile pattern, perfect weekday-to-weekend wear.
It features a pretty pleated round neckline, keyhole opening at the centre back, stepped hem, and long sleeves with deep cuffs and continuous-bound placket cuff closures. It sports a dartless bodice, with shaping at the bust from neckline pleats for a gentle, figure-skimming feel.

Download the pattern for £7.50 from Sew Over It by clicking the image

Wendy Dress - DG Patterns

This dress is an easy A-line classic knit dress pattern with cute cut-outs on the shoulder and makes a fantastic style for spring-summer. The bodice has a racerback neckline with two sleeve lengths, and the dress also features a semi circle midi length skirt to offer a sleek dress design.

Download this pattern for $10 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking on the image 

Sunday everyday sweater - ensemble patterns

This oversized sweater has lots of options. Its tapered hem gives it a slight cocoon and slimming effect, and comes in 2 different styles and 3 different lengths. Choose from the high-low asymmetrical hem or a regular cuffed hem, long or short sleeves or add some pockets.

It's great for thinner French Terry cloth or thick scuba neoprene knit, and also makes a pretty sweater in heavy chunky knits or sweatshirt fleece. The patterns come with illustrated step-by-step instructions, and is quick and easy sew so perfect for beginners.

Download this pattern for $12 (USD) from Ensemble Patterns by clicking on the image

Piccadilly Pyjamas  - Nina Lee

The Piccadilly Pyjamas is a chic sleepwear set with oriental accents such as soft and open Mandarin collar and gently curving hems. Version 1 consists of shorts and a cap-sleeved shirt shown here and Version 2 of cropped trousers and a shirt with three-quarter length sleeves. The pyjama bottoms have a flat-front waistband with an elasticated back, and finish with a ribbon tie.

Download this pattern for £8.50 from Nina Lee It by clicking on the image

Skye Joggers – Blank Slate Patterns

The Skye Joggers pattern is perfect for all the things... lounging or being active, home or out and about, cold weather or transitional. These are slim fit with options of ankle and mid-calf lengths, leg bands/cuffs, curved front pockets, wide elastic waist with optional drawstring.

Download this pattern for $11.95 (USD) from Blank Slate Patterns by clicking on the image

The Gathered Dress – The Avid Seamstress

If you‘re looking for a casual dress that you can wear every day of the week, and is perfect for wearing on the school run to the office, The Gathered Dress is stylishly smart but completely comfortable and wearable.
The charming gathered waist at the back makes gives the dress an interesting and different style line, and is ideal for days when you don‘t feel like wearing fitted clothes. Other features include a slim front silhouette, invisible zip and two different sleeve lengths. An ideal pattern for beginners as well as intermediates that want a quick easy sew.

Buy the pattern for £16.50 from The Avid Seamstress by clicking the image

UTOPIA  pants – Kommatia Patterns

A harem trouser featuring gathers at the waist, slash pockets and fitted ankle cuffs. Elegant and versatile, this pair of trousers can be worn as much with trainers as well as high heels.
To make the most of its draped silhouette, use a soft knit such as jersey or for a bolder look, a shiny stretch velvet.

Download this pattern for $9 (CAD) from Kommatia Patterns by clicking on the image

Visby Henley & Top - Itch to Stitch

The Visby top from itch to Stitch has raglan sleeves, long cuffs and a crew neckline. The pattern comes with an optional hood, partial placket and bottom band, which you can mix and match to become a favourite wardrobe staple. Wear this long sleeve pullover by itself on a warm day or as a base layer underneath a snuggly sweater on a cool night. The Visby comes as a classic Henley, but you also have the option to add a hood or skip the buttoned placket altogether.

Download the pattern for £9.60 (USD) from Itch to Stitch by clicking on the image

Agnes Swimsuit - Measure Twice Cut Once

The Agnes swimsuit offers full coverage and fashion, and features a cute ruffle which adds a touch of style to a simple shape. The one-piece swimsuit features crossover straps, large ruffle front and back, full coverage bottom. Available in sizes 6 to 18 and is suitable for swimwear stretch knits with spandex, elastane and lycra only that has a high degree of stretch in at least two directions.

Download this pattern for $10 (AUD)
from Measure Twice Cut Once by clicking
on the image

Hove Hoodie – Pier&Palace

Hove is a feminine take on a sporty favourite, the hoodie. Extended into a fitted dress, with bust darts, patched pocket and topstitching details. Hove is perfect for wearing everyday and you can customise your look with your choice of fabric, colour and prints. The dress, or long jsweater is mid-thigh length and the dress close fitting with fitted sleeves and can be made in your choice of jersey. Finish the sleeves and hem  with a neat double cuff to give the whole garment a little weight. The V-neck comes with a two-piece hood that overlaps at centre front for a more feminine take on a hoodie neckline.

Available for £8 as a PDF download from Pier&Palace by clicking on the image

Mysig sweatshirt dress - kommatia patterns

This sweater dress features a contoured hood, large kangaroo pocket and ribbed trims. Sporty yet casual, Mysig can be worn as much to the gym as at home. Go for a classic sweatshirt look with a brushed fleece or play around with fabrics such as velvet or ponte knits to create a trendy-worthy garment.

Download this pattern for $12 (CAD) from Kommatia Patterns by clicking on the image

Zoe Dress – Sew Over It

Zoe is a semi-fitted shift with unusual design lines, and features front and back princess seams that gently sculpt the dress to your body, and a french dart to fit the dress at the bust plus an invisible back zipper.

The dress comes with two sleeve length options – a shorter sleeve and a classic 3/4 length. The front princess seams house everyone’s favourite in-seam pockets.

Download this pattern for £8.50 from Sew Over It by
clicking on the image

Hepburn Shirtwaister dress – Now & Then Patterns from Til the Sun Goes Down

A classic dress with echoes of the late '40s and early '50s but updated for today. The patern consists of 2 collar versions - an angular and curved option as well as 3 sleeve choices – a short cap, straight bracelet length and feature cuff. Small pleats add fullness to the skirt both front and back, and there are skirt side pockets.

Buy this pattern for £18 from Til the Sun Goes Down by clicking on the image

Sora Sweater – Blank Slate Patterns

The Sora Sweater is a versatile pattern offers a variety of stylish layers for your wardrobe. Choose either cardigan or pullover with short or long sleeves, with all views featuring a beautiful shawl collar. It features a shawl collar, cardigan in two lengths, pullover (hip length only) , two sleeve lengths, sleeve bands for long-sleeved view, side gussets for shaping and curved hemline It’s perfect for sweater knit, jersey and french terry.

Download this pattern for $11.95 (USD) from Blank Slate Patterns by clicking on the image

Evelyn Blouse - Now & Then  Patterns from Til the Sun Goes Down


This design features gathers at the neck and raglan sleeves. The loosely bodice is fitted onto a peplum/skirt. A narrow self-fabric belt can be used to cinch in the fullness around the waist or alternatively wear a narrow belt. There is a slit, with button closure at the back neck. The sleeve can be long and gathered or short and flared. The skirt of the dress can be cut on the straight grain for flare or on the bias for a more draped & sleeker silhouette.

Buy this pattern for £18 from Til the Sun Goes Down by clicking on the image

The Reno wrap dress from DG Patterns

Spring would not be Spring without a wrap dress. This stylish version is from DG Patterns and comes with some extra little twists!

The Reno wrap-style dress features a front V-neck, crossover shape and dolman sleeves, and the pattern offers a short sleeve style with cuffs and a waistband. What makes this just a bit more than another warp dress is the sweet petal hemline to add a one-of-a-kind detail to this dress. The pattern also features three ease points at the bust so you can get the perfect fit for you.

Download this PDF pattern for $10 (USD) from DG Patterns by clicking on the images

Two new plus-sized patterns from Schnittchen

Schnittchen launches two new plus-size sewing patterns!

The Amy Parka is a casual lined oversized coat with dropped shoulders, comfy hood and deep pockets with decorative folds. It also features a front hidden zip to finish the minimalistic look! It comes in plus sizes 48- 56  and also sizes 34-46.

Download this PDF pattern for €8 from Schnittchen Patterns by clicking on the images

Claire is a classic and simple plus-size tunic and is a super easy sewing pattern. It features sloped shoulders and a two-piece sleeve and a stylish wide neck. There's pattern peices if you fancy making with a belt and belt loops. 

Download this PDF pattern for €8 from Schnittchen Patterns by clicking on the images

Clara Blouse - Sew Over It

Pretty and practical, the Clara Blouse from Sew Over It is another everyday top that will fit seamlessly into your wardrobe

Tucked into your favourite pencil skirt for a smart look for work or more casually paired with jeans for an off-duty vibe, Clara is an ever-versatile pattern, perfect weekday-to-weekend wear.

It features a pretty pleated round neckline, keyhole opening at the centre-back, stepped hem, and long sleeves with deep cuffs and continuous-bound placket cuff closures. It sports a dartless bodice, with shaping at the bust from neckline pleats for a gentle, figure-skimming feel.

Download the pattern for £7.50 from Sew Over It by clicking on the image

Newest patterns from The Avid Seamstress

New seasonal patterns from The Avid Seamstress

The Coat – The Avid Seamstress
Inspired by classic tailoring, The Coat is an easy, enjoyable make without the time-consuming tailoring. It’s super light with just a buggy lining, and is a versatile make. Make with heavyweight boiled wools, or this pattern can also be transformed into a spring-ready casual overcoat or sumptuous evening coat using brocades or rich, luxury Jacquards. The flattering princess seams feature a clever in-seam pocket, while the modern drop sleeves make for a relaxed yet stylish look.
Buy the downloadable version for £9.60 by clicking the image or buy in printed format for £16 from The Avid Seamstress website.

The Gathered Dress - Adult
If you‘re looking for a casual dress that you can wear every day of the week, and that's perfect for wearing on the school run or to the office, The Gathered Dress is stylishly smart but completely comfortable and wearable. The charming gathered waist at the back makes gives the dress an interesting and different style line, and is ideal for days when you don‘t feel like wearing fitted clothes. Other features include a slim front silhouette, invisible zip and two different sleeve lengths. An ideal pattern for beginners as well as intermediates that want a quick easy sew. 

Buy the downloadable version for £9.60 by clicking the image or buy in printed format for £16 from The Avid Seamstress website.

 

The Three Piece underwear collection, Wardrobe by Me

The three-piece Love Yourself  underwear collection from Wardrobe By Me gives you the two styles of pants you'll want to wear along with the perfect camisole. 

Love yourself underwear by wardrobe by me

The Love Yourself Hipster is a a full cover boy cut hipster that's been carefully constructed to not slip into uncomfortable places! The pattern has three rise options as well as two crotch widths. While the Love Yourself Panty is a classic pair of underwear carefully constructed for the best comfort. The pattern is designed with two rise options, and the leg is cut away at the natural hip bend. Both patterns are available as PDF's for £6.47. 

The Carma Camisole is a super simple jersey camisole top or dress. You need so little fabric  that you will be able to make from your jersey remnants. The camisole is a basic for any wardrobe and can be used a top, undergarment or camisole. The camisole is perfect for layering with lace at the hem. The PDF is available for £5.75.

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To view the three PDF sewing patterns visit Wardrobe By Me

 

Hove Hoodie from Pier&Palace

The Hove Hoodie is the third sewing pattern release from Pier&Palace

hove hoodie from pier&palace

Hove is a feminine take on a sporty favourite, the hoodie. Extended into a fitted dress, with bust darts, a patched pocket and top stitching details. yet a bit chic, Hove is perfect for everything from a cool outfit for causal Friday night drinks, busy days to walking the dog or going to your yoga class! Customise your look with your choice of fabric, colour and prints.

hove hoodie illustrations

The dress, or long jumper/sweater  is mid thigh length. It's a close fitting dress with fitted sleeves and can be made in your choice of jersey. The sleeves and hem finished with a neat double cuff which helps to give the whole garment a little weight. There is a V-neck comes with a two piece hood that overlaps at centre front for a more feminine take on a hoodie.

Available for £8 as a PDF download from Pier&Palace

Synthia blouse, Designer Stitch

Synthia blouse from Designer Stitch has just been released. Ann Grose, the designer behind the indie sewing pattern company is offering it free to download first to all readers of issue 4 of The Pattern Pages digital dressmaking magazine!

Ruffles are a big trend right now but this blouse’s ruffles are pretty special! The construction is unusual, and is easy to sew whatever your sewing level. The pattern comes with great instructions, guidance on fit, and separate pattern pieces for different bust cup sizes.

To get your free PDF download:
In issue 4 of The Pattern pages, you'll find a code on page 49 to get the Synthia Blouse from Designer Stitch free! SUBSCRIBE NOW and we'll send you the link to download the magazine.

Rachel Reese


“I feel so feminine in the Synthia pattern from Designer Stitch, it’s one of a kind. I’ve been looking for a pattern like this for a while and the fit is spectacular. I’m not a usual ruffle girl, but since this isn’t too much frill its just the perfect!”

Katie Kennedy

Katie Kennedy


“I'm thrilled with my two versions of the Synthia Blouse. The shell is so simple and easy to wear, and works for so many different fabrics. I can see myself making this in a basic chambray as well as a host of solids to boost my wardrobe. The ruffle addition is just a cherry on top; a really special and feminine detail when the need for a more dressed up option arises.” 

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I love the soft feminine flounce of the Synthia top. It’s well worth sewing just to learn this genius invisible zipper technique method. The included cup sizes took the guesswork out of any adjustments thankfully. I’m planning to wear this one with jeans and heels out for dinner, and I love that it’s also versatile enough to be worn with a skirt for a corporate look.”

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“I used a grey chiffon fabric for my top, and absolutely love the light feel of the fabric. The ruffles are what attracted me to the pattern and Ann's drafting is the best.  This top goes great with skirts, jeans and shorts, and is a perfect addition to any wardrobe!”

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“The Synthia top is a showstopper, and the key to this spectacular pattern is the fluid drape. It features a romantic ruffle of purely genius design, which circles the neckline and arm holes in graceful folds. The large floral fabric from Joann Fabrics and Crafts by Cape May is a polyester, spandex blend and drapes beautifully, and the colours are phenomenal. The bust darts offer a tailored shape to the bodice.”

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“I've been calling Synthia my Valentine's Day top because it makes the perfect date night top. The ruffles are so fun and flirty, and I love that I can be dress it up or down. We're pretty casual here in the Seattle, so I like to wear it with jeans and some cute heels. This was a lovely pattern to work with, and the way the ruffles come together is pretty amazing.”

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“The Synthia Blouse pattern is such a joy to sew and the end result in my opinion, are beautiful. I’m by no means a model, but the Synthia blouse does make me feel pretty!”

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“It’s a feminine and flattering pattern that can be dressed up for a special occasion, worn to work or in a casual environment. The two choices give different views and allow a garment that is a quick sew for one or a little more detailed for the other. Designer Stitch patterns are always well constructed and look great on!” 

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“I immediately fell in love with the Synthia blouse. The design has everything you could want from a top – it’s both feminine and flattering. The ruffle gives it such a romantic look. I used a white sheer crepe for a beautiful drape. I love this blouse in a plain colour best as it shows off the ruffles.”

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“I used a polyester chiffon fabric and even though it was tricky to sew I think it was perfect for the style, and love the way the ruffles have turned out. I found this pattern worked straight away with no adjustments needed! This top can be worn lots of different ways.”

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“I enjoyed making this blouse, not just because it was named after me, but because it’s such a feminine top that can be dressed up or down. I made in a chiffon fabric, which gives a soft floaty look. A lot of detail has gone into designing this blouse making it extra special.”

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Genevieve Grossmann


“I’m totally in love with the femininity and softness of this top. The construction of the flounce is just brilliant, and able to make the most beautiful top, which actually fits me. As a busy mum, I love that I can wear this and feel nice, it’s such a winner for me.”

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Meghan Cunha


“The Synthia top was a fun to make, quick to sew, and ends in gorgeous results. I decided to use a bright, funky print to make it fun and flirty but it would look so romantic in a more delicate print or a solid. I love that I can choose from two different lengths, and as it’s slightly fitted at the bust and comfortable at the waist. It’s a great top for everyday or can be dressed up for a special night out.”

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"This blouse is feminine but also sophisticated with the clever ruffle. The pattern is easy to sew as it is to wear with the professionally put together pattern and instructions. The ruffle is skilfully constructed that you'll have a delightful ah-ha moment after you complete it. To add to the value of the pattern, a plain top version is included making this pattern a great wardrobe staple.”

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“When I saw the drawings of the Synthia, I loved the simplicity of the blouse with the circle type of ruffle. I really like how it drapes down the arms, creating a very different look. It's romantic and flirty, floaty and fun. Since I love sewing with woven fabric, and this blouse can be dressed up or worn casual.”

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“Really easy top with an ingenious construction for the ruffles”

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“I’m so in love with my Synthia top. Ruffles are everywhere right now, and this top is perfect and right on trend. The construction of this top is genius, and I would have never thought to have sewn this top together like this. I think the Synthia top is one of my favourites from designer Stitch so far.  I will definitely be making more of these.”

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Patricia Garnham


“I like the soft lines of the Synthia pattern. Like many of Designer Stitch patterns, the pieces come together flawlessly. The ruffle attachment is a little tricky but once I put it over the dressform, it was easy to follow and pin in place. Having two length lines is perfect for tucking into a skirt or loose over jeans. I used a lightweight polyester and finished the seams with an over-edge stitch.”

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“The Synthia ruffle top is such a beautiful and feminine pattern, and gave me the opportunity to try out some sewing techniques that were new to me. The construction of the ruffle, and how it attached to the bodice of the top, was really intriguing and know that I’ll use this pattern again!”

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Kiran Grewal


“I adore my Synthia top. It makes me feel like dancing in a park.” 

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“I used a poly fabric with a slight sheen. My grandmother passed about a year and a half ago, and this is one of her fabrics from her stash. I love the flounce that goes around the neckline and the arms, it’s genius how it goes together and looks way more complicated than it is. The relaxed fit is easy to wear and very comfortable.”

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Dora Cristina Sousa Serrano


"The Synthia top is a must-sew for real women, it lays across your body as if it belongs there. It does require some knowledge on how to sew darts, insert an invisible zipper, managing lightweight drapey fabrics but I love how quick it was to sew, with or without the ruffle.”

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“Synthia is a very light and flowy pattern, and is a must-have for any wardrobe. Every catwalk has tons and tons of ruffles but none like this. With this simple and easy to follow instructions anyone will be able to sew this fashionable blouse.”

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“I used a silky polyester that has a really nice drape to it, which works well on the ruffles on this blouse. I really liked the line drawing when it was first saw it but I was not prepared with how flattering this top would be when I put it on! Ann never ceases to amaze me with her keen sense of design and wonderful drafting.” 

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Belinda Cooper


The pattern is beautifully drafted and the flounce design detail moves with you, and is flattering on almost any body shape. The Synthia is a great basic blouse with a twist. I used a double-sided viscose jacquard. I live in Singapore and find the most amazing fabric influenced by this region. The motif is a simple leaf design and the bright blue colour is typical of the Asian palette while the reverse is silver.  I’m sure whoever sews this pattern will find they have a great top that can be worn for many years to come.”

Pattern Review - Jan/Feb

January and February (so far) has been a great time for new pattern releases. Here's a few of our favourite to top up
your handmade wardrobe




Bryce Cargo Pants – Hey June Handmade

The Bryce Cargo Pants are mid-rise, slim fit, ankle length pants, and feature traditional pleated cargo pockets above the knee with pocket flaps, deep slash hip pockets with seam-outlined bags, back flap pockets, and darts at the knee for extra shaping and detailing, and a functional zip fl.

Download PDF format for $12 (USD) by clicking on the image









Bellavista Top - Itch to Stitch

The Bellavista Top originated from Kennis Wong’s quest for a big cowl with a big drape. The Bellavista Top comes in a comfortable swing bodice with a centre-front panel, two neck and two sleeve options. Use a sweater knit to make a sweater or a jersey to make a T-shirt.

Available from Itch to Stitch in PDF format for $10 (USD) by clicking on the image



Cocoon Jacket - DG Patterns

A gorgeous woven or knit jacket which features dolman sleeves, curved hemline and collar.  The jacket features some beautiful pleated cuffs and interesting design lines throughout the front and back bodice.

Available from DG Patterns in PDF format for $10 (USD) by clicking on the image






Scoop pinafore - Sew Different

This casual over the head tunic has been designed to wear with your favourite top. It features a statement square neckline, contrast scoop sides that house large pockets and a slight whiff of bubble hem.
 

Available from Sew Different, PDF £9 and printed version £15 by clicking on
the image

 

 

 










Claudia dress - Tessuti Fabrics

A stylish, pull-on sundress featuring narrow shoulder straps, bust darts, stitched down side pockets and above knee side splits with wide hem and topstitching detail.

Purchase the PDF $10 (AUD) and printed version $25 (AUD) by clicking on the image







Myrna Dress - Colette

The Myrna dress is a feminine hearken back to the 1940s with gathers at the shoulder and waist, two shaped waist yoke options, two skirt lengths which all add up to making this dress versatile and flattering.

Available from Colette, PDF $10 (USD) by clicking on the image

 

 









Synthia Blouse – Designer Stitch

Evoking the soft and flirty trans seasonal vibe the Synthia is a feminine silhouette featuring a ruffle collar and waterfall armhole frill.

A semi fitted shape the Synthia is both figure flattering and easy to wear and the pattern offers cups sizes for fine-tuning the fit of your
garment. Cup Sizes – B, C, D, DD(E). Shown here on pattern tester, Kiran Grewal.

Available as a PDF pattern for $10 from Designer Stitch by clicking the image

 







Chloe Sweatshirt– Rosy Pena Patterns

A classic sweatshirt featuring dropped shoulders, trendy sleeve cuffs and length variations. Chloe is the perfect layering piece and can be dressed up or down depending on your fabric choice and personal style, and perfect for this transitional season.

Purchase from Rosy Peña Patterns in PDF format for $14 (USD) by clicking on the image

 







Nikko Top/dress - True Bias

The Nikko is a turtleneck knit pattern with four fab views. Views A and B are tops with a fitted silhouette, while Views B and C are ankle length dresses with a straighter fit and side slits.

Available from True Bias, PDF $14 (US) and printed version $18 (US) by clicking on the image

 








Matcha top - Sew Liberated

A swing, easy-to-sew top with mandarin-inspired neckline with sleeve variations featuring a one-of-a-kind shoulder construction that visually squares-off and balances your shoulders.

Buy from Sew Liberated, printed version $13.95 (US) by clicking on the image

 

 

 








Mila dungarees - Tilly and the Buttons

Dungarees are cute, practical and great for all seasons, and are a popular thing to wear. These ones will become a go-to wardrobe staple for weekends. The Mila is slim fitting on the hips and legs and has stylish side button openings and essential pockets.

Purchase from Tilly and the Buttons, printed version £12.50 by clicking on the image

 







All the Cute skirts - My Handmade Wardrobe

A brand new pattern company for you – My handmade Wardrobe has created a range of sewing patterns, which make up comfortable and stylish everyday essentials to get you excited about getting dressed every day! This pack of skirt patterns gives you a good choice of lengths to suit your personality and mood from pencil, A-line, gathered and pleated.

Available from My Handmade wardrobe, PDF £9 and printed version £12.50 by clicking on the image

 

 







Yates Coat - Grainline Studio

The stylish Yates Coat will instantly upgrade any cool weather outfit. It has a sleek silhouette with inseam pockets, hidden double-breasted snap closure and chic oversized lapel and mid-thigh length give the Yates a modern aesthetic.

Available from Grainline Studio, printed version $20 (US) by
clicking on the image

 







Spring/summer issue - My Image magazine

We’re a real fan of the Dutch magazine, My Image, and the spring summer edition has just come out. The magazine includes a pullout of stylish patterns including M1815 dress with button placket, which is great for the office and for smarter weekends.

My Image Magazine costs €5.95 and features 20 new patterns for the season. Click on the image to visit the website.

 








Paperboy Pleated Trousers - Wardrobe By Me

The Paperboy pleated trousers look like a tailored trouser, but have a secret back elastic, which makes them super comfortable. The pattern also feature a high-waist, single front pleats, slanted pockets, faux front fly and cropped cuffed hem, and has been designed for knits fabrics such as Ponte, and French Terry.

Available from Wardrobe by Me, PDF pattern is  £8.95 by clicking on the image

 








The Sports Coat - The Maker’s Atelier

An unlined sports inspired coat with bomber style collar and optional gathered cuffs.

This style suits both woven and jersey fabrics. The collar requires a medium weight jersey or rib fabric with some Lycra/elastane content so it keeps its shape.

Buy from The Maker’s Atelier, £12.50 printed pattern by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dove Curve - Megan Nielsen

The Dove Curve is the first pattern in Megan Nielsen’s new extended size range. The popular Dove blouse is now available in curve sizes to fit busts 44-54in (112-137cm). It’s also the first pattern to include the new size labels, which refer to body measurements instead of alpha labelling.

Buy from Megan Nielsen in PDF format for $14.07 (USD) by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ogden Cami - True Bias

The Ogden Cami is a simple blouse that can be worn on its own or as a layering piece.  It has a soft V-neck at centre front and back and cute delicate spaghetti straps.The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high-end finish.

Available from True Bias, printed version $16 (USD) by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

Hattie dress - Style Arc

The Hattie dress is a woven dress that works well in a print fabric, and can be worn two ways – wrap the ties to the back of the dress for a neat front look or tie them to the front to sit over your tummy, and two lengths for the skirt for this pattern.

Purchase from Style Arc, $12.50 (AUD) for printed pattern by clicking on the image

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cinnamon Trousers - CocoWawa Pattern

Super trendy pair of cropped semi-fitted trousers that rest on the hips, with a mid raise, straight legs, back elastic waist, and side invisible zip. Make with patch pockets or with ruffles or pleats at the hem and at the front inset pockets.

Available from CoCoWawa in PDF format for £10 by clicking on the image

 

 

 

 

 

Sophia Wrap skirt – Mika Patterns

The Sophie skirt is the first sewing pattern for the brand and is a short straight skirt with a classic silhouette. It has been designed to sit close to the natural waist, without a waistband, and to fall just above the knees. The asymmetrical panel creates a soft and elegant faux wrap effect.

Available from Mika Patterns in PDF format for $10 (USD) by clicking on the image

 

 

 




 

 

Stasia dress - Sew Liberated

A knit dress that feels really comfortable to wear and has options for pockets, different sleeve and length options. The pattern also can be adapted to make a close-fitting tee, which is perfect for layering.

Buy from Sew Liberated, printed version $13.95 (US) by clicking on the image

 

 

Yates Coat from Grainline Studio

Grainline Studio has a new coat pattern on the block that will take you from winter into spring!

The Yates Coat from Grainline Studio will instantly upgrade any cool weather outfit. With inseam pockets and a hidden double-breasted snap closure which keeps the silhouette sleek while the slightly oversized lapel and mid-thigh length give the Yates a modern aesthetic.

Make with a full lining and two-piece sleeves will make sure you're wearing the Yates for years to come. Sewing techniques nclude sewing a straight seam, setting sleeves, sewing a notched collar, and inserting a lining. Pattern is nested to make cutting easier between sizes.

Michell cardigan from DG Patterns

DG Patterns has hit the ground running this year with another new casual cardigan pattern

Michelle is a semi-fitted knit sweater with a high hip length sweater with a crossover front and curvy hemline. The cardigan has loose fit long sleeves and a simple cuff style making it perfect to throw on during these chillier days or to lounge around at the weekend. It's such a nice relaxed fit that you will want to make more in lots of different colours!

Meet the Mila dungaree from Tilly and the Buttons

Meet the Mila dungaree pattern – a new wardrobe staple!  

Mila is the new dungarees sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. It's slim fitting on the hips and legs, but has a stylish side button opening and essential pockets. Dungarees seem to be everywhere you look at the moment and they're cute, practical and great for all seasons. Wear Tilly's version with a T-shirt, button-down shirt or roll neck sweater for a gorgeously casual everyday look.

Tilly and the Buttons sewing patterns by-pass the technical jargon, making it easier to make. Just follow  photo instructions and helpful sewing tips to make your next project a breeze to whip up.

The Mila sewing pattern is priced at £12.50 and is available from Tilly and the Buttons

Susan knit dress from DG Patterns

Another fabulous knit dress pattern from DG Patterns. This dolman style dress has a loose-fit top and tapered skirt. The dress sits just below knee and has a V-neckline thats not too low. The PDF sewing pattern also has two sleeve lengths – 3/4 and long sleeves. The pattern is perfect for light to medium weight knit fabrics such as jersey knit, double knit, Hatchi knit and cardigan style, as well as the popular Ponte Roma and other blends.

Bondi dress - first pattern of 2018 for Tessuti

The Bondi dress is the first sewing pattern of the year from Tessuti

It's a sleeveless classic, which features a high neckline, cut away armholes, bust darts, side pockets, centre front and back seams, and back yoke with neck opening.

The gently flared hem suits many body types and is finished with a facing and an optional fringe edging. This perfect style for all seasons that comes with two length options. We love the frayed hem, don't you!

Available to download for $10 (AUS) from Tessuti