sew the look

Taking sewing patterns from our favourite sewing companies, we've put together the latest styles and trends together for you to make!
Click on the links below each ‘Sew the Look’ for where to purchase patterns and accessories

Bathing beauties

With summer just around the corner - have you ever considered making your own swimsuit? Here is five swimsuit sewing patterns that come in a wide range of sizes and styling options!

Five swimsuit sewing patterns
  1. Ipswich Swimsuit from Cashmerette – Soak up the sun in this modern swimsuit pattern. It has two cleverly coloru-blocked variations including a one-piece swimsuit with contrast waistband and a high-waisted bikini with piping detail.

  2. Sophie Swimsuit by Closet Case Patterns – With curvy seam lines and a 3-piece balconette cup, the Sophie swimsuit is both va-va-voom flattering and reassuringly supportive, and a silhouette equally good in the south of France or the neighbourhood pool!

  3. Kwik Sew 4182 – Flattering ruched tankini and one-piece halterneck swimsuit

  4. Cottlesloe Curve Swimsuit from Megan Nielsen – Classic one piece swimsuits and mix and match bikini sets that have been designed for curvy figures (sizes 14-30)

  5. The Venazza Two-piece Swimsuit by The Friday Pattern Company – This swimsuit will have you feeling glamorous and comfortable. It features tank straps, adjustable tie front, and a soft waistband. The bottoms hit at about your belly button and can easily be adjusted for a higher or lower rise.

Oscar-worthy red carpet dresses

Inspired to sew a red carpet dress for a special event after seeing the amazing dresses worn by the stars at the Oscars. Here are 5 of our favourites!

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  1. Burda 6338 - the slender silhouette accentuates your figure with a bustier bodice and the draped folds on the bodice are true eye catchers as is the single strap.

  2. Simplicity 8013 - this nostalgic faux wrap front dresses from the ’70s can be made in two lengths, and has beautiful bishop or bell sleeve, and sash.

  3. Vogue 2931 - fitted and floor-length with princess seams, front bra and neck straps. Built in foundation with boning and hook and eye tape closing - all gives this dress drama!

  4. Simplicity 8527 - Stunning sleeveless gown with a slimming shaped band that creates unique back interest and subtle train and slit. This is a great pattern to showcase speciality fabrics.

  5. Simplicity 8534 - Go short with this vintage inspired dress that feature long or short sleeves and beautiful waterfall drape attached at waist and side seam.

Jump around

Have you been inspired to sew a beautiful jumpsuit, by watching the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee? Here are 5 fab sewing patterns to make and love.

Sew with silk

Don’t be intimated by sewing with silk fabrics. Here’s four sewing patterns to add some elegance to your handmade wardrobe.

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The sewing patterns featured above can be found here: Trina Dress from Victory Patterns Burda 6425 Sorbetto Blouse by Colette and Ravine Dress from Papercut Patterns

Reworked Classics are a must-sew

Classic styling is back but this season it’s been reworked with more angular lines, new proprtions and the use of unsusal fabric and designs.

Reworked classics - Sew the look - The Pattern Pages

The colour of 2019 is…

Pantone has just released the colour for 2019 - Living Coral. This colour is a warm and energetic shade of orange, which will suit most skin tones. Here’s some ideas from the pattern designers on how you can add it to your wardrobe next year.

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From left to right: Use this colour to add a touch of class to workwear with the Pussy Bow Blouse from Sew Over It, make the perfect wrap dress for summer using coral and geo designs (this is a free download) from Peppermint magazine, love these 3/4 length trousers (they are so on-trend) from The Friday Pattern Co., how cool is this soft fleece Silvia Coatugan from Schnittchen Patterns and this lovely skirt pattern 6053 from New Look comes in lots of length variations.

It’s Party time

Looking for a dress sewing pattern to stitch up for a celebration? Here’s 5 of our favourite patterns with the latest styling to sparkle in!

It's party time - 5 of the best dress sewing patterns

From left to right: Show off pretty shoulders in Burda 6390 made for stretch fabrics, Amber dress from Schnittchen has a gorgeous assymetrical hem, Joni Dress from Tilly and the Buttons is featured in her Stretch! book and features a beautiful twist-tie bodice and looks fab in velour or velvet (Buy the book here for £12.43), New Look 6125 mini dress looks stunning in this silver novelty fabric. And finally but not least, the Rosalinda Dress from Rosy Pena looks so elegant in black and perfect for a cocktail party.

Pyjama party anyone?

As the nights draw in why not upgrade your nightwear with a new pair of pyjamas. Here's 4 of our favourite ones for this season!

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Patterns left to right:  Simplicity 8520, Butterick 5829, Kwik Sew 3553 and Carolyn Pajamas from Closet Case

strappy styles

The pinafore, dungarees & overalls are back! Or did they ever leave? Which one is your favourite? Click the links below the image to learn more about the pattern! 

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Patterns from left to right - Named Amber Pinafore, Burda 8604, Sew Different Scoop Pinafore, Jennifer Lauren Handmade Pippi Pinafore, Closet Case Patterns Jenny Overalls, Simplicity 8447

Sweatshirts are a class act

The sweatshirt is no longer just the garment to slouch around in at home when you're not expecting visitors. Designers have added pretty detailing so not only are they a comfortable choice, they're uber-stylish too!

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Pattern left to right: Lola from Victory Patterns, Sirius from I AM, 1014 from Simplicity, Kyoto sweater from Papercut Patterns, 6519 from Simplicity and Terry Sweatshirt from Modelo Fabrics

jumpsuit fun

The jumpsuit trend is on the up and here to stay. Whether your looking for something comfy or want that statement look. There's a pattern for everyone.

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Patterns from left to right; Schnittchen - Carla Jumpsuit, Simplicity Mimi G - 8060, Sew La Di Da Vintage - Betty Jean and New Look - 6446. *click the individual pattern companies above to purchase patterns.

Cold shoulder

Here's a round up of the best cold shoulder sewing patterns that are right on-trend.

Left to right: Ann Normandy tunic & crop top, McCall's 7468, Vogue 9242, Mimi G 8341 for Simplicity and Sew Different cold shoulder top

SUMMER EDIT

We pick our favourite holiday essentials from Simplicity and New Look for a suitcase of home-sewn garments.

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Left to right: Simplicity 2274, New Look 6493, Simplicity 8176,Simplicity 1100, Simplicity 8299, Simplicity 8172 and New Look 6498

sportswear or loungewear?

Whether you've set yourself a new years resolution to get fit or your just in need of new some comfy loungewear, these are a few patterns that have caught our eye!

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Patterns from left to right PB Jam Leggings from Fehr Trade, Cora Tights and shorts from Jalie, Undercover Hood from Papercut Patterns, Sweatshirt and Sweater dress from Hot Patterns and Dunbar Top from Sewaholic Patterns.

Cropped Jackets

Cropped bomber jackets are big right now but not everyone likes the fit. There are the sports luxe bombers, cropped tweed Chanel style jackets, casual bombers, fancy satin bombers, cropped jackets.
There are endless amounts of style options, we’ve picked 5 patterns that we feel best capture the cropped style. 

Cropped Jackets

From Left to right

1. By Hand London - Victoria Cropped Blazer
2. Burda Style - Collarless Bomber
3. Papercut Patterns - Rigel Bomber
4. TOP - Named Clothing - Lourdes Cropped Jacket
5. BOTTOM - The Makers Atelier - Sport Luxe Bomber

a change in the seasons

It’s never too early to get a head start in updating your wardrobe for the next season. On the catwalk, we’ve seen a mixed array of styles for the autumn from fringing, boho hippy, sheepskin furs and many more! The colours to look out for include oranges, reds, browns, greens and metallics as well as the bold large florals. Here’s our interpreation of what you’ll need for the autumnal basics.

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From left to right:
Body suit top - Kommatia Patterns

Asos Over the knee boots

Folli Folli Metallic love backpack gold

Burda Style - 6738

Burda Style - #120

Our romance with burda style

Summer is all about feeling good! What better than to wear a dreamy dresses. Burda Style, we think capture the essence and style perfectly with frills, lace and florals. These are just a few of the beautiful dresses we found - we'd like to make them all! 

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From left to right:
High Neck Lace Dress  #117
Chiffon Spaghetti Strap Party Dress #107
Vintage Sofia gold maxi #V10
Pink sheer dotty  #122B
Floral maxi  #101
Lace maxi dress #105
Dotty yellow Romantic Maxi Dress  #121

The bardot dress and top - gypsy summer

The Bardot style once again has made its revival this season. We saw it a lot last summer but not at the height and  popularity it has reached this year. The style can be worn in either a dress or a top whichever you feel more comfortable in. The perfect outfit for lounging around in the sunny weather or comfortable yet stylish for that chic weekend away. Pair up with converse trainers to get that ultimate chic casual look. 

The bardot dress and top

From left to right:
Blue Bardot dress pattern - Simplicity 8124 Cynthia Rowley
Khaki Bardot top - Burda Style #132
Sky blue (right side pattern) Bardot dress- Simple Sew Bardot Dress
Converse Chuck Taylor - La Redoute
Nude and Cream Cross Body Bag - Faith
Velvet Purple Belt - Topshop

UTILITY - work 'n' Play

Utility style clothing is taking the fashion world by storm this summer with crisp white shirts, belted dresses and jumpsuits and jackets! If khaki is not the colour for you stick to neutral tones such as oatmeal and camel also throw a little denim in there to get that cool 'work n play' look. Try wearing some baggier fit trousers or jumpsuit leg and rolling them up pairing them with some lace up sandals. 

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