New Pattern! - I have been promising a swimming costume pattern for some time. Hopefully the summer isn't over!
This pattern includes seam allowance. Make it in two way stretch lycra. There is such a variety of swimming costume fabric in the shops to choose from.
PDF Instructions giving Fabric Requirements, Sewing Techniques and Construction Method - Video coming soon!
This is probably about the simplest form of garment you can imagine for your wardrobe. However it is the most useful and you will never tire of making it.
The Jeans Sewing Pattern is easier to sew than you think. It is probably takes less time to sew a pair than it does to watch my video! I go into very great detail.
One of the very best coat designs. Wear with just about everything. Making this up is a great way to learn the principle of sewing a roll collar.
A classic Pencil Skirt Sewing Pattern is a must sew for anyone wanting a versatile, wearable wardrobe that is equipped for every occasion.
Vest for every day
The very useful Raglan Sleeve Sweatshirt Sewing Pattern. You can't have too many in your wardrobe. Of course it goes really well with the jeans.
Trousers for smarter occasions perhaps. Front pleats and slant pockets. An invisible zip in the back gives you a faultless silhouette. A silk shirt bloused will take you to any occasion.
A classic jersey T-shirt shape. So many uses. Wear with jeans, the pencil skirt, under the shift and the pinafore dress, under the waistcoat and tucked into the front pleated trousers.
Just a simple t-shirt shape. Shown here cut with more of a boat-neck. Bound at the neckline to match the contrast dot patterned sleeves.
This is a very popular download. The Ra Ra shape is never out of fashion it appears. It is great for summer on the beach, cute for your exercise class and generally easy dressing for everyday
This soft tailored jacket is the easiest of jackets to sew. Collarless and with easy in-seam pockets. A little bit of saddle stitching gives it a certain sophistication.
Another coat. This one is quite different though. Roomy but elegant, this smock type coat will suit any figure type. No fitting required! Wear it belted or flowing.
Very easy polo neck dress with a high neck. Nicely shaped for easy dressing. This pattern comes in just small/medium/large.
Leggings for everyday dressing have been around for a few years now. These are so easy to make. Great too of course for your exercise classes.
Another very popular pattern. Quite a nostalgic shape reminding me of long summers and school holidays!
Of course, a really practical and comfortable solution for exercise. So much nicer than those standard black leggings and tops people seem to wear at the gym. This pattern is very popular for wearing to ballet class. Also great under a cotton shift.
Making up the pinafore dress is a sewing lesson in just about everything apart from sewing sleeves. Learn about darts, zips, patch pockets, embroidery, topstitching. See my very first tutorial Make a Dress and then again, watch the Add a Lining version.
Just plain cut trousers. No waistband or fly zip to worry about. Use petersham tape at the waist and an easy invisible zip at the side or back seam. Add pockets if you like.
A pattern combination to get you started on combining patterns and shapes to be your own designer. Here I have combined a gathered skirt, bold breast pocket and high stand collar with the jersey shift shape, pattern 722.
Try it with lurex jersey and lace skirt for evenings.
I have had many request for tutorials on pattern drafting so to get this started, here is a range of basic blocks (often called slopers)
An example of a basic block. Minimum ease. Use this to create endless variations