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28th April 2022

704 Raglan Sleeve Shirtdress made up in Finest Blue Chambray from Croft Mill Fabric.

This has to be one of the most versatile and comfortable of dresses. I will be producing a Sew Along for this pattern but in the meantime in comes with detailed instructions.

7th April 2022

The 948 Women's Jeans pattern has proved to be very popular over the years. Published in 2011, still in its basic format, it is also due for an update.

If you are not a subscribing member, buy it now at the never to be repeated price of £3!

The 14 Part Sew Along will help beginners get perfect results with this classic garment.

Also of course the Making Jeans eBook completes the support for this enduring pattern. You only need to be a registered member to gain access to eBooks.



3rd April 2022

Soon I will be updating my early patterns to bring them up to date. Their format was basic - net patterns, meaning without seam allowance, no yardage advice or cutting out plans.

At the moment they are absolute bargains!

If you are not a full member, buy this pattern The Front Pleat Wide Leg Trousers 931, in its original format for just £3!

Check out the comprehensive Sew Along video

25th March 2022

I love wearing this coat. It goes so well with many of my other patterns:

948 Women's Jeans

M983 Selvedge Jeans - for women too!

408 Everyday Skirt

540 Classic Shirt

and many others.

It has very deep pockets!

24th September 2021

Shorts have come to YouTube. I'm excited with this development as it will help me to point you to my sew alongs and tutorials with a brief update.

This feature works especially well on your smart phone.

Shorts feature first on my YouTube Channel - Check them out.

7th September 2021

I'm working on promoting my Selvedge Jeans Pattern.

Thanks to all the guys making their own jeans, this is one of my best selling patterns.

I have published a collection of Sew Alongs to guide sewers who are not familiar with making jeans.

Is this the Best Way to Sew Jeans Pockets?

Is this the Best Way to Sew a Jeans Zip Fly?

Is this the Best Way to Sew an Authentic Jeans Buttonhole?

Is this the Best Way to Make Jeans? - the original Jeans Sew Along


2nd September 2021

My Shirtdress Series is complete for the time being!

You will find these designs invaluable additions to your wardrobe. I can't think of an occasion where these garments would not be appropriate. They are easy to sew and will make up in an endless selection of fabrics.

Sew Alongs are coming but the Making Up PDFs are comprehensive and will guide you through the process.

709 Shirtdress for Cooler Days

712 Everyday Garden Shirtdress

704 Raglan Sleeve Shirtdress

21st June 2021

New Pattern! I am working on a range of shirtdresses. This is something I have been looking forward to doing for quite sometime. A more relaxed style of dressing. Having said that, this pattern will also be suitable for more formal wear. It is easily dressed up for a garden party outfit or for going to the races or Wimbledon!

I will be following with some shirtdresses with sleeves and some other variations.

This pattern has roomy in-seam pockets. The button through style could be worn unbuttoned as a beach robe or made up in a shorter version to wear over skirts or jeans.

9th March 2021

New Pattern! The perfect spring time project. I love this style. Make it up in pretty much all fabrics. Easy to make, easy to wear.

408 Everyday Skirt

Sew Along:


19th January 2021

I'm so pleased to have made such good use of this furnishing fabric.!

See the Winter Party Dress pattern page.

23rd October 2020

Three more of my PDF Sewing Patterns that would compliment anyone's wardrobe. Take a look back at these popular classics.

673 Coat Yoked and Gathered Coat

702 Panel Coat Dress

692 Roll Collar Coat

These 3 patterns plus 36 others for just a £15 Membership - With the current lockdown coupon.

Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22. Try my format - Less paper waste and best of all, less assembly time! Sew Alongs, eBooks and of course the Sewing Patterns - Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22.

Visit the Pattern Page for all 39 sewing patterns.

Three More Classic Sewing Patterns

Angela Kane sewing patterns - Coats

18th October 2020

Four more of my PDF Sewing Patterns worth reviewing.

512 Raglan Sleeve Sweatshirt

500 Fitted T-Shirt with Long Sleves

1501 Classic T-Shirt

501 Classic Vest

At the same time review my Sewing Jersey Page. You will find information and tutorials specifically for sewing jersey

These 4 patterns plus 35 others for just a £15 Membership - With the current lockdown coupon.

Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22. Try my format - Less paper waste and best of all, less assembly time! Sew Alongs, eBooks and of course the Sewing Patterns - Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22.

Visit the Pattern Page for all 39 sewing patterns.

Four More Classic Sewing Patterns

Angela Kane sewing patterns - Pencil Skirt and two shirt PDF sewing patterns

17th October 2020

Three more of my PDF Sewing Patterns to think about!

These 3 patterns plus 36 others for just a £15 Membership - With the current lockdown coupon.

Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22. Try my format - Less paper waste and best of all, less assembly time! Sew Alongs, eBooks and of course the Sewing Patterns - Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22.

Visit the Pattern Page for all 39 sewing patterns.

485 Pencil Skirt Fully Lined featuring Back Vent

540 Classic Shirt

545 Fitted Shirt with Jabot and Cuff Frills

Three More Classic Sewing Patterns

Angela Kane sewing patterns - Pencil Skirt and two shirt PDF sewing patterns

12th October 2020

Jackets and Trousers, mix and match. These six patterns are among my most popular and are certainly worth revisiting!

Frock Coat, Boxy Jacket, Panel Jacket, Selvedge Jeans, Wide Leg Front Pleat Trousers and the Slim Cut Jeans. These 6 patterns plus 33 others for just a £15 Membership - Only with the current lockdown coupon. Patterns available in UK sizes 6-22. Try my format - Less paper waste and best of all, less assembly time!

Visit the Pattern Page for all 39 sewing patterns.

657 Frock Coat

647 Boxy Jacket

626 Panel Jacket

M983 Selvedge Jeans

931 Wide Leg Pleated Trousers

948 Slim Jeans


Six of My Most Popular Patterns

Angela Kane sewing patterns - three jacket PDF sewing patternsAngela Kane sewing patterns - three jeans and trousers PDF sewing patterns

24th September 2020

Revisiting one of my most popular trouser patterns.

This pattern will be updated soon with fabric requirements and layouts. In the meantime it is priced at £3.

Visit the Pattern Page for this great trouser pattern

Celebrating 10 Years on YouTube
And 15 Years of PDF Sewing Pattern Sales

21st September 2020
Sewing Scarves and Squares

There has been interest in my technique for finishing fine fabrics so I recommend you take a look at my early videos.
Many of my members have been asking about the different stitch widths that sewing machines are capable of.
I would say most sewing machines have a 5mm width zig-zag stitch. Machines that are more for embroidery commonly have a 7mm width and machines like the one featured here which is the ultimate in embroidery machines has a 9mm.
I have to say I am less interested in machine embroidery now and find the 9mm width more of a hindrance. A 5mm machine is much more useful for dressmaking. To check your machine, you can measure the width of the slit in the sole plate. You could also sew a line of zig-zag stitching on some stiffish fabric and measure the width. That would give you the correct measurement. Also, the dial may be numbered and that is usually the mm.

Sewing Skills. Edging scarves and squares

The Best Technique for Silk and Chiffon Edges

Two More Essential Skills Tutorials - Invaluable Guidance for Coat Making

3rd August 2020

The Coat Hem Tutorial

The Turn Back Cuff Tutorial


20th June 2020

I have completed the Frock Coat Instructions PDF which is now available to members. Look for it under the size download links on the Frock Coat Pattern Page. You need to be Signed In.

The Interactive PDF has links to video tutorials to help with this ambitious project. But I think even a complete beginner could tackle this garment and it is well worth the effort.


The Welt Pocket with Flap Tutorial


20th May 2020

While developing the Frock Coat Pattern, I have also exploited this time in lockdown to work out easier and quicker ways to produce my patterns.

I don't use commercial pattern software, as I like to be hands on at every stage. I do though work digitally once I have a sample made up and I am happy with it.

So I am looking forward to bringing you new patterns more often!

12th May 2020

The Frock Coat Pattern is nearly finished!

This pattern has taken a while but I think you will agree, it is worth the wait.

Grading such a structured garment across 9 sizes has involved some sample making to make sure it works for all figure types.

I have two tutorials to complete before I release it -

  • How to Sew a Welt Pocket with a Flap
  • How to Sew a Rever Collar

    Frock Coat Sewing Pattern Designed by Angela kane

    The Frock Coat

  • 18th Century inspired - Waisted
  • High rever collar. Closely spaced small buttons along button band
  • Welt pocket with flap set low on hip
  • Flared skirt behind, drawn in with a half belt
  • Bold cuffs turned back with button trim
  • Drawing of the Frock Coat Sewing Pattern designed by Angela Kane

    13th April 2020

    We may be in lockdown in London but we had some lovely weather over the Easter Weekend! So, if like me you are longing for a day at the beach, don't give up hope.

    I'm sure we will all be out and about very soon.

    Focus on preparing - Get started on some beachwear. Stay home and sew.

    12th April 2020

    The Frock Coat is Nearly Finished! Using up furnishing fabric, the design was conceived for my #usewhatyouhave and #sustainablefashion campaigns.

    I will be following up with tutorials on lapel collars, welt pockets with flaps and these pretty cuffs.

    I thought the fabric would be too bulky for covered buttons but these have worked well. The coat has a very classy back with pleats emerging at the waist. I will be adding a half belt with buttons either side. So the coat is nearly complete and the pattern will follow soon.

    28th March 2020

    Angela Kane Sewing Pattern Designer - sewing with a childhood friend in 1957


    Let's bring back sewing baskets. If you have children at home who are keen to get busy with sewing, make a little sewing box, maybe from a shoe box and collect together some sewing paraphernalia.

    See my Sewing Supplies Page - please keep ordering online. You will help these businesses to survive!

    Sustainable Fashion!

    We all have to get down to basics and that means getting back to making things. It's good for mindfulness. It's good for the planet. It's good for your budget. Most of all it makes you feel good!

    There has been plenty in the press about this and I hope my site can offer you the resources to get you going.

    All my tutorials are free. Join for access to all my classic sewing patterns.



    This is me sewing with my friend, probably in 1957. I would have been nine and my friend is a year younger. This is the same friend who photographed me ten years later. See the previous photograph.

    It’s a great time to learn new skills or update old ones.

    Designer Notebook

    22nd March 2020 - Mother's Day

    Angela Kane Designer History Vogue Pattern 1968

    Sewing Memories

    If your children are grown up and you won’t be seeing them, you have time on your hands. Get the album out send them some pictures about you that they may have forgotten or may never have seen!

    This year I am celebrating 10 years of sewing on YouTube, 15 years of sewing patterns online, 25 years since I set up machine knitwear online, nearly 50 years since I was making machine knits to sell in Bond Street and around about 60 years of sewing clothes for myself.

    This is probably a Vogue Pattern. I made it up in a lovely pink bouclé wool and it would have been around 1968. I was photographed by a dear friend who was studying photography at the time.

    Have fun and get creative.

    6th March 2020

    Sewing Pattern Boxy Chanel Cut Jacket front view from Angela Kane

    I am enjoying wearing my 1 Metre of Harris Tweed - Boxy Jacket. #UseWhatYouHave for #SustainableFashion. Go through your fabric stock and see what you can use up.

    This version is slightly shorter than the pattern and the sleeves are also a little shorter. I love this silhouette! This is a perfect style for the petite woman.

    Design Notebook

    Sewing Pattern Boxy Chanel Cut Jacket back view from Angela Kane

    I have teamed it with the Selvedge Jeans and Fitted Frilly Shirt.

    Despite saying a while ago that I would only wear dresses and skirts from now on, I have succumbed! These days I am wearing looser straight legged styles, hence the jeans featured here which were designed for men and look great on women too.

    I have had several requests for Boyfriend Jeans and a pattern is on my to do list.

    2nd March 2020

    The Making Up Series for the Boxy Jacket 647 is now complete

    Check out all the episodes on the Sewing Pattern Page for the 647 Boxy Jacket

    The Six Part Sew Along series covers the following topics:

    • How to alter a pattern for petite/tall women
    • Different ways to add interfacing
    • How to add a lining to a tailored jacket
    • How to add vents to a jacket sleeve
    • How to set in a jacket sleeve with a lining
    • Shoulder pads and sleeve heads
    • Hems and hand finishing

    19th February 2020

    Making Up Series for the Boxy Jacket 647 - Here is Part 4


    16th February 2020

    I have completed the Making Up Series for the Boxy Jacket 647

    Here is Part 3


    20th January 2020

    Sewing Pattern Review

    Now is a good time to review some of my early patterns. In-between designing new patterns, I am embarking on the task of adding additional features to my original patterns.

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    9th January 2020

    This video is about transferring markings and applying the interfacing.

    Continuing with making my 647 Boxy Jacket, I now need to cut out the interfacing. I have ironed the interfacing to all the main pieces.

    So I am ready to sew the bodice together. A word about interfacing first. There are two main types of interfacing products - iron on - You can tell it’s iron on as you will be able to see the shiny adhesive on one side or - sew in - and within these types you have several weights and also non-woven and woven.

    When it comes to sew in, there are two basic methods The first method - you cut it with the seam allowance and baste it onto the wrong side of each piece.....

    The second method involves catch-stitching the interfacing in place.....

    When I started making my own clothes many years ago, all interfacing was sew in.

    Watch the video for the full story -

    2nd January 2020

    Reducing or Increasing Back Waist Length

    Back Waist Length is the most important measurement.

    I am petite and I am altering my 647 Boxy Jacket pattern for myself. It will also help me fit this pattern onto my single metre of Harris Tweed in my mission to #UseWhatYouHave and #SustainableFashion.

    Every other measurement can more or less be altered after cutting out but getting the Back Waist Length right will solve many fitting issues.

    If you fall into the petite range as I do, you will be familiar with gapping armholes and bagginess across the back.

    Usually it is necessary to take a little out at armhole level and also across the sleeve crown but on this occasion I want to keep the sleeves roomy.

    31st December 2019

    I have at last started making up the Boxy Jacket Sewing Pattern Number 647. It has been a busy few weeks. I am looking forward to wearing this Chanel style jacket.

    Continuing on the theme of #sustainablefashion and #usewhatyouhave, I am utilising short lengths of linings and interfacings. I had hoped I would find enough buttons in my button box but I may have to reorder some extras.

    I will be making my shoulder pads - this is another way to use up small offcuts.

    Taping up this pattern took me less that 15 minutes but cutting out always takes a little longer.

    I may have to add a false hem in an attempt to squeeze this pattern out of just one metre of fabric. I will be reducing the back waist measurement as I am 5'3" and that will help! I may shorten the sleeves a little more as well. They are three-quarter length and an inch shorter will be attractive.

    My video making up this jacket will be uploaded soon.



    18th December 2019

    The Boxy Jacket Pattern is now finished - I will be adding the Instructions for Making Up. The more experienced sewers among you can probably get straight on and make it up without.

    I will be making a video which will be available soon.

    More details of this pattern to follow. And of course pictures.

    You can buy this pattern for just £7 - Members can download it - Boxy Jacket 647

    14th November 2019

    I am currently finishing the Boxy Jacket Sewing Pattern Number 647. As this design has three-quarter length sleeves, I have been thinking recently about shirts and cuffs .

    I have sewn a lot of shirt sleeve plackets over the years. This is definitely the best method. The essential template can be downloaded from my Free Sewing Page

    Once you get used to doing plackets this way, you will have shirt cuffs that deserve to be seen. Good design is all about the detail.

    I will be reviewing alternative shirt cuffs. Next I’ll take a look at my Semi-Fitted Shirt with Frilly Cuffs Sewing Pattern Number 545.

    5th November 2019

    I have cut the pattern for the Boxy Jacket 647. I will have the pattern available on the pattern page soon.

    In the meantime I have been making notes on drafting the pattern and how to use the 725/726 Panel Dress as a drafting block.

    2nd November 2019

    I have made a decision not to buy any more fabric until I have used up all that I have stored - follow me to see the PDF Sewing Patterns I will be producing as a result.

    I will be using my 725 Panel Dress with Sleeves Pattern / Block as a basis for these patterns .

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