NEW IN • The Avid Seamstress Sewing Patterns
We're thrilled to have just added five new sewing patterns designed by The Avid Seamstress to our range of independent designers.
The brainchild of Lisa Falconer, her vision was to create a portfolio of sewing patterns with unfussy details and clear, easy to understand instructions, and we certainly think she's achieved what she set out to do!
We love how these patterns are packaged, Lisa has clearly put a lot of thought and effort into every detail, from the quality of the textured paper envelope, the string tie closure on the back, the photography, as well as the internal content.
Each sewing pattern is printed onto high quality white pattern paper which won't tear and irons beautifully,and comes with a detailed illustrated instruction booklet, and information cards for:
- Taking the Measurements,
- Fabric and Sewing Basics,
- Sewing terms Demystified, and finally
- Checklist/Important Information Before You Start
The patterns themselves are really clearly printed and the sizes numbered, there are cutting lines to lengthen or shorten the various pieces and usefully all markings are named as you can see above.
The range consists of five patterns, three women's designs and two for girls.
Firstly above, there's The Sheath Dress, which has an elasticated waist and an invisible zip at the back; here we've teamed it up with Nani Iro's double gauze fabric Joy Flower but it would work equally well in other patterns and plains.
The City Trousers are a slim fitting style which fall between a skinny and cigarette shape. With easy to insert side pockets and an optional split hem, these are sure to become a staple item in your wardrobe. Lightweight to medium fabrics work best for this style, here we've teamed the trousers with our Robert Kaufman Essex Linen but as you can see above, they work equally well in patterned fabrics.
The last of the women's patterns is The Day Dress, this flattering style has a fitted bodice, a gathered skirt and internal pockets. For a special occasion, why not make this dress in Nani Iro's Pierre Pocho in Natural, pictured above, which has a beautifully soft metallic sheen to the printed spots. Or the painterly abstract design Spectacle would look equally as good, as well as looking great in plain fabrics too.
The first of the girls patterns is The Gathered Dress, a "T" shaped pattern which is super easy to make with a gathered back and over-sized patch pockets. Here, we've paired this style with one of our Robert Kaufman Chambray Union fabrics, Herringbone.
And last, but by no means least, we have The Raglan Dress, a gorgeous style with easy to set in sleeves and over-sized pockets on the side. Lightweight to medium weight fabrics work best for this style, here we've teamed it with Robert Kaufman's Yarn Dyed Essex Linen in Indigo, which would look fabulous with contrasting pockets in either Flax or Leather.
We hope this has given you some ideas for your own sewing projects, do send us photos as we always like to see what our customers have made.