Monday, 14 January 2019

Top 10 Sewing Patterns of 2018

We are excited to announce our Top 10 Indie Sewing Patterns of 2018!

What is really great to see this year are 2 Men's patterns and a Children's pattern in our top 10 for the first time!

View the top 10 below, with our hand-picked selection of suitable fabrics from the store, or see our entire collection of over 350 patterns HERE.

Thank you to all of our talented indie pattern designers.  Here's to more fabulous patterns and makes for 2019!
#10.  
With a fitted bodice, gathered skirt and inner pockets, the Day Dress will be one of the prettiest dresses in your wardrobe. With three ways of making the front bodice, your options are endless. All views have an invisible zip at the back. Have fun making this pattern out of a variety of fabrics. View A has a seam at the centre front. View B has buttons at the centre front. View C has no seam at the centre front. 

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#9.  
Dress to impress, day or night, in the Bespoke Blazer. Make the 3/4 sleeve version out of lycra/rayon for a flirty casual feel, or use a structured fabric like Ponte for a posh polished look. The back seaming contours to create a figure flattering shape, and the front panels cascade back to reveal the lining. Great opportunity to add a pop of colour! Style the Bespoke Blazer with your favourite pair of jeans, a smart dress, or a great skirt/top combo to make this style uniquely yours. 

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#8.  
This basic men's T-shirt pattern from Liesl + Co. can be made several different ways. With both short-sleeve and long-sleeve options, you'll get endless use from this easy and quick-to-sew style. Pattern has sizes xs - XXL.  Also available in a Woman's version!

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#7.  
This is an easy child's hoodie and classic t-shirt sewing pattern with real colour step-by-step instructions. Stitching lines are diagrammed right on to the photos so you never need to guess where to sew. You can choose between long and short sleeve. 

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#6.  
The Kathryn Top & Dress can be made casual or slightly more formal depending on the fabric used. When made with a cotton jersey or interlock fabric, the top can be paired with your favourite shorts or jeans for a perfect summer outfit. When made with a slinky knit, Kathryn can be your go-to dress for a date night out. The three sets of pleats along the round neckline provide interest to an otherwise simple garment. An empire-waist seam visually elongates your legs, yet the natural waist is shaped so your curves are not buried. There's no sleeve to sew, but your upper arm is covered by the extended shoulder 

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#5.  
The Riviera Raglan is an extremely versatile pattern. Enjoy fun summer tanks or winter hoodies. Features include a crew neck, henley, slit neck, v-neck, hoodie, tank, short sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves, cuff, thumb-hole cuff, breast pocket, shirt hem, banded hem, handkerchief hem, and tunic length. So many options! A top for any occasion. No serger required! No special tools needed. 

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#4.  
These form-fitting trunks are designed with comfort in mind. No centre back seam, a reinforced inseam gusset and a shaped front cup make these boxers fit like a second skin without the worry of rubbing or shifting. Short, athletic legs and a smooth elastic waistband create a streamlined silhouette that can be worn under everything from slim fit pants to gym shorts. This pattern is a hard-wearing design with a classic fit made to be comfortable and stylish and ready for the next adventure! Pattern has men's waist sizes 24 through 45.

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#3.  
From the Girl Charlee Sewing Pattern-less Collection is our Quick & Easy Knit Pencil Skirt! This is a 30 minute sew that is based on your own measurements that are easily explained in the instructions and takes only 1m of fabric. The skirt features pull on styling, elastic waist, and a fitted silhouette that is sure to become your favourite wardrobe staple! Girl Charlee Sewing Pattern-less Collection features both instructions for a serger and regular sewing machines and is all printed on a single piece of paper that folds in the middle to create a pop-up card for easy storage!

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#2.  
This comfortable and easy cardigan is the perfect garment! The MHC Julia Women's Cardigan is a very fast sewing project that will have you excited about sewing new clothes for your wardrobe. With no buttons or zippers, this cardigan features an open front with a drapey, rounded collar and 3 sleeve lengths: long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, and the super cute extended cap sleeve. The Julia Women's Cardigan is sized XS - 3XL and is flattering on all body types. With just a change of fabric, the cardigan can go from casual to workplace ready. 

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#1.  

The Kielo Wrap Dress is once again our best selling pattern.  It's a very simple but extravagant dress with an interesting shape. It features a sleeveless design with a round neckline, wrap lace closure at the waist and a slim skirt with a vent in the back. The pattern is very versatile, allowing for a shortened version as shown and an additional sleeve pattern contained in the file. You can view a tutorial on using the sleeve pattern here!

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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