Aug 2020
Aug 2020

dressmaking

Chantelle Cropped Jacket

Chantelle Cropped Jacket

Set yourself a challenge with this beautifully-tailored jacket by Posner and Posner! The project requires you to insert a lining, create pockets and attach piping, too.

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Classic Wrap Dress

Classic Wrap Dress

If you’re hankering for that definitive classic wrap dress to enhance your natural assets, this pattern is the perfect opportunity! Just like pioneer Diane von Furstenberg blazed a figure-flattering trail with…

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Dolman Sleeve Dress

Dolman Sleeve Dress

Step this way to uncover a wonderfully simple garment that will have you looking and feeling amazing! Not only does Amanda Walker’s frock include beautiful elbow-length dolman sleeves and an optional…

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Classic Linen Shift Dress

Classic Linen Shift Dress

Sewn in a soft blush pink linen, this six-step dress oozes femininity with delicate bust darts, a bold notch neckline and flattering three-quarter sleeves. You could also switch it up…

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Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress

Short Sleeve Trapeze Dress

Whatever your day has in store, this frock is designed to deliver! Combining flattering short sleeves with a trapeze style body, this dress has been cut from a relaxed and…

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V-Neck Drawstring Blouse

V-Neck Drawstring Blouse

If one garment has the power to shake up your wardrobe, this is it! The versatile top gives you cropped sleeves, along with the option to add a polo-neck jumper…

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Easy Knee-Length Dress

Easy Knee-Length Dress

This berry frock is the new wardrobe superhero for those ‘I have nothing to wear’ days! With this project, you’ll master the art of sewing with knits using a ball point…

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Sequinned Jacket

Sequinned Jacket

Stitching sequinned fabric can be challenging, but with a bit of patience and a sprinkle of determination, it is easily achievable! This jacket is certainly a one-of-a-kind make – the fabric…

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Three-Quarter Length Sleeve Wrap Blouse

Three-Quarter Length Sleeve Wrap Blouse

Fasten your seatbelts, sewists, because we have the perfect make for testing your technical skills! This gorgeous wrap top requires working with darts, attaching a zip and preparing wrap ties.…

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Guide to Grading

Guide to Grading

For most of us, there’s usually a few occasions where we know a style just won’t sit quite right and needs to be taken up or down a size or two –…

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Easy Tie Dress

Easy Tie Dress

This stunning dress, designed by the talented Amanda Walker, is a must-have for your wardrobe. Easy to assemble with no fussy fixtures, the tie feature allows you to bring it…

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Maternity sewing patterns and how to make them

Maternity sewing patterns and how to make them

Whether Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are on royal tours, official visits or presenting awards, they always manage to look ever-so glam when they’re carrying a little one. But as we…

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Dressmaker of the Year 2019 the winners revealed!

Dressmaker of the Year 2019 the winners revealed!

Over 2,400 Sew readers entered our annual Dressmaker of the Year competition, so it was no surprise that our judges had a difficult time crowning the winners! But after hours…

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Long-Line Dress

Long-Line Dress

Sometimes deciding what fabric to use for a particular project can be tough, so the beauty of this make is that you can pick two! Use contrasting prints to create…

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Belted A-Line Skirt

Belted A-Line Skirt

This latest design will shake up your wardrobe this season! The A-line skirt is oh-so flattering and the pocket flaps are a sweet touch. Not only that, but this make…

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Tent Tunic Dress

Tent Tunic Dress

Ladies, this dress just proves that you can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. Made from a beautifully light crepe fabric, this tent tunic is ideal for a…

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Simple Midi Skirt

Simple Midi Skirt

If you’re looking to make an entrance, then be sure to stitch this pleat-perfect number in a glitzy grey velour! Based around a simple half-circle diagram, this skirt can easily be…

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Asymmetrical Jacket

Asymmetrical Jacket

A gorgeous asymmetrical jacket like this one is a staple for every woman’s wardrobe. It can be combined with so many different outfits – pair it with jeans for a casual…

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Gathered Skirt

Gathered Skirt

There’s nothing quite like donning a flared skirt to bring out your inner diva, and best of all, there’s no pattern needed to make this one! Be the centre of attention…

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Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated Midi Skirt

There’s something so comforting about a skirt with pockets – but being practical doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the glam factor! With its feminine pleats, this skirt is ideal as…

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A-Line Panel Skirt

A-Line Panel Skirt

An A-line skirt is a wardrobe essential! This version is made up of stylish panels that add subtle interest to the classic design. The project is a great choice for…

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Two-Tone Layered Top

Two-Tone Layered Top

Introducing the layered top you’ve all been waiting for! This no-pattern make incorporates the stunning two-tone trend, while helping you improve core sewing techniques. It’s made in stunning lightweight crepe, which is…

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Classic Polka Dot Dress

Classic Polka Dot Dress

The pretty polka dot has timeless appeal, that's why we've created this dreamy dress to give you a slice of fifties flair. Consisting of a fitted bodice and multiple skirt…

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Pleated Midi Skirt

Pleated Midi Skirt

The onset of summer means it's time to kit out your wardrobe with skirts like this gorgeous Rosalie number! The chic design by Amanda Walker combines big and bold inverted…

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Cinched Waist Dress

Cinched Waist Dress

Step up your sewing skillset with this fabulous frock that’s ideal for venturing out into the sunshine. Shirring elastic is a handy technique to have in your back pocket as it…

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Ruffle-Trim Blouse

Ruffle-Trim Blouse

Ruffles are a great way to add a feminine detail to a garment and here, this top combines a classic line with a dainty trim. Amanda Walker’s pattern allows you to…

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Children’s Smock Dress

Children’s Smock Dress

This pretty smock dress is ideal for energetic tots and allows you to work on your shirring and embroidery skills. As a bonus, it’s a no-pattern garment, with just one template…

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Belted Shirt Dress

Belted Shirt Dress

This light and lovely shirt dress is great for layering now, then staying cool all summer long – especially if you opt for chambray, like Amanda Walker has here (don’t forget to…

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Classic Shift Dress

Classic Shift Dress

The classic shift dress has been reinvented over and over, flattering boyish frames and curvy figures alike. Here, Amanda Walker creates structured lines with her simple design, which includes shapely…

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Simple Velvet Shift Dress

Simple Velvet Shift Dress

The real wow-factor of this garment, designed by Julia Claridge, lies in the texture and slight sheen of the stretch velvet. It isn’t too tricky to work with, either. Simply finish…

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Easy Pencil Skirt

Easy Pencil Skirt

Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the sweetest, like this figure-hugging stretch skirt by Amanda Walker. The basic pattern (which you can draft yourself, if you prefer) has…

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Cap-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Cap-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Combining comfort and style, this lovely design by Amanda Walker features a flattering bodice with sweet cap sleeves and a sewn-in waist tie. The project is a great choice for…

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Tie-Belt Party Dress

Tie-Belt Party Dress

This beauty by Amanda Walker is simply comprised of two nearly identical pieces that are finished with an easy neckband, and you don't need to shape the body as this…

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Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress

Sleeveless Lace Shift Dress

Adding panels of an interesting fabric like lace gives even the most simply constructed dresses extra oomph. Here, Julia Claridge has doubled up jersey to give this sleeveless shift dress…

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Cropped Top

Cropped Top

This pretty cropped top by Amanda Walker is perfect all year round and would look great sewn in a lightweight chambray or cotton. Available in sizes 8-20, the design involves…

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Stitching the Past

Stitching the Past

Here at Sew HQ, we’re still mourning the end of BBC 4’s brilliant six-part series A Stitch In Time. Every week, we tuned in to see fashion historian Amber Butchart select a classic…

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Sew Issue 109 Sneak Peek

Sew Issue 109 Sneak Peek

Issue 109 of Sew has arrived, with all kinds of inspiring dressmaking projects, plus items to make for the home or to give to your loved ones. This issue’s FREE New Look…

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5 ways to increase your chances of winning

5 ways to increase your chances of winning

Hurrah, you’ve decided to enter Dressmaker of the Year – our annual dressmaking competition aimed at stitchers from all walks of life! With six categories to enter, there is sure to be a…

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Our Interview With Dressmaker of the Year Winner Portia Lawrie

Our Interview With Dressmaker of the Year Winner Portia Lawrie

Earlier this year, Sew and our sister title Make It Today Dressmaker, launched the very first Dressmaker of the Year competition. As the second event gets away, we chat to…

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Floral Button-Up Skirt

Floral Button-Up Skirt

Step out in style with an oh-so-sweet A-line skirt made up in a pretty floral designer print. Our versatile button-up beauty by Amanda Walker is perfect for any occasion and…

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Bette Dress

Bette Dress

Long-time readers of Sew may fondly remember our Bette dress from our earliest issue, a gorgeous 50s style frock with a nipped in waist and five panel skirt, sewn in…

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Dress to tunic rework

Dress to tunic rework

We all have clothes that we love so much, but we can no longer fit in! But instead of throwing them out or replacing them, Amanda Walker shows how to…

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25 Quick And Easy Fashion Upcycling DIYs

25 Quick And Easy Fashion Upcycling DIYs

Whether it’s just a little additional accessory or a whole new going-out item to wear after work, you can update your outfit with these super quick and easy DIY lunchtime upcyling…

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