The Meredith Dress is a versatile wrap dress, designed to be sewn in jersey. Simple yet elegant, Meredith features a wrap front with modest V neckline, as well as a neckband which helps avoid any dreaded gaping! The gathers at the shoulder yoke provide shaping and help to achieve a great fit around the bust, and the tie keeps the dress closed whilst cinching you in at the waist.
Meredith’s very slightly A-line skirt has two hem length options (below the knee and on the knee), and the sleeve can be cut full length or three quarters to suit your preference.
Sumptuously comfy yet elegant and stylish, Meredith is a great work staple. She looks classic in a polka dot or solid, but can equally rock a print. With her minimal seams, she’s the perfect canvas for a bright, bold larger-scale floral, geometric or abstract pattern!
Sewing Level: Advanced Beginner
Fabric Suggestions:For the Meredith Dress we recommend choosing a light to medium weight knit fabric with lots of drape, such as viscose jersey, cotton jersey and lighter ponte di Roma. You’ll also need a length of clear elastic or stay tape, and a small piece of stretch interfacing. Depending on the weight of your fabric, you may want to stabilise the entire neckband with stretch interfacing.
Make yourself a pair of Ultimate Trousers with this perfect pattern. Slim fitting, ankle grazing and flattering for so many figures, the Ultimate Trousers will be your go-to trouser pattern. So simple to make you will be whipping these up in a couple of hours.
The Ultimate Trousers pattern is the perfect choice for an advanced beginner who wants to delve into trouser making without any of the complicated or confusing techniques. With no tricky fly to contend with, the Ultimate Trousers fasten with an invisible side zipper. The waistline is finished with a facing and the trousers are machine hemmed. Made up of only four pattern pieces it's hard to go wrong.
The pattern contains full step-by-step instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams.
Skill level: Intermediate
Materials required:We recommend a medium to heavy weight cotton, wool, crepe or denim for this pattern. For a loose summery look you could also try rayon or other lightweight fabric. You will also need a 9" invisible zipper.
Based on the wardrobe of Mad Men’s iconic Joan Holloway, the Joan Dress should be a staple in the wardrobe of any vintage lover.
A fitted bodice and skirt gives the dress a sassy, feminine feel that the real Joan herself would adore. The bodice is fitted with darts at the waist and back shoulder, and features a gently scooped neckline. Stylish ¾ length sleeves and a 60s inspired tie collar give the dress a super elegant feel. Designed to hit below the knee, the skirt is semi-fitted with darts and sports a kick pleat at the back hem. The whole dress is fully lined, giving you a gorgeously professional-feeling finish.
Sewing Level: Intermediate
Fabric Suggestions:Joan works beautifully in a variety of different woven fabrics. We recommend using a medium weight drapey fabric with some structure – you don’t want to use anything too lightweight and fluid. For the cooler months lightweight wools work gorgeously and suiting fabrics are perfect. For the lining we like to use rayon, a lightweight crepe de chine or acetate.
The Pussy Bow Blouse is a beautiful, classic design that will always be in style. With two different style options you can choose between a v-neck version or a keyhole opening. Stylish and versatile, it’s perfect for the office but can be dressed up for a night out. We promise it’ll be the perfect accompaniment to your favourite pencil skirt.
Sewing Level:The Pussy Bow Blouse is an intermediate sewing pattern, so we recommend you have a few dressmaking projects under your belt. If this is your first time using lightweight drapey fabrics, remember to take it slow and don’t be shy with the pins!
Fabric Suggestions:The perfect pattern for showcasing drapey fabrics, it works best in a rayon, sandwashed silk, crepe or other lightweight fabric with a lot of drape.
The Rosie Dress is the ultimate summer dress. Fun, flirty and girly, she’s 1950s inspired with a fitted bodice and full skirt. A dream to wear, she will take you from picnic to party, or beach to aperitivo in style.
Super fun to sew, the Rosie Dress has a boned, princess seamed bodice. (With no armsyce it’s easy to fit here!) The full skirt features a box pleat at the front, with flattering gathers at the sides and back. The dress closes at the centre back with an invisible zip.
The Rosie Dress pattern comes complete with three different variations. Variation 1 features a pretty vintage-inspired collar with wide straps for a holiday-chic look. Go nautical with contrasting fabric for the collar, or keep it understated in the same. (Or omit the collar all together!)
Variation 2 has a gentle sweetheart neckline with dainty rouleau straps. This version is the perfect girly party dress for those summer soirees, but would also work beautifully in silk taffeta for more glam, wintery affairs.
Variation 3 is a versatile skirt that will take you from season to season. It’s perfect for showcasing fun cotton prints in summer, but would be warm and cosy in a wool crepe for cooler weather.
Sewing Level:The Rosie Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern, needing experience in creating pleats and gathers and inserting invisible zips.
Fabric Suggestions:Rosie works beautifully in light to medium weight woven fabric such as cotton poplin, cotton lawn, linen, seersucker or broderie anglaise. Due to the gathered nature of the skirt we recommend avoiding anything too bulky. Similarly, in order for the bodice to hold its shape, we recommend staying away from anything too drapey such as rayon, viscose or chiffon. (However the skirt option would be lovely in these fabrics!)
Want to start dressmaking but don't know where to begin? The Ultimate Shift Dress would make an ideal first project. The pattern is designed with beginners in mind, and will guide you through the basics of dressmaking.
Learn how to create bust darts and attach neckline facings like a pro. With no tricky zippers or buttonholes to master, simply pop the dress on over your head and fasten with a hook and eye.
But don't forget, with loads of options for customization, including adding sleeves, sleeve frills and a neck flounce, there is plenty of scope for a more advanced dressmaker to play around and have fun!
Sewing Level:The Ultimate Shift Dress is a beginner level sewing pattern.
Fabric Suggestions:The Ultimate Shift Dress is an extremely versatile pattern when it comes to fabric. Most light or medium weight woven fabrics, such as cotton, linen, rayon, viscose, wool, crepe or even silk (if you’re feeling adventurous!) will work. Just remember that slippery fabrics are harder to sew!
A stunning, vintage-inspired woven wrap dress with a wearable contemporary feel, the 1940’s Wrap Dress is a gem from the Sew Over It archives. Stylish, sophisticated and elegant, you can wear this dressed up or down, perfect for both daytime and evening.
The 1940’s Wrap Dress features a wrap front bodice with a front collar and pretty shoulder pleats. The bodice gathers into the uniquely-shaped pointed waistband, and the dress closes with hidden buttons or press studs. The slightly A-line wrap skirt is flattering on all shapes, and the narrow sleeves mean you can pair this dress with your favourite jumper or cardi. Both the sleeves and skirt come with a choice of two different lengths.
Skill level: Intermediate to Advanced
Fabric Suggestions: Perfect in light to medium weight woven fabrics with lots of drape, the 1940’s Wrap Dress works beautifully in crepes, heavier rayons and even cotton lawn for less experienced sewers.
The 1940's Tea Dress is a stunner of a dress. Based on vintage fashion from the 1940's, the dress features gathered bust detail, a paneled midriff and skirt, flattering elbow length sleeves and lovely contrast cuffs. We love to add three decorative covered buttons down the center front for a lovely extra bit of interest.
The pattern contains full instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams to help you along.
Sewing Level:The 1940’s Tea Dress sewing pattern is suited to intermediate sewers and above, with experience sewing fluid, drapey fabrics. We also advise that you are confident fitting for your own body, as the midriff area of the bodice is intended to have a close fit.
Fabric Suggestions:The 1940’s Tea Dress works best in lightweight fabrics with lots of drape. Think rayon challis, viscose, georgette, silk and satin. We recommend avoiding anything too crisp, such as cotton, as it doesn’t have the required drape.
The Penny Dress is a simple, easy-to-sew and utterly gorgeous shirt dress. Stylish, wearable and flattering for so many shapes, Penny is a summer wardrobe must-have.
Penny features a sleeveless button-up bodice, flat collar, pretty gathered shoulder panel, easy-fit elasticated waist and on-trend midi-length skirt. The flattering dropped shoulder offers a nod to the 1950s whilst her simplicity will keep you looking contemporary and cool.
Though shirt dresses can often be fiddly, Penny makes for a refreshingly simple sew. With no darts, zips or collar stands to contend with it is a simple project, perfect for sunny summer days.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate
Fabric Suggestions:Incredibly versatile, the Penny Dress can be sewn in a huge range of woven fabrics. If you’re a beginner we recommend choosing a cotton lawn, seersucker or linen, while intermediate stitchers can have fun with drape, with rayon, viscose and lightweight crepes. With minimal interruptions on the bodice and skirt, there’s lots of scope to make a statement with a bold print for a trendy summer look.
Eve is a versatile wrap dress for woven fabrics with endless potential. With two stunning variations creating completely different looks, there’s so much fun to be had with this pattern! Whether you go boho romantic for summer garden parties or sleek and elegant for everyday, the Eve Dress will keep you dressed up in style.
Floaty, feminine and romantic, variation 1 makes the ultimate summer wedding outfit. It dreamily harks back to the 70s with its dipped hem, on-trend statement sleeve and gently relaxed fit. This variation will have you dancing around the garden barefoot in no time.
Understated and sleek, variation 2 features a more contemporary silhouette, with narrow elbow-length sleeves and a level knee-length hem. Elegant and wearable year-round, it’s a great wardrobe staple; a sure-fire go-to for Friday evening post-work drinks.
Both dresses feature a pretty gathered yoke, wrap over front and a long tie closure.
Sewing Level:The Eve Dress sewing pattern is designed for sewers with some experience of lightweight drapey fabrics. With relatively simple construction, ambitious beginners might like to make their first dress in a more stable fabric such as cotton lawn or voile.
Fabric Suggestions:Eve works beautifully in lightweight woven fabrics with some drape, such as rayon, viscose, crepe and georgette. Less experienced sewers could try a lightweight cotton such as lawn or voile. With minimal seams it makes the perfect dress for showing off those big bold prints.
A flattering high-waisted pencil skirt with a kick pleat at the back, the Ultimate Pencil Skirt is a great wardrobe staple.
The pattern has four darts and a concealed zip at the center back. The top of the skirt is finished with an interfaced waist facing, whilst the bottom of the skirt has a kick pleat to make walking just that little bit easier.
Sewing Level:An advanced beginner dressmaking project, the instruction booklet comes fully illustrated to help you along.
Fabric Suggestions:We recommend medium to heavy weight woven fabrics for the Ultimate Pencil Skirt. Medium weight wools and tartans work wonderfully, as does stretch cotton or cotton sateen. Anything with a little bit of stretch (around 3%) will make wearing your skirt extra comfortable!
Essex Linen-Cotton Blends
One of our favorites! This versitile woven works well in quilts, clothing, bags, and home decor.