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The Driftwood Apron is a simple cross back apron with bold angles and top stitching. The strong angles in the cut of the apron are reflected in the wide top stitching of the hems, pockets, and facing.
The Driftwood Apron was named after our line of “Driftwood Linen” that inspired its creation.The bottom weight linen is heavy enough that it gives the apron some structure and body, but also keeps it light and loose without getting too heavy.
30” to 50” chest measurement
There is a wide range of fabrics that can be used to make the Driftwood Apron, your choice will result in the body and weight of the finished apron. There is no wrong choice, just think about what finished product you want.
Use mid to heavy weight linen, linen cotton blends, linen rayon blends, mid to heavy weight cottons, or barkcloth. Cotton canvas or waxed canvas will give structure to the apron, while double gauze or lighter wovens can be used for a light apron.
The same amount of fabric is needed for all sizes.
45” Wide: 1 ¾ yards
54” Wide: 1 ¾ yards
56” Wide or More: 1 ½ yards - This includes our Driftwood Linen
With directional fabrics under 56” wide, the straps may need to be cut on the grainline and not the crossgrain to look right. You will need extra fabric if you want to lay them out in one piece.
The models in the images are of staff at our shop. We are wearing two aprons - the oatmeal apron has 21 1/2" long straps and the rust apron has 27" long straps.
Chelsea is wearing a blue button up shirt and gray jeans - 5' 4" Tall, 34" Chest
Annie is wearing a cream colored top with lace trim - 5' 6" Tall, 48" Chest
Abby is wearing a red top and dark denim jeans - 5' 9" Tall, 37" Chest
Morgan is wearing a reddish brown top and black jeans - 5' 4" Tall, 33" Chest
Women's Shift Dress + Top Sewing Pattern by Wiksten
A loose shift dress and top. Choose from three different lengths: a cropped top, above-the-knee dress, or calf-length dress with side slits.
This loose shift is both comfortable and elegant, the perfect wardrobe staple. Choose from three different lengths: a cropped top, above-the-knee dress, or calf-length dress with side slits. The top has a plain back, while the dress has added fullness from back gathers. Patch pockets, waist tie, and three quarter length sleeve options are included. Neck is finished with an easy-to-sew facing.
Sizes: US Women's sizes 0-22. Model is 5'11" tall and a size 4 and is wearing a 4 in the top and a 0 in the dress (dress has more ease than top). The oversized fit makes it possible to size down, but the bicep needs at least 3" ease for comfort. Finished garment measurements are included in the pattern.
Printed pattern: tissue paper pattern sheet and 6.5"x 8.5" instruction booklet with black and white illustrations and color photos in a 7"x 9"recycled paper envelope.
Materials (*yardage requirements shown in Size Chart*) -light to medium weight fabric with good drape, such as brushed cotton, gauze, voile, lawn, flannel, chambray, linen, silk crepe, charmeuse, silk noil, rayon -1/4 yd lightweight fusible interfacing to add structure to neck facing (optional).
Millions (well, thousands, maybe) of colorful striped buoys dot the waters along the coast of Maine. These buoys are used to mark the location of lobster traps on the ocean floor, each lobsterman has their own unique color or color pattern so that his or her traps are easily identified.
Now you can create your own full-scale, soft stuffed buoy in a one-of-a-kind color and pattern combination!
This cleverly constructed smock will inspire a little one’s creativity with its oversized pockets for storing supplies and treasures. Make a top or dress, and choose between sleeveless or long sleeve. It’s a perfect project for learning more advanced techniques, such as binding a neckline and setting a sleeve.
This jacket is made for the outdoors! Big pockets for dog walking, a large hood for windy coastal walks, and roomy to fit a cozy jumper underneath! It features a drawstring waist (optional), side and front pockets and a funnel neck with zip fastening.
The Landgate requires a fair amount of top stitching and accuracy so we recommend you have completed some intermediate dressmaking projects first. This is also an ideal make to gift someone as a present.
Level – Advanced
We recommend using oilskin (waxed canvas) or dry oilskin, but you could also use a cotton canvas or denim.
Please note this is a unisex pattern.
We will cover the following:
How to follow a paper pattern, learning about the pattern markings and what they mean.
Following a lay plan and cutting out your fabric correctly.
Learning the art of pairing fabric and pattern.
Measuring yourself and selecting the correct size ( we will have samples to try on).
Inserting a zip.
Working with heavier weight fabrics like oilskin, denim or canvas.
The Eve Trouser is cropped, with a slightly tapered leg and optional turn ups. It’s an easy garment to make, fitting neatly at the waist and over the hips with a simple side zip and two back pockets. Choose to make pleats or darts into the waist seam.
Skill level: Intermediate
The Eve Trousers are suitable for a wide range of fabrics so make it your own. Medium woven fabrics such as cotton twill, denim, corduroy, light to medium weight woolens, linen or tencel. Picking a thicker fabric like a canvas will give you a more structured shape.
You will need: 1 x 7 inch/18cm zip 1 x 18mm button Matching thread
The comfort and ease of these elastic waist pants make them perfect for active babies and toddlers. They're cut slightly long so that they can be cuffed and un-cuffed as the child grows. Beautiful French seams lend the pants an heirloom quality, and their simple construction makes them a breeze to sew.
This pattern has 7 sizes from 0 months to 3 years.
A perfect combination for any mood, if Ellis is a gentle woman then Hattie is a blithe bachelorette.
Both feature four delicate neck darts, Ellis, who gets some more feminine shaping from bust darts, is waisted, with set in sleeves and inseam side pockets. Hattie has a lined bodice, dropped waist and bold patch pockets.
Skill level: Intermediate
Suitable for linen or light wools, light to medium weight woven cottons such as drill or sanded canvas.
This is a multi-size paper pattern in an envelope, including sizes 8 – 18. Both have 1.5cm seam allowances apart from the neck which has a 1cm seam allowance and these are included in the pattern.
The pattern piece for the skirt is quite wide so we have only specified fabrics that are 120cm. You can use narrower fabric on the following sizes:
The Dress Shirt is a lightweight, versatile dress with a relaxed and classic cut to be worn loose. Includes a rolled up sleeve or a short sleve. Choose a fabric with drape such as linen or lighter weight cottons.
Skill level: Beginner
This is a multi-size paper pattern, including sizes 8 - 18.
Pants no. 1 is an elastic-waist pair of cropped pants with a relaxed fit. Make your handmade wardrobe complete with multiple pairs of fancy pants! The pattern calls for mid-weight fabric, such as linen, cotton, or natural fiber blend.
This pattern contains sizes XS through 4XL - See Below for measurements.
An instruction booklet walks you through the steps, from tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, to inserting the elastic waistband. The pattern is printed on two sheets of bond paper, with eight nested sizes.
Your body size:
XS waist: 26 in (66 cm) hips: 36 in (91 cm)S waist: 30 in (76 cm) hips: 40 in (102 cm)
The Ottoline is a boxy workwear jacket with cuff and side seam splits and inside pocket. Although a lovely design detail the vents are a little tricky, so we have included instructions to simplify Ottoline by excluding the side seams and sleeve vents if you like.
Skill level: Experienced, but not doing the slits on the hip or sleeves would make it a more intermediate level.
We have found that a heavy duty thread rather than a topstitch thread gives a more authentic look to the topstitching and is easier to use. You may find you get a better stitch using a matching ‘sew all’ thread in the bobbin.
This is a multi-size paper pattern in an envelope, including sizes 6 – 18. 1.5cm seam allowance is included in the pattern unless otherwise stated.
Recommended Fabrics: 8 – 12.5oz non stretch denim, medium weight cotton drill or canvas, dry oilskin, linen and corduroy.
You will also need:
5 x buttons approx 22mm (7 if you are doing buttons at the cuff)
Contrast top stitch thread optional.
A note about pre washing your denim:
We recommend pre washing your denim before sewing. Putting a large piece of medium-heavy weight denim into the washing machine can sometimes lead to white creases in the denim, this is because it is a stiff fabric so it doesn’t have room to move around. We recommend doing the following to help this not to happen:
Wash your denim on its own for the first wash. You don’t need to use detergent if you don’t want to.
Wet the fabric first before putting it into the drum.
If you can break up your denim fabric into half this will help. Or if you have your pattern already you may be able to break it into smaller parts by looking at the lay plan – leave some wiggle room!
For the first wash use a delicate 30 degree cycle with a low spin.
If any white creases develop ironing whilst still damp will help.
Do not tumble dry.
When you have made your jacket we would recommend washing it inside out.