LOOK BOOK: Stripe patterns


We are kicking off our launch with a themed blog seriesthat will be running for the next week. Of course when it came to brainstorming ideas Kate was quick to drop in ‘stripes‘, which aside from the colour mustard and Gin is her next favourite thing. In fact she has no less than 7 striped garments in her wardrobe! So our first themed blog series is going to be on…you guessed it, STRIPES! After about 10 minutes of being distracted by pictures of James Deanin stripes, you can expect him to be making an appearance this week too!

To start us off today we’ve put together a Look Bookof inspiration of some great patterns in our database that are a perfect pairing for striped fabrics! We’ve even got fabric and pattern giveaways too thanks to the lovely folks at Fabric Godmotherand Butterick. Plus if you register for an account, included with your free PDF patterns is a 15% discount code for Megan Nielsen patternstoo!


First on the list is a free patternwe have designed ourselves, say hello to HELLO SAILOR! The perfect top to pair with your jeans and flattering for all body shapes. Ideal for beginners, this pattern is suitable for lightweight cottons, cotton lawn, cotton sateen and rayon. To get yours simply register hereand follow the link in your confirmation email!

front_top  front_shoulder


Next we have the Moneta dressfrom Colette, designed as the ideal beginners pattern to start using knit fabrics. This wardrobe staple can take you through from the last of the summer days into winter, where it would be perfect paired up with woolly tights and boots. Another great choice for all body shapes too. Josieat Fabric Godmotherhas kindly offered 2.4m of this lovely navy and white Riva striped jersey, perfect for making this dress. Competitiondetails are at the end of this post!

Are you already thinking how will I pattern match my stripes? Fear not! Sarai, Founder at Colette, has posted a very useful How-to-Matchguide on exactly what to do!

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KWIK SEW 4041 Raglan Sleeve top

This casual knit top works really well with stripes and the raglan sleeves give you the option of colour blocking too. This is definitely a Sunday on the sofa jumper or a great option to throw on over sportswear. Winthis pattern from Butterickcompetitiondetails at the end.


MCCALLS 7084 Shirt Dress

This is certainly the pattern if you want to give yourself a challenge and practice your stripe matching skills! Shirt dresses have been really popular this year and that’s no surprise because they work really well in cottons and you have lots of options for matching or contrasting details such as the buttons and collar or doing a different coloured bodice and skirt. You can wear to work or dress up with heels for a night out! Win this pattern from Butterick – competition details at the end.


VOGUE 8901 Maxi Dress

This dress is probably our favourite, it reminds us of summer holidays and walking on the beach! Although the summer sun has now gone, it would be a great make to take with you for a winter sun break or dressed up as a show stopping party dress. Is it too early to be thinking of Christmas party outfits?! The dress comes in different lengths so you can have it shorter if you’d prefer it not to be floor length. Win this pattern from Butterick – competition details at the end.

V8901fx  V8901sx

BY HAND LONDON Victoria Blazer

Can you have too many dresses? For those of you who do (lets be honest, you can’t actually have too many) here is a completely different option to get your stripes fix. We think the Victoria Blazerwould look pretty cool in a pin stripe! This casual blazer has 3/4 length sleeves, a turned up French seamed cuff and side seam pockets, so plenty of skills to get your teeth into. This is a great laid back statement piece for your handmade wardrobe. We kid you not, by complete coincidence our first review on the site was for this pattern, so take a look at what @lazy-daisy-jones has to say about her Ponte de Roma version here.

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I bet now at least some of you are thinking, hmmm, I would like to make something with stripes but I don’t have any fabric! Well Kate had the arduous task of scouring some online fabric stores to inspire you.

Village_haberdashery  minerva craft  Girl Charlee

sew over it  Guthrie_Ghani  Eternal maker


To win the 2.4m of navy and white Riva stripe jersey from Fabric Godmother and the three patterns mentioned in this post (K4041, M7084, V8901) from Butterick please:

  1. Upload a photo and review for ANY pattern on the site
  2. Post a link to that review below

We will then pick a winner at random. Closing date Friday 9th October 12 noon (UK time). Only open to UK residents i’m afraid.

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