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We are very excited to announce the launch of TRIBE PATTERNS, a dressmaking pattern company designed by the sewing community. So what’s it all about? Well this is a sewing pattern company with a twist, all the patterns are designed by sewing or creative bloggers and you (keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for more details on this!)

To kick us off we are thrilled to introduce The Billie Collection sewing pattern, designed by Rachel Pinheiro of House of Pinheiro sewing blog.

 

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The Collection

Rachel designed the first pattern for us “I wanted the experience of making the pattern to be interesting but also keep it approachable for all levels of makers. I designed the pattern to suit a lot of body shapes, to celebrate our differences. You don’t need to be 6 feet tall to look gorgeous and I really hope you enjoy making my pattern.”

The Collection is made up of two dresses variations, a top and a skirt – the perfect set to build your handmade wardrobe! Available in paper and PDF formats, sizes UK 6 – 24.

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The design details

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The two dresses have bust darts as well as open ended fish-eye darts at the front and back, so no waist seam needed. The open ended fish-eye darts make fitting easy as they can be adjusted to the contours of your body shape plus they create a fuller skirt shape. The neckline is angular in shape and the grown on sleeves are designed to sit just off the shoulder with the option of adding a contrasting fabric insert. There is also a full facing and of course pockets.

The top is the perfect partner for jeans or a pencil skirt. It has bust and waist darts with the same angular neckline shape and grown on sleeves as the dresses. In addition it has a soft ruffle at the waist. There is an open-ended exposed zip at the back that runs from the neckline past the waist and opens out (so it can be completely unzipped!)

The skirt has box pleats at the front and back with in seam pockets and a narrow waistband. At the back there is also an exposed zip.

Sewing skills

Learn how to sew…

  • Fish-eye and bust darts
  • In seam pockets
  • Invisible and exposed zips
  • a ruffle and waistband

Pattern details

The pattern collection is available in both paper and PDF formats, sizes UK 6 – 24. The pattern has all the pieces needed to make the four versions in the collection. The instruction booklet has full colour photos to accompany the step-by-step instructions, style inspiration, a glossary of terms, suggested fabrics, lay plans, line drawings and a size chart in inches and cm with fabric requirements in metres and yards. Plus there is also space to make your own notes.

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The pattern has been professionally graded and all the pieces are labelled with lots of notes about how to sew them together. You can easily identify your size to cut out with the different dotted lines and seam allowances are included.

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The paper pattern comes with three A0 sized pattern sheets on quality white paper, a full colour 36 page instruction booklet with style inspiration and a sleeve to store everything.

The PDF pattern comes with two A4 sized PDF documents to print at home (40 pages and 21 pages, respectively), a 36 page PDF instruction booklet and three A0 sized copy shop sheets to print at home.

Fabrics

To enhance the structural details of both dress versions and the skirt, we recommend medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton, chambray, jacquard or brocade. The skirt can also be made in wool.

For the top we recommend cotton lawn, light weight cottons, chambray, rayon, crepe or georgette.

Whoop whoop, welcome to the tribe!

We hope you are inspired to sew The Billie Collection as there are so many fabric possibilities! The sewing community is full of lovely people and we all like to see what each other is making so if you’re tempted by The Billie Collection do share your makes with us on social media @thefoldline using hashtags #billiecollection #tribepatterns

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Comments

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    daisyandolive

    Just about to embark upon the Billie skirt, I am 5ft 10. How much would you lengthen by, it is based on someone who is 5ft 6? I wouldn’t lengthen it by 4 inches would I?? Thanks x

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      Hello @daisyandolive
      We would recommend measuring yourself from your waist to where you want the skirt to finish on your body. Remember to add to this measurement 1.5cm for the seam allowance at the top and 2cm for the hem. Then compare this final measurement to the pattern piece and add the difference. Hope this helps : )