Hacking Your Favourite Sewing Patterns


For me there is nothing more creative that hacking a tried and tested pattern! For those of you new to the hacking game we thought that a blog post was in order. We’ve compiled some of the most hacked sewing patterns so that you can get your creative juices flowing! Who knows you may even own some of these patterns so get your notepad out, raid that stash and try something new this weekend….

The Ogden Cami Pattern Hack

We had to start this with the Ogden cami from True Bias. It must have been one of the most made sewing patterns of the past few years. It’s a classic shape, perfect for layering and it seems once you’ve made one you’ll want to make it in all the colours! We’ve seen little adjustments such as thickening the straps and adding bust darts but some of you guys have got really creative.

The Kew Dress Pattern Hack

The Kew dress from Nina Lee is the most wonderful summer dress, if you’ve got an event this summer then definitely check it out because you are going to love it! There are three variations with this pattern so you can make a skirt and two dress options.  It’s been made by so many people it’s turned into a bit of a cult classic, but the hack potential for this is great..

The Hinterland Dress Pattern Hack

The Hinterland dress from Sew Liberated is one of our most popular patterns and we can see why you all love it so much! The simple shape and relaxed fit means that you can have it whipped up in no time at all and there are lots of variations making  perfect for summer.

The Adrienne Blouse Pattern Hack

The Adrienne Blouse from Friday Pattern Company is a winner of a pattern. The construction is pretty simple, in fact it’s only four pattern pieces and you get ‘that sleeve.’ It’s a jersey pattern too so in terms of fitting it’s on the easy side. You can see what it’s become a really popular pattern. If you’re wondering how you can hack this then you are in for a treat..

Tamarack Jacket Pattern Hack

The Tamarack jacket from Grainline studio has been made by so many of you. The quilted element has encouraged quilters to head to the dark side (dressmaking) and us dressmakers to think that perhaps we should make a quilt. This jacket is one I’ve enjoyed searching the hashtag on instagram to see what you’ve all done with  it. Want to hack then here are some amazing things people have created…

The Flora Dress Pattern Hack

The Flora dress from By Hand London has been a slow and steady burner for a long time. For those of you that own this pattern you’ll know why it’s so popular. The shape of the neckline alongside the bust and waist darts mean once you got the fit nailed then it’s a great base for some creative pattern cutting.



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