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Sew Reporter – 5th December

Happy Sunday Foldliners! Who else is feeling very festive now it’s December?

We’ve added the stunning new Paper Theory printed patterns to the shop and we have lovely new Chalk and Notch paper patterns. There’s a batch of new Vikisews and Atelier Scammit patterns and we have an unmissable ‘Find That Pattern’ for you to watch this weekend!

Images from H&M

It’s party dress season and we’ve spotted that silky wrap dresses are a big hit with the High Street. Some are beautifully simple and allow the fabric to speak for itself, and some have fun details that have been very popular this year with sewists, like ruffles and big sleeves! And guess what? There are plenty of sewing patterns for creating these looks yourself! We’ve got dupes for all the dresses above…

We love the drama of the red dress with the ruffle along the wrap and think the Charlotte Dress by Fibre Mood is a great option for recreating this look with a really wearable ruffle. You can make this dress with a long or short hemline. The green wrap dress is just about as festive as it gets and it’s really smart in its styling. We think the Maryam Dress by Vikisews is spot on if you want to go for this style. It has loads of thoughtful details and fastens with sew-on snap buttons.

Charlotte Dress by Fibre Mood – sizes UK 6-26/28

Maryam Dress by Vikisews – sizes 6-20

We love the flowy red satin dress and the Trina Dress by Victory Patterns looks perfect for recreating this style. As you can see from the pattern sample, it looks stunning in satin and it’s an interesting fusion between a classic wrap dress and a robe. We really enjoy the elegance of the off-white wrap dress with its simple style lines and we have found a great match! The Brigid Wrap Dress by Style Arc has the same silhouette as well as striking full sleeves.

Trina Dress by Victory Patterns– sizes UK 6-18

Brigid Wrap Dress by Style Arc – sizes 4-30

Pleats please! How fabulous is this tartan skirt Lena King made? This is one of those makes that requires a lot of patience to achieve the pleats, but the payoff is worth it! Lena used the Amira Skirt pattern from Fibre Mood Edition 17 and a festive tartan fabric for the skirt. We love how she’s styled it with a cosy jumper and boots. You can read more about this make on Lena’s blog, the Unpick Stitch Papers.

Now, this is a make that would make your day a little cheerier! Tanya made the Ermine Blouse by Fibre Mood in this wonderful bold daisy fabric and the result is rather striking! Tanya says “I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of it” in her review. We actually wouldn’t mind borrowing it ourselves!

We’ve added a batch of new Vikisews and Atelier Scammit patterns that are definitely worth a look!

Do you already have a specific design in mind? Or do you need some help finding the perfect pattern for your fabric? You can search all the patterns in our database using our newly updated sewing-specific search tool.

We are thrilled to add printed copies of Paper Theory Patterns to the shop! We have all SIX designs in paper format, including the popular Zadie Jumpsuit, which come in sizes UK 6 – 28.

We’ve added four more Chalk and Notch paper patterns designs to the shop in including the popular Orchid Midi Dress – hurrah!

Now, this is a ‘Find That Pattern’ you won’t want to miss… If you loved the film Little Women as much as we did then you are in for a treat. Kate has hunted down pattern ideas for the more wearable items in the film rather than the full-on historical dresses so you can add some Little Women flair to your handmade wardrobe if you fancy! There’s a video to go along with the blog post to accompany your sewing session this weekend.

Are you on the lookout for things to add to your Christmas list? Draping For Fashion Design by Theresa Parker looks like a handy tool if you are interested in the design and construction of garments. This practical book explains the draping process in detail with step-by-step instructions and practical tips throughout. Theresa Parker worked for many years as a costume designer for TV and film and made many costumes for period dramas

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