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The Sewing Weekender 2022 – the Indie Pattern Designers

The Sewing Weekender is only a couple of weeks away and we wanted to take a deep dive into some of the designers that will be talking at the weekend. If you haven’t got your ticket yet now is your chance and there is a fabulous lineup of talks and tutorials over the weekend.  All the videos and tutorials will remain available, so if you can’t make the actual weekend then you can still watch all the videos at your leisure.


Jenny set up Cashmerette after seeing a gap in the market for curvey sewing patterns. All her patterns have a fantastic size range and come with bust cup options. Her patterns are wearable and come with clever cutting details that ensure a good fit. This is the focus of Jenny’s talk at the weekend, she’ll take you through how to properly measure yourself. In the meantime why not have a look at some of her fantastic patterns.

The Harrison shirt features double princess seams meaning gaping buttonholes are a thing of the past. Another of our favourites is the Roseclair dress, those of you blessed with a bigger bust will know how hard it is to find a wrap dress that fit. Fear not with the extensive bust cup options this will become your go-to summer dress.

The Avid Seamstress:

The Avid Seamstresses understated patterns are a firm favourite within the sewing community. With a focus on easy to understand instructions Lisa, holds your hand at each stage of the making process. Those of you that shudder when you think about inserting a zip into a garment, will really enjoy Lisa’s tutorial at The Sewing Weekender.  Her zips 101 tutorial shows you how to insert different types of zips into garments.

A couple of our favourite patterns are the blazer and the blouse. Not only would they look fantastic worn together but both of these are the sort of items you’ll reach for again and again.

Make with Mandi:

With many years as a garment technologist under her belt, Mandi’s pattern range is here to help you to up your sewing skills ‘I don’t believe in perfection, I believe in  improvement.’ Her talk at the sewing weekender is focusing on fitting around the bust area.  Whether you have a large or small bust Mandi will be here to show you how to adjust the pattern accordingly. She will be using the Riviera cami pattern to make these adjustments. Another firm favourite pattern within the sewing community is her super Walla jumpsuit, it’s relaxed style and simple construction makes it a great option for summer.

Fibre Mood:

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at FibreMood HQ then you are in luck! Each magazine comes with around 12 patterns, and each pattern comes with a few variations.  How do they manage to produce all these patterns, how do they come up with the designs, and who’s in the team? At the Weekender all will be answered as we get a sneak peek into what goes into the making of a magazine. In the meantime, why not peruse the latest issues…

Michelle Sews:

Michelle Sews is relatively new to the indie sewing pattern work and is chatting to us about how and why she started the business alongside her job in the city. She’s got two fantastic patterns that are perfect to wear to the office or out and about and we can expect more fantastic things to come. In the meantime check out her fantastic Tia blouse with sleeves to die for and the perfect dress for spring Effie.

Alice and Co:

Mother-daughter duo Alice and Lilia are back this year with another fantastic talk, showing you how to sketch out your designs. If you think you can’t draw then this is the video for you. They will show you some fantastic tips and tricks you get your ideas down on the page and one not to be missed. The Alice and Co pattern range has a vintage nod and all their patterns have playful details. Two of our favourite patterns in their range is the Intrepid Boiler Suit which would be great for this time of year, as well as the vintage-inspired Adele apron dress.

Charlotte Emma Patterns:

Co-founder of the Sewing Weekender, Charlotte has recently found a love for making cut and sew hats. Her millinery journey has been a recent addiction and she will be here to teach you how to make a cut and sew a baseball hat. This comes with a free downloadable pattern. Hats are fantastic scrap busters and once you made one you’ll definitely want to make more! The hats are a great addition to her vintage-inspired pattern range. We are hoping that we’ll get to see more hats sitting alongside her Barberry Jacket and Teres dress.

Muna and Broad:

Leila and Jess founded Muna and Broad with a focus on getting patterns that fit fantastically on larger bodies. After meeting via Instagram their mutual appreciation for each other’s style. Jess will be here at the Weekender to talk about using your ‘sewing wins’ to plan your next make to ensure you sew a handmade wardrobe you love and wear. If you are wondering what you’ll sew next we are swooning over the Shoalhaven shacket, and the Tarawi shirt, both perfect for spring.


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