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Five Patterns To Elevate Your Wardrobe

A lot of us are acting more mindfully with our sewing these days and pushing ourselves to try new sewing techniques to take our skills up a notch. It could be as simple as a self covered button, working with a more technical fabric to give it a “wow” finish or maybe something more in depth like a welt pocket or even working on getting the fit exactly right.

Here Tamlyn talks us through 5 projects to elevate your sewing and your wardrobe.

  1. Friday Pattern Company Sagebrush Top

An elegant and easy-to-sew blouse that is a joy to make and wear. The exposed ruffle across the front yoke is the perfect opportunity to show off a contrast fabric, like a beautiful satin that picks out a colour from the main body of the fabric.  

  1. Sew Over It Isla Dress

Isla is a gorgeous dress, perfect for all occasions! It features a gently fitting button-up bodice with bust and waist darts. The yoke offers the chance to insert a front frill, with frills also optional on the shoulders for a very on-trend look. You could even go a step further by making self-covered buttons to really tie the whole look together.

  1. Puff & Pencil Crossover Dress

The Crossover Dress is a versatile and stylish wrap dress with a single tie on the inner layer and a silhouette-shaped outer layer. It has three ties on the outer layer which can be adjusted to create the perfect fit for you. It can be made sleeveless or with the Cone Sleeve. I can just imagine the dress made in one of this month’s SewHayleyJane main fabrics, with the ties made out of the satin – how beautiful would that look?

  1. Vanessa Hansen Toril Trousers

The Toril trousers are a straightforward pattern with a fun twist. Toril has a hem flounce for when you want to feel playful or channel your inner ABBA queen – can you imagine that flounce in this month’s retro inspired satin? Or you can make Toril without the flounce for a comfortable pair of trousers with endless possibilities depending on your fabric choice – from a linen blend to a cotton chambray or something floatier like a viscose.

  1. Know Me Dress ME2067

An off the shoulder ruffle dress in two lengths, with a lined bodice, boning at the waist, sweetheart neckline with elastic, and optional straps and invisible back zipper. The ruffle section across the bodice and sleeves provides the perfect opportunity for a contrast fabric – and what could be better than a soft, swishy satin?