Monday 3 July 2017

June Indie Pattern Update!

Hi guys! I warned you that this month's post might be a little late and here I am three days late but I think I did better than I thought keeping up with the news. What can I say...I addicted to hunting down the new patterns! I've been working on three shows at once for the last few weeks and definitely haven't been as focused as usual so please feel free to add in anything I've missed and you'd like to share in the comments below. Although with the length of the list I find it hard to believe there can be more! Make sure to check out Kate and Rachel's post over at The Foldline too for a more detailed look at some of the new releases. 

Just before I plunge into the June news I wanted to bring your attention to a new campaign by the British Heart Foundation which launched on Saturday called The Big Stitch. For the whole month of July they are encouraging us to pop into our closest BHF shop and find an item to up-cycle and give a new lease of life to no matter what your level of sewing skill. I think it's a fantastic idea supporting the slow fashion movement and a brilliant charity in the process and if you upload photos of your creations you're in for the chance of winning a prize! More info on The Big Stitch can be found here. For inspiration on customising and reinventing your charity shop finds make sure to check out Sally's blog Charity Shop Chic.

New Patterns

Pattern Updates and Expansion Packs

  • The Tailoress has been busy with the pattern updates this month. The new version of the Barbara Monokini includes the addition of a tie under the bust and the Jersey Bra and French Knicker PDF patterns have been improved too.
  • Ohhh Lulu launched the Prism add-on for her Jasmine Bra to enable you to create a sheer mesh insert or scalloped lace insert at the centre front.
  • The Fehr Trade XYT Workout Top pattern is now a layered PDF meaning you can choose to look at and print just the size(s) you want and also just the language you want too as it is now available in Dutch and French as well as English.


  • Megan Nielsen has been running a sew-along for her Rowan Bodysuit and Tee focusing on the more challenging aspects of construction and including hacks for a snap crotch, scoop neck and dress version.
  • Victory Patterns have just started a sew-along for their last pattern; the Jackie Dress. I'll be following along with this one as it's a style I've got my eye on for winter.
  • The sew-along for By Hand London's new Orsola Dress starts on 5th July. The pattern has a few fiddly construction aspects which I'm sure a photographic tutorial will be really useful for.
  • Love Notions posted a sew-along for their Rhapsody Blouse throughout June which included a dress hack and tips for inserting a lace trim which is a great addition to the boho vibe of this style.
  • Jenny from Cashmerette is part way through a sew-along for her new Webster Top & Dress over on her blog. Sometimes I love a read through a sew-along as it highlights clever construction details I'd initially missed about a pattern!


  • As well as all her pattern updates and expansions The Tailoress has a new swimsuit pattern with cut out back coming soon!
  • The next pattern from The Avid Seamstress is for a Shift Dress and will be with us on 8th July.

Other Exciting News

  • Sew Over It launched their Intro to Sewing with Knit Fabrics online course earlier in the month. I tested the course which was a new experience for me and one I really enjoyed. You get patterns for and guided through the construction of both a top and a dress as part of the course and I very much recommend it for anyone new to sewing knits or anyone who wants some extra guidance or tips. 
  • The Deer & Doe Belladone Dress is the next of their patterns to get the PDF treatment and is available to download now.
  • Style Arc launched their new website which I love the clean simplicity of. They are now selling PDF downloads on their own site rather than through third parties and this means their free pattern of the month offer is now available with PDF purchases!
  • Also with a new website launching was Grainline Studio. Their website has the same lovely minimal aesthetic but is now more cohesive with everything easy to find in one place rather than add ons to the original blog.
  • By Hand London released a downloadable sewing planner including pages for project planning, stash organisation and croquis of six body types for you to sketch out ideas on. I love that it's printable so you'll never run out of the pages you need and you can keep to the pages most useful to you.

I think that's about it for the news from June. There have been a few new releases I've already spotted in the first few days of July but I'm going to save them for next month's post as usual. Here's your monthly dose of indie inspiration from the online sewing community to get you inspired at the start of a new week!

  • Carolyn has been sewing up some really beautiful underwear of late and I think this Liberty print set may be my favourite. She used a MakeBra pattern and the briefs from the Watson. I love the combination of vivid print and contrast binding and straps.
  • The Farrow Dress didn't grab me enough to make it onto the sewing queue when it was first released but Dixie has completely changed my mind with her beautiful textured chambray version.
  • I spotted Lindsay's stunning La Sylphide Blouse on Instagram a couple of months back and have been obsessed with finding as pretty a print to make my own ever since. She also made those Ginger Jeans!
  • Karen's first version (yes she'd already made two!) of the Charlie Kaftan is joyous. Great combo of fabric and style; it's a design made for Ikat!
  • My eyes honed straight in on Allie's pink Papercut Adrift Dress when I opened my blog feed one morning. I'd not clocked how lovely the ruffle details are before and in that hot pink delicate rayon they are exquisite! 



  1. Fiona, you're a star. thanks for this. I checked in just in case as I remembered you had said you mightn't post a round-up this month -and you did, with three shows no less. Thank you. And please don't apologise for "lateness"... I think I'm well informed but your post always shows me I'm not :D

    1. I can't believe how long these posts are getting! I was quite busy but couldn't resist keeping up with the news as usual! I do really enjoy writing them. Thank you

  2. Thank you for another great post Fiona! I love seeing all the new sewing projects, patterns and sew-a-longs you post - you've been responsible for introducing me to so many :)

    1. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing! I love keeping an eye out for the new releases and designers, there really is something for everyone now and the variety of styles has really helped me find my own. You're welcome Kathleen

  3. thanks for your pattern roundup, it is always so interesting.

    1. You're welcome Rosemary! Glad it's enjoyed

  4. Amazing, thank you so much. My favourite morning read with a cuppa 👏

    1. That is exactly how I like to imagine people reading it while I'm writing Lynsey! Glad you enjoyed it

  5. I was so excited to see you'd posted this. Thanks for doing it despite your busy schedule. It's always so interesting and enlightening.

    1. You're very welcome! I really enjoy writing it and it definitely makes it worth while when I see how much everyone enjoys reading


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