This week on the vlog I'm sharing some of the independent sewing pattern company patterns we've recently added to the website. It's been ages since I've done one of these for you and we have some lovely new Autumnal fabrics in to pair them with so I thought it was the perfect time.

There's a great mix of blouses and dresses for days when you feel like getting out of those sweat pants, but I've also got your loungewear and comfy, cosy handmade wardrobe needs covered too. I've included designs from Grainline Studios, Style Arc, the Friday Pattern Company, True Bias and Lisel and Co to get those creative juices flowing and give you inspiration for your next dressmaking project.

As always everything I share is available on our website and you can find the link to the website and all the products below.

Grainline Studios Augusta Blouse and Dress

I love this blouse pattern, which is beautiful in it's simplicity, but also has some lovely interesting details such as the neckline with the asymmetric collar and the mitred split hem.

It is a very contemporary oversized cocoon shape and there are options for a short sleeved version with a cuff or a straight long sleeve.

Let's face it, under the current circumstances none of us have much of an excuse to get dressed up (sad face), however, I've been pairing pretty blouses with my favourite jeans and a cardigan as a way to smarten up a little without feeling too overdressed and more importantly get more mileage from my handmade wardrobe. You can create so many different outfits with separates that fit in with the current pace of life.

I loved the look on the pattern packet and would sew up the blouse in this sumptuous old gold satin backed crepe. I previously made a bodice for an evening dress in the black colourway and can confirm it sews up beautifully. It also comes in a range of colours if the old gold I chose isn't your bag.

Style Arc Kennedy Top

I recently sewed up a very simple hoody top, which I thoroughly enjoyed and think the Style Arc Kennedy top would be a great more advanced hoody project for next time.

There is lots of opportunity to have fun with colour blocking thanks to the panelling including a stripe down the back of the hood and panelling on the front created by a kangaroo pocket and the dropped sleeve seams.

You can also go to town on the top stitching making it a lovely slow sew project you could really get your teeth into.

I like the way there is a covered button band that extends up to join the edge of the hood making it extra cosy.

This would look great sewn up in our sweatshirt fabric available in a wide range of colours.

Friday Pattern Co Sagebrush Top

This pattern came out earlier in the year as a summer blouse, but I think it could work really well for winter layered with a cardigan.

With a pretty feminine ruffle across the front yoke and puff sleeves it is bang on trend and looks like a nice easy sew too.

I would whip it up in our new John Kaldor crepe de chine fabric available in a deep red or mustard.

True Bias Rio Tshirt and Dress

I love the retro look of this Tshirt and dress pattern by True Bias.

The Tshirt would be perfect for layering under jumpers and cardigans right now then strip back those layers in spring and summer for a much loved handmade garment that can be worn all year round.

The dress would be the perfect chuck it on and go dress for summer days too.

I would make it up in our beautiful John Kaldor cotton jersey Cadiz fabric, which comes in a wide range of colours including white so you can have fun colour blocking.

The pattern says to use ribbing for the neck band, but I would be tempted to try the Cadiz and think it would work out well.

Liesl and Co Belgravia Knit Dress

What a lovely take on a simple knit dress - the Belgravia has a wrap detail and front slit with options for sleeve lengths too.

There is an option for a short wrap that ties at the front or a longer wrap that passes all the way around the waist and ties at the front, which is reportedly easy to sew.

I also love the V neckline which is far less common in knit and jersey sewing patterns, but is a great skill to learn. You can see our tutorial on how to sew a jersey Vneck here.

This dress would be beautiful sewn up in our super soft Isabella wool jersey fabric available in a lovely range of colours.

Style Arc Debra Zebra Knit Top

I do love a turtle neck for winter and after my go to Kwik Sew turtle neck pattern was discontinued I was thrilled to see this new design from Style Arc patterns.

It looks like a super easy sew with a grown on collar rather than a separate neckband.

Perfect for layering with pinafore dresses, skirts, jeans, cardigans I know I would wear it all winter long.

The Debra Zebra would look great made up in our ribbed knit fabric available in a range of colours.

Style Arc Murphy Dress

Although this pattern is probably more of a summer dress I think it could work well for layering too.

I love the interesting design details including a stand up collar, patch pockets, mitred hem, which is curved at the front and square at the back, and interesting cuff detail. I think there are hours of fun to be had focusing on precision sewing and I'm sure it would be a super satisfying sew.

I think it would look wonderful sewed up in our new denim with a faint spot detail.

Have fun sewing!


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