New Pattern Ranges July 2017

I try and keep you posted with new fabrics when they arrive so I thought it would be nice to talk to you about a couple of new sewing pattern ranges we have in stock. I also picked out my favourites from the new season McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue and New Look patterns. Of course there is some fabric to drool over too!


Hi and welcome to the Sew Essential vlog. Today I wanted to share a couple of new Indie pattern companies we've added to the website recently. I also thought it would be nice to share a couple of my favourite picks from some relatively new pattern releases from the big four.

Closet Case Files

The first new pattern range I wanted to talk to you about are the Closet Case Files patterns. I'm really excited to have these on our website and have seen so many beautiful things people have made with them. They're perfect for your modern wardrobe staple needs.

There are a couple of very popular jeans patterns: the Ginger jeans and the Morgan boyfriend jeans. I've seen lots of reviews and versions of these and people speak very highly of them. There is also a nice raincoat, a coat, the Caroline pyjamas, and a bodysuit/bodycon dress pattern.

I would really like to make the Ginger jeans and as luck would have it we have recently added a new range of denim fabrics to the site. I just wanted to show you this one as an example. It is a mid blue stretch denim - a lovely colour and a nice amount of stretch. We've also added denims suitable for shirts, shirt dresses, skirts and anything else you would like to make. It is definitely worth having a good look at the new denims.

Jalie Patterns

We've also recently added the Jalie pattern range and the stretch denim I was just talking about would be perfect for their Eleonore pull on jeans pattern. This pattern was voted 'Pants Pattern of the Year 2016' by Pattern Review, which is such a great endorsement.

The patterns are multi sized, many go from child sizes right through to adult sizes making them excellent value for money. You can make something for yourself and a little one using the same pattern.

I've also heard you can also watch sewalong videos available on YouTube for many of the patterns. They are clear and concise so you can easily focus in on the bit you need help with.

They do an excellent range of sportswear patterns so if you're into making gym or dancewear for yourself or little ones. There are also some underwear patterns and a lovely range of everyday wear including dresses, tops, trousers and menswear.

My pick from the Jalie range is the Cocoon cardigan. I thought it was ideal for British summertime when you often need a lightweight cover up. I think it would look great made up in this black and lime green jersey paired with jeans and a white top.


Onto the big four pattern companies starting with McCalls.

I absolutely love M7591, which is a gorgeous dress with an optional keyhole opening at the front. I also love the racer back, which is straight rather than curved. The neckline is strappy and there is a nice cross over blouson effect at the waist. It really is the perfect holiday dress and you can make a maxi or knee length version.

It is very versatile in terms of suitable fabric types too. You can use knit fabrics and I thought the lime green and black tropical print jersey I mentioned earlier would work well. If you prefer plains to patterns our John Kaldor Cadiz stretch fabrics come in a range of gorgeous colours and are fantastic quality.

You can also use woven fabrics and I thought our Peaseblossom in pink and green or our Hermione in blue and white would look great. Any of our crepe de chine fabrics would work well too.

Overall it is a lovely dress with lots of options, pretty detail and is a great design.


The latest release from Simplicity includes a new pattern hacking range so you can put your own stamp on your garments. They give you basics then you choose options or hack it yourself to make it your own. This is something I've enjoyed doing recently. I like to get an idea from the High Street and then work out the closest match pattern wise and hack it to recreate the look.

I picked out Simplicity 8375 which is a simple knit dress or top. In fact the new range is very heavily based on patterns for knit fabrics so it is well worth a browse if you are looking for a knit pattern. You can easily find any of the new season patterns on our website if you click on 'sewing patterns', 'by brand' and then select 'new season'.


There is a dress in the new Vogue range that I adore. Vogue 9252 is just so beautiful. It has a princess seamed fitted bodice with spaghetti straps, a full skirt and dipped hem. The dipped hem is bang on trend and I think the styling on packet is great. When choosing your fabric it is important to consider the wrong side of the fabric will be visible due to the dipped hem. You will need a double sided fabric or one with very little contrast between the right and wrong sides.

One of the illustrations has a black bodice with a patterned skirt and you could recreate this look with our black and white crepe and a black bodice. Our Peaseblossom fabric in lime and grey would also look good for a matching bodice and skirt. I also thought this floral print polyester in black and pink would work well. This Cassandra animal print fabric or our lovely Rosaline fabric would also look great.

New Look

My pick from the New Look new issue is New Look 6513. It is a simple top with a number of variations and I thought the sleeveless version would look really cute in our navy gingham. I would wear it with jeans, denim shorts or a navy skirt for a fresh summertime look, which is bang on trend.

We are always adding new fabrics to the website too so do stay tuned and watch out for those.

That's it from me, I hope you like what you've seen, please like and subscribe and I'll see you next time.

Have fun sewing!

Lucy & Angela

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