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The Pattern Pages

Issue 22 - September 2021

Things have changed in the sewing industry over the last few years. Today, there’s so many exciting new independent pattern companies, and dressmaking bloggers out there, as well as the major commercial companies, but there’s no longer a magazine dedicated solely to dressmaking. We keep you up-to-date with the latest sewing pattern news, fashion trends for the seasons and how to replicate them in your sewing. We also have lots of sewing tips and advice form experts to help you make your own clothes look the best they can.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Swatch Media Limited
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editors…

We can’t quite believe that it’s September and how is it autumn too? Let’s welcome the cooler weather and start to think about sewing for it! We start by relooking at what’s in our wardrobe and put together a few patterns for a capsule closet that you will want to wear time and time again! At this time of the year, some days are really warm and others are chiller so it can be a little tricky to work out what to wear. We look at some style worthy lightweight jackets to see you through these times. We’re so thrilled to have Lorna Knight writing for us. She shows how your overlocker can be much more than just a seam neatener! We had no idea about all the other finishes that you can…

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3 min
on our radar

ICONIC PATTERNS CLOSES Many of you have been asking us where Iconic Patterns has gone. Unfortunately for those who enjoyed making their sewing patterns, this indie pattern brand after much careful consideration has decided to close its doors this August. We wish the team behind Iconic Patterns all the best and we’ll miss you! SUSTAINABLE PRINTING Netprinter is supporting the work of the Forest Stewardship Council in its effort to manage the world’s forests. They’re also registered with The Woodland Trust who plant millions of trees every year, and campaigns for laws to protect ancient woodland. As a sewer, this means when you ask them to print your digital sewing patterns, you can feel comfortable knowing that your paper patterns are coming from certified FSC suppliers. Select black, white or sewing line colour…

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3 min
capsule closet for autumn sew the look

Staple Trousers These are the best of both worlds with a flat front, high-waist silhouette and an elasticated back waist. They also have lengthening panels in the front with slanted hip pockets and a hidden waist stay for a great fit – so stylish you’ll never want to take them off! Make yours in a floor-skimming wide leg, cropped, slim and tapered leg or gently flared shorts. A beautiful blouse Every woman‘s wardrobe needs a versatile blouse that’s easy to wear. Made with lightweight fabrics, it offers an alternative to a traditional shirt and is a touch more stylish. Its loose fit provides practical ease and comfort for your day-to-day activities while being chic enough to wear in the evening. We love the finishing touches like the button placket, elegant stand collar and…

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4 min
sewing with jersey

Jersey is a knit fabric known for its stretch. It’s quick to sew with, doesn’t fray and is easy to fit so it’s perfect for T-shirts and dresses. Here are our top tips on how to sew with it and how to finish hems and seams for a professional look! LISA (FOUNDER) There are lots of different jerseys so choose carefully. If you’re sewing with jersey for the first time then use cotton jersey or Ponte di Roma, which are easier to cut out and sew. You can use your regular machine. I use a zigzag stitch with a width of 1 and a stitch length of 2. This means the seam will stretch with the jersey. MY TOP TIP: When sewing, handle the fabric gently so you don’t stretch as you sew.…

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4 min
vintage charm

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Hello, my name is Jen and I design fun, modern sewing patterns with a vintage twist under the name Jennifer Lauren Handmade. I’m based in New Zealand and live here with my husband, two children, one cat, one dog and three chickens. Your patterns give a nod to vintage attire – what do you love about vintage clothes so much? I love the silhouettes and all of the little details that garments from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s had. It’s the details that makes things special, so I aspire to include those wherever I can, while still making patterns accessible to people who don’t necessarily subscribe to the vintage aesthetic as much. All of my patterns are easily adaptable, often with different variations, so that sewists of…

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4 min
hooked on books

Cotton Friend Sewing: 43 Easy to Sew and Wear Clothes BY Yulo Katayama, Kyoko Sakauchi and Michivo Ito This is such a lovely book and consists of sewing projects for adult clothes, which were used by the editorial department of the Japanese quarterly sewing magazine Cotton Friend. Based on the idea that you can make clothes that are ready to wear tomorrow, the patterns include items for every season, which are easy to make. The garments are versatile, offering options for different collars and fabrics that can be made for every style and season. The editors at Cotton Friend have a motto that translates, as “I want to make and wear them now.” We think If you love Japanese sewing books then this is a must-add to your collection. The designs are modern, stylish…

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