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This month, we giving you not one but TWO FREE patterns! First off is your Simplicity pattern, worth £8.95, which features FOUR SPECIAL OCCASION DRESSES ranging from a tailored sheath to a flared number. The summer trends are all about sleeve shapes and this pattern offers three options including a cap sleeve, a full bell sleeve, and even a cold-shoulder version. Try sewing yours in a CRISP CHAMBRAY or something soft and flowing for more drape.

perfect PRINTS

Prym size 70 universal needles, £2.39 for five, and Microtex sharp needles, £2.69 for five,

The shaped seams of the bodice make it impossible to pattern match the fabric on all seams, so choose your material carefully as a busy print can look messy. We selected a fabric with smaller motifs that would lend itself well to the shaping.


If you’ve ever wondered how to achieve a neat finish with a lined bodice that has a concealed zip, this pattern explains simply how it’s done. Use a zipper foot and always make sure to pin and sew the zip to the main bodice only, not the lining.

choose a NEEDLE

Your FREE Simplicity pattern works best in all kinds of lightweight fabrics, so a needle in sizes 60 or 70 would be the most suitable. A universal style is the most versatile, although sharps will help to achieve the neatest results for sewing seams and topstitching.

Boat chambray in blue, £6.99 per metre,

silver LINING

A smooth lining for the bodice and sleeves makes it easier to slip the dress on and off, plus provides a neat finish. An anti-static lining fabric such as a polyester one will ensure that the garment won’t ride up as you move around, plus it’s lightweight enough not to interfere with the drape of your main fabric.

select a THREAD

The thread you choose will make a difference not only to your garment but to your sewing machine. A universal 100% polyester thread is a good all-rounder as it is suitable for all fabrics and processes, plus it won’t fray or break. Choose a colour that’s the nearest to your fabric or a shade darker.

Pink swallows on white chambray, £6.99 per metre,

Invisible zips, from £1.59 each,

light as AIR

We chose a pretty chambray to make up this pattern which provides structure, although a cotton lawn would work just as well. If you’re up for a challenge, try something more luxurious such as voile, charmeuse or silk double georgette for a special occasion dress.



To find out what your second pattern has to offer, turn to page 13

We used Mettler Seralon universal thread in Ice Cap to colour-match our fabric. £1.59 each, 10

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