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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, minervacrafts.com

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.

get ZIPPY

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, higgsandhiggs.com

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, higgsandhiggs.com

Invisible zips, from £1.59 each, minervacrafts.com

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.

Bargain

FABRIC BUYS!

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, minervacrafts.com 10

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