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ISSUE 1 MAY 2017


Summer trends

Elevate your sewing skills with tips from Kim Collins from the Ann Normandy label

Fashion-led embroidery

Must-have mini bags Hottest floral fabrics



Our essential guide to getting the best fit!



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Hello and welcome Hello and welcome to the first-ever edition of The Pattern Pages. The Pattern Pages is an independent digital dressmaking magazine that’s full of fashion, dressmaking, style and fun things to make. The last few days have been full of trials and tribulations but we finally got there, and are excited to show you what we’ve been working on! Whether you’re looking for your next project to sew or just want to find out all the gossip about dressmaking – we’ve got it all together in one place. This is our summer issue, and we’ve picked our favourite holiday essentials from Simplicity and New Look sewing patterns for a suitcase of home-sewn garments, we focus on embroidery and how you can tap into this trend, as look at mini handbags, cold shoulder tops and rose-gold haberdashery. We chat with Peggy Mead from Sew House Seven and Ann Grose from Designer Stitch about their patterns. The fabulous Kim Collins from Ann Normandy shares her couture sewing tips with us too.

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PS We’ll be back at the beginning of August with issue 2.

ISSUE 1 MAY 2017


Summer trends

Elevate your sewing skills with tips from Kim Collins from the Ann Normandy label

Fashion-led embroidery

Must-have mini bags Hottest floral fabrics



Our essential guide to getting the best fit!

Thanks to our friend Kim Collins from Ann Normandy for our amazing first front cover photo. Photographer: Steve Ragland, Steve Ragland Photography Model: Stefanie Miller, Production Plus - The Talent Shop Stylist: Brandie Brancheau

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On our radar


The latest sewing news

Embrace embroidery


How to tap into the embroidered trend

Take one classic white shirt 14


Stylish accessories that sewers will love

Maker’s in the spotlight Peggy Mead, the designer behind Sew House Seven


Top to toe


10 tips on how to flatter your figure when you sew

Hot fabrics


Make a fuss about florals

Softly softly


Couture sewing tips

Sew the look – cold shoulder


A look at the latest


We put hardworking hand creams to the test

Embroidery, see how it’s done by Janome professionals

We heart handmade

Print and sew camisole Make a custom camisole with your own fabric design

Holiday essentials from Simplicity and New Look

Hooked on books

Makers in the spotlight


Designer Stitch

60-minute make


Quick and quirky city clutch

10 minutes with…



Sewing books that you’re going to want to have on your bookshelf


Ana Valls from CocoWawa Crafts

Elevate your sewing skills with Kim Collins

Made to measure

Small talk 33

Colour trend

Downsize your handbag

Everything’s coming up rose gold


Our essential guide to getting the best fit!




We pick our favourite holiday essentials from Simplicity and New Look sewing patterns for a suitcase of home-sewn garments

LOVELY LUGGAGE Brighten up your luggage with beautiful coordinated travel bags and contrasting luggage tags.

Simplicity 8176

Simplicity 2274

PERFECT FOR PLAY Show off your legs with this stylish playsuit with crossover bodice and sash.

A SKIRT TO SWOOSH Add a touch of feminine charm to your summer wardrobe with the latest shape dirndl skirt. Why not combine with a on-trend floral print for maximum style?

Simplicity 6493


SUMMER edit RETRO WRAP This is a great last minute make for a length of favourite fabric. Based on an original ’70s pattern, its super quick wrap to make with no zips or buttons! Simplicity 1100

COVER UP KIMONO A pretty kimono is a vacation musthave. Throw it over a swimsuit, wear it to protect your shoulders against the sun and on cooler evenings. This sewing pattern comes in a variety of lengths as well as fun trim options like fringe, lace, ruffles or flounces to get the look you love! Simplicity 8172

New Look 6498

DAY-TO-NIGHT DRESS A great dress for the daytime in a shorter version, and perfect for evenings out made in the longer length. Be more Boho by adding a lace-contrasting panel to the hem!

RELAXED TROUSERS A cropped pair of lightweight fabric trousers is a holiday staple, and this pattern has handy side pockets and is easy to sew.

Simplicity 8299

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Dressmaker’s show and tell


Where have you been if you haven’t attended one of the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts shows! Discover dressmaking ideas, fabric inspiration and all the haberdashery supplies you could ever dream of. It’s also a chance to find lots of new products, watch demonstrations, take part in workshops and uncover the latest trends and sewing tools. Korbond is known for its great range of affordable stitching accessories, they will be at the show continuing to grip fashionistas imagination through a lineup of inspirational workshops from Jenniffer Taylor. Jenni is one of the Great British Sewing Bee’s most recollected contestants, and is the company’s brand ambassador. Inkberrow Design Centre will also be at the show promoting their Diploma in Creative Industries Level 3 course, which gives students the opportunity to ‘run wild’ looking at business ideas and creating your own capsule collections. Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts takes place at the NEC, Birmingham between 30thJune and 2nd July. Tickets are available at

Have you fallen in love with The Avid Seamstress patterns? The good news is that you can now buy the Sheath Dress, Day Dress and Raglan Dress as digital patterns. The Avid Seamstress is selling the above patterns for £9.50. To buy yours just click on the link below and select your digital pattern. Immediately after purchasing the pattern, you’ll receive an email with the link to download your pattern and instruction manual – it couldn’t be easier! The Avid Seamstress,

Are you a fan of The Great British Sewing Bee? If you’ve been inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee, you’re going to love this exciting new dressmaking event. Upper Street Events and Love Productions have collaborated to bring you, The Great British Sewing Bee Live, which takes place from 21st-24th September, 2017, at ExCel London. The event is a must-visit for everyone with a passion for dressmaking and features The Great British Sewing Bee Live Super Theatre with Patrick Grant and Esme Young. There’ll also be 250+ workshops and demonstrations by GBSB contestants and other top sewing tutors as well as dressmaking drop-in clinics, make-at-home fashion catwalk, and a garment and vintage galleries. Have your purse at the ready, as there will be lots of dressmaking and sewing suppliers to buy! Tickets for The Great British Sewing Bee Live are on sale now from


BRIDAL ACCESSORIES Simplicity has just brought out a new line of special occasion accessories in one pattern, which include lovely lace cover-ups, trimmed boleros and vintage inspired birdcage veils. Simplicity 8364,

Not a patch on sewing!

Sew and be beach ready Can’t find a swimsuit you like? Check out the DIY cut & sew swimsuit options from Bags of Love. Design your own swimsuit by adding a favoruite photo or design. Available in eight sizes from xs to xl, the gorgeous one-piece is flattering on any figure. Choose from matte or soft sheen Lycra. Bags of Love will send you the printed swimsuit as a textile pattern kit for you to sew at home. Bags of Love, From £28


What’s not to love about the new embroidered sewing themed patches from Colette Patterns. These follow-on from their successful enamel pins range. We love the Stitch. Press. Repeat. teal embroidered patches – just attach to any garment or accessory and be proud to be a stitcher! There is free delivery, even to the UK. Available from Colette Patterns $6

The Sheath Dress

The A-Line Dress

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Black mesh long-line T-shirt, £22, Black floral hanky hem mesh dress, £49 from Miss Selfridge,

Straw and Textile Clutch Bag, £23 from La Redoute,

Why not try adding embroidered trims to an accessory such as a handbag or stick-on motifs to shoes.



How to tap into the embroidered trend Wherever you look, embroidery has made a real comeback, and is adorning all sorts of garments on High Street fashion. Here’s some inspiration for sewers so why not give it a go!

An embroidery design can add interest and the wow factor to plain fabrics such as cotton and linen, as well as to simple styled garments such as a plain blouse, T-shirt or everyday garments like a denim jacket.

Use embroidery to highlight areas of the garment you want to show off. Adding embroidery down the leg of a skinny or slim-fitting jean will highlight slim legs.

Embroidered jeans, £42 from Next, Embroidered blouse, £35 from Cotton Edits,


Add texture to sheer fabrics with an embroidered panel, or accentuate your curves with a border design.

By machine


You’ll need an embroidery machine or your sewing machine may also feature a range of embroidery stitches.

The MC500E is the latest embroidery-only machine from Janome, which offers sewers professionalstyle embroidery at home. The embroidery machine is capable of producing designs up to 200mm x 280mm, making it easy to embellish garments and accessories. Choose from one of the built-in designs or download your own from the internet – this model has a host of powerful editing features providing extensive creative opportunities such as flip, rotate, resize, edit or combine designs to make your project one-of-a-kind. The machine stops automatically after sewing each thread colour so you can walk away while its embroidering, then just thread up the next and see the design develop before your eyes.

Fake it with a motif! There are some lovely readymade motifs and patches. Give a garment in your wardrobe a new leash of life. Could something you made ages ago do with a bit of an update? Motifs come in iron-on, sew-on and glue-on options.

By hand A hand-embroidered design can really make a garment truly personal to you. There are lots of websites with free downloadable designs or if you’re arty, you can sketch out your own design.

We love this large floral cluster design from Simplicity, Design A130, £7

We love the new free embroidery designs from DMC Creative which are downloaded from their website. We love the Summer Peony Flower & Good Luck Dragonfly shown on this denim jacket. This design aslo comes as a kit too, which means you get all the coloured threads you need to stitch the design. Summer Peony Flower kit, £12.96


It’s easier to add an embroidery before making a garment up while the pattern piece is flat. If new to embroidery, start with a small design that’s not too challenging. Always do a test embroidery first on a spare piece of your chosen fabric.

Things you’ll need to create embroidery designs 1. STABILISER


Use a stabiliser to back your fabric. This will help your embroidery to stand out, retain its shape, and give you a much crisper professional finish.

Use embroidery thread that is designed for the job. Hand threads, which can be divided into several strands are handy and allow you to vary the weight of your stitches to add depth to a project. Select a good quality thread that is washable and fade resistant. Use a ballpoint needle for best results. The pointed end will pierce and stitch most fabrics.

2. HOOP A hoop is an essential bit of kit and keeps your fabric taut while stitching. They come in a variety of sizes so choose one that comfortably fits your design.

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Take one classic white shirt Embroidery, see how it’s done by the professionals. The Janome team showcase what their machines can do!

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Appliqué flower embroidery by Ann White The designs that Ann chose came from two different Janome machines. The appliqué flower design came from the Janome Memory Craft 14000. By using Digitizer MBX V5 software the size has been adjusted. On the machine itself, you can use the edit screen to adjust designs 20 per cent larger or smaller without altering the stitch count, by using the software it adjusts the stitch count in the design giving endless options for using the same design from a tiny flower to a huge bloom! While the leaf design was taken from the new MC500E embroidery-only machine, the size has again been altered in the Digitizer MBX V5 Software. Templates for the embroidery designs were created in the MBX software to help with the accurate positioning of designs these were printed onto vellum. The pocket was removed from the shirt for the embroidery to allow this to fit into the hoop. Ann placed Tearaway stabiliser in the hoop, and attached the pocket piece to the stabiliser using the basting stitch in the embroidery trace and baste function. The template was then used to make sure that the design was paced in the correct position.

The Janome team love to use the machines they sell. To highlight just what can be done with an embroidery machine, they’ve transformed a simple classic white shirt. 14

Shirt 2 Parisian Style by Ruth Cox The shirt provided a great blank canvas, Ruth wanted a design that was bold but with clean lines and not too heavy in terms of stitches and colours. Because the shirt is a classic tailored style in a crisp cotton fabric, she felt the overall look should be smart but also feminine. The Parisian Girl design was initially selected as it evokes images of fashion and travel. Ruth looked for designs in the machine that would work with this and selected the Redwork range by Y.Ganaha on the Janome MC15000. She loved the idea of swallows flying over the Eiffel Tower, and there was a good variety of shapes in the rest of the collection to create a pretty scalloped edge on the front band and embroidered cuffs. The designs are quite open and delicate to

Shirt 3 Blue lace butterflies by Jayne Brogan Jayne used the Janome MC15000 for all the embroidery and machine stitching of the Blue Lace butterflies. The inbuilt lace designs are beautiful and intricate although they’re not shown very often especially when demonstrating the machines as they take quite some time to stitch out. Jayne felt that the design could be altered or added to at a future time if required as the motifs are removable. The lace designs give a good opportunity to further embellish the motifs when they’re applied. In this case, she used some beads and a small crystal on each motif to add a little extra sparkle. Jayne enlarged the butterfly design by the maximum 20 per cent in the machine itself and then duplicated the design to fit as many designs as she could into the hoop - five individual butterfly patterns could then be stitched out at one time! A double layer of Janome Ultra Solvy was used as a stabiliser to ensure the design was stable throughout the stitching process. The motifs were then soaked to remove all the Solvy and pressed flat. By leaving some residue of Solvy in the motifs, they could be also be shaped into 3D designs if required. The motifs were placed on the shirt and

balance the Parisian Girl design, and the touch of red in the shoes and lipstick helped bring the whole look together. This Janome MC15000 embroidery/ sewing machine was used to stitch the designs after editing them initially in Digitizer MBX software. Ruth also used the Janome AcuSetter app as this is the perfect tool for embroidery placement on a ready-made item. With AcuSetter, you can photograph the shirt using an iPad once it’s placed in the embroidery hoop, then you can manipulate the embroidery to ensure that it’s correctly aligned on each area of the shirt. Once you’re happy with the positioning of the design, it can be transferred wirelessly to the MC15000. You can stitch out with the confidence knowing that the finished result will be successful!

stitched using a monofilament thread and a small zigzag stitch by stitching down each wing. The beading was attached by hand and the stitches down the centre of the bodies then held the butterfly flat against the shirt and added extra stability. The big plus when using pre-sewn motifs is that you can easily rearrange them before finally stitching them onto the shirt to give the desired look and you can also remove them at a later date and re-use them!

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get creative!

The incredible Memory Craft 15000v2 incorporates all the best features for sewing, embroidery, quilting and craftwork and has the largest work area of any equivalent model available. It’s the first machine of its kind to have Wi Fi, the first to work with an iPad and the first to have its own Apps!


This long arm combined sewing and embroidery machine has many of the features found on our top of the line Memory Craft 15000 for sewing, embroidery, quilting and craftwork.


The Memory Craft 9900 is a combined sewing and embroidery machine. It offers lots of powerful features for sewing as well as professional-style embroidery at home. It also has 3 inter-changeable coloured panels to personalise your machine.


The Memory Craft 500E is a dedicated embroidery only machine and offers professional-style embroidery at home, capable of designs up to 200 x 280mm. It’s easy to embellish garments, furnishings and accessories.

For limitless embroidery possibilities optional embroidery design software is available which can convert artwork into stitches and stitches into works of art.

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Harrogate Tropical Punch sandals, £85 from Yull Shoes The tropical trend is taking over – add a touch to your wardobe with these beautiful leafy heel sandals.

Sweet Wrapper Necklace, £75 from Tatty Devine We love this non-fattening sweet wrapper necklace made from brightly coloured mirror acrylic.

Handmade Stylish trend-led accessories that sewers will love

Coco Bra, £70 from Iris London Lounge around in this beautiful handmade stretch satin full cup underwired bra in caramel and accents of lime.

Enamel pins, £7 from Alphabet Bags Cute and colourful high quality enamel pins to jazz up any outfit. Pick your birthstone or favourite gem!

Pink Flamingo Scarf, £18 from Lisa Angel Flamingoes are so cute and look so sweet on this personalised scarf


Sew House


We catch up with Peggy Mead, the designer behind Sew House Seven Tell us a little bit about you and the company? I live in Portland, Oregon and work out of my fixer-upper house with my husband Teera and 9-year-old son Wylan. I’ve been sewing for most of my life. I started sewing at 8 years old, and was soon an addict. I’ve always loved sewing and making but moved away from it when I started working. Now I’m so happy to be back doing what I love. I started Sew House Seven a few years ago after working in the apparel industry for more years than I care to admit, and always dreamt of doing my own thing. My main focus with Sew House Seven is on simple designs with easy to follow instructions that encourage beginners. I try to incorporate unique elements in my designs so they remain appealing to sewers of any skill level.

For years, I had dreamed about designing my own sewing patterns, and it wasn’t until I spotted a Colette pattern at a local bookstore that a fire lit under me. I still feel a little new to the game but I know I’ve finally found my happy place!

What made you start patternmaking? The passion has been with me for a long time. As a teenager, I used to daydream about designing while fliping through pattern books. I was sewing about fifty percent of my clothes but didn’t realise that designing could be a ‘real’ career so pursued a Masters degree in apparel design. I’ve worked for various companies, but the one that truly defined me was working for Jantzen swimwear, I learned so much there. It’s not always satisfying designing for someone else as there are too many restrictions and different opinions to consider. The process of fast fashion disheartens me, so I wanted to do things my own way.

The Tea House and Bridegtown backless dresses

Tell us about your patterns so far, and what made you chose them?

The Tea House top and dress


When I started, I wanted to make patterns that I would wear, and started with just three designs. The first pattern in the line was the Mississippi Avenue dress. This easy slip dress looks great in floral. Then there’s the Bridgetown backless dress & tunic, which is a very simple, elasticated waist dress with short kimono-like sleeves but the drama is in the back. The back crosses over and drapes to reveal a peak at the wearers back. The Alberta Street pencil skirt came next, and is a staple style for to any wardrobe. I try to keep my patterns current and classic. I don’t want to have to scrap the pattern in a year or so because it’s no longer in style. There’s so much work that goes into each pattern and as a small independent, I want my patterns to be lasting. I’m not a fan of fast fashion. I love clothes that can be dressy or casual and versatile.

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Later, I added the Rose City halter dress, which is another classic – it’s a halter with a V-neckline, fitted bodice and two skirt options. And more recently, I’ve added the Tea House top & dress and the Nehalem pant & skirt and last year I released The Toaster sweater, as my collection was missing knits, tops and garments for cooler weather.

What do you feel makes you stand out from the other independent pattern companies? Hmmm! I’m still relatively undiscovered. What I’ve heard about my patterns is that the instructions are very thorough and clear. As I’ve said I try to make original patterns that have a special design feature (even if it’s subtle and simple) and something that’s different and will get noticed! Many of my patterns are quick and easy, which is another of my strong points.

Avenue dress – it’s so easy to make and it was one of my bestsellers, but more recently the Tea House dress has become a much-loved pattern.

Who is your biggest inspiration to your sewing? I generally design pieces that I would like for myself. My mother helped me get started sewing and who really sparked my interest as a child was my best friend’s mother. I wanted to make all the wonderful things they were making, and my mom made this happen. I’m certainly inspired by many of the other independent pattern designers who’ve paved the path for me in this career.    

What is your favourite pattern you’ve designed so far?

How would you best describe your personal style and what impact has it had on your collection?

My personal style has definitely influenced my patterns. Even though I often dress pretty casually, I’m drawn to very feminine styles when I clean up to go out. Not pink and frilly things but romantic, flowing and beautiful. When I sew, I like to make items that you can’t find anywhere else.  

When I get ready to release a pattern, I tend to be tired of looking at it but after it’s launched, I fall in love with it again. My favourite was the Mississippi

What do you feel is your best achievement so far? I still have so far to go. The smartest thing I’ve done is having my patterns printed and in shops as opposed to solely PDF patterns. The idea that my patterns are used for classes is such an honour for me, and I still get goose bumps when I walk into a shop and see them on display! 

Where do you see yourself in five years? I think my answer has changed a bit – in the beginning, I wanted to working solo - not worrying about growing into a full-blown business. However I don’t have as much time as I’d like to design so I think hiring some help is on the cards in the near future. I’d also love to expand and get into fabric design. My husband and I have a few other big ideas but I can’t quite divulge them yet!

Are there any spoilers you can share?

The Nehalem trouser and skirt

I’m very excited as I’m going to include sew-a-longs and tutorials on my blog. I’ve been promising this for a while now. I also have another knit dress and top that I’ve been working on and thinking about a coat or wrap dress. Now that I’m devoting more time, I plan on being more prolific – here’s hoping at least!

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THE TECHY BIT THREADS fabrics are natural fabrics, cotton and silk. The fabric has been coated with a secret formula, and allows it to take high-resolution prints without bleeding to produce a fabric that retains a great drape and feel. Create your own pattern like we’ve done for this camisole or print photos of family or even download a copyright free image. The coating on the fabric binds with water-based printer inks, both dye and pigment. You can also use water-based pens, stamps and paints to decorate.

What you decide to make will depend on what size printable fabric you choose and the size of printer you have access to. Most sewers will have a A4 or A3 printer so here are our tips for choosing a design and sewing pattern. The fabric sheets are extremely easy-to-use, just print, peel and sew!

Steps to print & prepare fabric

Choosing the right sewing pattern

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On your computer, prepare your design for printing – make sure you resize to the same size as the fabric – we used A3 sheets of Silk Charmeuse.

Set the printer to matte or plain paper setting, and place a fabric sheet in the printer and click print. After printing allow the ink to dry for at least five minutes.

Remove the paper backing by gently lifting a corner and peeling back. It will peel off and won’t leave any residue on the fabric. Pick a sewing pattern with small and simple pattern pieces. We chose to make a camisole, which we adapted to fit the fabric sheets by adding extra seams to the front and back pieces.


TIP: We found peeling it back slowly close to the backing

Charmeuse is prone to pulls so make sure your scissors are super sharp Use a new sharp point needle known as Sharps or Microtex Use silk pins to pin your pattern to the fabric Use a fine polyester thread We used tissue paper underneath the fabric to avoid any slippage when sewing Try a shorter-length stitch, and control your sewing speed to a slow and steady pace.

paper is best. This avoids stretchy the fabric unnecessarily.

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Pre-washing your fabric is a must. The fabric does shrink, and also pre-washing restore’s the fabric to its soft natural feel. Leave to dry flat naturally, and press gently with a pressing cloth.

Choosing a pattern to print We chose to create a retro-style geometric pattern that has a regular repeat so matching pieces would be much easier. If you want you can use photos, but make sure it fits the fabric size you’ve selected.

Good to know There are seven fabrics available – cotton lawn, cotton poplin, cotton twill, silk chiffon, silk charmeuse and two weights of silk crepe de chine. THREADS come in common international and US paper sizes, THREADS A4 and A3 sheets Inkjet Printable and also rolls Fabrics 2.7m and 9.1m www.printable long, with widths of 22cm and 33cm.


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e o t TOP to How to flatter your figure when you sew



When choosing a neckline take into account your bust size, face shape, neck length and body shape. Do you want to emphasize or play any of these areas down?



Make sure your bra is the correct size and doing the job it’s supposed to do! For larger busts, choose a bra with thicker straps and not too much padding. For smaller busts, wear a bra that has extra padding in the lower part of the cup.

IMPORTANT MEASUREMENTS: BAND SIZE: Measure under the arm and around the front just above the bust where the straps meet the bra cup. Round this measurement to the nearest even inch. BUST SIZE: Without pulling the tape measure tightly, measure the fullest part of your bust. Round this up to the nearest inch.




Wear colours on the top or bottom depending on which area you want to play up or down. Wear light and bright colours to highlight, and dark colours on the areas that you want to disguise



Select a fabric weight and pattern that suits your frame as well as the sewing pattern.



Accept that you’ll need to make adjustments to a pattern to make it fit you best. Very few of us will match a pattern company’s standard measurements for each of the size measurements.



Choose a hemline that makes the most of your legs. The most flattering is one that sits just above the knee.


Make sure you select the right size. Measure yourself and go by the sizing on the pattern (and not the size you pick for high street clothes). Pick a pattern range that offers fitting options.




Always wear heels – a little height will make you seem taller and also slimmer. Make sure you wear these shoes when you’re taking up the hemline to get the correct length for you.



Simplicity 8292,

Empire-line garments are brilliant at disguising areas you want to hide. Wrap tops are great at giving the illusion of a tiny waist. Showing a little cleavage with a sweetheart neckline or a little leg with a slit is also a good way of drawing the eye away from troublesome areas, and banish those bingo wings with a pretty bell sleeve.


The rule is that small petite frames can add flounces, beading and bows while fuller-figured women should keep things simpler and add pintucks, darts or accessorise with jewellery.


Hot fabrics Make a fuss about florals

Simplicity 3833,

Inject some much-needed colour into your wardrobe with stylish mix and match floral fabrics. Floral fabrics have become a staple for all year round but in the summer, they come into their own. There’s no holds barred this season – mixing and matching florals is no longer a fashion must-not, and the bolder and bigger the better!


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Harp back to the ’60s and ’70s wear floral from top to toe. Be brave and use different floral prints together but make sure they’re from the same colour palette. Add contrasting plain piping and decorative facings to accentuate the garment. Mix and match florals with dots and stripes

WORKING WITH FLORAL FABRICS SIZING UP YOUR PRINT Remember that floral fabrics with large and one-way designs will require more fabric. They’ll also need care in placement, and are best used on simple patterns with very few pieces.


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RULE OF THUMB Use small print for smaller garments Use large print for larger garments Some prints require a lap layout especially if it has a one-way pattern If you’re a beginner to dressmaking, always choose a small print to sew with first, as any sewing imperfections are less likely to show, and from a distance smaller prints can look like a plain fabric. FABRIC SIMILARITIES Make sure all the fabrics have a common colour running through. The fabric should also be of the same weight and drape to hold it all together. Keep it simple by choosing a fabric collection


Kwik Sew 4208,

Invest in a colour wheel so you know which colours complement and contrast each other.

from a fabric designer – they’ve done all the hard work and all the designs within the collection will work together. LET THERE BE LIGHT Different sources of light make fabrics seem poles apart so be sure the match is right. If you’re making a sundress make sure the fabrics work well in natural sunlight. PATTERN LAYOUT If you’re using a fabric with a large motif, drape the fabric over your body to try different placements to check the best place for the larger motifs. You don’t want a huge bloom somewhere inappropriate!


Layout the fabric right side up, and place the pattern pieces out to make sure the motifs/patterns are spaced evenly between the pattern pieces. Do this for any front openings or front seams first.


Our favourite funky floral fabrics

Vogue 9253,

BLACK & WHITE POLKA DOT WITH RED ROSES, Stretch Cotton Sateen Stone Fabric www.stone

DAISY CHAIN, Michael Miller’s Our Yard by Sarah Campbell EQS

BLOSSOM POPLIN, MINT Remnant Kings www.remnant



BELL FLOWER, HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW collection from Michael Miller EQS

EDENHAM WHITE, Liberty of London Tana Lawn Remnant Kings www.remnant


PRESENTING... Koi Garden Collection by Laura Gunn for Michael Miller Fabrics

One of my favourite places to visit is the St. Louis Botanical Garden. Gian Lily pads float in a pond surrounded by Chihuly sculptures. A beautifully manicured path surrounds another pond swimming with Koi fish. I love watching the water churn as the fish swim to the surface. This beautiful place has sewn itself into my memory, and I’ve tried to capture some of that beauty in this fabric range, Koi Garden,

is how Laura Gunn describes the inspiration behind her latest collection.

To see more of the Koi Garden collection click here

FABRIC DESCRIPTION: 100% cotton, 45in width

Click here to view more Michael Miller’s collection To find a stockist near you visit the EQS website or call 0116 271 0033.

Softly softly We put hardworking hand creams to the test PROPER PROTOCOL In conjunction with Debbi Moore, The proto-col hand cream has been made specifically for crafters. This formula has been made so that it soaks into the skin quickly so users can continue on crafting with silky smooth hands. This hand cream combines collagen with shea butter and royal jelly to nourish and soothe dull, dry hands. It stimulates circulation and keeps skin and nails in perfect condition

We think: “This less scented hand cream absorbs quickly and leaves your hands feeling soft for hours. It’s a great cream and leaves hand feeling well nourished but we’d suggest using it at night as leaves a slight greasy residue.”

We like: “This cream leave hands feeling soft for hours as well as hydrating your nails! Debbie Moore Designs £8.99 for 40ml


Hands are a precious tool for any sewer, and a well-moisturised pair is a must for those handling delicate fabrics like sheers and silks and threads. There’s nothing worse than having dry, sore hands when you’re hard at work.

BEHIND THE SEAMS SEAMS hand cream is an all-in-one beauty cream for hands and nails, and is a favourite among fashion designers, seamstresses, make-up artists and crafters. This handcream works fast to help mend, moisturise, soften, and protect hands and nails, and leaves no greasy residue. It contains a natural blend of anti-bacterial Fragonia oil, moisturising Sthinkhea butter; softening Macadamia nut oil, Garden cress to help fade age spots, Keratin to strengthen nails and Glycerin to help heal, enriched with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5

The Nivea repair care handcream is a long lasting relief from dry hands. The formula contains Pro Vitamin B5, which relieves the feeling of dryness and tightness for up to 24 hours.

We think: “We found SEAMS rich and creamy. It

We think: “Another beautifully

smells gorgeous and soaks in and dries superfast, leaving absolutely no greasy residue behind!”

scented handcream gives the ones made for dressmakers a run for their money. The cream has a serum feel to it and leaves hands feeling silky smooth, soaking into the skin almost instantly, leaving no residue behind.”

We like: “This handcream leaves hands with a matte, soft finish.”

We like: “SEAMS is made in UK, and is 94 per cent natural and paraben-free.” SEAMS Beauty £9.50 for 50ml

Nivea handcream repair care £3.89 for 75ml Available from reputable chemist



sewing tips….

Kim Collins, designer and owner Ann Normandy Design shares her tips on how to create a beautifully constructed investment garment from your sewing room:

Elevate your sewing skills to the next level All fabrics used in the garments shown here are made from reclaimed antique hand-woven French linen. The Maxi Dress fabric was a late 18th century French duvet. All fabrics are sturdy enough to be machine laundered.

Select the best quality fabric that pairs well with the design and the construction techniques for the garment.


FABRIC PREP Pre-wash and dry as per manufacturer’s recommendations and press. Eliminating the fabric sizing brings the fabric to its original drape and handling qualities.

Control your single needle stitching. Take it slow, especially when approaching corners, and pivot points. Each stitch matters.


Cut just inside the edge of the pattern line. Once the pattern is traced and marked, carefully cut on inside edge of the tracing line.



Applying a strip of fabric to cover a raw edge seam gives a clean finish. A beautifully bound seam starts with precise and evenly cut seam allowances. When folding the binding over the seam allowance, keep the fabric taut over the fold.


PRESSING MATTERS! The iron is as important as your sewing machine. Proper focus, heat, pressure and moisture and time taken to allow your pressed seam to cool are essential to achieve a crisp seam finish. Use a Ham for pressing curves and shaping curved seams and a wood Clapper puts pressure on a freshly pressed seam to help set the press. Carefully manipulate the fabric/seam with your fingers as you press. Blocking can add or eliminate shape. Press the fabric with steam until it’s damp, shape as desired, and let dry completely.

Kim lives just outside of Detroit, MI, in the US with her husband, 13-year-old son and their St. Bernard, Bode. She also enjoys travelling, cooking, singing, playing the violin and snowshoeing. It doesn’t get any better than to bring together constant lifetime passions to create a women’s apparel sewing pattern collection. Kim Collins’ journey in clothing design started early in life while being taught how to sew by her grandmother. From there, theatrical costume design was the natural next step continuing the creative thought process of ‘making do’ with limited budgets and resources. Period pieces between 18th and 20th century are her forte and passion, using studied design and observing time-honored techniques as her guide. Inspired from sewists and the linen textiles of those periods, she created a sewing pattern collection using careful consideration to construction details that surpass most highend ready to wear garments on the market.

Kim Collins, designer and owner Ann Normandy Design,

A bit about…

INTERFACING Consider using a lightweight, fusible interfacing to help stabilise loosely woven fabric, as well as reinforce shape and create body.

Sneak peak of the Trouser and Shorts pattern that will be released early autumn this year showing the detail of flat felled seams and a welt pocket.


Digital Sewing Patterns for the Modern Woman

Exceptional design and fit

Professionally crafted with classic construction techniques. Comprehensive instructions and photos

Small talk De-clutter your handbag by downsizing and make one that carries just the everyday essentials


HARTSWOOD TOTE HANDBAG from Fable and Guild £6.25 Small tote oozing couture style when made in wool felt

TRAVERSE BAG from Noodlehead $10 Crossbody bag compact enough to take on all your travels.


P DF PATTER N ARM CANDY BAG from Dog Under My Desk $8 A flirty little bag that’s perfect for dinner out with three strap options



from £6.95 Stylish quilted bags with dual shoulder straps, a top-zip closure, and exterior slip pockets.

POP OVER PURSE CLUTCH from U-handbag £22.50 Versatile purse frame bag which can be worn in three ways and transforms from a bag into clutch.  



Ann Normandy cold shoulder tunic & crop tunic From one of our favourite designers! This boxy tunic combines two trends in one. Make in light to medium weight linen, this is a hot fabric that we’re seeing everywhere at the moment.

Sew the look cold shoulder We round up our favourite cold shoulder patterns right on-trend for this summer’s sewing

Cold shoulder is taking over the high street at the moment, but it all looks the same! Why not make something that’s personal to you, grab your favourite fabric and one of these great patterns and make something special to you! 34

Vogue 9242 Want something comfy and casual this is a great style for you. This loose-fitting, gathered at the neck ruffled top is ideal for summer.

McCall’s 7468 Feel boho in this cold shoulder top and dress. We think this is the perfect pattern to make for festival season.

8341 Mimi G for Simplicity

Turn heads with this chic ruffled cold shoulder tunic dress. Perfect for taking you from day to night. We say make this in a bold floral fabric like the Mimi G design to ensure you get that summer vibe.


Sew Different cold shoulder top Laura from Sew Different has designed this easy single size (12) colder shoulder top and the design looks so different depending on the fabric you use. Sew Different


The latest sewing books that you’re going to want to have on your sewing room bookshelf

Sew Caroline Weekend Style by Caroline Hulse (978-1440246494) Popular sewing blogger, Caroline Hulse’s new book is perfect for those learning to sew, and includes must-have-tools and materials, basic stitches and step-by-step finishing techniques. The book is full of pretty pastels, modern photography and wonderful easy-to-follow projects, making it a perfect title for your summer sewing and crammed full of wardrobe must-haves. A couple of our favourite are the afternoon skirt, Saturday morning shorts, date night skirt, and darling shift dress.

Where to buy Published by Fons & Porter, distributed by F&W Media in the UK, priced at £18.99 and available on Amazon.

on books

The Maker’s Atelier: The Essential Collection Sewing with Style by Frances Tobin 978-1849499040 A career in fashion, a love of fabrics, a lifetime making clothes, a keen sense of style that works for women of all ages and shapes make Frances Tobin patterns for The Maker’s Atelier so successful. Published by Quadrille Publishing, Frances has designed eight essential patterns, with options to create a collection of 31 stylish pieces. The collection is mix-and-match, offering garments for all kinds of occasions where key fashion trends have been improved to create versatile simple staple shapes, which translate well into dressmaking patterns to make easy to sew garments. Patterns come in sizes 8-20, with guides on measuring and fitting, and advice on fabrics.

Where to buy Get a signed copy from The Makers Atelier for £30 book/book

Paper Hearts & Summer Kisses By Carole Matthews 978-0-7515-6026-8 The Sunday Times bestselling author has returned with a heart-warming and poignant novel of romance, family and second chances. Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses is the story about Christie Chapman, a single working mother who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. Although it’s been tough, Christie has always found comfort in her love of crafting and her spare time is spent in working on beautiful creations from intricately designed birthday cards to personalised gifts. Christie’s flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it’s not long before opportunity comes knocking. This book is a great read and if you love crafting, it’s the ideal book to slip in your suitcase for summer reading.

Where to buy Published by Little Brown Books, available for £3.85 (normally £7.99) from Amazon.


Designer Stitch We chat with Ann Grose, the pattern maker behind the Aussie brand, Designer Stitch Tell us a little bit about you and the company? I’m so pleased to be one of the first Indie pattern designers to be featured in the new Pattern Pages magazine. When Emily asked me if I wanted to be a part of this exciting endeavour it took me all of two seconds to say, of course! I originally studied a Bachelors degree in textile design, fabric design, printing and meterage. Unfortunately design jobs are very rare, and Australia has lost much of its manufacturing to overseas outsourcing so I decided to study fashion design and production to expand my skills. I’ve worked as a freelance designer for fashion houses and manufacturers developing new ranges. I’ve also lectured in fashion related studies, design, pattern making and garment construction and taught to students in further education. I call this my apprenticeship because it led me to open my own fashion school, Designer Stitch School of Fashion and Design.

What made you start dress and pattern making? I’d make patterns for my students to sew, and they kept saying to me, you should sell your patterns, and so Designer Stitch PDF patterns were born. I’ve been sewing since I was six years old, and both my mother and grandmother worked in the rag trade as couture dressmakers, so I grew up around sewing machines, fabrics, trims and gorgeous handmade clothing. There wasn’t a day that my mother was not at her sewing machine. The women in my family have always made everything they wear. When we went out shopping my mother would always say, “We can make that ourselves!”.

Tell us about the patterns in your collection so far? The ethos of Designer Stitch is quite simple; to design sewing patterns that are stylish, easy-to-wear and on-trend. My patterns are also very simple to construct. My patterns are true to size – that is, they don’t have a lot of ease so I offer very extensive sizing charts in the pattern instructions to allow the dressmaker to make the best choice when deciding size. There’s a wide range of easy-to-wear patterns and includes trousers, tops, dresses, playsuits and more!


Designer Stitch patterns are aimed a women who want style and easy-to-construct garments

MAKERS in the spotlight

What is your favourite pattern you’ve designed so far? My favourite is the Kerry Cape. The pattern has quite a few pattern pieces but the finish of the garment is well worth it! The Pippa Wrap Dress is such a pretty dress and looks good on all sizes and shapes and the Willow Kimono is another easy garment but relies heavily on good fabric choices and trims. I could go on and on, I love each and every pattern I design!

Who is your biggest inspiration to your sewing? My mother was my mentor, and she was very supportive but sadly, she passed away in 2008 but I know she’s with me watching what I’m doing. She’d probably say to me right at this minute, ‘slow down a bit’ but making Designer Stitch the best it can be is the reason I get up in the morning!

How would you best describe your personal style and has it impacted your pattern collections? I try not to sway too much towards my own style and tastes, and keep a close eye on what’s trending to see if it can translate into a design that’s easy to sew. I also consider carefully whether the garment will translate to the smallest and largest sizes.

What do you feel is your best achievement so far? I’m so thrilled to see my patterns being blogged about by likeminded sewists, and I pay homage to my fabulous group of pattern testers. It’s so thrilling to see the photos they post of their garments, and they make my patterns looking absolutely sensational!

What do you feel makes you stand out from the other independent sewing patterns? My sewing patterns are aimed a women who want style and easy-to-construct garments. When designing patterns, I generally think about how my students can wear it, whether it would suit the smallest as well as the curviest among them. My patterns are graded from a size 6 to 26 UK/ AU. Style and construction are important to me, and if I can’t translate the construction steps into fairly easy visual sewing steps then I don’t make the garment.

Contact Designer Stitch


City clutch Embroidered and motif-covered bags are definitely a hot trend this summer. We’ve made this quirky city clutch, covered in embroidered patches, and the great thing about it is, you can make it in 60 minutes! It’s perfect to wear as a cute clutch for cocktails in town with the girls, or attach a strap to show it off on a day’s shopping.


60 minute make



Place one of the fabric lining pieces into the glued shell; ensure that it’s evenly placed and covers the whole inside as well as the sides. Smooth out so there are no bubbles, lumps or bumps.


Glue the outer clamshell and place one of your outer fabrics pieces on top making sure your motifs are central, and smooth into place. Fold corners neatly as before and trim.

1 x clamshell and frame clutch bag Lightweight fabric of your choice (approx 1/2m will do) Sew-on motifs – as many you want, go mad! Strong fabric glue Scissors Old paint brush

Steps to make


Cut out your fabric – place the clamshell on top of the fabric to get an approximate size. Cut about 3cm away from the clam so there’s enough fabric to cover the sides. You’ll need 2 for the outer shell and 2 for the lining. You may want to choose a contrasting fabric for the lining.

TIP: Make sure your fabric is lightweight – if the fabric is too thick the shell will not fit back into the bag frame.

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Arrange your motifs on the outer shell fabric pieces until you’re happy with the design. Pin in place, and using a straight stitch, sew the motifs to the fabric. Press gently.

Take one of the clamshells and put a generous amount of glue on the inside of the shell and spread evenly with the paintbrush.


Using scissors cut small slits into all four corners of the clam so that they can be folded and glued neatly down and trim away any excess fabric around the top edge.

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Make sure edges are smooth and glue down and secure in place until dry. We used KLIPit’s quilt binding clips as.

Repeat the above process for the other side of the clam. Leave to dry overnight and then place clamshells into frame.

Where can I buy Streamline Grande Minaudiere Clutch Frame £11.50 from Aleene’s Fabric Fusion £9.99 from Sew on motifs are available from major haberdashers. We love these iron-on patches from Jennie Maizels £3.49 each from KLIPits are perfect for keeping things in place £7.15 for a pack of 10 For your nearest stockist visit


10 minutes with... Ana Valls from CocoWawa Crafts Tell us a bit about your background, and why you decided to come to the UK and start your own online fabric store? So I’m originally from Spain, and have been living in London for the past six years. At first, I came to the UK and was working as a journalist but I attended my first-ever sewing class in London, and just totally fell in love with all things sewing. I started CocoWawa in 2014, and since then my business has grown from selling just a few bolts of fabric, to offering yarn and my latest adventure is a small range of sewing patterns, I also vlog on our new YouTube Channel too. What made you decide to stock organic fabrics? It was for both business and environmental reasons. I wanted to provide something different to what other shops were offering, and at the same time contribute to preserving the environment, fighting against the fast fashion culture, and make a stand for workers’ rights.

We love your new range of sewing patterns. How did they come about? Thanks! Well, for me, after studying pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion and using indie patterns to make my own handmade wardrobe – it felt a natural step. Tell us about your sewing patterns available so far? The Marshmallow is a lovely, super comfy trapeze dress with a fun ruffle and lots of options including different sleeves and a sweet Peter Pan collar or bow. It’s a great pattern for customising and mixing fabrics on the cuffs, collar and ruffle. The newest pattern is the Lily blouse and dress – it’s a lovely make for spring and summer, and has a cocoon shape with raglan sleeves, a long seam running down the back and its main feature is a one-of-a-kind sailor collar. Of course, both are available in English and Spanish!

As a fashion writer, I was influenced by what was trending but now I wear what I really love.

How would you describe your style? When I was in my early 20s and working in Spain as a fashion writer, I wanted to look sophisticated, and was influenced by what was trending. Now in my 30s, I want to wear what I really love, and not follow any kind of rules. My style is colourful, comfy and playful. I love combining fabrics with funny patterns, stripes, dots, and tend to choose designs that make me feel comfortable with my body shape. I have a very straight figure, and in the past, I’ve struggled with this as I felt I didn’t fit with the sexy prototype of women, but now I just embrace the way I am!

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Who do you admire the most in the sewing pattern industry and why? It would be a long, long list from the sewing community, but if I had to say…. Tilly from Tilly and The Buttons for how successful her business is; The Fold Line ladies for creating such an amazing platform where so sewists can come together and talk all things sewing, and Lisa from Sew Over It, for shops and running classes and releasing great patterns!


MADE TO MEASURE Our essential guide to getting the best fit! Many new sewers make the natural assumption that the size of clothes that they’d choose on the high street is the same size they use to make a pattern. This is one of the main reasons why many sewers end up with garments that don’t fit as well as they had hoped. Very few of us will match a pattern company’s standard sizes across all measurement so how do you decide what pattern size to go for?



Stand with your back, head and heels against a wall without your shoes. Ask a friend to place the ruler across the top of your head and mark. Measure from the floor to the mark for height. Height is important and you’ll need to confirm your height and back-waist length measurement to match the charts on the back of the pattern envelope



Measure under your armpits and across the top of chest.

Measure across the fullest part of your bust and the widest part of the back.

Accurate body measurements

Creating a set of your accurate measurements is the first step to making sure your garment fits well. Take your measurements wearing your usual underwear. Don’t be tempted to pull the measuring tape as tightly as you can – you’ll do yourself no favours when your garment is too tight and uncomfortable. Ask a friend for a coffee and ask them to help you – they’ll be able to get more accurate measurements. The set of body measurements for bust, waist and hip are key to choosing a pattern size. If you start with the right measurements, fitting will be more straightforward. Remember that very few of us will match exactly a pattern company’s standard measurements. The set of body measurements for bust, waist and hip are key to choosing a pattern size. If you start with the right measurements, fitting will be more straightforward. Remember that very few of us will match exactly a pattern company’s standard measurements.


Obvious but always use a flexible soft fabric tape measure to measure around your curves!





Measure your natural waistline. To find where your natural waistline is – tie a piece of string around your waist and let it settle as you bend left and right.



Take the measurement around the fullest part, this is usually 18cm-23cm below the waistline

tip: Always round up to the measurement to the nearest whole centimetre.

Other measurements you might need: SHOULDER LENGTH Measure from the base of the neck to shoulder point.

Other things you should know:

To find base of the neck – place tape measure around your neck under the thyroid.

GARMENT EASE For a garment to fit comfortably, the pattern might say it has ease. This is so you can move freely.

To find the shoulder point – raise the arm to shoulder level and this is where the dip forms at the shoulder bone.



This is the minimum amount of ease for a garment to be comfortable. Within the sewing industry wearing ease is usually 6.4cm at the bust, 2.5cm at the waist and 7.6cm at the hip area.

The easiest way to do this is by placing a book between your waist and the wall, and marking this position on the wall. The measure distance from waist mark to the floor.



Measure vertically down from the prominent shoulder bone over bust point to the waist.

BACK WAIST LENGTH Measure from the top of your spine to natural waistline.

ARM LENGTH Measure from the shoulder bone to elbow and then with elbow bent measure to the wrist.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING A GARMENT: For skirts, shorts and trousers – use your hip measurement to choose a pattern size For dresses, tops and jackets – use the bust measurement to choose a pattern size

This is an amount that the designer has added or subtracted to create a specific silhouette. To determine ease, measure the pattern from seam to seam (excluding seam allowances) and compare it with your body measurements to the total circumference measurement of the pattern. The difference is the amount of ease the pattern has.

Tips for ongoing sewing success UPDATE YOUR MEASUREMENTS Always keep a record of all your measurements but redo them every time you start to make a garment, even if it’s a pattern that you’ve made before unfortunately our size doesn’t!

INVEST IN A GOOD DRESS FORM A dress form is like having a second pair of hands and makes sewing your own garments much easier! One with adjustments is must-have for serious dressmakers – some come with a dial that you can expand and adjust key areas like waist, hips and bust line. Make sure you go to a reputable retailer where a good quality dress form will set you back between £100 and £300.


Everything’s coming up rosy The rose gold trend started with jewellery as an alterative to gold and silver, but this refreshing hue has taken over, and we’re now seeing it in our sewing!

All that glistens Riley Blake’s Yes Please fabric collection is a girl’s basic collection, featuring seven distinct designs, each available in a choice of three elegant colourways including black/ white, white/rose gold and black/rose gold. As the name may suggest the Riley Blake’s Gold & Rose Gold basics are a selection of basic blender prints available in the on-trend colours gold and rose gold and also includes everything from spots and stripes to wording and arrows. To find your nearest stockist for either of these fabric collections, visit the EQS.

A cut above the rest We love the rose gold premium dressmaking shears from Hemline. The stylish 21cm long scissors are double-plated with a nickel and chrome for life long protection and feature a larger grip that comfortably fits three fingers for comfort and scissor control while cutting out. Want the matching pair, then treat yourself to the embroidery scissors too – they measure in at 7cm long. Available from The Home Makery Dressmaking shears £17.99 Embroidery scissors £6.50


Tropical Sensation Designed by Girly Trend and made by Manuel WW, this 100 per cent combed cotton is a lightweight fabric that’s easy to work with. It features another trending design – the humble pineapple – with a marbled background effect. It’s a great fabric to make a fun beach cover up or sarong to lounge around in the sun. Available from Zazzle £17.95 per yard

Glamour puss

Bernina 765 Se The special edition Bernina 765 SE is certainly a looker, and features the Bernina hook with 9mm stitch width for high precision stitches and an extended free arm for bigger designs.

Berisfords glitz and glamour metallic lame ribbon is perfect to add a bit of glitz and sparkle to your sewing. The lame ribbon is 7mm wide and retails for 75p a metre. For your local stockist email

However here in the UK, we can only admire it from afar as sadly it’s only available in the US for a limited time!


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