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The Best Free Sewing Patterns 2021

Here’s your 2021 roundup of the best free sewing patterns from top sewing patterns companies around the world. Links are direct to the original patterns for ease of use.

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Plus Size Sewing Pattern Companies

Many plus size people turn to sewing thinking that it will be more inclusive than ready to wear fashion. Sadly this isn’t the case – so many sewing pattern brands only cater to thin/standard sized sewists.

Here’s a round up of all of the plus sized/inclusve sewing pattern companies that I’ve found along my sewing journey.

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Top Sewing Patterns for Autumn/Winter 2020

Browsing through Instagram, you get the feeling that sewing is somewhat of a summer sport. Everyone loves, and relishes in making summer dresses, cute tops and flowy skirts.

But now we’re entering Autumn, I thought it was about time I do some research on Autumn/Winter appropriate sewing patterns. Click through for some of my favourites and my own A/W 2020 sewing plans.

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How to Size Up a Sewing Pattern

Got your eye on a vintage pattern but it’s not in your size? Or maybe your me-made was a tad too small but you don’t want to reprint/repurchase the pattern.

Sizing up or down a pattern is super simple; all you need is your original pattern, some tracing paper, a pencil and a ruler.

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What to do With Fabric Offcuts, Scraps and Remnants

If you’ve made a few (or many) garments before, chances are you’ll have a bag, box or bin full of scraps and offcuts that are too small to make another garment.

Or, perhaps, you only bought a metre of fabric, a bolt end or a remnant, and now you’re stuck for ideas?

Read on for patterns and tutorials for small fabric requirements.

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How-to: Blend Between Sizes on Sewing Patterns

So, you’ve measured yourself, looked at the pattern sizing chart, and decided that you’ll need to blend between sizes. But how do you do it?

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A Beginners Guide to UK Online Fabric Shops

A question I see a lot in Facebook groups and other sewing communities is where to buy fabric online.

Take a look at some on my favourite online UK fabric shops, with something to suit all budgets.

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How-to: Choose Your Sewing Pattern Size

I’ve recently seen a lot of questions floating around social media regarding choosing a sewing pattern size.

This post will show you how to correctly measure yourself, and then choose a size from that information and finished garment measurements.

The main thing to remember, though, is that the size you end up making is highly unlikely to be the same size you buy ready made garments in store.

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100+ Plus Size Sewing Patterns

From my journey into dressmaking, I’ve noticed that there aren’t many inclusive pattern companies around.

I sit on the border of ‘regular’ sizing and plus sizing at a UK16-18, and am often left disappointed when pattern companies don’t offer larger sizes.

But, thankfully, there are a few great companies around that offer plus size patterns, and some that offer patterns designed specifically for plus sized women.

Click through for a few of my favourites. I can’t wait to give these a go!

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100+ Beginner Sewing Patterns

Sewing patterns can be incredibly overwhelming when you’re first starting out. Zips, darts and buttons may seem intimidating and what do all of the pattern markings mean?

I’ve curated the perfect Pinterest board for beginner sewists with some great beginner patterns from the World’s top indie pattern companies.

Click through to see my favorites and a quick review of patterns I’ve tried myself.