Find out our big plans for 2018 plus enter our survey competition

Sewing workshop survey

Dear Avid Seamstresses January seems to be off to a flying start and we hope that this month is treating you well. At the end of last year, we hinted that we have some exciting news lined up for 2018. First up, we expanded our team to include our fabulous new member Cait who has joined […]

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Happy Happy Holidays

Wishing you a wonderful festive break. We hope that your holidays are filled with love, family, great food, a glass or two of the bubbly stuff and, of course, spent doing the craft you love. We’re going to put our feet up and dream of all the amazing things we have planned for 2018! You […]

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Our brand new limited edition Raglan Sewing Kits have arrived

If you’re looking to treat yourself or a special someone who loves sewing, our Raglan sewing kits will be the perfect gift under this year’s Christmas tree. We’ve taken our popular Raglan Dress sewing pattern and paired it with the most sumptuous metallic linen available in three stunning colours; dusky rose, sand and storm. Each […]

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Looking for the perfect present?

It’s December so we think it’s officially safe to say “Christmas Shopping”, but if the thought of traipsing through the shops fills you with dread, then look no further. We’ve made your shopping a little easier this year with the launch of our brand new e-gift cards. If you’re looking to treat a special someone […]

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Our Anniversary

To say we are blown away by your incredible comments celebrating our Anniversary is an understatement. Thank you for taking the time to write why you love The Avid Seamstress patterns – every single comment means the world to us! We want to give something back to you as a thank you, so we’re offering free […]

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Celebrate with us

Hello Avid Seamstresses, We’re in full celebratory mood today because it’s our 2nd anniversary and we want you to celebrate with us. We owe so much of our success to you and your love of our sewing patterns, and we really couldn’t have done it without you. So, there’s a little treat up for grabs. […]

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Hot off the sewing machine – This Season’s Ultimate Party Dress

Shift Dress

As fun as Christmas is, it’s also a little daunting thinking about what to wear. Whether you’re off to your work party or thinking about the big day itself, it’s always nice to have a new dress with a bit of sparkle.  But finding the right dress can be a challenge. Well, fear not Avid […]

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Update your Day Dress with the latest sleeve trends

This year, the sleeve has garnered fashion limelight. From large flounces to exquisite pleats, 2017 has truly been the ‘year of the sleeve’. However, the thought of finding a new dress sewing pattern that features the latest sleeve trend may be a little daunting if not time-consuming, plus you may already have your go-to dress […]

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Autumn / Winter 2017 – discover this season’s style

As we deepen into the autumn/winter months, it’s time to update our wardrobes into pieces that are a little more warm and snug. Even though it’s getting chilly out, we’re certainly not putting our dresses away. In fact, our patterns are just as perfect for the festive months as they are summer. Here’s some tips on how to re-work your favourite […]

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Party dresses at the ready!

DID SOMEONE SAY P-A-R-T-Y? the New Craft House Winter Party is back! We know we’re not supposed to mention Christmas yet (although, um…it really is only 10 Fridays away), so instead we’re going to shout from the rooftops about the super exciting Winter Party that’s returning on the 9th December. Organised by the lovely team […]

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The Sheath Dress Workshop – 27/10 – at Ray Stitch

We’re teaching how to make the popular Sheath Dress next Friday (27/10) at Ray Stitch. During one day, you’ll learn how to cut and sew this easy dress, which features a flattering neckline, comfortable elasticated waist and sleeve options. You’ll also be able to boost your sewing skills by learning how to sew an invisible […]

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Studio Assistant

We have an exciting opportunity for an organised and motivated individual to assist the founder of The Avid Seamstress, Lisa Falconer, on a variety of tasks across the operational side of the business. It’s a great chance to join our brand at a busy and exciting time and would be perfect for someone with a […]

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Our competition winners!

At the Great British Sewing Bee show in London and the Thread show in Farnham last month we shared three competitions with some fab prizes up for grabs, including an exclusive 1-to-1 sewing session with our founder, Lisa Falconer. The competitions have now closed and we’re super excited to announce the two winners in each category. Please […]

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live

We are still beaming after an incredibly successful show at The Great British Sewing Bee Live. Our stand was buzzing and we got the chance to meet so many of our instagram friends and all the incredible seamstresses that have made our garments! We met so many new friends and were delighted that people that […]

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Come and meet us at the best shows of the 2017

sewing shows the avid seamstress exhibits at

We’ve got some exciting news to share with you. We’re excited to be exhibiting at both the Great British Sewing Bee Live 21-24 September and Thread 30 September. Great British Sewing Bee Live Excel London 21-24 September 2017 With the Great British Sewing Bee Live 2017 just around the corner, we can’t help but count down […]

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Wedding Ready – Sam’s Shift Dress

Hey there lovely Avid Seamstresses. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sam and I’m the in-house blogger for The Avid Seamstress team. Our new Shift Dress is a must make and, whilst browsing for fabric, I fell head over heels in love with this gorgeous yellow Atelier Brunette Modal called Summer Swoon from the […]

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You want to win, don’t you?

To celebrate the launch of our new pattern The Shift Dress we are offering two lucky people the chance to win a bundle of our sewing patterns! All you have to do is make The Shift Dress and photograph it out and about, tagging us and using hashtags #avidseamstresscompetition #theshiftdress#ilovetheshiftdress before 13 August! On 15 August we’ll announce […]

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The Shift Dress Blog Trail – Sew Dainty

The Shift Dress is on the blog trail again with lovely Kathryn from Sew Dainty who’s gorgeous floral version of The Shift Dress has us weak at the knees! You can head over to her blog page or read her lovely review here: Sew Dainty It’s such a pleasure to share with you today The Shift […]

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The Shift Dress Blog Trail – Sew By The SeaSide

The Shift Dress has hit the blog trail. First up is the stunning Samantha from Sew by The Seaside who has made her Shift Dress in a gorgeous crepe from Fabric Godmother. Sew By The Seaside – Samantha: The latest pattern from The Avid Seamstress is a gorgeous Shift Dress that has lots of gorgeous details, making it so […]

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