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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Competition Time!

To celebrate the launch of our brand new pattern The Shift Dress we’re offering TWO lucky people the chance to win a bundle of Avid Seamstress patterns. All you have to do is make the Shift Dress and photograph it out-and-about before the 13th August 2017, then post to Instagram tagging @avidseamstress or our Facebook page theavidseamstress and using the following hashtags: #theshiftdress […]

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Our New Pattern Release – Meet The Shift Dress

The Shift Dress sewing pattern by The Avid Seamstress

                                    Hooray for new pattern launch day!  If you’re as excited as we are at the prospect of Summer sewing, then you’re going to love The Shift Dress. With its figure hugging lines and beautiful, feminine low-cut back, our latest […]

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Meet our Shift Dress Bloggers

Shift Dress Bloggers

We are delighted to introduce our bloggers that will be making up our new pattern The Shift Dress – Samantha @sewbytheseaside Dominique @dominique.major and Kathy @sew_dainty!! They’ve chosen their gorgeous fabric from @fabricgodmother and will be sharing their Shift Dress makes along the way! Sam’s gorgeous fabric choice: Dominique’s fun and quirky fabric! Kathy’s beautiful floral fabric!

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New Pattern Alert

Happy weekend everyone! We hope you’ve got lots of fun sewing time planned for this weekend but, before you get knee-deep into fabric and thread, we wanted to share some exciting news. As it’s the season of weddings, summer drinks al fresco and general bare legs on show, we thought you might need the perfect […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – Final Day – Completion of Dress!

  A big hello to you! It’s our final week of The A-Line Dress sew-a-long – you made it! After this your A-Line Dress will be finished and ready to take out on the town. As before, if you are only just joining us you can catch up at any point. If you haven’t got […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – Shoulder Seams, Facing, Pockets,

A-Line Dress Sew A Long

Welcome back! Your A-Line Dress should be taking shape nicely! Today we’re jumping in and doing a lot so we hope your sewing machine is ready! We’ll be joining the dress at the shoulder seams, and constructing, attaching, under-stitching and finishing the neck facing. Then, we we be moving to the skirt; attaching the pockets […]

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Our A-Line Sew-A-Long continues on Sunday 4 June

We’re at the Sewmance Festival today so will be picking up our A-Line Sew-A-Long tomorrow, Sunday 4 June! If you’ve just joined us you can catch up here: The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long Start Layplans, fabric, pinning and cutting Overlocking and final preparation Darts, Back Bodice & Invisible Zip Still haven’t got the pattern? Buy your […]

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The Day Dress Pattern Hack – Pleated Skirt

We love our Day Dress so much and think it’s such a flattering fit with the gathered waist but since we saw Gerda’s pleated skirt version we have been dying to try it! In fact, we loved her version so much she won our Avid Seamstress of the month competition in January! Planning our outfit […]

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Making The Sheath Dress by Miriam

We found Miriam on Instagram – her amazing style kept on grabbing our attention and we always found ourselves pausing on her pics! We just knew we had to send her one of our patterns to see what she would do with it. Of course, she has blown us away with her version of The […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – Darts, Back Bodice & Invisible Zip

The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long

Welcome back! We have been looking forward to today and we can’t wait to get started sewing the gorgeous A-Line Dress today! Still haven’t got the pattern? Buy your version here and join our Sew-A-Long: Need some fabric inspiration? We’ve sourced some gorgeous options for this pretty dress – have a look here! If you’ve […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – Overlocking & Final Preparation

It’s been a busy afternoon preparing our A-Line Dress for sewing. If you have just joined us you’ll find what we’ve been up to here: The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long Start Still haven’t got the pattern? Buy your version here and join our Sew-A-Long: Need some fabric inspiration? We’ve sourced some gorgeous options for this pretty […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – layplans, fabric, pinning and cutting

… you ready to start pinning your pieces and cutting them out? Exciting! If you have just joined us head over to the start of our sew-a-long and catch up – we’re not rushing ahead and you can join at any point! Have you worked with a layplan before? The purpose of a layplan is […]

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The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long Starts Today

We’ve been counting down the days to make this gorgeous dress with you! We hope you’ve got your pattern and are ready to start making The A-Line Dress with us! If you’re sharing your pics with us on social media use the hashtag #sewingthealine or sewingthea-linedress and tag us @theavidseamstress so we can follow what you are making! […]

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Getting you ready for The A-Line Dress Sew-A-Long – 20th May

Hey there seamstresses! We hope you love our recently released A-Line Dress sewing pattern as much as we do. To celebrate it in true style we’ve decided to do a week by week sew-a-long for our lovely customers to follow. It begins on 20th May and we hope you’ll join us and that the process of […]

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OUR NEW PATTERN – THE A-LINE DRESS – HAS ARRIVED!

                  OUR NEW PATTERN, THE A-LINE DRESS, IS HERE AND SHE’S GORGEOUS!  We are so excited to announce that our latest pattern, The A-Line Dress, has arrived and is now available to purchase as a printed sewing pattern or digital file. Simply click on your preferred option and […]

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The Sheath Dress – Pattern Hack

We’ve been hacking our Sheath Dress pattern and are ready to share some ideas with you! This dress is such a good base to add your own personal style! For this pattern hack we are doing a few things: Cutting the back and front on the fold – ie no zip at the back Removing the […]

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Making adjustments – The Sheath Dress

Looking more closely at our patterns, we are going to zoom in on each one for the next few weeks and show you how to make fit adjustments and even some fab pattern hack ideas!                                         […]

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Sewing Techniques – Sewing 101

There seems to be so much sewing jargon and often sewing pattern companies  assume you know your selvage from your grainline and what RS means! We’ve compiled an A-Z of sewing terms, pattern and illustration key explanations to put it all in one place for you plus we’ll update it whenever we have something new […]

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