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 dress – have a look here! NOTCHES / DARTS Once you have cut out your pattern, instead of cutting your notches we like to mark them with a coloured pencil on the inside of the garment. We find that, this way, if you are going…

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 to show you how to lay the pattern pieces on to the fabric to use the fabric in the most economical way and reduce wastage. It’s important to note that there are a few things that can affect how you work with the layplan so…

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! If you haven’t bought your pattern yet or need some inspiration for fabric you can always do that (click below) and come back here when you are ready! BUY THE PATTERN NOW BUY THE DIGITAL PATTERN NOW I NEED FABRIC INSPIRATION Let’s get started! PREPARATION, PREPARATION…

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 making your very own beautiful A-line dress will be all the more enjoyable because of it. We plan to split the sew-a-long into four weeks, giving you manageable chunks to go through each week. Plus you get to ask questions and share your experience along…

The A-Line Dress – Fabric Suggestions

Hello! Here at The Avid Seamstress we are SO excited about the release of our latest pattern. We’re hoping you all feel the same and are desperate to get sewing your own version! If you haven’t got your hands on this gorgeous pattern simply click on the type of pattern (printed or digital) you want above! The beauty of the A-Line Dress is that it is suitable for a huge range of lightweight and medium weight woven fabrics such as chambray, cotton, viscose and even silk. To help speed up the process and get you sewing your first A-Line Dress here…

The A-Line Dress Pattern Launch

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 you’ll head over to our website to grab your own A-Line Dress! THE A-LINE DRESS This stunning A-line dress creates a classically flattering silhouette with zip at the back. Featuring a fitted bodice, loose sleeves and sophisticated V-neckline, this garment will add timeless elegance to…

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 facing and finishing the neck with self made bias binding Creating a panel at the front for contrasting fabrics Elastic waist at the back only Instead of splitting these out in to 4 tutorials we have done it all in one dress and it looks…

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!                                                              THE SHEATH DRESS The beauty of the Sheath Dress is the simple easy style, making this a great dress for a beginner. Not ready for zips? Choose the right fabric and you could even make…

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 to add! PS – get your hands on one of our sewing patterns as these are included in lovely a5 cards inside the envelope! Shop our patterns here SEWING 101 B Baste – To “baste” is to make temporary stitching usually with a hand sewing needle…

Washi Tape Pattern Weights

Once you have seen how quick and easy these washi tape pattern weights are, you will simply need to have them in your life! All you need are some heavy duty metal washers and some washi tape. We used galvanized (finished) washers that were just under 4.5cm in diameter and 2mm thick and then just some standard washi tape. You could also use brightly coloured electrical tape too as this is super sticky and hard wearing. Stack your washers. We put two together but if you want some extra weight you could use three. Once they are stacked, cut yourself…