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! […]

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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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Tracing Sewing Patterns

    When you buy a sewing pattern it usually comes with a few sizes all printed on top of each other. Once you find your size you would cut it out straight from the pattern sheet but what if you tend to go up and down in sizes or have a gorgeous children’s pattern that […]

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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 […]

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Guest Blogger – Anna from Let’s Get Sewing – makes The Day Dress

Anna, a blogger who writes her own sewing blog called Let’s Get Sewing, is such an inspiration to us! She is 14 and super talented! This girl sews like a dream!! She reminds us of our sewing youth and we have fallen in love with her style and lovely way. We sent her The Day Dress […]

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To Toile Or Not To Toile?

Hello! We would like to introduce you to something called “toiling”…… no, we aren’t going to stop sewing and start gardening… .. we are going to show you how you can get the perfect size garment so that when you come to measuring and finding the right size you know where you can make adjustments. […]

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Our Digital Patterns have arrived!

DIGITAL PATTERNS

Fallen in love with our patterns and want them right now without having to wait for the postman? We are so excited to announce that you can now purchase The Sheath Dress, The Day Dress and The Raglan Adult Dress as digital patterns! What is a Digital Pattern? Digital patterns are PDF files that you […]

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Digital VS Printed Sewing Patterns

Hello! We hope you are enjoying our series that will arm you will all the knowledge and confidence to embark on your sewing journey or learn a few new things if you are already sewing! In our last post we touched on sewing patterns and gave you a guide on what to look for when […]

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The Avid Seamstress Workshops

Sewing workshops with the avid seamstress

We love sewing at The Avid Seamstress but you know what we love more? Meeting you! Come and sew with Lisa, the designer at The Avid Seamstress! Join our: private lessons Join a fun day or evening “This is a sewing machine” workshop at Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead and learn how to use a […]

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Sewing Pattern Guide

Hello again avid seamstresses. We hope you enjoyed our first article on sewing (read here).. The world of sewing is huge! There are so many sewing patterns out there and our instinct when browsing patterns is just to look at the photograph or illustration on the front of the envelope. We could spend all day browsing […]

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Your sewing journey

Learning to sew with the avid seamstress

It is a familiar tale; you have been wanting to try dress making for a while but when you first open one of those tissue paper things they can be massively intimidating. Where do you start? There is so much information out there, so many patterns, so many fabric options – it can all be […]

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Gorgeous fabrics for our patterns and where to find them

Planning your perfect Avid Seamstress pattern and daydreaming about how lovely it’s going to look on you? There’s just one thing standing in your way – choosing the perfect fabric. For many of us this is the best part! The part where our imaginations can run wild and we can put our own creative stamp […]

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What did you say?

The Avid Seamstress studio is buzzing! We’ve been devouring every word that was written in our sewing survey and want to share some amazing insights and news with you. Did you take part in our survey? We think you are amazing! Thank you for your time, your incredible insights and for sharing your sewing experiences […]

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Want to win a free pattern?

To help us provide an even better experience for you in the future, we are collecting feedback with the survey below. Click here to start the survey! Typically, it takes about 10-15 minutes to complete. After you finish, you will automatically be entered to win a free The Avid Seamstress sewing pattern of your choice! […]

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An exciting 2017 lined up – come and join us!

We’ve had a wonderful 2016! Thank you for your support. We’ve seen some amazing makes with our patterns and are delighted that you love our patterns as much as we do! 2017 is going to be an exciting year for us and we’d love for you to join us on our sewing journey! Here are […]

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Our new pattern has arrived!

We are happy to announce the arrival of our latest sewing pattern – The Raglan Adult / Dress top! The Raglan is a simple, modern dress / top cut in an A-line silhouette with a facing and invisible zip at the back neck. With optional inner / outer pockets and short / long sleeves, this pattern […]

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Mark your calendars!

The Raglan Adult pattern

Are you ready? We can’t wait to share our next pattern with you!

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