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Make yourself a beautiful 1950’s inspired dress based on the style of Betty Draper!
With a fitted bodice and full circle skirt, Betty is super flattering for all figures, nipping you in at the waist and flaring out to create a beautiful silhouette. The dress fastens with an invisible zip down the centre back, has facings around the neckline and armholes and a machine finished hem.
The Betty Dress is an intermediate pattern, but if you’re a confident beginner we reckon you can totally do it!
The pattern contains full instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams.
Materials required (all sizes):
140cm wide: 3m
115cm wide: 4.5m
The Doris Dress
Feminine and romantic, the Doris dress is perfect to throw on and be set for the day. A truly versatile wardrobe staple, the Doris Dress will keep you looking elegant and put-together no matter what you get up to this season.
Inspired by vintage 1950’s fashion and pretty feminine shapes, the Doris Dress is semi-fitted with a flattering scooped neck bodice, bust pleats for delicate shaping and floaty grown-on sleeves. The waist can be left unfitted for warmer days, or cinched in at the back with the attached ties or fixed back belt.
The fluted panelled skirt has two length variations – short and cute above the knee, or an elegant below the knee option. The Doris Dress closes with a concealed zip in the side seam and has an optional buttonhole closure at the centre front. The bodice is finished with facings for a neat finish on the inside.
Due to the number of techniques covered, the Doris Dress is an intermediate level sewing pattern. Nothing is too tricky but it is recommend that you have experience inserting a concealed zip.
We recommend a lightweight woven fabric for the Doris Dress, ideally with a good amount of drape. The skirt and grown-on sleeves will hang best if the fabric has some drape. Think rayon, viscose and crepe. However the Doris Dress also works beautifully in cotton, so if you’re not experienced sewing with drapey fabrics and would prefer to use something more stable, you could try a cotton lawn, poplin, or a lightweight linen.
The Eve Dress
Eve is a versatile wrap dress with endless potential. With two stunning variations creating completely different looks, there’s so much fun to be had with this pattern! Whether you go boho romantic for summer garden parties or sleek and elegant for everyday, the Eve Dress will keep you dressed up in style.
Floaty, feminine and romantic, variation 1 makes the ultimate summer wedding outfit. It dreamily harks back to the 70s with its dipped hem, on-trend statement sleeve and gently relaxed fit. This variation will have you dancing around the garden barefoot in no time.
Understated and sleek, variation 2 features a more contemporary silhouette, with narrow elbow-length sleeves and a level knee-length hem. Elegant and wearable year-round, it’s a great wardrobe staple; a sure-fire go-to for Friday evening post-work drinks.
Both dresses feature a pretty gathered yoke, wrap over front and a long tie closure.
The Eve Dress sewing pattern is designed for sewers with some experience of lightweight drapey fabrics. With relatively simple construction, ambitious beginners might like to make their first dress in a more stable fabric such as cotton lawn or voile.
Eve works beautifully in lightweight woven fabrics with some drape, such as rayon, viscose, crepe and georgette. Less experienced sewers could try a lightweight cotton such as lawn or voile. With minimal seams it makes the perfect dress for showing off those big bold prints.
The Eve Dress comes in UK sizes 8-20. See the chart for details on fabric requirements. The dress also requires 1.5m of cotton stay tape.
Joan Dress – Vintage Inspired Sew Pattern
Fitted bodice and skirt gives the dress a sassy, feminine feel. The bodice is fitted with darts at the waist and back shoulder, and features a gently scooped neckline. Stylish ¾ length sleeves and a 60s inspired tie collar give the dress a super elegant feel. Designed to hit below the knee, the skirt is semi-fitted with darts and sports a kick pleat at the back hem. The whole dress is fully lined, giving you a gorgeously professional-feeling finish.
The Joan Dress comes in UK sizes 8-20 and is aimed at intermediate dressmakers who have made a few garments before.
Joan works beautifully in a variety of different woven fabrics. We recommend using a medium weight drapey fabric with some structure – you don’t want to use anything too lightweight and fluid. For the cooler months lightweight wools work gorgeously and suiting fabrics are perfect. Crepes would be stunning. For the lining we like to use rayon, a lightweight crepe de chine or acetate.
The booklet contains full instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams.
You will need:
The Pussy Bow Blouse is a classic design that will always be in style. With two different style options you can choose between a v-neck version or a keyhole opening. Stylish and versatile, it’s perfect for the office but can be dressed up for a night out. We promise it’ll be the perfect accompaniment to your favourite Ultimate pencil skirt.
The perfect pattern for showcasing drapey fabrics, it works best in a rayon, sandwashed silk, crepe or other lightweight fabric with a lot of drape. We have the perfect fabric for the Pussy Bow Blouse in our online shop
The Pussy Bow Blouse is an intermediate pattern, so we recommend you have a few dressmaking projects under your belt. If this is your first time using lightweight drapey fabrics, remember to take it slow and don’t be shy with the pins!
A flattering high-waisted pencil skirt with a kick pleat at the back, looks fab with the Pussy Bow Blouse or any shirt or jumper neatly tucked in. Designed to rise above your natural waist, the Pencil Skirt elongates your legs and makes you look ten feet tall!* (Ok eight maybe!)
The Ultimate Pencil Skirt is a great wardrobe staple – you can squeeze the pattern onto any 1.3m length of 140cm wide fabric. We.re sure it’ll be your favourite go-to skirt pattern.
Suitable for most fabrics: suggested types are cottons/ cotton spandex- lightweight wool, denim the list is endless.
The pattern has four darts and a concealed zip at the centre back. The top of the skirt is finished with an interfaced waist facing, whilst the bottom of the skirt has a kick pleat to make walking just that little bit easier.
A great starter to intermediate dressmaking project, with only four pattern pieces to work with-we reckon if you’ve made one or two simple projects you should be able to tackle the Ultimate Pencil Skirt. The instruction booklet comes fully illustrated to help you along. We know you can do it!
Dont forget to send us a finished picture – we love to see your makes 🙂
Want to start dressmaking but don’t know where to begin? Then the Ultimate Shift Dress would make an ideal first project! The pattern is designed with beginners in mind, and will guide you through the basics of dressmaking. Learn how to create bust darts and attach neckline facings like a pro. With no tricky zips or buttonholes to master, simply pop the dress on over your head and fasten with a hook and eye.
But don’t forget, with loads of options for customisation, including adding sleeves, sleeve frills and a neck flounce, there is plenty of scope for a more advanced dressmaker to play around and have fun!
Materials required: any woven fabric (ideally lightweight cotton or wool crepe) but remember slippy fabrics are harder to sew!
Make yourself a pair of Ultimate Trousers with this perfect pattern. Slim fitting, ankle grazing and flattering for so many figures, the Ultimate Trousers will be your go-to trouser pattern. So simple to make you will be whipping these up in a couple of hours.
The Ultimate Trousers pattern is the perfect choice for an advanced beginner who wants to delve into trouser making without any of the complicated or confusing techniques. With no tricky fly to contend with, the Ultimate Trousers fasten with an invisible side zip. The waistline is finished with a facing and the trousers are machine hemmed. Made up of only four pattern pieces it’s hard to go wrong.
The pattern contains full step-by-step instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams.
The Ultimate Wrap dress from Sew Over It.
This is the most versatile dress to wear. Based on the famous designer wrap this dress will get you through all the seasons. It is so wearable – for work or evening – it will become a staple item in your wardrobe.
The pattern comes with instructions and illustrated diagrams to help you along the way!
Material required: jersey/stretch fabric
The Vintage Shirt Dress is a classic with a 1940’s /50’s vibe that will take you from season to season in style. Effortlessly chic, its feminine cut flatters all body shapes and sizes. Just throw this dress on for an instantly put-together look and you’re all good to go!
The pattern has a sleeved and sleeveless version, as well as endless fabric options, meaning there is tonnes of scope to make this dress your own. Ever versatile, you can even go two-tone and make the bodice in one fabric and the skirt in another to give the impression of separates.
With modern body sizing and revised shaping, the Vintage Shirt Dress has been updated to give it a contemporary feel, while the sweet notched collar gives it a vintage edge. A fantastic techniques-filled pattern, practise creating pleats, sewing a collar, adding facings and stitching buttonholes while you create your dress.
The Vintage Shirt Dress is designed for an intermediate level sewing pattern.It is recommend that you’ve made a few fitted garments before, and have experience with pleats and facings. If you’re fairly new to dressmaking try the Betty Dress, this would be a great one to have a go at first – though if you’re feeling determined, as long as you take it step by step we think you can definitely tackle this pattern.
The booklet contains full instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams.
Recommended fabrics and required notions: