How to use a sewing pattern: beginners’ guide

How to use sewing patterns

So you’re new to dressmaking and you’ve treated yourself to your first ever sewing pattern! Now what do you do with it? From cutting and joining the pieces, to understanding the markings and knowing how much fabric to buy, our essential guide is here to help.

The Alexa Dress

Sew a new weekend staple with The Alexa Dress in UK sizes 6-20, a super-comfy jersey style with a feminine skirt detail. You’ll love to wear this all year round, with a scoop neck for easy layering and a ruffle skirt.

The Aisling Dress

The Aisling Dress

Go boho with The Aisling Dress sewing pattern, a laid-back frock for everyday wear with a gathered skirt, neat collar, V-neckline and full sleeves, in UK sizes 6-20.

The Tamsyn Top

Simply Sewing Tamsyn Top sewing pattern

This boho top sewing pattern has a relaxed style with gathered sleeves. It’s a perfect match for light cottons, draped linens and floaty crepes – and holidays!

12 beginner sewing patterns to start making today

Victoria skirt beginner sewing patterns

Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to begin your dressmaking journey with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics.

The Evelyn Dress

Go retro with the 1940s-inspired Evelyn Dress, a tea-party frock with two feminine collar styles, two lengths and a swishy fit-and-flare silhouette.

The Jenna Jumpsuit

SS37 Jenna Jumpsuit soldout

Revealing our brand new pattern! Sew an all-year-round, all-occasion look with the easy-wear Jenna Jumpsuit sewing pattern from Cotton + Chalk, in UK sizes 6-20 (pre-order yours now – find it with issue 37 in our online store). This close-fitting pull-on jumpsuit sewing pattern has a mock wrap bodice, waist seam with elastic casing, pockets and a… Continue reading

The Zoe dress

The Zoe Dress sold out

Have you seen our new easy-to-wear pullover dress sewing pattern? It’s a great beginner’s dressmaking project as it needs no zips or fastenings and can be made in two lengths. It features a front scoop neckline, facings, back straps and side seam pockets.

The Jade Dress

SSM35 Jade dress pattern soldout

Hello, new fave frock! Make a versatile dress for your autumn wardrobe with Jade – our easy dress sewing pattern in UK sizes 6–20, featuring simple-style sleeves and a midi or knee length.

Win 3 metres of Seasalt fabric

Seasalt fabric patternless hem skirt

In case you  haven’t got your hands on a copy yet, issue 34 of Simply Sewing includes Jennie Jones’ guide to how to sew this swishy midi skirt with handkerchief hem…