Making Clothes for Beginners
Pattern Selection Guide

As part of the online booking system for this course, you'll be asked to select a garment to make. Below are the options we currently offer.

If you're completely new to sewing, it's worth noting that these images usually represent just one version of the pattern, and there are normally other versions available. These might include longer/shorter sleeves, longer/shorter hem, or additional features such as pleats or gathers. 

Clicking on the pattern name will take you to the designer's website, where you'll find lots more information, including more photos of the garment and sizing charts. 

If you need any help choosing a pattern, feel free to get in touch.

 
 

RUBY DRESS OR TOP
Made by Rae

A great, basic beginner's dress or top. Ruby features a contrast yoke and gathers for a comfortable and flattering fit without the need for bust darts, zippers, or closures. Armholes and neckline are bias-bound for an easy finish.

DOMINIQUE Tilly & The Buttons A straight skirt, designed to be super simple for beginners. It features straight seams to practise your stitching and an elasticated waistband for an easy fit - with no fiddly zips or buttonholes. Choose from knee length or above-the-knee hemline, and the optional turnover top patch pockets.

DOMINIQUE
Tilly & The Buttons

A straight skirt, designed to be super simple for beginners. It features straight seams to practise your stitching and an elasticated waistband for an easy fit - with no fiddly zips or buttonholes. Choose from knee length or above-the-knee hemline, and the optional turnover top patch pockets.

LULLABY LAYETTE by Oliver + S A unisex, four piece set of baby clothes for newborns.  Students will focus on one piece, with the option to make more if time permits.

LULLABY LAYETTE
by Oliver + S

A unisex, four piece set of baby clothes for newborns.  Students will focus on one piece, with the option to make more if time permits.

PYJAMA BOTTOMS (for Kids) by The Stitchery A simple pair of unisex pyjama bottoms with an elasticated waistband. Developed in-house at The Stitchery. Size: 6-14 yrs

PYJAMA BOTTOMS (for Kids)
by The Stitchery

A simple pair of unisex pyjama bottoms with an elasticated waistband. Developed in-house at The Stitchery.

Size: 6-14 yrs

MIETTE
TIlly & The Buttons

A gently flared wraparound skirt that ties at the front in a bow. The skirt has a wide overlap at the back (no danger of flashing!) and optional patch pockets. Simple to sew, Miette has no fiddly zips or buttonholes and is easy to fit. 

FAIRLFIELD BUTTON-UP  (Male Students Only) Thready Theory A button-up shirt with all of the classic details. Available as a regular slim fit, or with separate pattern pieces for larger figures, and to accommodate a rounded stomach.  The button band is drafted onto the shirt front to make matching plaids and stripes simple. The hem is curved so that this shirt can be worn tucked in or loose.  The sleeves include tower plackets and the option for a hidden tab so that they can be rolled and secured at the elbow.  

FAIRLFIELD BUTTON-UP 
(Male Students Only)
Thready Theory

A button-up shirt with all of the classic details. Available as a regular slim fit, or with separate pattern pieces for larger figures, and to accommodate a rounded stomach. 

The button band is drafted onto the shirt front to make matching plaids and stripes simple. The hem is curved so that this shirt can be worn tucked in or loose.  The sleeves include tower plackets and the option for a hidden tab so that they can be rolled and secured at the elbow.  

VEST & TROUSERS by Oliver + S A classic vest and trousers combo. Students will focus on one piece, with the option to make more if time permits. Size: 6 months -4yrs or 5-12yrs

VEST & TROUSERS
by Oliver + S

A classic vest and trousers combo. Students will focus on one piece, with the option to make more if time permits.

Size: 6 months -4yrs or 5-12yrs

ZINNIA Colette Patterns This quick and easy skirt will have you sewing up a new wardrobe in all your favorite fabrics. It's easy to sew, easy to fit, and works in such a wide range of fabrics that we know it will become your next handmade wardrobe staple. 

ZINNIA
Colette Patterns

This quick and easy skirt will have you sewing up a new wardrobe in all your favorite fabrics. It's easy to sew, easy to fit, and works in such a wide range of fabrics that we know it will become your next handmade wardrobe staple. 

THE LOTTIE DRESS or SHIRT by Christine Haynes The Lottie Dress and Shirt are loose fitting wardrobe staples with three sleeve and three length options for 18 mix and match combinations.  All three views pull over the head without the need for closures, making it a great project for a new sewer, or a fast sew for someone more experienced..

THE LOTTIE DRESS or SHIRT
by Christine Haynes

The Lottie Dress and Shirt are loose fitting wardrobe staples with three sleeve and three length options for 18 mix and match combinations. 

All three views pull over the head without the need for closures, making it a great project for a new sewer, or a fast sew for someone more experienced..

HOLLYBURN Sewaholic Designed for beginners, this is the perfect flared skirt. It sits right at the waist for maximum figure flattery, and features super practical pockets. Based on the popular Lonsdale Dress pattern, this skirt pattern includes three different lengths with three different amounts of flare. Additional details add emphasis to the waistline, with optional button tabs to feature pretty buttons, or belt loops to show off your favourite belts.

HOLLYBURN
Sewaholic

Designed for beginners, this is the perfect flared skirt. It sits right at the waist for maximum figure flattery, and features super practical pockets.

Based on the popular Lonsdale Dress pattern, this skirt pattern includes three different lengths with three different amounts of flare. Additional details add emphasis to the waistline, with optional button tabs to feature pretty buttons, or belt loops to show off your favourite belts.

WILLOW TANK TOP Colette Patterns The Willow Tank Dress is a versatile and reliable staple for all warm weather seasons. It’s fitted at the shoulders and falls into a relaxed fit below the bust. It’s unfussy and can be made into a dress or a tank top. Wear it to a picnic or on an elegant evening out. Techniques involved include sewing a straight seam, darts, hemming and applying bias facing. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.

WILLOW TANK TOP
Colette Patterns

The Willow Tank Dress is a versatile and reliable staple for all warm weather seasons. It’s fitted at the shoulders and falls into a relaxed fit below the bust. It’s unfussy and can be made into a dress or a tank top. Wear it to a picnic or on an elegant evening out.

Techniques involved include sewing a straight seam, darts, hemming and applying bias facing. Pattern is nested to facilitate cutting between sizes if needed.

MARIGOLD JUMPSUIT or TROUSERS Tilly & The Buttons The relaxed peg-shaped trousers are easy-fitting at the hip, with slash pockets for nonchalant slouching, tapering into a slim line ankle. The waist has gentle shaping from pleats and darts, cinched in with a quick-sew elasticated waistband. The jumpsuit bodice is shaped with bust darts and a sweetheart neckline, with a comfortable blousy waist, wide (bra-concealing!) shoulder straps, closing with an invisible zip at the side.

MARIGOLD JUMPSUIT or TROUSERS
Tilly & The Buttons

The relaxed peg-shaped trousers are easy-fitting at the hip, with slash pockets for nonchalant slouching, tapering into a slim line ankle. The waist has gentle shaping from pleats and darts, cinched in with a quick-sew elasticated waistband. The jumpsuit bodice is shaped with bust darts and a sweetheart neckline, with a comfortable blousy waist, wide (bra-concealing!) shoulder straps, closing with an invisible zip at the side.

HAZEL DRESS Colette Patterns A great basic top for spring and summer which does double duty as a layering piece in the fall and winter. This top features a tiny pocket as well as bust darts and a slightly relaxed fit. Suitable for many fabrics, dress it down for day in cotton chambray or make it fancy with a printed silk.

HAZEL DRESS
Colette Patterns

A great basic top for spring and summer which does double duty as a layering piece in the fall and winter. This top features a tiny pocket as well as bust darts and a slightly relaxed fit. Suitable for many fabrics, dress it down for day in cotton chambray or make it fancy with a printed silk.

BETTINE Tilly & The Buttons Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono sleeves which hang softly around the underarm, turn-up cuffs, elasticated waistline to cinch you in and flattering tulip skirt. The plain skirt version is a perfect project for beginners, as it's simple to sew, with no fiddly darts, fastenings or set-in sleeves - yay! More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs for a speedy, satisfying project.

BETTINE
Tilly & The Buttons

Bettine is an easy-peasy throw-it-over-your-head dress. It has a blousy bodice with scoop neckline, kimono sleeves which hang softly around the underarm, turn-up cuffs, elasticated waistline to cinch you in and flattering tulip skirt.

The plain skirt version is a perfect project for beginners, as it's simple to sew, with no fiddly darts, fastenings or set-in sleeves - yay! More experienced? Try the pocket skirt version and optional cuff tabs for a speedy, satisfying project.

SWINGSET SKIRT by Oliver + S This simple, fully-lined skirt features two elastic  casings and a drawstring that ties at one side. The flared shape will have girls of all ages twirling happily. Size: 6 months - 14yrs

SWINGSET SKIRT
by Oliver + S

This simple, fully-lined skirt features two elastic  casings and a drawstring that ties at one side. The flared shape will have girls of all ages twirling happily.

Size: 6 months - 14yrs

ARIELLE  Tilly & The Buttons Arielle is an asymmetric pencil or mini skirt with an adorable button opening to one side. Long darts and a high waistline create a flattering, figure-hugging shape. The unlined version is an ideal project for confident beginners, or take your sewing prowess up a notch by adding the optional luxury lining.

ARIELLE 
Tilly & The Buttons

Arielle is an asymmetric pencil or mini skirt with an adorable button opening to one side. Long darts and a high waistline create a flattering, figure-hugging shape. The unlined version is an ideal project for confident beginners, or take your sewing prowess up a notch by adding the optional luxury lining.

GERANIUM by Made by Rae The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile pattern that can be made as a dress or a top. Size: newborn to 5yrs

GERANIUM
by Made by Rae

The Geranium Dress is a sweet and incredibly versatile pattern that can be made as a dress or a top.

Size: newborn to 5yrs

GINGER Colette This simple and pretty a-line skirt with high waistband will be a new wardrobe staple. Quick to sew, flattering to wear, and complete with excellent step-by-step instructions, this beautiful skirt is suitable for any sewer from beginner to advanced. 

GINGER
Colette

This simple and pretty a-line skirt with high waistband will be a new wardrobe staple. Quick to sew, flattering to wear, and complete with excellent step-by-step instructions, this beautiful skirt is suitable for any sewer from beginner to advanced. 

BELCARRA Sewaholic The Belcarra Blouse is a simple pullover top with subtle waist shaping and raglan sleeves. Ideal for showing off beautiful fabrics with minimal sewing. No darts or tucks. Great for wearing under suits and jackets, tucked into skirts with waistbands or worn untucked with trousers and shorts. The simple style makes it perfect for embellishments. 

BELCARRA
Sewaholic

The Belcarra Blouse is a simple pullover top with subtle waist shaping and raglan sleeves. Ideal for showing off beautiful fabrics with minimal sewing. No darts or tucks.

Great for wearing under suits and jackets, tucked into skirts with waistbands or worn untucked with trousers and shorts. The simple style makes it perfect for embellishments. 

PENDRELL Sewaholic The Pendrell blouse is a feminine semi-fitted top. Your choice of unique draped sleeves, flirty double ruffles or a classic sleeveless shell.  This blouse is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. Ruffles or sleeves add dimension at the shoulders, which balances out wider hips so they appear slim in comparison! Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips.

PENDRELL
Sewaholic

The Pendrell blouse is a feminine semi-fitted top. Your choice of unique draped sleeves, flirty double ruffles or a classic sleeveless shell. 

This blouse is designed with a pear-shaped figure in mind. Ruffles or sleeves add dimension at the shoulders, which balances out wider hips so they appear slim in comparison! Sizing is proportioned for a pear-shaped figure: smaller bust and waist, larger hips.