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Sew the trends - ready-to-wear looks you can sew yourself

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

This is the second instalment of ready-to-wear trends that you can sew and recreate yourself. If you haven't read the first one yet, follow the link:

This time I have focused on dresses since the festive season is coming up and maybe you would like to sew yourself a new trendy dress.

So here are 5 current trends sold by popular fashion retailers that you can easily recreate with existing sewing patterns and sew yourself. All sewing patterns featured are from indie pattern designers. As a small business myself, I like to support other small businesses. If you see a pattern or fabric you like, follow the links to purchase it from the designer or fabrics shop.

PS: I am not compensated in any way for your purchase – I am just passionate about supporting other small businesses.

1. It's a wrap

Wrap Dresses are always in trend and flattering for many figures. This classic wrap dress has a straight skirt and short sleeves, and can be worn casual or glammed up.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Wrap midi dress in black denim by Asos

Sewing Pattern (right): Hannah Dress by By Hand London (picture taken from By Hand London)

Use light to medium weight cottons, linens and viscose in solid colours or stripes work beautifully to recreate the look. Here are a few fabrics available on my online fabric shop:

2. Would you like some tea?

A tea-dress - vintage inspired, girly and floaty with an a-line skirt in a flattering midi length. The soft fabrics makes this dress a dream to wear. I am very inspired by the possibility to use different floral fabrics for the top and skirt.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Midi Tea Dress by ASOS

Sewing Pattern (right): Lois Dress by Tessuti (picture taken from Tessuti)

Think drape and small/medium florals: silk satin or crepe de chine, viscose and rayon are the perfect fabrics for this dress. On Tessuti's website you'll find a version in Linen too.

3. Boho-chic

Boho-inspired mini dress with gathered sleeves and beautiful tie detail.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Mini Dress by Zara

Sewing Pattern (right): Roscoe Dress & Blouse by True Bias (picture taken from True Bias)

Soft fabrics with drape in any print: small for a more casual look, bolt to make a statement. This has been on my sewing list for a while and I have a lovely white check fabric I am looking forward to use.

4. All about the ruffles

Ruffles are the absolute trend right now and they don't seem to be going away - good because we love them! This dress, one of students wore this dress during her beginner course. When I saw her, I was immediately reminded of a. new pattern I came across on Instagram.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Slot collar dress with long sleeves by Zara

Sewing Pattern (right): Pleiades 2 dress by French Poetry (picture taken from French Poetry)

The pattern works best in double gauze but also in rayons, crepes, silks, linens and tencils. Check out some of the fabrics available in the online shop:

5. Take a plunge

A mock-wrap dress with a plunging v-neck and long sleeves.

Ready-to-wear look (left): V-neck midi Dress by Zara

Sewing Pattern (right): Magnolia Dress by Deer & Doe (picture taken from Deer & Doe)

Batiste, rayon twill or crepe, cotton voile work well for this dress. Any of the above listed fabrics will be perfect for this dress.

I hope I gave you some great fashion inspiration. If you have a dress or garment from a ready-to-wear shop that you would like to sew, comment below and I will try my best to find a matching sewing pattern for you.

Happy Sewing,


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