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

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

This is the fourth instalment of ready-to-wear trends that you can sew and recreate yourself. If you haven't read the first two yet, click on the category 'Sew the Trends' above.

I looked up a variety of sewing patterns and trends online and found a good mix of midi length floaty skirts and dresses but also the recently boiler suit trend. 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. Simple Wardrobe Staple

A cami is a simple piece to add to your wardrobe and you can make it in a variety of fabrics and prints but also hack it into so many styles. Like the Ogden Cami by True Bias. It is a very easy to sew pattern - unless you use tricky fabric - but definitely a quick sew. Watch this space for a new 'Confident Beginner' Course.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Button down cami in orange by New Look

Sewing Pattern (right): Ogden Cami by True Bias

How about hacking the cami top into a dress ...

Use light weight fabric like rayon, cotton lawn or crepe work beautifully to recreate the look. But also light-weight linens would be a great. Here are a few fabrics available on my online fabric shop:

2. Wrap Dress with floaty sleeves

Wrap Dresses are never out of style, very flattering and perfect for any occasion. Dress them up with high heels for a wedding or wear it every day with trainers.

Ready-to-wear look (left): midi wrap dress with ruffle hem by Wednesday's Girl

Sewing Pattern (right): Eve Dress by Sew Over It

Light weight woven fabrics with lots of drape such as rayon and crepe are ideal for this type of dress.

3. Anywhere and Everyday Skirt

Midi-length and button-up front have been trendy for a while now - add pockets to your skirt and you have made yourself another wardrobe staple.

Ready-to-wear look (left): button front seersucker midi skirt in blue stripe by ASOS Design

Sewing Pattern (right): Anywhere Skirt by Made Everyday

The pattern comes in 3 different variations and 4 different length for adults, teens and children. You can sew matching skirts for every member of your family. This skirt is very versatile when it comes to fabric. Different weights will achieve a different look. Use light-weight cottons, such as seersucker and lawn for a softer look and medium-weight cottons for a puffier version - ideal are quilting cottons or poplins.

4. Button Up!

A loose-fitted button up shirt - comfy and stylish. Pair it with tights and boots for cooler days or with trainers or sandals for sunny days. A button-up shirt is a great wardrobe staple.

Ready-to-wear look (left): button through midi shirt dress with ruched waist by ASOS

Sewing Pattern (right): Reeta Dress by Names Clothing

Choose a light or medium weight fabric with drape. Soft fabrics like tencel, linen, rayon and silk crepe de chine work best to achieve this fluid look. Check out some of the fabrics available in the online shop:

5. The Boiler-suit

A fun, on-trend boiler-suit that’s sure to be your favourite weekend outfit-in-one. Great for day casual to night glamour, a jumpsuit looks just as fabulous worn with trainers as with heels.

Ready-to-wear look (left): Denim jumpsuit in stone by Boohoo

Sewing Pattern (right): Farrah Jumpsuit by Sew Over It

Medium-weight woven fabrics, such as corduroy, stretch denim, cotton twill, cotton drill, twill crepe and heavier linens work best for this type of jumpsuit. Unfortunately, I don't carry any (yet).

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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