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Go To Dressmaking Patterns

As a newbie looking to dip their toes into dressmaking it must be overwhelming to discover just how much resources and information there is out there. I know I am always looking at patterns and could spend an absolute fortune on them if I wanted without really knowing what I was buying (hint – I and many others have done this!). With this in mind, I asked the lovely members over at the Dressmaking Blogger Network on Facebook to tell me what their go to patterns are and why:

Gillian of Indulging Mum says:

Colette Laural. I love that it’s so easy and quick to make. Plus with the extra choice of necklines and sleeves it can be different every time I make it. It’s also a flattering shape for my “Apple” figure 🙂

Ann of Sew Watts says:

I like the Maria Denmark Yasmin skirt. It is flattering , easy to fit due to the construction method and love the pockets set under deep yoke. I’ve made it up four times in different fabrics and each one is different. Two winter corduroy skirts, a light cotton skirt for summer and a rich Versace velvet skirt for Xmas outings.

Sonja of Sewing a la Carte says:

That would be a dress shirt pattern for my husband: Zonen 09 Theo Overhemd. I’ve made it three times and will make at least two more this Autumn. After some minor alterations to the yoke it fits perfect. The sleeve and body length are perfect and the pattern comes with lots of different styles.

Janey of Jane like sewing says:

Mine is the Ultimate Shift Dress (by Sew Over It) – it’s easy, the best shift shape I’ve found and theres loads online for inspiration!


Sarah of Essj Creative says:

Merchant and Mills Trapeze Dress, I have made it countless times and in different variations of the original. Also the Imogen Blouse by Sew Me Something. I love both of them as they are totally my style.

Emma of Of Shoes and Ships and Sealing Wax says:

Madeit Patterns Groove Dress – it’s a gorgeous shape, looks great on, is a lovely quick sew and has masses of options for variation. And the Chocolate Chip Skirt by Tiedyediva. Lovely shape, very economical on fabric, easy to wear, POCKETS!

Alison  says:

Mine’s the Lark Tee by Grainline. I live in it! Different fabrics and necklines make it look very different and it makes a good sleep-tee too.


Wendy says:

Linden sweatshirt by Grainline and a new one is Makers Atelier Raw Edge Coat , both so easy but look great and suit my style of dressing (with jeans).


Simona of Sewing Adventures in the Attick says:

For me it seems at the moment it’s Briar Tee and Sweatshirt by Megan Nielsen. Made 4 and still want to make some more. Dead easy to make on an overlocker, once you get the hang of it.

Heather of Dresstoration says:

M6166 is always flattering, B4443 I’ve made for 4 different people and it’s always nice, and B5466 is the most versatile pencil skirt pattern available, in my opinion. I don’t even have to look them up anymore!

Romy of Romy Kate says:

The TATB Agnes top hacked into a dress – it’s so comfy and quick to sew, and when it’s a bit cooler I live in them with leggings or tights 💙


Lesley of Sew Sleep Deprived says:

Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers, New Look 6356 and New Look 6123. They are basics that I can then hack and personalise clothes I make. They all fit me brilliantly the with almost no adjustments which makes life easier.


Akram of Akram’s Ideas says:

The Delphine Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons book Love at First Stitch. I like the look of it, a good separate wardrobe staple and it’s easy to make. Also you can do many variations, like button embellishments, belt loops etc. I’ve also have added side seam and patch pockets in the past.


I hope you enjoyed reading this and found some of the links useful. What is your favourite go to pattern? Is it in this list, or is it something different? If so, please do share the name in the comments below!

Happy Sewing!


  1. janeyo janeyo

    Claire! i feel a little bit famous! really good post x

  2. WOW Claire. What a good and compact overview of favourite sewing patterns you’ve made. It such a pleasure to see a lot of Indie patterns suggestions above the commercial sewing patterns. If you’re planning to do this item again in the future it’s perhaps an idea to ask for Season favourites.

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