If you're just getting started with sewing, you might think that a dress is way out of your league. But that's not necessarily so. A dress is actually a great beginner project, as long as you choose a simple style and easy-to-work-with fabric (more on that in a minute!).
"They had style, they had grace." That's Madonna singing about Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe and other screen sirens in her hit song "Vogue." Those mid-20th century glamour gals could sashay into a room like nobody's business. And their dresses? To die for.
We're obsessed with amazing designer-entrepreneurs making patterns for clothes and accessories that we want to make and wear RIGHT NOW. Along with great style, indie patterns rock real-world sizing, downloadable pattern options, tutorials, and pattern hacks and variations that make a wardrobe really work. The only downside might be so many genius pattern companies to choose from. Here are some we love.
Sometimes a sewing pattern is almost perfect, except you'd prefer it was a V-neck. No biggie — you can easily change your pattern and sew the neckline you want.
When actress, singer and sewist Marcy Harriell spots an item on the rack, she sees potential. Because in her hands, so-so pieces get turned into imaginative, head-turning fashion statements. This original Bluprint series follows Marcy as she brings wild creativity and a funky sense of style to outfits she refashions for her daily adventures.
There's nothing like finding a T-shirt pattern that just fits really well. But even we get sick of the same old T shape, so why not try personalizing it with a different neckline? It's dangerously simple to do, and will help shake up your wardrobe in a big way.