We are so happy to be now stocking the beautiful patterns by The Avid Seamstress and we invited the lovely Lisa Falconer to join us for a quick Q&A so you could find out all about her pattern company. You may recognise Lisa from her This is a Sewing Machine classes at our West Hampstead shop.
Tell us about The Avid Seamstress!
We’re a London based pattern company dedicated to helping modern women enjoy the art of sewing. With a dedication to producing quality products with easy-to-follow instructions, we strive to bring together a community of women to empower and inspire each other through sewing.
Describe the style of your garments in three words:
Versatile, multifunctional and understated.
Tell us about the woman you design for:
We design for the modern day woman who loves to create things that are beautiful. Age (and the trends that go with it) aren’t as important, so she wants timeless, quality patterns that she can put her own style into.
What body shapes work best with your patterns?
Our patterns are drafted on a B cup but our size range is 6-22 so you can adapt them accordingly.
Each pattern suits a different body shape:
The Day Dress has a fitted bodice which finishes on your waist and a gathered skirt so great for those wanting to accentuate their upper half. This is such a pretty dress!
The Sheath Dress is such a great pattern as it has a kimono sleeve so works with most bust sizes, the skirt has a pencil shape and you can decide if you want to put in the elasticated waist to nip you in at the waist. With minimal pieces to cut out this is a perfect beginner dress or those wanting to whip something up quickly!
The Raglan Adult Dress / Top is perfect for those that want a relaxed but gorgeous shape – it’s fitted around the neck/upper chest and then the dress flares out into an A-Line shape – perfect for those wanting nothing fitted around their waist but not look like they are wearing a sack!
Our new A-Line dress has a fitted bodice which sits on your high hip and has such a classically flattering silhouette. Featuring loose sleeves and sophisticated V-neckline, this garment will add timeless elegance to any wardrobe. A gorgeous full skirt with optional inner pockets makes this a beautiful day or evening dress.
We have a gorgeous new pattern that we have been working on for over a year! It’s called The Shift Dress and is so flattering! We’ve also changed our instructions with this dress, so they are now photographs instead of images! You are going to love it!
What should home dressmakers know about using your patterns?
Our patterns are designed to make sewing fun, we cover every step and guide you through the journey of making one of our garments. Our sewing patterns come in a gorgeous re-closable envelope to keep your lovely pattern pieces together once you have cut it out. Our instruction books are beautiful and will teach you new ways of sewing, such as our way of inserting an invisible zip! We include handy tips & hints cards to give you all the guidance you need.
We love sewing at The Avid Seamstress and find joy in empowering and inspiring women to create beautiful articles of clothing.