October Newsletter

Sewing Studio

What’s New For Sew Me Something This Month?

October, Autumn certainly comes into full swing! We are only a couple of days in, but jumpers and scarves seem to be an integral part of the Sew Me Something Team’s dress code this month. I have to admit as lovely as the converted barn that we call SMS HQ is, you don’t half feel the cold in the Autumn/Winter season – but I for one am so ready for cosy, comfy clothes anyway. (Okay, I say this all year round but even more so now October has arrived).

Introducing The Juno Dress

Juno dress Sewing Pattern

Featuring a Round Neckband, a beautiful detailed gathered neckline, a Button Placket opening at the back and of course, pockets! All in all, this is a lovely one for Autumn/Winter. This is another of our recent sewing patterns (and all future patterns) that is available in two size ranges. Misses UK 6-18 and Curvy 20-34. If the Juno Dress is a bit of you… buy the Paper or PDF sewing pattern here.

Whether you prefer the easiness of wearing dresses or you just don’t like wearing trousers or jeans….as we all know, the secret to wearing a dress in Autumn/Winter is layering! You can absolutely wear dresses all year round. Just because it’s winter you don’t have to send your favourite dress to the back of the wardrobe. Add tights and a long sleeve tee to create warmth or how about a big blanket scarf for those cooler days.

Browse and buy the Juno Dress Sewing Pattern here.

What Fabric To Choose For Your Juno Dress?

Since releasing the pattern at the start of the month, the Arctic Dusk Laundered Linen has proven to be a popular choice of fabric for this dress sewing pattern. Linen is always a popular choice, this is probably down to its durability and versatility. Those of you who know me well, will know that it’s no secret that I LOVE LINEN. Saying that, the Juno Dress is equally wonderful in corduroy, if you’re looking for something a little Autumnal the Stretch Corduroy Forest Green is perfect for your Autumn Capsule Wardrobe.

Our other fabric suggestions for the new Juno Dress are Denim, Ramie, Cotton Poplin, Medium Weight Cotton, Cotton Drill or Viscose Rayon Fabric. Here are a few of our the SMS Team top pick:

Plum Washed Ramie Linen
Vintage Blue Tile Print Viscose
Brick Red Stretch Needlecord
Navy Woven Star Cotton

Do I dare to say the C word?! As always, Christmas will be here before we know it. If you’re ready to get in the Christmas spirit, we do have a collection of Christmas fabrics which all would look lovely and festive made up in the Juno Dress.

Defoliage Spice Cotton
Winterberry Spice Cotton
Let It Glow Cotton
Tree Farm Lit Cotton

You can view our full range of fabrics, available to buy online here.

Learn To Make The Juno Dress

Each month we release a new In-Depth Online Sewing Course into our Sewing Studio. If you want to learn how to make the Juno Dress, the step-by-step online video will show you just how to do that. You are able to sew along, pause, rewind and fast forward as much as you need to, sewing at your own pace, in the comfort of your own space.

To get started on your Juno Dress, sign up to our Sewing Studio today or if you are already a member you can access your account and start watching now.

Becoming a Silk Sewing Studio Member gives you unlimited access to all in-depth online sewing courses and you are able to download the sewing pattern for each course for free.

The 8 easy to follow lessons to make your own Juno Dress include:

  • Suitable Fabrics
  • Supplies Needed
  • A Little Bit Of Prep
  • Making Up The Front Pockets
  • Attaching The Sleeves
  • Attached The Neckband and Facing
  • Back Placket Opening
  • Hems and Buttonholes

Find out more about the In-Depth Online Sewing Courses in the Sewing Studio here.

Juno Dress Pattern Hacks

This month we have introduced a new feature into our Sewing Studio, available to all Silk Members. To help you get more from your sewing patterns, you can now find pattern hacks enabling you to create new designs and garments that differ from the original pattern. The hacks may include small changes like adjusting the length or larger changes like merging patterns together for example turning your jumpsuit into a dress.

The Juno Dress Pattern Hacks include, without neck gathers, mitred button placket and pockets, long gathered sleeves, plain long sleeves and extended button placket. You can download an A4 PDF tile for each pattern hack.

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Pattern Cutting Series: Dart Manipulation Part Two

Last month ‘Dart Manipulation Part One’ we took a closer look at how to use darts to create style lines and design details. Really getting to grips with the basic fundamental techniques in pattern cutting.

Now we have covered the basic principles of darts, we can focus on getting a little more creative. Darts seems so insignificant sometimes and are often overlooked as a form of creativity within a garment. The examples we share in the lessons will inspire you to think about and use darts more creatively.

The In-depth Online Pattern Cutting Sewing Course for Dart Manipulation feature these lessons:

  • Cluster Darts
  • Graduated Darts
  • Radiating Darts
  • Parallel Darts
  • Asymmetric Darts
  • Intersecting Darts Into The Waist
  • Intersecting Darts With Gathers

To access all full Pattern Cutting Series including Dart Manipulation, visit our Sewing Studio here.

Sewing Techniques To Help You Boost Your Sewing Skills

How To Sew a Placket Opening

This is a traditional way of creating and neatening an opening on necklines or sleeves.

A placket opening is the traditional opening used on men’s shirtsleeves. Quite often it has a point at the top of the placket and is then known as a Tower Placket. It also works well as a front opening on shirts and blouses as all the raw edges are enclosed giving a nice neat finish.

Follow along to the step-by-step photo-tutorial in the Sewing Studio. Not yet a member? Sign up here.

How To Sew a Continuous Bound Opening

This is a lovely way to neaten an opening on lightweight fabrics. It works well as both a sleeve opening or at the back neckline. It is a more delicate method than the traditional placket opening and so more suited to finer, delicate fabrics like a cotton lawn or silk crêpe de Chine.

Ready to boost your sewing skills and techniques? Gain expert advice in the Sewing Studio. Find out more here.

What’s coming up next month?

With Christmas soon approaching, have you sorted out your party wear? The new pattern due to be released in November, might just be the thing you are looking for.


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