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The Best Free Patterns

Who doesn’t love a freebie? I’ve collected together free patterns that I have found online which are a great place to start dipping your toe into dressmaking.

1. The Sorbetto from Colette Patterns


A perfect beginner pattern as it has no openings or fastenings to get confused with. The neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding for a simple construction. It comes in 3 versions:

  1. The tank top version shown above.
  2. Tunic length with a seam vent and slight high-low hem
  3. Set in sleeves with a baby hem.

2. Peppermint Magazine 

I was listening to episode 19 of Love to Sew podcast with included an interview with Emily Hundt the designer behind ‘in the Folds’ independent sewing patterns. Emily creates patterns for the Australian magazine ‘Peppermint’  which are completely free to download. I have already downloaded several of the patterns into my dropbox ready to tackle this year. I particularly love this summer dress and I’m dreaming of making it from a beautiful soft linen.

Peppermint sewing school Issue 24 summer sundress

3. Burda Patterns

I discovered Burda magazines just this week and had a quick flick through and I was impressed by the amount of patterns on offer. I looked online and found that they have a selection of free patterns when you search. The site requires a free membership which doesn’t take long to fill out. I do recommend that you have some sewing experience when using these patterns as the instructions are a little bare and assumes you have sewing knowledge.

4. Modern Sewing patterns

This website has links to several patterns for women, men and children. I haven’t tried any of these patterns, but it does seem again a little sparse and might not be the best place to begin.

5. Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly released a free pattern for Snuggly Slipper Boots last November. I’ve seen a few versions pop up on my Instagram which look divine.

Free Sewing Pattern! Make Your Own Snuggly Slipper Boots - Tilly and the Buttons

Tilly also offers instructions on how to make a ‘Picnic Blanket Skirt’. Its not a downloadable pattern but measurements to cut your own. The instructions are in true ‘Tilly and the Buttons’ style – perfect for beginners.

6. So Sew Easy

Wow a fantastic website with a wide collection of free patterns! The instructions are accompanied with clear photos and sew along sections. I love this ‘Easy Romper’ pattern, it would be a perfect coverup for the beach.

easy romper

I think I’ve just added many more new patterns to me ‘To Sew’ list. If you know of any other free patterns please share in the comments.

Adelle x

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