Learning to Sew These School Holidays?

With the school holidays upon us, and the winter weather encouraging indoor fun - learning (or teaching) to sew might be just the ticket to boredom bust the days ahead. 

Perhaps you would like to teach yourself? Or maybe you're lined up to be the Chief Entertainment Officer for some younger people in your life these holidays? 

We thought we'd put together a quick roundup of sewing patterns that are ideal to start out.  

The patterns we've chosen can all be sewn using stable fabrics that will keep things as simple as possible for a beginner sewer.

mini briar tee sewing pattern

The Mini Briar Tee is a great option to sew in a stable knit such as our Sideline range or Interlock Double Knit.  Sizes 2yrs -12yrs in each pattern - so you can get the whole whānau sewing!  This also comes in an adult version for the taller members of the family! 

mini tania sewing pattern

The Mini Tania Culottes are also a great project to work on with younger sewers.  To get started we'd recommend a stable cotton such as our organic cotton poplin range. 

The remainder of the patterns we have in this round up are designed for adults, but many have a size range that is also suitable for tweens and young teens. 


The River Tee and Dress pattern is a basic that can be sewn in both knit fabrics and woven fabrics - so a really great basic that can be adapted.  If choosing a knit, try a stable one such as our Sideline range or Interlock Double Knit.  If choosing a woven fabric, a cotton poplin or lawn fabric is a great option that's easy to work with. 


The Unisex Tee is a store favourite and also a fantastic starter project.  At this time of year, we're thinking that our Japanese Fine Cotton Twill would be a great choice! 

saguaro set sewing pattern

How about a pair of pyjamas to laze around in?  Try the trousers in the Saguaro Set for a starter in one of our shirting cottons for a satisfying first make.  This pattern can also take you from night to day by choosing alternative fabrics for a casual day trouser.

 assembly line a-line midi skirt

Prefer a skirt? The Assembly Line A-Line Midi skirt is a great starting pattern! Suitable for any stable light-mid weight fabrics, we think this sewn in our Washer Heavy Weight Linen range or everyday Cotton Drill would be great options! 


We hope you're feeling a little inspired to pull out the sewing machine these holidays and either pass your knowledge on to someone else, or if you're just starting out - just do it! 

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