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On this page, you can download patterns I have created for your own personal use at no cost. Please note the copyright on these patterns – YOU MAY NOT claim these patterns as your own, sell them, redistribute them or use them for any commercial purposes. If you display work that you have created using them online or otherwise, I would request the courtesy of crediting me for the design and linking to this page if applicable. Please do not abuse these downloads- I’d hate to have to take them down!
DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert or professional pattern drafter or grader. Use these patterns at your own risk and I highly recommend making a muslin first! I will not be held responsible for any ill-fitting garments or unintentional ugliness, other than my own :)
PATTERN: Kate Spade-Inspired Faux Fur Pullover
A zany, vintage-y, loose-fitting alternative to a jacket in faux fur with raglan sleeves and a funnel neck.
This easy-to-construct garment with just four pattern pieces is sized for XS, but it should be easy to enlarge by adding the desired extra width through the middle of each piece. For the size XS, you will need approximately 1.5 yards of faux fur (60″ wide) and about 1.25 yards of lining (45″ wide.) It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with basic techniques for cutting and sewing faux fur before beginning this project.
The Selfish Seamstress Kate Spade-Inspired Fur Pullover Sewing Pattern by The Selfish Seamstress is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
PATTERN: Ballet Skirt for Grown-ups
A simple and elegant ballet skirt with no frou-frou.
A pattern for a simple ballet wrap skirt, slightly longer in the back than in the front. This skirt has no ruffles, no gathering, and minimal flare. The skirt should fit an adult/teen size XS-M. If you’re worried it won’t be big enough, add a few inches to the center by placing the center front of the pattern parallel to the fold but an inch or two away when cutting. You’ll need about a yard and a half of polyester georgette or polyester chiffon and about 2.5 yards of narrow grosgrain ribbon.
PATTERN: The Minimalist Cowl
An easy sleeveless cowl turtleneck top
This is a super easy sleeveless cowl neck top in size XS-S. The cowl is more of a turtleneck style rather than the shawl-type that drapes across the shoulders. The pattern is a simple 3 pieces and is designed for knits. I’ve used a double knit in the model but it would also be great in a sweater knit or drapey rayon jersey. Use a stretch stitch, narrow zigzag, or serge to make sure that the seams stay stretchy. Instructions included in the file.
PATTERN: The English Tutor Dress (A kit for use with Simplicity 2473)
A L’Wren Scott inspired sheath with contrast collar and cuffs
This kit contains patterns for the collar, sleeves, and cuffs for the English Tutor Dress. It is intended to be used with Simplicity 2473. (I can’t post the whole pattern for the dress for copyright reasons.) The additions fit the size 4 dress (RTW 0-2, Burda 32), but they are relatively simple so they should be easy to grade up if you need a larger size.
Instructions are included, but I’m not a professional at writing sewing instructions so you may find them a little bit difficult to follow if you don’t have some experience with sleeves and collars.
PATTERN: The Audrey Dress
A little black dress inspired by Hepburn and Givenchy
This is a pattern for a dress inspired by Hubert de Givenchy’s gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I drafted it in my size (Burda size 32 petite, RTW size 0 petite). If you are a size 32 but not petite, you can probably get away with just lengthening at the hem, as I am long-waisted and usually do not make petite alterations in the bodice when I design for myself.
The dress is a lined sheath with armhole princess seams on the front bodice, darted skirt, darted back, and side invisible zipper. I recommend using sturdy interfacing for the back neck and the top of the back bodice for structure and reinforcement.
The pattern is quite basic (only 5 pieces!) and it includes seam allowances and hem allowance. However, it is otherwise fairly bare bones in terms of markings and I have not written instructions for it at this time, so I would not recommend it for a beginner. If you have some experience in assembling lined dresses, you should be able to handle it just fine.
PATTERN: The Coffee Date Dress
A basic dress with A-line skirt and ruffle detail
This pattern, designed and drafted by me, is available for download in my size (Burda size 32 petite, RTW size 0 petite), and in a multi-sized pattern in Burda regular sizes 34-42. Be sure to download the correct instructions for your version, either the size 32 petite, or the multi-size pattern, as they differ slightly. Note that the size 32 petite pattern has seam allowances included, while the multi-size does not.
The dress is sleeveless with a slight scoop neck, a-line skirt, and ruffle detail at the bodice front. It has an all-in-one bodice facing and back zip. I would rate this pattern as suitable for an advanced beginner or intermediate sewer.