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NEW – Limited Edition Sewing Pattern Collections

Last minute Christmas Gift Sewing?  

I knew it wasn’t just me!

In that case, have you seen our new sewing pattern collections?

I’ve had great fun creating bundles of my favourite pattern combos which will run for a limited time and I’ll swap them around as I get new inspirations!

The Sewing Pattern Collections will give you a saving of 10% on The Paper Pattern Collections & 15% saving on the PDF Pattern Collections.

The Christmas Collection - your favourite Indie Sewing patterns to make the best PJs and loungewear for gifts or yourself

I was very excited to create The Christmas PDF Collection featuring The Portland Shorts and The Simone Set because they make the best PJs and loungewear and so are the perfect pattern if you are stuck and want to make that last minute gift. And you could even make an Eye Mask with our free PDF Sewing Pattern for a cute set. In fact, that’s next on my list – ssshhh, don’t tell the kids.

A note to my UK sewing friends: I know it’s currently -4° at midday here (I do not joke!) and funnily enough, we may not be thinking of shorts right now but they don’t take too much fabric and it’s warmer elsewhere in the world and it will be here one day too!

And remember, I don’t like to make patterns that are one-trick wonders, longevity is my favourite way to be sustainable, so these patterns aren’t just for Christmas, these beauties will stand the test of time.

The Dress Collection - the ultimate collection of 5 of your favourite Indie Sewing patterns

With this in mind, I’ve also created The Ultimate Dress Pattern Collection – available in Paper Patterns or as a PDF Collection.

These are 5 very versatile dress sewing patterns which will pretty much cover every occasion from office wear, your favourite everyday casual dress to the stylish “we’re going out out” dress and of course they can transition with you through all the seasons. I like to layer my dresses over skinny thermal polo necks now it’s cold!

And then I kind of got carried away and created a few other sewing pattern collections that I think will be fun too!

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SALE – 30% off Gütermann thread

pink and yellow sewing threads stacked- Gutermann Recycled Sewing Thread - Sew All rPET


We have too much sewing thread and so are having a stock clearance of Gütermann rPET recycled sewing threads – Save 30% while stocks last!

But HURRY – when they’re gone, they are gone!

Gutermann Recycled Topstitching thread made from recycled plastic rPET bottles. This is an excellent quality Eco topstitch sewing thread suitable for all topstitching and decorative sewing needs including hand stitched buttonholes.

Sew all thread (100m)

was £2.25 and now £1.58

and that includes the Topstitch thread (30m) too!

was £2.30 and now £1.60

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Last Orders 2023

last shipping dates for sewing gifts and sewing patterns for Christmas 2023

Hello, my lovely sewing friends!

These are the last posting dates from Royal Mail for Christmas 2023. Place orders before 12pm to be included in that days shipping.

Please do place your order as soon as possible as these dates should allow enough time for delivery but they are not guaranteed and we all know how the post gets at Christmas!

  • UK – We use the reliable Royal Mail 48* service, which typically delivers within 2-4 business days after shipping. *Please note that some goods may require alternative Royal Mail services.
  • EUROPE – We use Royal Mail International Tracked Service. We expect your order to be delivered in 5-10 business days after shipping.
  • REST OF THE WORLD – We use Royal Mail International Tracked Service. We expect your order to be delivered in 9-12 business days after shipping.

Monday 11th December – Australia and New Zealand

Wednesday 13th December – USA, Canada most of Europe

Monday 18th December – UK

We will continue to post out after these dates until we close for the mince pie season.

For any last-minute presents I can recommend a PDF pattern for instant sewing JOY!

OPENING HOURS – 20th December to 3rd January

We will be enjoying the festivities as a family over the Christmas and New Year period so there will be a very reduced customer and pattern support service during this time. I’ll be checking on things every few days but please be patient.

Until then, my friends, we wish you a peaceful Christmas & New Year.

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MAVEN1832 – meet the French Dart testers!

The French Dart 1832 in extended size range of UK sizes 18-32. Plus sized sewing patterns

Hello Sewing Friends!

Today is all about the wonderful pattern testers that took the time to make and share their thoughts on the new extended size range for our French Dart sewing pattern.

It’s been a little while in the creating but The French Dart is now available in our new extended size range of (UK) 18-32. Hurrah! The Rochester and The Somerset patterns will be released in this new size range in the next few weeks.

As always I’ve given a lot of care and thought to these patterns. We’ve had them re-drafted and graded by a professional pattern house who have a lot of experience in plus size patterns having originally created the patterns for Dawn French’s range, and worked with a professional fit model to for several fittings to ensure the new blocks were up to Maven standards.

And then it was time to ask for help with a wider testing group. I must admit I was quite taken back with all the responses to the original tester call out – I really hadn’t expected so many. The generosity and patience of the sewing community really is something to behold and be part of!

With some difficulty I narrowed down to a few testers who were all wonderful! Understandably, not everyone wanted to be public or share photos outside of the test (that wasn’t a requirement of testing) but I do have permission to share these beauties, some of which are toiles / wearable toiles / early versions but already much loved.

Meet the testers!

Shelley / @shelburyuk

Shelley chose a gorgeous printed satin for her French Dart and made version C with a Bishop Sleeve. I’m totally in love with this version and this print!

Helga / @pyperscout

Helga made 2 wonderful French Darts. The first was a toile in an Ikea print and the second was the cap sleeve version.

“I am thrilled to be able to sew the lovely French Dart dress from Maven Patterns. It has been on my list for a while. When extended sizes where introduced, I knew I was finally going to get to sew one. The pattern is incredibly well drafted. For someone like me, who loves to follow instructions, it was flawless. The fit is lovely. That collar is my dream! Who knew a French dart could give such lovely shaping! I hope to make a cap sleeve tunic for over trousers, and a bishop sleeve dress for our harsh Canadian winters.” Helga

Corrie / @corriesfancygoods

I’m sure many of you will know Corrie from Instagram as her ceramic jewellery is now quite legendary in the sewing community! Corrie used a slightly stretchy cotton and left out the back darts for this French Dart.

“A timeless garment that works across seasons and personal aesthetics. Layering with heavy boots for winter and bare legs for summer. The French Dart Shift will fit into anyones wardrobe effortlessly.” Corrie

Heike / @crea_dele

Heike made version B with the cap sleeve in a glorious yellow viscose-linen

“The French Dart Shift Dress is a very versatile garment. Comfortable, smart casual. Many types of fabric can be chosen, the pattern/dress is suitable for a summer as well as winter dress. I love the adjustment tips given on the website. With these tips the French Dart Shift Dress will be perfect for ervery body shape. I will definitely sew many more dresses with this excellent pattern and I am looking very much forward to receiving totally different looks with it.” Heike

Gilly / @theappletonstitch_edit

Gilly made 2 wonderful French Darts and the first one is lined using our Lining tutorial.

“This is my first time testing a pattern for a designer & I was thrilled to be selected to sew the French Dart (FD). I’ve wanted to sew this for ages but to be honest, standard sizing & the need for a full bust adjustment had put me off. I decided to sew a couple of toiles first using a duvet cover because I had some gorgeous material lined up for my final lined version, I decided to try out both short & long bell sleeved versions. I kept closely to Maven sizing against my fluctuating measurements, the main adjustment was grading out the pattern at the hip. I am so pleased with my final fully lined FD, & will be going back to adjust my first toile which I made too large – based on original measurements. I will also re-sew a short sleeve for my second toile which is already cut out. I will also shorten the length on one of them to wear with trousers/leggings in autumn. They were a dream to sew as I used Maven’s tutorials throughout. I had never sewn a Maven pattern before & the tutorial were so helpful, I will use Mrs M’s techniques on other makes. I especially want to shout out the updated inseam pocket and lining tutorials. I can see that this pattern will become a favourite for me, I’d like to try a bound neck version next.” Gilly

Lone & Lykke / The Sister Act!

I was so happy when sisters Lykke (@Lykkenernu) & Lone (@lonekyllesbech) took part in the test together – such a fun idea!

Lou /@loudelve

The French Dart MAVEN1832 - meet the testers! LOU

Lou made this gorgeous wearable toile in Ankara fabric.

“I was so happy to be chosen to test this pattern. I would always look longingly at the pattern but it was out of my size range, until now! I loved making this up. It was quicker than I imagined and i will definitely be making more. It has clear instructions and pattern pieces. Thank you for Extending the size range!! The fit is really good and corresponded to my measurements. I thought i would have to make some adjustments, but not at all.” Lou


Ysabel made the cap sleeve version in a linen, which is always my favourite fabric for a French Dart! And who doesn’t love a close up pic of such beautiful stitching!

“I made a super simple version of this dress: ochre linen, cap sleeves and a bias neck. I’ve worn this dress 3 times so far, and every time someone has paused our conversation just to remark how much they love the dress. This is one of my new wardrobe staples and I can’t wait to make a funkier version in the future.” Ysabel

The French Dart MAVEN1832 - meet the testers! YSABEL

And a final thank you to my other testers that have chosen not to be included in the round-up but their contributions are equally valued!

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