Simple sewing patterns
Hummingbird Pant (womens)
A go "anywear" pant to dress up or relax in. Easy construction with angled side pockets and gathered elastic & drawstring waistline ensuring a flexible and comfortable fit. The slight leg taper ensures a flattering look with 2 different style options:
STYLE A - Leg hem finished in a stretch cotton/lycra band (to allow the pant to be worn at 3/4 length or full).
STYLE B - Simple turn under hem (that can be worn folded up or long).
OPTIONAL Leg trim. Refer this blog for adding leg trim.
>RECOMMENDED FABRIC Although designed for mid weight wovens or jersey knits, this is a super versatile pattern that can be sewn from almost anything. Your fabric choice naturally determines the look and feel of the pants, but it will work with most fabrics.
WOVEN > For winter corduroy, wool suiting (light to mid weight), poly/cotton blends, >For Summer - linen, cotton, rayon/viscose, tencel, rayon/poly
KNIT> fine merino wool, cotton jersey knit, sweat shirting,
>SKILL LEVEL: Easy Intermediate sewers (difficulty 2.5/5).
This pattern differs from the youth Hummingbird as it has angled pockets (not side seam).
>SIZE & PURCHASING OPTIONS:
The PDF pattern is available in sizes XS - 2XL (NZ 8-18) with only the Print at home currently available. Available AO end August 2020.
> Print-at-home (on A4 or letter paper). Each PDF file contains 3 different pattern sizes. Choose the size that best fits you and receive a couple of sizes either side to allow you to grade between them if necessary. Refer the Size Chart for help if you need.
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Seen here with the Kingfisher Top
Light to medium weight fabrics that have a soft drape.
The pant samples pictured are sewn in tencel (khaki with stretch hem), Linen (light blue rolled hem), Viscose crepe (Black with stretch hem) and blue floral (rayon).
Tencel, rayon*, rayon/poly, cotton* and cotton blends (knits or wovens)- cotton/viscose and cotton/polyester, light weight linen*
We do not recommend heavy fabrics or fabrics containing elastane or lycra.
*be sure to pre-wash fabrics like rayon, linen and cotton which can shrink up to 10%. You will need to take this into account when buying your fabric.
Suitable for Advanced Beginners/Intermediate sewers. Able to sew a curved seam, insert elastic into waistband and hems. No buttons or zips required.
Rookie Wrap Skirt (Womens)
This PDF Sewing Pattern is instantly downloadable with clear instructions, photographs & diagrams. The Rookie Wrap Skirt is a simple and classic wrap skirt perfect for all ocassions.
Dress it up with heels, or par it down with sneakers for the weekend. Fully lined with optional rear pockets this pattern is not only easy to make but is also a adjustable fit, accommodating all figure types.
For beginners we recommend the external fastening with a button and elastic loop (no need for button holes) but you can also use fabric ties, D rings or a buckle. With a full lining the skirt could also be reversible.
Using plain or patterned fabric this skirt pattern is extremely versatile. We are sure you'll make it up more than once!
Each PDF file contains 3 different pattern sizes. Choose the size that best fits you and receive one size larger and one smaller as well.
Refer the Size Chart for help if you need.
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- SKIRT OUTER FABRIC:
Any form of woven fabric will suit this skirt so have a bit of fun using heavier weight woven fabric for winter and lighter weights (not flimsy) for summer. We recommend cotton and cotton blends, cotton drill, velvet (non stretch), corduroy or even light weight upholstery fabrics. As long as the fabric is not stretch, you can use just about anything.
Our orange floral sample is made up in cotton weave (it is retro fabric we found at a second hand store) and the paisey fabric with border is a heavier nylon/cotton blend. The 2 blue skirts are a cotton and a cotton blend and are heavier weight (but not upholstery weight).
Use a lighter weight woven for the lining. We used 100% cotton upcycled retro sheets because they are cheap and fun and we are doing or bit for recycling.
*Please also note that all (new) fabric should be pre-washed in case of shrinkage. Some fabrics will not shrink but 100% cotton,linen and rayon are almost guaranteed to shrink. It doesn't hurt to be safe and remove any dodgy chemical build up that may have occurred during printing anyway.
Please note that the size chart is not the finished garment measurements.
We recommend that you also measure your body length and compare to the finished garment length measurements given. To achieve a perfect, individual fit, you may need to adjust the patterns length (instructions included).
Suitable for Beginners. This skirt is able to be sewn with or without an overlocker (serger).
Opening the file in ADOBE READER will maximize the pattern features (Layers feature will allow you to print only the size you need and you can use the URL and bookmark links within the file to quickly access information and support).
- This pattern is extremely versatile and can be made with or without the rear pockets and using a huge variety of side fastenings. Instructions cover the how to of fastening:
>Button & elastic loop