Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Ava

on July 24 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 175 Comments

Our Favorite Indie Patterns series curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness continues! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways…

Name: Ava

Brand: Victory Patterns

Description: Ava features a sweetheart neckline bodice that cinches at the natural waist and leads into a fully flared skirt. Add optional pleated detailing along the front and back bodice. The garment has a side seam zipper closure. Sleeve options include: pleated cap, mini cap and sleeveless. Choose from three hem options: peplum blouse, short dress and tea length dress.

Format: Paper and PDF

Skill Level: Intermediate

Techniques Involved: Centered zipper, french seams, bias binding, pleating (optional)

Sizes: Sizes range from 2-16

Recommended Fabrics:
- Shell: Light to medium weight fabric with soft drape; cotton blends, crepe, Linen, silk, poplin, light wool.
Contrast A: Cotton, swiss dot, decorative net or tulle.
Contrast B: Crisp light to medium weight fabric; cotton, dupioni, taffeta, etc.

Price: PDF: $12.95 (CAD), Printed: $19.95 (CAD)

Customer Examples:

Tiana from Les Trucs de Tatihou

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Do you love French seams? Are you a pleating pro? This pattern includes a little of both (though the pleating is optional). Tell us your tips, successes, favorite French seam or pleating tutorials… Your comment enters you to win a copy of the Ava pattern. (You could also tell us which Ava version you’d try first: a peplum blouse, short dress or the tea length dress.)

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175 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Ava

  1. Janelle says:

    I would make the blouse first to make sure I understand the seaming before trying the dress.
    Nice!!
    Janelle

  2. Megan says:

    Love french seams, I should add more pleats to my sewing.

  3. Alison says:

    I have never used french seams. I have only ever sewn a pleat on a bag, once, maybe twice. So I can’t really offer any tips.
    I think I would have to try the peplum blouse first and then a tea length dress!

  4. Betty says:

    I’d try the tea length dress first. Aside from practicing for a class, I don’t have real experience with French Seams. But I do like the look of them and found them straightforward to do.

  5. Karen B says:

    I love french seams! I use them almost exclusively, except for really tight garments or knits. I haven’t done pleating but really like the effect.

  6. Mel says:

    I’d make the short dress first.

  7. Karen says:

    The tea length version is so elegant. I would love to try it!

  8. Amy says:

    Ohhhhhhh, love this pattern!! Would make the tea length dress first, they are impossible to find in stores! French seams are such a classy way of finishing, makes the inside as pretty as the outside! Pleats are a wonderful way of making us slow down when we sew, they take time and accuracy!

  9. Patricia says:

    Love it, would try s short dress first. I love French seams, they are like magic to me and beat having to serge or zigzag edge to finish a seam. Pleats are tricky for me because of precise measuring but I do love the look of them!

  10. Audrey says:

    I would make the dress first. I like pleats and French seams, and this dress is lovely!

  11. Gina S. says:

    I would make the dress first. French seams was one of the first things i learned when i had to make a flower girl dress for my brothers wedding. It was a lot easier than i thought it would be.

  12. BJ Marley says:

    I use French seams often. I would make the dress first.

  13. Lorna says:

    I have seen so many wonderful ava dresses online and I’m loving them all. However I think I would start with the peplum top with the little cap sleeves.

  14. Alessandra says:

    I did a french seam once on a plastic bag holder. I don’t know why it called for one but it was good practice and seems pretty straight forward to me!

  15. Virginia says:

    Beautiful – I would love to try this to learn new techniques. Tea-length dress would be my first make as I would be most likely to wear that.

  16. Sara says:

    I’d definitely sew the blouse first. It is such a cute and versatile pattern, I’d love to win it!

  17. San says:

    French seams were one of the first things I learned for sewing clothes, because I (unwisely) chose a lot of sheer fabric, and she was desperately trying to make it work.

  18. Jess says:

    Haven’t tried French seams, but I read about them in a library book and they didn’t seem so bad (no pun intended!)

  19. Fer says:

    love the dress, I’ll try the short one

  20. Fer says:

    I’m starting to saw, and love to try do this, and probably I’ll try a short dress. the peplum its not for everyone. Thanks and greattings from the south!!!!

  21. Melwyk says:

    Tea length! Because tea…
    And I adore Victory Patterns :)

  22. Emily T says:

    Gaw! It’s beautiful! I would make the tea-length dress version first, so pretty!

  23. Jenny L says:

    I’m definitely not a pro, but I often use French seams when sewing my kids clothes. I don’t have a serger, so it’s a good option for me!

  24. Emily says:

    I’d make a dress. The only french seams I’ve made are on a skirt and pillowcases.

  25. donaji says:

    I love french seams, I just did a dress with french seams for my mother and loved the finish!
    I would try first the tea length dress for a wedding I’m attending in January, I think this would be a great dress for the occasion!

  26. Meg says:

    For a while, before I got my overlocker, all I did was french seams… now I mostly serge out of laziness. I would make the tea length of the Ava dress- so pretty!

  27. Nicole says:

    I love sewing French seams when working with any type of silk or sheer fabric (this is my favorite garment with French seams (scroll down to the bottom to see the seams): http://www.nicoleathome.com/2013/07/sosm-challenge-2-rollerskate-dress.html). They take a bit more work (and thinking!), but the end result is SO worth it!

  28. Christine says:

    I would try the short dress. I really like the neckline.

  29. Emilie says:

    This dress is so lovely. I would certainly make the dress version first. I love the addition of lace in the yoke!

  30. Anastasia says:

    I’ve never done pleating but i’d love to try! I would start with the tea length dress.

  31. Stacia says:

    I would start with the peplum blouse. This pattern is currently on the top of my wishlist. I could make so many versions of it and wear it for so much of my crazy lifestyle.

  32. I’d make the dress version first! I’ve only recently tried French seams and they went really well, surprisingly enough!

  33. Annette says:

    I’ve never done French seams but I love learning new techniques.

  34. Meagan E says:

    I love French seams! They finish a garment so beautifully. I’d love to make the tea length dress; my petticoat would fit perfectly underneath!

  35. Tala says:

    I love French seams! I don’t like the look of raw edges and I find that French seams make the garment look more professional. I use the 1/4 mark on my needle plate to so the first hem, then use the 1/2″ mark to stitch the 2nd hem. I would definitely make the tea length dress as it looks absolutely wonderful!

  36. EmSewCrazy says:

    I really like this pattern. I’d try the blouse first since I need more nice blouses…..

  37. Jo J says:

    I think I’d try the Tea Length Dress first if I was lucky enough to win. I don’t have any tips on French seams or pleating. I definitely no pro! I do however consult all my dressmaking books when doing complicated pleats or French seaming. my go to books are by Dorling Kindersley.

  38. alana says:

    I love how French seams turn out, and I always wish I use them more. I love making pleats. This pattern is so cute. Would love to make it!

  39. Vanessa says:

    I am new to garment sewing, I have never done French seams before. But these are beautiful! I love the sheer detail on the top and the overall cut. So feminine and flattering!

  40. Shannon says:

    I’d try the blouse first, and then move on to the dress with some AMH voile I have been saving. I’ve used French seams in bags, but not in clothing. I’d love to try that :)

  41. Beth. B. says:

    I don’t use French seams that often, but I should. They’re so clean!

  42. MKat says:

    I let my machine do most of the work where possible on curved seams!

  43. Théa says:

    I would love to win a copy of this pattern ! The few reasons are :
    – the way this dress looks, fabulous !
    – it’s the name of my daughter
    – I’ve chickened out till now to try French seams on a dress… that would be the opportunity

    I prefer the short dress version, but that’s because that’s the usual way I wear my dresses, as I’m small.

  44. Beverly says:

    During the early 1900’s my Grandmother owned a Bridal Salon in Miami Florida. Her Salon also made suits for men. ‘Mema’ helped me with my first sewing projects and I will never forget her saying ‘good dresses ALWAYS have French Seams’.

  45. Stephanie says:

    I’d make a short version; it looks like it could be perfect for a series of work dresses!

  46. Merry Mary says:

    The dress version is amazing! Love it!

  47. Susan says:

    I love French seams! I’ve only done pleats a couple of times though. I think I would make the short dress first.

  48. Sarah says:

    I’d make the short version first for my daughter. I love the bodice, so pretty.

  49. Keri M. says:

    I love that dress. I have never sewn a french seam, but would love to learn how.

  50. Karen H says:

    Ava is a BEAUTIFUL pattern!!! I think I would love to make the short dress for my daughter who is just going off to college. She would look so cute in it.

  51. Kirsten says:

    This is such a versatile pattern – I would make the peplum blouse or the tea length dress.

  52. Judy says:

    I do like french seams. They are very easy to sew and give such a nice clean finish to the seam allowance. I am not a pleating pro but definitely can sew pleats. I love the dress and top featured.

  53. Jane S. says:

    I’ve never done pleating or French Seams, although I do want to try them because I love the way they look. This is a beautiful pattern and I’d make the tea length dress first.

  54. Marjory W. says:

    I would try the tea length dress. I recently copied a flower girl dress for the girl’s American Girl doll. In order to adapt a standard pattern to the horizontally-pleated top, I pleated the fabric first, and then cut out the bodice. Worked like a dream.

  55. Ali M says:

    I have only tried pleats a couple times, with varying success *depends on the fabric* and haven’t done french seams yet, though it’s on my to do list!

  56. andrea mccoleman says:

    I do love the ava pattern so feminine. The black with lace dress is my favorite! Love pattern shopping this way!

  57. LaNita says:

    I love the neat finish of French seams. It leave as a Cora finish and nice structure to the completed garment.

  58. Linda says:

    Absolutely love peplums. They are so flattering and classic!

  59. Karen says:

    Ava is a beautiful pattern! I believe I would make a tea length dress out of a soft floral cotton lawn. Love the pleating on the blue dress. While I’ve done French seams before, I’m usually way too lazy to do anything other than overcasting. On a dress like this it would be worth it though!

  60. Mel says:

    I’d make the dress first, it’s really beautiful. I don’t have a serger so I often use French seams.

  61. Rachel says:

    I would love to make this dress, I have not done french seams one time… it is something I want to learn and would love to try along with pleats :-)

  62. kbo says:

    French seams are a nice finish. I used this technique on a reversible quilted jacket and it was a judged blue ribbon winner. I’d create the tea length dress.

  63. Rebecca says:

    I love the tea length dress. French seams are easy, just time consuming.

  64. Marta says:

    I love making summer tops and would do that first. And I love peplums!! The tea length dress is sooo cute… I would love to do that, too. What a cute pattern.

  65. Cat says:

    French seams all the way! Love the lace and trim on this one, too.

  66. Catarina says:

    This pattern is so pretty! I would go for the pleats, to add some interest to the flared skirt.

  67. Miet says:

    I’ve never tried French seams. I’d make the short version of this dress.

  68. melissa e says:

    I use french seams as much as posdible for the custom garments in my etsy shop. French seams look so much nicer than serged edges and take the same amount of time.

  69. Katie says:

    My pleats could do with some work, and I’ve never tried a French seam!

  70. Jill A says:

    I would love to make this as a peplum!

  71. Jan says:

    I really love the finished look of French seams and almost always use it in my garment sewing. No raw edges and oh so pretty on the inside too.

  72. Michelle says:

    Lovely pattern. I would make the tea length style first. Haven’t done much pelatring so would be a good learning experience

  73. Lisa Burger says:

    I would sew the peplum top, I have a beautiful silk I have no idea what to do with!

  74. Jenny says:

    I use French seams whenever I can as they look so professional. I would make the peplum too.

  75. ebonyhf says:

    What a great giveaway! I love using French seams and have found that my 1/4″ foot is really helpful in getting them right. I use it on the first pass, then use my wider foot (which happily lines right up with the 3/8″ line on my needle plate) for the second pass. I’d love to make a tea length version of this dress. Fingers crossed!

  76. Hilary says:

    I love this dress. I just made the short version to wear in my friends wedding a few weeks ago.

  77. Morgan says:

    I have an RTW dress almost exactly like this that I adore. I’d try tea length and the blouse.

  78. Shannon P says:

    I love French seams! They are so fun. I have been admiring this dress pattern for a long time! The peplum version is cute too.

  79. Mama Lusco says:

    Press those seams after turning right side in!

  80. sangeetha says:

    Mmh cant say I have tried french seams before and definitely not a pleating pro although I do love dresses and skirts with pleats

  81. Grace says:

    I’d love to learn to do french seams, Id try the short version of the dress :)

  82. Kristin H says:

    What a lovely pattern! I’ve been looking for a nice slightly dressy blouse pattern, so I think I’d make that version first. I love how French seams turn out, but I’m usually too lazy to do them on most of my projects.

  83. Megan says:

    I have only done french seams and pleats once so I am definitely not a pro, but I love this pattern so would definitely like to try both techniques again.

  84. Kim says:

    I love french seams. but haven’t tried pleats because they can look fuddy duddy, but this pattern looks great!

  85. Jen says:

    I would make the peplum top! Love french seams to give a polished finish to sheer fabrics.

  86. Sarah says:

    I have use both french seams and pleating before, but I am certainly not a pro! Thanks!

  87. Brooke says:

    This is such a beautiful dress! I would love to make the dress version. :)

  88. Sherryl says:

    I love the finished look you get from French seams and don’t think they’re difficult at all… though you do have to pay attention to whether you’re sewing RS to RS or WS to WS! I’ve made tea length dresses and blouses and even a man’s shirt with this process. Happy every time. And pleats? don’t get me started. Love them – and adore this pattern!

  89. Heather says:

    I think I’d start with the blouse. I love the look of French seams!

  90. I love the look of french seams. I just haven’t used them much.

  91. Alyssa says:

    Definitely tea length! So classy!!

    Alyssa

  92. Debb says:

    I would definitely start with the tea length dress! It would be so much fun to twirl in that! I wore my serger out so I went back to french seams so things still look finished. I only cut the 2 seam edges once by tilting my scissors so that the amount that comes off the top seam allowance is greater than the amount that comes off the bottom seam allowance which I find to be quicker and neater.

  93. Larissa says:

    I’ve never done either, but for this awesome dress, I’d happily learn both!

  94. Amber says:

    I love French seams I use my pinking shears when trimming between the first seam and the second. it saves me from going over board and getting too close to the seam. One day I may get a serger but for now I love French seams

  95. Ashley says:

    I have to confess: I’ve never tried French seams. (eek!) But if I were to win the pattern, I’d probably try the dress first and just cross my fingers that I master French seams the first time!

  96. Mandi says:

    Ooh! Great pattern! I like French seams, but don’t often use them because I’m pretty lazy! Pleats are good – it depends on the pattern.

  97. Oooh, very pretty! I’d sew the top first I think. I have sewn french seams before, but honestly, that was before owning a serger. Having said that, if I were truly being indulgent and sewing with silk, or other lux fabric, I would indeed do a lovely french seam. And Pleats! Love ‘em!

  98. Amber! says:

    I would totally make the tea length. This dress is gorgeous!

  99. genevieve says:

    I am slowly learning french seams. Need to practice so Ava seems a great way to do that!

  100. angie s. says:

    I love french seams. They are quite easy, look professional, and sound so fancy.

  101. Ruth says:

    I really like French seams – they look so neat. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while, I’d love to sew either of the dress versions.

  102. Tomoko says:

    Super sweet and pretty! Not sure which I’d try first… maybe the blouse… maybe not the mesh fabric though…

  103. superstitches says:

    I love that dress. French seams make a nice finish especially for sheer fabrics.

  104. Brooke says:

    I’ve been stalking this pattern. April Rhodes’ Date Night Dress pattern has a very simple explanation of french seams. They are easy as pie! I’d love to sew this up in the tea length style. It’s just so cute!

  105. Ruth L says:

    I love the soft romantic style of this dress… Great lines and feminine without being too girly. As someone who doesn’t own a serger, I have learned to do french seams on all my garments. I recently started following your blog and love all the creative and inspiring projects!
    Warm regards,
    Ruth L

  106. krystina says:

    I love French seams, they make everything look so elegant and tidy!

  107. Suzanne says:

    The length if the tea dress is elegant and a tad sassy. I’d love to make the dress as a tea length one.

  108. Annie says:

    Since I do not own a serger, I use French seams whenever I can! I would love to make a dress version!

  109. Ally says:

    I’ve never tried french seams but I’ve been meaning to put them into my next project that they’re appropriate for. :)

  110. Katie says:

    What a great pattern! I feel pretty confident in my french seams, but not so much with pleating, so this looks like a good challenge. I’d probably make the dress first since I am in dire need of some teaching appropriate clothes.

  111. Ra says:

    And I’d probably do a short dress. And my name is “Rachel”, not “Ra”. The 4 month old is helping me type. :-)

  112. Ra says:

    Awesome dress! I’ve never done French seams, but pleating isn’t too hard — just keep pinning until it’s right!

  113. Melanie says:

    I haven’t really done either on a finished piece, but I would love to make the blouse.

  114. Michelle says:

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a while! It looks fabulous, and I would love to try it first in the peplum.

  115. Ramona says:

    I use french seams as I love the finished look of them and have pleated many times. I would love to make the short dress for me and I know my daughter would love the tea length dress. I am loving all these adorable patterns.

  116. Amber says:

    I’d make the top first because I’ll wear it more. I love the contrast top!

  117. Lauren says:

    I’d sew the blouse first, as it’s so cute!

  118. Lauren says:

    I’d try the blouse first. Love the neck line. I have no tips for the sewing techniques though.

  119. Accacia says:

    I do most of my garment sewing on a straight-stitch only Singer 201-2 (though I also own 2 machines that zig-zag). Until I got a serger earlier this year, this meant creative finishing inside my garments. I did a lot of flat-felled seams but finally learned how to do a French seam recently and Wow. It’s one I’ll come back to even while serging lots of edges!

  120. Cyndy Lacey says:

    I really love the look and feel of French seams. I did a demo once for my ASG meeting on different seam finishes and this type was a hit! I would make the tea length desks with no pleats. I just love this pattern.

  121. Tammy says:

    I use French seams when the seam might show on a thinner weight fabric. I don’t mind using them at all, and it gives a nice finished look where seams will show. Otherwise, I usually use my serger to finish seams. Pleating can be fun – good measuring skills and pin, pin, pin! :)

  122. Bonnie Larson says:

    Gorgeous pattern. Love it. Thanks so much for sharing. This makes me want to start wearing dresses again..

  123. Allison says:

    I love the look of French seems. I haven’t done them on garments, but I have a fantastic pillow case pattern I use them on all the time and I like incorporating them into unlined bags–no frayed edges and a sturdier construction. This pattern is beautiful. Could totally see this as a holiday dress.

  124. Terry D says:

    Beautiful pattern. I’m not really a dress-girl; I would make the blouse, Love it. Thank you for the giveaway, and thank you to Sara Lawson for finding all these wonderful designers!

  125. Jen Pelto says:

    I would try the Ava in a short dress first. I love french seams, but they can be challenging on lightweight material. Love the sweetheart design! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  126. Jennie says:

    I like French seams. I would probably sew a tea length dress first, although I really like the top version as well!

  127. Becky says:

    I’d probably make the blouse first. I like the versatility of separates!

  128. Laura McFall says:

    Beautiful! This would be perfect for my daughter who is a bridesmaid in my other daughters wedding in November. She loves this style and the tea length is perfect!!! I would make her the top first to test the fit. Thank you for sharing these great designers and patterns!

  129. Julia says:

    I would try the short length first. I love the lace overlay!

  130. Ava says:

    What a lovely pattern. And I love the name! :) I would most likely make the peplum blouse.

  131. Diana says:

    I LOVE a pattern with style features that catch they eye. This one is a real head turner!

  132. Karen A says:

    I would make the beautiful dress.

  133. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve learned that basting down pleats is an absolute must! Thanks for the giveaway!

  134. Suz says:

    Love the tea length dress!

  135. Jody Zinno says:

    I would sew the peplum top first, I would wear it more often than a dress. Great looking pattern!

  136. Sarah says:

    Love this and love the indie patterns! So nice to see fresh designs!

  137. Isa says:

    I love french seams, I love how everything is neat and tidy and no fraying visible anywhere, and they are super simple to make, I usually use the tutorial on french seams by craftsy blog. I’m definitively not a pleating pro, still have a lot to learn and haven’t got any good tutorials.

  138. Angela says:

    I’d make my 16yr old a peplum blouse for back to school.

  139. Sue Immel says:

    I would probably make a tea dress for my daughter who loves the vintage look-very cute pattern

  140. Barbara says:

    I use French seams for a nice finish every once in a while, but I don’t know much about pleats. I would love to try a dress pattern that includes them!

  141. Lisa says:

    I think I’d try the peplum blouse option first.. I want to be a dress girl but I’m just not there.

    I use chalk to mark pleat intervals and then pin that way if a pin or two come out while I’m sewing I still get the perfect pleat! :)

  142. Cynthia Frantzen says:

    New to French seams. Have not done much pleating. Want to try both! Love the style of this pattern!

  143. Merrie says:

    The longest length dress, pleats and all!

  144. Nancy W says:

    When I do French seams before turning wrong side out and sew I give the seam a little trim so I don’t have all those flyways. I would probably make the peplum first (it’s so adorable!).

  145. Lee says:

    For French seams remember to press that to one side well! thanks!

  146. ana says:

    The dress is beautiful! I would try doing the peplum blouse first. I really need something pretty to wear with my jeans.

  147. Devon says:

    I’d make a cute tea length dress first. So cute.

  148. Irene says:

    I would love to try my hands on this pattern, starting with the peplum version. I love French seams and I found this tutorial from Grainline studio particularly helpful (http://grainlinestudio.com/2012/03/15/sewing-tutorial-french-all-your-seams/) because it shows you how to french-seam armholes- I’ ve used this method in all of my Grainline Scouts tees and it resulted in a very neat inside finishing.

  149. Maryellen F says:

    I’d love to make a great peplum length! Beautiful pattern!

  150. DreiPunkteWerk says:

    http://www.frauscheiner.de/blog-4/sew-along-tag-3-plissee-und-innentasche-naehen.html is my favourite Tutorial :-)
    Liebe Grüße,
    Kathrin

  151. kay says:

    I love, love French seams and can make a clear with the best of them

  152. Jolien says:

    I still prefer french seams over my serger for cotton. And french-seamed in-seam pockets are the best, mine aren’t perfect, but I still love them!

    Already own this pattern, but haven’t gotten to making it yet, this was kinda the push I needed to just print it and give it a go with some cotton I bought last week… And at the same time, I might just try to win this copy for my mom, right? :)

  153. Amanda Renea says:

    Oh my, that is adorable! I’ve only done a little french seaming and pleating, but I’m trying to learn to do them better!

  154. Tas says:

    I have to say…I’ve got nothing’.

    I pleat as required by the pattern and I know that I learnt to make French seams when I was a teenager but that was literally decades ago.

    But I promise if I won this pattern, I’d go for it!

  155. Rachel says:

    I have yet to sew french seams but there is a first time for everything. I would love to sew up this pattern in the tea length using a vintage lace that i have for the neckline.

  156. Sally says:

    I love all 3 versions of this pattern, but I think the longest one is my favourite. I’d love to give the French seams a try too. :)

  157. Alexa says:

    I’ve recently made the bellini blouse from capital chic patterns and the instructions for French seaming are great. The short version of this dress would be my first make, swiftly followed by the peplum.

  158. Bekk says:

    Id try the tea length dress first. I love french seams but I can’t think of any tutorials to share.

  159. Babi says:

    I love this pattern!
    My favourite version is the tea length dress: it’s gorgeous!!
    Babi

  160. Vicki B says:

    I have used the french seam tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons, which resulted in gorgeous seams, so very impressed. I’d live to make both the blouse and the tea length versions, they are ideal for my figure.

  161. Claire Cooper says:

    I love this pattern, I’m teaching myself to do Irish crochet and I thing it would look amazing as the yoke on a tea length dress. I think French seams look awesome, but I’ve not had much success with pleats.

  162. MrsBrain06 says:

    Yes please! short dress x

  163. marjolein says:

    i never tried french seams before, but would love to (such a clean finish). Ans i would try the tea leght dress first.

  164. Julie says:

    I love french seams, the make the OCD in me happy. I would definitely make the tea length.

  165. Gemma says:

    Coincidentally, my favourite article about seam finishes is from Sew Mama Sew!
    http://www.sewmamasew.com/2008/05/seam-finishes-simplified/
    But if I have learnt one useful skill in the last year, this is it: (why didn’t anyone tell me before?)
    http://especiallycreativebroad.wordpress.com/2012/04/27/how-to-start-hand-sewing-without-knotting-the-thread-2/

    (and, I would make the dress… so pretty)

  166. Laura says:

    This dress would be darling on my granddaughter. Love the lines!

  167. sarah says:

    i love french seams so effortless and yet everything gets tucked away so that the finished garment looks lovely and neat. the best tutorial i have seen for this was with the staple dress as it had photos along with a description for each stage.
    i think if i was making this it would need to be a tea dress as all ladies love to meet for tea!

  168. Jess says:

    I’d do a short dress first, for sure. :-)
    I can pleat but it’s still a slow process for me. I learned French seams early on when u started sewing so they weren’t a big deal for me. I don’t remember how I learned the technique, though. I’m sure it was from a pattern.

  169. Linda Phillips says:

    Wow a classic style for the modern world. I would make the dress first. Beautiful

  170. laura says:

    I’ve only tried French seams a couple times, but I love how they look. This pattern is gorgeous, I’m not sure what I’d try first.

  171. MeryeBeth Albert says:

    I would LOVE to win a paper copy of Ava – I French seam all but the heaviest of fabrics when I sew a pattern, simply because I really hate the way a “naked” seam looks (I like my pieces to look as clean inside out as outside in). I find sewing to be a very Zen experience; I get into a “zone”, and just float through the steps until I reach my sartorial Nirvana!

  172. Denise says:

    Oh, this dress is SO cute. I’d make that sweet one in the blue print.

  173. Tracy Townend says:

    By Hand Lindon have a super easy French Seam “Nerdy Sewing Tutorial” full of great photos. French seams make me feel like I am wearing a couture garment immediately. I love this pattern, which I’ve not spotted before – I will definitely have a go at the blouse (first!).

  174. Erin says:

    I’ve not tried French seams yet but love a bit of pleating. I’d make the peplum top, it’s gorgeous!

  175. Eve says:

    Ohhhh I adore this pattern! I would definitely make the dress first. That trim detail intruiges me, I want to know how to do it! I love the look of French seams but always forget to do them!
    Eve

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