Hayley Ballet Top

Beginner-friendly sewing patterns from Simple Sew

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In search of beginner-friendly sewing patterns? We’ve picked some of our Simple Sew staples to get your sewing journey off to a flying start!

Simple Sew Hayley Ballet Top 


Every sewist needs a comfortable and stylish top they can reach for everyday. The Hayley Ballet pattern is simple to make and promises a flattering silhouette with it’s pretty waist-tie detail. In addition, this pattern works a treat with a variety of fabrics including viscose challis, cotton lawn, seersucker and jersey giving you plenty of options and stylish. You can also vary the sleeve length really easily meaning you’ll have plenty of gorgeous tops to wear throughout the year!

Shop the Hayley Ballet Top pattern here

Sizes: 6-22 


Simple Sew Utility Dress


If you’ve never sewn a dress before don’t worry! The Simple Sew Utility dress is a great beginner-friendly pattern due to its wearable style and versatility when it comes to fabric options. Gentle shaping is created through soft pleats at the waist and a flattering drawstring tie. Stretch your skills by adding pockets and learning how to set in sleeves. Furthermore, we have plenty of video tutorials on the website to help and we’ve no doubt you’ll want to make plenty of these dresses! 

Shop the Utility Dress pattern here
Sizes: 6-20

Simple Sew Classic Culottes

These Classic Culottes are a timeless staple that you’ll be reaching for all year round. They’re ideal for those looking to sew their first pair of trousers and work well with easy-to-sew fabric including mid-weight cottons, linens and lightweight denims. Our step-by-step instructions will help you master key techniques including sewing a waistband, pleats, pockets and adding a zip.  

Shop the Classic Culottes pattern here

Sizes: 8-20

Simple Sew Kimono Dress

Whether you want to up your dressing gown game or sew yourself a super-stylish wrap dress you’ll want to use this Kimono pattern again and again. The construction could not be simpler with minimal pattern pieces,  a simple tie at the waist and the option to shorten and lengthen the hem to suit your style. Confident beginners may opt for more slinky fabrics like silk or satin but the pattern also works a treat with wovens so you’ll be able to make plenty of variations to suit any season.

Shop the Kimono dress pattern here 

Sizes: 8-20

Feeling adventurous? Why not try a pattern hack! Read how The Wardrobe Architect adapted the Kimono Dress below.


Simple Sew English Tea Dress

With three pretty, vintage-inspired options to choose from the English Tea Dress pattern will enable you to whip up gorgeous garments for any occasion. Stretch your skills by learning to sew darts, gathered seams and inserting a concealed zip. You can team your dress with a range of fabrics which offer a gentle drape including floaty rayon, cotton blends and silks. 

Shop the English Tea Dress here

Sizes 8-20

Simple Sew Juliette Tie-Back Blouse

The Juliette top is breeze to sew and will flatter any figure. Perfect for beginners and those looking for a quick and stylish make, this pattern boasts minimal pattern pieces and features a pretty waist tie that works beautifully with drapey fabrics. We love the wide neckline and floaty sleeves – a true wardrobe winner!

Shop the Juliette Top pattern here

Sizes: XS-XL

Feeling adventurous? Why not try a pattern hack! Read how The Urban Seamstress adapted the Juliette Top below.


For more patterns, techniques and inspiration visit www.simplesewpatterns.com

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