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10 Ideas From RTW You Can Copy With Seamwork Patterns

Here are 10 ready-to-wear looks you can create with Seamwork patterns.

Posted in: Style & Wardrobe, Patterns • March 13, 2024

Ever been in a store and seen a garment you’d love to sew yourself?

Here are 10 ready-to-wear looks you can create with Seamwork patterns. Sometimes, all it takes is a little pattern hacking.

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First is this Alex Mill jumpsuit. You can get this look with the Mercer flight suit pattern. It's a whole outfit in one garment!

Next is this fun pair of pants from Lisa Says Gah. Practice some embroidery or topstitching on the back pockets. You could use the Chelsea jeans to get this look. And here’s an embroidery tutorial.

Pick a floral or toile-inspired knit fabric and use the Luxsy pattern to sew something similar to this dress from STAUD. If you like the next look, the Luxsy pattern includes a version with sleeves.

A fit and flare dress is a popular silhouette. Sew the long-sleeve variation of the Luxsy pattern to get this look. If you like the bell sleeves, just lengthen the pattern and add a bit of flare. Use this tutorial if you need help.

This cardigan is from Boden, and you can sew this look by using ribbing or a contrasting band on the Milo cardigan. We have a sewalong for this cardigan here.

Sometimes, you can just scroll through major online retailers like Shopbop or Amazon to get inspiration. This slipdress has similar features to Lisbon.

This denim jacket from Anthropologie looks like Rhett with a few updates. You could add ruffles to the collar, quilt the fabric, and swap the snap closures for a single tie closure. The Easton quilted jacket is also a good substitute if you want more of a shawl collar.

Everyday basics are fun to sew, and you can get inspiration from ready-to-wear to find your favorite necklines and details. This simple long-sleeve tee from Arket looks like the Alice pattern. It has a lettuce edge hem, which you can get if you have a serger.

This slip dress from Runaway Bicycle features gathers on the side. You could move the gathers on the Leighanne dress to the side to get this look.

I love the brand Christy Dawn, and many of their looks are perfect for the cotton voiles and lawns you might have in your stash.

For this corset-inspired dress, sew theEmma. It has a similar laced-up detail on the back, which you could move to the front.

Would you like me to share more pattern ideas for ready-to-wear garments? Comment and let me know!

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