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Betsy is a new member to The Sewing Workshop team. Previously the co-owner of bon bon atelier, a fabric and craft store, she left retail ownership to work on the marketing and production side of the sewing industry. Betsy is also the host of the craft and indie design podcast Hello Atelier where she interviews designers and artists.

Sewing with Velvet

Sewing with Velvet

​Velvet is the ultimate luxury fabric. For many, the deep, rich qualities of velvet bring to mind everything from sumptuous royal gowns to memories of special occasion holiday dresses worn as a child. As this holiday season approaches – and the holiday party invitations start trickling in – I have found myself thinking of creating new velvet pieces for my wardrobe. But I don't want these garments to be worn just for special occasion, I want to be able to bask in the luxury of velvet after the party season ends. 

Erin is wearing our Stella top and Valencia pants. The dark purple velvet of the Stella top has a subtle print that makes the color even richer. The Stella top is a great choice for this fabric because it really shows off the drape of the velvet fabric. While the Stella on its own is a loose fitting garment, it isn't so blousy that you can't tuck it in. A trendy wide belt is the perfect accessory to pull the outfit together, while accentuating your waist line. 

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Introducing the San Diego!

Introducing the San Diego!

We are so excited about our new San Diego pattern. We love the flattering style -  this loose-fitting tunic has a faced overlapping front placket that extends into a deep front pleat, forward shoulders, angled hem and elbow-length sleeves with deep stitched hems. This tunic is perfect for wearing with a slim pant and boots, or it can also be made as a hip-length top which would look incredibly elegant with a wide-leg trouser. This pattern also has a great backstory. It is a modern interpretation of a jacket style that we released in 1999. Because we are approaching our 25th anniversary (!!) we wanted to look back at some of our classic patterns and modernize our favorites as we embark on the next 25 years of The Sewing Workshop! As a nod to our past we are including the original San Diego jacket pattern with our new San Diego top and tunic. I think you'll find that the jacket is as stylish today as it was then. A classic look!

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An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool

An Unexpected & Essential Sewing Tool

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the best. Take the humble tweezer. Sure, it has been stereotyped as a bathroom-only apparatus used only for splinters and the stray eyebrow hair. But the tweezer is more than that, it is an apparatus that can be used in the most delicate of sewing situations. 

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Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather

Sewing with Faux Fashion Leather

Fall fashion trends come and go, but few have the staying power of leather. The leather motorcycle jacket became a classic look the instant Marlon Brando roared into movie theaters on his motorcycle in The Wild One in 1953. Nothing says sleek, sexy – and rebellious – like leather. Whether you are wearing a full jacket or just a pop of leather trim, leather can take your look to the next level. 

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Introducing the Madrid Top & Pants!

Introducing the Madrid Top & Pants!

We are so excited to debut our newest pattern...the Madrid! This relaxed fit, hip-length top has a unique diagonal button front, which curves into a funnel collar. The flattering tapered sleeves and Asymmetric hemlines will look great on many body types and, depending on your fabric choice, the Madrid top can be worn as a shirt or a jacket. The pants are fitted with a contour waistband that sits just below your waist. 

As we have been developing the pattern, we have enjoyed experimenting with a variety of fabrics. It is fun to see how one jacket style can look so different, just because of a new fabric choice. Check out some of our favorite looks below...

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Stripe Inspiration from Sonia Rykiel

Stripe Inspiration from Sonia Rykiel

The fashion world was saddened when legendary designer Sonia Rykiel passed away this week. Rykiel, who unknowingly got her start as a designer when she started sewing maternity clothing for herself, was known as The Queen of Knits for her fashion-forward work with knit design. As I thumbed through Pinterest, looking at Rykiel designs, I noticed that she not only loved knits, but also loved a knit stripe (though, who doesn't?). In honor of this great designer, I've put together a few Sonia Rykiel inspiration boards, pairing our knit stripes with her design inspiration. 

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Find a Pattern Dealer

Where can you find The Sewing Workshop Patterns in your area?

Here is a listing, by state or country, of most retail stores that sell our patterns.

Not on here? Let us know and we will be glad to add the store.



Can Do Books
Perpetual Patterns
608 Burwood Rd  (PO Box 46)
Hawthorn VIC 3122
T 03 9813 5222
F 03 9813 5722
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Couture Ateleier BGR
Im Bruel 23
CH-8370 Sirnach
+41 71 960 18 78
Couture Ateleier BGR


Baron's Sewing Center
22635 Ventura Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

Birch St. Clothing
36280 Canal Rd.
Alta, CA 95701

Bullard Designs
4549 Irish Creek Rd.
Garden Valley, CA 95633

Fabric Creations
1846 26th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94122

Fabric Land
936 East Lincoln Ave.
Orange, CA 92865
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Fabrics on Mill Street
140 Mill St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Golden State Sewing Center
2435 South Wenchester Blvd.
Campbell, CA 95008

Mulberry Leaf
1872 12th Street
Los Osos, CA 93402

The Spirit of Cloth
2802 Juan St., #15
San Diego, CA 92110

Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics
2518 Shattuck Ave.
Berkley, CA 94704

Strawberry Patches
6439 Ming Ave., Suite C
Bakersfield, CA 93309


Creative Sewing Design
2729 Elizabeth
Pueblo, CO  81003
p: 719.562.0385
f: 719.562.0384
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Denver Fabrics
2777 W. Belleview
Littletonm CO 80123


Linda Z's Sewing Center
1030 E. Central Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Sewing Studio
1503 E. College Ave. Suite C
Normal, IL 61761

Vogue Fabrics
718 Main St.
Evanston, IL 60202
Vogue Fabrics Store


Pine Needles Sewing Center
1000 Old Marion Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

West Side Sewing
418 First St. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404


Country Cousins
114 West 6th Street
Concordia, KS 66901
Country Cousins

Harper's Fabric and Quilt Co.
7918 Santa Fe Dr.
Overland Park, KS 66204
913-648-2739 Fabric Dept
913-491-4499 Sewing Dept
Toll Free: 877-780-2739

Sarah’s Fabrics
925 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044


A Baer Company
515 E. Market St.
Louisville, KY 40202


Sewing by the Sea
11 Periwinkle Lane
Trenton, ME 04605


G Street Fabrics
12220 Wilkins Ave.
Rockville, MD 20852


Ginny’s Fine Fabrics
12 S. Broadway
Rochester, MN 55904
Ginny's Fine Fabrics

Round Bobbin Sewing Center
1744 N. Lexington Ave.
Roseville, MN 55113
Round Bobbin Sewing Center
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Treadle Yard Goods
1338 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Treadle Yard Goods

The Sampler
551 W. 78th St.
Chanhassen, MN 55317


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