Saturday Sewing Session Blog

Sew the Catwalk

Over the past month we’ve been bombarded with images of the weird and wonderful designs of the global fashion weeks. The most influential designers, creative minds and industry elite have flocked to London, Paris, New York and Milan to showcase their upcoming collections. In the coming months we will see the hottest trends trickle down to the high street, and here at the SSS we thought, why wait when we can make it ourselves? Fashion can sometimes be quick and disposable, but this isn’t the case when you have hand crafted a catwalk classic yourself. A handmade garment becomes something to be cherished, looked after and worn time and time again. So if you fancy yourself as a fashionista, why not try and make some of the upcoming trends you have seen on the 2015 Catwalk. This fortnight we have selected 3 key trends from this years fashion weeks and hunted down vintage patterns to recreate your designer favourites.

As with every SSS blog post we are kicking off with our five favourites of the fortnight. We have picked a Book, Shop, Exhibition, Restaurant and of course the SSS fave.

  1. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, a gripping novel that enthrals you, voted ‘unputdownable’ by Rosie from the SSS!
  2. Rockett St George- Brace your credit card this online emporium of beautiful homeware is simply to die for.
  3. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, its brought the fashion elite out in their masses, not to be missed (March 14th-2nd Aug).
  4. Dans Le Noir Restaurant- Dining on mystery cuisine in the dark, you have to rely on your senses and a highly skilled team of blind waiters. Its pricey but worth doing at least once!
  5. SSS Pick of the week is Cahoots in Soho- A cocktail bar in a theatrical vintage tube carriage, with live music which you enter through an old air raid shelter….Yes.Please.

Saturday Sewing Sessions, Dans Le Noir, Alexander McQueen, Cahoots, Rockett St George, Girl on a train

If you have any suggestions or recommendations do comment below or get in touch, we love hearing what you’ve been up to!

Now on with the fashion…

London designers led with 1970’s influences which is already a huge trend for Spring 2015. At the SSS we are thrilled this look is coming back into fashion, its chic, fitted and immediately conjures the style of Christina Applegate as Veronica Corningstone in Anchorman.

Anchorman Style Fashion, Saturday Sewing Sessions

Before we get on to showing you our top 3 trends the aim of this blog is to source similar patterns for you to make your own DIY Catwalk collection. If you are pattern-phobe, beginner or a tad rusty have a look at our Dressmaking Patterns- reading to realisation course, it will give you the confidence to tackle even the most complex catwalk design!


Trend One: Flared 1970’s Trousers

Saturday Sewing Sessions, Millie Mackintosh, London Fashion Week, Topshop

Do you remember these old favourites? Here you can see Millie Mackintosh from Made in Chelsea at the Felder Felder show wearing bang on trend bold flared trousers. If the patterns a bit too snazzy for you, you can just pick whatever fabric you fancy…(oh the joys of dressmaking!). On the right is the Topshop Unique version of 70’s flares worn with a complimentary seventies turtle neck. The cut of the trousers really emphasize an hour glass figure, and there is no better fit than trousers tailor made to your measurements.

Weve hunted down this fabulous Vintage Simplicity pattern so you can create your own 1970’s flared trousers. Top tips colour wise are Blue and Brown hues. And in terms of material aim for suede and denim to really nail the look.

Vintage 5589 Simplicity Pattern found on Etsy

Saturday Sewing Sessions Simplicity Flares Pattern


Trend Two: Pussy Bow Blouses

From Paris to Milan, Gucci to MGSM, pussy bow blouses seemed to be integral to the catwalks this year. The blouse goes perfectly with the 1970’s flares so if you are wanting to complete your seventies look why not try to create your own?

Saturday Sewing Sessions Paris Fashion Week, Pussy Bow Blouse


What we love most about this look is that it can be worn to work, out in the evening and can be dressed up and down as you see fit. The pussy bow blouse is ultra feminine but can be matched with cigarette pants, skirts or suits for a completely revamped style. Now on to the important bit….. the pattern to do it yourself!

The Vogue Guy Laroche Pussy Bow Blouse Pattern No.1416 is available to buy from sew essential. If the sleeves are a bit much, you can choose to put a plainer variety on, it’s up to you. Some of these patterns do get a bit tricky so if you are struggling we do run private sessions that you can book in for, especially for bits like altering patterns or getting sleeves perfect, simply get in touch.

Saturday Sewing Sessions Vogue La Roche Pattern, Pussy Bow Blouse

Trend Three: Tasselled Jackets. 


Saturday Sewing Sessions Balmain Tasselled JacketBlogger Paris Fashion Fringe Tassells

Tassels are going to be huge this spring/summer. We love this tasselled outfit worn by this chic fashionista to Paris Fashion Week. On the right is Balmain’s Fringed Nappa Jacket (yours for a cool £3069!) this style jacket gives any plain outfit an instant fashionable edge.

Here we have sourced a fabulous fringed Jacket pattern that you can jazz up as much or as little as you want. The pattern is Kwik Sew Ladies Easy Sewing Pattern 3173 Jacket that you can find on Minerva crafts. The pattern is a basic template but you can add as many or as little layers of tassels as you like, that is the beauty of making your own clothes! We can also show you how to make the perfect tassels in a private lesson or in either our Make Do and Mend Session or our Survive and Revive if you wanted to have a go yourself!

Saturday Sewing Sessions Kwik Sew Fringe Jacket

Making a jacket is also a brilliant opportunity to use some heavier fabrics like leather or denim that you may not be as familiar with. If you want to learn some new techniques, or this blog post has inspired you to give dressmaking a go, keep an eye on our up coming classes, they are regularly updated and cater to all levels of skill.

So if the seventies styles have left you recoiling in horror, or you are threading your needle eager to get going on your flares, we want to hear from you! Keep us in the loop about what you are working on and your favourite catwalk trends of 2015.



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