The Great British Sewing Bee is here, which means it’s time for you to dust off your sewing machine and start making! Not sure where to begin? STOFF & STIL, the one-stop shop for all your sewing needs, are here to start you on your dressmaking journey with their top 10 essentials.


STOFF & STIL’s 10 dressmaking essentials

Smock dress pattern

With its ruffle detailing and tie-string neckline, this dress has a floaty, feminine shape that’s so easy to wear.

Woven satin with flowers

Use this modern botanical-print satin to make your smock dress, or sew some luxury pjs. You could even whip up a basic bomber jacket for spring.

Sewing thread in navy

Don’t forget your basics – pick up this organic cotton sewing thread from STOFF & STIL’s Organic range. You’ll get 100 meters, and it’s available in both classic hues and other colourful shades.

Dress and blouse pattern

For all those who can’t resist a pocket, here’s your new favourite easy-sew basic blouse and dress pattern.

Stretch jersey with flowers

With just the right drape and stretch, this luxury viscose jersey is a must for your fabric stash.

Woven crepe with flowers

We love this colourway, plus this Italian floral crepe has a gorgeous feel and won’t crease – even after all those summer parties.

Sewing thread in black

Add this organic cotton thread to your basket too and your sewing stash is sorted!

Wrap-around dress pattern

This quick-make wrap dress is a super simple pattern. Make it for wearing to the beach, lounging in the sun, and for party time.

Woven crepe with flowers

This woven crepe fabric is a must for your wrap dress, as its light-weight quality makes it ideal for floaty, summer dresses, tops and skirts. Plus, this material won’t crease with time.

Stretch jersey with flowers

Fancy something more subtle? This viscose jersey gives the polka dot trend a floral twist, and is ideal for tops, dresses and skirts.

We hope you’ve found some useful pieces for your dressmaking! We’d love to see your creations so tag us in your sewing pics on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


At STOFF & STIL, you’ll find everything you need for your creative DIY sewing projects, whether you’re looking for fabrics, cut patterns, yarn or sewing accessories. The website is always filled with beautiful, fashionable fabrics, suitable for all projects, so whether you want to sew a new blouse, a pair of trousers, a dress or a jacket, you’ll find both the pattern and fabric that fits at STOFF & STIL.


Phoebe Burt
Phoebe BurtSEO and Communities Editor, Gathered

Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.

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