Matching patterns to your pictures | Sew the Look

Matching patterns to your pictures | Sew the Look

First things first, I’ve changed the name of this series. It was originally Get the Look as when I started it I had planned to include knitting and other crafts in the round ups but I naturally gravitate towards sewing so why not just embrace that.

A couple of weeks ago I put a call out on my instagram stories for you to send me pictures of clothing you wanted to recreate. You didn’t disappoint as the inspiration images you sent were beautiful. I did lots of digging for suitable pattern matches and here are the results.

Faux wrap knit dress

@francescas.fold suggested this knit dress with a faux wrap feature. For this pattern match I focussed on finding a jersey dress with an additional faux wrap skirt piece.

The closest match I found is the Simplicity S9175. The top half is very different but the armhole and neckline would be relatively easy to redraft. I’d recommend layering a fitted jersey tank top pattern such as the Cashmerette Saybrook tank top over the dress pattern piece and tracing the neckline and armhole from that.

Ruched midi skirt

@justsewgeorgie wanted a midi skirt with a drawstring feature which is a really popular style at the moment.

The McCalls M7933 is a great match. I actually may have to get this one myself!

Tie neck jersey top

This tie neck top suggested by @bobbins_and_boules has the perfect mix of vintage and classic.

You could use the Sew Over It Audrey top to get a similay look. If you’re wanting it to sit closer to the neck you could use another raglan top such as the Tilly and the Buttons Frankie top as a guide.

Tie sleeve midi dress

@tatjana.sews.things wanted to make this midi dress with a princess seamed skirt and darted bodice.

The Sew Over It Giselle dress is a good match for the bodice and even has the keyhole feature at the back. The tie sleeves are a feature on the By Hand London Jenna dress which if you wanted a pattern piece for you could use. The sewalong is pretty detailed though so you could draft the tie yourself and follow these instructions to attach it. Both patterns are short sleeved but you can extend the pattern piece to make it your desired length.

@tatjana.sews.things was actually super speedy and has already made this dress!

V-back jumper dress

@marshmallowsandtulle wanted a match for this jumper dress with a v back and I have to say this was hard.

The Fibremood Alice pullover was the only jumper pattern I could find with the v back shape but it would need hacking to make into a dress and make it lower. Alternatively you could start with a jumper dress pattern like the Nina Lee Southbank sweater and add the v to the back. To get the seam up the back you’d need to cut the back piece as two pieces (don’t forget to add seam allowance).

Flowy v-neck dress

@jaya.creates wanted to make this gorgeous tiered dress. It has a dropped waist at the back which is similar to the Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress.

However if you are wanting something with tiers and a v-neck the Viki Sews Judy dress would be a great option. This would look so stunning in a chiffon as a beach dress.

Tie back jumpsuit

@jaya.creates also wanted a match for this summery tie back jumpsuit.

This was actually a pretty easy one as I’ve made something very similar before – the Simplicity 8635. This recommendation does come with a caveat that I did not enjoy making this pattern but looking back through my blog post about it it is evident that this was due to poor fabric choice (don’t make this in quilting cotton, choose a nice drapey fabric) and inexperience as I made it when I was new to sewing. As with all big 4 patterns the sizing can be squiffy but if you make it in a cheap fabric first to test the fit you’ll be fine.

Shirred midi dress

Shirring had a bit of a moment last year and it is back stronger than ever. @craftworksblog is planning on making this dress with a shirred bodice and tiered skirt. I think I might need one too!

The Victory Patterns Sofia dress would be an excellent pattern to get the same effect. The fabric Victory Patterns has made their sample in is much lighter weight so it does look a bit different but looking at the line drawings it is actually very similar shape. You could shorten the sleeves and split the skirt into tiers to get the same look as the inspiration dress.

Collared shirt

Collared shirts are everywhere so you’d think that this one requested by @paliputthekettleon would be an easy one to match but to get the right collar and shirt shape was actually quite hard.

The Sew Explicit lantern sleeve shirt was the closest I found. The collar, bodice shape and button placket are a spot on match you’d just have to hack the sleeves into a shorter puffed sleeve.

Strap detail dress

@things_amymade you have given me an impossible task. This dress is STUNNING but I have absolutely no idea how you could recreate it without some serious pattern hacking!

The only dress I could find with any form of strap detail was the Vogue V1722 which if we’re being honest isn’t very similar at all. It is an amazing statement dress though. Sorry it isn’t a closer match. Does anyone else have ideas on any pattern matches?

And that’s the lot. It was a mixed bag of success but I think there are some pretty good matches so I hope they have been helpful for you. Keep an eye out on my instagram stories for my submission call out if you want me to find pattern for you for next time.



  1. March 13, 2021 / 9:17 pm

    Thank you very much Alice-May, I actually purchased the Simplicity s9175 last week during a $0.99 sale! I’ve only made 2 knits projects to date, but I just got a serger for my birthday so this is high on my sewing list now. I just have to decide on the knit color 🙂 Francesca

    • The Stitch Edit
      March 14, 2021 / 4:28 pm

      Ooh that’s so exciting! I’m looking forward to seeing what you make

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