New bra sewing patterns to the shop! New UK stockist for Bra Elite Patterns and Élan bra patterns

I’m pleased to announce that I am now selling bra sewing patterns!

I am now stocking the Bra Elite and Queen Bra Elite sewing patterns from Needle Nook Fabrics in the USA. Whilst they’re not my own patterns, I’m excited to be bringing a bit of variety to the UK making bras.

These two sewing patterns are for underwired bras with a cup that is split in two. They are designed to be made from more stable fabrics like tricot and simplex. But don’t let that stop you if you if you don’t have the exact fabrics – bra making is all about experimenting! Each pattern is printed on thick paper and come with black and white instructions complete with photographs. Both patterns have multiple sizes and cover a massive amount of sizes from 30-44 A-E for the Bra Elite and 34-48 D-H. Click here to have a look or buy a pattern.

The next lot of patterns that I’m pleased to be stocking are the Elan sewing patterns, also from the USA. I’ve been happily making the #645 for a few years now – you might recognise this little number below which is based on the Elan #645.

elise patterns pink lace bra


The Elan bra sewing patterns are designed for more stable fabrics such as tricot and simplex with the option to have a lace trimmed edge. These patterns are printed on tissue paper and come with a comprehensive instruction sheet that include diagrams. #645 is for sizes: 34-42 A-DD and Style #520 is for sizes: 42-48 C-FF. Style #645 can be either underwired or non underwired and style #520 is underwired.

And if you’re wondering where my sewing patterns are… I have a few in development but they are taking a while to perfect!


Flash Instagram Sale

Instagram Flash Sale,  Elise Patterns

Date: Saturday 14th Feb
Time: 12 noon GMT
Hashtag: #Freyasflashsale

A little announcement just to let you all know I’m going to be having a flash sale of patterns and fabric on Saturday! (I’ve never done this, so this could end up being a complete disaster!)

I’m putting up a range of things from my stash – mostly vintage sewing patterns and fabric as I’m hoping to raise funds for my business (Elise Patterns) to enable me to get the next stage of my business under way. (Oh, and you’ll be freeing up space in my flat!)

It’s pretty simple really – just follow me on instagram (/elisepatterns) and when you see something you like – message me or comment and let me know if you want to buy something!

Pattern Sale, Instagram Sale, vintage sewing patterns

Here’s a little preview of the vintage sewing patterns available – mostly 60s, 70s and 80s

All the pictures will have the same hashtag, so it will be easy to see what’s coming up.

Please share this post or tweet details of the flash sale to as many people as you know
🙂 thanking you kindly in advance.

Instagram Flash sale, #Freyasflashsale, vintage fabric

Here’s a little preview of the vintage fabric on offer – there’s quite a bit of high quality silk, in good lengths and if the colours don’t immediately grab you, don’t forget silk takes dye beautifully!

Please note: the person buying will need to cover the cost of shipping. Pricing of items are open to best offers/or nearest offer (ono).

Instagram sale, #Freyasflashsale, vintage bias binding

Another little sneak peek of things for sale, here’s a complete bundle of vintage bias binding! I’ll be offering this as a complete

Kimono Inspiration


Stuck for inspiration with making your beautiful Kyoto Kimono pattern? Head over to my Pinterest for some beautiful inspiration 🙂
Kyoto Kimono Pattern Pinterest Inspiration


In other news, this is a quick update just to say I’ve been a bit slow with updating this site but I have some exciting changes lined up in the imminent future for the site, including some new additions – one of which will be a new pattern. The other things, I will just have to keep you guessing….


Saturday Sessions Workshop Announcement!

I’m really pleased to announce that i’m running two weekend workshops at the Saturday Sewing Sessions right here in London!  Saturday sewing sessions is based in Chelsea and runs some really great dressmaking and sewing courses if you haven’t heard of them. Saturday Sewing Sessions are run by the lovely Arianna Cadwallader, who some of you may recognise from Channel 4’s ‘This Old Thing’.

We’ll be using my new pattern which is going to be released fairly shortly! So if you want to have a go at making a beautiful camisole or slip, here’s your chance.

There are 2 dates to choose from – one on Sunday 26th October and one on Saturday 29th November.

Lace Slip

To book a place on the workshop, click here.

The MakeGood Festival!

Selfridges Sign, Hello Beautiful


The business course that I’ve been doing along with Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons and other lovely people culminated in an end of year showcase of all the businesses setting up or that have set up. It was a sprint to the finish for me but a great deadline for me to get up and running by.

Here’s a quick look back last week at the Makegood Festival in Central London:

From building a stand to dismantling……Here’s my crack DIY man in action – yep, a big shout out to my dad, I couldn’t do it without him! He even asked for a selfie 🙂



I was surrounded by lovely businesses and beautiful things….

Hello, expensive kimono that I need to take off before I ruin…. from my lovely friend Lauren at Holland Street


To another lovely Lauren, this time from the First series of  The Great British Sewing Bee

20140604-191102.jpgI even did my first knicker making workshop! Eek!


It was a long 4 days, very exhausting but really positive experience. I met lots of lovely people who came by my stand and liked my patterns and a few crazy people too! And do you know what, I completely forgot to take a picture of Tilly and me together, wow, how rubbish am I?

The Journey to Makegood

As I mentioned in the previous post, i’m launching at the Makegood Festival this week which is being held at the Old Selfridges hotel in Central London. I thought i’d share with you my journey to Makegood 🙂

MDF on the bus

I’ve made the men in the timber merchants laugh by buying MDF and telling them i’m taking it on the bus with me….

Painting in the Living Room

Made a complete mess in my living room painting the darn wood…







Elise Patterns Sign

Made an obnoxiously large sign – Subtle it ain’t…. (I kind of didn’t realise how big it was going to be when I ordered it!)

Makegood Decoration

Made some decorations for my stand – Here’s a quick sneak peek of what might be being released very very soon

Makegood flyer

Had a short-lived career as a PR professional by writing my own press release….

Zipvan, Freya


Drove a van!! For a REALLY short time, but then handed over to my dad, who is an awesome van driver and who can handle scary London traffic better than me!

And after all that, it is definitely time for a good old cup of tea 🙂


Welcome to the World Baby Girl…

 Elise Patterns Logo

Welcome to Elise Patterns! A new independent lingerie sewing pattern company.

I want to share my passion for lingerie by creating contemporary and easy to follow lingerie sewing patterns that you can buy online and download as a PDF. Sewing lingerie shouldn’t be extra complicated or confusing.

It’s great for those times when you want to get your sewing mojo back – you can make a pair of undies in less than the time it takes you to figure out all the pattern pieces of that other super duper complicated sewing project you’re doing. Don’t I need specialist materials? Yes, sometimes but not always, you can make bras and knickers from all your other leftover fabrics too.



Launching this week at the MAKEGOOD Festival, we’ll be releasing our new sewing patterns shortly 🙂


Plus, for anyone that is interested and in London at the weekend, I’ll be running a knicker making workshop this Saturday from 4pm to 5.30pm, tickets for the workshop can be bought here.