26 July 2013

Nautical Sewing Patterns

Ahhh... nautical chic. In case you hadn't noticed, this is one of my absolute favourite looks. I tend to err on the side of more subtle nautical, mainly of the Breton variety, but I do so love the sailor look in all levels of extreme. So, if you share my passion, which sewing patterns might you want to make?

Isn't this a stunner? I pre-ordered the Bonny Knit Sailor Top from Cake Patterns as soon as I saw it, and it's inching towards the top of my "to sew" list. Designer Steph's version is just perfect.

Burda 8488 makes a great pair of sailor style jeans, seen here made by Beatrice from Butterflies and Hurricanes. Want!

When I designed the Marielle skirt pattern for Sewing World magazine, I definitely had us nautical lovers in mind. Which reminds me I need to make this in my own size so I can actually wear it...

Sailor sewing patterns of the vintage variety abound on the likes of ebay - such as Simplicity 1011 (which long term readers may remember as my former blog header) and this one (available on ebay at time of writing).

More trousers, this time Simplicity 2654 made by Handmade Jane. Stunning or what?

The Sailor Girl Playsuit by Wearing History is seriously cute. Perhaps a bit full on for me, but swoonsome nevertheless.

And finally, after drafting this post I saw that Gertie is hosting a Sailor's Blouse video workshop on Creativebug Inc - woop! Reeeeally want to make this...

Have you seen any other nautical chic sewing patterns we should know about?

[Soundtrack: 'Sail Away Ladies' by Odetta]


  1. I remember I had a sailor top once. Pale pink with blue ribbon. It was divinity itself.

  2. I think you've just unearthed the pattern I've been looking for all my life…the bonny knit sailor top. Not sure I'd make it blue and white (a bit too literal) smoky grey and lilac could be quite fetching though, and unless very strategically placed, it might be best to avoid buttons. That neckline though–I love it!

  3. Love these. I'm pretty sure the Deer and Doe Reglisse is calling out for a sailor version....


  4. These are all so cute! It makes me sad that we are in to late summer already. Thanks for sharing such a great round up!


  5. Adorable, that cute and fun playsuit is my favorite <3

  6. OOh I wan't to make a few of these! I'm on such a nautical kick right now and these patterns are calling my name.

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  8. I made the Bonny Knit Sailor Top from Cake Pattern RiFFs in kelly green to pair with a blue and white striped skirt. I am so in love!! http://wp.me/p3HVTK-2r

  9. Unfortunately not a real pattern, but I made a sailor dress a little while back, actually using part of your Mathilde blouse pattern for the top part and just winging it for the skirt part!


  10. These are just heavenly Tilly, I love the sailor look it is never dated. Can't wait to see your version. Have a lovely weekend
    Lots of love

  11. The sailor style jeans are gorgeous. Not sure my legs are long enough!

  12. Thank you kindly for the mention Tilly! I've also got a massive style crush on anything sailor-inspired, thanks for all the great links. For another nautical pattern suggestion I really love this skirt by a Burda member:
    It's a downloadable Burda skirt pattern (I think) called Kasia. x

  13. Hello Tilly!
    I would like to thank you very much for making me discover Cake Patterns and the Bonnie Knit Sailor Top in particular!!! I'm totally in loooove! (total self-control lol) and I can't wait to receive my pattern and make my own!
    In fact I could definitely make all the patterns you mentioned in your article, so I guess I'm a nautical addict, right?! :) Sailor pants and sailor collars are really my weakness! :)
    It's always a pleasure reading you! :)
    Have a nice day!

  14. Oh, my poor bank balance! I love every single one of these!

  15. Oh a favourite of mine too, Bretons rule! I also pre-ordered the Bonny top but have been too scared to make it and aside form that I'm stuggling to find some nice jersey in the right weight. I will look forward to seeing yours. I just finished a pair of Summer Sailor shorts for my daughter and they are super cute. If I thought I could get away with wearing such a thing in my fortieth year I would totally grade them up to my size.

  16. What a great roundup! I think the Colette Jasmine blouse has a subtly nautical look. I'd love to make it up in navy shot cotton with a white collar -- a little on the nose with the color scheme, but I think the design lines are restrained enough that it wouldn't be too costumey.

  17. Oooh I love the sailorised version of Simplicity 2654. And I've got that pattern in my stash...
    Wonderful roundup, thankyou!

  18. Thank you for including my jeans, Tilly. I am such a sucker for nautical fashions and will consider some of your inspiration for future projects to extend my collection.
    Can't wait to see your nautical creations.
    Ahoi and happy sewing!

  19. The Colette Jasmine blouse has a nautical feel, as well as this new dress pattern from butterick:


  20. I recently sewed myself some nautical trousers by embelishing a pair I made using the eliza M pattern.

  21. I have this super cute vintage pattern - Simplicity 9372 - I think the top and shorts set would be perfect for romping around in the summer!


  22. Gorgeous designs and love the different shades of blue. I stick to organic cotton where possible and love what they have at http://www.organiccottonplus.com, but I'll check out your sources too.

  23. I love the nautical theme! - speaking of which I finally finished my Mathilde blouse from the workshop I attended at Ray Stitch in May http://carolinejoynson.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/mathilde-blouse.html

  24. I just love this look! I have a shirt pattern I need to sew and I would like to see a dress or playsuit. Please put something like this in your next book :D


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