Featured Patterns for May - 119 Sarouelles and 261 Paris Promenade Dress

We have two featured patterns of the month this month - the 119 Sarouelles and 261 Paris Promenade Dress!  Both easy to sew, classic, and beautiful- and are on sale this month!

Folkwear's 119 Sarouelles pattern consists of three patterns for pants from three continents - each unique yet all sharing similarities of cut.  These pants are comfortable, timeless, and practical, and will be perfect in your wardrobe!  African Sarouelles, sized for men and women (above, top), have a simple drawstring waist and taper to the ankle.  The Turkish pants (above, middle) are full and flowing and gathered at the waist and ankles.  The The Indian pants (above, bottom) are gathered in the front above the thigh into a wide hip panel and drawstring waist.  Shaped cuffs are faced and can be traditionally embellished with embroidery.  Instructions and four embroidery designs for the cuff come with the pattern, as well as an extensive history of these pants!  And, all of these pants are quick and easy to sew!  As an added bonus, there is little wasted fabric when making these pants because they are cut with a traditional no-waste design.

The 261 Paris Promenade Dress is inspired by fashion from the early 1920's, when loose, flowing gowns, reminiscent of Classical Greek clothing, was popular.  This simple, but elegant, dress is made from just three main pattern pieces.  The different sections of the dress (dress/skirt, overdress, and lining) are great for putting together interesting fabric combinations for contrast effects -either with different prints, colors, stripes, or textures.  The full dress shape is defined at the waist by a self-fabric sash (or can be made from decorative cord).  This pattern also comes with a pattern for a period drawstring bag with instructions for making your own cording and tassels, as well as a history of fashion of the time.  This flattering dress comes together quickly and is fairly easy to sew.