Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite sewing patterns for spring. They were all featured in the In a Haystack digital sewing subscription.


“Florals in spring? Groundbreaking”. Original, perhaps not, but who doesn’t love a flowery print at this time of year. The Bolt culottes from Make With Mandi show them off well, and I love the sleek look of the front waistband with the comfort of the elasticated back.

The Fig and Needle Crestwood skirt has lots of angular seamlines which can make pattern placement fun, as shown here with the multi-directional stripes. This is a pattern full of special details like deep pockets, scalloped edges, and a gorgeous notched waistband.

If the sun is beckoning you outside, try the Steeplechase leggings from Fehr Trade. The pattern pieces are a real mind-puzzler, in a very good way, and the pattern comes together really quickly.

Tops and dresses

It’s definitely the time of year I start to reach for dresses more. Some days I love cozy knit ones like the Groove dress from MadeIt Patterns. This truly is a dress made for twirling. It’s a quick sew with a big impact.

Other days, I love a floaty woven like the Gin and Tonic dress from Our Lady of Leisure. The front seam and grown-on wrap detail make the dress perfect for colour blocking. It looks a lot more complicated than it is; another simple sew with impact.

As for tops, I can’t think of a better one for spring than the Atropa top from Erbaccia studio. Expect gathering, elastic and optional ties to create a beautiful and unique shape. I especially love the sleeves, and the top also works well as a cardigan.

The Rebekah top from Sonia Estep Designs is another great choice for spring. One of its strengths is its versatility, with options including top and dress lengths, different hems, different necks, a range of sleeves and even a belt option.

Pinafores and outer layers

The Madison cardigan by Style Sew Me is hands down one of my favourite ever makes. It’s one of those items of clothing that really does influence how you feel and even how you walk. You have to put a bit of extra bounce in when you’re wearing it, I’m convinced. Another quick sew, it comes with lots of drama, as you can see here.

And finally, what can be more spring-like than pottering around a garden in a pinafore? Untitled Thoughts made the Fleur pinafore with exactly that in mind. With deep pockets, button closures, and a no-print option, it’s a lovely choice to whip up in a weekend. Lansdown Pattern’s Franklin pinafore is another beauty. And it’s made to be comfortable and change as our bodies do. So the waistband can be worn tight or loose, and there are different ways to make the straps.

I hope this has helped to inspire a bit of spring sewing! If you’d like to discover more lovely sewing patterns, join the haystack pack! Every month you get patterns, discounts, interviews, tips and tricks and lots more sewing goodness. Find out more here.