Pattern Testers Required!

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Hello! I’m so excited to be looking for testers for our next pattern, the Kew dress. Kew is a button-down dress/skirt variation with two bodice options. Each option finishes with a front button closure and features an elegant high-low hem. Version 1 features shoulder yokes and ruched sleeves, Version 2 has straps with optional cold-shoulder sleeves, and Version 3 is a simple skirt variation with a waistband.

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If you would be interested in testing Kew, or any of our future releases, please complete the form below. The Kew testing process will begin with material sent out at the start of next week (24 July) and last for two weeks, with final feedback being required by Monday 7 August. I’ll send out notifications to chosen testers on Sunday 23rd.

Please indicate on the form which pattern(s) you’re interested in testing, your social media details (if relevant) and in the comment section any other useful information such as previous pattern testing experience. Don’t feel you have to have testing experience or even a social media presence to apply – if you are happy to follow the instructions and give constructive feedback on fit, accuracy and construction, accompanied by clear photographs, then that’s great! I will be selecting testers to achieve the widest range of sizes, experience and pattern variations.

I really appreciate the work of pattern testers; nothing I do here would be possible without your generosity! All testers who give feedback will of course receive a finished copy of the pattern and a discount off any of our other patterns. Thank you! x


Portobello Culottes hack!

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Hello makers! I’m very excited to be sharing with you our very first pattern hack blog post. I know this blog has been thus far a largely neglected space but I have so many hacks, freebies, new patterns etc on the way that it won’t know what’s hit it. This will include a new space on the website illustrating what I’ve been so busy with over the past few months – wedding commissions!

Anyway, onto the good stuff. This week I finally finished and have already been wearing to death a pattern hack that I’ve wanted to do almost since the release of the Portobello Trousers sewing pattern – Portobello culottes. Continue Reading →

Portobello Trousers fabric picks

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Hurray, fabric chat! I don’t suppose any of you really need help finding fabulous fabrics but it would be a shame not to showcase some of the wonderful possibilities for making the Portobello trousers. Sometimes the versatility of a pattern lies in its many variations; these trousers are simplicity themselves and their usefulness (IMO) lies in how different fabrics can give them such vastly different looks. Suitable for linens, lightweight cottons, drapey fabrics such as rayon and crepe, and lightweight wools, your options are nigh on endless. Continue Reading →

Carnaby Dress inspiration

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One of the very first sewing patterns I ever owned was for a simple shift dress and since then I’ve always had an arsenal of them in my wardrobe. If dresses are your thing, a shift is one of the most versatile garments you can sew – and although we’ve added the ‘skirt’ seam line and the pocket details to Carnaby it remains a wonderful option for creating a whole gamut of different looks. Here’s some inspiration to get you started on making Carnaby your own… Continue Reading →

Portobello Trousers Inspiration

Portobello Trouser pattern inspiration

Every time wide-legged trousers are top of the trends (and it’s pretty regularly), I rejoice. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I live in skinny jeans and jeggings as much as the next woman, but there’s something so inherently elegant about wide-legged trousers, coupled with the comfort (oh, the comfort!) of not having a permanent wedgie. I’ve pulled together here some of the inspiration (and you can see more on our Pinterest) I had in mind whilst designing our Portobello trousers. Continue Reading →



Welcome to the blog for Nina Lee patterns. Here we’ll be talking pattern inspiration, fabulous fabrics, techniques, tutorials and of course plenty of hacks to help you make our patterns your own. Stay tuned!

Nina x