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WHAT’S YOUR CREATIVE PERSONALITY?

Uncover and celebrate your hidden creative strengths, understand your roadblocks, and get personalized guidance on your sewing journey.

Meg wears a white top with black Arthur Pants
Ashley, Meg and Pam smile together wearing Lichen Dusters

GO DEEPER WITH OUR ONLINE COURSES

Our classes give you the technical skills to up your sewing and wardrobe game, WHILE ALSO supporting you in developing a nurturing mindset that benefits your overall mental health, not just your craft.

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Rediscover your inner fire and be encouraged to bravely step into the world to shine your light. It all starts by dressing yourself with intention.

In this course, you’ll define your style, curate your closet and craft a wardrobe sewing plan … and so much more.

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Peruse our top-notch online sewing courses for complete beginners through intermediate sewists.

Our project-based classes give you the skills and confidence to build your unique and comfortable wardrobe, one fun garment at a time!

The Creative Hinterland: Patternmaking for Mindful Sewists course logo

Learn to bring your creative vision to life and hack any sewing pattern! In this one-of-a-kind course, we’ll teach you foundational patternmaking skills by walking you through 12 mouthwatering hacks of the Hinterland Dress.

For intermediate to advanced sewists. 

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Can I just say that I LOVE GETTING EMAILS FROM YOU ALL!!!!!!

Seriously! I'm so inspired everytime, no matter who is writing....the helpful tips, encouragement and lovely pictures are so motivating! I'm a new but passionate sewist, thanks to your simple philosophy of layering styles, being a conscious consumer, and making treasured pieces that bring you joy and creativity. I've made several of your patterns and am slowly working through the beautiful courses you send out!

Joanie D.
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I have tried to learn pattern drafting from books, and have taken pattern drafting courses at community college, but not until Sew Liberated courses have I felt confident that I'm learning the concepts. Honestly, these are absolutely the best courses anywhere! Great designers, great teachers, and great website. You all rock!

Laura
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I LOVE your patterns, and have made three Hinterland Dresses so far!! I am learning as I go: just a beginner, but able to follow your brilliant instructions and the results are wonderful. Thank you SO much!!

Alexandra Grace
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The Hinterland Dress is my favorite pattern ever. I think I've made 20 or 30 versions so far. It was worth WAY more than I paid for it. It's still my favorite dress to make and my favorite dress to wear. The Hinterland is kind of my uniform! I just wear Hinterland Dresses and my sneakers and I'm ready for the day.

Tatiana
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Sew Liberated never ceases to amaze me - your patterns are inspiring & your service is exceptional. There are many amazing indie pattern companies but yours stands out & connects with sewists in a very unique & positive way. Thirteen of my 250+ patterns are yours. I reach for them most often to sew & to wear (who knew a Stasia dress could see you through a day of work, errands, events & a good night's sleep?!). Whatever magic you're working, please keep doing it & count me in as one of your groupies.

Sylvia N
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I'm really proud of how far I've come! I'm also so proud of my classmates, whom I've been meeting via Sew Liberated's (non-social-media) groups pages, and it's been so nice to connect with other people who are also experiencing the learning process and sharing their own perspectives and questions.

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an iconic handmade dress

Our much-loved closet staple, the Hinterland Dress, has been sewn by over 12,000 sewists, who revel in its simplicity and versatility.

A sewing bestseller

When we released the Hinterland Dress pattern, we had no idea that it was going to spread so far, all via word-of-mouth.

Grab your pattern and join in!

The Hinterland Dress is available up to a 58.5” (147 cm) bust and a 61” (155 cm) hip. The pattern includes 3/4-sleeve, short sleeve, and sleeveless options, as well as full-placket, half-placket, and placket-free options.

I’m Meg, and I passionately believe that what you put on your body matters.

Your clothing choices affect your mood, which affects your thoughts, which make you … well, YOU.

I want you to dress yourself with intention. To clothe yourself in lovingly-made, well-fitting treasures. To dress how you want to FEEL.

I didn’t always have this clarity surrounding my wardrobe. Learn more about how my son’s devastating diagnosis shaped me into the confident and purpose-filled sewist I am today.

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You want to love your wardrobe. You want the joy of making something beautiful.

But, let’s be honest, that long list of potential projects can be OVERWHELMING, making you feel anxious rather than joyful.

I’ve developed a Guide to Holding Time for Creativity where I show you a path to slowing down, finding mental space, and turning your sewing into a practice of self-care.