• Merchant & Mills

    Embroidery Add On


    A PDF pattern for the front panel of the Honey dress.

    The design is by Evie May Adams, and the embroidery for this sample was beautifully stitched by Becky Hogg. 

    For our version we used No 712 DMC Stranded Cotton x 2 with a No 7 embroidery needle. There are various methods you can use for transferring the design, which we’ve listed in the download. For our version we printed the design onto tracing paper, then covered the tracing paper in lots of layers of tailor’s chalk, this way you just draw over the reverse on the cloth and it pushes the chalk onto the cloth.


  • Merchant & Mills

    The Honey by Merchant & Mills


    Channelling the free spirits of the 1970’s, The Honey is a maxi sundress made for lazy days. Featuring a neat, mitred bodice and a gently elasticated back. Choose bold patterns, little prints or plains for distinctively different looks.

    Our embroidery design for the centre panel is an additional PDF pattern. The design is by Evie May Adams, and the embroidery for this sample was beautifully stitched by Becky Hogg. 

  • Merchant & Mills

    The Niven by Merchant & Mills


    A classic shirt-dress or shirt featuring a bib, grandad collar and cuffed sleeves. Dress has in-seam pockets.

  • Merchant & Mills

    The Lilian by Merchant & Mills


    A simple slip dress to wear under dresses that are a little sheer. It can also be a nightdress. We designed this slip dress as lots of our Indian handlooms are semi sheer so this gives you an extra bit of coverage.

  • Modern Sewing Co.

    Sienna Dress by Modern Sewing Co.


    The Sienna Dress is your statement summer dress that’s perfect for everything from weddings to days at the beach. Sew it in silk to create a beautiful piece for a smart occasion or a linen for casual daily wearing. It’s versatility means you can cover all bases for elegant summer outfits. While it’s designed to feel high end, practicality has not been forgotten with side pockets being essential for easy wearing.

  • Closet Core

    Jenna Shirt Dress & Shirt


    Nothing compares to an oversized menswear-inspired shirt when it comes to iconic wardrobe staples, and the Jenna Button-up shirt ticks all the boxes. Perfectly proportioned and loaded with polished and classic shirting details, Jenna features a loose fit, drop shoulder, deep back yoke, chest pocket, traditional shirt collar and collar stand, and a long sleeve with a classic tower placket and cuff. A dream styling piece that pairs with just about everything, Jenna will breathe new life into your closet.

    View A is the perfect everyday button-up shirt, ending below the seat with a deeply curved hem. View B is a cropped button-up shirt with a straight hem. View C is a shirtdress with a gathered skirt panel.

  • Kits

    Kit: Silmu Shirt Dress & Dress

    From $85

    Joan’s kits have everything you need to make the pattern of your choice. Each kit contains a pattern, suitable fabric, matching thread, plus interfacing and notions where applicable. In addition to being a convenient way to purchase supplies for your next creation our kits offer great value. They also make a very special gift!

  • Named

    Taimi Dress & Top


    Taimi is a fashionably simple sewing pattern that includes a top and a dress variation. Both variations feature a voluminous, gathered hem, and a round neckline and armholes that are finished with binding. The top is hip-length, and slightly longer in the back. The dress waist seam is curved, its hemline comes down to the ankle, and it has handy in-seam side pockets.

  • Named

    Silmu Shirt & Shirt Dress


    Silmu is a stylish sewing pattern duo that includes a loose-fitting shirt and a midi-length shirt dress. Both variations feature a distinctive overlapping collar. The shirt variation also includes breast pockets, a back pleat, long sleeves with cuffs, and an uneven hem with side slits. The waist pleats of the dress variation make it loose at the top, while the skirt is lightly fitted. The dress also has pleated half sleeves and a tie closure at the back.

  • Named

    Taika Blouse Dress


    Taika is a timeless midi-length blouse dress with half sleeves and gathered sleeve openings. This lightly fitted shirt dress sewing pattern features a V-neck and a button closure. The curved waist seam runs below the bust at the front, and the gathers at the bust and center back give volume and shape to the bodice, while the vertical seams of the skirt flatter and contour the body.

  • Named

    Valo Dress & Top


    The Valo sewing pattern includes two variations: a midi dress with an elastic waist and large patch pockets, and a relaxed-fit top with a gathered drawstring waist. Both variations have a distinctive heart-shaped yoke with a scoop neck to the front and a V-neck to the reverse. The dress hip seam is reinforced with a flat-felled seam, which gives it a lovely shape and works as a subtle little detail. The dress features elegant half-sleeves, and the top comes with perky short sleeves.

    You can also make the dress with short sleeves and a drawstring waist, and the top with half sleeves and an elasticated waist.

  • Named

    Syli Blouse & Dress


    The Syli sewing pattern includes two variations. Both the dress and the blouse are relaxed everyday garments with a loose fit. They feature a gathered bodice, a shallow tuck across the chest, and a hemline that dips slightly longer in the back. The neckline is finished with binding with a back vent secured by ties. The calf-length dress has two deep tucks around the hemline of both the skirt and sleeves as well as in-seam side pockets. The ¾-length sleeves of the dress have gathered ends finished with binding and ties. The blouse is hip length and has straight ½-length sleeves with turned hems.

Welcome to Joan’s Fine Fabrics, my good old fashioned fabric shop – online.

You’ll find new fabrics arriving nearly every week, like the latest European linens from Merchant & Mills and other popular fabric brands.


Our gorgeous sewing patterns have low and zero waste options to help save fabric, money and the planet. You can trust they’re good because I personally sew using the same patterns and fabrics that I sell here in-store. The proof is in the pudding, my Nana always said, so check out my detailed pattern reviews where I share my tips, tricks and learnings for each pattern.

A0 Printing

Have a PDF Pattern and don’t fancy taping all those pages together? Upload it here and we will print it in full size A0 on sturdy paper for you.


If your sewing box needs a bit of a stock up, you’ll find all the haberdashery bits and bobs you need here too. From gorgeous Liberty bias binding, to buttons and the cutest labels for your finished home sewing. There’s specialist tailoring items, right down to needles, pins and every shade of thread to go with your project (yes I will match thread to your fabric for you!).

Remember to check out our one off and repurposed vintage recycled fabrics. You might just find a treasure! 

Happy hunting!

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