Disclaimer: This is about my sewing experience and favourite patterns, compiled from about a year and a half of serious sewing. All patterns on this list have been made by me at least once and are in my pattern collection. I have a pile of newer patterns to try out, so a follow up in the future will definitely be needed… on that note, if you read this and know a pattern I would like, please feel free to leave a comment. I love a good recommendations (If it isn’t already in the TO DO pile)
All patterns have been linked, I have put the PDF link where possible, but do search for a paper pattern if you prefer… its just you might want to download it straight away and sew it.
Please not this post has been divided in two, but please be warned its still a long one. x
Part 1: 10 to 6
I have been thinking of this post for a long time, I always say throughout my blog posts that ‘oh it’s one of my top 10 patterns’
But what is that definitive list?
Believe me it was hard to decided just ten, so here they are:
10. Pauline Alice – Cami Dress
Left and Middle: From Pauline Alice website.
Right: My version.Check out the Original post here.
This is a very recent addition to the list, but had to be included as it bought my sewing journey full circle . What I had attempted to draft myself in the early days, I found about 1.5 yrs later in this pattern. So far I have only made and worn one, but this definitely needs further exploration, and many colours.
9. Made It Patterns – Drop Dress & Top
Pictures from Made It Patterns Website.
This pattern is a bit of an unsung hero of the wardrobe and deserves a place purely for the mileage from one pattern: I have made many of these in various colours. Unfortunately, due to them being mainly for my casual round the house wear they don’t lead as glam a life as some of my other hand made pieces. That’s not to say they are any less important, in fact they do so much more hard work compared to other pieces. I love this pattern and would also like to include an honorable mention to their other pattern, the GROOVE, which has so much potential with interchanging pieces… including a hood!
8. Wear Lemonade – Luisa
Images from Wear Lemonade. Link in title.
Of all the Lemonade patterns I have, I have made the Luisa the most. With the Luisa I have used it as a base, hacked and shaped it into many other items I love and wear today. The picture I have shown is the one I love the most and is the Luisa in its purist form. Of all the smock Dresses I have this one is the most flattering on.
Original Blog post can be seen here.
Bonus points to wear Lemonade for the Video Tutorial (despite me only knowing basic french) which is a great help when making.
7. Ralph Pink – Sahara Shirt
Ralph pink has fast become a favourite of mine, I think it is one of those brands where I feel I want to make ALL they have on offer. Saying that, my absolute favourite is the Sahara: It completely embodies everything I love to wear in one garment: smart, casual and oversized. I have made a black and a white one and have worn them continuously for about a year. You can dress them up, add a belt wear them over stuff. I will be making more of these soon, hopefully branching out into pattern. I am just waiting now to find the most perfect fabric to reserve for my favourite garment.
6. Colette Patterns – Moneta
Left: My favourite Moneta that to date I have made. See the blog post here. Right: From Colette Patterns Website.
Moneta has placed quite highly on this list, not just because of the sheer amount I have made, but for how much I have also used it as a base for projects in some way.
It is the ultimate base pattern, and without its help in the beginning of my sewing journey, I may not have experimented as much as I had done without it.
Not to mention how amazing it looks on, all the measurements are perfect. This is the ultimate basic skater that all Sewers should have in their collection.
Also, a bonus shout out to using about 3 different body types on the site to show how well it suits everyBODY there is. Thanks guys.
So that is my 10 – 6… Part 2 will be published in a few days and before 2017 ends, so keep an eye out here, and definitely on my Instagram. If you want to join in with the countdown, feel free to add your own with the #mytop10patterns, I would love to see what you think.