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My Top 10 Patterns – Part 1: 10 – 6

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!

My Drop Dress original post is here. If you are curious, the Groove is here.


8. Wear Lemonade – Luisa

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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.

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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.

 

Made By Me: Pauline Alice – Camí dress

This is quite an important post as I feel like my sewing has come full circle.

Back when I started sewing, one thing I desperately wanted to make was a shirt dress.  I had been inspired by a Gothic looking dress online, one that a) didn’t do my size and b) even if they did I bet you my boobs would make a bit for freedom out the front buttons.

So I set about with a McCall’s M6696 hoping to recreate this ‘simple’ shirt dress.  The material I chose was a purple stretch fabric, the colour was called Damsel… And it was a disaster… Everything from the fit, to the collar, to the fabric was just awful.  I didn’t even finish it with buttons and a hem I hated it so much.  I brushed that Idea away for more than a year… then I met the Pauline Alice’s the Cami.

Pictures from Pauline Alice Website, Showing the 3/4 length sleeve version I made.

Having a fair amount of reservations on any shirt dress pattern after the first attempt, I at ignored it.  But make after make just kept on popping up on my Instagram feed.  All EXACTLY the shape and style I first wanted back when I started the disastrous damsel piece.

Firstly, It wasn’t in my size.  This posed an issue in that I would have to enlarge the pattern somehow.  My skills in this department were almost non existent.  But after a few YouTube tutorials, I grabbed some Swedish Tracing paper and ended up with a PERFECT fit (including the boobs)

The second slight issue was when I discovered that the skirt was just two rectangles.  I cant say I wasn’t disappointed at first… one of the selling points of this pattern was how everyone’s Camis I saw online had the best shaped skirt.  I was mistaken in my thinking that there was this holy grail of skirt making that I was chasing… In fact this was a lazy hack I used myself on some of my patterns… normally on the patterns I end up loving the shape of the most.  So I learnt that sometimes the most simple techniques are in fact the best.

So How Did It Sew?

Date Completed: 5th August 2017
(Sorry for the slight bleaching out in the pics, but flat black matt fabric is a pain to photograph)

The main challenge of this was not the sewing, but making it a size bigger.  This was surprisingly easy, and dare I say actually quite fun.  I simply laid it on top of a piece of Swedish tracing paper and systematically went around the pattern pieces and extended it and various points.  It was a simple case of measure, do the math, place the dot, repeat that step loads, then join the dots.  I honestly urge you to try it, even if you are not plus size, try it on a size too small vintage pattern… I know you have lurking in your collection somewhere (i know i have!)  One thing I didn’t change was the length of the bodice, despite having a long body, I felt confident in the length of the pattern.  The collar stayed untouched and I was conscious of this when sizing up the pattern around that area.

I went for a soft Peach Skin Black.  I love this fabric, I paid a bit extra for it in my cheap shop, but at 2.95 a metre, it’s still a bargain.  I bought in bulk and have more than enough left for other projects.  It has a beautiful matt finish and is the perfect light/medium weight.

Overall this sew is incredibly simple, the instructions are absolutely Beautiful.  I love the little button dots and the beautifully illustrated front and diagrams.  I love how its been kept in theme of the website too.  Putting it together is super easy, I would totally recommend anyone making the jump from beginner to look at this pattern.  Other than that this may be the perfect go to shirt dress pattern I have seen so far.  I highly recommend it as part of your wardrobe if you haven’t already got it.

I definitely need a patterned one now, to maybe challenge myself more in matching it up.  And despite winter, I quite fancy a short sleeve one.  Plus do check out the other patterns, I know I will.