Are you tired of not finding any patterns that actually look like the types of clothes you would buy for yourself? Have you noticed that most patterns out there either don't fit how they should even if you buy them for the right measurements, require a ton of adjustments, or are just plain uncool looking, not to mention expensive?
Unless you have the measurements and body of the fit model used for the pattern company your sewn up patterns are most likely going to need some adjustments.
In fact, fitting problems are probably the main reason most women don't really get into sewing for themselves.
Making your own patterns isn't very hard!
This dress isn't exactly my cup of tea but see how simple the pattern for this 400$ Marc Jacobs dress is? Now finding the fabric? Good luck!
And notice how simple the cut is on this 650$ Pillip Lim dress.
Sewing your own clothing is such a rewarding and interesting hobby. You are always learning new things. It make sense that if you do sew your own clothes already sometimes, the next step would be to learn to make your own patterns as well.
Wouldn't it be neat to go to be able to just whip up something that you saw in a magazine or shop but also be able to put your own personal spin on it?
And if you draft the pattern to your measurements and fit it perfectly, you can use that master pattern in the future to make lots of different style from.
A lot of the dresses, tops, and bottoms that are in style right now are really actually simple designs, not at all like the complicated designs found in vintage clothing and patterns.
I am going to be working through the book Design It Yourself Clothes starting November 1st.
I hope you will join along with me in this group pattern drafting project.
Each week I will make a new pattern from the book.
You can follow along as much or as little as you like.
The next week I will sew up that pattern and share the finished projects of others on my blog. Or you can post them in the Flickr group.
I would love if you would sew along with me! You don't have to commit to sewing all of the projects. I won't be doing that either, or else it would take me all year to finish this project.
I will be making the basic patterns in the book, the basic skirt, the basic button down, the basic tee, dress, and pant patterns.
I am really excited about making my own patterns and I love the designs in the book as well.
Cal Patch, the author is being very generous in offering her time and expertise to the project acting as our Sewing Fairy Godmother! She has even agreed to donate a book to giveaway to one reader.
Stay tuned for the giveaway.....
If you would like to participate please leave a comment below. I did make a post last week to gauge interest so if you signed up then, would you mind doing it again here?
Below is the button for the project that you can post on your blogs if you like to do that sort of thing when you are in a sew along.