Sewing patterns are the base to every garment.
Sewing patterns – you can either love them or hate them. Have too many or not enough (In my case – way too many. :p ) – Hopefully I will be able to give you a small insight into the world for sewing patterns as well as help you on your journey to finding them.
The above image is a small portion of the sewing patterns I personally own. The majority of my patterns I have collected over the years are from magazines or PDF patterns.
A while ago a friend said to me that they did not want to keep continuously buying patterns that they were just going to use once and never use again, and I agree with that – there is no point making the same style over and over, however; The pattern is just the base. it’s like a biscuit recipe, with all the ingredients been given to you, in the exact measurements but you want to add an extra ingredient to make it different to the last batch of biscuits you made, so;
If you have basic pattern making skills then you should be able to adjust any pattern any way you like, for example;
- Adding pockets to side seams or as a detailing feature.
- Add length. Some patterns can come up short or you just do not feel comfortable with the length of sleeves or the skirt.
- Take length.
- Add panels – lace, power mesh – Everything looks good with a bit of lace. Maybe have a lace on the shoulders or even a lace sleeve
- Switch up fabrics. There is nothing wrong with using two well match fabrics. Be it lace or another jersey print. As long as they match and you are happy with the look of them – go for it.
- Change the neckline. – If you have a V neck – change it to a boat neckline or add a collar.
Make the pattern your own, add your own twist – switch it up each time so that the pattern is not a one-trick pony, and that you get to have as many articles of clothing from one pattern.
There are two ways to build up your sewing patterns collection without over spending.
With sewing magazines, you can get up to 3 FREE patterns. These can sometimes be a 5 in 1 pattern or the pattern has a certain amount variations.
The pro’s of buying the sewing magazines is that you not only get free patterns, but you also get:
- Tutorials – A chance to learn new things.
- More free patterns on the inside of the magazine – as well as the website offering a bunch of downloadable patterns.
- Discounts on fabric stores/sewing stores.
- Exclusive content from bloggers/seamstresses.
- Ideas – inspiration.
The one drawback with this is the pattern sizing – but this can be easily fixed by grading or simply seeing if the magazine offers another size. In which you are able to buy/download elsewhere – but you can always keep that pattern and test it out or use it as a base to make your own similar pattern.
Another way to build up your pattern collection is;
You can either buy them or find them for free. On pinterest there are a lot of links to websites that have these patterns. From there you can just simply print from them home – like a puzzle – piece them together to create the pattern.
There is always the downside to finding sewing patterns online.
- No tutorial guaranteed
- The pattern you print might not have your size.
- Sometimes the pattern is not the highest of quality
- Not all the patterns are free.
Hopefully this has given you a small insight into the sewing pattern world and has been helpful for you!
See you in my next post and have a wonderful day!!