Friday, March 10, 2017
Notes on A Pattern - Vogue 1314 and McCall 7542 Getting the Most Out of Your Patterns
Happy Friday everyone!
Are you getting the most out of your patterns? Do you only use a pattern once, then discard it? Do you buy multiple copies of the same one? How big is your pattern collection?
I've been collecting patterns for over three decades. In the early years, I only bought them when I was planning to make something and was always happy to take advantage of an occasional sale. As my skills improved and sales came more frequently, the collection started growing exponentially. Now, I have amassed over 600 patterns including three years of Burda World of Style Magazines. Sometimes, I buy multiple copies for client/student use or just because. The only patterns I've ever discarded were in a give-away event or I tossed them because they were poorly drafted. During my long practice of learning to become a good sewist, I learned to mix and match pattern pieces. This was out of necessity and lack of drafting skills. These days I'm becoming very selective in what I buy to help slow down the growth my collection.
More and more I'm returning to my old practice of mixing and matching pattern pieces. It is cost effective and it saves time. I've used Vogue 1314 several times and consider it a TNT. It is simple. I use the front lining, back lining, neckband, and sleeve. It's a t-shirt dress!
Sleeves are a really big thing these days, and so pattern companies are following the trend as well. McCall 7542 is showing up all across social media. At first sight, I knew I would buy a copy.
It's available in sizes 6 to 22 with cup size A/B, C, and D. The base of the top is simple with four different sleeves: tulip, trumpet, pleated, and bubble. Great potential to make multiple tops and dresses.
So my first use of M7542 was with V1314 to create a tulip sleeve knit dress shown above. The sleeve was a perfect fit. I'm planning to try all of the sleeves, either in a dress or top.
Consider mixing and matching patterns to create your own unique style.