Hello dearies! How has your week been thus far? I have accomplished a lot more than I thought I would in the past two days, including some prepping for an exciting blog event that will hopefully show up sometime in December… But today I have a few tips for all you seamstresses out there regarding patterns!
Today I’m going to share with you four basic pattern styles that I think every seamstress, whether vintage or otherwise inspired, should have in their stash.
1. Basic Suit or Ensemble: While I have yet to make a whole suit, the above pattern is the closest I’ve come. The wonderful thing about having a suit pattern in your stash is that there are SO many possibilities of what you could make! You could make just a skirt (or trousers if the pattern is for a pants suit), or a contrasting skirt and jacket, or the classic matching suit! You could even combine the jacket from one pattern with the skirt from another. The possibilities are endless! As for Simplicity 3695, shown above, I’ve made the weskit (vest for all you newbies to the vintage world. ;D) 3 times. One in flannel, one in twill, and one in a plaid with the matching skirt. I really need to get this pattern back out and make another matching skirt and weskit. Don’t you think a fine wale corduroy would look nice?
2. Basic Tee or Top: Now, I know not all of you are keen on the idea of sewing with knits, but trust me, it’s easier than you think! You can find a lovely basic tee pattern, made by Jennifer Lauren Vintage, as well as a sew-along for said tee here. But, if you’re a blouse wearing kind of girl, a blouse pattern would fit well in this category instead of a t-shirt pattern. I only include a t-shirt here because that’s what I wear most often, and if you have the ability to make your own t-shirts, why buy them store-bought? Same with blouses. That’s what I love about making my own clothes. I don’t have to stick with the fit and styles the store has, and I can copy my favorite t-shirt to make over and over again.
3. Basic Skirt: This could be a pencil skirt, a ruffle skirt, a knit maxi skirt, or, as in my case, a 1/2 or full circle skirt. The thing with basic patterns is it has to be a silhouette that suits you, and a pattern that is easy to make. That way you can make it over and over again, and it becomes a part of your signature style. That’s why it’s called a basic pattern, because it’s a basic piece in your wardrobe. The cake, rather than the frosting that is special occasion dresses, if you will. Speaking of dresses…