Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Adapting the Pattern


McCall's Pattern Misses', Men's and Teen Boys' Tops, Nightshirt, Pants and Sweatsuit, Y (XS, S, M)

Bettina asked:
is there a base pattern that I could buy to modify?
Yes and this is it. 
Mccall's 5992. I changed the neckline, because it flared out, and discarded that collar. Everything else worked. What I wanted was a loose fitting shirt, without darts. 
On some garments I added a back pleat, or widened the bottoms, or cut curved hems, or allowed for side vents. I added my own pockets and changed the neckline too. It's a pretty straightforward shape, and I found it easy to modify. 
However, I traced the pattern in my size, and reduced the seam allowance to 1/4 inch, so I could easily stitch seams with my serger. 
My first attempts were thwarted because I chose too large a size and it sent me back to the store in a hurry. Even mistakes are worth making, if it teaches me something.  After 8 finished garments, I am ready to really get 'arty' with the next several pieces. And today I cleaned out my closet and filled a huge trash bag with clothes that don't work for me anymore, but are still good. They will be going to Goodwill, along with a huge bagful from Dave.

 

 






4 comments:

  1. Your new 'tops' remind me of what I do when I find a clothing pattern that I enjoy wearing. It kind of becomes my 'uniform'! Love what you've been sharing on your blog.
    Isn't it amazing what a change of fabric or a tweak of the pattern will do?

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  2. Love your new shirts! The fabric makes the garment in all of them! The batik one is especially beautiful. you will be creative when you wear these beauties!

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  3. I agree with Judy - I like the batik and the last pink one best myself! I'd never have thought of buying a pyjama pattern for this purpose - but I'll get it and will and back pleat and/or mandarin collar as well, thanks for letting us know! I think with a simple pattern like this it kind of needs a "louder" fabric, otherwise it'll look too plain? I can see sewing times on my to-do list soon, your blog is very inspirational:)

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