This one is to inspire you to make something for yourself. Great free pattern downloads are yours for the taking.
Check out Peppermint Magazine for great free downloadable patterns. Above is my me-made Ruffle Sleeve top, a free downloadable pattern by In The Folds via Peppermint Magazine. I used some fabric bought from The Fabric Store. I hope to make a pencil skirt with the rest of the fabric to create a “dress” lewk!
The Fabric Store has a great blog reviewing new patterns and advises on the best fabrics to use, with tips on how to make and they always have great fabrics to buy, sometimes end of line fabric from designers too.
One pattern I love is the Lily Linen Dress which I made using a beautiful white linen from this store. See the pictures below. I pin-tucked the fabric before cutting out the pattern piece which gave the front panel slightly more volume. This is a great tip if you want to add a feature like this – do it before you cut the pattern piece. I added inseam pockets instead of the outside ones offered in the pattern.
Vogue Patterns are still going strong, but there are so many new pattern makers on the block. Here are some worth looking at for modern patterns.
In the Folds for simple unfussy clothes to be worn everyday and the patterns come with great instructions.
Megan Nielson has some great patterns for all sizes. I haven’t made any of her patterns but she offers a variety worth looking at – togs included.
If you missed out on a pattern that is no longer in print you may be able to find it on Etsy where sellers sell their old patterns.
There is also a great blog called PatternVault by Sarah Sheehan. She talks about “Fashion History through DIY culture”. She has an amazing knowledge of the fashion world and also has free downloadable patterns by top couture designers, including Alexander McQueen. These are for the advanced seamstresses out there – do make if you dare.
I would love to hear about the clothes you make and any other pattern makers out there selling their patterns.
Until next time.