9 times out of 10, I draft my own patterns, so why do I own over 100 retail patterns? Because I don’t usually actually use them by taking them out of the envelope and using them as is. I use them as a design library.
To show you what I mean, I pulled three random women’s patterns out of my collection.
For example, if you take the top from McCall’s 6557, the skirt from Butterick 4186, and the sleeves from Simplicity 3532, you’d end up with this dress:Likewise, if you take the very top from Simplicity 3532, the (lengthened) skirt from McCall’s 6557, and the long sleeve from Butterick 4186.
And finally, you can make a top by shrinking down the top from the McCall’s pattern along the same cutting line as the top from the Simplicity pattern and a much shortened version of the skirt from McCall’s.
After you get even more used to how pattern pieces look, you can start using the pattern piece layout in the instructions to alter the basic pattern pieces into the shape of new, advanced pieces.
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