Friday 9 October 2015

Lazy Pattern Making

With quilting out of the question, I'm determined to be productive. There's only so many hours a day I 'allow' myself to spend on the computer, so although I have several patterns lined up for release shortly, I decided to "do" something. My wardrobe needs an overhaul and a clear out but whenever there's domestic duties to be done, I usually find a way out of them... and today's been no different.

Whilst I was packaging a bag of clothes to drop off at my local op shop, I found this green shirt.
Does anyone else remember wearing fabrics like this in the 90's?
Anyway, I love the shirt, just not the fabric, so you know what that means: time to draft another shirt pattern. I've drafted many shirt patterns in my life and I'm totally over it, so I decided to draft the lazy way, and unpicked the shirt, ironed it onto a sheet of stabiliser and hey presto - pattern.

 Then I decided to take over my kitchen (of course my sewing room is completely chaotic with quilting patterns at the moment) and stash busted some red fabric I'd actually wear
 I love it and soon it's going to be a shirt I'll enjoy wearing
 Once you have the pattern, the making just flies by
 I'll probably pull out my over-locker for this one, 
but first I stabilised the front to make sewing even easier
Years ago I would have laboured hours over a shirt pattern, now I'm taking the path of least resistance. Hopefully I'll be able to show you tomorrow. Let's see what the final result has to say about it...


  1. Love the fabric you are using for your "new" shirt. You are so talented.

  2. Thanks A Nudge, your comments are always so encouraging, they never fail to cheer me up :)

  3. You're incredibly talented. While I might be able to make a pattern (key word there is "might") I'd never be able to put it together into something wearable. If my life depended on it I'd need a full month! Can't wait to see your finished shirt.

  4. I have a "pattern" for a skirt that I made this way! I've used it half a dozen times....good luck with your shirt! Love the new fabric you are using.

  5. Good on you - clothes making is very satisfying. Most of us used to do it in our early years, sewing for ourselves and the children, but then patchwork and quilting sort of took over!

    1. Yes, I know I did for my DDs, so many dresses, dolls and toys and I loved it too. Nothing beats homemade.


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