Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Here's how!

I'm still thinking about online patterns.

I did go searching for some but all I found were for crafts or very simple items that usually used a ready-made garment, like jeans or a sweatshirt, as a foundation to make something else.  Any patterns were based on geometrical shapes which are fairly easy to achieve but not always suited to fashion clothing. 

So, here's my solution.  I don't really have the expertise to do it but, hey!  it's all imaginary anyway.  Those of us who sew, know how to trace a pattern.  I've traced pattern pieces from magazines which are paced on a little grid.  Then I just use grid paper and make a  full-size piece.  It's work but no less work than tracing the various sizes of those multi-size patterns that are about all you can buy now. 

So, if the designers could just make me a pattern on a grid, include their directions, and put it online for a reasonable price, I'd buy it.  I would expect that just as in the knit/crochet community the free patterns would also start to flow.  I don't think it would take anything away from the professional clothes designers. It could lead to a whole new wave of home sewers. 

What do you think?  Go ahead...have your say.


Maria said...

It could work! Send the idea on over to McCalls or Simplicity or whoever still makes patterns. I suspect part of the increase in cost of patterns is that they don't make enough sales anymore. They might have to put a few free ones out there, so that people will give it a try and see that they really can make their own patterns. I'd far rather look for patterns in the peace of my own home.

Ginny said...

I don't know much about this. But I do know that my mother was an expert sewer and she made all her patterns out of muslin.

Pam Lofton said...

Huh? What's that you're speaking? Greek? LOL

I'd just have to agree with you---the master of all things knitted, etc. :)

Mimi said...

I'm totally with Maria re looking in the peace of my own home.
I don't sew, but if I did, I would definitely use this idea. It works in Ravelry, it would work, I'm sure of it!

Susan Kane said...

That is an excellent idea! My daughter Erin does that with her costumes, and my grandma looked at catalogs and then whipped up stylish clothes.

Why not?

Lily Tequila said...

I'm rubbish at sewing and knitting but my daughter and many of her friends are keen needle-clackers. It seems like there's a new wave of interest in making things, so your pattern plan seems sensible to me!

Anonymous said...

Why don't you come over for a pattern search at my house?


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