SEWING PATTERNS

SEWING PATTERNS

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  • Because of a request from a college sewing teacher, we created this shirt to give her the details she wanted to teach. It has a simple back yoke and a collar and collar band. It has simple-to-fit darted shaping and sleeve and front band variations. The long sleeve features our famous “painless placket” that Marta Alto created for our Painless Sewing book in the 1970s. It allows you to put the cuff on with the sleeve flat. Choose from a narrow-hemmed shirt tail hem or a straight hem with side slits. After tissue-fitting and cutting, you should be able to sew this shirt in three hours. (If not the first time, maybe the second time.) We’ve specialized in shirt techniques for years and you can follow speed demon Marta Alto on our Learn to Sew a Shirt or Blouse DVD.
  • This raglan sleeve knit pattern by Melissa Watson  comes with a dress, tunic and cropped top. The dress has a slightly lower shirt tail hem in the back and is fitted in the bust area, without being too body hugging in the waist and hips.  All length options; the dress, the tunic and the crop version have side slits and have the option of cap, short and long sleeve and two different neck bands. The guide sheet includes instruction for how to fit and do alterations on a raglan sleeve for smaller or larger arms. A fun tip with the dress, because it has pockets, without topstitching them down you can attach the edges together on the inside with 1" flat elastic to keep them from getting bunched up at the hips!
  • Bernice is my daughter Melissa Watson Ellis’s new mother-in-law, who lives in Sydney, Australia. When we were there in December (summer) she wore a series of the cutest sheath dresses with flats, heels, or ankle boots. The dresses were in solid or printed cotton, rayon, or poly woven, or knit fabrics. One was similar to this design but we added slits to the front and a color blocking option. The easy binding technique is one that McCall’s designers shared with me. I was going to use purchased braid, but this binding technique is actually easier and gives you more trim color options. The slightly raised waist flows nicely over a slightly thicker middle like I have. The darts can be narrowed or eliminated if you need more waist room. The trim adds a flattering vertical line. If you can’t wear this style dress, consider lengthening the top for a fun blouse.
  • This easy dress is very easy to fit because of the alteration lines printed right on the tissue and the instructions in the guide sheet. The shoulder princess is a flattering vertical line. If you are flat chested, you can stay cool in the summer by eliminating the bra for comfort and, for modesty, using the pockets shown on views A and D. View A collar, yoke, pockets, and cuffs can be cut on the bias if using a plaid. There is an optional self-fabric belt.
  • Straight or boot legged, below waist jeans have side front pockets with inside pocket, front fly zipper, back yoke, back pockets, waistline with button closure, belt carriers and narrow hem. The guidesheet includes fit tips and sewing jeans details. See Marta fit and sew jeans and follow along with her on our DVD Jeans For Real People. An expanded jeans chapter is in our latest book Pants For Real People and includes a sewing order that you'll love.
  • This is an unstructured overcoat, meaning that it doesn’t have a lining and no shaping like shoulder pads or heavy interfacing. I will give you some tips below on using some light interfacing, especially for the front facing pieces. You will want to finish the inside back seams either with a serger or bias binding which would be pretty in a contrasting color! Some design details that you don’t want to miss:
    • I made the sleeve with a raised sleeve cap so it should be set in from the tip of your shoulder a little bit, meaning that the shoulder seam is meant to be a little shorter. When you are tissue fitting don’t correct this!
    • This coat has a 3 piece sleeve because your arm doesn’t hang stick straight so why should your sleeve? It bends gently at the elbow and is shaped with darts and a curved over-arm seam. Make sure not to press it down flat. Use pressing tools to press your seams open. Then to one side to do your topstitching.
    • Topstitching is optional, but suggested~ it will keep the edges of your overcoat flat and make the seams stronger.
    • There is a slight curve on the front jacket closure, make sure to sew smoothly and slightly round and not pivot to a right angle.
    • There are side panels on the front and back, so if you need to do a FBA, you only have to do it on the front piece, not the side panel.
    • There are inseam pockets between the side panel and front!
    • The front is fully faced with self-fabric.
  • This cropped flare pant have L - shaped front pockets, option of waistband or facing and an exposed or fly front zipper! I love the exposed zipper with a dark denim and the red is made from this amazing red micro corduroy. If you are starting to sew early these would be great in a drapey, light weight cotton or rayon while it's still hot outside.  It also comes with this cute cropped bell sleeve top that goes perfectly with the higher waist of the pant!
  • This is the second and improved version of the NO SIDE-SEAM pant! We got such rave reviews from using this in our Craftsy "Fitting Fashion Knits" class (click the link to get 25% off!) that once the pattern got discontinued we had to do it again! this time we have a short version as well. The unique thing about this pant is it has no side seam, so fitting and altering is a little different. As always, personalized instructions, written by us, the designers, for this specific design are in the guide sheet! This is a great pant for a knit or a woven! Can be made with a center back zipper or an elastic waistband.
  • This super-flare dress and top is fitted through the bust then flares immediately through the waist and hip. The top has a center front and center back seam to help create this much flare. You can choose to top-sitich the center front and back seams for a decorative reasons but to also stabilize your lengthwise seams. This style is SUPER easy to sew and fit. Still if you are doing the version with the 3/4 sleeve, make sure to tissue fit the sleeve. As always, personalized tissue fitting instructions for this specific pattern are in the guide sheet!
  • I love the look of a shirtdress but sometimes they can be so shapeless. I designed this one to give you a nice hourglass figure with a slightly A-line skirt and elastic in the back. The front covered placket, shirttail hem, back yoke and collar are the borrowed details from a man's shirt. In a shirtdress, you will get to practice with these shirting details, doing a covered placket with buttonholes and a collar! The rest of the details are straightforward: inserting elastic in the back casing and the barrel sleeve cuff is so forgiving! This style is best made up in crisp woven fabrics such as cotton, silk or rayon, but that’s not to say it couldn’t be done in a stable knit a-la Diane Von Furstenberg!
  • FIT AND FLAIRE WITH JEWEL OR V-NECK This dress is not only right on target fashion-wise, but includes the bonus of learning to fit a shoulder princess dress. The flared skirt is great for fuller hips or thighs. The alteration lines printed on the tissue and the fitting information in the guidesheet will help you with all of your adjustments. This pattern includes our latest instructions for a full bust adjustments for shoulder princess seams. Check out our book Fit For Real People and our numerous fit DVDs--great fit references. This is the third in a series of designs that teach the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue-Fitting Method. Also, check out the Tailored To Fit workshop at creativelive.com taught by Pati Palmer and Marta Alto.