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« on: May 15, 2004 12:20:56 AM »

So I've been looking like crazy lately for cool cute sewing patterns, since I've just learned to sew and I'm really not finding a whole lot.  I've found a bunch of cute dresses, but that's about it.  I want to make something chic...not draw string pants and a matching boxy vest!  Even the juniors stuff is so out of style it was never in...what is a fashionista to do? 

Does anyone know where I can find some truly inspiring patterns so I can sew my self a new wardrobe? Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2004 02:01:15 AM »

I don't know! I have the same problem, I'm always looking for cool things to make from patterns and there's none to be found. Some of the vintage vogue things are cool, if that's your sort of thing. I end up modifying lame patterns I already have to make cute things, usually, or copying things I buy. If anybody else knows, I'm curious too!
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2004 05:19:47 AM »

i usually buy patterns that are very simple or "classic" so i can change them however i want. (although i admit i'm pretty clueless when it comes to what the current fashion or trends are.) for example, if you had a plain t-shirt pattern, you could change the necklines, add detail work, make it asymmetrical, etc. with a plain pattern for pants, you can make varying lengths, add pockets like cargo pants, make them have a lace-up closure instead of a regular fly, etc. it gives you a chance to be creative, but you don't have to freehand the whole thing.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2004 04:48:43 PM »

 Omg, I have the same exact problem!
Though I change the lame-ness into what I want... or I buy old clothes and rip 'em apart then sew them how I like them, plus how big I need 'em.
(This may sound odd buut...)
I also look in the halloween pattern section ^_^ they have great corset/cammy things, plus aton of other patterns you can alter and such.  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2004 02:47:06 PM »

DEFINATELY try thrift stores! i find so many totally awesome patterns there that from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, and the best part is that most of the time they're 25 cents or less each.
i had to cut the top off a cereal box and make it into a pattern holder.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2004 08:10:47 AM »

Thrift store 80s vintage patterns kick ass!!   Grin  Other than that, my mom (who is a sewing Jedi) gave me a suggestion:  Some fabric stores sell blank pattern paper.  You can trace clothes that you like, and modify necklines, hemlines, etc. to make them look more like you want.

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2004 08:32:27 AM »

if the fabric store doesn't sell the pattern paper you can use a roll of butcher paper or banner paper that you can get at a party store.

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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2004 09:56:47 AM »

I never use patterns because they are SO lame.  I just work from clothing I already have.  There's a thread discussing how to do that.


If I happen to find some cool patterns, they are usually too expensive, but here's a link to some, anyway:


If you are really attached to working from a store bought pattern, yer best bet probably is the trift store patterns.  Half the time, they don't even know what they have, so it's all cheap!

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« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2006 08:02:09 PM »

Usually I find pictures of things I like, work out how they're done, and copy them - which means finding a pattern to match what I want, and that's much easier said than done. How many EGL patterns am I likely to find amongst the tracksuits and shoulder-pads?  Cry It means a lot of modifying, and therefore a lot of swearing. "MOTHERF**KER!!" is now a common term in my house.  Embarrassed You could also draft your own patterns, but it's probably best to just look for a similar one first. I spent half an hour drafting a knitting pattern for the Putumayo-copy hoodie I'm working on before I realised that it's basically just a high-buttoning cardigan with a zip and a hood. Oops. Embarrassed

The other (much easier) thing to do is just look for tutorials online. That's how I came across good ol' Craftster. Grin I've got a heap of sites bookmarked, so tell me what you want and I'll tell you if I've got a site to help you do it.  Wink

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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2006 08:53:02 PM »

AND don't let the colors or patterns of the pictures of the garments trip you up and make you think that you don't like it, remeber, you're making this in your fabric. You have to imagine it in a fabric or color you like. You have to rememebr to look at the shapes and fit and such.
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