My love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with patterns (or, sometimes things don’t go the way you plan)

I know I’ve posted before about my lack of experience using patterns. So far, I’ve managed to create quite a few items without needing to turn to a pattern. However, I did feel it might be time to learn. I like the idea that the pieces are cut so that they fit together perfectly – no guessing at measurements or the pieces needed to complete a garment… or at least, I like that in theory. The reality was quite a bit different.

JoAnn’s was having a sale on Butterick patterns, so I picked up a few to try ($.99 each – if I totally screwed up, at least I wouldn’t be out too much!). I also found some Alexander Henry fabric, also on sale, and thought that I’d make myself a dress using one of these patterns.

The pattern itself claimed to be easy, and said that the average person should be able to whip up this dress in little more than an hour. (ha! I spent the good portion of the day simply cutting out the pattern and then cutting the fabric…)

They didn’t have the size I thought I should get, so I had grabbed one size larger for this pattern. Although, then I took a look at their measurements and corresponding sizes and saw that from their description, I should be about 6 sizes larger than I thought. I wasn’t totally buying that, so I compromised and cut out a size somewhere in between.

All was going well until I started sewing some of the pieces together. Not only did they not line up correctly (and I really don’t think it was due to my cutting), but what I ended up with appeared large enough to fit three of me.

So now I sit here with a bunch of already cut fabric pieces and the start to a dress that’s much too large for me, and all I can think is that it’s the pattern’s fault.

(don’t be deceived by these pictures – these make it appear somewhat decent, and normal-sized, actually, when in reality, it really is bad, very bad.)

I guess I’ll have to come up with some way to salvage some of this fabric. Another skirt, anyone?

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2 Responses to My love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with patterns (or, sometimes things don’t go the way you plan)

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    staplepuller says:

    I was feeling your frustration while reading your blog. Perhaps it stems from the fact that you’ve succeeded in doing things your own way … now it’s just confusing you to use a pattern. That dress looks short and rather wide! I think you should stick to your own invented patterns — maybe you’ll become the next great designer — do I hear Project Runway??

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    bag man says:

    That dress is sweet! Looks like just my size…For Tuesdays perhaps? Maybe you could sew the sides together first. Let me know when its ready!

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