As my pattern stash grows, I tend to pull out my newer patterns first before thinking of what I have in my stash or purchasing new patterns before I think of how I can modify a pattern I already have on hand. These days I’ve been getting quite lazy when it comes to that, since I’m usually looking for something quick, with the least amount of fuss on my part, to get the finished product that I’m looking for. Or worse, I buy a pattern fully intending to sew it up right away, and it languishes and never gets sewn up.
And that’s how today’s post comes in…. At the beginning of the month, Emi, Olga and Mijke put out a call/sew-along on instagram for #sewthatpatternnow. Essentially, you just need to pick a pattern that’s been languishing in your stash, sew it up and share it if you’d like using the hashtag.
This pattern hasn’t been in my stash for too long (unlike others), but I figured it would be a good one to start with. For those wondering, this is the Waterfall Raglan from Chalk and Notch. I purchased this one a few months ago, and originally had some plans to make a Christmas outfit with it. But I figured this is also a great option for a daily top.
This one has been wearing a lot of super hero hand me downs lately from one of her brothers and I figured this would be a great top that would inject a bit of femininity back into her wardrobe. After all, she loves to twirl just as much as she loves Batman, I can barely get her to stand still!
I sewed up a size 3 for her. She’s very petite in her measurements but is tall enough for the 3. The style of top is meant to be a looser A line shirt, so I opted out of adjusting for her chest measurements since it wouldn’t be too noticeable and she would just have added twirl factor since it was looser.
For the fabric I used this green fern cotton lycra blend that I purchased from Thread Therapy Australia a few years ago. So now not only am I sewing my pattern stash but I’m also sewing my fabric stash 😉 I would say the fabric is more of a medium weight knit, so the shirt doesn’t drape as nicely as some of the ones I’ve seen, but she loves it regardless. Her favourite part is the bottom ruffle, she’s always holding it out when she’s walking around.
So now that I’ve been digging through my pattern stash, there’s a few more things I think I’d like to sew up in the near future, like a few dress patterns I haven’t touched in a while and definitely some of the patterns I’ve bought with the boys in mind!
This whole thing has also made me curious… Do you tend to purchase a lot of patterns and have them build up without sewing them or do you have a smaller pattern stash and tend to modify most of your patterns to get the look you want? Chime in in the comments!
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