I got the bright idea to make an adjustment to a current T- shirt dress. I'm soo, trying to get better at pattern hacking, but it takes some work. I know that most patterns are just basic blocks that have design details, but I'm not a designer so I don't think like a designer. Now, I know what I like when I see it and when looking at RTW I do see things I like that look pretty simple to recreate. Some stuff has me scratching my head on how to make it and other things are very simple.
|How about those shoes?|
I didn't start sewing to be a designer, I started so I could learn how to fit ready to wear clothes. After messing around with RTW, I realized I could make many of the same things, insert pattern addition and all there options. I'm ok with not being a designer and or a technical pattern drafter, I really enjoy recreating things I see, I also don't mind RTW. I still purchase clothes albeit I try to ensure their ethically made and extra points for being made by a small business. I buy ready to wear because I buy what I want as long as it fits and or I can make easy adjustments to get it to fit. Also, not everyone can make their clothes and there should still be representation in the stores imo and I try to support. I also find nice fabric, patterns and styles in RTW so I still buy clothing. In the beginning, I only purchased pants because I couldn't get them to fit but now that I'm learning fit and also how to clone RTW, I buy pants because I like them and they are probably a good price.
I made this fit and flare dress without making a separate bodice and skirt piece, I think another variation of this should be a separate bodice and skirt but no waist band. I guesstimated on the length so it was too short so I made a last minute "design "change by adding a band to the bottom.
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To get this look, I added eight inches to the front and back side seams and graded to nothing at the waist. I guess you could slash and spread, but I wanted to try this technique and it's supper easy. I rounded off the bottom a little bit and constructed it just like I did the t-shirt dress. I used an interlock knit pre-cut ( I HEART precuts) from FabricMart. Originally I used the fabric for a maxi skirt, the skirt was too heavy and I didn't like it so a refashion!!
Are you a pattern hacker? Do you have a easy method to adjust your favorite patterns? Do you like my house shoe inspired slides lol? Up next are a few tops I've made recently that I finally got photographed and a plans post of some work wear pieces that I need.