May 16, 2012

The benefit of sewing from a versatile pattern

I love to sew.  Like a lot of parents, I find it hard to find time to fit in the things that I love most to do.  When I do have time it’s usually at the end of the day and I’m tired.  That means, to get the most bang for my buck, I try to sew patterns that are not only fairly easy, but versatile.

Last  fall, I ran across this darling little pattern from The Mother Huddle

Source: via Jamie on Pinterest





I loved how it used such small amounts of fabric and looked easy to make. I also loved that there was no pattern. I hate dealing with patterns. If not for patterns, I’d sew mostly everything. On a cold day in January, I adapted the pattern into a nightgown and sized it to fit all three of my girls.

Doesn't she look pathetic? Poor sick baby and the playroom? Gross!

I even was able to size one for the Princess, though I won’t include a picture. At 12, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t want to be seen on-line in her nightie (which is SMART, Princess! Things you do on-line stay FOREVER and when you run for office, you don’t want people dredging up a thirty year old photo of your in your jammies!)

Littlebit is only five, so I'll post a picture of her in her nightie. No problem!

This pattern was so fast to make up (from cutting to done in about 90 minutes) that I knew I wanted to use it other ways. It was more than a shirt or a dress or a nightie, it was perfectly adaptable to all of those things and nearly any fabric so…

I sewed Baby Bee a sundress.

That stripe? Doesn’t it KILL you.

AND made Littlebit a top. In a knit. A very stretchy knit. The stretched unevenly while I was sewing and hopefully, after being washed and dried, will be more symmetrical.

I’ll be making Littlebit a matching stripey dress, but I may skip making Baby Bee a matching cherry top, depending on how LIttlebit’s looks after drying.  I think I’ll be calling on this pattern one more time this summer and making the Princess a swimsuit cover up out of some terry cloth I have.  She’s outgrown her own cover up and I think this pattern would lend itself perfectly to that, too.

Projects like this are a good use of my crafty time. It allows me to use one pattern/tutorial to make multiple, different garments and you can work on them in an assembly line fashion (now you cut, now you make straps, now you sew the bodice, etc) That allows me to memorize the process so I’m not referring back to instructions so many times (which, let’s admit, makes your project take longer!). The tiny amount of material the bodice needs makes this a nice scrap busting project (the bodice panels for Baby Bee’s dress are only 2 by 11 and 5 by 11. The straps are 1.5×7. Seriously? Tiny amounts of material).

Do you have some tried and true patterns you turn to again and again?  I’d love to see them.

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    This is great! Really, it’s the best compliment ever.

    Your daughters are beautiful, and yes, I know what you mean with the pajama shots. They are there for life!

    As for your question, I have loved the Itty Bitty Dress pattern from Made By Rae, I have used it over and over with many adaptions.

    Thanks so much for sharing, made my day!

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      I’m running to check out that pattern. I remember liking some of Made by Rae’s stuff, but I haven’t visited in a while. Thanks for the suggestion!

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