Threads Contributors Share Their Favorite Patterns
WE ASKED OUR CONTRIBUTORS...
We asked the contributing authors featured on pg. 6 of Threads issue no. 154 (April/May 2011) if they used a specific pattern again and again. We also asked them why they chose that pattern. I was surprised at the variety of responses we received. Three of them (Judith Neukam, the Threads technical editor and author of "Teach Yourself to Sew;" Susan Khalje, a Threads contributing editor; and Sarah Veblen, a frequent Threads author) all chose jacket patterns--albeit different jacket patterns. Linda Lee, another frequent Threads author, chose a pants pattern. If you haven't read the comments from these authors, you'll want to read a copy of the May issue (no. 154) now available in most fabric stores or on our website.
I QUESTIONED MYSELF
As we received the responses from each contributor, it got me thinking. How would I respond to the question that they had been asked? I spent a few minutes considering this. I've used many patterns more than once, but there are a few patterns that I've really gotten my money's worth from. I think the key for me is that if the pattern fits well with or without tweaking, it's a "keeper," and I'm very likely to make it again. I know if I simply use different fabric when I make the pattern again, the garment will look totally different, and the rest of the world won't notice the similarity. I might also make a minor design change like adding a different collar, sleeve length, or pocket, usually from among the pattern's options.
I COULDN'T PICK JUST ONE
After much thought, I decided I had three favs because I just couldn't limit myself to one. The first is a pattern designed for knits. It has a jacket, skirt, top and pants. Years ago I went through a "knit" sewing phase when most of what I made was from knits. That's when I bought this pattern, and used it often--and I still use it. Knits are so comfortable and are actually forgiving if you gain or lose a pound here or there. The other two are jacket patterns, and I often mix and match the design features from these jackets. They both have collar, sleeve, and hem variations that I draw from depending upon the result I'm aiming for. Between these two patterns, I can make many different jacket styles with ease.
WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Do you have a favorite pattern? Is there one you've used again and again? Why do you keep using it? Tell us about it.