Make Endless Pieces with One Base Pattern
When author Patricia Keay sews, she finds herself repeatedly reaching for the same garment pattern. This doesn’t mean she makes the same old thing over and over-just the opposite. One simple, essential pattern provides the jumping-off point for multiple garments, each a far-from-redundant variation on the theme set by the original.
This “base pattern” is neither a sloper nor a fitting shell. It’s based on her measurements, includes seam allowances, incorporates wearing ease, and has been tested so that she knows it fits perfectly. Its versatility lies in its simple, classic design. These qualities mean she can make a few adjustments for style, cut out the garment pieces, sew them together, and have a blouse, dress, or jacket that fits like a dream.
Not only does using a base pattern make it easier to whip up garments, it also makes cutting into a precious piece of fabric less nerve-wracking.
Developing your own base pattern is easy, and there are myriad ways to use it. Patricia will explain how to make one and suggest ways you can use and modify it in this article of Threads issue #160.