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Create Tons of Style From a Basic Pattern

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When I first started sewing, I wanted to sew a new pattern every time I sat down at the machine. Part of the fun was making something new and different. I will show my age here, but that was when patterns were $2.50 each at Ben Franklin variety stores, and the only fitting issue I had was adding length to all my hems. Fast-forward to today. A Vogue pattern can set me back about $25 and fitting a new pattern can mean multiple adjustments and muslins, along with adding length to all my hems.

Once I get a pattern to fit the way I like it, I want to use it over and over to make the most of the time and money I’ve invested in it. However, that doesn’t mean I want to make the exact same garment over and over. I still crave the fun of making new and different…

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  1. PaulaJ | | #1

    Very nice garments and great ideas.. Where did the darts go for the jackets and the vest?

    1. Sewphie | | #5

      Very observant! The Tabula Rasa original pattern does have a small bust dart that comes in from the side front seam. I found that I didn't need the extra ease that the dart provides so I eliminated it in my adaptations of the pattern. Depending on the garment I am making I may also adjust the shape of the side front and back seams to get a closer fit.

      1. PaulaJ | | #6

        Thanks for the reply. Given that I need the dart, I was just curious. But I can always move it. I have done a few things with the Tabula Rasa - but your ideas are inspirational and I just may copy them in some way. Thanks again!

  2. CowtownKaren | | #2

    Thank you for the inspiration! I love articles like this. Your garments are beautiful.

  3. user-6357421 | | #3

    Wonderful article. You have inspired me to finally start using my Tabula Rasa pattern.
    Your clothing pieces are beautiful!
    BJane

  4. gwestg | | #4

    Nice work! You are very talented & creative!

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    KathyinAZ | | #7

    Great article Becki!!

  6. greymodel | | #8

    Reading this article I found it amusing that the Butterick pattern you mentioned first just happened to be the one I was wearing when I read the article. I had just finished making 3 more versions of it.

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