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Josefly | Posted in Patterns on

I haven’t yet received my Threads #142, but from some comments already posted I understand there’s an article on this subject. It reminded me of this site I just discovered. It’s super. Have y’all seen this?


“Weekend Designer; it ain’t rocket science.” I sometimes think it is. But here are these free patterns and tutorials.


  1. Palady | | #1

    Thank you for posting your newly discovered URL!  I have a DGD who will deligth in the handbag.


    1. Josefly | | #4

      Yeah, that's quite a bag, isn't it? There were several instruction-sets for accessories in the pages I looked at. A couple of very feminine, light, flowy dresses would appeal to my daughter, I think.

  2. starzoe | | #2

    This is my kind of sewing, love it. The caftan is a standard, there was one in an old, old issue of Threads by Claire (is it Cardell?) that I made into a wool coat, used ultreasuede for trim, wore it a lot, gave it to a niece who wears it to this day. As for the skirt, the pattern is useful as a base to make any kind of skirt while playing around designing pleats, a-lines, flounces, godets, etc. For the pencil skirt, narrowing the hemline a titch makes it look even more up-to-date and very flattering.Thanks for that site, I have bookmarked it and will check it often.

    Edited 3/7/2009 1:32 pm ET by starzoe

    1. Josefly | | #3

      You're welcome. It takes some time even to browse that site, only problem. I got to page 5 and had to stop. I was impressed with the variety of things, including some accessories. And the fact that it's all drawn out there and instructions with it. It's remarkable to me that someone does that sketching and writing free for anyone who wants to use it. Your caftan-style coat must be lovely. Wish I could see it. I thought the sheer-fabric one shown was beautiful.The pencil skirt is the type of thing a beginner could easily use, and yes, I agree it's very versatile. I was interested in the sleeveless jacket made of fulled wool.

  3. JeanM | | #5

    Wow!  Thanks for guiding us to this site.  There is something there for everyone.

  4. cycler1729 | | #6

    Thanks for posting that site!  There's a lot there that I'd love to sew.

    You might also want to look at this site for free patterns that I came across called Modern Sewing Patterns.




    1. Sancin | | #7

      Wow - this is a wonderful site as well - so much variety. I wonder how some of you find these sites. Unfortunately, I have so many bookmarks on various things, searching through my book marks is almost like doing a search - but I love it and have found many wonderful things. How did we manage before the internet! Certainly has cut down on paper, if we can resist printing things unless we need them right away.

      1. cycler1729 | | #8

        A little hint for managing your favorites (bookmarks) if you use a PC (I don't know Macs).

        Click on favorites and then click on Organize Favorites.  Choose Create Folder and it will give you a place to name a folder.  Call it whatever you want (patterns?) and then whenever you see a site that has patterns when you save it to your favorites, in the "Add to favorites" there is the choice "create in" and just click on that folder.

        I hope that wasn't too complicated an explaination - it's really easy.

    2. Josefly | | #9

      That looks like another good site. Thank you for suggesting it. I like the one dress pattern that's available there. I can see it made with a soft linen, comfortable for summer. Have you tried any of their patterns? It just astounds me, as Sancin said, what's available to us, free, on the internet.I like your tag line. Recently a bicycle/walking path was built through some woods and across a creek, cutting through from my neighborhood to a local park and library, about two miles away. Riding the bike to the library was unthinkable before, because the only streets were very heavily traveled, four-lane thoroughfares. My husband and I are so excited that we will be able to ride our bikes now, or even walk, to the library. However, we have yet to ride there since the library is being reconstructed, probably to re-open in a few months. Can't wait for its completion! My husband is already riding his bike to the tennis center, almost adjacent to the library, every single week-day that it's not pouring rain. You can tell we are retired.

      1. cycler1729 | | #10

        It's wonderful that you've got a place to ride now.  A couple of years ago they completed a beautiful park along the river in NYC and it's a great place to ride - no traffic except getting there.  There is supposed to be a connection between all of the bike paths along the river to allow you to ride all around the island of Manhattan but I've only seen some of it.

        I didn't get a chance to use any of the patterns yet - the one that I want hasn't had the pattern added yet - just the picture and description.

        They keep adding new items frequently.


        1. Josefly | | #11

          Well, I went back to the site again, and this time I saw a longer list of patterns, with more than just the one dress pattern. Something you said confused me - did you see a drawing or photo of a garment, the pattern for which isn't available? Where did you see that on the site?

          1. cycler1729 | | #12

            On several of the patterns, for example, http://m-sewing.com/patterns-catalog/women/underwear/bodysuit-with-lace-inserts.html

            if you look down at the bottom of the page where it says Free sewing patterns (PDF) available for download  under that are the PDFs to download - for this one it says "coming soon".  I noticed that for several of the patterns.

            I love this pattern!

          2. Josefly | | #13

            Ah, yes, I now see the "comming soon" (sic). Yes, that body suit would be a very useful pattern. Hope they get it soon for you. If you try it, will you post your experience with the pattern?

          3. cycler1729 | | #14

            I will definitely let you know how it works out.  I've had difficulty using printed online patterns before - knowing where to match the pieces - cutting or stitching lines - but this looks as thought there might be just a few pieces to the pattern.

            I'd love to use it as a bathing suit (when I'm able to see the back to see how it fastens).

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