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What are your favorite patterns?

Deana | Posted in Talk With Us on

We all have at least one go-to pattern in our stash that we remake again and again. For me, it’s the one that fits my style and body type perfectly, is timeless, or has endless design possibilities. Tell us your favorite patterns and why you love them so.

Deana Tierney, Associate Editor, Threads


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Mine is a self drafted pants pattern. It fits great and is flattering. Why would I use any other?


  2. scrubble4 | | #2

    Hi Deana:  My favorite pattern is a Garment Designer princess pattern to the shoulder dress.  It has three quarter sleeves and ends just below mid calf.   It has a back zipper, jewel neckline and is guaranteed to bring compliments in whatever fabric.

    I love it now that I am almost happy with the fit.


  3. fiberfan | | #3

    My armhole princess basic top is my best go-to-pattern.  I change the neckline, change sleeve length, make it as a pullover or with a button opening in the front. I have made 2 different style of dresses from this pattern - one I shorten the top to my waistline and add a skirt, the other I length front and back to dress length and shorten the side front side back to waistline and add a pleated skirt with pockets.

    My straight skirt pattern is another go-to-pattern.  I make it as is with a vent on the back, add pleats in front and back or flare the skirt out.

    My other top pattern us a cap sleeve top with a dart.  The top can be made as a pullover or with buttons down the front.  Adding a collar changes the look as does rotating the darts to pleats or gathers at the shoulder seam.  The top with pleats at the shoulder seam is a great way to showcase a hand-dyed fabric.

    Joanne - so many ideas, so much fiber, so little time

  4. Teaf5 | | #4

    One of my favorites is the Threads v-neck, short sleeved, gathered-yoke blouse pattern; it's flattering and looks completely different in different fabrics.

    One I've liked for twenty years is a pieced vest pattern I traced from a cheap rtw vest. When vests are not in fashion, I store it away, and when they come back, I pull it out again for a new variation I know will work.

    All my favorites are ones that worked well the first time; if only I could find that out before I bought all those other ones!

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    sewntell | | #5

    I love to make jackets.  My favorite pattern is "By Popular Demand" by Louise Cutting.  It fits perfectly.  Louise's instructions are clear and easy to follow--she has developed a very unique collar which is one piece with a center back seam.  This pattern is great made as is but can be changed easily for individual styling.

    Jan Boggan

  6. FFO | | #6

    My favourite pattern is an armhole princess seamed shell with set in sleeves, scoop neck with no other closures.  Simple, quick to assemble and versatile.  I drafted this pattern off a RTW blouse a long time ago and have reused this many times. I have made many variations including removing the princess seams and making more of a shallow boat neck style so I can make my 'traveling wardrobe'.  I look for material that is nice on both sides, use flat felled seams with bias bindings - Voila, a reverserable blouse from front to back and inside out (no one looks for stains on your back so great when I travel and always spill on 'the ledge'). 

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