Finally got blackout curtains up, in my attempt to combat the high heat & humidity pouring thru woefully inadequate single-glazed windows far too early in the season. That’s a subject for another post… blackout fabric, that is.
Finally time for Burda! Over lunch – one needs sustenance when tackling A Major Project. It was that time anyway. A reread of the vitals confirmed my pattern pieces would be in green, so a salad would coordinate nicely. Might keep me on track instead of wandering into the kitchen to look for a snack instead of sticking to it. (It worked.)
Would you believe it took me several days to figure out what to outline with? I don’t have soft-leaded pencils, except for smeary charcoal, and didn’t want to use highlighters because they bleed straight through the paper. I know because I tested. And just in case I actually succeed and want to use more of the patterns, I didn’t want to muck up the other side, with all those other pieces I might want someday!
Then I remembered I’d had coloured pencils, which I might not have tossed before moving, and went in search… sure enough. Even had green.
Did you do those follow-the-dot drawings when you were little? I did, and loved ‘em. Burda’s the same thing, but for grown-ups. Once I stopped trying to do itty-bitty sections at a time, leaning on a book, and cleared my sewing table for a firm surface, things went quickly. Must say Mel’s post & video was great prep… and I’m dying to get to a hardware store so I can buy some huge nuts just like she uses for pattern weights.
I am still very much a beginner, so I took the time and did some extra steps not included in Mel’s super-duper lickety-split video. Example: Decided to outline all the sizes, as I always have to do some adjusting, and it’s easier to see the pieces.
Delightful, creative Tilly, from The Great British Sewing Bee, has several patterns ready for downloading on her site. She does lots of how-to’s, so beginning sewers can feel right at home. Plus, she encourages and shows photos of how sewers have added their own design twists to her patterns. Sew if you don’t like her neckline, change it. Don’t like a sleeve? Change it! That’s the beauty of creating: You Are Allowed To Change Anything To Suit Yourself!
Eek! Realized I’d forgotten to add designers from another source. Discovered some of them do not sell to the public from their own site; they only sell their patterns from retailers. So I’m not including them in my list.
However… will include the small number of online retailers who feature indie designers.
Pattern Review – registered users group somewhat similar to Ravelry The Sewing Place – large number of independent designers including many who don’t have their own web site, or don’t sell directly to the public (see patterns by designer option)
Seemed appropriate to add a page of references, and have started with a list of independent designers around the globe, plus pattern companies. Decided to stick with clothing patterns, as there are a bazillion other designers working in the fibre arts – knitting, crochet, embroidery, weaving, and more. But my chief interest is in sewing, sew I’m being selfish & sticking with that area. 🙂
Hope you enjoy, and if you have answers for either of me 2 requests below, do send along – thanks, Dear Readers!
If you’ve got suggestions for another list of references, please let me know!
And puh-lease let me know of clothing designers I can add to the list!