Sewcial Etiquette Lesson #6: Think Outside the Pattern

One thing I quickly learned when I first began sewing is, you can't take a pattern at face value.
Let's face it...some of the photos on patterns aren't the most flattering. I've seen the most hideous fabric chosen for these pieces. And let's not talk about how frumpty-dumpty some of these garments can look. If you're a modern-day sewist like myself, you may feel like the options out there are limited.
Fortunately, I have been able to use my imagination and a bit of creativity to make patterns work for my style. Not only does this challenge me as I hone my sewing chops, but it ensures that the items I make are truly my own.
Use the pattern as a guide, but you don't have to follow it step-by-step.


Don't be afraid to think outside the pattern

When I first began sewing, I knew I wanted to make a dress that was half black and half white. So I finally decided to make it happen as part of my submission for one of the challenges I joined:

SaraLizSewStyle's Make a Garment a Month Challenge!

Since I can sew this dress pattern in my sleep at this point, it was the obvious choice for this project.

Note: I used this same pattern, but added extra length to make it a maxi dress. The possibilities are endless!

Okay, back to my current's how I made the sleeves:

I cut the sleeves in half...

Then sewed the two pieces together to form one sleeve. Super easy!

I'm pretty pleased with the results!

While I was putting this dress on, I got the idea to try wearing it backwards. I like the white/black view a lil better, but the black/white view's cool too.

The Sewcialite Was Seen Wearing...
McCall's Pattern 2401
Fabric via Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store
Vintage belt
YSL shoes

I think as long as you're mindful of any important details that will affect the design and aesthetic of the pattern, you can really do tons of different things with what you're making. Feel free to break from the confines of your pattern every now and then!

What cool remixes have you done to some of your favorite patterns?

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