How Your Favorite Sewing Patterns Can Be a Smash Hit Today

By Anne Whalley

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How can I be using the same patterns today that I sewed yesterday (over 40 years ago)?

The patterns I have aren’t my size anymore but I’m still sewing them!

(With apologies to John & Paul of Beatles fame)

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away

Now it looks as though they’re here to stay

I could sew a Vogue Size 12 and wear it every day

Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I feel I’m twice the size I used to be

There’s a shadow hanging over me

… cos my body isn’t what it used to be and here are the reasons why:

  • having children = body changes

  • Worklife shift rosters, irregular hours

  • sitting in front of a computer

  • cafeteria food

  • eating on the run

The patterns I chose suited my body and they fit.

The battlefield of daily living and my body changes meant I had to find patterns for my larger body that suited my new plus size …. as making adjustments made me apprehensive

A body is “3 D” and patterns aren’t. My waist measurement is probably the same as someone else’s but they may not have a sway back.

Since I have had my Pants Block, I have saved a truckload of time and my precious fabric.

I’m a deadline sewist and I use my Pants Block as a template with commercial pants patterns. I love my size 12 Vogue Designer Patterns and I still use them. I haven’t stopped loving those design details that give me the vibe I’m after.

Double D is a reality in my Bodice Block. Measurements are a guideline but the final fit adjustments are what make the garment customized for my unique shape. Having a block gives me the confidence to cut my Fabric and Sew it up. I’ve got my “3D me” (my Block Pattern) that I can use as a template with my multi-sized Pattern Collection … giving me the look I’m after with the fit that works for my body.

I’m not sad about not being a size 12 anymore. I’m glad my body has stood the test of time and I’m not going to let it stop me from sewing and wearing the clothes I love to make. Shopping for RTW takes an eternity and there aren’t as many choices … colour or fabric wise … and I want to wear what I feel comfortable in. I’ve already got the fabric and the patterns. The money has been spent. I may as well Shop My Stash, sew it up and enjoy wearing it.

I’m teaching Three X Two Needle Classes at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo  Feb 27 – March 1st, 2020.

These three classes will help you see the importance of Using a Block Pattern, how to get more out of your Block Pattern with Commercial Patterns & how to choose the best fabric and patterns for your body shape, height, and lifestyle. When you see my presentations you will be able to apply what you have learned to your future sewing with the fabric you have .. for the outfits you want to Sew .. and love to Wear … when you get back to your sewing space. Your wardrobe will never be the same again!

About the Author: Anne Whalley, the Pattern Whisperer, is passionately focused on providing image makeover services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction. She has a background in sewing, fashion and styling. Check out her blog and website! You can also find Anne on social media.