My Thoughts on Pattern Making

I love the idea of pattern making – that you can use paper as the basis to create a garment that fits you perfectly. What I hate is the actual pattern making itself. Hate. It. I’m decent with numbers and have a high attention to detail, so I’m actually pretty good at pattern making. But for some reason it kills my soul a little bit every time I do it. Sort of like how I love and appreciate a well-organized Excel spreadsheet, but don’t like actually creating it. In school pattern making was fine because I was learning so much and it seemed like such an exciting skill to know, which of course it is, but then when I tried to use my knowledge to make and sell things after school I got burned out real fast.

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DIY Chambray Shirt Jacket

I mentioned on Instagram last week that someone I follow was giving away these vintage patterns (in my size!) to anyone local in Minnesota who was willing to pick them up. I asked if she would ship them to Seattle if I paid shipping plus a little extra, and bada-bing, I am now the proud owner of roughly 100 vintage patterns in my size. Looking at them all literally brought tears to my eyes. One was sent in the mail to someone in NYC in 1957 and had the stamp right on the envelope! So cool.

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