I don’t often use commercial patterns (patterns that I buy) because they never seem to be quite right anyway. I typically have to alter the pattern like crazy. Plus, they can be expensive and I can’t justify spending $15 on a pattern for a piece of clothing.
But did you know thrift stores sell patterns people have donated? Yup. And fabric and craft stores will have pattern sales, offering a certain line of patterns for $1 or so. So half of the patterns I have are store bought, but I haven’t used many of them yet.
But I’m determined to do it! It can’t be that scary right? If I can make my own pattern from scratch I can certainly use one that was designed by a professional right?
I used McCall’s 3732, an old pattern I got at a thrift store many years ago. Wait, a professional designed this? Yep. Problem… I bought this before I realized that one pattern does not include every size…. I know, I was an idiot, but the smallest size my pattern had was 9/10. I am not a size 10. So I sized it down. I also had to lengthen it significantly, because after all, this pattern was designed for a different time when short shirts were totally in.
Lesson learned: professionally designed patterns can only fit so many people properly…. I’m just not one of those people. So alterations are always going to be necessary.
I was inspired by several tops I had seen around the web with a contrasting front, including this one:
I used a lightweight sweater knit I had purchased from Joanns a few years ago and a vintage lace table cloth that my grandmother gave me a few years ago. I’m sure she envisioned me placing this lovely lace on my thanksgiving or Christmas table, but I’m not that formal. I’ve already made several things from this table cloth, and I still have leftover fabric!