Pattern hacking

What is pattern hacking?

Well, let’s say you’re out on the town and you see a woman wearing a floaty dress with butterfly sleeves and a delicate bias-bound neckline. You’re totally staring, thinking, “I can make that!”, but when you get home and realize that you have no pattern that will work for the vision you have in your head. What do you do, dear? You pattern hack. Here’s projects that’ll help you transform fashion sewing patterns into what you want to make.  Dive into how fun sewing pattern hacks can be.

donna karan top

Kommatia Patterns bodysuit and Donna Karan Wrap Top

I managed to eek out 2 more tops before the April 30th deadline for Faye’s Pops That Top sewalong.  Here’s my Kommatia Patterns bodysuit and Donna Karan Wrap Top. Old vs. new The Donna Karan wrap top (Vogue 2064) is an old pattern.  There’s 32 reviews on Patternreview written from 2004-2014.  I’ve meant to make …

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Day and Night Dress Challenge: Little black dress + everyday dress

For the Day and Night Dress Challenge 2017, it’s all about the little black dress + an everyday dress. Check out how all my blogger and vlogger friends made this challenge their own. To kick things off, I’m posting my projects.  I made a video even with an intro!  And I found MusOpen to add …

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refashioned denim coat

Jeanius Pastel Denim Trench Coat

When Portia Lawrie of Makery announced that this years #Refashioners2016 challenge was denim, I couldn’t not participate in the community challenge.  Between my catalog of my own jeans I’ve made and the wide variety of details collected on my Altered Denim board, it should be clear that when in comes to denim, I’m very serious …

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laced mixed media tank

Lace mixed media tank

This lace mixed media tank is one of the projects I’ve made in the past couple months post baby that I haven’t got around to writing about.  It’s part refashion, part working with available materials, and a whole lotta pattern hacking in between.  The inspiration for this one was this Anthropologie tank: I love how …

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