Sewing Patterns - PDF downloads

The patterns displayed here are from my 'Pattern Puzzles' and 'Off-The-Rails' in my commercial studio. I persist in using industry seam allowances and make a point of including this information in each pattern pdf. If you go to my blog and members area you'll find posts for each of these designs covering history, development and pattern alterations. Enjoy :)

Japan Skirt Sewing Pattern Sizes 6-22 A0 (download)

The Japan Skirt has it's origins in Japanese folk costume.  It's based on a simple rectangle of fabric, wrapped around the waist.  In this case I've finessed the fit on the waist by including a dart shape in the zip/drape seam.  Even with this dart you'll find the waist of the skirt is positioned in the low waist area, and is not a tight fit.  It will sit much like a sarong tied around the waist.

It can be cut in a variety of fabrics, both woven and knit.  The size pattern you choose should be 2-4cm (3/4-1 5/8") larger than your hip measurement.  If using stretch fabric, the skirt pattern size you use should be the same as your hip measurement or smaller, depending on how much stretch you have in your fabric.

Available here as a PDF download to be printed as A0 at your local print shop. And for my U.S. followers this A0 format will fit in a 36" plotter print.  Please be sure when you go to the print shop to ask for printing at 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100%.

More of the Pattern Puzzle designs are being developed as we speak so make sure you are subscribed to receive my newsletter to be the first to hear.

THIS PRODUCT IS FOR PERSONAL AND HOME USE ONLY.  For education and commercial use please email me direct.

Skirt features:

This Japanese style folk inspired skirt has a low waist fit with a single zip/dart seam, that also forms the drape at the front of the skirt.  The drape can be placed at the centre front of the body or just off-centre.

It's home and industry ready and based on my size chart.  The pattern fitting is for comfortable fit with the usual garment ease (+4cm).  There is the option of cutting the skirt with a level or asymmetric hem.  Notes are included on the pattern for these two different cuts.

The comfortable fit on the waist can be altered by the addition of darts or elastic at the back waist.

Where do I start:

The first order of business is to select your closest size and begin the process of fitting this skirt to your own measurements.  The range of sizes on offer relates to my size chart.  Cut your closest size in a similar fabric for first fittings and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you will be ready to cut in your final fabric.

Remember I'm just an email away for any questions about our PDF downloadable patterns.  If you enjoy pattern making and fancy a challenge, have a look at the great pattern making posts on my blog, well-suited.

Enjoy. :)


Japan Skirt Sewing Pattern Sizes 6-22 A0 (download)



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Boat Neck Tee Sizes 6-22 A0 (download)

This Boat Neck Tee has been a solid wardrobe favourite for me since the mid-1990's.  It's a classic cut that works well in plains and prints but my all-time favourite is to mix prints with plains for a quirky tee.
This tee-shirt was cut using my Womens Knit Block and performs best when cut in a two-way stretch (four-way stretch US) knit fabric.  If you're cutting with a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit fabric I suggest you go up one size for a comfortable fit.

Boat Neck Tee Pattern - some inspiration for your own Boat Neck Tee's.

Sleeve Pattern Alterations - Boat Neck Tee - pattern making instructions for short and long sleeves for the Boat Neck Tee.

Available here as a PDF download to be printed as A0 at your local print shop. And for my U.S. followers this A0 format will fit in a 36" plotter print.  Please be sure when you go to the print shop to ask for Black and White Plan Print and printing at 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100%.

Also available here as a PDF download to be printed as A4/letter at home.  Please be sure when you go to print that you select 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100% in your print dialogue box.  This will make sure your pattern is printed at the correct size.

More sewing patterns are being developed, as you read this description, so make sure you are subscribed to receive my newsletter to be the first to hear.

THIS PRODUCT IS FOR PERSONAL AND HOME USE ONLY.  For education and commercial use please email me direct.

Tee-Shirt Features:

The Boat Neck Tee-shirt has a slim fit with a three-quarter sleeve and boat neckline.  There is a neck bind pattern piece included in the pattern that can be sewn as an inside or outside bind depending on the final look you'd like for your tee-shirt.  

The three-quarter sleeve can be easily altered to a short sleeve for the summer season and a full length sleeve for the winter season.  There is a blog post to describe how I would make these changes.  Sleeve Pattern Alterations - Boat Neck Tee

The back length for this tee is a between 58-60cm and sits just above the hip line.  You'll notice the front pattern has a slight drop toward the centre front to allow for bust rise.  This means when you wear the tee-shirt it will appear level at the front hemline.

Where do I start:

The first order of business is to select your closest size and begin the process of fitting this skirt to your own measurements.  The range of sizes on offer relates to my size chart.  Cut your closest size in a similar fabric for first fittings and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you will be ready to cut in your final fabric.  I always recommend making a sample or toile garment in calico before cutting your precious and final fabric.  The bust measurement on the pattern has 5 cm negative ease compared to the size chart.  This is usual for stretch patterns.  If you'd prefer a looser fit in your tee-shirt, then using a pattern that is one size up from your body measurements should give you a more relaxed fit.

Take a little time to select the knit fabric you use for cutting your first sample.  I strongly recommend that you use a two-way stretch (four-way stretch US) knit fabric to get the best fit out of this pattern.  If you're planning on using a one-way stretch (two-way stretch US) knit then I'd like to suggest you go up one size to achieve a comfortable fit. 

If you're planning on cutting my favourite style of tee and intend to combine a print with a plain, then do your best to make sure both fabrics have the same behaviour so they work well together.  And one of my favourite outfit combinations with this tee-shirt is my Drape Tube Skirt or the Morticia Skirt.
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Boat Neck Tee Sizes 6-22 A0 (download)




The Patent Blouse Sizes XS-XXL A0 (download)

The Patent Blouse started with my own interest in clothing from the early 20th century, i.e. clothing registered with the US Patent Office.  My fascination grew with the discovery of so many one-piece patterns from the same period, and my own desire to produce creative pattern shapes.
 
This pattern has been tested and perfected with at least 4-6 samples and you’ll find much of that information on my website blog: ‘well-suited’.  Go to the website and search for ‘Patent Blouse'.   My favourite combination skirt with this top is my Drape Tube Skirt.

It’s important that you cut your Patent Blouse from two-way (four-way in the US) stretch knit with a soft drapey quality and some elastane ( Lycra and Spandex) content.  I’ve tried to make it with one-way (two-way in the US) stretch and the results are not so fabulous.  My favourite fabrics for this top are wool/elastane and viscose/elastane.

You’ll need to use stretch stitch types when you’re sewing.  If you don’t have one of the more sophisticated overlockers you can simply make this blouse with a zigzag stitch that you’ll find on most domestics sewing machines.

The print document includes the sewing pattern in all six sizes, a Size Chart, Fabric Usage Chart, Pattern Measurement Chart, Lay-plans and Making Instructions.

Pattern Puzzle - The Patent Blouse - The original Pattern Puzzle post.

THE PATENT BLOUSE - First Sample!  Detail on the pattern development process for the Patent Blouse.

Sewing Instructions for The Patent Blouse - Step-by-step sewing instructions for your Patent Blouse.

Available here as a PDF download to be printed as A0 at your local print shop. And for my U.S. followers this A0 format will fit in a 36" plotter print.  Please be sure when you go to the print shop to ask for printing at 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100%.

Also available here as a PDF download to be printed as A4/letter at home.  Please be sure when you go to print that you select 'actual size' with 'no scaling', or at 100% in your print dialogue box.  This will make sure your pattern is printed at the correct size.

More of the Pattern Puzzle designs are being developed as we speak so make sure you are subscribed to receive my newsletter to be the first to hear.

THIS PRODUCT IS FOR PERSONAL AND HOME USE ONLY.  For education and commercial use please email me direct.

Blouse features:

The Patent Blouse is a one-piece pattern with an unusual fitting.  The best fabrics for this pattern are two-way (four-way in the US) stretch knits with an elastane (Lycra/Spandex) content.  The centre front and neckline are on the same line creating a wonderful soft drape around the neckline.  I've included a 5cm (2") fold-back along this line to add weight to the neckline and drape.  The armholes are located on the same seam that runs through the back of the blouse and connects to the centre back seam. 

It's home and industry ready and based on my size chart.  The pattern fitting is for loose fit top that finishes at the high hip level. You'll find a pattern measurement chart on the printed pattern, that you can use to confirm the size you have selected will fit how you like it.  When you check the measurements of the pattern, on the size you have selected, you're looking for something really close to your body measurement.  Because you'll be cutting in a two-way stretch knit, a fitting close to your body measurements should be the best.

Where do I start:

The first order of business is to select your closest size and begin the process of fitting this blouse to your own bust measurement.  The range of sizes on offer relates to my size chart, that's also printed on the pattern.  Cut your closest size, using a fabric similar to your final fabric, for your first fitting and make any necessary adjustments for personal fit. Once you have achieved a good personal fit you'll be ready to cut in your final fabric.

Remember I'm just an email away for any questions about our PDF downloadable patterns.  If you enjoy pattern making and fancy a challenge, have a look at the great pattern making posts on my blog, well-suited.

Enjoy. :)

The Patent Blouse Sizes XS-XXL A0 (download)





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