Sunday, February 16, 2020

Fashion Plate's; Cross Matching Patterns for the Ideal Dress

One of a my favorite childhood toys was called "Fashion Plate"s":

Fashion Plate's

The toy came with several head, middle, and lower fashion plates that could be placed in various combinations to make the outfit of your choice.  Once the plates were put together and the image was made, you could fill-in the outfit using the color pencils that came with the set.

What does a childhood toy have to do with sewing?  Well it reminds me of pattern hacking.

Many of us who've sewn for a while have done pattern hacking before. Wither it is swapping one pattern piece for another or altering the pattern itself.  The goal is to achieve a personalized outfit, or to replicate one we may have seen.

The dress that I wish to replicate is one that I've seen on Pinterest:

I love the elegant and simple lines of the dress

 I already had the materials in my stash to make the dress:


Along with:

See & Sew 4957

Taking the top of N6595 and pairing it with the skirt of B4957,  I decided to use some double knit from my fabric stash:

Basic double knit from Joann's

Once the necessary alterations to the patterns were made, allowing them line up correctly, I began to cut out the pieces:

My goal is to show the finished take on the Pinterest dress in next weeks blog post.

I have several other combination ideas to share, each of which will be apart of a series that I will call "Fashion Plate".  Just like this post, I will show you the dress that inspired me and the 'hack' I've put together. 

I am looking forward to the projects, and hopefully adding some fresh new pieces to my wardrobe.

So tell me, what pattern hacks have to created lately?

Until next week, one stitch at a time.....

Monday, February 10, 2020

What's in a name? McCall's New Pre-Spring Collection!

This year McCall's has updated their look and feel for a new generation:

The new pattern covers

Not only have they made changes to the look and feel, the patterns have been given names!

Check out Jacqueline Polikoff's Instagram for more details @jackiemccallpatterns

To be clear Indie sewing brands have been naming their patterns for some time, and perhaps McCall's wants to be seen as keeping up with the times.  Many have respond favorably to the new names, why not, giving something a name can lend personalty to an object.

However, some have noted that all clothing styles repeat and what happens when the patterns are recycled? Does the "new"  updated dress get a new name?

There are endless ways to come up with names.  You could take the few letters of the top portion of one garment say 'Mara', and a few letters from the bottom portion of another garment say 'Sasha'.

 Not only would a new dress be formed, but a new name to go along with the pattern:

The top of 'Mara', with the bottom of 'Sasha' = Marsha

The other point that could be made is that of stereotypes.  To be honest when you hear a name do you not instantly form an opinion as to who the person, place or thing might be like?  Names often carry reputations along with them. 

Does it mean that naming the patterns will cause the same issues as mentioned above? Not necessarily, it could be seen as a sign of inclusiveness, as a way to market to a particular group. 

 Not only do we have the Mara's and Sasha's...........

We also have the Alexis' and Abbie's too!

As long as McCall's is careful to get well rounded, i.e. diverse feed back before selecting a pattern name, they should do just fine.

I am looking forward to the new names, it gives a nice touch to the patterns. The wrap dress 'Sasha' has my name written all over it!

So what is in a name?  That all depends. One thing is for sure, once given,  a name will forever shape how something is viewed......

Tell me what you think about the new names in the comment section below.

Until next time,