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.....

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