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Do you enjoy making many from one pattern?
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Date: 2/6/11 12:57 PM

I used to enjoy making more complicated patterns, but there is something very satisfying about completing a bunch of something that is basic. I like getting in the rhythm of sewing something over and over. Does anyone else?

Yesterday I made 3 cowl neck tops for DD and myself, then in a couple of hours this morning I made 4 pairs of leggings for DD from the pattern I perfected last weekend. We've discovered that close fitting leggings are a good substitute for tights, which she can't put on by herself. For a complete wardrobe of legging/tights, she needs to go fabric shopping online once more, so I can churn out another batch.

I'm pulling out my Jalie 2005 basic t shirt pattern today and tracing off a larger size since I last made it. Then I'm going to cut out four or five 3/4 sleeved, v-necks from my stash of knits during the week and make them next weekend. It's my favorite style of knit shirt. They'll be great base layers for some Sewing Workshop patterns I bought, which I will also make multiples from.

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Date: 2/6/11 1:13 PM

yes i like to do the samething. I use two or more patterns to get the look of what i want. When i sew for young women that are going to the prom they come to me with an idea and i take it from there. I have a basic and then add from other patterns. It's exciting to see the end resalts.

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Date: 2/6/11 1:19 PM

it used to be a pain until I was advised to use fusible interfacing to save my TnT patterns... now I do like to make multiples as wel

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Date: 2/6/11 1:36 PM

Yes, I too like sewing multiples. Mostly because when I'm starting out, it takes a while, but as time goes on, it gets shorter. I get so used to making multiples that I have to force myself to try something completely new--just to stimulate my thinking.

I just finished two pairs of corduroy pants from a pattern I used about 4 years ago, and made three pairs of pants at first from that one, including a wearable muslin. Even though I reviewed the pattern, I added to the review with the updates--no sense in writing a new review as the pattern is not new. Review is here

You sound like you sew alot. Three cowl neck tops in one day is quite progressive! And cutting out your four or five v-necks from your stash of knits, is what keeps that stash going (and coming, too, I might add! )

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Date: 2/6/11 2:10 PM

I only have a couple patterns that I have done more than once, but WOW! It was so much more satisfying the second time!! I had already worked out the kinks and could just make something without trying to figure it out at the same time. My goal in garment sewing is to get to a point where I am sewing only/mostly TnT patterns.

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Date: 2/6/11 2:13 PM

I LOVE using the same pattern over and over again. If you learn some basic drafting, you can make each garment look different, but get the same fit. Once you get the fit down, seam line changes are a no-brainer. No one has to know it's the same pattern.

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Date: 2/6/11 2:16 PM

I have quite a few patterns, and I want to try them ALL! The few I've done more than once have enough variations in the views (or are wardrobe type patterns) that I feel I am making something new. Then again, I haven't been sewing that long so I am still wanting to try out all kinds of things and see just how far I can push myself for a challenge.

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Date: 2/6/11 2:30 PM

Quote: elizajo
I used to enjoy making more complicated patterns, but there is something very satisfying about completing a bunch of something that is basic. I like getting in the rhythm of sewing something over and over. Does anyone else?




You betcha !

I can't tell you how many times I've used my Textile Studio Santa Monica Tee in its basic form and redesigned/morphed it into a slew of different styles because the fit is right on.

I've done the same Simplicity 4076. Will probably do so with my current Jalie Jeans pattern.

It's what I called quick and gratifying sewing interspersed with more complex projects that can take weeks due to my time schedule.

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Date: 2/6/11 2:42 PM

I like making the same thing too ...sometimes many times, I find it less frustrating once I am familiar with the pattern & really like it.

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Date: 2/6/11 5:01 PM

Most certainly! I do both, they're really very different processes. I'll make a corset or a coat and spend hours and days trying to perfect the fit, slipstitching the edge of the lining, etc.. but to just churn out something to be able to wear quickly is a wonderful near-instant gratification! Jalie 2005 is a TNT for me too, it's so versatile and predictable in outcome, I've made it in everything from a gorgeous wool knit that I wanted to be "perfect" to several thermal knit versions for the stash contest, where I was just like "I gotta find SOMETHING to do with this crazy-bright thermal stuff!" .. and right before I saw this thread, I was throwing together a pair of McCall's leggings using some of the "high-performance" knit that I got at that fabric.com sale last year, also for the stash contest. (just gotta hem 'em and take a pic.. I so hate trying to take pictures of pants, though.. can't use my dress form, and Kris may just be the worst photographer on the face of the planet..)
I find the instant-gratification type sewing to be especially appealing for doing something with an older fabric that's been sitting in my stash for awhile taking up space. The ones that I'm "saving for the perfect pattern" usually want to be something more complicated, but the cheap ones from sales want to be something nice and quick that I can wear in an hour!

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