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Date: 12/15/13 9:09 AM

I wish pattern makers would present patterns that are new and updated, that would look good, and really fit the real world people out here. I wish they would fit my hips & thighs without effort. I wish that they would look good on me at my age & counting...... I wish I could be happy with making the same thing over & over with just a different pattern in the fabric "so it looks different!"

Anyone else out there desiring some else in patterns that aren't the same rehash of the old??? Any I wishes.....

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Date: 12/15/13 9:11 AM

....I wish sewing machine manufacturers would listen to what we really need in a machine then produce it without costing $$$$$.$$. I wish......

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Date: 12/15/13 9:40 AM

I hear your complaints, and I think many of us can relate. I have been taking classes and we have learned to modify the patterns to fit our dimensions. The pattern adjustment is the fun part of sewing, it can be very creative. I took a Jalie shirt pattern and made a turtle neck, mock neck, short sleeve, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve shirts, short dress, long etc, etc...
One of my next classes will be to take a class on modifying the pants to fit my dimensions.

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Date: 12/15/13 11:04 AM

I wish all patterns would be drafting error free and sew up to be a nice garment.

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Date: 12/15/13 12:59 PM

"The pattern adjustment is the fun part of sewing"

Not for me! I did very little garment sewing for years, because fitting is a pain and a hassle (and that's when I was a RTW 2-4). I have always sewn copies of RTW that fits me well. I'm trying to get back to sewing from patterns, because I do enjoy the sewing part and making unique garments, but I'm *this close* to quitting because fitting is such a pain. I don't wear very fitted clothes, and I've no trouble finding a decent fit in RTW. I rarely wear pants, so it's not like I'm trying anything too challenging either. I recently had to take 3"+ !!! out of a neck yoke for a top that fit otherwise. That's just crazy.

I guess it explains a lot that some people enjoy altering patterns to fit. I would pay to have a pattern fit to me, so that I could just cut and sew. I'd get out of the cutting too, if I could.....

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Date: 12/15/13 1:20 PM

Jalie and StyleArc and Lekala have changed my life. I don't mind making a few changes to account for my less-than-ideal body, but it sure is easier and more fun when I'm not spending time fixing a pattern company's excess ease and amateurish drafting.

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Date: 12/15/13 1:25 PM

I have been using mainly Style Arc patterns lately, they are fabulous!

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Date: 12/15/13 2:41 PM

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"The pattern adjustment is the fun part of sewing"

I second your Maia !! I think pattern adjustment is only fun if you're doing it because you want to make some kind of creative change, not because you have to to get a decent fit.

And I second what Karla said about using patterns that are actually drafted properly. I haven't discovered Jalie, StyleArc, or Lekala yet, but this is how I feel about Burda and Ottobre Woman. And if surely SOME companies can do this, they all can -- or could.
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Date: 12/15/13 5:28 PM

"The pattern adjustment is the fun part of sewing"

wha..................???????

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Date: 12/15/13 5:34 PM

Whew! I'm relieved I'm not the only one who feels that way.

I haven't tried Style Arc yet b/c my recent garments have turned out worthy of only "around the house" wear-due to poor fit, so I hesitate to spend so much for single size patterns, which may not result in a garment I can wear out. Jalie are too fitted for how I dress in public. I'll have to check out Lekala, but did I read somewhere they don't include sewing instructions?

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