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Best Patterns of 2005 - Part I  Free  (01/25/2006)

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    About the Authors
    Gabrielle Shearer is a PR veteran and works from home as a freelance technical writer. She has fabric tucked in closets, half sewn garments draped over dining room chairs, and sewing machines lurking in all sorts of inappropriate places. She enjoys reading and contributing PR, especially spotting trends and winners amongst them.

    I sent an SOS to Gabrielle when my head started spinning with all the pattern reviews :) Gabrielle and I had fun writing this article and we hope you'll enjoy reading it. Don't forget, Part II is coming next...
    - Deepika

    Best Patterns of 2005 - Part I
    by Gabrielle & Deepika
    As I was writing a newsletter recently and searching some past reviews, it struck me... Wouldnt it be fun to see which patterns did best in 2005? Being a pattern-0-holic myself, I couldn't wait to start my research. I decided to do a countdown of the top 20 patterns of 2005. Instead of jamming all in one article I decided to make it a two - part article, plus it bought Gabrielle and I some more time :)

    So without further ado, let me introduce you to the winners!

    Number 1: Burda WOF April 2005 #112 "Twist Top"
    A knit t-shirt pattern with a twist in the front. Sized from 8-18 U.S. sizing European 34-44 . A cap sleeve version is also included


    Photo by Lori B
    Ah the famous Twist Top! Do I need to say anything else? This was the most popular style on last year. We saw several versions of this top but the one in Burda Magazine was most popular. If you love snoop shopping, you would have noticed this top in many high end stores as well. Burda is always a little ahead of the fashion market which works out very well for us! Reviewers felt that the neckline was slightly low but certainly wearable. If you are full busted, you will need to make a Full Bust Alteration in this top. This top looks good in solids as well as prints but solids definitely highlight the twist detail more. Use a knit fabric with at least 50% or more stretch. We even saw this top cleverly worn as a Dress.

    Number 2: Simplicity 4698 "Fitted Jackets"
    Fitted, princess-seam jacket with front variations and separate B, C, and D-cup pattern pieces. Use any firm woven; sized from U.S. 6-22 and European 32-48.


    Shorter, fitted jackets have been showing up everywhere the last few seasons, and this version by Simplicity is a clear winner.

    Multiple cup sizing helps customize the fit, and the variety of style options lets one customize the look. PR members took full advantage of the opportunity, sewing no less than seventeen variations in a plethora of lovely, original styles made in everything from silk to corduroy.

    Photo by kateconspiracy

    Number 3: Jalie 2005 "Choice of T-Shirts"

    Knit t-shirt with v-neck, boatneck, and crewneck finishes. Sleeves are either short or 3/4 length; 24 sizes range from toddler through plus-sized adult. Patterns printed on heavy white paper stock.


    This pattern became a classic almost as soon as it was published. The contemporary, fitted look, flattering necklines, and subtle shoulder shaping update any wardrobe. Interestingly enough, most popular choice was the V-neck and why not, after all it's the most flattering look for any body type. If you have narrow shoulders you might want to alter the shoulders as they seem slightly dropped.

    If you love fitted Ts, you shouldnt be without this pattern.

    Photo by Leslie

    Number 4: New Look 6405 "Knit T-Shirts"

    Asian-inspired knit top with collar and sleeve variations. Sized from U.S. 8-18; and European 34-44.

    Choose from sleeveless, cap sleeve or bell sleeves


    I love sewing and wearing knits, but get a bit bored with the same old basic tees. It's fun having a few patterns with creative details to spice things up. I especially like this cute top for its Asian-influenced styling and its choice of details. A nice way to dress up a pair of jeans.

    Photo by Tonia Leest

    Number 5: Kwik Sew 2694 "Empire Waist Wrap Tops"
    Knit tops with a mock-wrap front and deep V-neckline. Includes short or 3/4-length sleeves and an empire waist option. Sized from XS to XL. Patterns printed on heavy white paper stock.


    This top is shaping up to be the most popular pattern of the decade, and there is a reason for it. It's easy to sew, very flattering, and somehow manages to be both classic and trendy at the same time. To wit, empire waists are en vogue at the moment, and View B adapts nicely to a variety of looks. One option might be a knee-length, sleeveless dress worn with either boots or the trendy, retro-look chunky heels.
    Photo by Mrs. Trouble
      Number 6: Vogue 7799 "Funnel Neck Top"

    Close-fitting knit top, with long or short sleeves and a funnel neck or high, surplice-style neckline. Sized from 6-22 U.S. sizing (European sizing not listed).


    Another elegant knit top, suitable for dressy and casual occasions alike. I would love one to wear under a suit jacket, and the sleeveless version would be so pretty with a summery skirt.

    It's rather close fitting though, so you might want to go up a size or a half.

    Photo by Izzie

    Number 7: Burda 8513 "Hipster Trousers/Pants"

    Hip-hugging trousers/pants with hip yoke and wide leg flares. View A: with sewn-on lace sections. View B: in two fabrics with belt loops. Sized from European 34-44 and U.S. 8-18.


    Don't let the doily clad girls fool you. This pattern is a gem! I myself have made 5 (yes 5!) pairs from this pattern. It's so easy to sew.

    If you want an easy-to-sew pants pattern with a comfortable, contour waist and youthful styling, this one is for you. Looking through the reviews I'm equally impressed by that great Burda fit--this pattern is a keeper.

    If side zippers are not your thing, its as easy to covert it to a back zipper or read my tip on easy centered zipper on a curved seam.

    Photo by Img

    Number 8: Jalie 2449 "Crossover Top"

    Crossover knit top with choice of 3/4 length or short sleeves. Sized from toddler to plus-sized adult.

    I love that about Jalie patterns. You can make this cute little top for everyone in your family! I am planning to make one for my niece very soon.


    This close fitting, stylish top appealed to many PR members, and looking at all the great results one can see why. The band neckline finish and assymetrical hem option lend unique touches, and the sleek fit is very contemporary. I like the wide range of fabric choices, too.

    The front bands dont go all the way to the back though, but it's easy to lengthen the bands and sew it all around in one piece for a continuous look.

    Photo by Tigger

    Number 9: Kwik Sew 3378 "Twist Front Top"

    Twist-front, close-fitting knit top with choice of sleeve and body lengths. Sized XS to XL.


    An interesting twist on a shapely top, what more could we ask for? Enhances curves without being too obvious or revealing, and a cinch to put together (pardon the pun, I couldn't help it).

    Kwik Sew isnt far behind when it comes to fashion. It seems they actually listen to us :) Soon after the success of Burda twist top, Kwik sew released this easy to sew pattern. If you are daunted by the construction of the Burda twist top, this one's a good alternative. Its easy to put it together in under an hour!

    Photo by Levone

    Number 10: Kwik Sew 3115 "Yoga Pants and Top"

    The very close fitting pull-on pants have flared legs in two lengths and a wide waistband with narrow elastic.  The View A camisole has a shelf bra lining and elastic at the top edge and shoulder straps.  The View B top has a V-neckline and armholes finished with self fabric bindings. Sized XS through XL.


    One of my favorite Kwik Sew patterns, featuring the comfortable, stylish yoga/exercise pants we've seen everywhere and two useful top options. For those wary of deep V-necklines,the cami with shelf bra would work very well worn under some of the twist and wrap tops listed here.

    And if yoga dosen't motivate you to sew this pattern, it's equally comfortable and stylish to wear as loungewear.

    Photo by Jill Giard
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