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Best Patterns of 2005 - Part II  Free  (02/07/2006)

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  • Read about the Hottest Patterns of 2005
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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 on 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.
    - Deepika

    Best Patterns of 2005 - Part II
    by Gabrielle & Deepika
    The saga of top 20 patterns of 2005 continues in this article... If you missed the first part. read it here.

    Number 11: Loes Hinse Designs #5203 "Cowl Neck Top"
    Knit tops with a slight drop shoulder and a narrow fitting sleeve. Can be made with or without the cowl. Sized from XXS through XXL.


    Photo by JoLo
    Loes Hinse patterns are famous for their simple, clean, sophisticated styling, and uncomplicated construction. Reviewers praise this top for its shapely, flattering cut, noting it can be made in a variety of fabrics from drapey rayon to sweater knits. It is also very versatile, and can be made with different neckline treatments, sleeve and body lengths, etc.; in fact, one PR member commented that it even works nicely as a sleeveless shell. Notice also that though this option is not shown in the photos, the pattern includes pieces for short sleeves.

    As you can see in the photo on left, the collar is higher and bulkier than most cowl neck tops you'll see but that's what sets it apart from the rest.

    Transcript from Chat with Loes Hinse .

    Number 12: Simplicity 4697 "Knit Separates"
    Misses'/Miss Petite Knit Dress or Top, Jacket, Pants and Skirt. Sized 4-20. Note available sizes are split into 2 ranges; 4-10, and 12-20.


    We all love a good bargain and what's better than a well designed pattern with all the basic wardrobe pieces? And a stylish one at that too! I love the top with the interesting detail in the front and a tie. All pieces are designed to work with knits.

    Transcript from Chat with Simplicity

    Photo by drSue

    Number 13: New Look 6429 "Knit Surplice Dress"

    Knit dress with shirred faux wrap/surplice bodice. Features sleeve and neckline options; sized from U.S 8-18, European 34-44.


    Here we go again! Yet another popular wrap style garment. Diane von Fursternberg-inspired wrap dress with sensational shaping--probably the best version of this I've seen yet. This pattern shows great attention to detail, from the ruched side seam to the V-shaped waistseam in the back. Made with collar and cuffs it has a slightly more formal, dressy look; sewn up sleeveless it's a great festive summer dress.

    Photo by MickeyFan

    Number 14: CJ Patterns 1025 "BaseWear Two—Straight Skirt, Taper Skirt, and Top with Options"

    Knit straight skirt, taper Skirt, and top with options. Sized from XS to XL.


    Another slim, elegant basics set, easy to dress up or blend in with your current wardrobe. Top includes a ruched detail option, and the slightly-tapered skirt can be made with or without a flounce. Members commented on the slimming lines and nearly instant-gratification (the skirt takes on average less than one hour to sew up).

    CJ patterns are designed to work with high quality Cotton/Lyrca fabrics. Christine recommends sewing first then steaming the garment to shrink. Reviews show what a versatile pattern this is. Let your imagination run wild and have fun with these pieces.

    Transcript from Chat with Christine Jonson

    Photo by MaryBeth

    Number 15: Amy Butler AB016NB "Nappy Bag"
    Stylish, trapezoid-shaped diaper bag with interior pockets. Pattern includes changing pad and storage case. Size is 24" wide x 29" tall.


    Reviewers love that this pattern doesn't scream "diaper bag;" it's stylish, easy to sew, and can be made up in just about any fabric. I can easily see using this as a tote bag pattern, too. The instructions are quite detailed, so beginners should feel comfortable picking this one up. Some sew-ers mentioned the bottle pockets are positioned over the main pockets, so you might want to check that out before jumping in.

    Diaper bag? No way... This is one stylish handbag if I may add. And of course paired with Amy Butler's vibrant fabrics you can turn any boring looking bag into fun and functional at the same time. I have got to try this one.

    Photo by llamaduck
      Number 16: Loes Hinse Designs 5002 "Swing Skirt"

    A slim, straight skirt with four sewing options. This skirt can be made in two lengths with or without tulip bottom. Elastic waistband with light gathering for comfortable fit. Fabric choices include drapey rayons, wool, microfiber, and fine knits. Sized from XXS to XXL.


    I was surprised again, looking through all these reviews, to see the variety and beautiful results from such a simple pattern. This pattern is a great ego-booster--the clear instructions and well-done design make it easy to sew, and the slim fit and flippy hem flatter almost everyone. This is one of Loes's oldest patterns and is still going strong. The secret? It's a timeless classic and will never go out of style. A skirt which looks good and is comfortable in knits or in wovens, you gotta love that!

    Loes Hinse recommends 1" ease in the hips for best results.

    Photo by petra

    Number 17: Burda 3216 "One Seam Pants"

    These elastic waist pants have no side-seams, and are suitable for wovens and stable knits. Available in two lengths. Sized from European 34- 52 and U.S. 8-36.


    Whenever someone mentions a need for a simple, flattering pull-on pants pattern, this one nearly always gets two-thumbs up. Fans praise the drape, ease-of-sewing, and economic use of fabric. For best results choose a drapey fabric. It's also great for border prints like the one touran used in this photo. No side seams means your print will be continuous.

    Burda 3216 has earned a place for itself in the hall of fame. This pattern is especially dear to me because it's the first pant pattern I ever tried sewing and the best part? It fit perfectly! It's still the most sewn pattern in my stash. Here's a story for you, Years ago someone asked on the message boards if you had to choose just one or two patterns which one will it be? Burda 3216 appeared on quite a few lists!

    Gigi's tip on RTW Elastic Waist Application

    Photo by touran

    Number 18: Kwik Sew 2935 "Men's Shirt and Hat"

    Woven campshirt has extended shoulders, a yoke, a convertible collar and short sleeves. Options include hem-style variations. The hat has a crown, side panel, and the brim has topstitching detail. Shirt sized S-XXL; hat sized S-XL.


    A nice, casual summer shirt pattern, and a good opportunity for those wanting to venture into men's style shirt sewing. Thoughtful details include separate pattern pieces for the under and upper collars, and of course the clear instructions we've come to expect from Kwik Sew. Beginners, however, might want to have a good reference for collar construction on hand, and the 1/4-inch seam allowances will need to be enlarged if you want to use a flat fell seam finish in some areas.

    Valentine's day is coming up folks. Surprise the man in your life with a cool shirt.

    Photo by Georgene

    Number 19: Kwik Sew 3334 "Shawl-collar Jacket"

    Unlined fitted jackets with princess seams on the front, back waist darts, center back seams, sleeve darts and a wide neckline with a collar. Options include a shawl-collar, a mock notch collar, and straight or curved front hem-line. Sleeves are full or 3/4-length. Use firmer, woven fabrics. Sized from S-XL.


    I mentioned once on the boards that I really hoped Kwik Sew would offer a trendy jacket pattern, and this pattern came out shortly thereafter. Needless to say I snapped it up. I like the feminine, curved neckline and shorter, fitted style. Kind of retro, but very much in keeping with current fashion trends. You will also find it easy to sew; there is nothing at all finicky about this one. It's worth mentioning, too, that although seam-allowances on Kwik Sew patterns are often 1/4-inch, this pattern calls out 5/8-inch allowances.
    Photo by jlg

    Number 20: New Look 6344 "Tunic and Top"

    Trendy tunics and tops with sleeve and collar options. The pattern has bust darts and center back seam; sized from U.S 10-22, European 36-48.


    I started noticing more tunic like tops about two years ago and last year the stores were filled with cute embroidered front tunics and this New Look pattern has lots of similar design opportunities. What I also like about this pattern is that it includes bust darts which in my opinion are essential for a good fitting top, especially if the style is otherwise not so fitted. Julia Graham points out that not all views have darts -- why is this? She answers... that's because the dart has been moved to the front inset. How clever! I want to try this pattern just to test this out. While we are on the subject of darts, if you decide to make this top in a sheer fabric, I highly recommend this tip written by PR Member Els. Bobbin-Stitched Darts
    Photo by Tonia Leest

    We hope you enjoyed reading the Best patterns of 2005 article. We also hope that this article inspired you to try some of these patterns and the patterns already in your stash. I feel that over time we collect so many patterns that we forget about the tried and tested patterns we already have in our stashes. So go shop that stash now and whip up some of these beauties.

    Gabrielle & Deepika
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