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The first pattern I ever made! What nostalgia!
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LindsayT
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Date: 12/8/07 10:07 PM

Okay, I'm really dating myself now, but here's the first pattern I ever made, back when I was 12 years old. I made the top out of a purple print, and I remember I cut the elastic for the sleeves too tight and it pinched my arms, but I loved it anyway.

Anybody else care to get all nostalgic and share their first patterns too? (I love how sites like LanetzLiving.com and others make revisiting old patterns possible.)

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Date: 12/8/07 10:19 PM

I'm afraid I don't know what my first pattern was, but what a COOL thread. I'll look forward to poking my head in here!

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Date: 12/8/07 11:35 PM

My first pattern was a lightbulb pillow when I was in middle school. Yeah, that was a few years ago!

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Date: 12/8/07 11:50 PM

In was 10 and my first pattern was a 3 armhole dress. Does anyone remember those? I bought the pattern and fabric at Woolworths about 1967.

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Date: 12/9/07 0:05 AM

I remember them. I recently located a pattern for one. Was yours anything like click here' target='_blank'>this one ?

I have been on the look out for my first pattern - well the first one I can remember making - but since I don't have any idea which of the pattern companies it was from . . . Perhaps I should dig up tha old picture (circa 1966) and post it here so all of you can search too.

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Date: 12/9/07 0:21 AM

Quote: diane s
In was 10 and my first pattern was a 3 armhole dress. Does anyone remember those?

I made one of those! It had big lime green and hot pink flowers on white (Klopman Trigger, I think) with a pink and green woven trim around the edges. I was 16 or so at the time and it definitely wasn't my first dress. Might have been the easiest one though.

The first pattern I used for a garment for me had a faced sleeveless, collarless fitted bodice, a 2 yard gathered dirndl skirt and a back zipper. I looked relatively good in that style when I was 12...but the main reason I sewed it was that it was the required style for the second year 4-H sewing project in our county in 1963 or so. The first year project was a patternless gathered skirt with an elastic waist - 3 fabric widths!!

-- Edited on 12/9/07 0:25 AM --

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Date: 12/9/07 1:01 AM

I was about 12. I made a pair of flannel PJs that had a yoke gathers and buttonholes. The print was pastel dots on a white background. I think I was in tears through most of it because my mom made me tear out almost every seam at least once it seems. She wanted me to learn to sew perfectly the first time. I'm surprised I kept at it since that first garment was such a traumatic experience. However, I don't dare let a seem that isn't perfect go and will re-sew until I'm satisfied my mom would be proud. I guess that's why I'm such a perfectionist about my sewing today. Thanks Mom!

On Thanksgiving day, I was cooking at my Dad's and needed an apron. I opened a drawer and pulled out an apron which my mom had made out of the left-over fabric from those PJ's. I cried again, but this time because I've been missing mom a lot lately. It's amazing how fabric can bring back all those emotions. I wonder if that happens to people who aren't sewists?

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Date: 12/9/07 5:45 AM

I sewed a few things in secondary school though I'm not sure which I did first. Its was the 80s LOL and I was 12/13
Skirt - fitted to just above the knee with a deep hem frill - I later changed this to pleats. The fabric was a floral printed blue brushed cotton more suited to PJs than a skirt, but we make these odd choices early on.
Blouse - The pattern was a Vogue size 10 and it was quite a snug fit. I still have this pattern.
It had a pleat down the sides of the front and back and a tie neck. I think this was made up in a peach coloured cotton and was OK.
Jumpsuit - in grey with elastic waist and buttons on the shoulders. I remember this was the first thing with pants legs and when I sewed the pants part up I had a very long tube with funny lumps which should have been the crotch. It took me ages to work out what I had done wrong but I've had no trouble sewing up pants since!
I made another jumpsuit later on this was was bright yellow cotton - scary! This one had a shirt style top with front buttons and giant patch pockets. The back length was too short though so it was very uncomfortable to wear!

Of course through this whole period I was at a school with a strict uniform so I only got to wear my creations on a Saturday.

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Date: 12/9/07 8:08 AM

I don't have my first pattern, but it was a sleeveless dress with a zipper up the back. I made it in hot pink kettle cloth with flowers all over it. It was made in 4H class. The fabric came from a dept. store called Hemphills. They were alot like Macy's todays only they had a fabric dept. too.

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Date: 12/9/07 8:48 AM

Lindsay T, you think you are dating yourself, I sewed for several years before the pattern companys did the new sizing thing that is noted on your pattern...so you know how OLD I am. My first garment that I sewed was a red gathered cotton skirt. The pattern was in the 4H sewing booklet. It was not really a pattern... just diminsions. It had a placket with snaps on the side rather than a zipper. I made this skirt for the county fair 4H dress revue. Before this I made Barbie doll clothes...most of the time without a pattern just fitting fabric around the doll and sewing it together by hand.

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