My mother has a friend, who has a friend who used to make soft furnishings for hotels until he retired earlier this year. Since then he has been clearing out the warehouse and workshops and every so often a piece of fabric ends up in our house. Most of the curtains we own are the same as those hanging in local 5* hotels.
The latest donation was a single curtain - more like a panel - 60" wide and approx 2m long. No obvious right or wrong side and a fairly heavy and substantial weave. Not too many natural fibres are contained therein but heck, it's free!
After my speedy sewing of the straightforward and simple Pattern Magic pieces, I was in the mood for instant gratification - well I'm like that most of the time really.
Out comes Vogue 1137 - this is fast becoming a favourite. I made a dressier version here.
Ignore all the reversible stuff and just go for a single layer coat with finished inside seams. The pattern is for an evening/opera coat. Doesn't sound too simple does it?
Believe me, this is the easiest and quickest yet most dramatic patterns I've ever sewn. Kimono sleeves so you know what that means - no easing! And I even eliminated the centre back seam this time too by cutting on the fold. I kept the selvedge edge of the fabric at the front opening, so not even a bit of interfacing or facing. Cutting on the fold and using the selvedge edges also meant, no straight of grain measuring either.
One collar, two shoulder seams, two sides seams, two pockets, two added cuffs (with selvedges), three hours sewing and done!
No buttons or zips.
A tiny bit of hand slipstitching the collar in place.
Hardly any scrap leftover.
1, 2, 3 - Too simple!
It's like a big blanket. Cosy and surprisingly warm. You could put a week's groceries in those pockets.
I think that the Pattern Magic challenge has changed my perception - simple shapes, minimal sewing yet producing shaped and pleasurable clothes. You didn't think of that, Marianna, when you came up with the idea!
Don't get me wrong, you know I love a bit of tailoring and hand padstitching but I'm fast becoming enamoured with the idea of simple pattern shapes and what can be made from them without darts, seams and interfacing. Not necessarily 'easy' patterns, more like 'interesting'.
Do you have 'interesting' patterns?
What is it about them that you like?