Is anybody working today? I’ve been pretending to most of the day. I think it’s time to hit the fridge to see if there’s anything edible left over. But anyway.
After years of blathering about it, I’ve been working on patterns for resale. I have a jeans pattern, style #25025 that is in beta testing now as per the discussion in the forum. Read on to see how you can get a free copy of it.
Thanks to some help from Ann Vong, it’s been formatted to pdf for print out on 8.5″ x 11″, 11″x17″, and 36″x48″ (engineering plotters) paper. See the below screen shot -I tried to use as little paper as possible (click on the image for a larger view).
This pattern is a bit old school, a higher waist, back yoke, no mono-butt (yay!) and it has a gusset in the crotch. My kind of gusset, easy to sew, not those square things all the pattern books show. If this works out as a base pattern, I’ll use it to develop further styles. You know, lower waists and all that to be more current stylistically speaking.
Most seams are 3/8″ but one could modify that to taste. Typical of industrial patterns, there are no sewing instructions but we can discuss as needed. What is more typical is to mention the grade. That would be a one inch grade 6-12. Size 2-4 is a 3/4″ and 14-16 are 1.5″. The base size is a 10, waist is 31, hip is 42″. It is a bit difficult to know the hip exactly because of the bifurcation. One can only know by putting it on a variety of size 10’s and measure those bodies to get a more precise idea. If it were a mono-butt jean, it’d be much easier. Just one reason (imo) that mono butt has become so prevalent in that it’s easy to spec.
This pattern is available free to to renewing forum members who are current on their membership. If you aren’t due to renew yet, you can do it early. Hopefully it goes without saying that this isn’t to be passed around, it’s not open source. I intend to sell it to individuals and businesses. If to businesses, I can provide these file versions: dxf, Gerber, Optitex or StyleCAD in fully graded sets. I can also ship a plot if it’s needed in hard copy. If interested in testing this, email me with your size, and preferred paper print size. I recommend sewing a test sample in muslin to see if the fit and styling is to your liking.
Oh, almost forgot. I put a test grid in the upper left hand corner. I recommend only printing out page one of the pdf to check your settings. If that’s a go, print out the rest of it.
You don’t have to send it back to me. I’d be delighted to get photos but even those aren’t necessary. Feedback would be great.
Re: beta testing:
I do know the pattern is perfect as it pertains to seams walking and all of that. The issue is fit and whether the fit matches your taste and figure type. I would not sew this in denim! I sewed this in a muslin so any solid woven light to medium weight goods. It’s not prepped for a bottom weight yet. The denim version will have features you won’t find in any pattern book or pattern on the market and you need to know why the thing is cut that way so you don’t “fix” it.
Once released for sale, I can only imagine that the MGS (Mean Girls of Sewing) will be out in full force and having a field day. Ever notice how the people who don’t really do much, have so much venom to spread around?