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January 25, 2014
11:58 pm
kristenhenry70

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My name is Kristen Henry, and I am a VERY amateur seamstress. I’ve made my own clothes and costumes for years, but mostly from my own designs or improvised methods.

I’ve recently decided to reign in my rebellious streak, and instead to start using proper patterns. I’ve just purchased two from S&S, and when they arrive I shall dive right in.

I’m so happy to find this place… I’m sure that I’ll make good use of all of the info contained on this site.grin

K.

January 26, 2014
4:00 am
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Welcome! I’m rather jealous of your ability to create your own designs, but I do think it’s best if you can do it both ways – your own and ‘proper’ patterns

January 26, 2014
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kristenhenry70

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Welcome! I’m rather jealous of your ability to create your own designs, but I do think it’s best if you can do it both ways – your own and ‘proper’ patterns

Thanks.

Truthfully, it’s really all happened through a process of trial and error. But once I’d bought a dress form I had found it rather easy to just put fabric on her and invent things using the lines of the dress form as a guide for where to put seams, to how dart and tuck, etc…

Still, using a properly made pattern, as you say, gives a fresh perspective… as well as teaches different methods of assembly and finishing which I can always use :-)

K.

January 27, 2014
8:21 pm
Janel
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Welcome.

When I first found S&S Forum, 6 or 7 years ago, I was in awe of the women here who make their own patterns and amazing historically inspired garments. Eventually I learned to make patterns as well. Pattern making is actually quite simple – now that I know how it’s done. I find it’s harder to decide what I want to make. :)

Good luck with “proper” patterns!

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January 27, 2014
10:54 pm
Geneece
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Welcome! 

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January 27, 2014
11:18 pm
britlitgirl
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Wow I would really like to be able to work with a pattern of my own design but I’m not that brave. I too an amateur seamstress but I usually get by somehow. Lol

January 28, 2014
5:26 pm
Janel
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britlitgirl I completely understand the brave part. I felt that way for a long, long time. But I kept asking questions, reading, a friend gave me a DVD, and I finally I decided one day that I wasn’t coming out of my sewing room until I had done it. Something finally clicked and off I went. Now I teach fashion design that includes pattern drafting.

I went back and looked. I’ve been part of the S&S community for almost TEN YEARS! wow. I’m getting old. lol

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February 18, 2014
12:13 pm
kristenhenry70

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I hear the bravery bit from others as well, and I have to confess that it always surprises me. I haven’t ever been afraid to try something… of course i failed many times when I began. But those failures helped me to find my way forward.

I suppose i’ve been fortunate in that I’ve always been good at looking at things and breaking them down either into their individual parts, or recognising what i could imprvise to make this or that from whatever is lying about.

In any case, diving in head first can be scary, but the rewards far outweigh any potential missteps along the way. :-)

February 18, 2014
9:46 pm
britlitgirl
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I guess it’s the frustration when your work doesn’t come out the way you want it to, but as the saying goes, practice makes perfect. Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! 

May 24, 2014
3:33 am
chocolatechip
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I’ve dabbled a little in simple pattern-making/copying existing garments for a while. It’s great to see someone else who has so much experience! I definitely need more practice if I want to continue making my own designs. wink

May 29, 2014
1:02 am
katelanier
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Hi Kristen! I still haven’t been brave enough to draft/drape my own patterns yet. Skirts, I can do with no problems. I’m still relying on patterns for bodices and sleeves. Maybe I’ll get the courage to try it one day :)

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will." Charlotte Brontë.
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