13 May 2008

I HATE Patterns!!!

So I know that there are some who love to make things using patterns such as McCalls and Simplicity. But I have decided that I don't like them too much. First off, if you want to keep the pattern for multiple use, it is hard, since the sizes are all overlapping, so you have to retrace them.... that about equals PAIN IN THE BUTTOCKS!!!! The other thing I don't like is the fact that I can never really figure out what size to make.... Here is an example.... I want to make a pair of PJ shorts for Savannah. You would think that they would list the waist measurements on the back of the package so that you could figure out the size relatively easily. Nope. Here is what they list.... Width of each leg and side length from waist. All the other finished measurements apply to the shirts, that also are made from the same pattern package. Hmmm, I think the waist measurements are just a tad bit more important than the width of leg measurements. I mean, I don't even remember the last time I asked a store clerk, "what is the width of the leg.... if it is less than 18 inches I just can't buy it for my daughter." I mean, PLEASE!

So I guess all that to say, I wish that pattern makers had a tad bit more common sense. Or maybe it means I need to get a little more uncommon sense????

6 comments:

Johanna said...

I had the same problem when making pj bottoms. I ended up with all four pairs being way too big.

Joanna said...

Um, Ok. Since I am the resident pattern expert *cough, cough* I will tell you that every pattern has the waist measurements on it. There are standard measurements for adults and children that are used on all patterns. Sometimes they aren't on the back, where the yardage is, they are on the flap. Ok, now, you could be coming up with the problem of using an elastic waist pattern. If you are, then you're right, they are not going to give you a FINISHED waist measurement, because you can make it whatever size you want it to be with the elastic. So, for example, if you are making pajama bottoms with an elastic waist, then you measure the waist of the child and it's at 20" then you would use a size 2 or 3 as those supposedly fit someone with a 20 or 20.5 inch waist. Elastic is very forgiving so even if there are a couple of extra inches, the elastic will eat it up and that just means you can adjust it later if you want to.

Did that answer your question?

Joanna said...

With elastic, you measure the waist and subtract about an inch and that's the size elastic you use. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, use their stupid elastic guides that they include with the pattern. This is a waste of pattern tissue and it wastes your elastic. Just measure the waist and cut it an inch shorter than that or run it through and try it on the child and cut it where it's comfortable for them.

Meagan said...

WOW! That is cool... You know I never ever even noticed that there was anything written on the flap before, other than the absurd price tag???? Who would pay that much anyways????

Marie said...

This is all good to know. I'm taking notes for the day I actually start sewing.

Joanna said...

You know, next time I see you I'll give you a lesson in pattern cutting and such. I learned most of this from my mom. I never trace onto anything else. I pin at the size I want to cut and just cut under the pattern. Sometimes I make a rough cut and then turn it over and and cut it that way. I'll show you.