B2b prep: Choosing patterns

Hey there sewing friends!  Less than a week until we all start sewing our basic pieces!  Yay! Woohoo! Jazz hands!

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Back 2 Basics: Lets talk about patterns

If you’re anything like me, you might be sitting there right now paralyzed with indecision over which of the dozens of patterns in your stash would be best for this challenge.  Or maybe you’re good and don’t have a mountainous pattern stash like I do and instead are paralyzed with indecision over which of the hundreds of indie patterns on the market you should invest in for this challenge.

Fear not!  As with everything, I am more than happy to give you my two cents 🙂  I’ve listed some patterns that I have either used or heard good things about from people I trust in various categories that would work well for this challenge.  And since there are so many patterns available in most of these categories, I’ve also tried to include a blurb about who might like a particular pattern:

T-shirts

You can’t get more “basic” than a t-shirt, right??  And the market is just bursting with great t-shirt patterns.  There are many, many great patterns that are not listed here, but if I tried, it would completely take over the post.  Here are just a few to consider:

  • The Only Tee by KBSD Patterns (affiliate link).  (C cup, lots of options for fit, neckline and sleeve).

Good for: Those who want an all-in-one pattern at a nice, low price.Use the code B2B for 40% off at checkout.

See my review here.

  • The Lark Tee by Grainline Studios. (B cup, lots of neckline and sleeve options).

Good for: Those who want a looser fit but not baggy t-shirt.  The fit on this is more like the classic RTW layering tee.

See my review here.

  • The Renfrew by Sewaholic. (B cup, several neckline and sleeve options, band finish).

Good for:  The classic pears among us.  Also available in paper (though paper is sold out on  the Sewaholic site, so you would need to buy paper through a local retailer).

See my review here.

  • The Grail Tee by Vesta Patterns. (C-D depending on body type.  Lots of options)

Good for: Those with fitting issues.  Vesta offers 3 versions of each pattern, each for a different body “type.”  Lots of options.

I’ve never made this one, but see Ti’s review here.

  • The Layer Me Up by Patterns for Pirates. (C -DD cup, depending on size, quite a few options)

Good for:  Those looking for a tight layering top.  This top is skintight, so be warned.

Good for:  The budget conscious among us.  Those looking for something to skim over the tummy.

See my review here.

Tank Tops

Several of the tee patterns listed above also come with tank versions.  Rather than repeating myself, these patterns listed above also come with an option for a tank.

  • The Only Tee by KBSD Patterns (affiliate link).  (C cup, lots of options for fit, neckline and sleeve)
  • The Grail Tee by Vesta Patterns.  (C-D depending on body type.  Lots of options)
  • The Layer Me Up by Patterns for Pirates. (C -DD cup, depending on size, quite a few options)

These two patterns are tank-only.  That can be nice, particularly if you’re like me and prefer a thinner strap on your tanks.

Good for:  Someone looking for a simple tank that looks RTW.  I really like the look of this tank and was this close to buying it.

Good for:  Someone who wants a no-nonsense, quick tank pattern.  The pattern comes with options for bands or FOE to finish the openings.

See my review here.

Cardigans

  • Jenna Cardi by Muse Patterns. (B cup, slim fit good for business casual, quite a few options with the expansion pack)

Good for:  Someone looking for a layering cardi for the office.  Slimmer cardis like this are more business casual than the looser or drapier ones, so this is a good work staple.

See my review here.

  • Cabernet Cardigan by SBCC. (Cup size varies, slimmer fit for business casual, petite drafting).

Good for:  The petite among us.  SBCC drafts for someone 5’1″, so you are petite, you may want to check them out.  Also a slimmer fit that would be good for the office.

Good for:  Those looking for a versatile cardigan that can be either dressed up or dressed down.

Good for:  Those looking for a casual, easy-to-wear cardigan to pair with slim bottoms.

Good for:  Also those looking for a casual, relaxed cardigan.  This is less oversized than the Driftless, but still distinctly casual.

Good for:  Those looking for a nice in-between option that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Note that this is a serious fabric hog if you are doing doubled bands, though.

See my review here.

Skirts

Good for:  Someone looking for a one-stop shop skirt option.  This pattern is for knit only, but includes 7 different silhouettes.

See my review here.

  • Selene Skirt by Colette. (Business casual, fully lined, fun pockets, plus sizes)

Good for:  Those needing something for the office.  This is the new pattern from Colette, and it is a classic office-appropriate pencil with some fun details.

Good for:  Someone looking for a classic pencil skirt with a vintage vibe.  This skirt definitely has more of a pin-up feel to it than the Selene.

See my review here.

Pants and Jeans

  • Sabrina Slims by Love Notions (affiliate link). (Slim, cigarette-style pant.  Knits and very stretch wovens only)

Good for:  Those looking for a quick pant or an introduction to pants sewing.  The lack of closures makes them very approachable and easy to construct.

See my review here.

  • Ginger Jeans by Closet Case Files. (Classic 5-pocket jeans, two rises and leg styles)

Good for:  An all-in-one jeans pattern.  With the flare add-on, the Ginger Jeans can serve all jeans needs.

See my review here.

  • Birkin Flares by Baste + Gather. (70’s style high waist flare)

Good for:  Those looking for a great-fitting high waist and/or flares.  I love the fit in the hip on this pattern.

See my review here.

Whew! That’s a lot of patterns.  If I missed one that you absolutely love, I do apologize.  There are so many great patterns available now that it’s impossible to hit them all.

And if the idea of sewing basics has you crying in your coffee, fear not!  Basics don’t have to be boring!  I wrote a post for my last B2B series all about jazzing up those basic pieces.  Check it out here.   And my friend Tibeca over at Sewing by Ti wrote a whole post today on patterns and embellishments to jazz up those basic pieces.  Hop over there to see her ideas.

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9 thoughts on “B2b prep: Choosing patterns

  1. Sam B.

    So far, so good. I have a lot of these patterns and if I can figure out what fabric I want to use, I’ll be set.

    Reply
  2. pearberrylane

    SOOO many patterns on my wish list in this post! I’ve planned to use the Emily T-Shirt from Laela Jeyne to get some basic tops, but I really need some bottom options. Women’s bottoms give me anxiety!

    Reply
    1. Katie Post author

      I can understand that! Unfortunately it’s just something you have to dive into. And once you figure out your adjustments, you should be all set!

      Reply
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