Good morning, I hope all is well after the Holiday binge and you've got clothes on the mind. I wanted to talk goals today, specifically for the New Year. I made a decision in December to overhaul my closet and simplify and it has been such a blessing and motivation for sewing. I've got my main list of Makes which include an LBD, pants, shirts, even a few coats but I wanted to share a list of FREE Indie Patterns for some much needed basics with you guys.
Honestly if you offer me a free pattern to try out, I will most likely come back and buy one of your patterns, what a brilliant marketing tactic. SO if you're looking at your ready to wear and thinking of making a few things for daily wear here are 8 Patterns from 8 majorly awesome Indie pattern makers! The best part about these patterns is that they are just that. Fully drafted patterns!
Hemlock Tee from Grainline Studio. I've made 3 of these. two long sleeve and one short. I only have 1 left in my closet, I spill a lot, but if you're looking for a great boxy, off the shoulder seam shirt this is it!
Tonic Tee from Skinny Bitch, Curvy Chick. This is a basic crew neck long sleeve tee and she offers it in a short sleeve as well. I bet you could pinterest a tutorial on how to turn it into a V neck easily enough. I have yet to make this one, but it is in my pattern folder and on my list.
Deer & Doe's Plantain top. I've made two. It's a great pattern for those with a pear shape since it flares out a bit at the hem. I love the elbow patch detail!
Sorbetto top from Colette Patterns and the Polly Top from By Hand London. I've done a couple different versions of the Polly Top, including one in knit. I actually don't have any of them in my Wardrobe now so I may need to bust out some Rayon Challis and whip one up. I have yet to try the Sorbetto top but that front pleat is such a polished detail and Colette patterns are known for their tailored look.
Seamwork and if you sign up for a subscription they offer 3 patterns with each issue! Pretty nice!
Eucalypt Tank Top and Dress pattern! I have not used this pattern but it's on my list for Summer Sewing! You could easily make a loose tank maxi dress by simply lengthening the pattern!
Now lets talk about the basic that you could always use more of, Underwear! Cloth Habit has a hip hugger pattern that is so easy and fast to make. I made these Rosy Lady Shorts in under and hour. the hardest part was finding stretch lace but if you shop online She'll show you where to look. I'm really looking forward to reading her Sew-A-Long for her new Watson Bra, and perhaps trying my hand at it after I get some of my other items checked off my list.
Madalyne offers a bikini underwear pattern named Amerson as well. I haven't tried it out but I have plenty of random knits lying about in my stash of left overs I might as well try it out, right? Think of all the cute prints you could have!
All of these items can be made pretty quickly, especially if you have a serger. And if you're looking for an easy project between those harder ones these patterns are like instant gratification. I love being able to in the same day decide I want a new shirt and just make one! Would love to know if you have any favorite basic patterns, especially if they're free!