My first thank you goes out to the 427 followers on Pinterest who have made my Fabulous Free Pattern Friday board my most followed board. If you would like to access that board, here is a link, http://pinterest.com/sewbussted/fabulous-free-pattern-fridays/. I have talked about this before, but for those of you who are new to the blog, my dream for this began quite a few years ago. I was teaching a sewing class. A young professional woman who had just had a baby and had decided to become a stay at home mother took my class. The first garment that I helped her with was a straight skirt with an elastic waistband, a simple rectangle. She was amazed when I took her hip measurement and proceeded to rip the fabric to her hip and length measurement (plus ease for her hips of course). The skirt had one seam, a center back seam. I showed her how to easily attach the elastic and hem the skirt. She was ecstatic. She returned the next week with three more skirts that she had made during the week. She went on and on about how much money she would have spent at one time buying the exact same style of skirt. I'll never forget the tears that welled in her eyes when she said, "I wanted so badly to be able to be at home with my daughter, but worried how we would be able to survive on one salary. Now I know we can." Sewing gave her power over her life. It was then that I wanted to show people just how simple sewing can be. Now of course it can be quite complicated as is the dress of Avadner's that I shared with you this morning. But so many wonderful pieces can be made with simple shapes and I feel that when we have success it leads us to wanting to learn to do more. I think about when I first began to learn to fly. I couldn't find grass on the ground. I wondered how I was ever going to talk on the radio, read a chart and fly the airplane all at the same time!!! Of course it happened and I moved on to more advanced ratings. Knowledge builds on knowledge.
Yesterday I told you about this first Fabulous Free Pattern Friday post
and that Cennetta of www.themahoganystylist.blogspot.com is using it as the group pattern for the upcoming Haute Couture fashion show (which will be the first Sunday of May in case you might like to come!). Cennetta told me how empowering it has been for her to begin drafting patterns and she would like to pass this along to others. Below is a picture of Cennetta's sister in the top that she created for her.
And a picture of Cennetta below in the first top that she created for herself.
The skirt pictured below was also an early Fabulous Free Pattern Friday piece. The shape is one long rectangle and there is only one seam. You can see just how simple this is to make here, http://www.rhondabuss.blogspot.com/2011/09/fabulous-free-pattern-fridaysa-little.html.
http://knit-knac.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-one-seam-rectangle-skirt-by-rhonda.html She said that she is now ready to tackle a few more!! This is just so exciting for me.
Thank you to all of you who have given a pattern a try. You're helping me to fulfill a dream I've had for quite a long time.