Monday, September 21, 2015

Hacking Made Easy With a Free Pattern

Happy start to the week!
I'm back from my trip to Maine. What a glorious week I had. The trip not only feed my body, but my spirit. I'll post more about the trip in another post. 
I had hoped to post this last week, but internet reception was a bit spotty at best. In order to call my husband, I actually would go out on the fire escape and stand facing the cell phone tower. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. 
I was introduced to Waffle Patterns last year during Sewing Indie Month. I really like Yuki's patterns. They are easy to make, the instructions are very well laid out, and the designs are fun, hip, and on trend. One aspect of her patterns that I especially like is that they are layered. All of the sizes are printed on the pattern, but before printing, you can actually choose the size that you would like to make and then  just print out that size. Wow, no going blind trying to cut on the correct size line!!! Or, if you are one size on top and another on the bottom, choose the two sizes and print out just the two. It's a great feature. 
The Zippered Blouson is part baseball jacket and part motorcycle jacket, but with a very soft edge.
When using a Waffle Pattern, be sure to look closely at the pattern dimensions as they are quite generous in ease. For instance, the size 40 has a 36" bust, but the finished measurement is 42". That's a full 6" of ease. So depending upon how you like your clothes to feel on your body, you may want to go down a size.

For those of you who would like to try a little pattern hacking, but feel a little intimidated, Yuki has made it easy with her free add on hood pattern for the Zippered Blouson. You can find the free pattern HERE. The hood is a three piece hood. Sit's beautifully on the head and looks great when it's down and laying across the back. I have made her hood pattern and I really like it. 

Yuki posted this option of the Zippered Blouson. I absolutely love the faux fur collar.
If you think that you would like to give a little pattern hacking a try, but with a guiding hand, you can find Yuki's Zippered Blouson pattern HERE.
If you do give the pattern a try,be sure to read about the layering of her patterns and just print out the sizes that you would like. As I said, it really is a great feature. 
Have fun!

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  1. I love that pattern, and really regret that I didn't get it in the SIM bundle sale.. Oh well :)

  2. I highly recommend this pattern. Event those pockets were easy to sew!

  3. Love those jackets and thanks for the heads up.

  4. Waffle is a new pattern company to me. It will be good to use this free pattern as a test pattern. Thank you for bringing them to my attention Rhonda.

    1. Just a note, the hood pattern is free, but the jacket pattern will have to be purchased. I really like her patterns. I would love to share something I just did, but it will have to wait as it will be in the Feb./March issue of Sew News. It's super cute and I was so very pleased with the pattern. It's not this pattern, so I'll just have to keep you waiting until February ;)