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One Pattern, Many Looks

5 Jun

Have you ever heard of patternreview.com?  It’s 90s-tastic.  Ha.  Seriously though, I hate their website.  The color scheme is weird, it’s hard to navigate, and you have to log in to do just about everything.  The only good thing is the forum and the pattern reviews.  If you have a question or a sewing problem they’ll try to help you out.  They also host “contests” which seem to be a good way to motivate yourself to do some actual sewing.

So, I’ve decided to enter the “one pattern, many looks” contest, more to motivate myself than actually win.  Seriously, the “prize” is a “complimentary swatch service” … if it’s “complimentary,” doesn’t that mean it’s “free”?  I always thought it did.  It’s like if you owned an icecream shop, and you gave one lucky winner the “prize” of free taste testers.  Woo.  Sure, you could probably fill up on those taste testers, but you still have to buy the flavor you’d like.   So it’s basically a worthless prize.

One Pattern, Many Looks

Hear me patternreview?!  Your stupid prize is worthless to me!  But I will enter the contest anyway.  I’m weird like that.

So you don’t have to click through to figure out just what in the heck a “One pattern, many looks” contest actually entails, here is the break down:

Take 1 view from 1 pattern and recreate it many times by changing fabric, trimmings and other small details to create different “looks.”  There seems to be some slight confusion over what details you can actually change that are “allowed,” probably because they are lax on some rules and not on others.

So here’s my plan:  I’m going to take a plain raglan sleeve boat neck top (specifically Burda Style 02/2010/112) and refashion it with different fabric and details to create my looks.  I’m going to change the pattern to be a 3/4 sleeve length as well, since it’s getting close to summer and all.  I figure I should be able to wear these tops to work.


My first look is going to be the top done up with out any changes to the pattern.  I’ll do it in a fun black and white print, so it won’t be so boring.  Kinda wish I had striped jersey, but I don’t.  And I don’t know if I’m up to matching stripes anyway.  Then there is the sweetheart neckline version.  The bottom will be black and the top will be shear black.  Next is the lace version.  Pretty self explanatory.. made with stretch lace.  I’m going to try to cut around the design to make kind of scalloped edges.  Then I have a bow collar version planned, this will probably be the easiest one besides the plain version. Except I plan on making it out of a red sweater knit, and I’ve never sewn a sweater knit before.  And if I have time, I’ll try to embellish one with grommets, studs and rivets.  Though it will probably just be grommets, since I already have those.