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All-Time Favorite Sewing Patterns

Embroidered dupioni silk underlined with organza
Sewing is how I relax after a difficult day, what I enjoy during a quiet afternoon, and is definitely my favorite hobby. As a kid and in my 20s, I sewed a little, but starting around 2006, I got into it more seriously and now, I'm confident that I can make a dress, create doll clothes from scratch, and come up with cool pattern modifications for my daughter's outfits.

Here are a few of my all-time favorite patterns. Be sure to check them out if you're looking for new ideas!

Crepe by Colette Patterns
I've made the Crepe dress twice, once for my mom and once for myself. I loved the detailed instructions and a pattern that is quick to sew.

With both dresses, I underlined, which isn't part of the instructions. The dress for my mom is a cotton vintage Betsey Johnson print. I wanted a more stiff shape, so the underlining helped the skirt look more full. For mine, the fabric is a lightweight cotton batiste that was fairly see-through. I underlined and then lined the bodice to ensure modesty at work.

Vogue Patterns V8648
At first glance, this pattern looks a bit dull, but it's versatile and by selecting unique fabrics and making a few minor adjustments to the bodice and waistband, you can make it however you like. There are a lot of pieces to cut, but the shape is flattering. I found there was more ease than I like for the bodice, but that's an easy fix if you make a muslin first.

Simplicity Project Runway Collection 1814
This adorable pattern for girls offers flexibility to add or change details like the waistband and skirt. My version is a cotton print with a tulle overskirt and a satin bow at the waist. Gold rosettes add a little sparkle along the neckline. I'll post a pic soon!

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