The fabulous ladies over at Frances Suzanne have created a new series for the month of February called:
and have graciously invited me to be a part of it!
The whole point is to tap into all the FREE patterns out there as a resource for everyone to use. Today I am sharing with you where I get a whole bunch of the free patterns I use.
Seriously. It is a great way to try out patterns in a book before actually buying the book! All the books have their patterns in an envelope. You can trace what pattern and size you need, and then put the pattern back for someone else to use.
I used the “Western Shirt” pattern, traced a size 6 (because that is all it goes up to in the book), and lengthened it a few inches for my girl who has grown.
**BTW: I am getting used to the vinyl backdrop my husband bought me for Christmas and playing with light. Trickier than I thought to time the position of the incredibly rare sun (around these WA state parts) for where I chose to hang the backdrop.
OK…details! I used my very special Heather Ross fabric for this one. The stuff I have been
hoarding hanging on to until the perfect pattern showed up. I LOVE HER FABRIC.
I went all out on this one. I pattern matched (the best I could- check out that princess in the pocket), made french seams, and top stitched everywhere possible.
Those purple Kam snaps add a little pop of color.
This inside is as pretty as the outside. Excuse me while I do a little back patting.
And I did all this with a borrowed machine (because my
right arm sewing machine is still in the shop)! Can I get an “Ooooh” and an “Ahhhhhh”?
*And a huge thank you to my dear friend Kirsten who let me borrow her workhorse of a machine.
I love this pattern and it’s simplicity. She really walks you through each step (the French seams and top stitching were just added by me, not actually part of the pattern).
Of course, I encourage everyone to support indie designers by buying their books, because they have worked hard and this is how they make their money. BUT I must say that if you are unsure about making that jump, or don’t have the money to do so, no need to fret!
Use your local library as another source of FREE patterns.