I’ve always wondered if the patterns that are given away with sewing magazines are any good or if their sole purpose is to suck you in to buying the mag. The pattern I tried came with issue 22 of Love Sewing magazine. It can be downloaded for free in sizes 6-14 here.
I did have a look on patternreview.com before I started but none of their patterns were on there.
I have been sewing a lot of indie patterns recently so I don’t know if I have just gotten used to the amount of hand-holding and detailed info that comes with indie patterns. This pattern had no sizing chart, just a chart of finished bust/hip/length measurements. It says it was designed for “moderate stretch” knits but doesn’t give a stretch %
So, onto the sewing. Not a bad pattern actually, everything matched up as it was supposed to and the instructions were pretty clear. I remembered to use a stretch needle and stabilise the shoulder seams with cotton tape. The only changes I made were to lengthen the bodice by about an inch and to increase the sleeve length to the elbow.
Cost 1.8m polycotton knit @ £1.50 per metre = £2.70
Time couple of hours altogether
All in all, not a bad Sunday afternoon sew.
Have you tried any freebie patterns? Any good?