In my Goals for 2018, I declared that I would sew at least one Big 4 pattern each season – and I need your help picking patterns and brands! It’s such an unknown world to me, and patterns aren’t cheap here in Canada, so I want to choose wisely!
No, in my goals post I said I had only made two Big 4 patterns before… I’ve since remember two more! Voila:
From left to right:
- 2012: McCalls M5974 was an oversized and badly fitting disaster, which was refashioned into a Renfrew right away!
- 2012: McCalls M5890 was a hit! I’ve made it at least 5 times, including once this fall as a sleeveless long vest.
- 2012: New Look 6022 According to my post, I liked this one… but I also reshaped the side seams and back seam and armscyes… so did I really like the pattern??? Here’s a hilarious quote from my review though: “I’m never sewn a dress with this loose shape, so wasn’t sure how it would fit.” AHAHAHAHA! If only 2012 me could see 2018 me rocking an Ebony swing dress!!!
- 2016: Lisette/Butterick B6244 Again, I theoretically liked this pattern, but looking back, I made the following changes: shorten 6″, reduced the fabric drape at the front, reset the sleeves after I’d inserted them to bring the shoulders in, and added darts in the back! Oh, and I sized down from the recommended size to start with. After all that, I still don’t wear it much because it feels like too much fabric.
So is it any wonder I stick to Indies? That’s not a stellar track record. People who like Big 4 talk about getting a reliable fit and knowing exactly what adjustments to make, but I have always been turned off by the chance of excessive ease.
I’d like to access the huge range of patterns that the Big 4 offer though, so I’m hoping you can guide me in the right direction! What pattern should I try for winter?
Here are my criteria:
- Knits! (Duh!) Or stretch wovens for pants.
- A design I don’t already have in an Indie TNT
- Simplicity aren’t sold in Canada, though I could order online and have them shipped internationally
- I love the idea of wardrobe patterns or patterns with lots of variations. I’m also interested in cup sizes or curvy-fit pants!
- I’m also fascinated by patterns with interesting drapey cuts or asymmetry, which tend not to be so popular in Indie patterns. I don’t want to go full Lagenlook, but “weird Art teacher” is good!
That’s a pretty vague brief, isn’t it? I’m hoping you know me and my style well enough to make some suggestions. I really want this Big 4 experiment to be a success!
Thanks for your help!