As you might know by now, you don't need a complicated pattern to look sophisticated and elegant. You just need to make the garment all about the fabric. With the following sewing projects we hope to prove to you that this statement couldn't be anymore.
First of all, we would like to thank June Owen, who is a fashion designer and fashion design teacher from Utah, for sharing her two sewing projects with us, for which she used McCall's patterns 6519 (t-shirt) and 2401 (dress). No comments needed, both garments look amazing and beautiful.
This next project, no surprise, again is all about the fabric, however, it can be a great example of how a vintage 1979 pattern can be used for sewing up a modern looking top. As June says: "You can take the simple pattern and use beautiful cloth to make a simple shirt in no time at all". She used McCall's pattern 6519, which she found online a while back. The fabric she used is a French viscose tribal print knit (collection of Elliott Berman Textiles) in vibrant royal blue on white background. As you can see again the pattern is easy and since it is a knit fabric, June simply turned the seam allowances under 1/4" to finish the neck and arms and made sure to use a long zigzag to prevent the seams from "popping". She left the sleeves off, finishing the neck and sleeves with bias binding. And voila! The trendy and modern top is ready to wear. You can pair your new shirt with jeans, shorts or trousers. You would look great and stylish anywhere you go.
We would have to say that the final results really paid off and you can make your own dress or top, too, with these simple steps.
By Nelson Calderon (Elliott Berman Textiles)
Photos by June Owen, McCall's and Elliott Berman Textiles