When you sew, you often want to change the pattern and have a different collar or sleeve on your garment. More often than not, you will look for another sewing pattern with all the features you are looking for and start the process of adjustment, trial and error again. You don’t have to do this. You can mix and match pieces of sewing patterns to create your own designs.
When you know how to sew, you can have whatever you want on any garment. You are the designer. You can create “original designs” like other designers do.
You just need to know a few rules and use a little common sense in your sewing projects. For example, you cannot use a sleeve fitted in a drop shoulder design.
Fit the bodice once!
Adjust the body of your bodice or blouse once and use it over and over again. Once your basic bodice or blouse fits your figure the way you want it to, try changing the styles of sleeves, collars, etc. to give you more variety instead of getting another pattern and changing it to suit you again. It will save you a lot of time and frustration.
Make several copies of this “master” fitted bodice and change the design features of each to have a whole wardrobe of tops that fits you perfectly. Be sure to label them so you know what each is when you go to use it.
There are only so many models of collars and sleeves. You can invert them on your garment sewing pattern. Go through your box of sewing patterns and select the ones you like that are the most flattering for your figure.
The rule is that if you choose a sleeve or collar of another design, you should also copy the armhole or the neckline curves of the bodice of that design onto your personal bodice basic pattern which already suits you. Then you can sew the new collar or sleeve onto your personal basic bodice / blouse without any issues as they take the same curves as originally intended.
You changed the pattern, but you did not affect the fit because you used the body of the main sewing pattern that you know fits you already.
Remember to copy the covering that matches the collar you are using so that it also fits the garment.
Place the new sleeve or collar with one of your “master” bodices with the appropriate matching armhole or neckline curves. Mark it so you know what it is and you are ready to sew it anytime.
Change necklines and other details from another sewing pattern
To switch to a totally different neckline, like changing a jewel neckline to a V-neckline, lay the pattern with the detail or neckline you want on top of the pattern that suits you.
Match the shoulder lines, center front and center back. Now draw your new neckline. The collar and cuffs of the new neckline are adjusted as it is the same neckline for which they were originally designed.
The grip sleeve changes in the same way.
Add a seam anywhere
You can add a seam anywhere on a design. For example, if you want a yoke, draw a line on one of your “master” bodices where you would like the yoke to be. Cut out the pattern on this line. Add a 5/8 “seam allowance to both cut edges. When you sew together you have a yoke and you have not changed the fit of the garment.
Create your own original designs. Have fun as a designer.
It makes sense!