Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pattern Magic 2 & A Big Thank You to Graca!

I received the Pattern Magic 2 book from Graca's blogiversary drawing on her blog, Sew Essentially Sew, on Monday. 

I want to give a huge Thank You to Graca. I love this book!

I may actually need to get the 1st and the one for knits.

While I really love it, it is not an open-the-book-and-make-something book. It is an idea book. 

Everything in it is a mock up in muslin. They are pinned onto a dress form or made half size for this very non-Barbie looking doll. 

There aren't even much in the way of instructions, in fact this is a page of instructions and the photo of the "completed" idea. This book was originally printed in Japanese and this is the English translation.

Here are a few pictures from the book.

I am imaging this using a facing in a complimentary color, and a lining, for either a blouse or maybe a dress bodice. 

It would be interesting to play with.

Now this one, I can see myself wearing, with a cami or higher neckline.

I really like the accordion, pleats along the hips.

Now, I tried to get my 5' 6" almost 100lb 23 year old daughter interested in this, but she wouldn't go for it.

It is an accordion "hole" into the back bodice.

Maybe for a costume?

Or maybe I'll save it for when I am on Project Runway for the avant garde challenge? 

(No. I have never, will not, ever be on Project Runway. I would be the old lady, home sewist, with no design experience that everyone would mock and have those side conversations about. I also have no interest.)

Now there are some really cool "disappearing" elements that could be incorporated. Things like, collars that disappear into the bodice, or pockets that seam to disappear or emerge from the background that could be incorporated into a garment.

The designs are based on a sloper, (I really need to finish mine) with the directions based on that. This is definitely not an introductory or beginning pattern making book. I guess, I should finish that sloper and start playing with some of these designs!

Are you familiar or have you tried any of the Pattern Magic designs? 


  1. Congratulations! I had never heard of Pattern Magic books until you mentioned you won this one. It is obviously filled with lots of wonderful garments, and creative ideas for garments. I would be interested in the one for knits, for sure. Speaking of slopers, I am finally starting to make a little progress on mine!

    1. Yeah Vanessa! The sloper is a bit daunting when done alone. I am going to enlist a friend who said she would help with measuring and fitting. I might even try to pin down Adult Daughter to help, but she comes through the house like a Ninja or a mythical creature. We know she's been here, but we don't always see her!

  2. Ahh, you're very welcome. I hope you enjoy it and are inspired to make wonderful garments from it. I've been telling myself that I want to make this dress from one of the Pattern Magic books (in a different colour though). And Carolyn who blogs over at has made some beautiful garments from the Pattern Magic books. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the book. Ciao.

    1. Graca, this has been so inspiring. I'm afraid to put it on the bookshelf. That Burda Style dress is cool. Carolyn's posts were inspiring and some of the projects were great. I like that she put her flops up too. I'm considering addiing some of the disappearing pockets on my boys shirts. But that might be too fashion forward for Middle Son. Youngest Son might like it!

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