General Patterns

  • Design Templates
    The Designer Templates are a series of 12 garment outlines that suggest new ideas for imagined fashion projects based on the Design & Sew Pattern Collection.
    Anyone who wants to design and make a garment with a fresh new look can learn a lot by experimenting with these templates. The design details are especially important to help make your next project a one-of-a-kind.
    Cut out the templates along the lines indicated using an X-acto knife or small, sharp scissors. Use any of the templates to superimpose over pictures of landscapes, prints in art books, line drawings or any other designs that appeal to you. Wonderful designs magically appear as you move the template across the page. Keeping a journal or sketchpad is a great way to record some of these ideas for future inspiration.
  • Metropolitan Hat
    This hat dates from the early 20th century and represents a transitional period in millinery history – following the oversize Victorian confections of veiling and stuffed birds, but before the head-hugging cloches of the 1920s. Fast and easy to sew, it has a casual and slightly slouchy look, with a modest brim and fabric flowers at center front.

    There are just three pattern pieces: Brim, Band, and Crown. Each piece is cut twice – out of fabric, or fabric and complementary lining – for a fully-lined, easy-to-wear chapeau. The decorative fabric Rosettes can be fashioned out of the hat fabric, contrasting materials such as lace, tulle or glittering silk, or entirely replaced by a vintage brooch or dramatic button.

    Suggested Fabrics: Linens, wools, silks, medium-weight cottons, denim, corduroy, fleece. Note: For soft, drapey fabrics, lightly interface the Band and Brim to maintain the proper silhouette.