Hello 2016, what will you bring?
I was doing some early morning fiddling on my website (because fiddling comes best when you’re suffering from one of your occasional bouts of insomnia, are nursing a mild hangover, and have already exhausted all the junk articles on your favourite junk sites), and discovered a list of my most popular posts of 2015.
May I present you with the top five posts, in ascending order, you may click on the accompanying picture to visit the post:
5) Elephant Head Sewing Pattern and Instructions
This dude was featured in an issue of Love Sewing UK back in September, and he received a decent amount of online attention as a result. He’s one of my favourite sewing patterns that I’ve made to date, so I’m happy that there are other people out there who are enjoying him as well.
4) Make a Backpack From an Old Pair of Jeans
This tutorial is damn old. It was apparently published in 2013, but I think that it might be a few years older than that. It’s a fairly basic step-by-step tutorial, featuring raw edges and few pictures. But it’s a free tutorial, and all you need is a sewing machine, scissors, some thread, and an old pair of jeans to make it work. And that back pocket is pretty cute.
3) Unicorn Head Sewing Pattern and Instructions Preview
I love the unicorn head. I love the little ears, I love the huge horn, and I love the simple layout. One happy customer on Etsy included a beautiful picture of the unicorn head she made along with her review, and I was so stoked at how well it turned out (I can’t figure out how to post a link to just that one review)!
2) Make Your Own Damn Underwear
Some hard truth: I never understood the popularity of this tutorial. I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that it’s fairly well-shared on Pinterest, but that’s it. It’s not particularly groundbreaking, as far as underwear tutorials go. Just some gotchies with Tom Selleck photoshopped on the front.
1) Deer Head Sewing Pattern PDF and Instructions
More hard truth: I hate this pattern so much. Whenever it gets purchased, I cringe. It was my first made-for-public-use pattern, and all I can see in it are mistakes. I really want to give it an upgrade, but I just can’t seem to find the time, or the motivation. I do not understand why this is the most-viewed post of 2015.
Here are my top three favourite posts of 2015 that I really think should have gotten more love:
3) Free Skirt Slopers, Multisized
You guys, it’s a free set of slopers. Sizes 10-22, which is plus-size inclusive (waist size 30 – 39″, hip size 40-50″). That’s right, those are dress sizes on it, not sewing pattern sizes (I know that makes no sense, but shut up it’s free). Do you know what you can do with slopers? You can personalize the fit of your commercial patterns, you can draft your own skirts, you can be King Skirt of the Skirt Kingdom. And they’re free. You’re welcome.
2) Rhino Head Sewing Pattern and Instructions
Not much love for the rhino head, I’m afraid. And why not? Is he not cute? Does he not mount well to the wall? He’s pretty easy to sew, and rhinos are hella cute. Look at his sweet tall forehead and his pointy little mouth.
1) V-Neck Knit Top Sewing Pattern and Instructions
Hi, my name is Amie Scott and I’ve been designing women’s wear since 2003. When I got into commercial pattern drafting, I had over ten years of women’s wear pattern drafting experience under my belt. Drafting women’s wear is my jam, is what I’m saying. My animal heads and soft toy patterns are still hit-and-miss, but I can draft and grade women’s wear like a mean motherfucker, and I want you to try my gear!
This is a damn fine pattern; computer drafted, and upgraded when I got better at taking instructional photos. It’s not particularly size-inclusive, again with the lack of free time hampering my grand plans (I really want to get into making more sewing patterns for more sizes, fingers crossed 2016!), but it’s a comfortable S/M/L (Bust 34-40″ with room to stretch up to Bust 42″ depending on your fabric choices), and from what I’ve seen in real life and online, most people who buy my garments fall into the S/M/L range.
So why not take my pattern out for a twirl? You might like the results 😉