Hey guys, it's Paige here! The most exciting thing about making your own garments is being able to design your own pieces to make them unique. Friday Patterns are simple enough that they can be easily hacked to alter them to your style, shape and preferences. In this blog post I have put together a few inspirational ideas of potential hacks using Friday Patterns. Continue reading to see more.
Sagebrush Dress Hack
I made the Sagebrush Top pattern last year and fell in love with it's simplicity and puff sleeves. I then decided to make a dress version using the skirt panels from the Wilder Gown pattern to create a dress version. The hack is a really simple one, all you have to do is lift the hem of the top to where your natural waist sits, then sew on the skirt panels in the same way you would on the Wilder gown, with gathers. This design is of a lovely pastel pink gingham version which will be perfect for summer. I want the skirt to be quite full so will likely use the full width of the fabric, then add a ruffle on the bottom using 4 panels of the same width.
Sleeveless Davenport Dress
The Davenport Dress is one of our newest patterns and is a lovely style of dress that usually has long sleeves. For this version I wanted to do a simple hack like in the guest post by Siri, to make it a sleeveless style, perfect for warm days. This can be done with bias binding or lining the bodice, whatever way works best for your fabric, I'd most likely use bias tape to make it easier. The fabric I am using is a gorgeous cherry and daisy print viscose I got from Sew Me Sunshine last summer, that has been in my stash for a while awaiting the right make!
Color Block Westcliff Dress
Last but not least, the Westcliff dress! I made a couple of Adrienne blouses and had a good chunk of knit fabric left from both of them. I thought the 2 shades together of rust and pink would make a cute color block dress. not only does this use up awkward amounts of fabric but the color block is an interesting design choice and one I think will look really fun. In contract to the pattern I wanted to make the skirt panels shorter so it makes it more of a knew length dress rather than a maxi dress, as I will definitely wear this more.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my pattern hack make inspiration and that they inspire you to see the patterns with fresh eyes. It's so much fun being able to sketch and design makes and then see them come to fruition.