PDF Patterns and my silly mistake

I have only recently discovered the joys of online downloadable patterns.  The first downloadable pattern I bought from Blueprints for Sewing was the Geodesic sweatshirt.  It was so easy to make up the pattern pieces once the pattern was downloaded.

My second attempt, from a different website, didn’t work out quite so smoothly thanks to my silly mistake. If I hadn’t made the mistake all would have gone smoothly like my previous experience.

I had down loaded the pattern from Hot Patterns for their Fast and Fabulous shirt tail Ts. and the first print I had neglected to check the size square for printing and so the print was incorrect.  The second print was fine until I went to put it together and there was no way the pattern pieces were going to join up correctly.  I tried cutting bits off and realised that wouldn’t work so after much deliberation I discovered that I had ordered the US Letter size pattern and I should have ordered A4.  You can’t adjust the page size on the printer when using a set PDF document.

I contacted the website and they kindly said they would refund the money for the pattern so I could order the correct sized pattern.  Thank you so much.  I was relieved.

I ordered and downloaded the new A4 pattern and was able to print and put it together no trouble at all.  Thank you Hot Patterns for fixing my silly mistake.

 

Second version

This was the first version I made of this particular top.

I have now made a second version but this time it is version A.  I used a teeshirt fabric which was much more flexible/drapey than the previous fabric used, in fact I think it was a bit too flexible so next time I will use a fabric with a structure in between the two.

The neckline was tricky to get to lie flat but my daughter suggested I top stitch it which I think I will now do.

I used a twin needle to finish the hemline.  I will use the twin needle on the neckline too.  In the photo it looks like black thread but it was navy.

Inspired by another blogger

One of the blogs I follow is Fadanista.  The outfits she makes are fantastic and such a variety.  She has inspired me to do more sewing for me.  I loved a post she did on the Geodesic sweater and decided I would give it a try.  I bought the pattern from Blueprintsfor sewing and downloaded the PDF pattern.

I made version 2.  If you check out Fadanista’s blog you will read that she mentions having a bit of an issue with matching up the points of the triangles, well I had the same issue.  I think if I make this pattern again I will use a finer fabric rather than sweatshirt fabric.

The pattern is complex and I did do a fair amount of unpicking but in the end I was pleased with the finished result.  The photos don’t show the actual colour but you get the general idea.  I would also add extra length to the sleeves on my next version.This is the pocket detail.