I thought I'd do a series on how to choose patterns that you can use to build an entire wardrobe! While my huge collection of patterns doesn't seem to support this idea, you really can have a diverse wardrobe from just a few basic patterns.
In my opinion, the key is to find simple patterns that can be easily altered for a different look. So here's my personal list:
1. Simple A-line skirt (preferably not bias!)
2. Gored skirt (six to eight gores)
3. Flared skirt (may be included in the A-line pattern)
4. Tiered skirt (or similar "easy-to-wear" style)
1. Button-up darted blouse with collar
2. Princess-seamed blouse
3. Empire waist blouse
1. Whatever style jacket fits you best!
2. A shrug pattern
1. Simple dress, style depends on your figure
2. Empire waist dress (this style is almost universally flattering)
Obviously, the patterns chosen will depend on an individual's body type and clothing needs. Once you have some basic patterns, the possibilities are virtually unlimited! Over the next few posts, I plan to elaborate on this concept and show examples of how basic patterns can be changed for a completely different look.