Pattern Review: Clover by Colette Patterns

Posted in: This and That — By on June 3, 2012 4:50 PM

Pattern: Clover by Colette Patterns

Level: Beginner

Up until now, I had never sewn a garment that I was really happy with — certainly not a pair of pants. Well, after stitching up these Clovers I can say that I’ve made a pair of pants that I’m proud to wear!

I’ve been a reader of the Colette Patterns Coletterie blog for some time and really admired their clear tutorials and tips (as well as their great designs and inspiration posts), so it was no surprise that their pattern would be just as well-designed and easy to follow.

I really appreciated how clear the language and tone was for this pattern, especially since it is for a beginner sewer — I can’t say the same for most mainstream commercial patterns that I’ve used! Throughout the instructions there were little explanations and tips, and there was also a glossary at the back to explain any sewing jargon. It’s clear that helping people learn about sewing in general, as well as making the specific garment, is important to Colette Patterns.

Probably my favourite aspect of this pattern is the amount of extra information and tutorials that are available, in addition to the pattern instructions. Like a few of their other patterns, the Coletterie blog has a Clover Sewalong series that is a fun way to tackle this pattern, with tips, techniques and great ideas at each step of the project. I was so impressed by all of the helpful tips and tutorials that complemented the physical pattern — this pattern is a great value for money and I can’t wait to try more (ahem, Hazel and Iris…)

I do wish that the Clover pattern did specifically mention the resources available online because it would be a shame for someone using the pattern to miss them. (These resources may have been created after the pattern was published though, so it may not have been possible.) The Pants Fitting Cheatsheet in particular has guides to any pattern adjustment needed for the Clovers. I luckily came across these tutorials just at the point where I’d made a muslin and discovered that I had to lengthen the torso and let out the hips, which made a huge difference to a novice seamstress like me!

Overall, I’m thrilled with how my first pair of Clovers turned out. I used a lightweight suiting material so that I could wear them to work, but they are still comfortable enough to wear around the house. I am looking forward to make a pair using less finicky fabric so I can make the inside finishes neater. As a side note, I recently discovered Mad Men and since then my free time has been one big 60’s marathon as I try to catch up to Season 5 — I can’t help thinking of Betty Draper when I wear these pants!

It seems fitting that our very first Sewing School pattern review would be for a fantastic pattern. Look forward to more pattern reviews to come!

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