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Two new patterns with easy hacks!

blazer Pattern Hack Pattern Modification shorts woven

Earlier this week the Brave Blazer and Purpose Pull-on Pants patterns went live!

The Brave Blazer is a beginner friendly jacket with shawl collar and optional button closure.  The pattern also includes two different patch pocket options.   The Purpose Pull-on Pants are also beginner friendly and sure to be a wardrobe staple with how versatile they are.  The pattern includes wide and taper leg options with a comfortable knit waistband as well as optional scoop front pockets.  Both patterns are currently on sale for 40% and can be purchased individually or as a bundle.

Now are you ready for some super easy hacks?

First up is the Brave Blazer.  Originally the pattern was named the Brave Knit Blazer.  It was drafted for stable knit fabrics and meant to have a relaxed fit.  Well with the built in positive ease our testers wondered if it could be made using stretch woven fabrics.  Yes it can!   Check out this version from Queenora using stretch woven fabric.

Brave Blazer made using stretch woven fabric

 I took it a step further and made one out of non-stretch woven fabric (insert gasp).  I measure on the low end of my size and I compared my measurements to the finished measurements in the pattern.  I cut my fabric using the relaxed fit waist and longer length bodice but I didn't size up or make any other changes when cutting my fabric.    

Brave Blazer made with non stretch woven fabric

Since I used woven fabric, I opted to bind all the seams using bias tape and a Hong Kong finish. 

Inside of Brave Blazer with seams finished with bias tape

I made bias tape using some leftover fabric from a previous project.  It took a while to make the bias tape but it was so worth it.  I love how the stripes pop against the solid fabric.  The only seams I didin't bind were the sleeves but I did trim the edges with my pinking shears so the fabric doesn't fray. 

Super easy right?

Next up is an easy hack for the Purpose Pull-on pants.  The pattern includes a knee mark to use as a reference point when grading but you can also use it as a cut line to make shorts.  The inseam can be adjusted to your preferences using the pants fitting guide that is included with the pattern. 

Purpose pull-on pants made shorts length
The knee cut line can be used for either the wide leg or tapered leg option.
Purpose Pull-on pants as shorts
It's as easy as that. 
Want to use stretchier knit fabric?  You certainly can but consider sizing down since stretchier knits will fit and feel looser and you don't want your purpose pants (or shorts) to be too big.  Refer to the finished measurements in the pattern before deciding.  If you are still unsure you can always make a muslin using your measured size and make any necessary adjustments for your next pair.
Which hack are you going to try first?  We can't wait to see what you make.



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