Patternless Sewing Mod Style—Sewing for Vacation and Beyond

Posted by Patty Young on Jul 19th 2016

About three weeks ago, as I was prepping for our family vacation to Punta Cana, I had a long list of items I wanted to sew for myself and my loved ones, but I knew that I’d never get it all done unless I had something to keep me accountable. That's when I came up with the idea of a fun challenge on Instagram and Facebook, called #12garments. Basically, I planned to sew twelve garments in twelve days, and I challenged others to do the same. In order to make this feasible for myself, I chose a lot of projects from my newest book, Patternless Sewing Mod Style, because they are easy and quick to sew—and since they are made based on individual body measurements, they would be a perfect fit every time without the need to alter sewing patterns or finished garments.

For myself I made a Shirred Sundress (page 19), which is the first project in the book. I used my new Acorn Valley knits, and it came out even prettier than I envisioned. I wore this dress to dinner the first night we were in Punta Cana.

I also made a Frilly Sarong (page 84) for myself, and it was the perfect accessory to wear to the beach over my swimsuits. I sewed this with Acorn Valley double gauze.

For my youngest, Sydney, I made a Shirred Blouse (page 31) out of Acorn Valley knits and omitted the cap sleeves at her request.

For my oldest, Sophie, I made a Handkerchief Skirt (page 91) out of Acorn Valley double gauze fabrics... these are perfect for this sort of flowy, airy skirt. She got so many oohs and ahhhs when we went out to dinner that night!

Here are both my girls wearing their patternless outfits to dinner. Sydney is also wearing a High-Low Skirt (page 55).

I have thoroughly enjoyed filling my family's closets with beautiful handmade garments that are a perfect fit, and I hope you will too! To see all the garments the challenge participants sewed, search the hashtag #12garments on Instagram and Facebook.

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