I'm a little late getting on the band wagon here but better late than never, right?
I've been sewing without a focus and thought perhaps that might not be the best use of my time. Like anything else, you accomplish more when you have concrete goals set. I'm not sure how concrete these will be but here goes....
The item of clothing I wear most in my closet are tee's. If I could have a barrage of TNT patterns in my arsenal for tops I could sew anything I could dream up and it would fit!
I need tee's with raglan, dolman and cut on sleeves in addition to traditional set-in sleeves. I also like to wear funnel neck tops in the winter with another layer over them. I'm not crazy about jewel necks but that might be a fit issue. I do like boat neck tops, v-necks and a modified scoop neck. If I had patterns with these issues worked out, it would be so easy to just whip one up!
I would also like to understand the stretch vs. fit issue. It would be nice to have patterns for knits with 25%, 50% and 75% stretch already in place so that fitting would be whittled down to a minimum. I plan to measure my favorite RTW garments then test against the percentage of stretch in the fabric and hopefully come up with separate blocks if you will.
So that's my plan for this year! I know it sounds simple but alterations on raglan and dolman sleeve tops confuse me. I have plenty of books to reference for that issue but until I actually do it - I know I won't understand.
I want to come up with necklines that I can just superimpose over the pattern. I'm starting at the basics and frequently RTW tops are too low. I don't care for that, after all - I don't have that much to show! LOL
Wish me luck! If I get these done maybe I'll work on pants!