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Feature: Pamela's Patterns

Have you been working with commercial patterns and not getting the results you want? Well if you feel this way, you need to try Pamela's Patterns! Pamela Leggett, creator of Pamela's Patterns, has been teaching how to sew since 1981. She specializes is pattern fitting which is clearly seen in her line of patterns, which are made to fit more like ready-to-wear clothes.

In 2012, she was proud to bring the Palmer/Pletch Sewing School to the east coast. Along with Pati Palmer herself, she taught the classes at Steve's Sewing, Vacuum and Quilting in King of Prussia, PA. The main Palmer/ Pletch Sewing School is located at Fabric Depot in Portland, OR. 

In keeping with our theme of everything Valentine's, Love and Lace, we especially wanted to feature Pamela's pattern entitled, UnMentionables Worth Mentioning. This pattern is for the "unmentionables" aka undergarments! She includes a pattern for a cami-illusion, slip and panties.


The cami-illusion can be made from scraps in your stash. It attaches to your bra straps making it look like you're wearing a camisole.

The No "VPL" (visble panty lines) Undies are made from stretch laces and knits. These can be made from stretch lace trims, stretch  lace yardage, knits and even scraps of theses fabrics from your stash.

The Smoothing Slips are slips that smooth out anything you don't want to see under a dress or skirt. It is meant to be a fitted slip, not a full gathered slip. The slips can be made from tricot knits and charmeuses with stretch. 


Pamela has a number of videos highlighting her patterns. She has a really nice video for the Unmentionables Worth Mentioning pattern. She shares the type of fabrics and elastics you will need to use to create beautiful undergarments! The great thing is that most of the items in this pattern can be made from scraps! You can find a link to her other videos on her website.

Watching her video really inspired me to try my hand at making my own undergarments! It seemed a little intimidating to me in the past, but now that I know it is SO easy, I'll give it a try. In the meantime, keep following Kaitlin's progress on her Sew Along: Lingerie.

Pamela has a lot of new things coming out this year and I got the inside scoop directly from her! She will have a new pattern called, Pants....Perfected! This pattern features the Magic Pants and Grown Up Leggings. She will also be revamping some of her current patterns including the Versatile Twin Set with more options -- colorblocking and a duster-style cardi. And lastly, she just finished taping a Serger DVD with Threads Magazine and Taunton Press. This DVD should be available in fall 2013. To stay up-to-date on these and other updates, bookmark Pamela's website, Pamela's Patterns!

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