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Pink Bolero (OTS 1–52) Size M
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Thrift Store Galor!


Blog 177I found this lovely, simple ribbed knit fabric at a thrift store of all places. I think it was a Goodwill store. When we go into those stores, sometimes they have a little section that’s full of craft donations – balls of yarn, knitting needles, crochet thread, cross-stitch kits, sewing patterns that may or may not have been used. And sometimes, if you’re really lucky, you can find whole yards of fabric that isn’t some childish quilting stuff or costume leftovers from Halloween.


Carol’s Pattern Codes


IMG_3145I should probably explain that the “OTS” in the title is part of my pattern filing system. It’s my abbreviation for the Otome no Sewing books/magazines (mooks, but I hate calling them that, as it’s 1930s slang for a stupid person). I suppose I could have used “ONS” but it is what it is now, and it’s stuck. Anyway, the 1 is for Book 1, and the 52 is the page for the instructions of said pattern. It works for me. Every time I copy a pattern from one of my pattern books, I label each pattern piece with my code, the size, and how many to cut. I will explain my pattern drafting method in a later post, and maybe – eventually – show how I do it in a video.


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I have many, many sources for patterns. I label them first with company name (Simplicity, McCall’s, Butterick, et al). In the case of my Japanese pattern books, I label them with an abbreviation of the book/magazine series name (GosuRori = GR, Gothic Lolita Bible = GLB, Otome no Sewing = OTS), followed by the volume number, followed by the page number of instructions for said pattern.


OTS 1-52 (Bolero, long & short sleeve variations)


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This pattern is relatively simple. It only has three main pieces – front, center back, sleeves – front and back facings for the collar – and the ruffles for the cuffs and bottom hem. The only piece that needed drafting it the cuff ruffle. If you’re unfamiliar with the way pieces are drafted from these books, it’s really all right there on this diagram page included for each garment. The measurements are all in centimeters, in small, medium, and large sizes. Anything beyond that, and you’d have to have a little experience in pattern grading to make them larger or smaller.


There happen to be some great tutorials online for pattern grading, however. You could even use Adobe Illustrator for pattern grading if you don’t want to do it all by hand! :)


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