I know that 'indie' and 'designer' patterns are all the rage in the blogosphere, but the 'Big 4' (but now really 6?) put out some solid patterns without much fanfare (e.g. blog tours.) Take Simplicity 2263, which looks rather pedestrian.
|Prosaic pattern envelope. The ASG symbol is a clue.|
However, I pick up some signals that others may overlook. Have you heard of American Sewing Guild (ASG)? ASG probably doesn't have a booth at 'Maker' faires, but ASG members know quality sewing. (Disclaimer, I used to belong, but am not currently a member.)
Patterns with the ASG seal of approval tend to be very well drafted and extensively tested. When I see a new pattern with the ASG seal, I pay attention. This blouse with a back that extends over the shoulder to the front is a winner. I've sewn it three times.
|Three versions of Simplicity 2263|
|Not faithful to the pattern, with a yoke and knit neckband.|
I used the serger for version 1. Version 2 and 3 got the full french seam and bias binding clean finish.
|I love a neat inside.|
|Version 3 with bonus view of kitchen.|
|Shoulder pleats instead of gathering.|
|Version 1 at the Getty Center in Brentwood.|
|Version 2 at the Petersen Museum in LA.|
|Version 3 outside my office.|