I’m so excited to let you all know that the Darling Ranges sewing pattern is now available as an instant download PDF! Not only that, but i’ve spent a lot of time over the last year updating the pattern to include a new variation! I’ve been dying to tell you!
You girls know how much i love pattern variations, and as i kept making the Darling Ranges over the years, i kept thinking how much i’d love to wear it as a blouse. The pattern as it stood didn’t really work very well for a blouse, and once i get an idea in my head its really really impossible to make it go away. Since i was planning on releasing the pattern as a PDF, i decided to take that opportunity to add the variations i wanted and make a few little changes!
I’m really excited :) I love this pattern, and i love that it’s even more versatile now – yay! You can still create all the variations i’ve shared on Design Diary before (full list of variations and tutorials i’ve shared here), but now you can also create a dartless blouse and dartless tunic or dress. Completely awesome right?
If you bought the original paper pattern – never fear! It’s really simple to alter the pattern to create the same variations.
The main change is to the bust dart – the bust dart position has been moved from the side to the waist. As much as i loved the side darts, a waist dart allows for more variations in the pattern, is easier to alter, and is flattering on a wider range of people. If you have the original pattern making this change is super easy – just follow this tutorial: How to transfer bust dart location.
Then (once the dart is at the waistline) if you want to create the dartless tunic or blouse, all you need to do is extend the pattern pieces at the centre front and side seam, like below. Voila! I recommend extending by 10″/25.4cm for a blouse, 15″/38.1cm for a tunic and 23″/58.4cm for a dress.
So easy right?
Honestly, i’m just so thrilled to finally be sharing with you Darling Ranges 2.0! Also, i want to say a big huge thank you to all the pattern testers who helped me test out the new variations/altered pattern. You girls are the best!
As an unexpected bonus, it turns out that the dartless version actually fits over my pregnant belly quite nicely! i’ve literally just finished a super cute short sleeved tunic version tonight, so i’m dying to get some photos of it to show you :) I really need to get on to making some more maternity wear for myself… because well, i’m looking a little rotund my dears heheehe. Ok enough yabbering from me, head on over to the store to get the Darling Ranges as a PDF!