Me Made May 2017: Variations on Geodesic

It’s #MeMadeMay time and this year on the blog we’re highlighting some of our favorite indie sewing patterns. Not just the patterns themselves, but lots of variations! Sometimes it can be hard to envision just how something will fit, what it would be like in a certain kind of fabric, or how you might alter it to better fit your own personality and style. We totally get it and we’re here to help!

We’ve gathered together some of our favorite makes from our talented sewists to help inspire your own sewing with pattern variations and hack ideas, epic fabric combos and even some styling tips! 


First on deck is a popular pattern by our beloved Taylor McVay of Blueprints for SewingGeodesic is available both as a PDF and printed pattern (you can grab yours right in the shop!) and it’s quickly become a staple in our wardrobes for it’s balance of comfort and style. It’s a straightforward project to sew up and even appeals to the quilter-toying-with-garment-sewing with it’s patchwork of equilateral triangles that present lots of options for pattern and color play.

There are so many ways to make this pattern your own and lots of tutorials right on Taylor’s website to help you do just that. Whether you’re thinking of alternative cutting layouts, going with short sleeves and a solid back, or even making a lighter woven version for warmer months, Taylor’s top-notch instructions have you covered.

Lexy on the left in her geodesic made from upcycled tees and Taylor on the right in a woven version.

Feeling thrifty? We are kind of going nuts over how awesome Lexy’s geodesic tops are that she’s made with loved, but worn old t-shirts that make for a lighter summer version. Once chopped up and put to work as new fabric, their graphic designs become abstracted in the coolest ways! Lexy also added a wider band to the bottom and capped sleeves which makes this version really stand out. Check out this girl’s Instagram where she is having the best Me Made May evah and don’t miss out on her class on sewing with knits coming up on June 6th!

Jeanne, one of our incredibly talented sewing teachers (catch her summer tank class this June!), sewed up BOTH versions, one for her and one for her daughter. Everyone seems to have one of those loved sweatshirts that sees heavy rotation, but having a sweatshirt with a bit of design interest is a really useful piece indeed. We love Jeanne’s classy black version with the contrasting pockets that pop and the layered look her daughter pulls off with the cropped version!

Jeanne and her daughter in their coordinating geodesics on the left; Eloise on the right in her geodesic with contrasting woven pocket lining.

One of the best things about sewing your own duds is the ability to customize, whether it’s adjusting the fit, adding a pop of unexpected color, or some small touch that is just for the wearer to appreciate. Eloise, JPKS alumna and artist extraordinaire, sewed up a hip length version of Geodesic in a textured knit and added contrasting pockets as well. Eloise used a patterned woven inside (eep!). Even if you tend to wear solids, this could be a really lovely way to enjoy one of those crazy fat quarters in your stash without it overwhelming everything else.

Have you sewn up your own version yet or are you considering starting one? We want to see your makes! Use these tags to jump in on all the Me Made May action: #MMMay17 #MMMayJPKS17 #MMMay2017 #jpknitandstitch

You can also follow along with each of us on Instagram so you don’t miss out on any of the  Me Made May posts our instructors, staff, and friends are serving up!
Genevieve Day @jpknitandstitch
Crista Jaeckel @cristajaeckel
Jeanne Po @nightknitter
Lexy Agbay @autumnelix
Taylor McVay @blueprintsforsewing
Kate Herron @khgarts

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