In my quest to be more mindful in my craft and life, I have asked myself to use a pattern more than once. Not just to improve it, but to use it. Again and again.
An example is the Quincy:
#2 version (actually just an alteration):
I added 3 inches to the length and included a tie instead of a zipper. 3/4 sleeves and sewed an xs-small.
Two Quincy jackets in my spring and summer wardrobe which will be perfect for layering in AC or the hot sun. I am not done yet because these jackets were made with second choice fabric. In fact, the 3rd version is made from pillowcase linens and cottons I had cut and stored for a project! I had to piece the fabric for the collar.
Spending the time necessary to analyze the pattern, get feedback on the fit, try a simple alteration to the sleeves, and revisit the pattern again has benefits far beyond 2 light jackets. I learned about the pattern draft for the sleeve and underarm, and why it may have been used; I learned again why certain silhouettes are flattering or not on me; I learned about color and what works together; I used what was available and thus was invited to be creative.
I am currently making this shell (My Hearts A'Flutter) from Cutting Line Designs. I'm enjoying the process and I know I will be making more of these as the weather warms up.
I am interested to know how many of those reading use a pattern multiple times, and if you find it freeing to do so. As we say in the classroom, talk amongst yourselves...