I really love a great, basic pattern. A pattern with a great shape that is a base for lots of different alterations and looks. Here are some ideas of things you can do to switch up your favorite basic pattern.
When sewing for myself I like to sew it at least once without any changes to figure out the construction and see if I like the fit and style. Like my first striped perri pullover.
Add two pockets: Then I decided to add two leather pockets to the front near the hem of this striped perri pullover.
Switch up the sleeves: I changed the sleeves of this perri pullover to raglan sleeves and shortened them to half sleeves. I also eliminated the side pockets and left off the hem band.
Add princess seams to the front and back bodice: I wanted to use both sides of the terry knit so I added straight seams down the front and back. I love the style lines that it adds to the shape of this gray perri pullover.
Add a peter pan collar and keyhole: Dress up a basic shortened dress with a colorful peter pan collar and a keyhole in the back. I really love the loose style of this top.
Change the whole pattern: This isn't a simple change, but I used the basic dress top to amke a crossover surplus style. Then I added two half circle skirts to the bodice to make the perfect striped and floral surplus dress.
What's your favorite basic pattern? What changes do you like to make to patterns?