PR Think Pink Contest Entry – Waterfall Jacket

October 28, 2011 at 1:40 am (regular) (, , , )

Pattern Description: Misses’ faux fur, fitted & loose cut jackets sewing pattern.

Pattern Sizing:6, 8, 10, 12, 14 – I sewed View B in a 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes, pretty much identical except mine is pink instead of red.

Were the instructions easy to follow?I thought they were fine. For a beginner, if you follow the instructions, you’ll end up with a jacket. However, it may have just been my own error, but I wasn’t crazy about how the neckline was attached.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the same pattern envelope contains four completely different styles of jackets, potentially more if you vary your fabrics. The jacket also turned out exactly how I imagined it.

Like I noted earlier I wasn’t crazy about how the neckline is attached. Also, a previous reviewer noted that the jacket doesn’t drape on its own as shown on the pattern envelope. I think this will depend on the fabric you use. I used a faux microsuede and it has a tendency to lose the middle fold. I wore it for the first time today and after a while, it started to “learn” the folds I preferred.

This didn’t bother me too much but I thought it was worth noting for anyone planning on sewing this jacket in the future, and I’ve read this complaint about other Simplicity patterns. The sleeve cap has a bit of ease that isn’t easily visible from the pattern envelope. After careful inspection while writing this review, I can see it…barely. But when I bought the pattern, I didn’t and I was surprised. Again, it doesn’t bother me and I think it actually looks a kind of pretty in the pink, but I thought other sewers should know.

Fabric Used: A pink faux microsuede from Hancock’s.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No alterations.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I probably won’t sew it again because it’s distinctive and I think I’m ready to move on to trying lined jackets. I’m contemplating sewing View A. I would recommend it, though.

Conclusion: I think this is a great pattern for beginners. Especially if you’d like to add a jacket to your wardrobe but are too intimidated by other patterns.


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#2 Any Occasion Top

September 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm (regular) (, , )

I decided to take a break from the second version of the pencil skirt.  I caught myself rushing through it just to be done and it was starting to look sloppy.  Sloppy results in past projects is exactly why I decided to do this sew along and do the whole “back to basics” thing. 

Here’s what I did instead:

Pattern & Description: Butterick 5495 Knit Top

Pattern Sizing: I sewed View A in a size 10.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 

I love that the final product looks more complicated than it actually was.  I think this is another confidence builder, especially for a beginner like me!

I agree with previous reviewers that the holes for the loop can be a bit exposing and every time I put on the top, I have to fiddle with the facing.  I’ll have to wear it soon to see how much it all shifts around with daily wear.

Fabric Used:  A rayon blend from Joann’s.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I stitched the holes for the loops a little smaller, but that’s it!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I would definitely sew this again.  I think I’d like to sew another one in a solid heather grey.

Conclusion:  Despite the fiddly issues and my serious inexperience sewing knits on a regular sewing machine, the top ended up great. 

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#1 The Pencil Skirt

September 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm (regular) (, , )

The skirt is finished! Pictures to come once I can get my “photographer” to take a picture of me in it.  Pictures are added below. 

Also, I’ve decided on my next project.  Since I can’t decide what I want to do for the sweatsuit alternative, I’m going to pass on it for now and sew my choice for the any occasion top, which is the very popular Butterick 5495.  The pattern is cut out and once I finish the extra pencil skirt I decided to make, I’ll start right away on the top. 

Pattern & Description: Simplicity 2343 – Six Made Easy Pencil Skirts

Pattern Sizing: I sewed a 14 in View A.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Pretty much.  I didn’t add the buttons.

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? 

This pattern was definitely a confidence builder.  Very easy to put together.  I also liked that the zipper was inserted in the back and not the side.  I’m not sure what most (more experienced) people prefer but I attempted a Burda pencil skirt about a year ago and it got scrapped because of my inability to insert the size zipper without making the hip wonky. 

I actually didn’t like the little pleats in front.  I have to wonder if this only looks good on people with flat stomachs.  The hip also is a bit wide but that’s more a fit issue than a pattern issue and since this is my first project getting back into it, I didn’t want to get burnt out trying to learn so many things on one garment.

Fabric Used:  I can’t remember exactly what type of fabric I used but it was a thicker material from Hancock’s fall wool or suiting selection.  I picked it because I wanted something sturdy for my first attempt to get back into sewing.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I believe the pattern calls for a regular zipper.  I added an invisible zipper because I wanted to practice inserting one (and I only have an invisible zipper foot…).  I prefer the look of invisible zippers anyways. 

I also had to shorten the skirt about 3 inches.  I’m not sure how tall the model is on the envelope but the skirt hits me just a touch lower than it hits her after I removed the 3 inches.  (I’m 5’4”).  This did end up making the vent look oddly short so I won’t be inserting it in any future versions.  I wore the skirt once already and I don’t think a vent is even needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I’m actually sewing a second version right now.  I’m sewing View D without the embroidery stitches in a small hounds-tooth print fabric, also from Hancock’s fall suiting collection.  I chose View D to avoid the pleats and for even quicker assembly (this version doesn’t have pockets).  After this version, I probably won’t sew another only because there are so many other skirt patterns with different varieties.  I’d definitely recommend it to others.  

Conclusion:  This is a great pattern for experienced sewers who want to add a new quick skirt to their wardrobe and beginners who want a great, wearable project under their belt.  I think this will be a great one to come back to too when I want to focus more on fit (the hip issue).

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