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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PR Contest

October 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm (regular) (, )

My October plans have changed a bit already. I was hoping to color block the Vogue dress for the PR Contest but the only way to get three shades of pink would be to order online.  I’m too nervous to order the fabric and have either the shades or the actual fabric not work together.  JoAnn’s and Hancock Fabrics are the only fabric stores that really are accessible to me to shop in person and neither had what I was looking for.  That’s been the case for a few projects in the past and I always end up settling on something I’m not excited about but will work for the pattern.  So, this weekend, I picked a new project for the contest, found some fabric online and ended up taking advantage of Fabric Mart’s sale fabrics (and the fact that I was already paying for shipping) to stock up for future projects.  I’ll share what I ordered and what I plan to do with each when it actually arrives because I also ordered a mystery bundle and I’d rather just post about it all at once. 

(I should probably add the caveat that when I say I can’t find fabric, I mean I can’t find the fabric I have in mind, in my price range.)

Below is a little mock up of my new PR Contest idea.  I got the idea as soon as I saw the fabric because it reminded me of a pair of gold brocade shorts I bought from Banana Republic this summer.  The pattern has a couple good reviews already and I’m excited to try out the pattern before I commit to making an entire pair of pants out of it.  I was planning on pairing it with a light pink bow blouse but again, I had trouble finding exactly what I was looking for in a fabric.  I’ll probably still make a bow blouse to go with it but it most likely won’t be in pink and therefore not another entry in the contest.

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