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November 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm (regular) (, )

On Sunday, I stopped by Joann’s to take advantage of their Simplicity pattern sale and the 25% off Friends and Family coupon.  I actually had at least 10 patterns picked out but I think it was the night before that I flipped through the Burda previews and decided on subscribing.  That made me lose a lot of interest in most of the patterns.  I ended up with four patterns, and fabric for one of them.  I spent entirely too long trying to find a photo of the fabric on Joann’s website so I’ll just wait to show it when the dress is done.

I know this dress is very summery but I bought it to make the jacket now and the dress later.  I visit my parents in Florida for the holidays so if I get around to it, I actually wouldn’t mind making the dress for that trip.

I have View A with the wrap waiting to be cut out of the new fabric.  I’m making it without sleeves so I can also bring this to Florida or throw a jacket or cardigan over it for work.

I passed over this pattern multiple times until I saw it used on one of Sew Weekly’s Make This Look posts.  I think Simplicity’s photo stylings make this dress look very girly, too girly for me at least.  I had a dark purple cotton fabric in my cart that I think would help avoid that but I put it back at the last minute.  I already have a bit of a stash accumulated from my Fabric Mart purchase and I just can’t stand to have that much fabric sitting unused.  I think I must be one of the few people that sew that also can’t maintain a stash.  That might be a topic for another day.

I read through a lot of Gertie’s Lady Grey Sew Along and got inspired to make my own winter coat.  There are a lot of things I’d like to make first before I consume my time with such a project, but I bought this pattern because I like the style and to have instructions to read through.  For a dollar, I figured it couldn’t hurt…although the fact that it’s a Project Runway pattern doesn’t make it the easiest instructions to read through.

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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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#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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