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Monday, June 22, 2009


How many of you post reviews to Pattern Review.com?

Why or Why not?

The reason I ask is because it's starting to feel more like a chore. As you know, I try to post very detailed reviews. I usually take quite a few pictures and the whole process can take a day sometimes. It's really easy to just post a pic and say, "Look at what I made this week!" Or to just say, "Yep, I liked it." Or "It's a great pattern, you should sew it too." Awww... the vague reviews are my absolute favorites.

I guess what I'm trying to figure out is whether or not it's beneficial for me, as a blogger, to take the time to post on my site and add a duplicate post to PR?

Your thoughts?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Simplicity 2622 - Strapless Maxi Dress

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 2622
Fabric: Poly/lycra jersey knit
Notions: 1" wide elastic

Description: Strapless sweetheart neckline with center banding; fitted through bust maxi dress.

Pattern Sizing: 3/4 - 15/16 (junior sizing). According to my measurements, I cut the 15/16.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep... just on an adult body, LOL.

Fabric Used: I used a poly/lycra knit. I was unsure about the poly, but it was so lightweight and it draped so beautifully when I unrolled the bolt, that I had to have it. Plus, it was on the clearance table and you know I'm a sucker for a sale!

Were the instructions easy to follow? I only used them for the bodice/lining piece. The lower section was pretty self-explanatory.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The good: I am so hooked on maxi dresses right now and I wanted a strapless one. I just happened to have been flipping through the Simplicity book during the last .99 cent sale and saw this one. I had never attempted to make a junior sized pattern before, so I was leery of the sizing.

The bad: The bodice piece was cut so narrow. I didn't make a muslin (I'm going to learn one of these days)... I *attempted* a 1" FBA. It failed miserably. I didn't find this out until I had sewn it to the bottom and tried it on. The empire waist seam landed across the center of my bust. It looked horrendous! It looked like ill-fitting RTW. This dress almost became a wadder as I balled it up and threw it at my cutting table.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: After a couple of hours and a glass of wine (LOL), I tried it back on to see exactly where I went wrong. I saw that I only needed to add 2" to the front and back pattern pieces and re-cut. Good thing I ALWAYS buy extra fabric. Here is what the pattern pieces looked like after I altered them: FRONT, BACK & LINING. I also lengthened the bottom pieces by three inches.

Instead of using tricot, I wanted something that would offer the same amount of stretch as the fabric. I used a nude colored swimsuit lining knit.

ETA: I did NOT follow the instructions for the required amount of elastic. Instead, I just measured the elastic around me until I felt it was tight enough, and cut there. It was significantly less than what the pattern said to cut. This is important because I'm sure you would want to feel secure, especially in a strapless dress.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Nope... I will not sew this again... it's just to many other patterns I want to sew. But I do recommend. Also, if you're more than a B cup, be sure to watch the size of the bodice.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Simplicity 3813 - What I did with the scraps!

Project Details:

Pattern: Simplicity 3813,views F & G (OOP)

View F - Capris:
Fabric: Denim
Notions: 7" zipper; denim rivets and a 5/8" snap

View G - Shorts:

Fabric: White stretch twill
Notions: 7" zipper; six 3/4" buttons and one 5/8" button.

This is a really great pattern that I've had in my collection for a while now. I had intentions on making these last year, but I never got around to it. I was going through my fabric scrap and saw that I had some nice pieces around 1 yd. It was just enough for these projects.

I didn't have to make any alterations. It's so much fun being able to sew something straight out of the envelope and having it fit. The only modification I made was to view F. Since I used denim, I did denim-style topstitching and added rivets. I didn't really use the instructions. Once you've made pants, you know what to do. I only used them for the tab placements on the shorts. I also used Sandra Betzina's method for the zipper.

Since I made this one twice this past weekend, I will not be making this again. It's out of print now, but if you have this pattern and a little, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

McCall's 5852

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5852 - View C (Modified)
Fabric: Silk Crepe
Notions: 1/4 elastic

Description: Close fitting, halter tops A, B, C with front lining, front neckline variations and elasticized back.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18, I cut the 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Kinda sorta, LOL.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them. I had my own plan.

High Neck Ruffle Blouse, Arden B.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? While browsing the shops in the mall, we strolled into Arden B. and I saw this cute ruffle top. It reminded me of a pattern that I had seen. When I got home, I searched and found this one. It was a perfect starting point for my inspiration top.

Fabric Used: I used silk crepe that I ran across a few weeks ago on the clearance table at Hancock. It was on sale for 50% off! It was worth it because it sewed like a dream.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened at the waist by 2" and made a 1" FBA with a horizontal dart. I added 3 1/2" to the bottom in order to create a shirred bottom. Instead of using the straps to create a halter top, I criss crossed them and tacked them down. I also eliminated the lining. I cut bias strips from the fabric and bound the armhole.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will probably not sew this version, but I definitely will be making one of the other halters. It's a very simple patter and yes, I highly recommend this!