Project: Homecoming - 2008 - FINISHED! (long & image heavy)

2:00 AM

Let me start off by saying, I am dog tired! I was on adrenaline for days. I was finishing up the sewing and while still having to be a wife, mother, friend, maintain a home and run errands. By the time I made sure they were shiny and fresh and got them out the door, I collapsed! LOL Every single bit of energy I had left, just drained from my body.

Okay... now on with the reviews. Let's start with Amber:

Project Details:

Pattern: McCall's 5001, view B (Modified)
Fabric: Monece Satin from Hancock's
Lining: polyester lining fabric
Notions: 14" invisible zipper; hook & eye; 2 yds of 1/4" covered boning; sew-in bra

Description: Miss Petite lined close-fitting, a-line dress with princess seams.

This pattern was well drafted and the instructions were very easy. I cut this dress in a size 6 and made the petite adjustments. I sewed the boning and the bra to the lining. I inserted the zipper after sewing the back panels together and then I sewed the rest. I attached the lining to the dress and underlined it. I attached the lining to the zipper tape with slipstitches. I honestly don't remember the exact measurement for how much I shortened. After the petite adjustment, it may have been 4 - 5 inches. I purchased the floral appliques and sewed them to the neckline and to the skirt. I tacked the petticoat to the lining at the side seams for fear that it may slip down. I purchased the petticoat from CaLyCo Crossings.

She really, really loved this dress (as if you couldn't tell from all of her hamming it up) and the sweetheart neckline is very flattering on her.

I recommend this dress for anyone that needs a formal. I will not be sewing this one again. God forbid she is forced to wear the same dress or something similar! LOL

The Accessories

Pattern: Vogue 8527, view E
Fabric: Silver tissue lame
Lining: Monece satin from the dress
Notions: 12" zipper

This is a lined clutch bag with a self-fabric bow and knot and an inside pocket. This design is based off of the Valentino Bow Clutch.

Since I used the lame fabric and just as the name suggests, it's tissue thin. The pattern said to use sew-in interfacing. I wanted to make the bag a little more sturdier, so I used some scrap denim I had for the front and back. I used muslin for my sew-in interfacing for the facings. I used fabric from the dress for the lining. I really like the contrast of the pink against the silver. The zipper is attached to the facings and the facings are attached to the lining. The lining is sewed together leaving an opening in the bottom. The lining is attached to the outer part, right sides together. The outer part is pulled through the opening and slipstitched. All of the pattern pieces went together perfectly and the instructions were very easy.

Her shoes:

Since she was very "shiny", we kept the jewelry to a minimum and only added earrings.

Pattern: Vogue 7488, view A

Notions: Six 5/8" buttons and a 1" buckle without the prong

Pattern Sizing: Pattern included all sizes. I made the SM SIZE. I used Brian's measurements and the flat pattern measurements. The pattern seems very true to size.

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? Actually, they were. I had read the reviews on this one and the reviewers stated that they had trouble. Maybe I lucked up and got it right because I breezed right through.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern is very stylish. Almost identical to the retail versions I've been seeing in the Men's departments lately. I also like the pockets. The top pockets are mock welts and the bottom pockets are real.

Fabric Used: Navy blue wool pinstripe front with a satin back.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would sew this pattern again if he needs another one. And he's been hinting around that he may want another one! I recommend this pattern to anyone needing a stylish vest for a guy in their life.

Pattern: Kwik Sew 3267
Fabric: Navy blue wool pinstripe
Notions: One 9" zipper, three 5/8" buttons, hook & eye

As usual, Kwik Sew never lets you down when you need basics! These are flat front trousers with back welt button pockets and slanted side pockets. These pants are drafted so well that I'm going to have to go back and look at their ladies' trousers. The size small fit Brian perfectly out of the envelope with no alterations. As I sewed, I compared these pants to a pair of RTW and the drafting and design was almost identical. I used Palmer Pletsch's no roll waistband and it turned out great.

I recommend this pattern to anyone needing to make a pair of men's trousers. This will by my TNT for the in my life.

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  1. When I went on on my prom, I wore a simple black cocktail dress and a a handy clutch bag. This post brings back memories.

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  2. That pink handbag really made you look more stunning. I love that pink dress. It made me reminisce my prom experiences.

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