Saturday, November 29, 2008
Pattern Description: Dress in two lengths with front gathers, welt pockets, self-faced yoke, collar, tabs with nonfunctioning buttons and raglan sleeves in two lengths.
Pattern Sizing: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but no thanks to the instructions.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I personally did not like the directions for the yoke and collar. Which is too bad since that was the most 'exciting' part of the dress. I ended up tossing the directions away halfway through and finished it doing what I thought made sense. I felt like all the facing combined with the thickness of the material made it very bulky and thus it wouldn't lie flat. Once I added the buttons it helped some but I still ended up doing some slip stitching in the back.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The pattern itself should have been fairly easy to construct but I did not like how the collar was constructed. I'm not sure what happened but there was a large gap in the back because the collar didn't meet like it should have. The rest of the dress was very easy to sew together.
Fabric Used: a chocolate poly knit from fabric.com
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I did not cover the buttons just because I refused to spend any more time on this dress.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would not sew this again just because mine turned out to be a dud. I wouldn't recommend it just because I didn't like the end result but if you do make I'm almost certain you will need to make some modifications.
Conclusion: This should have been an easy sew but I did not like the end result. This pattern orginally caught my eye because of the collar which I thought was very cute. It ended up being a pain with poor directions.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I’ve found a few patterns that I like and they all have gotten good reviews so I’m going to pick them up.
I had close to a yard of red knit leftover from my butterick 5243 and view C of New Look 6729 can be done with that amount of fabric.
I'm on this kick where I'm snatching up these snazzy jersey prints. I picked up a few more prints since they were such a great price.
I stumbled across this new look 6802 when browsing someone's blog and thought it was too cute. I'm going with view C but using the sleeves from view B. I paired it with this fabric because in my mind the vertical lines will flow very nicely with this pattern and the notch at the waist. We will see if it turns out that way.
I'm still working on sewing up a few pieces for the cruise...maybe 2 more. Hopefully during Thanksgiving break I will be able to knock out 2 of these. The weather has been so gorgeous here lately that I've been taking advantage and getting out for walks in the evening. I'm also holding out until after then because I've convinced DH that my serger and dress form will be on sale then and that I MUST get them on Black Friday. Hey it sounded good to me.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I hope you had a fantabulous weekend! I am finally posting my review for Butterick 5243. I wanted to wait until after our anniversary dinner to post in case DH decided to read my blog.
Pattern Description: Dresses A, B have loose-fitting bodice with gathers, yoke, midriff with gathered overlay, raglan-type sleeves and flared skirt. A: short sleeves. B: long sleeves with band. A, B: mid-knee length.
Pattern Sizing:BB(8-10-12-14), FF(16-18-20-22)I cut a 16 and made modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. Overall I was pleased with how the dress turned out.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very. You can glance at them and just go from there.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?The dress went together in no time at all. Cutting took less than an hour so you could easily make these dress in under 3 hours or so. It took me a bit longer since I jumped around to different projects. I will say that the long sleeves are awfully big. Huge in fact. You could have arms as big as your thighs and they would have room to spare in these things. When I was cutting I noticed they seemed a bit big but I let it go since they were going to be gathered at the end and secured with the band. They still ended up HUGE even after I took them in a bit. I also feel like the band should be stabilized with interfacing particulary if you use a slinky knit fabric. I am a huge fan of gathering at the waist since it helps to hide the bulge. I can't figure out if the pattern sizing was off or I had lost a few pounds from cutting to finish. At any rate the dress was a little more loose than I would have liked but I can remedy that in my next version.
Fabric Used: A fabulous zig zag jersey knit from fabric.com. I wanted a BUSY pattern to make a statement with and it certainly did the job. The fabric did border on making me look really wide with the lines but I am secure enough that I still loved it. I was excited when I was able to match up the lines in the bodice, waist, and skirt so it seemed to wrap around me.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened the skirt. I also didn't have the bodice cross over as much in the front as I wanted to break up the pattern a bit by wearing a black cami underneath.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I do plan to sew this again in view A using a red jersey knit. I honestly will probably only wear this version one other time on our cruise since I made it for a special occassion.
Conclusion: A really nice pattern that was an easy sew. I recommend it with modifications because of the huge sleeves.
Here are a few pics of us enjoying dinner at the Melting Pot:
DH about to tear into the cheese fondue
Friday, November 7, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
While I am thankful to be healthy I know that others are not so fortunate. It is inspiring to see the positive outlook they have. One should be as fortunate to wake up everyday, see life as a gift, and want to share it with others.
*I should note that there is a method behind the order in which I am posting things that I am thankful for. Yesterday I wrote about my mother. It was also the same day 39 years ago that her own mother, my grandmother, passed away. My mother was 20 months old and doesn't remember her mother so each and every day that I have with my own is a Blessing.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday of course was football but none of the games really held my attention. I ended up wandering upstairs to do some sewing. I didn’t really make much progress on anything in particular as I jumped around and did a little on a few different projects. My anniversary dress-Butterick 5243 is basically done. I haven’t hemmed it yet and I’m wondering if I even will. The fabric is so soft and fluid that I honestly don’t think it needs it. I tried it on and couldn’t tell that it hadn’t been hemmed. So yeah basically that one is done.
My biggest issue in sewing this weekend was Butterick 5244. It took me awhile to get the pockets on and while I wasn’t completely happy with them it’s not the end of the world. My problem was with the neckline. I’m just not feeling the boat like collar and buttons and all that. It looks so cute on the envelope but on me, not so much. I was having doubts so I pinned it together and tried it on. I also noticed that my collar doesn’t meet in the center back like it should. It’s actually not even close. The ends stop near my shoulder blades. I’m thinking of finishing it anyway in hopes that maybe it will grow on me. That or it was just be a dress to wander around in since it’s not awful I just don’t love it. We shall see.
I’ve also been scanning a number of blogs today and kept running across a common post. A number of bloggers are going to post daily one thing that they are thankful for. I wish I could remember where I saw it but alas my brain has long since left that behind. So I too am jumping on that bandwagon to post about things that I am thankful for.
I am thankful for my Family.
Today my Mother is the subject of my post. She was very young when I was born but she never fell for the stereotypes or gave into the labels others tried to put on her. She taught me to think for myself and to love other unconditionally. She is my rock just as the meaning of her name implies. She also was part of the reason that I wanted to sew. I remember as a child watching her sew and being so excited when a new outfit for my doll or a jumper for me would appear. I am still in awe of the fact that she made dresses for both her junior and senior prom. And yes I was around to see her off on both nights. She is such a talented and creative person and I have so much respect and admiration for her. I’ve told her on many occasions that if she weren’t my Mother, we would have been Sisters.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Pattern Sizing:AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20)I cut an 18 and made modifications to fit me as I went along
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. When I first started to cut out my pieces I was going to make view C. However I ended up cutting out the skirt for view A and thus had to piece together the top for view A because the zipper was now in the back instead of on the side.
Were the instructions easy to follow?When I was paying attention they were very easy. :) Yes they were very straight forward and the dress went together very well. After the first few steps I stopped referring to them at all.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I liked the pattern and it was a fairly easy sew. I found that the back gaped but that wasn't really an issue since I wore a shawl.
Fabric Used:A raspberry bridal satin fabric that was on clearance at Hancock's.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:I self lined the top and didn't line the skirt at all. Honestly I avoid lining whenever possible. I also added a butterfly broach to view A instead of the bow from view B. I will say that I found the strap to be pretty useless. It kept slipping off my shoulder. Even looking back you would have to place it at an odd angle for it to stay up.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I wouldn't sew it again since I don't have many places to go that require such a formal dress. That and I have too many other things I want to sew. But it was really simple dress to put together and would be a really good pattern for a easy prom or homecoming dress.
Very easy pattern that I would recommend if you need a simple formal gown to wear.