Monday, October 19, 2009

Simplicity 4079

Pattern Description: Misses lined vest with front variations. I made view A

Pattern Sizing: 6-22. I cut a 16 straight from the envelope.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I think it looks great.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, although I didn't like how they instructed you to finish the side seams. I didn't have any confusion with pulling it through the shoulder seams as the instructions for 3803 have you do something similar and made that dress several times.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The vest went together fairly quickly. Other than not liking the side seam finish I have no issues with this pattern

Fabric Used: Charcoal pinstripe suiting for the front and a china silk for the lining and back.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the back buckle and just took off about 1/8" from each back piece in order to give it a more fitted look. To finish the inside side seams, I stitched the front pieces together and as much of the lining as a could. I added some fray check to the edges of the china silk and then sealed the opening with a small piece of stitch witchery. It was a little more work but I like the polished look a lot better.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may sew this again and do view D or E but I'm not sure. I have always liked vests and I've seen them popping up here and there lately so we will see. I recommend this to others. I was able to knock it out in just a couple of hours and I am very pleased with the result.

Conclusion: Cute vest pattern that I would recommend for a wardrobe addition. Good for work or play. I've worn it twice already, once with black slacks and again with jeans and loved both looks. Now on to finish the pants so I'll have the whole outfit!

Bottom Line:
Fabric: 1 yd* of charcoal pinstripe @ $1.95/yd= $1.95
Lining: 1 1/2 yds* of china silk @ $2.48/yd= $3.72
Buttons: from stash
Notions: facing from stash
Total: $5.65

* I only used 7/8yd of the pinstripe and 1 3/8 of the china silk but I rounded up to the next half yard when ordering

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Stop the Presses!!!

Here it is the middle of October and it is a mere 52 degrees out today. Seriously it was in the mid 70's only two days ago! I've been busy lately and my sewing mojo is all but non-existent. I have been crocheting though which is helping keep my craft quota on track but other than that I've been like yeah I'll get to stitching something eventually. I've also been super duper lazy and haven't really worked out but I have been doing some rearranging/decorating and going up and down the stairs has counted in my book.

But back to the original point of this post. Our 3 year anniversary is 23 days away and I had not even begun to think about what I was going to wear to dinner! That is unacceptable! It's our tradition that we eat fondue on our anniversary because after he proposed we went to a place called Dip's in Manhattan to celebrate. These days The Melting Pot is an adequate substitute and while it's nothing fancy we love going and look forward to it. At any rate this morning I went through my patterns to figure out what I would make to wear and also start thinking about a birthday dress as well.

I decided on two patterns and I already have fabric for both of them so it makes it even better and more likely that I will finish them. I'm not sure which will be the A-day dress and which will be the B-day dress but I'm sure it will be fine either way. I'm really loving McCall's 5974 because I mean really who doesn't love a perfect knit dress? I've seen a couple of reviews on PR already and from what I've seen it's a fabulous sew. I'm going to use a cream/black knit that I picked up last year because it was too good to pass on.

The other option is McCall's 5973. For that I am going to use a floral print charmeuse that I adore. It reminds me of a fabric for a kimono and since I am making the version with the elbow length sleeves I figured it will be perfect.

Lunch is over so I'm back to work but I'm so glad it's almost Friday! Have a good one!