Sunday, August 31, 2014

Butterick 5786 and Casual Friday

I made this a while age, Butterick 5786.  Please excuse the wrinkles, it's linen.

Pattern Description: Loose-fitting shirt has collar band, mock front bands, shaped hemline and narrow hem. A and B: bias front and back. B: stitched sleeve hems. Collar band A, B, C, D, collar and cuffs C and D: cut on crosswise grain of fabric.

Pattern Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16), F5(16-18-20-22-24).

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them, there were only 4 pieced

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

Fabric Used: I particularly like the asymmetrical hem. There are no dislikes.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any alterations or design changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would definitely recommend it to others. I will probably make another one some day, but I have a lot of other patterns on deck, at the moment.

Conclusion: Quick and easy top pattern.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Orange Creamsicle Dress --Vogue 1382

That's what comes to mind when I look at this dress. 

MISSES' DRESS: Semi-fitted, lined dress (fitted through bust) has yokes,
side front seams, pockets and invisible back zipper.
Pattern Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16), (18-20-22-24).
Did it look like the pattern photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, it
Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, they were easy, I actually skimmed them. 
Why did you choose this pattern?  In addition to buying fabric I enjoy
buying patterns.  I purchased this one when it was released by Vogue and
finally got around to making it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I also like
Fabric used?  Vogue recommended Broadcloth, Crepe and Linen.  I used
a polyester crepe fabric and lining from JoAnn Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made.  
I used three colors instead of two.  
Which sewing machines did you use?  I used both my sewing machine and serger. 
Would you sew this again? I like making two variations of the
same pattern and I’m considering making a winter version.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I would recommend it others.

Conclusion:  I'm pleased with my creamsicle dress.  It's a very stylish and came together nicely.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Camouflage Fashion

Here's my inspiration, a Karl Lagerfeld camouflage dress.
I used it in my camouflage knit purchased from JoAnn Fabrics, Los Angeles and Vogue 8946.
Pattern Description:  Close-fitting, partially lined dress has front seam/dart detail, pleats, narrow hem and back zipper.

Pattern Sizing:  8 - 24.

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is the second time around with this pattern, I didn't read the instructions.

Did the finished garment look like the drawing on the pattern envelope?  Yes, it did. 

What notions did you use?  The pattern called for a 22 inch Zipper and Hook & Eye. 

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I'll say it again, I LOVE this dress. I particularly like the gathers in the front. 

What pattern alterations or any design changes did you make?  I omitted the lining.   

Which sewing machine did you use?  I used my serger for most of the construction. 

Would you sew it again?  No, I'm done with this one. 

Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I would recommend it.

As stated in a previous post, "I'll definitely make this dress again? and I did. 


Sunday, August 3, 2014

First Sunday Style

Vogue 1205, a close-fitting, tapered, above mid-knee, lined dress  has front gathers, shaped seams, back darts, back invisible zipper and back vent. 

This is one of my stash patterns.  The sizes range from 8-22.

I purchased the Spearmint Knit from G-Street Fabrics, earlier this year.  The dress is lined with a spearmint knit from my stash, I can't remember where I picked it up. 

I typically don't read pattern instructions, I tend to construct garments like a puzzle. But this one, whew, I made a mess and had to take it apart a time or two.  After reading the instructions from beginning to end, I was able to finish the dress.  I didn't make any changes or alterations to the pattern other than adding my usual two inches to the length. 

While I'm very pleased with my dress, I have no plans to make it again.  One is definitely enough.  I would, however, recommend it to others, but please read the instructions first. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

Take Two...Butterick 5752

 I like this pattern so much, I made it twice. 

Butterick 5752, a partially lined dress has front neckline pleats, side front/side back seams, close-fitting bodice, semi-fitted skirt with raised waist, and invisible back zipper. 

The pattern sizes range from 6-22.  I used the serger and sewing machine to construct the dresses.  My finished dresses look like the photo on the pattern envelope and the instructions were easy to follow. 

I used Stretch Sateen to make both dresses as recommended by Butterick.  The fabrics were purchased from Hancock Fabrics a while ago.

I cut the brown fabric first, added two inches to the length, and finished it, too easy.  I liked the dress so much that I got excited and proceeded to cut the green fabric, but I forgot to lengthen it, so it's a little short.  Since I prewashed the fabrics before constructions, I'm not worried about shrinkage. 
Would I sew this again?  No, I think two's enough.  But I wish I'd seen SewWil's version of the dress with the piping, on Pattern Review before I made the second one. That was a nice touch.