Thursday, September 29, 2011

Making progress...Butterick 3918

The details are progressing nicely.  The alterations determined from the test garment seem to be successful.  I'm preparing to cut the lining and attach it this weekend.  After many "do overs" of other garments, I've opted to save the cutting of the lining and the skirt/pant until after I've made sufficient progress on the jacket.  These are the angle details on the back of the jacket.  The front looks great as well, but didn't photograph well. More later....

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Butterick 3918 ...Test garment

I thought it best to make a test garment for the jacket.  The Palmer/Pletsch DVDs teach the pin-fitting method, but I opted for the muslin this time.  That was a good idea because I've dropped a dress size since my last jacket.  It was quite a bit too big, but the FBA turned out well.  I hope it translates well to the fashion fabric.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Shifting gears...Butterick 3918

I love this pattern!  It has been in my stash for a few years now....  I continued to put it on the back burner because I wasn't sure how the details in the jacket would translate after the FBA.  Thanks to Palmer/Pletsch DVDs, I continue to grow in my confidence in making the alteration.

The fabric suggestion is for a shantung; however, I selected a "blue red" gabardine-like polyester twill weave(???...I may be making this up--I don't know what it is ;-).  Anyway, I love the fabric.  It's darker than the pic indicates...almost a rich crimson or burgundy--great for the fall season.  

Dress #5 Complete...not my favorite

So the dress is complete, but I don't love it....  It is, however, a great pattern. I'm just not sure I selected the right fabric for the dress.  I loved the floral print on the bolt, but it reads differently in the dress.  My husband saw so many flowers coming at him that he suggested I accent it with green shoes to complete the whole "floral bouquet look."  LOL!!! (trust me, it was hilarious in the moment as I asked for real feedback on the right shoe to wear...:-).  I actually wore it to a friend's wedding and it seemed appropriate for the occasion.  My formal review is below.  Again, great pattern...,'m not sure I'll pass this way again....

Pattern Description: 
Simplicity's Amazing Fit Collection--one piece dress with waistline seam. Has optional sleeves and necklines, too.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
For the most part, yes. I'm not sure the cut of the dress is flattering for me. I'm not a big fan of seams at the waistline, but it is an adorable dress.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very easy to follow. The dress came together well and the fit is fantastic!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I absolutely love that the pattern makers included alternate pieces for C and D bra sizes. There are also alternate pieces for slim, average, and curvy figures. The alternate pieces meant I didn't have to make the "dreaded" full bust alteration that is required for "every" outfit I sew. I also love the cap sleeves and optional necklines. I will definitely try another pattern in the "Amazing Fit" collection.

Fabric Used:
I used a floral linen print. I fell in love with the fabric when I found it in Joann's. The "hand of the fabric" was great and it sewed really well. However, I don't think it was the greatest print for the dress. The print comes across as a bit overwhelming to me.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I eliminated the front tab on View C. Because of the busyness of the print, it really got lost in all of the flowers.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I don't know if I will. If I do, it will be in a navy or black. I think it would be amazing as a "little black dress."

I "highly recommend" it because I do love the pattern! It sewed up in just a few hours (and I'm pretty slow)! Enjoy

Friday, September 2, 2011

September is National Sewing Month!

Thanks to Robin over at A Little Sewing for the cool article about September as National Sewing Month.