Simplicity 9825

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I had gotten this skunky fabric at Jo-Ann’s, some sort of polyester "suiting," to use in a collar on another project.  I had enough left over and I thought "hey, I’ll try this quick skirt and see how it goes".  That never goes well, does it?   I should have treated it as the wearable muslin that it was and thrown it out.  But I’m always up for a challenge and kept going with it.  This fabric is garbage. Every time I messed with a seam, the stuff practically disintegrated it was so ravelly.  It also shines brightly with every new iron mark you make (see the last pic below). YUK!  I ended up lining it just to try to wear it a few times before it falls apart.  On to the pattern:
Pattern Description: 
Six skirts in one pattern.  Waistband is a yoke, skirt is 4 panels, zips up in the back.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I had some trouble with the fit and the fabric I was using, so, for the most part, I didn’t use the directions.
What did you particularly like  or dislike about the pattern?
This should have been real easy to whip up, but when one goes into a project with those expectations, look out.  First thing, I cut out a size 10 and it was waaay too tight.  I had to resize all seams and this fit better.  For some reason, this is not a good look for me.  Remember Mom Jeans? well, this is a Mom Skirt, hitting too high on the waist and thus emphasizing all manner of tummy and hip fluff.
 
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Fabric Used:
Ravelly poly suiting from Jo-Anns (yuk).
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
The fabric was so ravelly, that I made a lining and attached it to the yoke facing.  Also the instructions have you putting in a lapped zip in the back, I just put in a centered zip.
Would you sew it again? 
Not before I had a real sit-down with this pattern and worked out some serious fitting issues with a muslin.
Conclusion
I’ll have to go through a few weeks of hard dieting and exercise before I can feel comfortable in this skirt.  If you like the form-fitting clothes, then this is a great one for you to try.  It’s ideal for skins or pleather.  Test your fit!
 
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Simplicity 3627

Well, at last I’m finished with this jacket:
 
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As promised, here is one of the finished houndstooth jackets I’ve been working on, Simplicity 3627.
Pattern Description:
This is a raglan sleeve boxy loose-fitting jacket with a round yoke.  There are also several sleeve and collar variations.  I wanted view A, as I had seen this very style in multiple dress shops.  I made size 10.
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?
Yes, very.  Here’s  back view.  The box pleat makes the back hem stand out slightly.
 
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What did you particularly like  or dislike about the pattern?
I’m not sure I’m sold on Simplicity patterns, yet; I’m a fairly biased Vogue user, but I’m gradually changing!  I really liked this pattern.
Fabric Used:
Houndstooth! The whole reason I made this is because I’ve had this wool/cashmere houndstooth in my stash for years.  How surprising is it that we’re seeing it everywhere this season! 
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Even though the instructions have you finishing the sleeve hem before you put it on the garment, I didn’t out of habit because sleeves are always too long on me.  I needn’t have worried though, the length was fine.  Also, the instructions have you putting a 1 1/2 inch hem at the bottom, which I thought was too short (that’s a new one for me, things are always too long!).  Finally, because I’m neurotic and because the fabric I used was a loose weave and needed to be interfaced, I lined my jacket with Ambience.
Would you sew it again?
I’m planning on using this for a spring Jacket.  I think it would be great made up in a heavy linen or cotton.
Conclusion
The sleeve treatment creates a trumpet-looking effect.  This means any time you put your hand up, the underside is visible.  The pattern instructions address this by having you turn up the hem on the sleeve twice and sewing a finished hem.  I didn’t do this because I thought it would be too bulky.  Stupid me serged the raw edges with teal colored thread-nice, huh? plus, you can see the interfacing…egads!
 
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Oh well, lesson learned.  Here’s a view of the jacket on me:
 
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Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween, everyone!  In keeping with the season, which I LOVE, I’ll share with you 2 quilts that I’ve made some time ago.  The oldest one is called  Boo Who?? by I’ve BEEn THINkinG.
 
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I completed this next one last year:
 
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You probably recognize it as "Shades of Baltimore-Fall" from Shades Textiles. My Mom gave me the kit, complete with fabric last year for my birthday.  Try a few of these yourself!

Vogue 1792 (oop)

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I’m seeing so much houndstooth this season!  It’s the perfect opportunity to use a piece of brown and gray wool/cashmere houndstooth that I’ve kept in my stash for soooo long.  I’ve made a jacket from this pattern before and I was so successful with it, I decided to use it again to make up another using my beautiful houndstooth.  Here it is the first time I made it, from cotton/linen with topstitching, 3/4 length sleeves, nice fit, very Jackie O.

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Here it is the second time:

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For some reason, the houndstooth jacket, wasn’t coming out like I had envisioned.  I’ll finish it and wear it, but it’s just not doin it for me right now.  I’ll post a pic as soon as I’m done with it.  Amazingly enough, I had enough fabric left over to make up Simplicity 3627:
 
 
Now this is what I wanted!  It’s very trendy, you can wear it with jeans; plus, I just saw this exact jacket in the mall today.  I also am working on a skirt,
 
 
just to coordinate, but I’m using cheap fabric, so it’s not coming together very well.  More pics are coming.

Butterick 3391

Try as I might, with open mind and hopeful heart, I cannot embrace the babydoll shirt look.  I have no desire to look pregnant again, no matter how stylish this trend is supposed to be.  However, I still want some sort of modern stylish tee-shirt, since that does seem to be my daily uniform  This moderate stretch knit was from my stash and I tried this conservative view, with plans to make the other views if I liked the fit.
 
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I took this in front of the Ott-Light to shocase the neckline detail.  That’s all there is to this shirt, no ruffles or gathers where they don’t need to be, adding unwanted pounds.  Here’s another picture:
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The pattern is Butterick 3391 (OOP, naturally!).  This has nice little cap sleeves and goes together quickly.  I used a moderate stretch knit, so this shirt is very tight for my taste.  With a looser knit, it would be great!  This is a definite keeper, with more conservative styling, if that’s your thing.

The Sewing Workshop Tribeca Shirt

I wore this shirt/Jacket to church today:
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This is the Tribeca Shirt from The Sewing Workshop
The tribeca shirt is a simi-fitted, mid-hip shirt or jacket that has french seams, funnel neck, shoulder, bust, and waist darts, set-in two-piece sleeves and narrow hems on all edges.  I had this beautiful piece of teal silk dupioni with couched chenille (purchased from DeLea’s when the shop was in Cherry Creek, Denver, CO, loved that shop!) that I wanted to showcase.  This is a great pattern for that, as it is only 4 pattern pieces and all the shaping is done with darts.  Reviews on PR state that this pattern runs huge, and I found this to be the case also.  According to my bust measurement, I cut out a size 12, but went down to a 10 for a loose jacket style.  If I wanted this as a shirt, I would cut an 8.  I always underline silk dup with organza, but for this I wanted more body.  Plus, the directions have you finishing the collar and center fronts with a turned-under hem (oh no!).  What if I wanted to turn my collar front back as in the above picture?  I didn’t want the hem to show!  I decided to line the entire shirt with self-fabric that I interfaced with a lightweight fusible.  This finishes the collar and provides the stiffness that I wanted.  Now, we all know never to use fusibles on silk dupioni (at least I don’t) because the stuff never stays fused and we’re left with visible bubbles and puckers.  But I did this on the lining, and the only part that will show will be the collar points.  The sleeves got the silk organza.  Here’s another picture:
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Buttonholes on silk dupioni?  Hmmmmm, scared of that.  For this I made bound buttonholes, I only had to make 3.  This is a loose-fitting, very comfortable jacket that got lots of compliments today, always a good thing.  If you use this pattern, be prepared to decide how to treat that collar.  If you want it to flip open, as I do, know that the underside will show and plan accordingly.  Also, funnel collars are dramatic and not for everyone, but I kinda like just this one piece in my closet.  This would be beautiful made up in a double-sided or wool with simple pinked edges.  I saw that very thing yesterday in the window of a Coldwater Creek store.  Soon, I’ll be firing my current photographer, and retiring the camera.  I have a new potential hire, but I’m waiting for him to turn ten (don’t ask why).

Simplicity 9309

Today is October 19th and the time to get your Halloween costumes completed is coming to a close.  Here is a cute number that you can easily whip up the night before. 
Pattern  Description:                                                                                                                                         simp93092
This is a simple slip dress with a sheer overlay.  There are 2 sleeve options.  All the shaping is done on the center front panel with loose lacing and decorative cording.
Pattern Sizing:
I used size 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
yep
Were the instructions easy to follow?
yes
What did you particularly like  or dislike about the pattern?
I liked how easy this was to make up.  The slip has no shaping, there were 2 pieces, easy and quick.  The sheer over dress was not much harder.  The sleeves could be a bit looser, but…; I also like the styling, dramatic, but not overly sexy.  You could wear this to an office party, family party, or adult party.
Fabric Used:
Poly crepe-backed satin from my stash and a cute sheer netting with flocked sparkly bat silouettes from Jo-Anne’s
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: none
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? yes indeed
Conclusion
Please forgive the horrible picture quality, a new camera is definately on the wish list.  I won’t even go into how messy my sewing room/office is!    Anyway, I like the lacing on the front detailing.  You can pull this up to make the dress tight fitting or not.  There’s no tough fitting issues here.  I recommend a serger for use on the
 
netting, otherwise you could use french seams.  simp93093    simp9309
 
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