I'm trying to begin learning how to sew clothes- really nice, tailored clothes, some elegant historical dresses and costumes, and maybe some snazzy evening wear. I am nowhere near that yet. I can follow easy patterns and have done so before, but it has been a while. I want to methodically learn new techniques and practice using a variety of materials. So to get my fingers limber, I chose a pattern I knew I would be able to do: Simplicity 3799. It is listed as "Easy-to-Sew".
Includes following skills:
* top stitching
* using interfacing
* sewing curves, snipping curves,
Material Used: 100% Cotton, Quilting
Pattern Review: I made view B, the top. A dress of the same style, just longer, is also available. Also included are a mid-drift jacket, capris, and shorts. Easy to follow. Yoke required a bit of fiddling for a nice finish.
Fit: Pattern is a bit tent like in design. I think choosing a thinner material with a better drape will help. It is comfortable though. I may try this pattern again in a different fabric. I think it looks better with a belt.
* Interfacing: The yoke is a bit stiff. I used fusible interfacing on both pieces (inside and outside) of the yoke. I think I should have used it only on one side. Also, should the interfacing be caught by the seam or not?
* Gathering: My gathering isn't as pretty as it could be. Need more practice.
* Seam Finishing: Not sure how to finish the exposed seams on the inside of the top.
Comments, critiques, and tips are very welcome.