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Nuno930
« on: September 16, 2008 10:06:07 AM »

OK I know how to sew... I have done a *few* projects that were fairly mediocre (PJ pants, a few McCalls Sew Easy tops...) on the skill scale. Even so, I have decided on my Halloween costume and I found 2 patterns that I like to suit my needs

http://www.butterick.com/item/B4890.htm??tab=costumes&page=2

Or:

http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5444.htm??tab=costumes&page=2

How hard exactly are these? Which would be better to give a whirl on?  Or... should I just look at buying a cheesy one at the costume shop
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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2008 10:11:40 AM »

I bet they won't be too hard.  Smiley  Just be sure to give yourself enough time.  Don't chicken out and buy a cheesy one!


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« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2008 10:41:29 AM »

Any opinion on which would be an easier choice??  Grin
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Christiebelle
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2008 11:31:11 AM »

I am sick enough to admit I have made both of these  Grin

the butterick one, imho, was the easier of the two, also simplicity has one in a similar vein that is much easier than either of these.

I swear they were not all for me.
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« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2008 12:56:51 PM »

The first one seems easier. I think the puffy sleeves would be difficult, as well as everything else.

Good for you, though!
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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2008 02:29:06 PM »

I am sick enough to admit I have made both of these  Grin

the butterick one, imho, was the easier of the two, also simplicity has one in a similar vein that is much easier than either of these.

I swear they were not all for me.

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3782

or

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3809

was it either of those? I look at Simplicity and those were the only Renaissance era one I spied. (coulda missed one though)  Or do you happen to remember what one it was?  I am not picky right now! I am just going for an Anne Boleyn look dress! So nearly any Ren style dress that would be easier I am interested in!! 
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2008 02:34:21 PM »

IMHO, the fanciness is mostly the trims added afterwards, the basic shapes are merely a LOT of fabric, but quite easy to sew.

Remember, these patterns are based on modern fits, and can tend to be baggy at waist and bust.  Make a fitted muslin (not too tight, though!), which you can use as a lining, if you are concerned with authenticity.

Agree, take your time, read the directions over until you are CERTAIN you understand it, and remember, it's a costume for Halloween.  It will be stunning to the others who see the outside only, LOL!

And PLEASE share pix!  We all love that!
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2008 02:35:24 PM »

I looked at the patterns and at the Simplicity 4055, which I think would be the easiest of the 3 to make.  In my experience, Simplicity has the most forgiving fit/instructions for beginners.  Since you have 6 weeks, I would take into account your time and patience because even for an experienced sewist, a gown like this can take around 15 hours to finish.  The patterns assume you WILL line the garment and whether or not you have put in a zipper before may be a consideration as well.  Puffy sleeves are actually easier than fitted sleeves for me because it's ok if they wrinkle a bit where fitted sleeves look bad if they show any mistakes.  

Personally, I'd pick an easier pattern and something I could have more fun with but to each their own!  
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Christiebelle
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2008 05:04:28 PM »

I am sick enough to admit I have made both of these  Grin

the butterick one, imho, was the easier of the two, also simplicity has one in a similar vein that is much easier than either of these.

I swear they were not all for me.

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3782

or

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3809

was it either of those? I look at Simplicity and those were the only Renaissance era one I spied. (coulda missed one though)  Or do you happen to remember what one it was?  I am not picky right now! I am just going for an Anne Boleyn look dress! So nearly any Ren style dress that would be easier I am interested in!! 

dang it it wasnt either of those! it was about ten years ago now so they could have (and most likely have) changed the look of some of their patterns by now.
sorry, if i were a beginner though, just by looking at them, they look at about the same level, the first one looks like it has boning which takes patience, and the second one looks like it has grommets which takes patience, six of one, half dozen of another, I might go with the butterick given those two options  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008 08:05:36 PM »

I am sick enough to admit I have made both of these  Grin

the butterick one, imho, was the easier of the two, also simplicity has one in a similar vein that is much easier than either of these.

I swear they were not all for me.

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3782

or

http://www.simplicity.com/dv1_v4.cfm?design=3809

was it either of those? I look at Simplicity and those were the only Renaissance era one I spied. (coulda missed one though)  Or do you happen to remember what one it was?  I am not picky right now! I am just going for an Anne Boleyn look dress! So nearly any Ren style dress that would be easier I am interested in!! 

the first two weren't english renaissance, the first is definitely regency era (think count of monte cristo) and the second is a VERY inaccurate italian ren dress atleast a half century prior to queen anne.

and easy easy pattern for a close to accurate look is mcalls 3282, it's tudor era
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