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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Mamu Imke on: June 18, 2016 10:20:57 AM

I recently made this dress for myself. I like it because it's easy to alter. However, I wouldn't recommend it for a first time sewist for a couple of reasons. First off, there are no directions on making the casing for the elastic in the neck, on the sleeves if you choose to use one, or at the empire waist. Now if you've already done this kind of thing it's easy, but if you're just learning you'll want to use a more descriptive pattern first. Also, there aren't directions on how to put the two pieces of the bodice together (there's an extension on a second page) or how to best lay out the pattern. Again, intermediate or advanced sewists won't have trouble with this but it could be confusing for beginners. Oh, and the patterns are made to be traced, not cut...I use freezer paper from the grocery store because I find it's more sturdy than pattern tracing stuff and it's cheaper. I go through rolls of it around the holidays with 13 grandkids to sew for.

That being said, I love this pattern! I altered it by adding width to the sleeves, placing the pattern an inch from the center fold (the biggest size doesn't quite accommodate my tummy) and flaring the skirt part out so the bottom was a total of 12" wider than the original pattern. I also added 4" in length to the skirt. It goes together really fast because you just sew the sleeves to the front and back, sew the side seams, add the casing and elastic, hem the dress and sleeves and you're done! I chose to add the waistline casing after I had completed one side seam so I didn't have to try to sew it while the dress was like a tube, though that's not necessarily harder. It's just something I prefer to do. I use single fold bias tape for casing and 3/8" elastic for this peasant-style garment - it seems to be just the right size.

This is best made with a woven fabric. I used a blue and teal-green batik I got online because I like how the bias on batiks has a bit more give than some other cottons. Fabrics can be mixed if you want; this particular dress I made all one color because I love this fabric!

Feel free to message me if you have any questions.  Mamu makes great patterns as long as you have a grasp on basic sewing techniques.

So here's the completed dress:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: New Mamu Imke Dress on: June 18, 2016 10:05:25 AM
Thanks for the feedback! It feels good to hear it from someone other than hubby since he'd say I look great if I had on ripped up clothes.   Grin
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / New Mamu Imke Dress on: June 17, 2016 12:46:18 PM
So...this is another pattern I've had for half of forever. Now I have tons and tons of time on my hands because hubby is retired and was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma in his frontal lobes (butterfly glioma) so I can't run everywhere like I used to. On Tuesday I got out my pattern, fabric, and freezer paper, did a bit of tweaking as I'm prone to do, and whipped up a new dress for myself.

I have a smaller chest than the pattern calls for in my size so I used elastic at the empire waist line, more like a peasant top than the pattern shows. I also widened the sleeves by 2" and added a total of 12" to the bottom of the skirt, tapering out from the armpits for a total of 2" on each side and adding an inch to the fold in the center. I don't like snug clothes; I find a bit of room adds to the circulation of air and helps me stay a bit more cool.

I love this batik print!! It's so Florida, which is great because that's where we live now.

I'll definitely be using this again. I may raise the front neckline a bit...it's just a titch too low for my liking, but it's not bad. Just a personal thing. 

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Apron on: February 19, 2014 02:59:38 PM
Fabulous! I make quite a mess when I cook, bake or otherwise mess around in the kitchen, so I might have to try my hand at this one as well. Thanks for the encouragement!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Striped high waisted skirt on: September 26, 2013 05:49:30 PM
I love it! The high waist causes it to make you look smaller.   Grin

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Big Skirts :D on: July 28, 2013 02:04:19 AM
Quite creative and they look great on you! I wear skirts and dresses so this gives me ideas for things to make for myself. Thanks for sharing!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Penelope by Modkid - my results on: July 28, 2013 02:02:26 AM
Thanks, ladies. I was nicely surprised to see this dress as a featured project. I'm so used to making my own clothes I don't see them as all that special.

Some day I want to learn to make my own patterns.....if I ever grow up, that is.  LOL

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: So incredibly proud! My first dress designed by me! on: June 23, 2013 08:19:48 AM
Nice job!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: New Stuff I've Made on: June 23, 2013 08:17:16 AM
Nice work! They turned out well.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Candy cane girl.... Simplicity 2591 on: June 23, 2013 08:07:15 AM
Love the dress, and you look superb in it!   Cheesy
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