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1  New Sundress! (Simplicity 2886) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: March 18, 2009 08:58:22 AM
I decided to do some sewing for spring break.

You can see that my kitty likes to help me take pictures. She also loves to help me sew.

Back view. The top has elastic, so there is a little extra give.

I hate pleating. I does look pretty though!

Also a review I posted else were because I'm too lazy to write something new here. I figured it would be useful to you guys!

Pattern Description:
3 dresses and a jacket. I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:
I used the 6-14. According to the back, I'm supposed to be somewhere between a 10 and a 12. I made the 10 and didn't have to make any fitting changes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Honestly I only used the instructions minimally.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the fit when I was done. I made a size smaller than I usually make and it fit like a glove. The elastic across the back make the fit even more forgiving.
I didn't like the instructions so much. Starting from the top:

The instructions have you sew the bodice contrast together and the bodice together, then sew the two pieces together. I could not get the seams to match this way. I just sewed each half of the contrast and bodice, and then sewed up the center seam. Matched perfectly this way.

The pleats were a total pain. If you have never done pleats from a pattern, you may want to skip this, or at least do a practice run. Also, to keep them flat until you sew it all together, baste the pleats down all of the way across. Otherwise it will be like working with an accordion. There was much cursing on this step. It does look really lovely now that it's done.

I'm not certain if it's because I altered out the pocket, or if there is just something wrong with the pattern, but the pattern seemed to be missing a pleat in the skirt. It was a really easy fix though. The skirt still came out too big for the bodice in the back, so I added a little to the pleats there. Not even noticeable when it was finished.

None of the fixes were particularly complicated.

Fabric Used:
Broadcloth on the contrast and quilters cotton for the dress itself.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I altered out the pockets. Who needs pockets in an airy sundress?

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I would now that I have worked out the bugs.

I would recommend this pattern for people who are comfortable with not following the instructions exactly.

The dress came out really lovely. I'm glad that I toughed out the pleats as it really gives the dress a "store-bought" feel. It's a really nice detail. It's also really comfortable and the ties in the back give it an extra bit of give.
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2  Re: OTT 20 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MirthFairy on: February 14, 2009 03:31:38 PM
Just when I was getting worried, my package from Retro_Rose appeared!

It's a needle book combining two of my themes: twee and birds.

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3  Re: Wow! I have a lot of ______ SWAP Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MirthFairy on: February 09, 2009 03:06:15 PM
I received from psyche on Saturday, but I've been crazy busy, so I didn't post pics.

I asked for floral stuff. I make masks and stuff with them. There was so much stuff in the package that I don't think I could photograph everything without making a total mess of it.

Included were a blank wreath, a full bag of moss, a load of silk and ribbon roses, and a bunch of ribbon (which will be decorating my ren faire camp this year!)

What a lovely package! Cheesy
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4  Bunny Hat! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: December 18, 2008 07:34:20 PM

It's a hat! With ears! Hurray! (my husband was completely shocked when I finished it in a half an hour)

Action shots!


Happy bunny!

Emo myspace bunny!
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5  Twee Little Jammies in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: December 18, 2008 07:31:14 PM
I made these pajamas for my sister for x-mas.

Bloomers and a chemise top.

The lacy detail. Extra twee for your enjoyment.

More lace! Yay!

Accidental stripe match up!
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6  I'm a cookie! in Winter Holidays by MirthFairy on: December 18, 2008 07:26:28 PM
I made this apron to wear to work. I'm extremely happy with it!

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7  Re: Holidays Cookie Swap Gallery of Yumminess in The Swap Gallery by MirthFairy on: December 18, 2008 05:55:10 PM
More package goodness!

The whole package.

Looks like a hand carved plastic ornament. It's pretty nifty.

Box made of diskettes. It's going to be my new desk pen holder. The hinges are zip ties. Totally cool!

On to the cookies! I haven't eaten any (too busy processing pics Roll Eyes), but I have heard from the husband that they are tasty!

Chewy Apple Caramel Cookies (nom nom caramel!)

Devil's Food Cookies

Root Beer Cookies (I've made root beer cupcakes and they were pretty good. Excited about these!!)

Yay! Thanks pinokeeo! You are awesome!

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8  Poofy Sleeved Bouse and Pocketed Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: November 12, 2008 10:23:26 AM
I made myself an outfit!

The shirt is simplicity 4077 with New Look 6732 sleeves. The sleeves really are huge.

I'm a big fan of rickrack.

The shirt was pretty easy, though I did have problems with the front placket. Only had to rip it out once to make it work though. I have big arms for my size so instead of fiddling with the buttoned cuff, I just made it continuous. Waaaaay easier that way. I also raised the bust about an inch. I have a high bust and have found that if I do this, my shirts come out more tailored looking.

The skirt is simplicity 3754.

It looks a bit like a dishrag in the picture.

Fun pleated pockets.

Made the skirt up in one day. Easy peasy.  Cheesy

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9  Bunny Baby! Simplicity 3558 in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by MirthFairy on: March 20, 2008 09:41:57 AM
Ladyllanalla had a baby in January and I decided that her baby could not go without a bunny suit.

I know she doesn't look happy here. We figured out after the fact that she was in dire need of a diaper change.

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10  Wrap Dress from Vintage Pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MirthFairy on: March 20, 2008 09:22:14 AM
This is the first thing I have made from a vintage pattern. I got a big box of vintage patterns from my friend's mom. I'm really happy with this. The fabric cost me $2 a yard!

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