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21  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / 8th Avenue Skirt by The Sewing Workshop on: March 07, 2005 07:49:11 AM
I was really dissappointed with this pattern.  I think mainly because it was just not suited for my body type (i.e.  - curvy - lots of hip and butt to go around).  I double checked the pattern size and ease and I did use the correct size, but it just hugs entirely too much.  With alot of alterations before hand, I could have made this work.  But you kinda hope when you pay $20 for a pattern that you won't have to redesign the whole thing.  This would be much better suited for someone who is very narrow on the bottom.  It is a very cute pattern, and I was really hoping it would work.  Oh well.  Maybe someone else will have some luck with it.

The photo isn't showing all the detail, but rest assured, it really does look wrapped.

Link to pattern:
22  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Purrfection's Modern Poet Blouse on: February 21, 2005 03:31:13 PM
This pattern came out well.  The sleeves were SUPER easy to put on - You sew the to the shoulders first and THEN sew the seam to the sides and the sleeves.  I might try that on my next project with sleeves.  It came out well.  I probably should have done the next size up because its tight at the chest and the velcro I added (for modesty) is straining.  Oh well.  I chose this view because it has a more asian feel, but there were other options that were more like a traditional blouse.

Link to pattern:  http://www.thesewingplace.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1711
23  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Favorite Things Pattern Designs "Cute Skirts" :D on: February 07, 2005 08:01:53 AM
Cute Skirts (no pattern number) is a wonderful pattern.  It took me an hour to sew from start to finish.  The instructions were clear and concise.  And best of all it fits like a dream.  It has 8 panels, FLAT front waist and elastic in the back.  Its flatering AND comfy.  It also has an option of a ruffle at the bottom or gores.  I have a feeling I'll have ten of these by the end of the summer.  I'm already planning on going out for more fabric.  They have a similiar pants patter, and I'll be making that too, since the skirt was so great.  Buy this pattern!



Link to skirt pattern: 

Link to similiar pants pattern (I'll post a review when I make the pants, but so far, I haven't even gotten fabric for it yet):
24  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / lucyvintage.com gone??? vintage patterns online on: February 03, 2005 04:22:18 PM
I can't get to any page on www.lucyvintage.com .  She had the best vintage patterns ever, and for great prices with great service.  Does anyone know if she shuttered up her world wide web doors??? Sad
25  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / The Sewing Workshop Wonton Blouse on: January 31, 2005 04:10:15 PM
This pattern was tough to make, but I love the out come.  I will be making another one as soon as I can get my hand on some dark japanese cotton.  I felt like the instructions left something out for the crossover neck band.  I wound up having to painstakingly handstitch the last two inches on each side so that it looked right, which was frustrating.  Also, you have to hand stitch (slip stitch) the inside waist band to the front, which actually looks nice, but took forever.  My only other complaint was that seam edge of the neck band isn't tucked in.  Since this fabric was slightly sheer, you can see it when the shirt is against skin.  But again, I LOVE the outcome despite all this, so I wll make it again.  Sewing Workshop has some of the neatest patterns out there.  Next up, Purrfection poet's blouse!

Front view 1:

Front view 2:

Back view:

Link to pattern (I bought mine off of thesewingplace.com):  http://www.sewingworkshop.com/pattern_detail.lasso?SKU=91
26  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / New Look 6483 Sleeveless top - great wadrobe piece on: January 25, 2005 07:58:45 PM
Ok, this is my last pattern review for a little while, I swear!  I've just wanted to share some of the patterns I've done recently. 

I love this shirt (New Look 6483)!  It fits perfectly, doesn't show my bra strap (great for work!) and is slightly fitted at waist (not too much to be showy, not too little to look boxy).  In other words, its a classic piece.  You can make it classic or trendy by varying the type and look of the fabric you use.  This pattern is easy to make, takes hardly no time to finish (around an hour) and only uses 1 1/4 yd (for the sleeveless version), which meant I made three of them for under $20 for the fabric!  I will be making more this summer.  Buy this pattern!

view D
27  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Kwik Sew 3068 cross over shirt :-\ on: January 25, 2005 07:49:35 PM
I made this pattern twice, but that's only because I cut the fabric at the same time.  I didn't like this pattern at all.  It has a crossover top that I had to sew shut because I kept flashing people at work.  It fits OK - I feel like the sizing was a little unrealistic... for women with out hips, which makes it a little snug around my waist.  Its not terrible, its just not as flattering as on the pattern cover!  I probably won't make this again.  You may like it if you are slim with an average chest ( I wouldn't bother if you are  C cup).

View A
28  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / simplicity 7223 gathered neckline, 3/4 sleeve shirt on: January 25, 2005 07:43:44 PM
I've done both view B and view E.   I love the gathered neck 3/4 sleeve top and have done it in two different fabrics.  It was quick, easy and only takes about 1 1/2 yds. fabric.  View E has a split neck with darts and I didn't like that version nearly as much as view B.  I think it was a little boxy (it looks much better in the picture than in real life).  It also came out a little short (hence the lace on the bottom) but that was due to a miscalculation on my part, not the patterns.  I would reccomend this pattern if you are looking for something quick and cute.

view B

view E
29  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Butterick 3968 Bias top w/ split sleeves on: January 25, 2005 07:17:29 PM
This was much harder than I thought it was going to be.  It didn't help that I was working with a silky a fabric and was rushed, trying to finish in time for a holiday party.  I never could get the sleeve right and one of them I put on backwards and the fold over for the top part (so you don't have to line it) was a little confusing.  I think I have it down now that I've done it once.  I will probably do this pattern again, but I think I'll only do the sleeveless version.  I reccomend this pattern (or a similiar version) because it looked great on and dresses up or down very easy.  Just make sure you have plenty of time to play with this pattern!

30  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Fleece Vest McCall's P328 on: January 25, 2005 03:18:28 PM
I like the style of the vest but it came out larger than I anticipated.  I suggest making a size smaller than you think you need, even after checking the ease.  The finished product was also very boxy, so I added four darts about 6" long and at its widest, about an inch wide, one on each front panel and two in the back.  Its still really big, but it is better.  This was really quick to make.  It was a nice afternoon project.

The bottom hem IS even, It just doesn't look it in the picture.
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