Posts Tagged ‘pattern review

26
Dec
08

Vogue 8082

v8082Vogue 8082 is out of print now, but I’m reviewing it anyway since I  used this pattern to make a skirt for my mom for Christmas. I made view C (the green one in the picture here).

Pattern Description: Below mid-knee, flared skirt has layers and side zipper closure. A, B: waistband with tie end. C: gathers on front and back yokes.

momchristmasskirt1

Pattern Sizing:

Pattern comes in sizes 6 – 20 I believe; I think I cut a 14 or a 16 and made minor adjustments for fit.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but to be honest once I’d read them through a couple of times I set them aside and sewed the thing mostly by common sense. Which I suppose speaks well of the design. Or me. Who knows.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It’s a fun style, very flirty and it has a lot of movement in the finished garment. It took a LOT of fabric (4 1/2  yards for a knee length skirt!!) and a lot of time because of all the layers. I was reeeeeally ready to be done hemming by the time I’d gotten through them all.


a>Fabric Used:
100% rayon Batik in a brightly colored leaf print.

momchristmasskirt4Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
 I adjusted the fit a bit in the waist. I also ended up gathering the yoke more than the pattern called for. The original pattern had two lines of long stitches in the front and two in the back to gather the yoke. I found that the space between them was too great and at the center front and center back the small gathers fell into a poofy mess instead. I don’t know if that’s because of the fabric I used (on the list of recommended fabrics on the pattern envelope) or just the design of the thing. In any event, I stitched a few extra places and I’m happy with the result.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yep.

Conclusion: This is a fun skirt to wear with all those flouncy layers and my mom was quite pleased! I expect I’ll also make her another one in the view B at some point.

17
Nov
08

Gaucho pants and a Pattern Review!

I recently made a pair of Gaucho pants using Butterick B486, view C, and thought that in addition to posting pics of my work, I’d actually add a pattern review! I’ll note that this was my first experience sewing pants… ever (although I’ve hemmed more than a few pair of RTW, and I have made several pair of shorts). The end result turned out nicely.

b4861Pattern Description: Straight-legged, below mid-knee pants or wide-legged gaucho, below mid-calf or evening length have waistband and mock fly.

Pattern Sizing: Pattern comes in sizes 6 – 20; I made a 16 but sized up the waist a bit for my client for a better fit on her body.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? For the most part, yes. It’s a simple pattern. The only confusing thing is that for some unknown reason the direction steps for inserting the zipper (and the subsequent diagrams) are lettered rather than numbered. Since the pattern includes views A-F I had to reread this section a few times to be sure that all steps applied to me.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was a straightforward design in a style my client wanted, and will be a good wardrobe builder for her.


momsgreygauchoslacksFabric Used:
100% polyester suiting that was lightweight with just a little bit of stretch.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
As mentioned, I sized up the waist a few inches; I also shorted the legs a bit.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I’m confident I’ll make it again.

Conclusion: A simple design and a relatively easy pattern to follow. This would be a good wardrobe builder and a good pattern for someone who hasn’t sewn pants before.




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