VOGUE 8944

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Pattern Description: Loose-fitting, lined dress has yoke front, back zipper and narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing: 18

Did it
look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing
with it?
Yes ecept I didn’t use three colors

Were the
instructions easy to follow?
Yes

What did you particularly
like or dislike about the pattern?
Love the ability to use three separate
fabrics

Fabric Used:Double knit floral from fabric mart
fabrics and remnant from Gstreet

Pattern alterations or any
design changes you made:
Took a couple inches off of the sleeves and the
side seams. No zipper and no lining.

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

Yes if I have some other fabrics that would work for this
style.

Conclusion: Nice dress and a quick and easy
sew.

Another Trixie Dress — LOVE

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Please forgive the hair.  I’d taken 4 other sets of photos before this one and I didn’t even notice how crazy big it was getting.  LOL!!

Pattern Description: Sweatheart neckline, faux
wrap with inset.

Pattern Sizing:18

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? No.
They are like Burda patterns, you need some experience with
sewing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the
pattern?
Love the sweatheart neckline, faux wrap, with the sunburst
inset.

Fabric Used:Sweater Knit bought at Winmill Fabrics
in Boston

Pattern alterations or any design changes you
made:
FBA that I didn’t need but it worked okay. I also lengthened it 2
inches. (I’m 5’8″)

I used underwear elastic for the trim around the
neckline. I’m thinking about taking it in, in the skirt area so I can have more
gathers.

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

I’ve made it twice now but maybe a solid version would be
nice too. and yes I recommend

Conclusion: Love, Love, Love
houndstooth, I’m so glad I made it. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.

Vogue 1020

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Pattern Description: Close-fitting top and
dress have side zipper opening

Pattern Sizing: not sure
what size I cut. I think an 18

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about
the pattern?
Love the ruching.

Fabric Used: A
lightweight double knit I bought in Boston @ Winmill fabrics (love this
place)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
excluded the zipper and let out the waist cause this is
snug.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to
others?
Yes I will definitely sew this again and I
recommend.

Conclusion: Flattering dress.

Vogue 8923 Another December Dress

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Pattern Description: : Fitted dress has seam detail, stitched hem and back zipper. A, B and C: semi-fitted through hips, back slit. D and E: collar. D, E and F: narrow hem

Pattern Sizing: 18

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? love the inset

Fabric Used:Two suiting fabrics from the 2.97 table at Gstreet

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the dress some by taking in deeper shoulder seams and adjusted the fit by taking in the side seams until it was right.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I would maybe sew the fuller skirt version.

Conclusion: Love this dress!!

McCalls 6404 Leggings

This is the first of 5 posts that I have need to do.  These were all made in December.  I took the pictures all at the same time – one evening last week after work.  I have been sewing non-stop for once but unfortunately not blogging.  I will do better in 2014.

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Pattern Description: MISSES’ LEGGINGS: Close-fitting, casing with elastic. A: Welt pocket with hidden zipper.Pattern Sizing: Medium I sewed view D

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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I had some faux leather and thought this was a good pattern to use it on.

Fabric Used: Double knit and Faux Leather from Hancock Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the back crotch an inch and took off about 3 inches from the inside leg. It runs pretty big. I also used a 1 inch elastic and folded it over for the waist and topstitched the faux leather seams.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes. I would if I had the right fabric. Yes I recommend

Conclusion: Quick and easy and comfortable

VOGUE 8946

I knew when these patterns were released I’d sew this one first! I love the design and thought I needed to do this in a solid fabric.

Here is My Review:

Pattern Description: Close-fitting, partially lined dress has front seam/dart detail, pleats, narrow hem and back zipper. C: back slit.

Pattern Sizing: I made this pattern a size larger because I wasn’t sure how it would fit with the two-way stretch and wanted some room for adjustment but it was WAY too big.

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.  Once you get the pleating in (which wasn’t difficult) it was a sheath dress.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the pleating in the front.

Fabric Used:  This is some mystery fabric I had in my stash.  I believe it’s polyester with a little stretch (two way stretch)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  This dress was really big,  I should have gone down two sizes.  I had to take the sleeves off and adjust because the armhole was falling over like it was a dropped shoulder.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I will be sewing version A (sleeveless) in the spring.

Conclusion:  Once the adjustments were made it really is a great dress!!

Also, Sorry my facial expressions look so awful, I was concentrating on how to work my camera!! And it was sooooo cold!! LOL!

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I also did another video review :

Vogue 1359 Video Review link at bottom

imageimage image imageI decided to do a video review. I’ve seen others and I really like the detail it gives so I thought I’d give it a try!

video review Vogue 1159

McCalls 6744

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Vogue 8881

Well, I have now made this pattern 4 times and with each remake I’ve done something different mostly just changed the lengths. The first try it was just too small. I bought a medium thinking I’d make the other view but de decided to try this one first. I’d realized then that I should have bought the larger pattern. My first attempt :I

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It’s too short but I knew I had to try again. I was disappointed because I loved the fabric but I didn’t have enough of it. :(

Second Attempt:

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I got the fit right but not quite loving the fabric. My third attempt had the length all wrong. I decided to make the tunic length but it was too short in the front and long in the back.

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My latest attempt #4:

Inspired by Toy of Life Happens Be Positive which is a fabulous blog with LOTS of inspiration. This dress is almost identical to the V8881 . All I had to do was lengthen it and round the bottom corners of the front pattern piece.

Inspiration:

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Here is my review:

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Pattern Description: Pullover top has shaped hemline and narrow hem. A, B and C: loose-fitting, bias right side. D, E and F: close-fitting.

Pattern Sizing: Medium with Alterations including FBA

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes but longer. I made view F with short sleeves

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I bought the pattern for the other version but thought I’d give this a try because of the high low hem.

Fabric Used: Cotton Jersey bought a while ago

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I lengthened the tunic by 12 inches and made the sleeves more of a cap with a 2 inch inseam. I also rounded the bottom of the front corners to make it similar to the inspiration piece.

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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love it and have a second version almost complete just have to hem. See Below. I’ve also cut out a straight t-shirt dress no high low hem.

Conclusion: This is a great dress and in season. It turns out a great basic pattern for me.

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Vogue 1329

Well I’m trying to catch up on the reviews. This dress I made a couple of months ago and then again recently. It’s great dress.

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Pattern Description:MISSES’ DRESS: Close-fitting, lined dress (fitted through hips) has yokes, right front with pleats, back princess seams, and invisible zipper.

Pattern Sizing: I made the 18 and needed to take it in to get the right 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

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? nothing

Fabric Used: 1st version double knit and 2nd version jersey

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Lengthened it 2 inches and for the 1st version added a short sleeve
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?probably won’t sew again after 2 versions but I do recommend.

Conclusion: nice dress!

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