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Long overdue....

Butterick 3918 has seen its challenges!  I only have buttons to find and will post photos when complete.  I've dropped a size since beginning--that meant even more alterations to get a decent fit...but who's complaining.  I'll provide technique details and pattern review with my next post....

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Fabric used: 
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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow?
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Pattern alterations:
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Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
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