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Butterick 3918_Completed...finally!

Well, it's been a long time coming, but I finally...finally...FINALLY completed this pattern.  I love the finished garment, but I will not be making it again.  My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE detail of the pattern are the lapels.  My synopsis below is the same I've shared on Pattern Review.



Pattern Description:
Fitted, lined jacket, hip-length has collar, lapels, princess seams and long, two-piece sleeves with slit fold-back with cuffs


Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes...it did.  I love the styling of the jacket and the collar details.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
On the jacket itself, I love the "wing tip" detail on the lapel.  I also loved the different spin on the traditional princess seam.  The angular seams were what attracted me to the pattern in the first place.  What I didn't like, however, was that inner …

What a shame...Vogue 1159

After many months of being intimidated by Vogue 1159, I decided to tackle this one.  It's a Donna Karan design--fitted, above mid-knee length dress has front pleated at back dropped shoulder, crossed fronts forming drape effect.  This is the same review I posted at PR



Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
What a knee slapping question--absolutely not!  Okay...please allow me to have some fun and vent for a moment.  I spent my Saturday cutting out the pattern and making the dress.  I was thrilled at how well it seemed to be coming together even after I took a 45 minute break to work through some intimidating design and construction issues.  Yes, it looks cute on the dress form, right?  The cuteness ends there....


After struggling through the final details of construction, I clipped the final strings and ran to put it on....  I was horrified!!  I can only describe it as an expensive-looking kitchen dress.  What's a kitchen d…