Sunday, February 26, 2012

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 construction required the same attention to detail.  The lining was exactly the same as the jacket's outer construction.  I felt the pattern makers could have simplified the detail for the lining.  But...it's still a great pattern. I've had it so long, you can't find it anymore.  Having said that, I don't think I'd make it again anyway.  I really like the finished look, but between the necessary FBA (which was interesting...) and the angular seams, I was sometimes too "in the weeds."

Fabric Used:
A gabardine, twill...I think

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The major alteration was the FBA.  I took so long to complete the suit after cutting it out, that I dropped a dress size.  Consequently, I had to take in a ridiculous amount in the side seams along the way (but...er...uhhh...I'm not complaining :-)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend it to others, but I wouldn't sew it again....


Conclusion:
Again...I love the suit!  In fact, I kept the pattern piece and guide sheet for the lapel wing tip....  I hope to incorporate the detail into another pattern in the future.  Btw, the skirt comes from another pattern.  I wanted something with no waistband.  Vogue XXXXX did the job nicely!  Happy sewing....

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 dress you ask...?  I don't know, but that's what I call it.  I looked like Aunt Bee (from Andy Griffith) having a "sexy moment"--the neckline can showcase cleavage.  The criss-cross feature in the front jutted out too far (and, no, it wasn't my gut).  All that fabric twisted and bunched together in the front just wasn't flattering.  The hem hiked up in the back.  And...AND...it was NOT flattering to look at from behind.  I'm not positive where it went wrong.  I don't think it was the print because the pattern jacket features a similar print pattern.  I honestly think it may be more flattering in a smaller size (like 2...lol).



Were the instructions easy to follow?
They were a bit challenging in some areas....  The toughest part to understand was when making the final attachments of the lining and criss-crossing the fronts in order to attach them to create the shoulder seams and arm opening.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I actually thought the design of the dress was great.  At the end of the day, it wasn't flattering on me.

Fabric Used:
Two-way stretch print....

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't change any aspects of the pattern.  In fact, I didn't even make the usual FBA

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I won't sew it again, but I do think it's a great dress.  I wouldn't recommend it if you're larger than a B-bra cup.  If you are, you might need a FBA--I felt like it was pulling a bit across the front and back.  I would also that you not top stitch as the pattern suggests.  Be careful as well when stay-stitching on a knit.  That created a few problems when attaching the upper back.

Conclusion:
I originally wasn't even going to review the pattern, but then thought someone might benefit from my lessons learned.  After you stop laughing at me...tread carefully.