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Deb Fox
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Date: 6/9/13 1:04 PM

It's no wonder that sewing is becoming a lost art. I have been sewing for 45 years and my latest Simplicity project is a huge bust! I bought Simplicity 1919 because of the jacket with cap sleeves. I thought it would be perfect in the sweltering summer days in Florida, as we are not allowed to wear sleeveless clothing where I work. Let me give you a play by play description of everything that went wrong (or where Simplicity went wrong).

1. No finished bust measurement on the back of the envelope. There is a hip measurement and length measurement for the skirt and pants, but nothing for the jacket.

2. No printed measurements on the jacket pattern! There printed measurements for the skirt and pants.

3. The jacket size is just wrong. I cut it out and pin fit a size 16, figuring I could side down in the neck and shoulders and add for the bust as needed, which is normal for me and a size 16 (39 inch bust, 35 inch high bust) I needed a 2 inch fba, and the shoulders fit perfectly and the armseye was in the right place...odd...the pieces also looked small and it just didn't look right...so I unpinned it, did my fba and got a perfect fit. Normally I would need a 2 inch FBA if I started with a much smaller sized pattern.

It's a good thing I didn't just go running off cutting out all my Simplicity patterns in a 16..there was just something nagging at me.

4. I compare the jacket pattern pieces to a smaller size set (8,10,12) and sure enough, my jacket pattern was a perfect size 12! It was marked a 16, but it was actually a size 12.

Luckily I have enough sewing to realize right from the start that something was not right. Imagine if I had been a beginner! I would have thrown everything away right then and there when I ended up with a jacket I could not squeeze myself into.

I know there is an open comment right now to the Big 4 pattern makers, and I will surely join in. This is just unacceptable. If I was just starting out in my sewing journey this would be enough to put me off sewing.

(oh, and I guess I'll start using a size 12 with a 2 inch FBA!)

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Date: 6/9/13 1:27 PM

That really would be horrible for Beginners!!!!

So glad you caught onto it, and I check on here if I see a pattern on their website (or any of the Big 4), to see what others have said about it, another great PR reason!

ugh size 12 all cut with some lovely fabric and a beginner in Tears!!!

Debbie

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Date: 6/9/13 3:02 PM

It irritates me that we have to open the tissue to find the garment measurements -- I understand there my not be enough room on the outside of the envelope, but couldn't they just print the measurements on the instruction sheet so I don't have to chase the tissue around to plan my project?

I cut out Butterick 5924 yesterday, a new pattern with B/C/D cup front pieces. The printed bust measurement on the C cup piece is wrong - it is equal to the A/B piece measurement, but when I compared the pieces the C cup is an inch bigger than the A/B (which is what I expected).
If the darn measurements were printed on the instruction sheet in a little chart maybe someone would have noticed the error.

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2012 : starting stash 386, net additions 206, used 164, ending stash 428...I'm never going to get in front of this pile of fabric!

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Date: 6/10/13 3:29 PM

Oh man! I would be totally irritated. I visited Simplicity in NYC...too bad they can't get it together...I avoid their patterns for other reasons. I can't see why pattern co. can't drop the info on length of something...the easiest measurement to modify and add the bust and hip to the envelope. In fact the whole backside of the envelope should be modified. But to have a pattern that far off like you did...I hope you call them for a request to ship the pattern back on their nickel and get a full refund.

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Date: 6/10/13 5:07 PM

I totally agree with Laurie Lou. Unless we demand our money back, and complain to corporate, we won't be heard. I hope you do just that. What a bummer!

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