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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> 5353 (Loungewear-hoodie & yoga pants)

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Reviewed by:maria 6705
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Posted on:12/28/11 9:15 PM
Last Updated:4/15/16 8:05 PM
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 2 people   
Fabric:Cotton Jersey  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Edited for the Endless Combinations Contest April/May 2016.
Knit pants, skirt, top and hooded sweatshirt. I made the top.

Pattern Sizing:
8 - 18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Basically, yes. I didn't add a pocket or applique.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, very much so.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the number of garments included in the pattern and found the instructions clear and easy to follow.
I didn't care for their choice of sleeve insertion, the traditional set-in method where the sleeve seams and garment underarm seams are sewn before the sleeve is inserted. Instead, I sewed the sleeve top to the garment (with only shoulder seams sewn) and then sewed the side seams and sleeve seam all at once. It was well-suited to the type of fabric used and was faster and easier than the traditional method.
I used a very light-weight knit fusible interfacing on the neckline, front and back.

Fabric Used:
Cotton jersey with a blue and green print on a white background.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the pocket and applique on the top.
Usually, I automatically do a FBA with any new pattern. The first time I made this pattern I didn't do one because the fabric was quite stretchy. However, I've gained a few pounds since then, and also this fabric has less stretch so this time I did do a FBA before cutting out the pattern.
I also did a narrow shoulder adjustment.
I cut the side seams a little wider than the pattern, and made the seam allowances 1/4 inch narrower than the pattern specified. The fit is still a little snugger than I usually like, but it's acceptable.
I changed the front neckline to a very shallow V.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think so. The curved side seam gives a more flattering fit than the typical T shirt's straight side seam. The actual construction was quite quick.

This pattern makes a knit top with a good fit that is quick and easy to sew.

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Terri A said... (12/29/11 1:45 AM) Reply
Well this looks cute - great job!!!!
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