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|Reviewed by:||jillnjosh|| |
|Posted on:||3/6/14 1:13 AM |
Simplicity Pattern Info
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|Pattern Rating:||Great Wardrobe Builder |
|Review Rating:|| Helpful by 2 people Very Helpful by 4 people |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.95 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Sweater Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Pattern Description: |
Misses' knit mini-dress, tunic and top can be made with a front twist or draped neckline with five different sleeve variations to choose from.
I made view D, with the sleeves from view F.
Sizes 4-12, I made a size 12 for my friend.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It doesn't look as drapy as the illustration, but about the same as the photograph on the pattern, except for the fact that I morphed two of the choices.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't have any problems with them. I've made enough knit garments that I was pretty comfortable with what I was doing.
I paid close attention to the section that deals with the sewn pleats.
The instructions for the back neck facing were a bit obscure, but I muddled along. The facing needs to be used because of the way the self-lined drape is formed.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the pattern gives a nice emphasis to the bust, and that the sleeves are not skinny little tubes. I did fold out some of the sleeve cap, though, because I knew by looking at it that it was not going to be pretty. Check out the stripe matching on my sleeves. I did lay one (cut) right-side down on the uncut fabric so that I could get symmetry on the sleeves.
A discontinued sweater knit from the fashion knit section at JoAnn Fabrics. I had been eyeing it for a while, so when it went clearanced and half-off, I nabbed it.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I folded out about an inch of sleeve cap, and swung out the side seams about an inch from waist to hips.
I ended up folding the back facing almost in half when I sewed it on, so to make it work I hand-sewed it down so that it was more of a binding.
I did topstitch the back seam with a zigzag for added stability. This would be a great opportunity to use a coverstitch machine, if one actually owned a coverstitch machine.
Since the fabric is an uneven plaid, I made sure to lay the fabric out squarely, and was very careful to match landmarks.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew it again. My friend is very small-busted, so this should be flattering on her. I picked up a copy of the pattern in the larger size range, too, in case I decided that I want one.
It's a nice pattern, that goes together well. If you have a sway back, this pattern lends itself well to accommodating that, as there is built-in curve in the back seam. There is nice bust shaping, with the sewn pleats and the inconspicuous side darts. Photos of the garment on my too-large dressmaker's dummy.
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