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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> vintage 8299 (A How To Sew Patern)

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Posted on:1/1/09 9:32 AM
Last Updated:1/1/09 9:37 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 5 people   
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Danvillegirl said... (1/2/09 10:08 PM) Reply
Great looking blouse. Love the stripes.
fryman said... (1/2/09 11:07 AM) Reply
I just love learning that there are many of us out there who hold on to discontinued patterns, regardless of what is currently shown. It is a classic and I love your blouse. Show me more!!
leanmeansewingmachine said... (1/1/09 9:27 PM) Reply
appleC I usually try to buy the vintage patterns around my bust (36"), until I read your comments I forgot that this one wasn't my size! I was happy with the shoulder width with this pattern, but I usually fit between 14/16 in the Big 4. the patterns don't necessarily have narrow shoulders but the armscye is smaller - and in a blouse like this more comfortable. When I lift my arm, only the sleeve is raised, not the whole body of the blouse. I suggest measuring the pattern yourself to see how much ease is there. I have a feeling it would be better for you to try and down-size your pattern. There's a great article from Threads # 101 that explains how to grade a pattern up or down in size. It's time-consuming, but it works! As for the fabric? I'd stabilize the whole piece, not just the band. And even if it's not silk, try silk organza (NOT poly, it has to be silk), it works miracles as a stabilizer! Hope this helps!
halleyscomet said... (1/1/09 4:57 PM) Reply
Pretty blouse! Don't you wish patterns were still 65 cents!
Heatherrique said... (1/1/09 1:20 PM) Reply
Great modern/retro look on you! Cool collar!
sewtime said... (1/1/09 11:19 AM) Reply
Love your blouse!!! Great job!!
Sharon M said... (1/1/09 10:50 AM) Reply
Oh! It's lovely!
appleC said... (1/1/09 10:28 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for sharing your review! I have the same pattern and same size 16 too. I bought the pattern because of the unique collar but I haven't sewn it for 2 reasons. Firstly, this pattern doesn't indicate finished garment bust/waist measurement, I don't know if size 16 will fit me --my normal Big 4 size is 12/14. How do you feel about the shoulder width? I assume most vintage patterns have narrower shoulder width(?) Also, I am thinking of using a silky type of fabric, but I am afraid the one-piece collar will collapse because it doesn't have a stabilized collar band. Maybe I should stabilized the lower portion of the collar?
Michelle L said... (1/1/09 9:54 AM) Reply
Your shirt turned out lovely. Don't hesitate to review vintage patterns, please! I have been collecting vintage patterns but haven't worked up the bravery yet to try them out....but I love to see the lovely clothes (and contemporary!!) clothes that are produced. The more reviews, and you will encourage people like me to do more than just admire the vintage patterns.
Lori V said... (1/1/09 9:46 AM) Reply
Very pretty blouse.
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