|Pattern Description: From envelope: Historical Costume. Close-fitting, lined, boned vest has princess seams and tie front. Very loose-fitting, pullover top has elastic, long sleeves and stitched hem.|
Pattern Sizing:12, 14, 16 I made size 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? More or less.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them. I assume they were okay.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The elasticized top neckline is reasonably modest for a young teen to wear (contrast Simplicity patterns of this ilk which seem to have been floozied up, so to speak, with low necklines).
The pattern is fairly straightforward, and gives the look we were after without much sewing angst. I had to put this together in a few hours for an outdoor show in hot weather, so that was important.
Fabric Used: Various donated fabric. The outer part of the vest is a Waverly upholstery fabric. The skirt seemed to be a poly gabardine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I'm not sure if I used this skirt pattern or simply made one up.
I left out the boning. This vest will be used by various teens of various sizes over the next few years, so it theoretically makes it easier to alter. Also, these girls aren't used to wearing boning, let alone wearing it during a stressful situation (performing on stage) on a hot day.
I made buttonholes on the vest instead of using grommets.
I left out the trim around the vest.
I did a quasi-bagged lining on the vest so that it can be altered for later wearers. I sewed together the outer seams of the lining and outer fabric (necklines, front opening, bottom) right sides together, pulled it rightside out, then serged lining-plus-outer fabric of the princess seams, side and shoulder seams together. I then sewed the princess, side, and shoulder seams together, and tacked down the ends of the seams so they don't show from the outside.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, although I hope we eventually have enough of these things in the costume department that they don't have costume panics every June during this camp.
Conclusion: Simple pattern that gets the job done. If you work with youth or community theater, it's a great one to pick up when Butterick patterns are on sale.