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Date: 9/29/05 9:58 PM

What constitutes a good review in your eyes?

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Date: 9/29/05 10:19 PM

I always scan over the review for the fabric content used because I am so interested in learning about fabrics, how they differ, applications, etc.

I tend to read the back of the pattern and take it literally that you can "only" use cotton and then find a pattern review done up in charmeuse (for example) and think it is great there are really more options. Like when I saw the Loes Hinse boot skirt done in onion skin! That was wow!! Helps me see it is OK to think outside of the box...and hopefully will with more experience.

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Date: 9/29/05 10:37 PM

I like all of the tips and techniques that are given in a review (pattern runs large, buttons seem to be too big, forget about interfacing xxx, etc.) That stuff is important when you have that pattern in your stash and plan on making it in the future.

I also like lots of pictures (ways to handling facing, collar stuff, etc.)

I used to be a trainer in the computer field and I just like a good explanation. When I was teaching I found that explanations are important in the learning process.

I guess I'm picky - sorry.

I also like to see all of the embellishments and explanations of how you got their.

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Date: 9/29/05 11:11 PM

I agree that a picture makes a big difference. But that is what I would have expected because fashion is about looks. I'm obsessed with making the inside of the garment look as nice as the outside, so I like pictures of the insides of garments. Those reviews encourage me to go back to the sewing machine and try again. And reviews where someone does something creative with a plain pattern are fun. They help me think beyond the pattern envelope.

I really appreciate all of the work you and the other folks do to write reviews. I am sure writing some of those elaborate reviews and doing them so well must take a lot of time. Thanks.

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Date: 9/29/05 11:25 PM

I love the template and like it when the basics are covered. For example, whether the pattern runs large, etc. relative to other patterns in the line. I also like to hear exactly how the pattern was altered to get a good fit. It CHANGED my sewing world when a reviewer said they cut the shoulders and armscyce of a garment a smaller size than the width. I never would have attempted too many alterations without hearing how much most people re-jig their patterns.

Also - details of how the order of construction or techniques were changed. I tend to be quite literal as well and used to set in sleeves whenever the instructions (unnecessarily) said to.

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Date: 9/29/05 11:36 PM

I like a photo of the person wearing the garment, not on a dressform. Besides a photo, I like to know what size and what alterations were made, which is really helpful when the reviewer has a similar shape as me.

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Date: 9/30/05 1:15 AM

Photo, preferably on the person

Details of what size was made compared with measurements (sometimes people say they made a size 12 perhaps but don't actually mention that their measurements indicate a 16).

Tips and techniques, things done differently to the pattern.

I also like the template. It makes it easier to skim to the things you really want to know.

I also enjoy reading a review with a story - e.g. when the outfit is needed for such and such an event and the midnight shenanigans required to make that happen - although of course it's not essential to a good review.

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Date: 9/30/05 7:44 AM

Remember to check the reviewer's profile to get an idea of their figure type, measurements, etc. My profile lists all of those which I hope will be helpful to someone. :-)

I'm another one who needs photos! I like very detailed reviews especially where alterations are concerned. I basically want to be inside your head as you are making the garment!

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Date: 9/30/05 8:25 AM

I like pictures and pictures with the garment worn with a full shot of the person. Torso shots, IMHO, lose the effect of showing the garment. There is a member that always posts beautiful shots of herself in her garments and it makes the photo much more interesting. Pictures taken with a camera phone in the mirror don't do the garment justice.

Also, a well written review should include tips and/or techniques used. Problems that arose during construction, etc. Any information is helpful and can help others. Forgive me if I don't make sense. It's 7:30 a.m. and the t.v. is distracting me.

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Date: 9/30/05 8:40 AM

I enjoy looking at pictures during my daily scan of the new reviews.

But when it comes to studying the reviews for hints & tips before sewing the pattern myself, I appreciate ALL reviews regardless of pictures. Some of the most helpful reviews I've read, didn't have pictures.

I like the template, because it makes it easy to scan the review for the information I need. I usually take a look at the fabric choice, because I have difficulty matching fabrics to patterns.

I also like the little tips about interfacing or ignoring certain instructions.

And of course any information regarding unusual size or fit issues, or errors in the drafting or instructions, etc.

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