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Pattern Review 6/15/16 10:40 PM
Butterick - 4686 6 sew easy
I decided to make the same skirt as before, but in a longer length. I was inspired by some Gunne Sax skirts, and wanted to try making a ruffle for the bottom. For the ruffle, I cut strips of my contrasting fabric on the bias and sewed them together, as if I were making very wide bias strips. I tri... more...
Pattern Review 6/15/16 9:52 PM
Butterick - 4686 6 sew easy
Pattern Description: Skirt variations, with pleats or yoke. Pattern Sizing: I bought this pattern a while ago, when I was a bit slimmer. The largest size I had was size 14, which was a bit too snug for me, especially with lining. I cut size 14, but used a 1/2" seem allowance, which worked well. ... more...
Pattern Review 6/15/16 9:47 PM
Simplicity - 4188 Misses' Skirts
Pattern Description: Skirts of various lengths with a yoke waist and godets, optional belt. Pattern Sizing: I am a bit between sizes, I cut size 14. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Sort of, but I added and changed a few things. W... more...
Sewing Tip 7/11/15 2:46 PM
Great pleats using a comb
I was looking around the web for a device to make perfect pleats, and came up with using a comb. It takes some patience and hand sewing, but the result is perfectly even gathers/ruffles/ pleats, whatever you want to call them. You can use a big comb or a little comb. To make the pleats, find a big ... more...
Pattern Review 7/31/15 8:48 PM
Simplicity - 4055
1. What is the inspiration for your design? Follow Ellie's board Regency on Pinterest. 2. In what year / decade / era does your design originate? Regency Era- 1795-1830. 3. Why did you choose this design? I love regency dresses, and Jane Austen! I had the pattern, but altered it... more...

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