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Pattern Review 11/1/15 11:29 AM
Butterick - 5970 Misses' Top and Skirt
Pattern Sizing: I used a size 10 but sewed at a slightly smaller seam allowance at the waist since the actress would not be wearing a corset. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Not really - I changed a lot of things about the pattern. Were... more...
Pattern Review 10/24/15 7:10 PM
Butterick - 4049
This pattern was unexpectedly good. I've never sewn plus-size before and in a pinch I grabbed it out of the costume shop's stash (this was sewing with the collaboration of Skidmore Theatre Department's costume shop for "Our Town") because we didn't have time to order anything else. I didn't have hig... more...
Pattern Review 10/31/15 9:43 AM
Butterick - 5509 Aprons
Third time making this (again, made with the assistance of students), I opted for a pale grey lightweight cotton swiss dot that was really lovely. This version is the half apron. I made the size large because the girl was rather tall and I had made it for another girl who was tall, and then I rememb... more...
Pattern Review 10/31/15 9:20 AM
Folkwear - 201 Prairie Dress
I made this (with the help of several students) for a production of Skidmore College Theatre's Our Town. The director wished us to make a dress matching the one in the 1989 production at Lincoln Center. Unable to find a more appropriate fabric, I had to use flannel because it somewhat matched the gi... more...
Pattern Review 10/31/15 9:43 AM
Butterick - 5509 Aprons
This was my second time making this pattern and since then I've made it a third time (It is a great pattern for theatre costumes). Not because it is well constructed, but because it offers good variations and goes up to plus size (even though it says it is a large, I used it on a woman with 53" hips... more...

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