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|Reviewed by:||SavageCoco|| |
|Posted on:||2/4/12 4:36 PM |
|Last Updated:||9/17/15 1:25 AM|
Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Would NOT Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 3 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses Coat/Jacket |
|Type:||Suits / Separates|
|Fabric:||Rayon Jacquard [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Saving a Wadder
Pattern Description: Sheath dress and princess seam jacket.
Pattern Sizing: 14 - 20. I cut a 14.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Originally, NO. Not at all. When I first made and reviewed this wadder two years ago I hated it but loved the fabric too much to toss it out but did toss the pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I thought the dress/jacket combo would be a chic and easy look for work. But the finished product, both the dress and the jacket looked awful. Horrible fit on both.
Fabric Used: A very fluid and very pretty basketweave rayon jacquard from Beverly's end-cuts corner. It was really just a remnant. It frayed and moved everywhere. Impossible to sew with. I underlined everything but it just hung with no movement or shape and bulged everywhere. I tossed it in my own remnant pile until recently unearthed in recent stash tidying.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had added 1" to the waist length and hem but both were still too short-waisted for me. Originally, I hand-basted this thing together many times and and the fit just kept getting worse so gave up the game.
How I fixed the jacket: I took the jacket completely apart and removed the underlining. (On the train, baby - efficient time management is everything.) Since the underlining had not changed shape (unlike the fashion fabric) I used these as my pattern pieces to cut fusible and block fused all pieces with Pellon's EK-130 Easy Knit, crosswise stretch only. It was chosen for the weight. It turned out to be a good weight to re-stabilize the fluid woven.
I also did not have enough fashion fabric to make complete facings (or the belt), so I cut the bottom end of the facings from lining and pieced them. Then using the former underlining pieces again, cut a lining. For the back lining piece I placed the pattern 1" from the fold to add in the movement pleat.
Then I put it all back together again and although it looked much better, the fit was still awful - the top of the front side piece and front sleeve piece where it all met at the top of the bust was off a good 2". However, since the pieces were better stabilized, I was better able to alter the fit until it hung correctly, and cut off the excess.
I made the same alteration on the lining then bagged the lining in. I used #10 snaps, covered in the lining fabric instead of buttonholes so it can be worn with a belt.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? For me - Never. Ever. Again. This type of raglan sleeve is very uncomplimentary on me.
Conclusion: Originally, I felt this jacket and dress was a complete waste of time. I put hours and hours into both the dress and jacket utilizing every trick I knew, all to no avail. Yet, as mentioned above I liked the fabric too much to toss it, so perhaps once I came across it recently, I saw a solution with new eyes and gave it another go. It still does not look good on me. However it looks terrific on my boss! Perhaps not a waste of time and skill after all. I reduced (and tidied) the stash pile, finished a UFO AND made the boss smile. After all, we're only a few months from annual bonus time. I may be dumb but I sure ain't Stoopid.
Yet, I have no idea why this review is all in Bold. . .
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