|Pattern Description: |
Mary-Jane style slipper pattern.
S, M, L (women's shoe sizes 5-6, 7-8, 9-10)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, and they were well written, in spite of the many steps and space constraints of a magazine.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
They are cute, and I have never come across a slipper pattern that was not a mule style. Not that I have been looking, exactly.
My machine, however, had issues with sewing through 10 layers. Adding the binding was also tough on the front part of the slippers, since there is simply no room to maneuver. I think a smaller size would have meant handsewing it on to both sides.
Quilting cotton, flannel, cotton quilt batting, iron-on interfacing, non-skid sole
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
This was my muslin, made with stash fabric scraps.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I definitely plan to sew it again, and I would recommend it to others.
My changes for next time (sizing assumes I make them for me):
• add about 1/3 inch length. I actually wear a size 10 or 10.5. These fit, but my heel is on the back seam, and it's not pleasant. There should really be a size 11 on the pattern!
• lose 1/4-1/2" of width in the arch area. These are crazy wide, in spite of being a touch too short!
• sew binding on BEFORE sewing upper to sole. It will be much easier to maneuver in the machine.
• I actually did this on this pair: rather than overlap the binding at the heel, I left 3" unsewn on both sides when I sewed the binding to the top. Then I unfolded the binding, and found and pinned the back seam so it would fit and line up with the slipper seam. I sewed, cut, did my best to press open (a tiny iron would be helpful!), and then refolded and finished sewing down the binding.
A nice well-written pattern. Very cute and functional. I started Monday and finished Saturday, never feeling rushed or confused (but I did wish I had a bit more time during the week!).
More pictures are here: