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|Self Drafted Pattern: 17498-1003 (Based on Simplicity 2599) - Type:Tops|
Review submitted in Fabric Stash Contest 2013 Contest
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|Posted on:||7/8/13 9:25 PM |
|Last Updated:||7/8/13 9:34 PM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Silk Twill [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This is a variation of the popular Simplicity 2599 top. I drafted a peasant-style slitted front facing, sewn on the outside, along with the back facing. This replaces the back opening and allows the garment to go over the head, without zippers or other closures. |
Pattern Sizing: NA
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?NA
Were the instructions easy to follow?NA
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? This actually worked well and is easier to put on than the original back opening version. I had the naive idea that it would be simple and fun to embroider motifs, using my new sewing machine with fancy stitches, on the front facing--this was WAY more complicated and time-consuming that I thought.
My original facing, due to problems with the embroidery and hemming, ended up reduced in width (I just cut off my problems). I was going to have 3 rows of embroidery and ended up with one. After machine errors in the embroidery (tension problems due to a bobbin tension problem) I found it impossible to remove the stitches and, luckily since the 3rd outside row was flawed, just cut it off. I did use a fabric stabilizer (totally key) and a polyester thread (because I want to wash this). I DID learn a bit about machine- embroidering. (plan ahead for bobbin thread.) I think not for me--time-consuming and very fussy.
I serged a rolled hem with the embroidery thread--worked for the garment but the facing has issues. Cut off the second row, but still have one good row. I machine stitched the neck/V and then hand stitched the reduced-width facing on the outside at the perimeter. Not super happy about this.
Fabric Used: A silk twill fabric from Fashion Fabrics Club. Rather uninspiring and non silk-like. Good color but long-term stash fabric, older than 5 years. I went ahead and prewashed it in the washer/dryer and liked the outcome--came out more sueded and soft, even better.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: See above.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I could see making this again, without embroidery.
Conclusion: A peasant version with front slit facing of Simplicity 2599. Design works. Embroidery problematic, my naivety.
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