|Simplicity: 9836 - Type:Costumes |
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|Posted on:||9/12/13 0:00 AM |
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Simplicity Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|Fabric:||Cotton [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Sorry in advance for this rambling review, but here goes.|
I decided to make my sister's two daughter's Scottish outfits because they have red hair, I thought it would be cute, and I thought it would be simple and easy, and I had this adorable pattern to make it from.
Well, first off, I need to look at my patterns closer before I make plans in my head. I wanted my nieces' skirts plaid, with a natural looking blouse and then the little vest thing in a solid color. So I was thinking view C, only those more observant than me might notice that the blouse and skirt are actually a dress, which works fine if you're making view A or B, but really are you going make the skirt a light natural muslin like the top? I guess it looks okay in the picture, but in real life I think it would look dumb. So I made plaid skirts with an elastic waistband, and planned on making the underdress shorter and just using it as a top. But then I realized the amount of fabric it uses, and by this time making two dresses had ballooned into making costumes for all SIX (how do I constantly do these things to myself?!?!?) of her kids, and so I chose instead to make a very basic shift that I had used in a Renaissance costume 5 years ago that used considerably less fabric. The tutorial is here. The Tudor Costume Page
Then I went on to make the vest. Only my niece is a size 10 width wise and a size 14 height wise, and I'm a fool. I tried lengthening it by extending the center front to the length of size 14 by simply continuing the line up with a ruler. This did not work because the center front line is not straight up and down. Hopefully you can understand my 30 sec diagram that I drew (basically as a reminder to me for future projects, whereas I'm sure any seamstress with any experience would have clued in long before I did) to show why this didn't work. Then I tried adjusting it again and remade the vest a second time. Fail again.
It wasn't till two weeks later during a sleepless night that all of a sudden a light bulb went on and I realized what I had been doing and what I should have done instead. I should have just marked the top, slid the pattern down three inches and marked the bottom, thus preserving the bust and waist sizes. Ruff. Here's the second vest I made. And the inside.
(Okay, so after looking online at other people's version of this, I do wonder if there is a bit of drafting error as well, because the two pictures I did find the two sides laced up tight at the top and had a two inch gap at the bottom, which was my problem as well. Although I still think what I did made it worse.)
To be fair, I think this pattern was very cute and would work fine for views A and B. I just think it's cheesy for view C. The vest was super easy to make and I made it in less than an hour. I would love to try making the hats still! For my current project I just ended up using my go-to pattern for everything--Burda 9509 Here's another thing I made with Burda 9509. and unpicked my already finished skirts and sewed the bodice top to the skirts. It's cute, but not what I had envisioned so I'm still really annoyed about it. Plus, besides the plaid fabric, everything was coming from my stash, but then after making the vest twice I had to go buy fabric.
Here's a link to an easy faux kilt tutorial. Kilt Tutorial
And another link to make a pom-pom. Yarn pom-pom video
Oh, and I used Simplicity 2745 to make the hats. I'm not doing a seperate review, but I had bought that pattern years ago just for the hat. I love berets on little kids. Anyhow, you could find a free tutorial online easily, but it was nice to have the sizing for little kids.
*Oops! I meant to save this as a draft till I had pictures of my sisters' kids all in costume, but I accidentally hit publish. I'll update when I get pictures.
***So I sent the failed vest to my sister and her kids decided the best use for it was on their dog!!! Hee. Hee.
The cutest dress!
The smallest kilt