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Pattern Reviews> Simplicity> 3997 (Child Cowboy Costume)

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Posted on:2/27/14 10:56 AM
Project Photo:Simplicity: 3997 by Popculturemom

Simplicity: 3997 by Popculturemom  
Pattern Photo:Simplicity 3997
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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Fabric:Suedecloth  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
I made the cowgirl costumes (view D) with some slight alterations for aesthetic preferences.

Pattern Sizing:
I made sizes 3 and 6, which seemed true-to-size. My girls actually wear 2T and 5, but I wanted a size that would last longer than a couple of months.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, minus the modifications I made (see below)

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very. I'm still very much a beginner, but I had no trouble following the instructions. The only instructions that were a little confusing were the pocket instructions. Everything else was extremely straightforward.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pockets were not my favorite. There were too many. That was one of my modifications. When I make this again (hopefully not for another year), I will probably add a lining to the skirt, too. It doesn't really need one, but I like the idea of one.

Fabric Used:
butter suede

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I eliminated the pockets on the skirt. With the colors I used, it would have been just too much. Besides, I wasn't really keen on them anyway. I also skipped the fringe on the shoulders, which I didn't think added anything of particular value. At my children's urging,I eliminated the conchos. I did add a little fringe in a contrast color on the vest pocket, which I thought was a better style than the shoulder fringe.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely. This is my go-to pattern for Go Texan Day. See blog post here. I also look forward to trying the '50s costume.

This was a relatively quick and easy costume. Perfect for beginners. It looks great, and we have gotten a lot of compliments.
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Adaire said...
Good looking costumes! I love cowgirls!
2/27/14 11:16 AM
Lace threads said...
They look perfect. What a fun pattern to make up.
2/27/14 11:45 AM
Mufffet said...
Cute outfits! ;) Fun as well.
2/28/14 10:08 AM
CinLou said...
Too cute. They look darling in their costumes. Good job.
2/28/14 12:53 PM
Sewingmi said...
So adorable! The girls look delighted with their outfits!
2/28/14 2:42 PM
Pj3g said...
You did fantastic! Very cute!
2/28/14 4:43 PM
KamiSue2 said...
Adorable! My daughter wants an Annie Oakley costume--this is the perfect inspiration.
3/2/14 0:44 AM
beanchor said...
Hey Woman! Congrats on your first of many reviews! Great job on the costumes!
3/2/14 11:18 PM
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