Posts Tagged ‘Pattern Review’

Jun. 2011 22

Simplicity 2196

I give in. Patterns are way faster than draping. I always felt like I would be considered less talented if I used patterns since the piece wouldn’t be 100% my creation; like using patterns is considered cheating or something. But I’ve come to grips with the fact that not everything has to be from scratch, and that’s OK. So I’ve given in to making somethings with patterns. I’ll still be draping from time-to-time, but using the aid of patterns is here to stay.

So on with it. I got this pattern for $1 on sale at Joann’s. It’s super cute, but I did have to make some adjustments. I added about 2″ to the bust, I made the straps twice as thick, and I used an invisible zipper vice a normal one. I have to say if I were to make this one again, I probably wouldn’t put the tie on it. It’s really bulky and kinda unnecessary. But all and all, it turned out way cute. I used fabric Vlad’s mom had brought me make from Ghana. It’s just such a happy print, it always makes me smile. I also used a Living Social Deal to get $50 worth of stuff from G Street Fabrics for $25. In this I bought the invisible zipper, so it really ended up costing me about $1.50. So as a grand total, including the pattern, I spent $2.50 on this dress. Now that is a good deal.

And on a side note: I will never make that jacket thing…not cute…

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Jun. 2011 8

Pattern Review…

OK, so when I was walking through Joann Fabrics the other day (honestly, months ago), I saw this Simplicity pattern (2684) on sale for $0.99. It was super adorable, and since my twin nieces’ birthdays are coming up on April 11th, I figured it would make a great gift. My lovely Aunt Carole was thoughtful enough to give my mom a boat-load of fabric when the twins were born for a quilt. However, my mom being the busy stager, didn’t have time to make it. So I took the fabric a made some super adorable clothes.

When I started off on this project I was thinking “wouldn’t it be great to start doing some pattern reviews on my blog?” But, by step 2 of the sewing instructions, my true nature came out. I read the directions, said “this is stupid way to do that” and did it my own way. So I can’t speak to whether or not the directions are good or accurate, but I can tell you the pattern pieces make one cute set of clothing.