Monday, August 10, 2009

A few more reviews

I sewed up a few things for my recent trip back to Nebraska. As usual, I waited until the last minute and got everything done in about 2 days hahaha..for the most part everything was easy to throw together. I think I am officially done sewing maxi dresses for the year. I think I might try and start my fall wardrobe a bit early this year. I made the black and pink dress Saturday night for something cute to wear for my date with my husband on Sunday. He was returning from a trip to Georgia.

McCall 5889

Fabric used: White Linen-I made a jumpsuit using this pattern for the pants and a simple self drafted pattern for the top portion.

How long did it take to complete: I put this together in about an hour and half.

Overall Review: The pants pattern is super easy and has a relaxed fit. Just the look I was going for. Instead of using elastic at the bottom, I made ties. I might use this pattern again to have some quick, comfortable pants to wear.


Fabric used: Jungle printed rayon

Complexity of pattern: Not hard at all..I made the halter version in size 12.

How long did it take to complete: About an hour and half

Overall Review: This pattern was great. The sizing said the finished bust would be 39and 1/2 which I was scared is was going to be too big and gappy looking on me but it fit perfect.


Fabric used: Purple knit-the picture doesn't show the color too well or do the dress justice cause my husband was sitting down when he took the pic LOL! and I forgot to take a pic of it the night I actually wore the dress. I had on this real pretty purple necklace and earrings.

Complexity of pattern: This pattern was easier than I expected. I thought the ruffle looking thing in the front was going to take extra time but it didn't really. I decided to make View E in size 12 in a strapless version to cut back on time too.

How long did it take to complete: I swear I finished this in little over an hour.

Overall Review: This pattern was nice. No problems at all. The sizing said the finished bust would be 32 which I didn't notice until I was almost finished with the dress hahaha..I thought it was going to be extra tight across my chest but it wasn't. It stayed in place when I was wearing it. I danced in the dress and don't remember having to pull it up at all.


Fabric used: Black and pink knit-again, the picture doesn't really show the pink too well. Maybe I have a raggedy camera hahaha..I made the top from View A and the bottom from View B.

Complexity of pattern: This pattern was extra easy. Only 4 pieces. It called for clear elastic to be used in the waist area which I have never worked with before. It was easy to use but I don't understand why regular elastic couldn't be used.

How long did it take to complete: It took close to 2 hours for this one. It was late and I was moving kinda slow.

Overall Review: This pattern was ok BUT, the sizing was off IMO. I made a medium which was for bust size 37-38 1/2, waist size 27 1/2-29 and hip size 38 1/2 to 40First of all, it said use 1/4 seam allowances which was strange to me so I didn't do it. I used 5/8. I did follow the instructions about using 3/8 seam allowance to sew the bodice to the skirt because the elastic that is used for the waist is 3/8. Even with using 5/8 seam allowances, I had to take the dress in TWICE,it was too dang big. And really, I could of taken it in again but didn't feel like it. It still fits ok. I don't think I have sewn a Kwik Sew pattern before so maybe this is the norm for them. I just know to make a small next time and still might have to take it in hahaha.


Susan said...

You did your thang! All of your projects look great on you. I'm glad you gave a positive review on the simplicity pattern. I only saw one review on PR and it was a bit negative. I really love your version!

Adrienne said...

Go right on ahead!!! I LOVE the shoes in the first photo!

gwensews said...

Very nice garments. I love the jumpsuit.

Erica B. said...

You have really been busy! I've been meaning to pick up that Kwik Sew pattern! Thanks for the reminder!

Big Hurt said...

I love your latest creations!! I've been very impressed with your increasing skills and happy to have you on my arm looking great, Angel!! The black and pink was my fav because it was for me! ;-)

I love you and keep up the great work!

~Your Big Hurt

Cennetta said...

Girl, you worked it! I must say you out did yourself. Everything looks great.

gold said...

Girl you have been busy! I am loving all the outfits and shoes!

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

Ok girl! You're doin' it aint cha! Love them all!!!