Sunday, January 06, 2008
The description on the pattern is as follows:
This dress, in the trendy wrapover look, fits so beautifully due to a perfect pattern design that includes bust and back waist darts. Both front pieces are cleverly caught in the side seams so that nothing can slip out of place.
OK. I agree 100% that the front pieces are securely caught in the side seams. I really liked this feature, and I think it's a large part of why the front doesn't 'slip'. There's also not a lot of excess bulk fabric - something any woman can appreciate!
That being said, the collar shown on the line drawings was horrific when it came to actual application. I looked at it. Looked at it again. Looked a third time. Why a collar stand on a knit dress? OK, it's a double knit, it's very stable. Still...
So then I noticed that this is also a shirt pattern. Without the collar!! So I opted to make this dress like the directions for the shirt...just with a nice calf length skirt attached, lol.
I did my first FBA for this pattern, and it worked REALLY well. I've been struggling with the bust on most things since I had kids and gained a bust. I highly recommend Fast Fit Pattern Alterations, by Sandra Betzina to help with the FBA.
Now, that being said, I wish I had read a little more on her flat pattern fitting for measurement. I got so excited on the well fitting bust, lol, I did not adjust for tummy control, lol. This dress will look fantastic on me - when I loose about 10 lbs., lol. Still, I really like the dress, and I won't hesitate to make it again.
I bought this flannel several years ago, when my sons were 2 and 4. They're now 6 and 8. Oops. Still, my intentions were to make pj's for them. Recently, we've been on a growing spurt and new pajama's have been a much needed item. I figured that I would only have enough flannel to make sleep pants, and that I could make the a knit sleep shirt to coordinate. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had enough of both fabrics to make coordinating sleep shirts (just barely on the "tool time" fabric)!
So this is 4 yards of fabric out of my stash. With any luck, my kids won't outgrow this set, and we'll make it through the spring!
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
- I will sew up more stash this year than I will take in new fabric - it is not OK to have the leaning towers of fabric in my bedroom!!
- I will get over my dislike of sewing pants and learn to fit a good pants pattern for me
- I will make each child at least one shirt a season - no sewing for just my daughter
- I will work on getting better learning my Pattern Master software - since I plan on buying the upgrade in a few days, it makes more sense to learn how to use it than to just let it sit on my computer.
- I will dedicate 4 hours a month to sewing for "me".
- I won't hate myself if I can't complete these resolutions in a year!!
Now in all fairness, I've alread started the year off well. I've used six yards of stash fabric. Flannel that has been in my stash for almost 5 years. I don't know why I let it sit there that year. It's not like my kids don't need pj's. It's not like I don't have a PJ pattern that I love (look through the archives to see the PJ's I've sewn before - I'm using the same pattern, I love it!). I seriously have more fabric that I know what to do with right now, and it's incredibly overwhelming. I really want to get it sewn and out, so I don't feel guilty when I buy more. Because let's be honest, lol, I'm not going to stop buying fabric!!
Happy New Years!!