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Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Slappy Dress

The fabric has been in my stash for a while. Don't ask me what made me purchase it but I liked it. Originally I was going to make a bathrobe but that never happened. Enter Halloween. I'm currently working as a court reporter and wearing a costume in court is not an option...enter "The Slappy Dress." If you didn't know, Slappy the Dummy is a fictional character and antagonist in the Goosebumps children's series by R. L. Stine. He is one of the series' most popular villains and the main antagonist of the Night of the Living Dummy saga and a major villain in later series.


I "frankenpatterned" this design using two of my favorite patterns--Simplicity 2684 bodice and McCalls 6953 skirt. I've altered the 2684 bodice to fit me perfectly but the 6953 skirt presented more of a problem because the fabric was only 45" wide and I didn't have enough. Not to be deterred, I pinched out a pleat between each of the pattern pleats to narrow each of the skirt pieces and voila!

I didn't even cut the dress out until 9 pm on Halloween Eve...me and my procrastinating. All seemed to be going well until I decided it needed pockets. I couldn't find my favorite Mimi G pocket pattern from her maxi skirt download. I had to spend about 30 minutes looking for that. When I finally got the pockets cut and sewn it was nearing 1 am. I have to start getting ready for work at 6:30 am. I've got to get some sleep! I'm was going to line the bodice with the "burrito" method so the zipper still has to be installed. As I was tacking the top of the pocket to the bodice seam the sewing machine jammed. I cleared that jam about three times to no avail. At this point I'm exhausted but not deterred. I called it a night at 1:45 am.


I slept fit-fully until 5:30 am. I got up swapped out the jammed machine for a backup and finished the dress by 7 am. Thus the invisible zipper is "nearly invisible" as I'd never installed a zipper on "said backup" machine. I also didn't have time to be fooling around with a curved hem. I serged around the dress bottom. While I thought I was going to pair it with a fine-knit cardigan...it looked too "Mrs. Doubtfire" so I added a chunky necklace, cropped denim jacket and black suede over-the-knee boots. I absolutely loved my look. Of course when I got home from work I was too exhausted for pictures and while I thought this would be a "one of" wearing, it's so comfortable and fun I'm sure it will get lots more wear. It'll be a great conversation piece!




Thursday, October 10, 2019

Butterick 5687

Pattern Description:
Semi-fitted, lined above hipline jacket has front and back princess seams
Pattern Sizing:
8-22 I sewed a size 18 at the shoulders grading out to the size 22 at the hipline
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?


I think so except that my fabric has an "houndstooth-like" plaid design
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I'll admit this was not my first jacket "rodeo." I didn't use them at all. That's why I rated the pattern "Intermediate." Not sure how the instructions tackled the collar and lapel.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't dislike anything about this pattern. I particularly like that it is above the hipline. That is a good proportion for my body. It has been in my stash for a while. I'm trying to not buy so many patterns but use ones I already own. I love a good princess seam bodice whether it be for a jacket, blouse or dress.
Fabric Used:
This fabric was from my stash. I don't remember when I got it...as a matter of fact I forgot I had it. I do know that it was from Fabric Mart and not recently!



Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut a 18 through the neck and shoulders grading out to a size 22 in the hip. I love how well-drafted the armhole and sleeve cap are. I also did my usual 1" FBA following the Palmer/Pletsch instructions.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've already cut it again and have several more pieces of fabric lined up. This will be my go-to jacket pattern for a while.
Conclusion:


It's a keeper...if only my photographer were! He's my husband so I don't have much of a choice!



Sunday, August 4, 2019

Kangaroo Pocket Sneaker Dress

6747


My "go-to" pattern for a quick and easy dress. I call it a sneaker dress because it looks just as good with sneakers as it does with heels.
Pattern Description:
Pullover, close-fitting top and dresses have button neck and front bands, and stitched hems.
Pattern Sizing:
XS-XXL which translates to sizes 4-26. I made the large
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Not really


Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't use them at all
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
 I really love this pattern because it is so versatile and includes a center back seam that enables me to use less fabric.
Fabric Used:
Cotton knit from JoAnn's. it has an "oxford-like" texture. I wish I could find more of it!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted the front button placket, I've added a 1" FBA (horizontal dart)  as I do on all my patterns. I raised the neckline a little and added contrast armbands. I used the pocket pattern from McCall's 7061 because I love the shape and size of it and added contrast bands onto the pocket opening. I also shaved off some of the A-Line shape and turned up and top-stitched a 1 1/2" hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I've already used it multiple time and will use it many more
Conclusion:
This pattern was released in 2013 and is now out-of-print, but if you do have it in your stash it's worth digging out and using.