Maggie London Dress, Pants, Top -- This review is of the top and the pants
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes I think it looks like the pattern envelope photo excepts that my pants seem to be a lot bigger.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes the instructions were easy to follow and follow you must. If you have not made one of the twist tops before it's hard to get your head around the idea of how it will go together. I decided to follow the instructions and not try to understand them. It worked like a charm but reminded me of orgami. It was also fun sewing the top on this machine. My goal is to sew all of my garment on this machine for the next month or so. Of course if I have to make buttonholes or do any kind of zigzag stitching, all bets are off. This baby only does one thing...sew straight ahead! While it doesn't offer anything fancy, this machine will probably outlast all my others. I didn't need the instructions for the pants...they were a no-brainer.
I didn't sew the pants on it because it was stretching the fabric a little and I didn't want my side seams wavy!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked the idea of the twist top that was not cut on the bias like so many other twist top patterns. Also make sure you get the amount of fabric the pattern calls for. I had absolutely not fabric left lengthwise!
The only thing I didn't like is how big the pants came out. In the photo you can see that they look pretty big. I think I will take the side seam in about an inch in the hip area. On the pattern photo the pants do not look as loose as mine are.
I used Matte Jersey for the top and Slinky for the pants. I adsolutely sewing with and wearing Slinky. I think this is my first experience with Matte Jersey and didn't have any problems with it.Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:I didn't make any alterations on the top but because I have a wide back and usually have to make an adjustment for it so I omitted the back darts. For the pants I shorted the front crotch about 2" and shortened the back 2" but only toward the side seam so that it would match the fronts. I left the center back it's original length to accommodate the "junk in my trunk!" I also lengthened the legs an inch. The pants appear to be dragging the ground but that is only because I didn't have the elastic tight enough and they were falling down.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'll certainly sew it again. Right now I am planning to make the dress version. I'd recommend it to others as it is fast and easy and very cute!