Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Brightness of V8644
When I first saw this pattern, I thought it was similar to Vogue 8594. So I decided not to buy it. Then at the next sale, I convinced myself that the jacket was included and the design lines were "slightly" different. So I end up buying it anyway.
Here's my review:
Pattern Description: MISSES' JACKET AND DRESS: Semi-fitted, lined jacket has neckline pleats and darts, princess seams and three-quarter length sleeves with elbow darts. Fitted, lined dress with bodice and yoke, side slant pockets, back slit, back zipper closing and mid-knee length.
Pattern Sizing: 8 - 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? They are typical instructions for a lined sleeveless skirt waist dress and a princess seams jacket. So for the most part, I did not look at them as I put the garments together.
I will say this though, for steps 30 and 31 I wish they would instruct sewists to "not match" the small circle to attach the lining to the skirt. For better results: "no puckering" move the lining small circle a 1/4 inch above the small circle on the skirt.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like to pleated neckline on the jacket and the design lines on the dress back bodice.
Fabric Used: Linen Look (50/50 Poly/Rayon). I used a fabric not recommended. But I thought it would work for this outfit. It doesn't wrinkle as much and just as easy to handle as linen.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a few alternations:
-FBA on the jacket and dress
-Sway back Adjustment to both folding out the excess across the lower back. Also reducing the width of the lower back cutting the pattern at size 12 (not illustrated).
- At the under area of the dress, I added 1/2 inch where the side seams meet decreasing as I approached the notches on the side front and side back. Sorry on illustration in the flickr set.
- A slight broad shoulder adjustment. Again no illustration but it's a typical adjustment for broad shoulders and prominent shoulder blades.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think the jacket would compliment a variety of short sleeve or no sleeve tops. I don't think I'll make the dress again.
This is pattern is fairly descent. It goes together easily. I did notice the skirt is narrow in the hips. And the jacket at the side front has a little too much fabric. I think that's because of the FBA. So you may have to move some of the width at the lower armhole.
It's labelled as a Divine Details. This one does not have as much detail as you might expect for the line of patterns. Vogue 8594 has twice as many details in the skirt and bodice.
Conclusion: I'm pleased with the results. This pattern is so me. I like it; and if this is one of your favorite silhouettes, try it.
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Here is the link to my flickr set for illustrations of the FBA.