Thursday, May 26, 2011

Simplicity 2583 In The Navy

I hope everyone is well. Since the fashion show, I haven't been able to get back into the routine of posting and reading. But yesterday I was able to read about some of your projects. It made me to want to add to my ever-growing list of things to make.

Since April I've made several garments. I don't want to forget the important details about my experience so I really need to get them all written.

Today's review features one of the most recent dresses I made, Simplicity 2583. I've had this pattern in my collection for a while. Many have made and reviewed it on PR already. Last week I decided to use some of the fabric that I purchased at Buddy's in February.

So here goes my review:

Pattern Description: Misses'/miss petite dress or tunic with front and neckline variations. I made the beige dress view - minus the trim on the sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 22; used 14 with modifications.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow? piece of cake. Nothing confusing.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I think what initially drew me to this pattern was the keyhole neck variation of the tunic. There is nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used: I used a woolen from Buddy's shop on South Wabash. The trim I purchased at Vogue some time last month.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made my usual adjustments to fit my body. FBA, prominent shoulder blade, sway back, and a few more inches to the length. (My version is still a few inches shorter than the dress worn by the model.) One design change: omission of the trim on the sleeves. I thought about lining this one but decided to go ahead with the facing instead.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Hmmm.., I don't know if I will. I have so many patterns. These days I'm noticing that I keep making the same style (straight skirt). So, this summer and coming winter I'm going to change that up a little bit.

Conclusion: This is a nice pattern to sew. A beginner should be able to sew it with no problems.

Parting shots: I'm almost done with Vogue 1205. Let me tell you, this is a great small dress. I decided to make it in red with the white and black contrasting strap.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pattern Review Weekend - Chicago 2011

The Pattern Review Weekend was fun filled and exciting. It was so nice to meet the ladies. Warning: This is a pictorial post. Here we go:

Deepika, Owner and Creator of This is the 10th Anniversary, 250,000 members strong. Come join us.

Ting Wong, Our Hostess for the Conference. Thanks, Tina!

Robin Martin shopping at Fishman's Fabrics.

Kelly Adams holding one of books, designed to help her keep track of fabrics and notions.

Kelly's pattern catalog

The ladies shopping at New Rainbow Fabrics

More shopping

Still more shopping at Soutashe (Ribbons, Buttons, and Accessories). Great store!

Beautiful Belt

Andrea is going to make it.

Rolls and rolls of beautiful ribbon.

Jacqui chillin' after shopping.

Rose adding up all those receipts

Dinner at Berghoff.

Andrea- Yes, I made this outfit. And let me tell you how.

Perfect fit and great style.

Angela Wolf, local designer and speaker for the day.

A few of the PR members: Jacqui Rocha Lovelace, Kyle Burkhardt, Jeanette Marie Price, Sherill Miller, Leslie Lawson, Melody Gardner, Connie Bontje

Me contributing to the pattern swap on Saturday.

PS –
I bet you’re wondering if I’ve sewn anything lately? You know me.., Sure I have. I just haven’t taken the time to write about it. Reviews are forthcoming.

Parting Shot: My Sweet Pea graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, earning her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration – Management. I’m very happy for her. This is one of three pictures. I was too excited to think about pictures.

Happy Sewing!


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