Saturday, July 20, 2013

New Experiences

Well, I finally finished a project. Not quite a first, but it's been so long it feels new :-) Behold S2614! Please forgive Ruby's indecency. I don't want to flatten those cups by storing them. Besides, Ruby needs a little more heft all over to better match me. *sigh*

Anyhoo. Let's get to the review, shall we?

Pattern description
Misses' pullover top and bias skirt. Separate patterns included for A, B, C, D cup sizes. Threads Magazine Collection. I made the skirt, View A.

Pattern sizing
6-22. Let's just say I started with the 22 :-)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing?
Absolutely, except I added length.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Sure. I made the casing differently using this method. Although the instructions didn't call for it, I let the skirt hang before hemming in order to let the bias settle.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No dislikes! This is a great starter pattern. 

Fabric used
Cotton/poly blend from Hancock. I've had it since 2005! Bemberg rayon from Mood for the lining. I starched the lining fabric before cutting.

Pattern alterations or any design changes?
Plenty! Where to begin? 

Alterations -- I made separate front and back pattern pieces for asymmetrical me.
  • Added width to waist and hips. I think I'll decrease the back waist width 1" next time.
  • Raised CB waist an inch. Thinking about lowering the CF waist an inch.
  • Added 2 3/4" to CB hem
  • I did High hip alt using the seam method. I should probably add more.
Design Changes
  • Lengthened 5"
  • Added a lining with hem lace! I can't help it -- I like linings. 
This project was my first ever lining! I used this tutorial to figure out how to add a linking to a skirt with an elastic waist. I used French seams for the side seams. (I didn't finish the side seams on the skirt since it's cut on the bias. Time will tell if this was wise.) Man, I ironed it, tried it on and then put it on Ruby for pics. I can see this garment will always require an iron.

I love the hem lace. It's a pretty, flirty touch to a rather utilitarian skirt. I figured I'd keep the color simple for this go round. When I got to the end, I realized I hadn't given any thought to what to do with the ends of the lace. I ended up overlapping them and joining them with a zigzag, the same way you join elastic. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it?
Absolutely to both!

Although it took me forever (no fault of the pattern), this was a fun project. My inner gadget girl got her workout in because I used a gang of presser feet:
  • standard foot
  • 1/4" foot (French seams in lining)
  • zipper foot (casing)
  • narrow edge foot (hemming) 
  • join and fold foot (attaching the hem lace) -- this was my first time using this foot. It was a little tricky with the slippery lining.


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