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Sunday, April 29, 2012


Seriously this is the easiest thing I've made . . . EVER. Two pieces, side and shoulder seams, hem, done. Hello my new favorite summer dress. I will be making this A LOT.

Pattern Description: MISSES'UNLINED JACKETS AND DRESSES: Close-fitting, unlined jacket in 2 lengths has front extending into single-layer tie ends(wrong side shows). Very close-fitting, pullover dresses. E and F: front seam detail, bias upper/middle fronts, and lower front/back (cut on crosswise grain of fabric. All have narrow hems.

Pattern Sizing: A5(6-8-10-12-14),E5(14-16-18-20-22)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Especially easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? As you may notice, this pattern is very similar to the uber popular Mission Maxi pattern. I have had that pattern for some time but I hadn't made it because I need a special bra for the racer back. The thing I like about this pattern is no special bra needed. I'm not sure if it was my fabric or if you might just need to raise the shoulders for modesty. As you can see, the women (they haven't been girls in a VERY long time) are struggling to get out.

Fabric Used: A knit of unknown content

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The words "close fitting" in the description had me running scared so I added an inch to the side seam when cutting it out which resulted in adding 4 inches to the final garment. Bad idea.. I ended up taking all of the extra ease back out.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will definitely be making this several more times and I would recommend this to others.

Conclusion: This is my new favorite summer dress and I see so many of these in my future. Love it!!!!!

As Promised . . .

I finally got to wear M6204 today so as promised, here are the pics.

And in case I decide to take up game show hosting, there is this pose.

I love this and got so many compliments on it, although at least half I know were just because of the fabric which I agree is beautiful!

I'm feeling a little mojo coming on so stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

M6204 - She's Done

I started work on this top a year ago as part of Faye's Starting at the Top challenge 2011. I didn't finish it then but I was determined to finish for the 2012 challenge. That didn't happen. (15 days goes by quick when you live in a zoo have three small children. Since it was 80 degrees on Friday and 93 degrees on Saturday, finishing this on Monday was right on time, only problem is there was a 20 degree drop in the weather and it's supposed to RAIN tomorrow! Oh well, I guess I'll be ready for the next heat wave. I will update the pictures once I get to wear it.

Pattern Description: MISSES' AND WOMEN'S TUNICS: Loose fitting, pullover tunics A, B have extended shoulders and stitched hems; tunic A has short sleeves on right side, left side drapes, angled hem, optional purchased jewel appliques, wrong side of fabric shows; tunic B has shirt tail hem, purchased jewel stones.

Pattern Sizing: B5(8-10-12-14-16), RR(18W-20W-22W-24W)

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were definitely easy to follow. So much so that half way through I lost them and had no problem finishing up this top.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that it feels both pretty and feminine yet on trend.

Fabric Used: I used a poly charmeuse that I had been coveting since I saw it used here.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No changes necessary.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not sure if I would sew again but I won't rule it out. I'd definitely recommend to others.

Conclusion: An easy, quick (for people who can sew continuously, not so much for me as it was a UFO from nearly a year ago) top that is pretty and fun.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Have you ever thought . . .

I shouldn't be doing this because __________ might happen just seconds before ________ actually happens? Well that's exactly what happened to me seconds before I dropped the container with all 500 of my dressmaker pins and they flew everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. I even found about 20 of them in the kangaroo pocket of my hooded sweatshirt. I don't even want to guess how many flew into the nearby garbage can, oh well. So that's what I was doing at 5:00 a.m. what about you?

New Tool

For those aging, ahem I mean tired eyes, meet my latest sewing tool. I picked this up on sale at Hancock for about $7. The magnification is KILLER. They come in lots of fun colors too. Mine are an electric blue. Score!