Pattern Review: McCalls 6074 Maxi Dress

When I went to save the pictures of this project, my computer reminded me that I had Already Made This Dress. The pattern is nowhere in my stash, so it probably got recycled at some point in the last 5+ years. Anyway, here’s a fresh review.


Pattern Description: MISSES’ DRESSES IN THREE LENGTHS: Pullover dresses A, B, C, D have front elastic casing detail, deep V-neck, flare skirt and stitch hems; dress A has purchased iron-on trim; dress B has contrast hem band; dress D has cap sleeve; dresses A, B lengths are 2″ above mid-knee; dress C is evening length; dress D length is 2″ above ankle.Sizing: 6-22. I made a 12

Available as a PDF? Yes

Fabric Used: A sold out ITY Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!). There are lots of other ITY jerseys that would work. You can see them Here

Machines and Tools Used: Juki home serger, Pfaff 2130.

Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle, thread, scraps of interfacing and 1/2 inch elastic.

Tips Used during Construction: Tips and Tricks for Sewing With Knits, Anything by The Pressinatrix.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Fine. This is an easy-peasy pattern, and it went together quickly.

Construction Notes: In my previous review, I noted that the bust point was pretty high. This time I measured it, and it’s a ridiculous 9 inches from the shoulder seam! Whoa. That’s just nuts. So be prepared to lower the bust point. I also did an FBA. As I said before, this runs pretty large, so don’t hesitate to go down from your regular size. I should have remembered to use a size 10, but 12 is close enough.

The maxi version is REALLY long. I lopped off about 5 inches. If you’re my height (5 feet 6 inches) or shorter, you can probably cut it at the length for View D and still end up with a maxi.

Likes/Dislikes: This is an easy, easy-to-wear, classic pattern, as evidenced by the fact it’s been in the catalog for at least 5 years. It gives good results in a short time. Other than the bust point being too high, I don’t dislike anything about it.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Clearly I would do it again, and I do recommend it. I know it’s a strange thing to make on the coldest day of 2016 (so far) here in Boston, but I wanted to make something to remind myself that spring is coming and this did the trick nicely.

Conclusion: Nice, easy pattern. Easy to make and easy to wear. I’ll get pictures on me when the weather warms up. In the meantime, here are some on Shelley:

Front
Front
Back
Back
6074 Maxi Detail
Detail showing the gathering

Happy sewing!

New Year Pattern/Fabric Picks

Happy New Year! I took December off from doing a fabric/pattern pairings, but now that the holidays are over, let’s start up again! We have some great new fabrics for your late winter/early spring wardrobing (and summer into fall if you’re one of our friends Down Under).

HP-Brushstrokes
Here’s one that I’m particularly excited about. The dress that started it all! That’s right, almost 9 years ago, I made a HotPatterns Cosmopolitan Dress from an ITY jersey, and that was the fabric that started this whole wonderful adventure! HotPatterns just did a limited re-issue of the pattern, and I adore it with this Brush Strokes ITY Jersey. It’s also available in a Red Colorway, if you prefer warmer tones. Either way, it’s a winner!

Ginger 11251
I just love jeans; they are my uniform at Gorgeous Fabrics Galactic Headquarters. And a pattern that has been made by many of our customers with phenomenal success is Closet Case Files’ Ginger Jeans. It’s a flattering pattern on so many different figures! Give it a feminine and fun flare with our Lovely Leaves Stretch Cotton Twill. You can wear it now right into the warmer weather!

Kendall_11202_11203
One of my absolute favorite fabrics, regardless of the time of year, is rayon jersey. We’ve received a shipment of the most beautiful, vibrant colors imaginable! I think any of them will look spectacular paired with StyleArc’s Kendall Top. With Valentine’s Day approaching, pair it with our Rumba Red. For a gorgeous color that suits just about any complexion, you can make it with our Lake Blue. Check the Solid Jerseys page to see the rainbow of colors we have available for you!

V9172_11257
I almost passed by Vogue 9172 Skirt in the latest collection, but then I noticed the lines and it is Gorgeous! Its deceptively simple, but has some design features that give the fabric center stage. They recommend a knit with some substance. This would look brilliant made up in our Diamond Life Matellasse Knit. It’s comfortable, washable, travels beautifully and wears like iron!

I hope you enjoy these fabric and pattern combinations as much as I enjoy putting them together for you. Hopefully this gives you inspiration and ideas, and tempts you to check out all of our Gorgeous Fabrics. 🙂

Happy sewing!

Favorite Garments of 2015

I’m Not Generally One for Looking Back on the year past, but 2015 was a good year for things in my wardrobe that I just love, so here are my top 6. Yeah, I know – “What? Top 6? I thought it was Top 5?” What can I say? I’m a rebel. From number 6 favorite to number 1, these are the garments that I pull out of my closet or bureau and feel great wearing:

Number 6: Another Karen Short
Karen 3 On Me
It was a toss-up between these shorts and my Modified Kwik Sew Duster (okay, yes, I cheated and it’s technically 7 winners, but indulge me). The reason this one made the list is because I wore these incessantly from when I pulled them off the ironing board until the cold weather hit. That was about a two week span, here in Boston, so I am sure they will get lots of wear next summer. Plus I got some very good feedback on this pattern that helped me make the second one better. Thanks GOMI!

Number 5: Liesl & Company’s Maritime Top

Front
Front

Surprised by this? I am. When I made this top, I was unsure of it. It didn’t fit the ‘fit profile’ I was searching for at the time. But I thought it would be nice to do a compare/contrast between indie and big 4 Breton-style tops. Well. Over the months, this gets pulled out and worn on a very regular basis. So it’s a winner, and I will definitely make some more.

Number 4: Another StyleArc Kate Dress

Front
Front

After 2014’s Wrapapalooza, you might think I’d be tired of wrap dresses. Nope! Love them still, and this Kate Dress from StyleArc is one of my favorites!

Number 3: Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll Dress
6838 v2 Front
You know, I don’t buy from other fabric stores often, but when I do, it’s spectacular fabric that I can’t lay my hands on. I have worn this dress three times so far this year, and every time I get stopped by people asking me where they can buy it. It’s a testament to this dress and fabric that I’m going to wear it tomorrow night to ring in the New Year.

Number 2: Paco Peralta’s Cassock Coat
Finished Front

If a piece of clothing could be the Perfect Man, this would be it. This coat is so beautifully drafted, yet so simple, that it sets off the wearer (that would be me) beautifully. It inspired DH to buy me a vintage Hermès “Petite Mains” scarf for Christmas to go with it (love that man!!). Paco – your designs are GORGEOUS!

Number 1: The Wedding Gown Refactor
I Would Do it Again in a Heartbeat
This year, I took a Princess-Di-inspired wedding confection and turned it into a sleek sheath dress for my 30th wedding anniversary dinner. I married the perfect man, and I wore the perfect dress then and gave it new meaning for now.

Have a safe, happy and wonderful New Year, everyone!

Snatching Victory from the Jaws of Defeat – Kwik Sew 2948 Cardigan (modified)

After the debacle that was the no-Named pattern, I fell back and punted. Sewsy, bless her, suggested a couple of Kwik Sew Patterns, one of which, K2948, I had in my pattern stash and had even traced off in a size medium. Cue the happy dance!

The website says out of stock; I’ve heard rumors it is out of print. Not sure if that is correct.

I made this pattern years and years ago, in a very different type of knit (much lighter weight), so here’s a new review.
Pattern Description: Misses’ fitted cardigans and tops. The cardigan has long sleeves and a front band with a buttonhole and button closure. View A has a self fabric belt. The View A pull-over top has a stand-up collar and hemmed armholes. The View B pull-over top has a boat neckline and the neckline and armholes are hemmed.

I made the (even) long(er) cardigan, sans the belt.

Sizing: XS to XL. I made a medium.

Available as a PDF? No.

Fabric Used: Chunky Ribbed Italian Sweater Knit in Ivory/Taupe. I just love this knit. It’s so warm and cozy. It doesn’t photograph nearly as beautiful as it is IRL. The texture is something you need to see in person.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 Sewing Machine, Juki MO-654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto/board, shoulder stand, sleeve board, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Ball Point 70/10 needle for the seams, 90/14 for attaching the neck band to the garment (thick fabric!), Stretch 75/11 needles in the serger to finish the seams. Scraps of Pro-Weft Interfacing, buttons that I bought at JoAnn, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: Masking Tape to Mark Notches, Sewing with Knits, And Now, A Word from the Pressinatrix, How to Flat-Set a Sleeve.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes, with modifications

How were the instructions? I didn’t need them – I’ve made this before, and the pattern goes together very easily for anyone who’s been sewing for a little while.

Construction Notes:  Because of the thickness of the fabric, I used a single layer layout,. The back piece is cut on the fold, so I made a new pattern piece with muslin.

With a thick knit like this, I find it easier to use shears to cut the fabric

I added about 24 inches in length to the pattern. Also, since this knit is very thick I made the seam allowances 5/8″ (the pattern calls for 1/4″ SAs). I used a straight stitch, 3.0mm length, and I finished the seams with a 4-thread serger stitch.

Finishes on the seams and the neckband

I stabilized the shoulders with scraps of interfacing

I used masking tape to mark the notches

That’s a single notch at the side seam

I used 3 inch hems, and I hand-hemmed them with a catch stitch.

And finally, because this knit is so thick, I used a toothpick to give the right depth to the button. I made a thread shank with waxed thread.

Gives enough room so the thread won’t break

To me, the toughest part was trying to keep the pattern pieces on the ribs. It didn’t work out as well as I would like on the bands, but the rest of the garment turned out okay. And honestly, this isn’t one of my couture garments, and I luuuuuurve the fabric, finicky nature and all, so I’ll live with it.

Likes/Dislikes: This is so warm and comfy! No dislikes.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I will definitely make the shorter version of this again, and I do recommend it.

Conclusion: Big thanks to Sewsy for reminding me about this pattern! It’s comfortable and just what I wanted for this look. I will wear it with a belt. The belts I have are not the right color, but here are a few pictures on Shelley to give you a feel for how I will style it.

All by itself (front)
And the back

Here’s a “sample” belt. I’ll see if I can find something that matches better this week.

And jeans, and boots

Happy sewing!

Ann’s Fabric/Pattern Picks To Click, November Edition

People really seemed to like the fabric/pattern combination post and email I did a couple of weeks ago. I’m so glad! I’m going to make it a regular feature of the Gorgeous Fabrics emails. I’m not sure if I’ll post here each time I send the emails out. Let me know if you think I should, would you please? Thanks! Anyway, on to the subject at hand, here are…

Today’s Picks to Click.

Our love affair with the wrap dress is still going strong. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, a wrap dress is an elegant, comfortable option for dressing up. For a graphic stunner, pair our Computer Printed 4-Way Jersey with Cashmerette’s Appleton Dress. The graphic print is great for every figure and the wrap style looks great on everyone.
10975-Appleton

During winter, I like to wear blouses under sweaters and jackets. It’s a nice way to add polish to my office-standard jeans. One top that I just love is Maria Denmark’s Edith Blouse. It’s got a nice open neckline that will highlight jewelry or a scarf. This will pair beautifully with our Sassy Stripes Stretch Cotton for a top you can wear all year round.
CST11105-MDEdith

Jumpsuits are still making a strong presence on runways and in stores right now. McCalls just came out with one that you can dress up or down. Try pairing McCalls 7292 with our Rayon Twill Challis in Navy Blue. And if you want to dress it up for the holidays, make the sleeves with our NY Designer Wide Matte Scalloped Corded Lace, also in Navy Blue.
RCH7292LAC

Another great favorite to toss on during the winter months is a duster-style cardigan. We’ve got some spectacular Italian sweater knits in stock right now. You will be chic and toasty in our Really Wide! Nubby Italian Sweater Knit – Beige Tones. It will work beautifully as Jamie Christina’s Lark and it will take you from winter right into spring.
10947Lark

Aaaaand, like most fashion shows, I’ll close this letter out with a real showstopper! The holiday party/gala/dress-up season is almost upon us, and what better way to make an entrance than in this spectacular gown, Vogue 1475 by Badgley Mischka done up in our What’s New Kitty Kat Square Sequins Mesh – Gold Tones! You will guarantee that every eye will be on you. And that’s a good thing.
9594V1475

And In Other News
Don’t forget, tomorrow morning I’ll draw three winners in the Pantone Deck Giveaway. If you want to be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on that post and good luck!

I just found out that Ellen March, the editor of Sew News, is battling breast cancer. Ellen is very young, with three young children. Please keep her in your thoughts. There is a GoFundMe account set up to help defray the costs of her care. If you wish to contribute you can do so Here.

Yesterday, I saw my oncologist. I will reach my 6 year anniversary of my own diagnosis of breast cancer this December. Everything looks great, and all my blood work continues to come back normal. Here’s hoping!

Thank you to everyone for your kind words about my singing. It felt great to be on stage again. I’m going to try to do more soon!

Next on the cutting table is a long cardigan made with a modified version of Kwik Sew 2948 and my Italian ribbed knit. I’m hoping to have most of that done this weekend. Stay tuned.

Happy sewing!

Dear Independent Pattern Companies…

I really want to like you. Really I do. But you are making it so. Difficult.

I decided to make myself a cardigan, and I saw a pattern that I thought would work really well for my needs. This particular pattern is available as both a PDF and as a printed pattern. I have a severe allergy to printing and taping patterns. My sewing time is worth more than that, so I ordered the printed pattern. €25.00 later and about a week-and-a-half in transit, my pattern arrived. This weekend I opened it up and…

Named Esme Sheet
RUFKM?

What is one thing that pisses me off above all else? I’ll give you a hint: paying a lot of money for a pattern that is so lazily printed that I am obliged to trace it off. When I pay a premium for a printed pattern, I do NOT want to have to trace it. That’s just shoddy business practices. If I wanted to trace off my pattern I would buy a Burda magazine and save about $17.

Oh yes, and then I have to add seam allowances. That’s not a mortal sin, but it is an added annoyance when I am already highly annoyed.

Then there is the matter of ease. I’m fortunate that a sewing friend warned me on Facebook that she had issues with patterns from this company, so I made a muslin. 11 inches of ease at that bust? 17 at the waist? 5 at the biceps? And shoulders that hang off my (linebacker) shoulders by more than 3 inches? That’s not oversized and loose-fitting, that’s sloppy, and I don’t do sloppy. Had I dived right in with my Italian wool, as I originally thought I might, you would be able to hear me cursing from here.

So here’s where it stands. I’m dropping back and punting. I’m looking at StyleArc, Burda and Lekala to see if I can find something suitable for my fabric. Sigh. What a disappointment.

Anyone want a free pattern?

Amuse-bouche: StyleArc Marlo v.2

I wanted to something lighter for my post-Paco-Peralta-Cassock-Coat project, and I love the first version I made of the StyleArc Marlo, so I decided to make another. This time I decided to make it from Boldly Go Floral Silk/Rayon Matte Jersey, with contrast sleeves made from Poly ITY Jersey – Beyond Basic Black. Hey – check it out – both of those fabrics are still available – it’s a miracle!!! 🙂

I was inspired by ReDpants Designs‘ wrap dress from when she hosted McCalls’ wrap dress sew along last year. And my friend and client Karen also used the same combination in a Fabulous Maxi Dress.

This time, I cut the front in two pieces, per the StyleArc instructions. I tried, and almost succeeded, to have the print match exactly across the front. It’s close enough that most people won’t notice, and it’s not far enough off to make my eye twitch.

For the technical details, I ran this up on my home Pfaff 2130 and my home Juki serger. I used Stretch 75/11 needles in both machines. I used a 2.5mm long by .5mm wide stitch for the CF and front sleeve/bodice seams. I used that same stitch to hem the garment and sleeves, and I used a 3.5 mm 4-thread serger stitch for the side seams.

All in all, this took about 1.5 hours from start to finish over the course of several days. I’m really pleased with this version. DH really loves it. The fabric and contrast make a nice change, and each takes less than a yard of fabric so if you have pieces left over from other projects, this is a nice way to use them up.

Here are some pictures on Shelley.

Marlo 2 Front

 

Marlo 2 Back

Once more, this is a great pattern with good bones that makes up quickly. Not sure what my next project will be. I’ll see what inspiration hits this week when I go on a buying trip.

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: BCN Unique Patterns Cassock Coat

ETA on October 19: Paco was gracious enough to send me a sizing chart for his patterns, which I have added at the bottom of this post. Thanks, Paco!
a.k.a. “Paco Peralta’s Cassock Coat” I’ll preface this review with the disclosure that Paco is a dear friend of mine, so I am undoubtedly biased in my opinions. That said, I paid full price for this pattern. I get nothing for any recommendations I may make. I did not contact Paco about it nor did he ask me to blog about it. So go ahead and read and interpret my review with however many grains of salt you think are warranted. 🙂

Pattern Description: Pretty close fitting, lined, shoulder-princess-line coat. In-seam pockets and two piece, shaped sleeve. Button closure. Choice of rounded collar or collarless. I made the collarless version

Sizing: I believe this comes in 38-50. I made a 42.

Available as a PDF? No. Each pattern is hand drawn. How cool is that???

Fabric Used: A really wonderful pre-interfaced mohair blend bouclĂ© from Gorgeous Fabrics (of course!). Alas, it is sold out, but You Can Find Similar Fabrics Here. For the lining, I used a Yves-Saint-Laurent-Pink silk charmeuse that has been in my stash forever. It may have come from Gorgeous Fabrics, but I’ve had it so long it might even predate the business. Don’t you love having a stash?

Pink silk lining, with Paco’s label

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130 home machine, Naomi the Naomoto. Tailor’s ham, shoulder stand, silk organza press cloth, strips of file folders for pressing. If I think of anything else I’ll let you know.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 80/12 needle for the bouclĂ©, Universal 65/9 for the lining. “Cigarette” sleeve headers and Japanese basting thread from Susan Khalje (full disclosure, also a friend, but again, no affiliation and no solicitation). Japanese hand sewing needles that were a gift from a friend. Vintage shoulder pads, silk organza scraps, thread, buttons (temporary).

Tips Used during Construction: Anything by The Pressinatrix, Using Pins to Mark Start/Stop Points, The Case for Muslins

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? There are none. If you have a working knowledge (i.e. you consider yourself intermediate or thereabouts in your sewing skills), you should be able to work out the construction. These patterns are so beautifully drafted that they sew together quite easily. If you have a good sewing book handy, you are good to go.

Construction Notes: You can see most of my construction notes in my post about the Coat’s WIP. I ran up the muslin, and because the fabric is pretty thick, I added about 1/8 inch to the seamlines below the bust. The good news? I didn’t need an FBA, and I didn’t need to lower the bust point. THANK YOU PACO, on behalf of real women everywhere!!

Other than that, I didn’t make any changes.

I made buttonholes with my Pfaff, and I bought some inexpensive buttons at the local JoAnn. My friend Rosie is going to Paris soon and she volunteered to get me buttons while she is there. These look fine, but oo la la – I can’t wait to see what she comes back with!

Likes/Dislikes: How do I love this coat? Let me count the ways… Seriously, I love that I did’t have to change the bust point from a 13-YO-model bust to a real-woman bust. I love the fit through the shoulders. I love the lines. Really, there’s nothing I don’t love about this coat. I put it on (no makeup today so no pictures of me in it, sorry) and showed it to DH, and his reaction was, “That’s so elegant!” That’s why I married that man!

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes! I’m thinking about shortening it and making a car-coat length. One thing to note is that this doesn’t have the massive amounts of ease you may be used to with some coats. In the 42, I can wear sleeves, but not a chunky sweater underneath it. So if you want to wear thick garments underneath, you may want to adjust the pattern or go up a size.

Conclusion: A FABULOUS pattern. I love it, and it will get lots of use this winter and many to come. Here are pictures of the finished coat.

Front with temporary buttons, but they aren’t too bad.
The back looks less interesting, but it moves so beautifully
Showing off the lining
How beautiful is that sleeve, I ask you?

I just love this coat. I’ll wear this with a scarf at the neck and boots for the winter. This is a wonderful pattern and I really recommend it.
Happy sewing!

BCN Unique Patterns Size Chart:

Paco Peralta Sizing Chart

Pattern Review: StyleArc Willow Pants


Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website, Wonderful classic slim line woven pant featuring a side zip. This pant looks amazing worn with heels or worn casually with flats. Willow sits on the real waistline. Willow has positive ease of 2cm or Âľ inch as it’s a tailored slim line pant.

Adding to that, this pattern has front and back darts and side slits at the ankle.

Sizing: 4-30. I made a 10

Available as a PDF? Not currently

Fabric Used: Lightweight wool satin from Gorgeous Fabrics. This fabric is long since sold out, but you can see a Similar Fabric with a little Lycra Here.

Machines and Tools Used: Pfaff 2130, Juki MO-654DE serger, Naomi the Naomoto/board, tailor’s ham, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Pro-Sheer Elegance interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. invisible zipper, button that was a gift from my friend Joanne in France, a couple of scraps of silk organza, thread.

Tips Used during Construction: The Case for Muslins, Anything by The Pressinatrix, Sew from Wide to Narrow (Video Version Here), and Sewing Invisible Zipper from The Sewing Divas.

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were adequate. This is StyleArc, so you need some confidence or experience. But honestly, as long as you know how to insert an invisible zipper, these pants are easy-peasy and go together without any problems. StyleArc rates them as medium on the difficulty scale. I think they are easy. There are no tricky design details, and like I say, if you know how to put in an invisible zip, the remainder of construction is a piece of cake.

Construction Notes: The part that took me the longest was making the muslin and adjusting for fit. These are quite close fitting, so you are best off doing a trial run. The fit is true to RTW size. I used the straight stitch for all seams and finished all edges with the serger.

Finished all SAs with the serger

I hand stitched the hems. I finished the slit’s raw edges with scraps of bias-cut silk organza.
But of course, you can’t see it

Closeup of the zipper and button

Likes/Dislikes: I like that this pant goes together very quickly and easily. It is beautifully drafted. It is quite fitted so make sure to match your measurements against the pattern (or use a stretch woven fabric for insurance). The only downside is that it has no pockets. These are dress pants the way I wear them, and I understand why they didn’t design them in – they’re supposed to fit closely and pockets would disrupt the line. But if you need them, I’d put pockets on the back (probably patch pockets).

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. This is a great pattern with good bones.

Conclusion: Another winner from StyleArc! Here are shots of the front and back (boring I know) on Shelley. I’ll get some on me at some point. I probably won’t wear these until the weather cools down.

Front

And Back

Closeup of the front darts

And how I’ll wear it

Happy sewing!

Pattern Review: Christine Jonson Travel Trio 1 – Pants

This time, it’s the pants!

I had a bunch of fabric left over from my Travel Trio 1 Jacket, so I figured I would make a pair of pants. There are surprisingly few reviews of this pattern out there that I could find. That never deters me, so here you go…

Pattern Description: From the website, “ Center Seam Pants: Semi-fitted, front and back seamed pants with waistline yoke.

I would call it a waistband, not a waistline yoke, but that’s a minor nit.

Sizing: 4-22. I made a 12 based on my measurements and the pattern sizing worksheet. Honestly? It’s big. If you don’t do a muslin (recommended) then plan to go down a size.

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: More of the (sold out, sorry!) heavy doubleknit. This fabric feels like it’s halfway between a ponte and a neoprene, and I just love it! You can find Similar Here.

Machines and Tools Used: The usual suspects: Pfaff 2130, Juki home serger, Naomi the Naomoto,
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle. Thread. That is it.

Tips Used during Construction: Easy and Quick Way to Mark the Back, Anything by the Pressinatrix (I know, every post- but you know what? I see so many things that aren’t pressed and it Makes. Me. Crazy!), Tips and Tricks for Sewing With Knits, J? or L?

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? Quite good.

Construction Notes: I came very close to a wadder on this one. It had nothing to do with the pattern, it had to do with my cutting my fabric. I had 4 yards of my fabric and I cut it into two pieces. One was slightly longer than the other and guess what happened? Yep, I got 6 pieces cut out then realized I didn’t have enough length for the other two. I was all set to concede defeat when I remembered that I had some fabric left over from my jacket. Woo hoo!!! There was enough for the two pieces! Whew!!!

I made a size 12 right out of the envelope. They run large on me. Not outrageously so, but enough that I would probably go down to a 10 without any ill effects. What you should measure is the crotch-to-waistline length. It’s long. Make a muslin so you don’t end up with a Pappy-in-O-Brother-Where-Art-Thou length.

Likes/Dislikes: Love the lines. I really like the fact that I don’t have to take a lot of curvature out of the side seams. Love the seams in the front and back for both design and fit. Not crazy about the crotch length, but shame on me for not measuring, I suppose.

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? It’s a good pattern, and I really like the seaming. I doubt I’ll do it again. I like it but I don’t love it. It will look great under a long jacket (including the Travel Trio One), but to my eye it doesn’t stand on its own.

Conclusion: Here are pictures on Shelley, with how I will style it:

Jacket, Breton top and really comfy loafers = yeah!