New Look 6188

Pattern Description:  Assymetric knit skirt with gathered side or front

Pattern SpurpleSkirtizing: 8-18

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but I didn’t look the model at all.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I thought this skirt was really fun. I almost didn’t try the pattern because of the picture of the model in the catalog. I’m rather tubby around the middle, so I knew the drop waist look would be awful on me, but I thought maybe I could wear it like the drawings.

The pattern helps camoflauge the tubby tummy once a waistband is added.

The slit is a little high for me to wear the skirt with the slit in front. This would be an easy alteration.

Fabric Used: Cheap cotton knit from Joann’s.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I had to grade the pattern up.

I added a waistband. That was very, very easy to do. I’m shortwaisted, so I didn’t have to add extra fabric to bring the waistband up to my waist. Usually, I take 1.5 inches out between the waist and crotch both in front and in back in pants. Besides it’s basically a straight, knit skirt.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would like to make more of these, and I recommend it to women of all sizes.

Conclusion It’s a fun skirt, and I get compliments when I wear it.

Pickup & Dropoff

Some days Isabel had a hard time, and so I used to stay with her at
daycare. Oh, and this is Isabel age 2.5, not a toddler with separation
anxiety. I limited the time because I had to get to work eventually,
but I would stay for a story, read by the teacher. Sometimes I told
her I had to leave, and sometimes she would tell me to go. Once Isabel
got over the rough period, she would tell me to “go to work, now.”

Isabel is always starving when I pick her up, so I’ve started having a
snack with me, like raisins or an apple.

Lunch

They will warm stuff up in the microwave at Isabel’s daycare, so we
tend to send leftovers from dinner. I never made sandwiches for
Isabel. The closest we come to that is openface crumpets with butter
and honey, and that’s for a treat (for me) not for lunch.

We cut up her meat before we put it in a little tuperware container.
She gets steamed veggies (tuperware) or fresh veggies (baggie). If we
have rice, I’ll put that in a tuperware for her.

If I don’t have leftovers, she gets a cheese slices, pepperoni slices,
salami slices, or whatever is ready to go in the meat drawer. She
likes the little jars of green beans or carrots. If I don’t have a
starch leftover, I’ll send a little jar of peas, grahm crackers,
regular crackers, pretzels, goldfish, etc. (no potatoe chips).

If I have suitable fresh fruit, I’ll send that. If not, we get the
little cups and cans of fruit.

And she gets a treat, either a big fig newton or raisins.

KWIK SEW 2743 (TOPS & SKIRTS FOR SOFT WOVENS) REVIEW

ks2743straightSkirtPattern Description: 
From KwikSew.com:
The tops and the skirt are designed for soft woven fabric. We suggest challis, cotton, silk, crepe, rayon, or washed linen. The contrast fabric in VIEW B can also be made in sheer fabrics such as organza, chiffon, or voile.

The pull-on skirt has high slits in both side seams and self-fabric drawstrings with elastic in the casing at the waist. The loose fitting pull-over tops have extended shoulders and a slit at the center front. View A top has a faced round neckline, side slits and self-fabric drawstrings with elastic in the casing at the waist. View B top has a hood. The bands at the bottom edge and the sleeves are made from contrast fabric.

Pattern Sizing:

XS-XL

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?

I love Kwik Sew patterns. The instructions are characteristically easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I wanted a basic straight skirt pattern, and this one filled that need.

The side slits are cut a wee bit too high for me. However, the slits on the finished skirt are exactly as pictured on the pattern envelope, so I could have altered the pattern. I wasn’t thinking about it.

Fabric Used:

I made the skirt out of brown 100% slinky knit. I haven’t made one out of a woven. I don’t think it’s a great pattern for a stretchy knit. Maybe if I had had my coffee before ordering the pattern, I would have noticed it wasn’t for knits. 

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:

None.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I recommend it for a basic straight skirt, and I plan on sewing it again.

Conclusion

Kwik Sew patterns are reliable with excellent instructions. This basic style sews up in minutes (not counting cutting). It’s a nice pattern.

Simplicity 8136

Simplicity 8136 OOP

Pattern Description:
Wardrobe of dress in 2 lengths, tunic, pants, and shorts. I made the tunic. Pattern envelope back.

Pattern Sizing: 6-22.

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? Yes. There are only 2 pattern pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The tunic flares at the hips. It’s very flattering in a drapy fabric. I haven’t been happy with the t-shirt patterns that I’ve tried. They tend to be too straight thru the hips for me. In theory, that’s an easy alteration, but it involves iteration.

Fabric Used: I’ve made this top twice: in a sheer poly (that’s the one pictured) and in a brown silk chiffon.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: 
I eliminated the facings. I used binding on the poly top and a rolled edge in wooly nylon on the silk top. Because I used the serger on the brown top, I altered the construction order to avoid serging in the round.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I really like this top, and I get compliments when I wear it. So far I made the top as a tunic. I plan on making more tunics and to shorten the top a bit to make t-shirts.

Conclusion
This is a very nice, very simple pattern for t-shirt/tunic out of a drapey woven fabric.

New Look 6977 Tank Top

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Pattern Description:  Summer Wardrobe: tank top, t-shirt, medium & long skirt, and pants. I made the tank top.

Pattern Sizing: 8-18. All of the shaping in this top occurs in the center back and side seams, so it is very important to make this out of a stretchy knit.

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? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
No facings! I hate facings on knit patterns. Nothing screams homemade more to me than one of my crummy, ugly, stiff, fusible tricot facings on a knit garment.

I had some trouble sewing the neckline on one garment. I know there’s lots of places online and in books that tell you how to stabilize the neckline w/o a facing, but I wish the pattern had more information.

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Fabric Used:
I’ve made the top twice. The first one was in 100% polyestester slinky knit; the second was in a cotton (blend, maybe) knit. The slinky knit is much stretchier. The cotton knit just barely had the recommended amount of stretch for the pattern.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
I shortened the pattern between the shoulder seam and the bust. I’m a D cup, so I have problems with gaping and bra exposure at the armpit. I’ve tried doing a bit of gathering at the armhole, but what works the best for me, on a knit tank top, is to shorten it above the bust. I’m probably short thru there because my torso is shorter than my legs which is not the American norm. Anyway, this alteration pulls the side up under my arm, hiding my bra, and I find it an easy alteration. One that I can do after the top is finished, too.

I graded the pattern up to a 20 for the first top (the brown slinky). It turned out to be a too big. So when I made the purple cotton top, I made an 18. It was tighter then I would choose; however, I get all sorts of compliments on the tight, purple top, and I think it does emphasize the hourglass figure.

If I knew then what I knew now, I would probably make the slinky one in the smaller size and the cotton one in the larger size.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I plan on making more of these. I really like it. I highly recommend it.

Conclusion It’s an excellent tank top for curvy women.

Pattern Review: New Look 6063 OOP

Pattern: New Look 6063

Pattern Description:
New Look 6063 OOPClose fitting knit dress. All shaping and fitting occur in side and centerback seams. So it is essential to use a stretchy knit.

Pattern Sizing: Sizes 8-18 are included in one package.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the paNew Look 6063 OOPttern?
I dislike the facings (fusible tricot interfacing used). However when I pulled the dress out of the closet to look at before doing this review, the facings weren’t as awful as I remember. If/when I do this dress again, I’ll replace the facings with a rolled edge in wooly nylon.

I love the fit of this dress. If you are a curvy lady, this dress will flatter you.

Without the facings, there are only 2 pattern pieces. It’s a very quick sew.

Fabric Used: 100% polyester slinky knit. This is a pattern for stretchy knits only.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I didn’t make any. I recommend eliminating the facings.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes & yes. It’s a really nice, casual dress. I’d like to make one in a fabric more suited to the hot, hot summers here.

Conclusion
I like this pattern alot. I wish I had more time to sew. I’d whip out several of these.

Birthday Party Success

We had 8 of Isabel’s friends (8 – 3 yo including Isabel, 1 – 4 yo) over
for her party. DH & I set up the front room for art work. We don’t
have any fine furniture to worry about, but we did have the hardwood
floors refinished a couple of years ago. We put down those big foam
alphabet interlocking floormat thingys, but the kids didn’t spill
anything. I covered the coffee table (an old 4 person oak dining table
that I had DH cut down so we’d have a tough coffee table) with a
plastic table cloth from the party shop.

The art supplies consisted of construction paper, foamy shapes, glue
sticks, roll on glitter glue, and a giant stamp pad and stamps. It
worked well, except the 4 year old figured out how to squeeze out the
glue from the glitter sticks and showed the 3 year olds how to do that.
It really wasn’t meant to be used that way. I’m a little anal
retentive about such things. 🙂

I had tested all the art supplies on Isabel before the party, and I
warned parents to dress for art and outdoor play.

My mother and I picked up leaves from the backyard patio, but that was
all the prep that I did in the back. I did get out all of Isabel’s
vehicles, a pickup truck, 2 cars, & 2 trikes. I didn’t get out the
bike. We have one of those rubbermaid climbers in a tanbark play area
and a teeter totter. DH was worried that the kids would go into the
garden and get hurt on the roses. I figured that each kid would only
do such a thing once; pain being a great educator. Only one child went
into the garden, and she calmly walked around and looked at the
flowers. Some of my roses are still blooming.

We started the party with art work. That lasted about 15-20 minutes.
Then we went out in back to play for 15 minutes. We had cake and
opened presents. Most of the kids didn’t make it thru the present
opening which was fine with me. They either worked on art or went out
back to play. That took about 1.5 hours, total, which is what I
estimated for the length of the party. After opening presents, we went
back to playing outdoors. Most people stayed an extra hour which was
great. I was thrilled that all the kids were having such a great time.