No Time To Sew – Palazzo Pants

Pattern Description: outfit
Full pull on pants from No Time To Sew

Pattern Sizing:
This is the whole reason for this review. The pattern comes in sizes Small, Medium, and Large. When I made the pants, I fell in the large size range. Post baby #2, my hips are 49 inches. This morning, I decided to try on these pants. They look good, so I wanted sewers with hips up to 49″ to know that they would be successful with these pants.

They also made nice maternity pants when I was between fitting in my clothes and fitting in maternity clothes.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I fill up the pants, so I’m not going to look like the size small model, but I think the size large model looks like me in the pants. The picture on the pattern envelope is dorky, and you can’t really see the pants.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
DISLIKE: I didn’t know anything about fitting when I made my first pair, and the crotch hung 1/2 way to my knees. I admit to a short crotch, but it’s not that short.

LIKE: The come out very flattering on my full figure.

Fabric Used:
I used polyester chiffons for the 2 pair I made. I’m still fitting the crotch and leg length, so I haven’t wanted to cut into any of my better fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Shorten te crotch length and lengthen the legs.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes & yes.

These are great pants for work, dressy and comfortable.

Simplicity 5689 – Toddler Wardrobe

Pattern Description: Simplicity 5689
Summer wardrobe for girls includes sleeved dress, sleeveless dress, top, shorts, and skirt. I made the sleeveless dress and the one seam shorts, view D, from summer wardrobe.

Pattern Sizing:
Girls: 2-6x, I made the 3. DD hasn’t tried it on yet.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes. I left off the bow and lace at the bottom.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Pretty easy, the ones that I followed, except the application of the bias tape on the armholes (see below).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LIKE: The dress pattern was 2 pieces. I really like the look of the armholes finished with the bias tape. I haven’t used this method before.

Simplicity 5689LIKE: This is a pattern for one-seam shorts for a woven material. That means there is only 1 pattern piece.

DISLIKE: They never tell you how to figure how much elastic for a waist. The instructions always say to start with a piece that is the same size as the kid’s waist, try on the shorts, and then adjust. Who wants to do all that? I used Sandra Betzina’s recommendation that the elastic be 1.5 inches smaller than the waist.

DISLIKE: The way they have you center the bias tape on the armholes. I think that would be difficult for a beginner, and since the pattern is rated “easy-to-sew”, beginners need to know about this possibly frustrating step. They cut the pattern so that the neck had a 3/8″ seam allowance. They could have done the same thing on the armholes. Well, except the pattern pieces are used for the sleeved dress as well. I recommend that beginners trim off 1/4″ from the arms before applying the bias tape, or if you make your own make it 1″ for the neck and 1.25″ for the arms.

Fabric Used:
Dress: A cotton plaid from the clearance section at Joann’s. I made the bias tape from a matching solid rayon, also from Joann’s. Fuschia is currently DD’s favorite color, so I have quite a bit of it.

Shorts: Hot pink rayon from the stash.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Dress: I changed the order of construction to flat construction. It’s a bit quicker.

1. Sew shoulder
2. Finish neck
3. Sew 2nd shoulder
4. Finish arms.
5. Sew side
6. Hem
7. Sew 2nd side.

I made my own bias tape. The pattern calls for 1/2 single fold tape. I made 1″ bias strips. For the neckline, I did not tuck the 2nd edge under. I serge finished the edge of the bias, and that was good enough. I wanted to be sure to have enough room to get the elastic in, and I wasn’t sure that I would if I tucked the bias under to clean finish.

The armholes were a little more problematic. The instructions tell you to put the fold (or center) of the bias at 5/8″. That meant that I had to place the bias tape consistantly 1/4″ from the edge to get enough tape to tuck under and clean finish. Because I make my tape, next time I’ll use 1.25 inch tape.

Shorts: I used the serger to finish the edges and hems, and I used the SB recommendation for elastic length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Dress: Yes and yes. Just be aware of the armhole/bias tape stuff discussed above.

Shorts: Absolutely. These shorts went together so quickly. My daughter lives in shorts, and all the other patterns that I have for wovens have 2 pattern pieces. I do have some patterns for one-seam knit pants/shorts.

I don’t know that I’d buy the pattern for the shorts, only. I bought it to make the dress and the blouse.
Dress: I’ve been wanting to make DD a simple sleeveless dress, and she keeps asking for me to make her something in fuschia or hot pink. This one fit the bill. I hope she is as happy with it as I am.

Shorts: DD is going to love these. She lives in shorts, and she loves hot pink.

Pretend Play

Isabel does lots and lots of pretend play. She’s had an imaginary
friend, Bear, for a while now. She talks to Bear, reads to Bear, and
plays with Bear. Anything stressful or exciting that happens to or
around her, happens to Bear, too.

She also plays daycare with her dolls or with imaginary kids. She
likes to give the kids snack when she’s in the tub. She gets all the
kids in a circle for Circletime and reads to them. She puts the dolls
to sleep, laying them facedown on the floor, covering each doll with a
blankie, and smacking it hard, … uh, I mean patting it to sleep.

And lately one of the teddys has been biting Lovable Lily which reminds
me that I need to talk to the daycare teachers about Isabel being biten
or biting.

I like it when she takes one doll aside and tells her “You’re not
listening to my words.” I wonder how many times a day that happens in
daycare. 🙂