Sewing Pattern Review on Skirts
July 3, 2013
I love to make skirts for spring and summer. The fabrics they offer for these two seasons are just perfect for long or short skirts. I also think that it is more comfortable to wear a skirt when it is hot outside than pants or shorts, sometimes.
I was recently at Hobby Lobby again – it seems I go there about every other week – and they had Simplicity patterns for .99 cents again. I can not resist buying one when they are that low – even though I don’t need any more patterns!
This pattern, Simplicity 1662, offers 5 styles of asymmetrical skirts. The skirts attracted my attention because they look comfortable, different than any of my other patterns, and easy to make.
So far I have made two of them using view A. The navy one (photo above) is in a lightweight broadcloth and the red one (see photo below) is in a cotton print. The red one I altered a little on my own to have a straight hem in the back. I am always changing things on patterns, it seems, to create my own design. The skirts have only a few pattern pieces and an elastic waistband.
These skirts are so easy to sew. Definitely a project a beginner can make. I have been sewing over 25 years and from start to finish, including cutting out the fabric, I made this skirt in a little under 2 hours. A quick and easy summer project. I am planning to make view E next, the longer version with the lower ruffle.
I hope everyone is having a great day and has a Happy 4th of July tomorrow.
Sewing Pattern Review
May 23, 2013
I recently made this top after acquiring some new patterns from Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for .99 cents and I couldn’t resist buying a couple of new patterns. I really do not need any more patterns but it is hard to say no when they are such a bargain.
This pattern was pretty easy and had good instructions. If you have basic sewing skills and have made a few garment before you should be able to make this. You will need to know how to gather as the whole neckline is gathered.
The fabric I used to make my top was a lightweight broadcloth in a pretty shade of mint green. I have plans to make another one in purple and possibly put some embroidery on it. As you see from the photo of the actual pattern there are other options for making the top look different. The version I made this one was version E. I think I will make my next version C with the curved hemline.
The top also has an option for tucks at the lower hemline of the sleeves. The following photo is a close up of the sleeve tucks.
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