Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Review: OOP Butterick 5017 Wrap Robe

Happy Thursday!  Here is my pattern review of Butterick 5017.  As I mentioned before, I found this pattern at the thrift store.  It was produced in 1997.  The envelope was missing the neck pattern piece, so I drafted a new one so I could use this pattern.  I decided to make a lightweight satin robe to use in warmer weather.  I made the knee-length version and shortened the sleeves.  I would have used a new pattern but I didn't find anything like it in the store.

Pattern Description:
Oversized, Straight, Wrap Robe

Pattern Sizing:
XS-S-M.  I cut an XS.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, but I didn't use them much.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It was easy to follow and the style was easy to construct.

Fabric Used:
Black Lace Printed on Lightweight Purple Satin, 100% Polyester, Hancock Fabrics

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: 
I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 and omitted the sleeve facing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? 
 Yes, it was an easy pattern and style to construct.  The only problem I had was with the satin.  This was the first time I'd sewn with such a lightweight satin.  Satin is not forgiving!  I had to hold the satin straight in front and in back of the presser foot while sewing so the machine wouldn't bunch it up into a gathered mess.

Easy to sew, great basic robe pattern with clear instructions.  

The front facing is a little bunchy near the hem.  I swear, I tried really hard to prevent that from happening.  On the upside, this robe is soooo super comfortable! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Playing Matchmaker

Sometimes when I have long pauses in between posts, it is because I'm having trouble matchmaking.  Sometimes I find the pattern for a project first and wait months or years before I find the perfect fabric to match.  What irks me the most is when I find a great fabric and can't decide on a pattern for it.  Whenever I go through my fabric stash it reminds me that this particular fabric is longing to be made up into something beautiful and I feel like I have let it down.  My sewing friend, Crystal, likes to remind me that 'fabric doesn't mold,' but I still want to see happy ending as soon as possible.

Well, today was a great day for matchmaking!  I have been waiting and waiting for patterns to go on sale for 99 cents so I could match up 3 fabrics to their prospective patterns.

The first and longest to wait is this floral chiffon I got over a year ago at Denver Fabrics for under $4/yd.  I have paired it up with McCall's 6503 and will be making a combination of views with sleeves, front flounce, and pleated skirt.  I found an easy breezy poly in the value section to underline it with.  Over the past year, I've found review after review of people who had a horrible time with chiffon.  However, I'm confident that with a little starch (or gelatin) I can "Make it work!"

 The second coupling is Simplicity 2648 with this poly lace I found in D.C. last month.  I eyed a Vogue pattern for months but after being unsuccessful in finding it at the store twice, I have chosen Simplicity 2648.  I don't feel I have compromised.  This 'Amazing Fit' pattern should make it really easy to adjust the bust and make minor adjustments around my bottom half, if needed.  This is the first form-fitting dress pattern I will attempt.  I plan to underline the lace with a gold satin.

And last, but not least is a violet satin with a fun lace pattern printed on it.  I need a lightweight robe for warmer temperatures.  I love the raglan sleeves on this pattern, Simplicity 3696.  I got the idea for this project when I browsed through the patterns at the thrift store and found an OOP pattern I liked.  When I opened the envelope at home, I realized the pattern was missing half of one of the pattern pieces I needed.  Shoot!  Don't buy thrift store patterns until you check the envelope!  On closer inspection, S3696 is a stretch knits only pattern, so I will have to use my OOP pattern.  Stay tuned for a review!

Do you have a trick to picking out patterns?  I find I am horrible at decision making if I look through the pattern books at the store.  I find it much easier to browse through pattern catalogs online.  It is easier for me not to be in a hurry, and to focus on the actual pattern lines of the design.  It is far to easy to get caught up in the fabric choice on the pattern envelope and fall in love with a pattern because of the print shown in the design.  I choose several similar patterns I like for the same project, then go to the store when they are on sale and head to the filing cabinets.  If a particular pattern is not in stock, I move my way down my list until I find one in my size.  It works for me almost every time! 

I'm off to make a satin robe.  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Update and Fabric Shopping

Hello All!  I haven't been posting at all lately as we've been away visiting family these last few weeks.  The last week of June, we visited my family in Utah for a week and had some family pictures taken.

This was the first time we had photos taken of the family in 5 years, and the first family photo since Scott and I got married.

Everyone let me put powder on their cheeks and forehead except Dad.  I guess he thought it would affect his masculinity.  It was nice to have my brother, Garrett, back from Texas.  He got a little taller the last couple of years.

A few weeks later we headed off to Virginia to visit the Allens, my husband's family.  Scott fished on their lake and took care of the animals most of the time.  Scott, Gabi and John caught fish for a catfish fry one night.  We enjoyed having Scott's Grandma around.  She is almost 92!

Scott and I snuck away to visit Monticello.  It was very interesting learning about Jefferson. 

Near the end of our trip, we visited my friend Alex and her husband Juan, in D.C.  They took us to see the Washington D.C. LDS Temple.  The grounds were beautiful and so was the temple. I couldn't get over how cute their new baby is.

On our way back to Virginia, we stopped by G Street Fabrics.  I had never been there before and heard good reviews of the store on  There were so many beautiful fabrics there...most of the things I liked were out of my price range.  (I cannot justify spending $30/yd on fabric no matter how much I love it.)  I bought some blue satin ($3/yd) to make a cocktail dress with and some beautiful black lace.  I will be needing some fancy dresses for Navy events when we move to Charleston.

My mother-in-law (being an ex-Navy wife herself) was nice enough to advise me on what kinds of dresses would be appropriate for those occasions.  She said these fabrics would be good for fall or winter events.  (She also told me some funny stories about things she made/wore for events while Scott's dad was a pilot in the Navy.  Things were crrrrazy back in the 80's!)

Tenatively, I have picked Vogue 8766 for the black lace:

I will probably line it with black or with a dark blue or grey.  The last time Vogue patterns were on sale this pattern was out of stock.  Boooo!!!  Next time I'll go the first day of the sale.

For the blue polyester satin, I love the look of Vogue 1271 by Kate Unger.

The design on the top is suited to my pear shaped body and the form-fitting shape is good for my small frame.  The princess lines on the bodice would make a SBA super easy.

We had two great trips and have a couple of weeks of play before Scott starts school for the fall.  I'm working on a muslin for some shorts.  Is everyone else out there as afraid of pants as I am?  It is so hard to get a good fit!