Pattern tests

Hooly dooly. I’m all pattern tested out.
Kwik Sew 2694:
The test fabric is a bolt of poly knit from Tessutis that is see through but if this works, I’ll line the bodice. I’ve used the overlocker and coverpro to sew this up in XL size. I’ve also used seams great for the shoulder seams.

McCalls 6247 View B:
Same test fabric and I’ve used size 14 but added to the width of the front and back bodice pieces. The neckband was a new skill for me and it worked. I’ve used seams great for the shoulder seam stability and I’ve cover proed the hems.

Butterick 4132 View E:
I bought this pattern yesterday at Spotlight (50% off) because I didn’t have a size that suited mum’s measurement and I can’t waste time adjusting my existing patterns.

Here’s where I overlayed the two tops to check the cowl depth against the McCalls v-neckline.

This fabric is also a test fabric and I really do like it for formal occasions. I bought it from the fabric place that was at Burwood but closed down last year. It has a crushed look to it. I’ve used steam a seam lite2 for the hems and french seam finishes.The skirt is a test and no pattern used, just the fabric width, waistline casing for 30mm width elastic and overlocked hems, for now.

Kwik Sew 3003:
Here’s a bias skirt with elastic waist that will work for the bronze woven skirt. I’ve used a suiting fabric and lined it with chiffon. The seams are overlocked and 30mm non-roll elastic was used in the waistband. Using steam a seam lite2 for the hem and a twin needle made this an easy skirt to neatly finish.

Below is a rough combo check.

That’s it until we do the first fitting. My crash test dummy isn’t as wide as mum so I can’t just finish these items off without checking. Then I can update the patterns and finish off Mum’s combos next weekend. At least I’ve learnt how to construct these new patterns.

Future patterns
I also bought Kwik Sew 3659 for the cowl and neck tie versions and

Butterick 3886 for a blouse and cardi for her.

Mum is definitely a Kwik Sew size 16 but my height so I’m getting used to doing her fit adjustments.

While looking at the pattern books for Mum, I felt like a real geek because I was doing a PR review check for each pattern for technique issues and fit problems. There weren’t that many using these style but the reviews that were there were truly helpful reviews.

Mini wardrobe maze

These are the new patterns I’m thinking of making with this red/white stash. Last weekend, while DH read the paper, I played with paper and altered Butterick 5333

Here are the questions that I’m still grappling with. “Mini Wardrobe Contest” March 16 to April 15, 2010 This is a contest to create a 4-piece wardrobe in 4 weeks on PR Review.

Do I do work/weekend clothes? I’ve got enough pieces that I’ll need to plan well for. Black is definitely not going to be considered this time.
Do I make 4 new untested pieces? This depends on how brave I intend to be in a 4 week period. DH should take note. The patterns I’ve been using are now not that exciting but they suit my shape.
Do I make 4 pieces for the gym? This would be quick to complete, but I’ll have to get the fabric really fast. That can be a tough call in any large city so mail order is out of the question.
Would any of these options be voted as popular? My strength is being productive. My weakness is on creativeness and interesting design.
Can I do four dresses that look distinct from each other? Maybe. I can do four quick knit fabric dresses but the challenge is making plain fabric look interesting.

The basic red fabric might work with the Vogue skirt. The white print could be a sleeveless top, The red print with white roses is a silk that could work as a dress or a slim line skirt. The white cotton would be a second top. The knit dress is just one that I could work on in a dark wine knit to keep my motivation going.