pattern/book review: Simple Sewing

A sun hat

I’ve had this book, Simple Sewing, by Lotta Jansdotter for a while now and haven’t done more than look through it. While sitting out in the sun the other day, I realized that this might be the summer to invest in some kind of hat. I remembered seeing a pattern for it in this book and thought it was high time to make something out of it.

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The pattern is pretty straight forward and simple and you can easily make this with about 1/2 yard of fabric for each the outside and the lining. This fabric is Aneela Hoey’s Little Apples that I had leftover from this outfit that my darling daughter refuses to wear. The inside is some Riley Blake leftover from her Easter dress last year (that she also refuses to wear…do you see a trend?)

A sun hat

Overall this hat came together really easily. The brim was a little monotonous to sew line after line, but I love how it looks and feels now that it’s done. I did have a few snafus matching up the brim to the top and the lining didn’t go in well either. I don’t know if this is something I did wrong (more than likely) or if my seam allowances didn’t all match or what.

A sun hat

One change was that I did not hand stitch the lining in. I serged it because I can and because I am too lazy to sit and sew something like that. I think if I make another hat, I will put the outside and the lining together first and baste them, then serge them both to the brim at the same time. There is a lot of bunchiness on the top which I think would be alleviated by doing it that way.

This is a great book though. It has some really cute (and simple…tee hee) pattern ideas inside it and the directions are well written even for a fairly novice sewer.

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Easter dress 2012 & pattern review

easter dress 2012

 

This year’s Easter dress is the Lily Top pattern by Pink Fig and the fabric is Riley Blake’s Go Fly a Kite line. I absolutely love this fabric. It sews well, irons well and just feels nice.

 

 

easter dress 2012

 

The pattern on the other hand was probably one of the most disappointing patterns I’ve sewn from in a long time. I’m no stranger now to “boutique” patterns (aka, not the run of the mill Simplicity etc) and this one was really disheartening.

 

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The cover (and cost mind you) made me think that it would be much in the same vein as a Portobellopixie pattern that I sewed from in the past. Not so. Upon opening the pattern and looking at the directions, I noticed that they are merely black and white photocopies of photos. I actually even emailed the person I bought the pattern from because I thought there had been a mistake! You can hardly see what it is that you are supposed to see because the photos are so dark. I kept thinking, if I were new to sewing I would be so depressed and lost. Even the directions were lacking in description.

 

easter dress 2012

 

This was my first time using elastic thread and it went pretty well after I got the hang of it. I’m not sure I’m as enamored with it as many people are, but maybe it’s just because I’m not used to using it. I do love how the neckline and arms turned out with the rolled serged edging. I think the next time I make this dress I’ll leave out the shirring in the waist. It drives my girl nuts and with the little tie you really almost don’t need it. Without the shirring in the waist it merely looks like an A-line dress, which is fine with me!

 

easter bow 2012

I topped it off with a matching bow, making me think, “why don’t I make more of these?!?” It was super easy and quick and really made it all come together.

 

Overall, I do love the look of this dress and I’ll certainly sew more of them, but if you are new to sewing I wouldn’t recommend this pattern just due to the cruddy directions.