Monday, December 10, 2012
Simplicity 2149 Pattern Review
Okay so I should have posted this like a month ago... I always underestimate how crazy things get in December. This was a sample that I made for JoAnn's, Simplicity 2149. Ite gave me more trouble than it should have (my fault, it was all bad fabric choices, not bad patterns). Here's the story:
I really liked the pictures on the pattern envelope... until I found out that I was supposed to sew the one view I didn't like (view E). I was also supposed to use plaid (which doesn't bother me, I like plaid.) But I hated view E. View E is a crop jacket with 3/4 sleeves and fringe trim. I wanted the pretty long jacket. And so, I compromised as much as possible. I knew I would still have to do the fringe, but I lengthened the sleeve by adding a cuff, and I lengthened the jacket to be waist length (views C and D). I used a thick woven material I found in the red tag clearance at JoAnn's. I don't even know what it was, but it was pretty much a blanket, and the end was frayed so I didn't have to buy fringy trim. The material/blanket is very warm and cozy... but I'm pretty sure I should've had an industrial machine to sew that stuff! If there were more than two layers, it hardly fit under the presser foot. I had to yank that sucker through, meaning that if you look close enough, you'll notice the sewing quality is extremely sub-par. The pattern itself wasn't bad. Quite a few pieces but easy to assemble. No lining, easy to mix and match elements of different views. I would recommend this pattern and would love to sew it again (view B this time!) As far as my actual garment is concerned, eh. I'm going to have to do some alterations when I get it back. I think I'll remove the trim, add a triangle collar, and add buttons the full length of the front. It fits well (and looks so much better on a body than on a hanger) but that fringy stuff... It really looks like I'm wearing a blanket from the 1970's.