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Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekend Plans for V1274

V1274I've been working on V1274  for what seems like a long time. (Over two weeks maybe)  Just a little sewing here and there.  But this will be the weekend I finish this up.  I'm making View A (the short version).
Can't really say why I haven't been focused on this project.  I really like it and can't wait to be done.
I've seen lots of inspiration on the   blogs that I follow.  But I have spring fever.  Most of my winter sewing plans will have to wait since there's no way I could finish up everything.  But it's all good because this season I did not cut out too many things ahead of when I could sew.  At the rate I've been going on this top, I'm glad there won't be a large stack of UFOs to face each time I go to my sewing area.  In one of the recent BMV sales, I bought at least five patterns for my granddaughter and  will want to sew up some things for her.

Until next time, Happy Sewing.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Butterick 5531-Jacket

Here's my review of the jacket.  Butterick 5531.  I used Vogue 8464 for the skirt.  The blouse is Vogue 1127 which was reviewed last year.
Pattern Description:  Semi-fitted, hip length, lined jackets A, B, C have French darts top-stitched in place, topstitch trim. A: patch pockets. A, B: front button closing. C: no closures. 

Pattern Sizing:  BB(8-10-12-14), FF(16-18-20-22) 

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love the collar, the top-stitch details for the darts. 

Fabric Used:  Stretch Bengaline from

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I did not make any changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  I'll probably sew this jacket again in a different fabric.  Yes I do recommend to others.

Conclusion: While I do like the pattern, it was the fabric that I am not pleased with.  I've had this fabric paired with the pattern for many months.  I knew the fabric had a hint of stretch, but once I started sewing the jacket, it seemed like it had more than just a hint.  I wore this to church and it appeared to be okay afterwards which is when the photos were taken.  I decided to wear again Monday evening to a meeting. During the construction process, I feared the fabric would begin to stretch out some from sitting when worn.  After arriving home, I've decided to find another fabric for this pattern which should be an easy task.