I love fashion and since I’ve been bit by the sewing bug I silently and politely stalk pattern makers for their new collections. Though I can’t sew half of what’s out there. (Sad but true. I’m hoping to change that!) It really is a lot of fun to go out to see “what’s in” for the upcoming season.
Since I’ve been following blogs, on of my favorite things to do is read the reviews for the new season. That brings me to Lladybird’s review of Vogue’s 2013 Fall Collection. If you haven’t visited Lauren’s blog, please do. I was lucky enough to come across her blog as I was researching independent pattern companies. She’s on my blogroll and worth it. Not only is she great at sewing, she cracks me the heck up. I frequently LOL at her posts. And she didn’t disappoint with her most recent post.
But here’s the deal – not only is she humorous. She provides great insight on what to look for when you’re looking at patterns. Being a newbie I wouldn’t have paid attention to the spacing on tucks or the length of a peplum, but these things SHOULD be considered before purchasing a pattern. When reviewing a pattern, I’ve learned I need to take a critical eye to it.
My Mom is a sewer, and one thing she would always do before she purchased a pattern was pull out the instructions and review them. Lauren’s comments reminded me of that practice. Before sewing anything I should be mindful of the lines and the construction of the garment … keeping in mind I will probably have to alter the pattern to achieve the proper fit.
Had to pass along this post. PJ Pants are done, I just need to get the pictures posted. I’ll do that over the next day or so.
I’ve never sewed a Vogue pattern, I find the styles a bit too sophisticated for my age. I still like to admire them though. I’d recommend trying a Kwik Sew pattern to ease yourself into sewing patterns as I find they have the best instructions.
Hello Zoe … thank you for the comment and for reading my blog. Thank you for mentioning Kwik Sew patterns. I have just finished a Kwik Sew PJ bottom I should be blogging about within the next day or so. It is my first Kwik Sew Pattern and you are absolutely right the instructions are the easiest I have followed. I have previously sewed Burda, Simplicity, and McCalls. I hope you’ll continue to visit my blog. Happy Sewing!
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