Sunday, March 8, 2009
Simplicity 3538 Part 1 and 2
This is from the Project Runway line of patterns at Simplicity. Some people have had trouble with them because they feature styles that you can customize with different "designer additions". Following the instructions can be confusing because they jump around quite a bit depending on which "designer addition" you are trying to make. For example, this jacket can have a sleeve with slit, sleeve with ruffle, puff sleeve, short sleeve, or short puff sleeve. No, the "designer additions" aren't anything great (nothing like the fabulous garments on the real Project Runway show) but I'm a fan of the patterns because you can get several different looks from one pattern. One complication I have run into is not having enough fabric. This is because you have to add up all of the fabric requirements from the back of the envelope according to which look you want. Maybe I'm not a good mathmetician (I am a nurse though) or perhaps thier measurements are off. I came up short on my first project from this line. Ever since, I tend to get a little more fabric than what my math comes up with.
My novice look is the shorter jacket. I made it in a cotton chambray material. I had intended on making the jacket waist length, but again with my insufficient material, I improvised and made the shorter version. I still like it...
My second version is made from a brocade fabric... a little more dressier. I made the longer length with 3/4 sleeves.
As always, check out the full review on PR.