Monday, October 19, 2009

Pattern Review: Simplicity 2645 Mini Wardrobe

So my sewing progress has slowed down since last month with the Pattern Stash Contest. But I've got these three pieces done!

Pattern Description: Skirt suit with jacket and skirt variations separate pattern pieces included for B, C, D, cup sizes.

I made the view B jacket twice in two different fabrics. I made the view E skirt.

Pattern Sizing: This pattern is available in sizes 6-22.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I think so.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, I thought the instructions were just fine. I did not get stumped at any point. This pattern has some good tips for finishing raw edges for a more professional look.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the different pattern pieces for the different size bra cups. I have a small bust, so this was a great feature for me. I like the design of the jacket. It's a basic piece that can be worn with just about everything in my wardrobe. It has really cute pleats along the sleeves. I also live the bottom of the jacket- it is cut along the bias and gives it a little flair.

The skirt has a cute shape. It is fitted along the waist and hips and sort of flairs out at the bottom.

The only thing I didn't like is the sleeve lining. The lining rolls out at the bottom and can be seen from the right side of the garment. I ended up tacking the garment in a few places on the inside sleeve to keep it in place. To prevent this, I recommend taking about 1/8 inch off the top sleeve lining before sewing it. This should cause it to roll slightly to the inside instead of the outside.

Fabric Used: The white and black print jacket was made of this awesome linen like material from Joann Fabrics. It has a heavier weight and from one side it was a white background with black blossoms (that's the side I used as the right side). The other side is a black background with white blossoms. I'm not sure of the exact fabric content or how much I paid for it but it couldn't have been over $20.

The gray suiting is from Denver Fabrics. . It is a poly/rayon/lycra blend and cost me $19.50 for this project- that included one jacket and the skirt. The lining is also from Denver Fabrics and was used for the sleeves in both jackets and the skirt. It cost me $11.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only alteration was making the petite adjustment that is included with the pattern.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will probably use this pattern again at least for the view A jacket. That one has long sleeves and a ruffled collar. Yes, I would recommend this pattern to others.

Conclusion: A great mini wardrobe for mixing and matching pieces. I now have a great business/interview outfit with the gray suiting!

Here is the gray jacket with jeans and heels. Perfect for lunch out with some friends...

Here is the black and white jacket with the gray skirt. Nice look for church...

Here is the gray jacket with the gray skirt. Nice interview outfit...

And here is the black and white jacket with a pair of slacks. I wore this outfit to dinner with my husband and his parents...