July 8, 2011

Peachy Beachy Poolside coverup - Free pattern from Hot Patterns

Just finished a dress (?shirt?) from a free pattern I got from http://www.fabric.com/.

I listed a review on http://www.sewing.patternreview.com/, but for some reason it doen't show a bigger picture, so I'm gonna post it here...

I'm still planning to fix this dress though...
Because I get lazy & hate ironing (or pressing should I say?), I skipped pressing the hem. I felt, "It's a knit, so there's no use in pressing..."
But I think it made a big difference in the finished product.
The hem seems to flare out.. I'm not sure if it's the pressing or something else, but I'm gonna try to fix it.
I never seem to learn that it's faster to do it right the first time, rather than taking the seam apart and do it over... :(

Here's the review I've written.

Pattern Description:
Summer-time fabulousness and pool-side glamour with this chic and simple cover-up, perfect for drapey or semi-sheer fabrics like cotton lace,handkerchief linen, rayon or voile, but also great in light weight T-shirtings or a snuggly-soft terry toweling.

Pull-over, semi-fitted cover-up has a low V-neck with button closure, short dolman sleeves, a drawstring under the bust, and finishes at mid thigh. Wear this vacation essential over your swimsuit or bikini when the sun is just too much...lounging poolside, relaxing at the beach or chilling out at the bar.

Pattern Sizing:

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes except for the changes I made.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, as long as you have sewn before. It's a very simple instruction, not too much in details.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't care too much for the button, and also personally just don't like sewing facings...

Fabric Used:
Navy stripe knit from www.fabric.com

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Omitted the button and facings. Bias finished instead.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I have a favorite dress from Target that I just love so much, exactly in this style. (In fact, there're so many of them now in different materials)
Looking at it closely, it seemed like an easy project... so I've been wanting to make it for awhile.
I got this navy stripe knit fabric from www.fabric.com, which was alot thinner than I expected... but thought it would actually be perfect for this style.
I didn't really care much for the button, so I just cut the pattern straight diagnal, instead of curved where the button is. (Does that make sense?)
Personally I just don't like the look of the facings, so I also changed that part to bias finish. I made the bias from the same fabric.

The pattern was very easy to make.
I have a 2 year old and a 6 month baby, so I only have an hour or two after they sleep to sew. Even then, it only took me 3 days to finish it.

The finished garment is great!
Probably thanks to the material, it feels really flowy and comfortable.
I wear it with leggings though, since it's a thin material.
Even though I tried making so many clothes, I normally don't like what I end up with... But this is one of my favorite, even compared to some clothes bought from the store.

One thing I was confused in the beginning is, the pattern doesn't have a size charts so I didn't know what size to make.
I found it at hot patterns website though. (www.hotpatterns.com)
Looking at the charts, I'm mostly size 8 but my underbust was size 10.
I didn't want to be uncomfortable at that area since I get a heartburn, I figured I'll go with size 10 and modify any other area later.
Turned out size 10 was perfect overall.
Above the drawstring was comfortable, and below the drawstring was more fitting than expected (which was perfect).

I really recommend this pattern, and I will make another one, probably with a knit again but with solid color, maybe in red. :)

1 comment:

  1. LOVE this. 1) It looks great on you 2) I love the stripe you picked out 3) I also have a fav dress in this style so now I am going to give it a try in knit as well.
    You should give it another go in Liberty of London in out Last Chance Sale right now: http://bit.ly/zCmScm
    Tara from blog.fabric.com