June 19, 2009 by Janna Roznos
I have ‘lots’ of items to ‘blog’ about, but rather than just dumping it all at once, I will take it one-step-at-a-time. First off: Simplicity 2958 is the pattern I chose for the American Sewing Guild Creativity Contest. I didn’t place, but they did ask to ‘see’ the outfit. So, I sent it to New York to the Simplicity office. It was sent back with no comment – I guess they didn’t like it. For a sewer like me – mosty self taught- with lots of classes under her ‘sewing belt’ I feel that Idid pretty good if they wanted to see it.
I changed the pattern, too. First I eliminated the sleeve seam (it as a two piece seam) and made the seam into a very large dart. This was a little tricky, but actually worked really well and I think gave a better fit, too.
I also added bias cuffs and a bias band at the bottom of the jacket, too.
The dress I used a hand-picked zipper and I moved the darts, deleted the pockets – ugh – they were right on my tummy – Who needs a pocket there?! Now, that I have received my dress back I can REALLY state what I think about this pattern – ugh! I would have passed it over if it hadn’t been designated for the ASG Creativity Contest. Since this is the ONLY chance I will have to go to an ASG conference I decided to participate as in as many things as I could. I think if ASG and Simplicity want to encourage new sewers they should really update their view on these patterns.