Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A Touch of Leopard



Butterick 5190

Pattern Description: Misses, Jacket, Top, Dress, Skirt, Pant

Pattern Sizing: 16-24

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that the pattern is versitile.

Fabric Used: Fabric with spandex perchased from Walmart about four years ago at $1 per yard. The leopard was a remnant. Lining purchased from Vogue Fabrics online.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Trim was added to the the front of the shirt.

Trim was added to both side-fronts and sleeves of the jacket. The front of the jacket was lined with the same fabric as the jacket. The back inside of the jacket was lined with 100% polyester lining.

The skirt was cut from the pants that had been originally cut by the same patten. I took a chance, evened up the pant pieces, cut them to 30 inches in length, cut four 3" bands sewed them together, top-stitched each on both sides of the seams, added elastic from back to sides on each side of the lap zipper, and completed the finishing work.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, this is a pattern that can transition into various outfits.

Conclusion: After reading an article in Threads about slowing down and adding emblishments to your objects, I was happy to have this opportunity to complete my works in progress. Originally, I had cut this three piece outfit in all it's simplicity as a $5 outfit. With the changes, the jacket has such a wonderful silky feel and heavy quality that it felt too dressy to wear with pants. That's when I decided to try changing the pants to a skirt.

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