A Swimsuit that Fits! (V9192)

I tried last year, tried again this year, and after about 6 tries I got a suit that fits and I love it! Of course, I completed it after we got back from Bear Lake (although I started it before we left). I did make a version of V9192 that didn’t work at all (at least the bodice) and I ended up just throwing it away. But I knew with a few changes that this pattern would be perfect. And I was right!

I did have to make a few adjustments for fit and preference. Let’s get to the review.

Pattern Review – Vogue 9192

Pattern Description: From the Pattern Envelope – View B has front extending into back straps, slightly dropped waist, and tie ends.

Pattern Sizing: 14-22. I made a 14 with some adjustments for fit and preference.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. However, I’m not sure that the instructions as written will produce the most professional results. With the adjustments I made, I ended up rethinking the order of steps and changing things up a bit.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made View B and like that it was a 1 piece suit with good coverage but had some interest on the front neckline. However, it is veryย low cut so I had to adjust for that a bit. Also, the tie back is not enough support for me so I altered that as well.

The back calls for tie ends, but that was not gonna work for me.

Fabric Used: Performance Fabric & swimwear lining from JoAnn’s.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I ended up making quite a few changes…all of them with the goal to have additional support up top.

  • I added 2″ in length to the top bodice (1″ at the waist and 1″ at the bust).
  • I also stitched the center-front seam closed for another 1.5″ so the v-neck doesn’t plunge so much.
  • I also added a front shelf bra to each front side to keep the girls where they need to stay.

  • I only used one strap across the front and used Evie la Luve’s tutorial to make it. I didn’t use the recommended measurement but just tried on the suit and adjusted the fit to what I needed.
  • I changed the shape of the back piece to connect across the top as well and I also added a strip of power-net fabric ย (stitched to the inside of the lining) along the back to act as a bit of a bra-band to provide extra support.

  • I attached the straps to the center back of the newly shaped back piece. I ended up having to cut about 2″ off the length to get the right fit.
  • For a better fit, I also went back and shaved off from 0″ at the waist to about 1/2″ at the leg opening on each side seam on the lining and fashion fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, and Yes! I love this suit. It fits just right and is pretty! I already have fabric for another one but may try it with a contrasting bottom and bodice. I do recommend it. I also like the look of View C and if I can figure out how to add enough support up top I may try that one.

Conclusion: Love!

Flannel-palooza & Pajama Parties

Ben loves his soft clothes and especially pajamas. He’ll even want to wear his pajamas at home during the day. Problem is, it’s been so HOT lately! And still, he wants to wear his winter flannel pajamas. Oh, boy.

So, I also decided I would make him short-sleeved flannel pajamas with matching shorts. He chose the fabric – hot pink and black plaid.

He was so happy with the finished product but immediately went upstairs to layer his other TWO flannel pajamas on top. What? Yes. And slept that way – 3 tops and 3 bottoms. I may have to “disappear” the winter pajamas for a few months!

I guess if he’s happy, I’m happy!


But wait, there’s more!

Ben always wants to wear his “soft plaid shorts” and he would wear the same pair every day if we let him. Plus, he tends to wear holes through them more often.

So, for his birthday I thought I’d let him go to JoAnn’s with me and pick out 5 fabrics for new shorts. He of course convinced me he wanted 1 more to make a shirt – and it had to be lizards. That’s next in the queue. ๐Ÿ™‚

I think this one is my favorite!

I used the same pajama pattern for the shorts only I took out 1″ in the width of each leg to make it a bit more fitted.


Pattern Review – S6427 (oop)

Pattern Description: The pajama top has front button closing, set-in sleeves and patch pocket. I made version 2 which has a notched collar, short sleeves, and shorts.

Pattern Sizing: I made size 10 for Ben who will turn 9 in 2 weeks.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Good fit and good pattern. The sizing was spot on for Ben although the shorts were quite generous in width.

Fabric Used: All are 100% cotton flannel from JoAnn’s. I had to use some careful layout of the pattern for the shorts since I only got a yard of each fabric and it shrank a bit in the wash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:ย For the extra shorts I folded out 1″ in the width for the leg. For both the pajamas and shorts I took 1″ off the height of the crotch since he prefers to wear his shorts a bit lower. I didn’t follow the pattern instruction exactly for the fly since they called for an open fly with just a button to close it. I sewed it up completely and just topstitched the fly flaps down.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes. I’ll likely be sewing more and more of these and probably in the larger sizes too. They are Ben’s favorite type of shorts.

Conclusion: Easy make + happy boy = happy mom!

Fun Summer Dresses for the Littles

A few weeks ago my niece Miss A asked me to make her a dress. I couldn’t say no to that cute face! She insisted it had to be blue, and white, and red. Of course, if I was going to make a dress for A her little sister B needed one too…it’s only fair.

I looked through all my Ottobre magazines and found a cute summer dress, with an unfortunate name. The Three-way dress. I blame it on translation from Finnish since it is a dress that can be worn three different ways. Still, it makes me giggle. ๐Ÿ™‚

Pattern Review – Ottobre 03-2009 #18

Pattern Description: From the magazine – One day is spent on the sun-drenched beach and the next exploring the alleys of the old town. We designed this wonderfully versatile “three-way dress” for such varied holidays activities. It is sewed from printed cotton poplins. The basic dress is a sundress made of front and back panels, with gingham-ribbon as shoulder straps.

The ribbons functioning as shoulder straps are also passed through casings at the top edges of the dress, and thus other garment pieces, such as frills and sleeves, can be inserted between the front and back panels. In the large photo, the dress has puffed sleeves on the shoulders. The armpits are left open, making the dress cool to wear even in hot weather. A gingham check bow is tied as an embellishment around the shoulder strap.

The small photo displays the basic dress with just the shoulder straps. This dress is a good example of how bold floral patterns look great on children’s clothes too! The rectangular scarf around the girl’s head is cut from the dress fabric. If you wish, you can also stitch the sleeves to the body of the dress as usual and thread elastic into the casing instead of ribbon.

Miss “A” with sleeves.

Miss “A” without sleeves.

Pattern Sizing: 92-146 cm. I made size 116 for the 6 year old and size 92 for the 4 year old. I took a guess on sizing and Miss B thought her’s was too small. ๐Ÿ™ I felt like Miss A’s dress was a bit big but I guess that means she can grow into it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Miss “B” showing off the sleeve frills.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I made all the versions…so the dress and the extra ruffle and sleeve thinking they could interchange them however they’d like. Its a pretty straightforward dress so it wasn’t hard to make.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the versatility and how cute it is with contrasting fabrics.

Fabric Used: 100% cotton from the quilting section of JoAnn’s. I struggled with color choice since “A” requested red, white, and blue but I didn’t want to use specifically patriotic fabric so it could be worn for more than just one week. I think it turned out just right!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Followed the pattern exactly and it worked out great! Only change was making all the views. ๐Ÿ™‚

Comfy and easy to play in! These girls are hula hoop all-stars!

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? This was a one-time gift for the little ladies and so I likely won’t make it again. I do recommend it because it is easy and cute!

Conclusion: Cute, fun sewing project.

A Summer Muu Muu – V8959 (oop)

Well it’s now HOT so all I want is to sit under the swamp cooler. But, if I have to go out, I want to be comfy and cool. What better than a Muu Muu dressed up with a waist tie? I’ve had this pattern in my queue for a while and was just waiting for the right fabric for it. When I found this slightly stretchy crepe at JoAnn’s I knew it would be perfect!

V8959 – out of print.

Ready for a Hawaiian Luau!

I had a bit of drama with this dress, but it was of my own making. I thought I was being so smart when I cut out the waist tie…not! I folded it over twice (4 layers) and used my quilting ruler to cut the pieces, and then cut down the length, but cut off at the fold so I ended up with 4 small pieces instead of 2 long pieces. Argh. I had resigned myself to having extra seam-lines on the tie when I found the fabric again at JoAnn…yay! I ended up buying another 1/2 yard and this time correctly cut it out.

It can’t really be a sewing project if I don’t mess up somehow, right?

Pattern Review – V8959 (oop)

Pattern Description:ย From the envelope –ย Loose-fitting, mid-knee length, A-line dress, gathered into front and back yoke, has jewel neckline, front slit with button and thread loop closing, center front one-way pleat, and short sleeves or full length sleeves gathered into buttoned cuffs. Self tie belt holds in fullness at waistline.

Pattern Sizing: Size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes. I chose not to add the button and loop closure at the neck since I figured I’d never want it buttoned anyway and I made my tie belt a bit longer and tapered the ends. But, other than that…yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes! I especially liked the design of the front yokes. They are each one symmetrical piece that are then folded over to complete the facing.

Front yoke & slit finishing…so neat!

I didn’t follow the instructions for finishing the yoke and instead burrito-ed the back yoke and then folded the front yokes RST and stitched on the machine (the instructions call for hand stitching all of that down…not gonna happen!).

Back yoke burrito! The whole dress is rolled up as the “filling”

Also, instead of cutting the front as two pieces I placed the seam-line of the pleat on the fold. Otherwise, I followed the pattern exactly and didn’t make any fitting changes.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The fit was perfect! Based on body measurements I should be sewing a size 16 for my bust but figured since it was loose fitting (and after comparing to my sloper) realized there was plenty of ease. I like how easy it is to throw on and even though it’s loose-fitting, the self tie belt really makes it look good.

Fabric Used: “Asian Floral Navy Stretch Crepe” from JoAnn’s. This is 93% poly / 7% spandex and is just stretchy enough to add a bit of comfort to the fit. It was pretty easy to work with although it was a bit more slippery than I am used to.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I realized after the dress was complete that the stitch line that holds the pleat down was just a bit higher than my actual waist and would show above the tie belt. So I unpicked that row of stitching and cut the pleat so it sat about 1″ lower. That solved the problem.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? It’s a bit of a distinctive dress so I’m not sure I’d sew it again. I did like the front yoke technique, though, so may consider that for other projects. If you can find the pattern, I recommend it. I found mine for $1 at the local thrift store…score!

Conclusion: Perfect summery dress that is really comfy but still looks put together. Its a win!