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Great Mens Shirt Pattern 4 Replies

I was going to make this shirt for my husband's Halloween costume, but found that I really like the look and the fit of it for other uses. I used Burda 8471. I had never made a shirt like this…Continue

Tags: burda, shirt, mens

Started by Lisa Bordenave. Last reply by Lisa Bordenave Dec 20, 2009.

Buying Pattern on Line 8 Replies

Does a nyone has experience with buying patterns on line from

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Started by alethia. Last reply by Sherri Feb 14, 2010.

V2880 5 Replies

It is a beautiful dress. I suggest you cut the pattern out in individual pieces. Don't cut anything out on the fold. Another thing you could do with chiffon or a similar fabric is thread based the…Continue

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Started by alethia. Last reply by Lydia Starr Mar 25, 2012.

Vogue V2880 6 Replies

Hi, I'm a new member to this site. I am planning to make this dress in silk chiffon...has anyone made this and have any pointers for success?Thank YouContinue

Started by Margherita Smith. Last reply by Thea McCurry Sep 7, 2009.

Would love to see... 6 Replies

...some reviews on free patterns. Perhaps even a pattern found here at SWN. I look forward to the reviews!

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Started by Susan. Last reply by Maida Peterson Aug 28, 2009.

Comment Wall

Comment by sonja on August 31, 2009 at 2:44pm
Has anyone made V8532? I am trying to consider whether or not I want to line the dress...
Comment by sherrie Goff on August 31, 2009 at 10:54pm
how about using all french seams? Even on the ruffles.
Comment by Jean M. on September 1, 2009 at 7:37am
Love the dress. When I sew something that unravels, I prefer using' SEAMS GREAT' instead of french seams for less bulk.Just a thought.
Please post a picture when you finish.
Comment by Renata on September 8, 2009 at 2:41pm
I just got back into sewing, hope joining this site will encourage me to stop wasting time and start sewing. I hope to drop in often and let you all into my sewing journey and what going on around the sew-whats-new site.
Comment by Sherri on April 20, 2010 at 11:40pm
I am trying to find a pattern for a "convertible" or "infinity" dress. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Comment by Sherri on April 21, 2010 at 11:08pm
I finished a cart cover a few hours ago, using Kwik Sew 3643. This is a pattern that I think most anyone could make. It turns out really cute too. Will post pics when I go to town and can put it in a buggy!
Comment by Sherri on July 16, 2010 at 12:47am
It's been a while since I have posted, but gardening season here...well, veggies are ready, and they don't wait! They must be put in the freezer when ready, or they ruin. So, the sewing stopped for a bit. Now, I am starting up again. I purchased the Amy Butler Midwest Modern Sewing Pattern Weekender Travel Bag. I bought 3 really pretty coordinating fabrics to use wherever I chose on the parts of the bag, and I got 3 yards of Craft-Fuse. It called for Peltex. I HATE working with that stuff. So I chose Craft Fuse since it has a certain stiffness, but not nearly like the Peltex. I cut the pattern out just as directed, although some of the directions were confusing, and I've been sewing for more than 25 years. I chose not to add the piping, but left a little bit of the lining showing to give it a little more pizazz. As I sewed, it seemed easy. Then, it got worse as I went along. Now, if you sew and you tried this pattern and had no problem, that's GREAT! But for me, it SUCKED!!! I put in the zipper, and added the pockets to the front and back, but when it came to that section that extends from each end of the zipper, I was so IRRITATED! I cut strictly by the pattern, but the darn thing was so long, didn't EVEN begin to match the places where the pockets were supposed to be positioned, etc. Then, even though that did not work, it was the perfect size to fit up the sides, around the top edges, and down the other side. Then, I cut out the bottom. Supposed to be 8 1/2" X 20" right? That's what I cut out! But, I ended up having to cut about 4 inches out of it for it to fit the bottom! I have never encountered a pattern that I just could not grasp, even though I cut exactly as directed. I wonder.......did I cut it out on the day I had the migraine???!!! No. I just don't know how it ended up this way. So, if you like a challenge and need a weekender travel bag, maybe this is the pattern for you....or maybe not........ The seams were so thick it was awful, and I can't imagine how it would have been if I had used the Peltex!!! Well, it would probably be cut all to pieces, and it would be lying shredded up in the bottom of my garbage can! If you like this pattern, CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT!!! I have over 25 years sewing experience, and a BS from a major university, and I could not do it right!!!!!! It is rigged together, looking half normal, though I know where all the trouble spots are! I still have to do a little hand sewing on it, but all in all, it's a pretty bag, it just has AWFUL directions (that could be just for me though). Give it a try...........I DARE YOU! Happy stitching!
Comment by Sherri on July 16, 2010 at 12:51am
P.S. I am now gonna tackle the Amy Butler messenger bag pattern I bought.........Oh Lord am I looking forward to that :(


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