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This dress I made for my grand daughter. The pattern I used was a Project Runway Simplicity pattern #2989. The print fabric Asian Garden Posies is from JoAnn Fabrics.

I modified the pattern by not adding the sleeves. The dress is lined so there was no need to create a finish for the neckline or sleeves. The pattern was easy to follow, but I am not sure it is a pattern for beginners.

I have just finished with another pattern for a client at the shop I work at and it is also a PR pattern. I will share with you all that project soon. I would love to hear feedback from others who have sewn using PR patterns. They do give you design ideas to create a special look for you if you choose. This is a nice element to add to patterns. So as I said before the jury is still out as for me recommending for beginners.

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Comment by nancy rinas on August 24, 2010 at 12:02pm
Patricia....I read all your posts and my conclusion is you are one talented lady.
Your GD's dress is very cute.
Comment by Patricia McClain Osborne on August 24, 2010 at 11:32am
Thank you all for your response. I genuinely appreciate your comments. Also, happy to hear that others view PR patterns can be confusing and a challenge at times. I have sewn for many, many years. I was beginning to think I was losing it in regards to sewing. LOL
Would anyone be interested if a group would be set up in regards to reviewing patterns we have sewn? Perhaps this would be a great place to learn the challenges we have come across with patterns. We could save each other from putting away a project into the "I GIVE UP" pile.
Comment by Carol Reisch on August 24, 2010 at 10:24am
Adorable!!! Perfect spring dress!
Comment by Mary Lou on August 24, 2010 at 9:44am
This is so pretty, love the bottom lace ruffle. Also like it without sleeves too.
Comment by LouRay on August 24, 2010 at 9:25am
i love this i got have that pattern
Comment by Katherine Prevallet on August 24, 2010 at 9:12am
I've sewn a few short jackets using two PR patterns and I would say they required an intermediate sewing knowledge level/skill. I do not think they are made for beginners. They frustrated me a little at times, so I can only imagine what it would be like for a newbie. I am seeing a project put away in the back of the drawer. I still think Burda is one of the best pattern brands for beginners.
Comment by Gail Grange on August 24, 2010 at 8:31am
very pretty. xxx
Comment by Vickie on August 24, 2010 at 8:22am
I LOVE it! I have not used any PR patterns yet either. I might try this one. Congrats on a job well done.
Comment by Suzie Lambert on August 24, 2010 at 8:09am
That little dress is absolutely adorable. I have never used a P.R. pattern, but will have to check it out. I find many times that when teaching sewing I come across a pattern that my students want to make that says EASY on it but is definitely not for beginners. Happy Sewing

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