So, while I wait (impatiently) for my fiberfill to arrive, I thought it would be a good idea to get started on sewing some birthday gifts for my niece.
Izzy & Ivy Macy Giggles Sundress Booklet
I picked up an Izzy & Ivy Designs pattern sometime last year, and I finally liberated it from my pattern pile for this occasion. Am I the only one that gets lured in by the great photography and exciting fabric used for these indie patterns?
Normally, I'm a commercial pattern
girl. I learned on the big name patterns, and I am accustomed to the ease and convenience of those tissue-paper-templates and idiot-proof-instructions. So, I thought I would do a review since indie patterns
are new to me. That being said, the problems started almost right away. I didn't realize it when I bought this, but the Macy Giggles design
uses a TON of fabric
. For size seven, they require more than 3.5 yards!! Whaaaaat? I mean, I know that I am stash-busting
this year and should be grateful to get rid of so much in one sewing project
, but that seems excessive to me. Do the girls in the picture look like they are wearing that much fabric
? What if I had to buy new material for this? I'd be broke!! But, I do have lots of fabric
on hand, so I soldiered on.. And I was perplexed to find that there are only two pieces of pattern
in this envelope - front bodice
, and back bodice
That's when I flipped through the book and noticed that the rest of the pieces are just measure and cut
. Which seems convenient...until I had to decipher the measurements
. Is that 24.5" wide by 34" long for the skirt pieces
, or what?
After comparing the measurements on both pattern
views as well as the trim dimensions, I figured it's actually 24.5" LONG by 34" WIDE. Already. Annoyed. And, I hadn't even gotten to the "step-by-step" instructions yet! So, I got through all of my cutting
, decided to skip the pockets
since I don't care for them, struggled through the skirt facing
description, and fought with my serger
(which seems to have a timing
issue). During this adventure, I made a few changes/additions of my own, and I am pleased with the final result. But, this pattern
definitely proved to be a bit of a challenge for me.
(Disclaimer - I am receiving no incentive for this review. This is a pattern from 2009 that I picked up on the sale rack last year. The designer may have addressed some of these issues in their more recent offerings.)
- Fun, contemporary design.
- Easy-to-trace pattern pieces
- "Measure & Cut" instructions reduce bulk in the envelope
- Izzy & Ivy tag included
- Way too much fabric being used here. With all of the gathering in the skirt, they could have cut down a bit. (Most home sewers do it as much for frugality as for art, so you should not have to spend more on a DIY summer dress than you would to buy a new one.)
- Measurement instructions are difficult to understand. (I can't imagine that adding a "w" and "l" to the type would have been too much trouble.) Also, there are no grainline indicators to help decipher the measurement mystery.
- Pictures and instructions are not clear or confusing (especially the skirt facing section). I can't imagine trying this out as a beginner.
- The flower embellishments in the cover photo are not included in the pattern instructions. I would advise against showing sewn-on accessories that pattern purchasers cannot replicate without seeking out additional resources. It's frustrating.