Monday, September 9, 2013
Pattern Review: Sew U Home Stretch
Why why why did I wait so long to cut out these patterns?? I wear t-shirts or button up shirts pretty much every day but somehow I got around to making up several button up shirts before a simple T. I blame the evil Big 4.
This weekend I made a regular crew neck and a raglan t-shirt in less time than it would normally take me to pick a project to work on. I love raglan t-shirts!
The patterns are the ones included in the book Sew U Home Stretch, by Wendy Mullin, which was given to me by the most lovely and generous Caroline. The book is really wonderful, it gives you very well drafted patterns for basic knit blocks, and then gives really clear diagrammed guides on how to play around with the styles and shapes. It's basically what most of those "It's so easy!!" DIY/Pinterest/Tutorials wish they were.
I'll be honest, I'm not sure if I would have bought the book myself. I might have overlooked it, thinking it was more for beginners. But I'm constantly scouring my pattern stash and Burda mags for super simple, no weird 'feature' basics, and coming up short. I've also had the worst time with the simplest patterns in the past (probably because of the dreaded monster called Ease), and I actually did use the great instructions for construction order and finishing hems. She gives a bunch of options, but gives full diagrams for each option, so it's all clear. I haven't got pictures of the crew neck T-shirt yet, but I'm already wearing it, so there's a big thumbs up on that one too!
Here's my official pattern review:
Pattern Description: Sew U Home Stretch - Raglan T-Shirt
Pattern Sizing: I cut an M
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yup
Were the instructions easy to follow? Super Awesome!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Loved the great drafting and the fab instructions
Fabric Used:Mystery cotton knit, probably with a small amount of spandex
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used the cuffs and bottom band intended for the hoodie version of the raglan top, but made them half as wide. I also cut out about 2" from the neckline
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I will absolutely sew it again, and I would heartily recommend the pattern and book
Hope you're catching some end of summer sunsets where you are!