Here is the first one that worked. It is the Simplicity 2336. I haven't hemmed it as it will be a throw away - or I might use it to practice rolled hemming on my overlocker.
I am not in love with it. The neckline is too wide I think but more than that it has a "large" facing on it that ends across the girls and I am not happy with that. If I do sew it up I will either use a band (as in the review from LauraM) or make the facing full length so that it is a "double front" so to speak. The main thing I don't like about it is that the instructions (unless I am reading them wrong) asks you to sew the large front facing onto the front and then the back facing onto the back and then the shoulders together. This makes the shoulders bulky and front and back don't match up exactly after the facing has been sewn on. Much better would be to sew the front and back facings together first IMO. Another weird thing is that the back neckline curves up but the facing was straight - strange - so I made my own back facing.
|Curve of neckline shown yet facing is exact rectangle - am I missing something?|
This next piece is the jacket in this pattern. This I do not like at all. Even picturing it in my mind in a nicer fabric doesn't work for me (the gingham was only a couple of dollars for a complete roll on sale at Spotlight so I thought it would make good practice fabric). I think the shapelessness of the jacket along with my size makes me look real "boxy".
I had intended to make this jacket up in the below lovely chiffon but don't want to waste the chiffon. Mind you - way back in March when I planned this I gelatined the chiffon as per Lena's instructions - it worked fantastically and it has been sitting there stiff ready to be sewed for months now.
I guess that is why we spend the time making up toiles until we get it right or decide it is not for us.
I have great expectations for the top from Simplicity 2344. It looks okay on - once I unpick the neckband and re-attach I will post pictures.