Friday, December 7, 2018

Simplicity 8529

I was first 'introduced' to the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater during Sew Camp this spring. One of the ladies sewed it up and it was SO cute. As I've watched them pop up on blogs and IG, I've gone back and forth on the pattern.

When the Simplicity version (there ARE some differences) was released, I figured I'd give it a shot and decide if I wanted the original (I actually like the original more). The funnel neck is the same on both I think and that was the feature I was on the fence about.



 
 It's okay...

I sewed view A in a medium and shortened it 3 inches (I'm not a big tunic person). I love this fabric and was hoping for a wearable muslin. I have really fantastic cut of off-white ponte and had high hopes. I think I'll have to save that fabric for another pattern. 

The fabric is a hacci sweater knit picked up for cheap from Fabric mart a ways back. I have "the same" (idk now if it really is!) fabric in a different colorway and was concerned because that one felt polyester-y and icky. This one is fine. 

Construction was straight foward. The collar is sewn like a lot of cowl necks are which gives a nice, clean finish inside.

 

I like the dropped shoulder and I like the funnel neck and I like the roomy, "sweatshirt" feel and I like the side slits...but I just don't like this.

When I finished it, I tried it on and KEPT tugging at the neckline. I knew it was doomed -- I do not wear fussy clothes. I got compliments though so I went ahead and styled it:


And again, liked it in theory, but wearing it was a different matter. Also telling? I finished it on 11/24 and haven't worn it yet. Sigh...win some, lose some.

In other news, I am COMPLETELY GAGA over the Butterick release! Woohoo!

Some patterns, even if they aren't necessarily special...they come along and they are exactly what you've been looking for!

I have a large wardrobe (duh) of toppers and have been leaning more towards my blazers/jackets than cardigans. 

My $10 Marshalls find has gotten quite a bit of wear already!

I squealed, for real, when I saw this pattern. Must. Have. It. I love the cut, the collar, the details (princess seams + those shaping darts in front/back neck + forward shoulder seam + 2-piece sleeve + welt pockets!)...I love that it's a Lisette pattern (all of the tops, dresses and jackets that I've sewn of hers, I've really liked), and it has cup sizing. I am crossing my fingers for a Butterick sale before my holiday break.

There was seriously so much to like for me in this release but I've been tempering myself with the pattern purchases.


Tilton tunic - I know, I'm not that into tunics, but I love the seaming and shape of this!!
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Lifestyle wardrobe - I like the top and maxi dress...I like the mid-length version except for the curved shirttail hem...I don't really care for that hem style on dresses.
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Another Tilton tunic - yeah, yeah...but it's awesome. Maybe I"ll get one or the other. Maybe.
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This. Dress.! - I need this. I need view A and I need view B and I need view C! :)
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Top options - you will have to pry the peplum from my cold, lifeless self...I also like the little tie front on the main view. I like that it has a crew neck and faux wrap option. Plus multiple sleeve options!
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Connie Crawford tunic - Okay, I would shorten this quite a bit if I made it...but it is so interesting!! I've never sewn a CC pattern so I'd have to do some research on how the fit of her designs may differ.

That's going to break up my no-pattern-buying streak soooo I figured, what the heck. I've missed the last 4 Simplicity sales and snagged these 3 and this Style Arc (par-tayyyyy!). 



Hey, my last pattern purchase was in August. Not too bad! :)

In other news, I've replaced the KwikSew peplum in my plans with M7812. I just kept thinking of that pattern so I figured, why not!? It's all cut out and partially sewn.

I have Z.E.R.O. things that I'm doing Friday/Saturday. Okay, I may clean up a little on Friday...but otherwise I am going to Chill and Sew. And Chill!!


24 comments:

  1. I don't know how Connie Crawford patterns work in non-plus sizes but I've only made one successful garment from a CC pattern and even then I had to leave the sleeves off. Some of my other attempts were true disasters but other plus size sewists have had success with her patterns...I'm just not that keen on them.

    I will wait to see what others make from this latest Butterick pattern collection because I'm just unimpressed. I've been unimpressed by the pattern collections for awhile now. I think the last time I bought patterns was in August too when I went to the craft store with Gaylen. Wow! Wish I could say that about my fabric buying habit! hahahahahaha!

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    1. Hmm. Good to know!

      Hey...as we know, collecting fabric and patterns and sewing are two different hobbies! :-p

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  2. I liked a lot of the same patterns when I saw the new Butterick release. So my new Joann's ad caught my eye. I do believe Buttericks are on sale next weekend starting the 13th. The only problem can be that they won't have put out the new patterns yet. Always a problem. Jean

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    1. It's so hard. The JA further away from me is really good about stocking. I'll have to check there first!

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  3. I just cut out Vogue 9351 which is very similar to the Lisette blazer and made in ponte. I LOVE the style and hope it turns out well. If the weekend is quiet, I hope to review it next week. I just realized that I need a pattern like your Marshall's blazer (better check the stash first).

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    1. I hope to see your blazer too! I definitely noticed the Vogue one!

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  4. Your Toaster sweater is cute! I haven't tried the original or Simplicity version, but have seen lots of good ones. I have had to slow down on my pattern buying too--I am running out of space. I like the Butterick patterns you've chosen, especially the dress that you want all versions of!

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    1. Oooh I bet it would look cute on you :-)

      I hear you!!! I had to slow down after a purge because there’s NO WAY I’m going beyond 4 file cabinet drawers!!!

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  5. I only wore my sweater once or twice, I like a set on collar I think lol. Also YESSS to the style arc dress!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I just taped that PDF together! I’m excited for it!!!!!

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  6. Sorry to read that Simplicity 8529 didn't work out to your liking because I think you look great in it. I might be bias though, I've made three versions plus a muslin version. Your fabric is perfect, hopefully you can edit / refashion it into something you love to wear. Have you seen the Talvikki Sweater pattern by Named? Similar idea but it has darts in the funnel neckline shape.

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    1. I know!! I love all of yours and saw how much you love yours!

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  7. When I saw B6621 (knit dress with tie front), I *immediately* said, "Kisha would wear the shit out of this." No joke. This dress is you and I expect nothing less than all the versions. =)

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    1. Awwww :hugs: I. Cannot. Wait!!! As soon as I get my hot little hands on that, it’s on! Lol!!!

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  8. I had the same experience with the Simplicity version of the toaster sweater. I've worn mine a couple of times, but I made mine out of a thick fleece, and that collar just stands up almost to my chin and looks goofy. It's great when I need to shovel snow outside because my neck is completely covered. Oh well!

    I love Connie Crawford patterns. I wear a size 14 in RTW, and if I make a 14 in her patterns, it is usually without any adjustments except for length. Although I've never found it printed anywhere, I would guess that she's designing for someone much shorter than the average pattern- like maybe 5'3", as I have to add a lot of length to her patterns!

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    1. Oh good to know re: Connie Crawford! If I got that one I’d definitely muslin it since her patterns are completely new to me.

      I’ve had a few people say they made it but ended up not wearing it much.

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  9. I have that Simplicity toaster pattern as well, haven't made it. I think it needs just the right fabric and even then I dunno - it might bug me. I find if things don't fit into a neat category (such as actual sweater that I can wear a shirt under) I tend to never wear them. The Butterick patterns, saw some cute one but nothing that I need to make. I do like that blazer however the notches in the neckline enrage me -a weird detail that would be so much better as a real seam, I know they will probably not look good in real life.

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  10. Gah. I just bought the Simplicity version of that Toaster sweater at the last Simplicity sale because I've been loving everyone else's, but the stuff that's bugging you about it would definitely bug me. I may table that one a bit in favor of something that's less fussy.

    I am loving that Butterick release, too. The twist dress and Lisette jacket are my two favorites. I have the Cashmerette Pembroke (I was a tester), but the Butterick version has a few more options, and that Lisette jacket is just all kinds of awesome.

    BTW--did you see the new StyleArc jumpsuit? It jumped in my cart the day that it released, but I also immediately thought of you because I think you'd rock the hell out of it.

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    1. IF you decide to try it...maybe aim for wearable muslin. It’s such a quick sew.

      Yesss! I LOVE that jumpsuit!!! SA has sales relatively frequently and there’s a couple I’m hoping to get! :-D

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  11. The new Butterick blazer is 100% you and I can’t wait to see it! I’m sorry your sweater didn’t work out; I feel the same about my recent blue lace top. It’s sewn so well! And the fit is fantastic! And yet... I’ve yet to wear it. It happens. On to the next!

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    1. You're so right! It happens...sigh!!!

      I'm looking forward to making it!!

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  12. I want that Butterick blazer also!! Saw something similar on Nordstrom website and was thrilled to see this. I missed the recent sale so waiting for the next one. I also want B6628. I broke down and purchased a couple of Simplicity patterns that were on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. I need to do a post on those patterns. I have been a really good girl this year when it comes to buying Big 4 patterns. I am looking forward to seeing your Style Arc dress!

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  13. Forgot to say that I do like the Sew House (Simplicity) but I am so with you with that neckline which I really like but it is bothersome to me to wear. So I only made one and that is enough. Love the fabric you used for it.

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