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The short, longer, longest skirt. A pattern review of Simplicity 2449

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Three skirts in one. As long as you don't mind a little fussing to switch from short to longer to longest. Simplicity 2449 is the pattern used to sew this skirt. At my son's benefit one of his friends had on a skirt similar to this. I knew I wanted to make one as soon as I saw hers. I remember sewing a dress with a hemline like this back in the early 90s from a McCall's NYNY pattern so I knew how to achieve that cloud effect. However, turns out Simplicity had released a skirt pattern with the exact hemline treatment I was looking for. So I parted ways with my 99 cents (plus tax) and brought the pattern home with me. The ten panel skirt is simple to sew. It's nice and full too. So you'll want to hem this baby with your machine. If you're one of those sewers who doesn't care much for sewing in zippers you'll be thrilled to know this skirt actually has an elastic waist . One inch wide elastic is inserted into a wide bias casing. Personally I t

80s fashion 2010 style - Butterick 5497

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Black, black, black. Oh how I love wearing you. You look so good on, but you do photograph poorly... It's really difficult to see the details here, but this top ( Butterick 5497 ) has that 80s vibe going on with the ruched shoulders and loose fitting upper bodice combined with a closer fit through the lower torso. And of course the cut out back detail, although modified here, it's definitely an 80s trend revisited. Which leads to my only dislike of this pattern. The back criss-cross is too low for me as evidenced by the little peek-a-boo of my undergarment. Butterick's rating of "Easy" is right on with this top. For view B, which I sewed, there are only five pattern pieces. My original plan was to sew view A, but I don't think I'd like to wear this top with a cami underneath and on me, that neckline would require one. Plus I only needed 1-1/4 yards of fabric for view B. I was pleasantly surprised at the neckline. Not too high and not too low. Per