Pattern Reviews

Laughing Moon #114

Pattern Description: 1840s-1852 round dresses, with three bodices, five sleeves, pereline, and under sleeves

View Made: View B, fan-front bodice

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Despite the design alterations that I made (see below) my finished bodice looked exactly like the one on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy for me to follow, as I’ve been sewing historic clothing for more than 5 years. That being said, they do assume that you have some sewing experience, particularily in the historic sewing field. The instructions were clear and the illustrations excellent, but I would consult a good reference book if some terms seem unclear to you.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved the fact that it was a fan-front bodice pattern! Other than that, the historic notes were excellent, as were the illustrations and options for customizing the dress to your figure (like the included pattern pieces for chest pads of various cup sizes). I disliked the sleeves (so I drafted my own) as well as the fact that there were pages and pages of cutting layout guides. I feel like some trees could have been saved.

Fabric Used: Green plaid wool from the Pendleton Outlet in Portland, Oregon.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I drafted my own sleeve pattern (I was going for a slim, bias-cut 40s look) using the instructions in The DressmakeGuider’s .

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? One fan-front dress is enough for now! However, I wouldn’t mind making up View A (the darted bodice) some time. I would highly recommend this pattern to 1840s and early 1850s reenactors.
Conclusion: I love the final product – it’s a nice, basic dress, the pattern went together easily, the instructions were easy to follow and the historic notes excellent. A great wardrobe option for pre-Civil War reenactors!

 

Simplicity 4052 (out-of-print)

Pattern Description: Regency Underthings, including shift, short stays, and 2 chemisettes

View Made: View B, short stays

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yep!

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were great and very easy to follow, which was a huge plus since this was my first time doing any costuming from this era.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I loved that I purchased it for $1! He hee. Other than that, I also loved that it fit perfectly, right out of the envelope. I cut my usual size 12 in Simplicity patterns, and it worked great. I read a ton of reviews about this pattern before I started, and they all said to cut it out a size smaller since Simplicity added a lot of ease to the original pattern, but I didn’t have that issue at all. In addition, I really liked how historically accurate it was (as seen in the fabric recommendations on the envelope).

Fabric Used: Cotton sateen for the outer-layer, cotton duck for the interlining, and pima cotton for the lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made 5 eyelets on each side, as opposed to the 4 the pattern calls for.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? One pair of short stays is enough for now. 😉 But, I would absolutely recommend it to others! It went together great.

Conclusion: A great pattern for short stays that is incredibly historically accurate. Unfortunately, it’s now out-of-print, so you can’t find it at your local fabric store for a cheap price.

 

Simplicity 4055

Pattern Description: Misses Period Gown, 1795-1825

View Made: View B, basic day dress with long sleeves

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Despite the design alterations that I made (see below) my finished bodice looked pretty close to the one on the envelope.

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were easy for me to follow, although some of them I skipped in favor of using other techniques I preferred more.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that I only paid $1 for it! I disliked the fitting issues I had with it, though (see below), especially the empire waist being so high, and the neckline (even though I shortened it). Oh, and the back didn’t close all the way.

Fabric Used: Black and white cotton swiss dot, cotton batiste (lining).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I shortened both the outer and under skirts, the sleeves, and the neckline.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I probably wouldn’t sew it again without making heavy alterations to the pattern. That being said, I would recommend it to others looking to make a Regency dress on a budget.

Conclusion: A good, basic Regency dress pattern that’s readily available and a bargain.

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