Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bundle Up Blog Tour - Sisboom Jenny Dress

It's Bundle Up time at Pattern Revolution again and this time it is women's patterns. "Bundle UP is a collective of your favorite established PDF sewing pattern designers coming together to offer you a sweet deal on both hot new patterns and your favorite closet staples from recent releases."  You can build the bundle you want, with the patterns you want. It is a great idea and a fun way to get the patterns you want to sew.

http://bundleupsale.com/product/womens-bundle-up/

One of the patterns in the Bundle Up is Sisboom Jenny. This fab pattern can be a top, tunic, dress or maxi.  It can have cap sleeves, no sleeves, or a ruffle down the front.  As with all Sisboom patterns, it is extremely well written and you will not go wrong if you follow the directions.  Carla is one of the best pattern writers in the blogosphere and she has been doing it longer than most. 

I was hesitant to sew something for me because I am no skinny minny anymore. But Jennifer sent me some of the new Beauty Queen fabric and I just fell in love with this print. This is Charlotte in green.  Isn't it pretty? And I do think this is a good color for me, so it was meant to be used to make a Jenny.

Now, be kind. I am not a skinny minny and sewing for oneself is hard. I truly did the best I could and hope you don't find fault!    The pattern is amazingly well written. It is truly impossible to go wrong with a Sisboom pattern.  If you measure yourself well and make a muslin, it will fit!  I made my muslin out of Swedish Tracing paper and the dress turned out great. I only had to take in the sides a smidge but tailoring a tiny bit is pretty much assumed when sewing for grownups.  

I did make one major booboo and that is I forgot about the pattern when I cut out the bodice parts. I paid attention to the waist band, as you can see by the excellent print placement, but did not do so good with the bodice. So, I added the ruffle after the fact, to cover the booboo, and I like it!  It wasn't hard to fix.

What is amazing about Jenny is all the options! You can make the skirt mini to maxi and everything in between. You can make it a tunic. You can add cap sleeves. There are so many options. And the way Carla teaches you how to install a zipper is fool proof! Seriously!!  The bodice is fully lined so all the seams are enclosed.  It is not a hard pattern to sew, but it does have a lot of steps. And be sure to sew a muslin!  Whenever you sew a pattern for the first time for yourself, you need to sew a muslin.  Remember: There is no such thing as true to size, only true to your size.  So, always make a muslin the first time.







Here is information on the rest of the tour. Check out the rest of the bloggers!


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22 comments:

  1. beautiful!!!! This dress looks amazing on you!

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    1. LOL Look at your picture, in the pirate hat. Love it.

      Thanks for the compliment.

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  2. You rocked it Kathy! I'd say you need to make selfcare sewing a priority for you in the future. You look great in this dress and it must feel good that you made it!

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    1. Thank you Robin! This was fun and you are right. Thanks for having me on the tour.

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  3. great job - love the ruffle detail!!!! Thanks for joining in the Blog Tour!!!

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    1. Thanks for having me Suzanne and thank you for the compliment.

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  4. I love it Kathy! The ruffle really adds to it and it looks great on you :)

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  5. What a pretty dress and I adore the fabric! Well done.

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  6. Awesome job!!!! It looks totally fabulous on you!!!!

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  7. Looks great! Yes, the fabric is gorgeous and it looks even better ON YOU!!

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  8. This is gorgeous! I totally love the ruffles and want to add them on my next Jenny! You did an awesome job!

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  9. The dress looks fantastic on you, and such a lovely summer color. Well done! I sometimes completely forget about pattern placement on the fabric, too. So frustrating, but I can't see anything wrong with yours. :)

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  10. Haha I thought the ruffles were a nice touch! I'd of never guessed it's cause you "fix" something. Beautiful. :)

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  11. Love the ruffled neckline! I never even noticed this dress before you posted. It's so pretty! (and nice to see that you don't have to be skinny-mini to wear this and look good)!

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  12. Lovely dress. You picked the perfect fabric.

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  13. Don't ever be so hard on yourself, you sewed a magnificent dress! I'm a new follower thanks to the bundle up tour. And the ruffles give a little something extra to the dress.

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  14. I love the dress on you - and the fabric is amazing! I bought the pattern even though I didn't totally love it from the pictures. But your picture inspires me to find a fun fabric and make one! :)

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