PatternReview.com comes of age

SoundStitches spring sewingPatternReview.com has really grown up. PatternReview is the online exchange of information about sewing, most well-known for its reviews of mass-market sewing patterns. Do you remember the odd pink/peach and brown interface of yore? Perhaps you’ve forgotten, since only members can use many of the functions. The site has evolved to an all-white background. The spacing, organization and swirly bullets are all still outdated and quirky–and the About page is hidden in the footer–but it’s easy to click an interesting image from the Patterns page and begin your browsing that way. I recently searched for reviews on pressing irons, since my Rowenta crashed from the ironing board to the floor (thanks, kitty). There is no category for irons, so I searched the discussion forums.

I was delighted to meet Deepika Prakash several years ago at a sewing conference, at the beginning of home sewing stardom, and glad to see in my recent visits to PatternReview.com that sewers still find the site relevant and useful. I often look to the site to see if a pattern looks good on others with my body type, and whether the instructions provided with the pattern make sense to those with about the same sewing experience as me. Maybe I’ll see you soon in my search for a pretty spring dress pattern on Pattern Review!

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New Vest

Simplicity 2534 Vest OptionsMy husband picked out an orange dot fabric during a trip to Interquilten, an adorable quilting shop in northern Michigan. (See my Interquilten¬†post.) Although cute, I thought, “What am I going to do with this?! And here is the result. I used Simplicity 2534 and the vest came together very quickly. I didn’t even pin the binding that goes around the entire vest and armholes. I figured by sewing slowly I could save time. This approach worked pretty well. I do not invest the same amount of effort for kids’ clothes as I do for my own.

You can read my more detailed review of Simplicity 2534 here.

Simplicity 2534 Vest
Simplicity 2534 Vest