I picked up this panel print from Joann's ages ago, and finally got around to sewing it together.
Pattern Description: None. This was a pre-printed pattern panel directly on the fabric.
Small, medium, large. I cut the large.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? For the most part. The large was too small. In an attempt to "make it work", I added the white fabric panels on the sides, four of them at 2" each. I also made the waistband larger using the same white fabric as on the sides.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. They were simple enough. I winged it on the attached waistband.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It was simple to cut and put together since it was a panel print. It's a very flattering look on me.
Cotton panel print from Joann's.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Besides the addition of the white side panels, I went out on a limb and did an embroidered buttonhole:
I purchased the design from embroidery.com. It stitched out very nicely. I also made a bias binding to finish off the hem. I fiddled quite a bit on how to finish off the binding on the wrong side, and ended up deciding to blind-stitch it by hand. I did a bit of cheating though, and used steam-a-seam prior to handstitching just so I wouldn't have to be bothered by a bunch on pins. FYI - it took almost 6 yards of bias binding to finish off the hem!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would. Yes, I would recommend this kind of panel print to others. I did trace off a copy of the panel prior to cutting so I have a template I can use in the future. In fact, I'm considering a future project using a vintage sheet. We'll see.
I really love this skirt and have received a few compliments on it already. It's very flattering as well.
Of course I just had to include some in-action shots:
In the last week or so, Jake has become obsessed with his walker! We let him have at it in the backyard. It took a couple words of encouragement, but then he was off! We really think he'll be walking on his own, unassisted, any day now.