Thursday, November 29, 2012

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch...




Hmmm. Like I did not already know that! I don't often share a wadder, but I earned this one!

I was really excited to find this great wrap jacket with a belt. No buttons or toggles or zip. Patch pockets  and designed for fleece! Jingle bells! I thought this would be perfect for my Mom.

Meet Neue Mode 22314...


There is absolutely nothing quick or easy about this pattern! Beginning with the download, tape, mark, and trace time. Neue Mode patterns do NOT come with seam allowances ("to allow for better fitting...").


And then there are the wonderful instructions. Seven or eight of them. Things like "attach the collar" and "sew the seams". At the very end there are instructions for attaching the lining to the hem, with two illustrations - and the jacket is unlined!!

The worst part: After hours of sewing and fitting and finishing, the thing was just too big. Even though I sewed a size down from my measurements. So I cut it up redrafted the sides and reset the sleeves - which made it really funky.

At which point I called in my sewing consultants. They were horrified. Gave them egg nog.


 I knew some of this going in, I've sewn Neue Mode before. But I seem to have lost all memory of past experiences in my excitement over this pattern. And remember, I have seasonal jolliness, so I'm an easy target right now!

The pattern is in the bin, but I 'm salvaging the fabric :-)

Ho ho! Coco

8 comments:

  1. Oh downloads! Would you rather trace a Burda or patch together a stack of A4s? Sorry it didn't work out for you (or you mum) but as you say - you've still got the fabric.

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    1. Would you believe I've never traced a Burda? I get the patterns in downloads when they show up on the BurdaStyle site. Looove Burda!

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  2. Poor Coco...some patterns are meant for the recycling bin. Perhaps a cute hat and scarf from the leftover fabric?

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    1. Even better...some soft sqares for the top of the kitties playhouses! They are getting fleece beds as well, but I have separatebyardage for them. Tra la la!

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  3. Now this is shattering! If you can't make it work, I am scared! Did you write to the company about their issues? I'm glad you still have the fabric, oh horrors!

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    1. Chuckle...I think part of my issues with Neue Mode are image and amount of ease. Like way too much ease!!

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  4. My one and only venture into sewing a download pattern ended up way too big because the whole thing was printing out bigger than it should have. did you check the sizing square?

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    1. LOL...yes, but my very first download was a waste of a lot of paper until I got it! Now I use them so much that I do fine. As I mentioned to Anne, above, I think the Neue Mode patterns are just not for my body type (and my Moms). Sigh.

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I love it that you came by...and thank you for your comments! Coco