Vogue 7862: “Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina”

This was my first attempt at making a bag. I chose this pattern because it seemed pretty simple and the overall outcome would be a functional side-sack that I’d actually be able to use. There are two bags within this pattern. I chose the larger size as I thought that it would be the most functional for my needs. It’s large enough to slide in an ultrabook or any other thin size laptop.







Burda 6992

Talk about an easy-peasy pattern! Two pattern pieces a couple of hems and it’s a go! This patten took less than an hour. I serged the two pieces together and used a really thick wool/knit blend.




McCalls 6552




Butterick 5785

Butterick 5785


I finally completed Butterick 5785 (view A). It was long overdue as it had become a UFO (Un-Finisihed Object). I’m really digging the outcome and I think that I’ll be wearing it very soon (perhaps this weekend). This was not a difficult pattern to follow and I found that it works best with a simple cotton. When cutting this pattern, be sure to pay close attention to your arm measurements. I needed to cut one size for the chest measurements and a different size to accommodate my arms.

Simplicity 1786 – Newbie Joy



Ok, I’m giving this pattern my personal stamp of approval. There are several options provided in this pattern and each is easy to assemble. The pattern is also relatively simple to understand as definitions of the types of stitches are provided alongside of the instructions. If the instructions call for a “basting-stitch,” no assumption is made that you actually know what a “basting-stitch” is and an explanation for how to perform the stitch is provided. There are no “markings” in this pattern that require the assembler to do anything other than cut and sew.

The true test came with giving the completed outfit to my daughter. She can be a tough nut to crack, sometimes! Well, she loved it! She loved the colors of the skirt and the vest and the “rose fur” made her feel like a “big girl.” She couldn’t wait to wear the clothes to school to show her friends what her mommy had made.