It’s 4:56 p.m. and I have just opened and perused my very first Sew Chic pattern. Welcome to my impromptu Sew Chic Pattern Company Review. Yes, the Miss Tia Dress, #LN1312 made her way to the Sew Lyrical She Shack (the beat up park model trailer which will single-handedly someday, somehow be transformed into my she cave, my Diva Den, my sewing haven). Yet, I digress.
Can you be proud of someone you’ve never even met? That’s how I feel about Ms. Laura Nash, the owner, designer, pattern maker dare I say it, brains and beauty behind Sew Chic Pattern Company. First of all, I received a personal email from Ms. Nash after I ordered the pattern and she had shipped Miss Tia telling me that I was the proud owner! Talk about raising anticipation for a parcel!
Now, today, I opened my package and VOILA! Let’s start from the outside. The pattern is packaged in a zip lock bag which is needed around our Hip Hillbilly Farm (i.e., the house). The colourful artwork is crisp and lovely and includes a photo of the frock on a live model in addition to a coloured sketch (is that what it’s called?) The sizes are all inclusive (2-18), yippee, according to envelope measurements it’ll fit even me!!
The tissue paper is white, easy to read, and is thicker than the other pattern companies’ paper. I like it. Oh, before I forget, Ms. Nash includes a Fabric Conversion Chart in a nice card stock. Now how nifty that little token of appreciation is! For double safe keeping I have placed mine in a page protector and will have to think of somewhere clever to keep it for reference. I will probably copy, reduce one for reference and keep it with me for fabric shopping excursions.
Oh, also included in the parcel is an invitation to her sew-along of Simplicity pattern #1061 which I purchased months ago not even knowing about Sew Chic. It was for fall of 2015, and I can imagine the fun all had who participated.
The style simply spoke to me. My new sewing buddy and I purchased it together. Now I really am excited about sewing it up. Wonder if Sew Chic has other patterns over at Simplicity?
Oh, last but not least the $10.00 discount on Ms. Nash’s Craftsy class makes me wish we weren’t off the electrical grid so I could have Internet access at home and take advantage of the offer, LOL.
Back to the pattern . . . the instructions are in booklet form. Yesssss! I have hardly cracked it open and love it already. How concise and easy to use, not all large and cumbersome like the other pattern companies instructions. I love it.
I believe a bona fide toile for the bodice versus a wearable muslin is what will happen. I want this frock to fit me like white on rice. As usual the skirt instructions read easey peasey. They say most patterns are designed for a “B” bust. I am a “DD”. Therefore, I’ll tissue fit this princess seamed bust section and go from there.
Sew Chic has a skirt and short jacket with my name written all over it. Can you say, Spin Skirt? Meanwhile, stay tuned for a Lyrically styled Tia Dress.